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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
September 2010


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LVA Archivists to Scan Materials for Civil War Legacy Project

A team of archivists from the Library of Virginia will be at the Meyera Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach on September 18 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM as part of the CW Legacy 150 Project. The archivists will be scanning privately-held Civil War–era materials for inclusion on the Web sites of both the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Local citizens may call 757-385-0150 to schedule an appointment for a scanning session...

Governor McDonnell Announces Library Board Appointments

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the following appointments to the Library Board on August 9...

Unidentified building from the area surrounding Norfolk Delisle, Buache, and Dezauche: From Decoration to Science in Cartography

In 2008 a collection of cartographic gems stowed in an unmarked drawer was discovered at the Library of Virginia. The cache consisted of approximately 20 hand-colored 18th-century Guillaume Delisle (1675–1726) and Philippe Buache (1700–1773) maps that had been augmented and reprinted by J. Dezauche with his imprint. The dates of the maps range from 1734 to 1798 and cover areas from Asia to Mexico. Attempts to verify provenance were inconclusive, which is not unusual under some circumstances...

Library of Virginia Announces Finalists for the 13h Annual Literary Awards

Nine authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. Two additional authors will receive honorable mention. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from 131 books nominated for the awards. The winners in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced at a gala celebration on October 16, 2010, at the Library of Virginia...

Church Delivers Convocation Remarks to First Virginia Cohort

In the fall of 2008, the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, in partnership with James Madison University Library, began a cohort-based master's program in library science and information services. On Saturday, August 14, 2010, the first 38 students in the inaugural Virginia Cohort received their degrees at James Madison University in Harrisonburg...

Library of Virginia to Create Literacy Activity Centers

The Library of Virginia is creating Early Literacy Activity Centers to place in public libraries. Each Early Literacy Activity Center learning station will contain noncirculating books, educational or manipulative items, storage, and a small bookshelf...

Public Library Directors to Meet at LVA in September

Public library directors from across the state will gather at the Library of Virginia on September 16 and 17 for the 2010 Library Directors’ Meeting. Directors will receive updates from Library Development and Networking staff on issues and projects for the coming year...

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Partners with LVA

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies will present “Exploring Virginia’s Treasures: Special Collections at the Library of Virginia.” This Osher mini-course meets from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Library of Virginia on November 4, November 18, and December 2. Session leaders are Tom Camden, Tameka Hobbs, Audrey Johnson, and Dale Neighbors. The fee is $60 for Silver members. There is no fee for Gold/Gold Plus One members...

Virginia Student Receives Spectrum Scholarship

Incoming University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences’ graduate student Dorothy Hargett has been awarded a Spectrum Scholarship by the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity. The scholarship provides a $5,000 scholarship award and numerous other benefits from ALA, including free student admission to their annual conference. Hargett is enrolled in the school’s distance education program and will continue her job as head of circulation at Regent University Library in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she has worked for seven years...

Unidentified building from the area surrounding Norfolk What Is that Building?

The Library of Virginia maintains a collection of more than 3,000 prints and glass-plate negatives by Harry C. Mann (1866–1926), a Norfolk commercial photographer who specialized in landscape and industrial views and in portrait photography. Most of his images depict Norfolk during and immediately following World War I. Mann’s photographs are part of more 250,000 photographs and images in the Library’s collections documenting the history of Virginia and its people...
Fun & Free at the library in September
Most events are free and are open to the public. For specific locations, times, and details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events.

Saturday, September 4 - Monday, September 6, 2010

Closed for Labor Day Holiday weekend

The Kill Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Books on Broad" Featuring Jan Neuharth
Join us for the "Books on Broad" Book Club at the Virginia Shop, an informal gathering where this month Jan Neuharth will speak about The Kill, her latest novel set in the "hunt country" of Virginia's Piedmont region. Neuharth's Hunt Country Suspense Novel series captures the lifestyle of the old-money, horsey community of Middleburg, Virginia.

We The People Thursday, September 23, 2010

"We, the People" Through Primary Documents
This teacher workshop is open to elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Free, but registration required. Contact Evan M. Liddiard (evan.liddiard@lva.virginia.gov or 804-692-3999.) What role did Virginians play in the founding of the United States? This workshop explores this question and others and features John P. Kaminski, director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Center for the Constitution.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Great Virginia Triumvirate: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in the Eyes of Their Contemporaries
John P. Kaminski, the founder and director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will discuss the importance of three remarkable Virginians who were leaders in the fight for independence and in the new republic.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Nuestra Tierra, Nuestro Hogar: Latinos in Virginia" Panel Discussion
In conjunction with The Land We Live In exhibition, the Library will host a discussion exploring Hispanic immigration to the commonwealth. Bobbie Barajas, WCVE Public Radio's classical music host and music director, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: H. B. Cavalcanti, Ph.D., professor of sociology at James Madison University; Rafael Lopez, president of Rafael Lopez and Associates; Mirta Martin, Ph.D., vice president of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network and dean of the Business School, Virginia State University; Debra Rodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology and women's studies at Randolph-Macon College; and Debra J. Schleef, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at the University of Mary Washington. This program is cosponsored by the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, the university’s Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee, the University of Richmond Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network. A reception will follow the panel discussion with food from a local Latino restaurant and music by the University of Richmond’s Salsa Meets Jazz student music group.

The Art of Libery Through Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Art of Liberty
This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.

Through Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.

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