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 »

University Libraries to Host Digital Literacy Symposium

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The University Libraries will host an inaugural digital literacy symposium on Thursday, November 2 in the Newman Library Multipurpose Room. The symposium theme is Explore, Create, Connect. As exploring, creating, and connecting in digital environments becomes increasingly complex, how can we empower students as both critical consumers and active producers of a variety of digital… Read more »

An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor

Cross Borders through Time and Space with Nnedi Okorafor   The University Libraries will host “An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor” on Thursday, November 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. to discuss her literary achievements and address the topics surrounding them. As a contemporary and cross-cultural novelist, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor will guide us through her unique… 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 »

New Data Transformation Studio Makes its Debut

The University Libraries is excited to announce the recent launch of our new Data Transformation Studio. Located in Room 3010 of Newman Library, the space is equipped with technology and expertise to support students concerned with research replication.   The DT Studio provides a test-bed environment for working through forensic recovery processes, specifically aimed at… Read more »

University Libraries-led Team wins $95k IMLS Grant

A team led by Nathan Hall, Associate Director of Digital Imaging and Preservation Services at Virginia Tech University Libraries, was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant in support of 3D visualization and virtual reality (VR) technologies.   The $95,024 grant will allow for a series of three national forums… 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 »

Perma.cc Preserves Both Web Pages and Citation Integrity

Citing web pages just got a lot easier.   The University Libraries are now a registrar for Perma.cc, a service that provides web page archiving for research purposes. As its official website states, “Websites change, go away, and get taken down. When linked citations lead to broken, blank, altered, or even malicious pages, that’s called… Read more »