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Big Read NRV Events & Free Books

Get involved in reading “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a collection of short stories about a troop of American soldiers in Vietnam, the Big Read NRV book selection. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read grant supports innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

Join us for the Kickoff Event Kickoff Event: “Field Notes on The Things They Carried” by Alex Vernon ,James and Emily Bost Odyssey Professor of English at Hendrix College, and expert on Tim O’Brien. It will be followed by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, October 3, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at New River Community College, Rooker Hall, Dublin VA.

Big Read NRV will run from October 3rd to November 14th throughout the New River Valley. View the list of events at http://bit.ly/bigreadnrv.

Pick up a free copy of the book at McConnell Library beginning on Monday, September 21st. Books will be available one per person on a first come, first serve basis. Limited supplies, copies may not be reserved in advance.

McConnell Library is soliciting presenters and/or panelists who are experts on the selected literary work, the artistic interpretation of it, the Vietnam War and/or era, and veterans’ issues, who may be interested in taking part in a symposium entitled “The Things They Carried. Storytelling: The Art of Building Community.” This symposium will take on November 9 and 10 on Radford University’s campus.

If you would like more information please contact Lisa Vassady at ljvassady@radford.edu or 831-5686, Jennifer Resor-Whicker at jrwhicker@radford.edu or 831-5691, Alyssa Archer aarcher2@radford.edu or 831-5688

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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McConnell Library receives Big Read grant

Radford University’s McConnell Library has received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read this fall. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read strengthens communities through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. McConnell Library, one of 75 organizations to receive a grant to host an upcoming Big Read project, has chosen “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien as this year’s book.

More details at: http://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/releases/2015/june/mcconnell-library-receives-grant-to-host-the-big-read.html

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Finding Full Text Just Got Easier!

When you click on “Find Full Text” in a library database or “Search by Journal” from the library homepage, the resulting screen will look a little different. We have moved to a new tool, OCLC Link Resolver, which does a better job connecting to our full-text collections to bring up articles. The “Search by Journal” feature allows you to look for a particular journal by name, either by typing in the title or browsing the alphabetical list. You can use the library catalog to find journals by subject.

If you have any questions about using this new tool, please contact the Library Research Help Desk through our instant messaging box, email refdesk@radford.edu, or call 540-831-5696.

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New Library Catalog!

If you’re searching for books, DVDs, or other materials, you might notice that our library catalog has a new look. The important stuff hasn’t changed: you can still search by title, author, or subject and there are still lots of ways to limit your results to be sure you get exactly what you need. For more advanced researchers, the new catalog is powered by WorldCat and allows you to search not just McConnell, but also libraries all over the world. You can save lists of search results for future research projects. You can even get immediate help from a librarian through our instant messaging box. Take a look by visiting the library homepage and clicking on Catalog in the main search box.

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