5 Essential Steps to Cracking Finals

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      And other tests for that matter! We see thousands of students every day working hard in preparation for their exams. To help out, here’s a list we’ve compiled on some of the most widely agreed upon and scientifically researched study tips for effective, pre-holiday-positive results:       1. Start now. And… Read more »

Claim Your Voice: Creative Writing & the University Libraries

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As National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) came to a head, novelists everywhere were either in manic mode (“This story practically wrote itself!”) or panic mode (“Writer’s block has impeded my craft and decimated my future!”). But fear not, creatives! November, as we all know, is busy, but there are still 335 other days you can… Read more »

The University Libraries offers Git and Unix sessions this Fall

Software Carpentry now has more volunteers ready to teach at Virginia Tech! In Fall 2016 the University Libraries became Silver-Level Partners in Software Carpentry. Over Spring and Summer 2017, a cohort of five faculty in the University Libraries became certified Software Carpentry instructors. The cohort was co-advised on best practices in teaching computational skills by… Read more »

Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants Support Innovation, Access, and Learning

Virginia Tech University Libraries welcome submissions for 2017/2018 Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants. This is the second year for the program, which utilizes grant funding and a curated network of project support representatives to encourage faculty use, creation, and adaption of openly-licensed information resources to support student learning.   Four winning projects will receive up… Read more »

Fusion Studio Team Wins Big at ICAT

Collaboration and innovation takes place daily in Room 2038 of Newman Library.   The Fusion Studio provides a unique space for undergraduate groups working on long-term interdisciplinary projects. One of these groups, Octivs, received two awards at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Creativity and Innovation Day on May 1, 2017.   Octivs’… Read more »

6 books to read this summer

Are you in a mid-summer slump? Luckily for you, we asked the University Libraries’ very own Learning Services Librarian Julia Feerrar to put together a list of her top summer reads. Now you have no excuse not to get out of the house and check these books out from a library near you! The books… Read more »

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! We hope everyone is having a wonderful break. We can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy this little snowglobe winter wonderland.   Love, Your University Libraries     Playing In the Snow: A Holiday Celebration from Virginia Tech Libraries on Vimeo.

Exam Study Break Surprise | Video

Nothing like a cup of coffee and a late night grilled cheese to help you push through exam week, right? Just our way of letting you know we’re in your corner. You’ve got this, hokies! ———- See more Virginia Tech videos here. 

VT News: Peter Potter joins University Libraries as director of publishing strategy

Peter Potter, editor-in-chief of the Cornell University Press, has been named director of publishing strategy for University Libraries at Virginia Tech. In his new position, Potter will track and assess current publishing practices and challenges of Virginia Tech faculty. He will work with faculty to evaluate their needs, and use this information to expand current… Read more »