Assistive Technology Open House 4/17/14

Do you have questions about the assistive technology available for your use at the library?

Stop by the Disability Resource Office/McConnell Library Open House on Thursday, 4/17, from noon until 1:00.  The event will be held at the library in the Assistive Technology Lab on Level 3.

Enjoy a cookie and learn about Kurzweil, Dragon, MyReader, and more. With end-of-semester projects due, and exams coming fast, there’s no time like the present to learn about these resources!

Noise on Level 5: Thursday, 4/17/14

Please note that Level 5 will not be quiet this Thursday, 4/17/14, due to our Archives Open House. Set-up and take-down will go on throughout the day, and the event itself will run from 4:00-6:00.

We encourage you to adjust your study plans accordingly. Level 1 will remain a quiet floor during this time. Thank you for understanding!

Please stop by the Open House and enjoy exhibits from Archives and Appalachian Studies, live music, refreshments, and more.


BrowZine app is now being trialed


BrowZine is a tablet-based service that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the McConnell Library’s journal subscriptions on your iPadAndroid or Kindle. It works by pulling together articles from library subscribed databases,  uniting them into complete issues and displaying them in a “newsstand” type presentation.

Simply locate the journals titles you are interested in by browsing through the subject categories or A-Z list. Your chosen titles will now be displayed on your personal bookshelf.  Browzine also offers push notifications for when new content is available.

To get started, search for BrowZine in your app store (iTunesGoogleAmazon) and download the app to your device for free.


When initially launching BrowZine, select Radford University from the drop down list. Enter your Radford credentials when prompted and you are ready to go! Unlike other the links to our e-resources, you will be able to access your journals from off-campus without having to proxy. You even have the ability to sync individual articles to RefWorks, Zotero, Dropbox, and other services to keep all of your information together in one place.

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To learn more, please take a look at this short two minute video:

After using BrowZine please let us know how you like it by leaving a comment. Thanks!


$750 Library Research Awards- apply today!

We are now accepting applications for the Winesett Awards for Library Research. Four $750 prizes (two for freshmen/sophomores, two for juniors/seniors) will be given to students who have demonstrated impressive library research skills. Read all about it and access the online application at:

Survey incentive prize winners!

McConnell Library is pleased to announce the three winners of the incentive prizes for the 2014 LibQUAL+® library service quality survey.

The winner of the iPad Mini is Cheryl Johnson, a graduate student in Criminal Justice.


The winner of the first Kindle Paperwhite E- reader is Ashley Sykes, an undergraduate majoring in Art.


The winner of the second Kindle Paperwhite E- reader is Emily Guise, an undergraduate biology major.

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Congratulations to Cheryl, Ashley, and Emily!

Meet Christopher A. Miller

By Derek Lynn, McConnell Library Student Advisory Group

The library is a wealth of information and resources. This is no secret. However, known to few, although welcome to all, one of its greatest resources has remained largely untapped. Christopher A. Miller is McConnell’s newest acquisition and head of the Archives and Special Collections. As a student of music, linguistics, and library sciences, Chris is an accomplished man of many talents. As archivist, he has been charged with the task of capturing our University’s history.

Hidden in plain sight, Chris resides next to the newly built Archives Reading Room on the fifth floor of the library. Here, through the collection of primary sources, Chris intends to continue assembling the memory of Radford; cataloging everything from the papers of past presidents to photos of former students. The collection offers a unique, tangible look into the school’s past, its Appalachian heritage, and the lives of those in some way bound to the University. There is no purer source than the primary source and Archival research is open to all. Hours beginning April 1st will be Mondays through Fridays, 9-5.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact

Christopher A. Miller

Christopher A. Miller


Construction noise

Please be aware that there is some construction in progress on Level 3. If the noise is an issue, you may want to seek a study spot on one of our quiet floors (Levels 5 and 1).

Stay tuned – our new Commons area is taking shape! You’re going to love it.


Pictures from the 2014 McConnell Day Celebration

The 2014 McConnell Day Celebration was a big success on Friday, February 21, with around 40 McConnell family and friends out of around 90 guests.  The celebration honored the 148th anniversary of the birth of Dr. John Preston McConnell, founding president of Radford University, with speakers, music, and a special check presentation ceremony.



Keynote Speaker Meredith Sommers from Milligan College describes the influence of Josephus and Sara LaRue Hopwood on J.P. McConnell when he was a student and teacher there.



David Horton, Communication Officer for the College of Science and Technology at Radford University, regales the audience with stories about RU’s first years.



Christopher Miller, Archivist at McConnell Library, gives a brief introduction to the Radford University and John Preston McConnell archival collections.



Dr. David Graybeal, Dr. McConnell’s oldest grandson, cuts the birthday cake assisted by his wife, Shirley.  Library Dean Steve Helm is in the background.



Select Madrigal singers gathered by Anthony Kaseoru, center, sang the Alma Mater and a song for Dr. McConnell.



Mr. Robert (Bobby) D. McConnell, Grandmaster, McConnell and Related Family Clan, presents a check to Mr. Richard Alvarez, Radford University Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration.  The donation goes towards an endowed scholarship for a Scott County student to attend Radford University.



The McConnell Family on the front steps of McConnell Library.  Colton McConnell, Radford University first-year student, is standing in the middle wearing a white shirt with red tie.  He is holding a jar of water from the J.P. McConnell homeplace in Scott County, VA in preparation for pouring it on the library steps in re-enactment of the original library dedication.


(Photographs are courtesy of Whitescarver Photography, LLC)


-Kay Johnson

Head of Collection and Technical Services

Chair, McConnell Day Committee





Join Us and Celebrate Our Founder’s Birthday

McConnell Library invites you to celebrate McConnell Day, in honor of Radford University’s founding president, Dr. John Preston McConnell. 

Join us from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday, February 21, 2014 on the main (3rd) floor of McConnell Library.  Cake and refreshments will be served, and a short program will include presentations and live music.

Meredith Sommers, Archivist at Milligan College in eastern Tennessee, will talk about the “Rich Rewards of the Teachers: the Hopwoods, J.P. McConnell, and a Legacy of Education.”  Dr. McConnell received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Milligan College.

David Horton, Assistant to the Dean at RU’s College of Science and Technology, will share stories and insight about Radford University’s opening semester in Fall 1913.

There will also be an a cappella musical performance honoring Dr. McConnell and the musical era of Radford University’s founding.  The program will conclude with a presentation by Bobby D. McConnell, Grandmaster, McConnell and Related Family Clans (MRFC).

McConnell Day is an annual celebration commemorating Dr. John Preston McConnell’s birthday. 2014 marks the 148th anniversary of Dr. McConnell’s birth.


APA Survivor: March 16, 3:30 pm

Throughout the semester, the library offers drop-in workshops for students looking to hone their APA skills. Many professors offer extra-credit for attending, too!

Our second workshop of 2014 will be Sunday March 16, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm in Library Classroom B. Because of limited space, students are encouraged to sign up for a spot at the library reference desk starting at 2 pm on that day.

Full schedule: