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WVU Libraries Receive Statewide Preservation Grant

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 30th, 2010

Many people have personal experience with deteriorating family photographs or old letters. Libraries and museums have these problems on a larger scale.

A $40,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will enable the West Virginia University Libraries, in collaboration with the Huntington Museum of Art, to help the state’s libraries, art and historical museums, and cultural heritage institutions identify their constraints and needs in caring for their collections.

“We need to be sure that future generations are able to see and use collections that are important to our history,” said Frances O’Brien, Dean of the WVU Libraries. “This planning grant will be the first step in identifying the preservation needs in West Virginia, and working toward the right kinds of care.”
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Libraries Select Information Literacy Participants

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 29th, 2010

The WVU Libraries have selected six faculty members to participate in the second year of an information literacy initiative designed to help faculty to enhance their courses.

The Information Literacy Course Enhancement Program, a collaborative effort between the Libraries and the Provost’s Office, is focused on fulfilling the University’s 2010 Plan for information literacy to become a curriculum component across all disciplines.

“We have learned a great deal this year about designing discipline-specific lessons that address critical research components through active learning,” said Carroll Wilkinson, WVU Libraries’ Director of Instruction and Information Literacy. “I look forward to sharing our learning with the next group of participants in this program.”
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Downtown Campus and Evansdale Libraries Staying Open for Dead Week

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 26th, 2010

Dead Week operating hours have begun. The Downtown Campus and Evansdale Libraries will remain open until 8 p.m. Friday.

The Libraries will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. The Finals Week operating schedule begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, and the Libraries will remain open until 8 pm. Friday, May 7.

For Dead Week, the Health Sciences Library will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight through Friday and from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. The Library will be open until 1 a.m. May 2-6.

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Libraries Employee Receives Leadership Award

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 22nd, 2010

John Hagen, coordinator for WVU’s electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) program, has received the 2010 ETD Leadership Award presented by the Ohio ETD Association.

OETDA President Angie McCutcheon praised Hagen for sharing his expertise in the field and for providing guidance in establishing the statewide organization.

“John's in-depth knowledge of ETDs has been highly valuable to the Ohio ETD Association,” said OETDA President Angie McCutcheon. “John has been instrumental in assisting the Ohio ETD Association in getting started and in supporting the selection of topics that have been appropriate for our conferences for four years.”
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Project Information Literacy Continues Through Tuesday

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 6th, 2010

Can you Google your way to an A when writing a paper? Do you trust Wikipedia to provide you with sufficient and reliable information? The WVU Libraries want to know.

The WVU Libraries are in the second week of a national study, conducted by Project Information Literacy (PIL), to learn how college students conduct research in the digital age.

Last week, PIL sent an invitation to participate in a Web-based survey to 10,000 randomly selected WVU sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The survey, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete, consists of 22 questions that focus on how students find, evaluate, and integrate research sources used for course-related and everyday life research.
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Library Faculty Assembly Names Blake Outstanding Librarian for 2010

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 1st, 2010

The WVU Library Faculty Assembly has selected Linda Blake, Science Librarian and Electronic Journal Coordinator for the WVU Libraries, as the Outstanding Librarian for 2010.

The award, presented biannually, recognizes a faculty librarian who has made exceptional contributions toward the delivery, development, or expansion of library services or special programs for the constituencies of WVU.

“Linda exemplifies the very best in traditional librarianship while remaining alert to new technologies and trends,” said Penny Pugh, Head of the WVU Downtown Library Reference Department. “Linda possesses a breadth of vision, coupled with a keen analytical mind, and she is extraordinarily productive.”
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