Special Collections and University Archives Closure

For the safety of our staff and researchers with concerns about COVID-19, the Special Collections and University Archives reading room is closed to the public effective March 18, 2020. Details about our closing and how you can reach us are posted on the new location of this blog, which was recently moved: https://scuablog.lib.vt.edu/2020/03/18/special-collections-and-university-archives-closure/.
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Special Collections and University Archives Closure

For the safety of our staff and researchers with concerns about COVID-19, the Special Collections and University Archives reading room is closed to the public effective March 18, 2020. We are available for virtual reference at specref@vt.edu and we will be checking voicemail for our reference desk (540-231-6308). We will update our social media and …

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Special Collections and University Archives Closure

Summer 2021 Update (Updated May 3, 2021): Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will remain by-appointment for the summer (late May-early August 2021). SCUA will be open for appointments from 10a-4pm, Monday through Thursday (subject to change and availability of staff). Seats can be booked using the Library’s seat reservation system or by going directly …

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VTechWorks Update, Spring 2020

VTechWorks is Virginia Tech’s institutional repository, providing global access to the scholarship of faculty, staff, and students, as well as hosting many university publications, images, and more.  Managed by the University Libraries, VTechWorks receives theses and dissertations from the Graduate … Continue reading
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We’ve Moved (the Blog, that is!)

We have recently relocated our blog! We needed more space to grow, basically. We’re still working out a few of the bugs at our new location, but starting today, you can follow us at: https://scuablog.lib.vt.edu/. This site will stay online, of course, but if you want to keep up with our new posts (we’ve already … Continue reading We’ve Moved (the Blog, that is!)
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Book Review: Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians

Creative Commons. Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2020). The recently issued Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians serves as the companion for the Creative Commons Certificate course (which I have not taken). At five chapters and … Continue reading
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Mining and the Pocahontas Coalfield

Recently, CONSOL Energy announced it would be open a new mining operation on the Itmann Mine in West Virginia, and I’ve subsequently been fielding reference requests for information about Itmann and other mines in West Virginia. I haven’t spoken much previously about our mine maps in the Pocahontas Mines Collection, Ms2004-002, and this seems like the … Continue reading Mining and the Pocahontas Coalfield
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Avery-Abex Metallurgical Collection: All Plugged In

I began work on processing the Avery-Abex Metallurgical Collection at the beginning of November 2019, and boy has it been a rollercoaster so far. This collection, which spans 248 cubic feet, consists of case files, general company records and correspondence, photo negatives, glass plate negatives, photographic prints, and some 40,000 metal samples encased in resin … Continue reading Avery-Abex Metallurgical Collection: All Plugged In
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The Loch Ness Monster: Exploitation of Myth or Happy Coincidence? And Does It Matter?

Not quite a year ago, I took a call at the SCUA reference desk from Dr. Henry H. Bauer, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Science Studies and Emeritus Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences here at Virginia Tech. Dr. Bauer had been contacted not long before by a researcher exploring the life of … Continue reading The Loch Ness Monster: Exploitation of Myth or Happy Coincidence? And Does It Matter?
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