Collections Updates Blog

Nov. 29, 2023: McConnell Library's Newly Expanded Young Adult Collection

Check out McConnell Library's newly expanded young adult collection and discovery exciting new releases as well as familiar classics. This newly expanded collection has been moved and is now located in the Library Commons on the third floor. This freshly updated space has new shelving and comfortable seating that is perfect for reading and long study sessions alike.

This growing collection includes both a permanent collection of over 200 fiction and nonfiction books as well as a rotating collection of new popular reading with new books being added regularly. Enjoy the comfortable seating and refreshed look in this newly updated space while browsing books from popular authors.

Aug. 18, 2023: Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender 3: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century

As of August 1, 2023, VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, has perpetual access to Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender 3: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. This is the third collection in the series, which complements an earlier purchase of the Gale Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ Since 1940, Parts I and II, and focuses on the study of sex and sexuality and gender roles research.

This new resource includes more than one million pages of rare and unique materials that cover a date range of 1600-1940 and will support students, researchers, and faculty exploring areas such as medicine, biology, the history of gender and sexuality, anthropology, law, the classics, art, and erotic literature.

You can access all of these archives in one link or browse our A to Z Databases list and look for the existing Archives of Sexuality and Gender link.

Feb. 23, 2023: The HistoryMakers

VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, now has another great resource available to Radford University Library users. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is a collection of 2,800 full‐length videotaped African American oral histories that is continually growing. It includes video and fully searchable transcripts created by The HistoryMakers through their interviews with African American leaders across a broad range of disciplines and subject areas, including Art, Civics, Education, Law, Religion, STEM, and more. These testimonies illuminate the stories of African American men and women living in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries who have made important contributions to America and the world.

These new collections greatly expand the breadth and depth of equity, diversity, and inclusion content that VIVA makes available to its members. They are part of the VIVA shared collection that represents substantial cost avoidance for Virginia through the benefits of group negotiation. Access the HistoryMakers Digital Archive, or browse Radford University Libraries’ A-Z Databases List for our full list of available resources.