Dear friends of the University Libraries,

As the academic year comes to an end, we reflect on the successes and achievements we enjoyed throughout the fall and spring semesters. These accomplishments are possible through the hard work and expertise of our library employees.

Throughout these pages you will find stories of unique resources for research and learning such as a series of freely downloadable medical textbooks, emerging technology for lending in our studios, and a digital timeline that documents 100 years of women at Virginia Tech. These accomplishments are certainly worth celebrating — our people behind this hard work even more so.

In addition to our library employees, friends of the University Libraries are making a difference for Virginia Tech students and contribute to their success. With help from more than 60 volunteers across campus and Hokie parents, the University Libraries staged its bi-annual Cheesy Nights outside in order to safely serve grilled cheese sandwiches to our students during  finals week in December. Did you know it takes more than 170 pounds of cheese to make enough grilled cheese sandwiches for hungry Hokies during finals?

Several pages in the magazine are a result of your feedback from the last issue. Many of you took the time to provide your thoughts through our feedback form. You’ll see several pages with the tab “readers request” that give you a then and now view of Newman Library through the decades and a snapshot of some of the projects being created in our prototyping studio.

We encourage you to keep the conversation going! What would you like to learn more about in the University Libraries? Join us on social media @VTLibraries and stay connected.

All the best,

Tyler D. Walters

Tyler Walters, Ph.D.

Dean, University Libraries

Virginia Tech