Director’s Welcome, Fall 2017

Nancy Falciani-White image

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Randolph-Macon College for the Fall 2017 semester. Some of you are returning after a fun/ productive/ boring summer, while for others, this is your first semester at R-MC. This is not my first semester, but it is my first fall semester in this community. I am looking forward to experiencing autumn in Virginia this year.

In the library we often talk about what we really want people to know about the library. It tends to come down to the nouns for us: People, Places, and Things, in that order. Or, if you prefer alliteration: Staff, Spaces, and Stuff.

  • The librarians and staff at the library can answer your questions, and make your search for information more efficient and effective. Whether you are a freshman or a professor who has been teaching and researching for thirty years, we want you to succeed. Resources and tools change frequently, and our friendly staff can connect you to the most current information available. If you aren’t sure who to ask, start at the Information Desk, and they can connect you to the person who can best answer your question.
  • The study and social spaces in the library have been designed and arranged with you in mind. The library tries to provide a space for everyone, so that you can study with: background noise, silence, friends, alone, in a comfortable chair, spread out at a table, at a desk, or standing up. If we don’t have what you like, let us know, as we plan on renovating our spaces in the next several years.
  • The stuff, or resources, that we provide include research databases, print books, ebooks, software, media equipment, and much more. Our electronic resources can be accessed anywhere you have internet access. If we don’t have what you need, we can connect you to it through local college and university libraries, or interlibrary loan.

What’s new?

  • Look for this button in our databases: . This button connects you to all the library subscription holdings, our print holdings, and interlibrary loan options, all with the click of a button. A librarian can help connect you, if you have any questions.
  • VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program allows faculty, students, and staff of Randolph-Macon College to borrow from participating college and university libraries in Virginia. If you need a resource immediately, a university in Richmond might be able to lend it to you.
  • More tables in a popular location. Because of some online resources that we recently acquired, we were able to consolidate our microfilm and microfiche into smaller cabinets. This freed up space for an additional table in a popular study area near the DVD collection, and allowed more space between them.

Study tables in library

What will we be doing this fall?

  • Working on a strategic plan for the library, to determine where we want to be in 5-10 years, and how we can get there.
  • Planning and preparing for our upcoming renovation.
  • Continuing to adjust our collections and services to the continually changing needs of our campus.

Stay connected!

We want to hear from you. If you have suggestions for resources we should acquire, spaces we should reconfigure, events we should hold, or anything else, we would love to hear them! We don’t have an unlimited budget, but there are often creative ways to get things that we do with a little bit of planning.


September 4 on the Fourth – Welcome Back!

Welcome back!
For the month of September we’re highlighting books that will help make you more successful this school year.  You can find them in the McGraw-Page Library at the Information Desk book display.

The Infographic Guide to College
by Diane Garcia
Infographic Guide to College book cover
College survival just got graphic! There’s so much more to college than course guides and picking your dorm. From doing your own laundry to making friends to scoring a job and staying healthy, there’s no shortage of things to figure out! No need to panic. The Infographic guide to college has you covered with illustrated, realistic advice on how to: avoid the freshman 15, ace your exams, declare a major, master study habits, get around town, get along with your roommate, apply for a loan, and so much more!  Summary provided by publisher.
LB 2343.32 .G345 2017
Catalog Link – The Infographic Guide to College

Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond
by C. M. Gill
Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond book cover
Every student knows that writing a successful college paper is no small undertaking.  To make the grade, you need to express your ideas clearly and concisely.  So how do you do it?  In Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond, you’ll learn down-to-earth strategies for organizing your thoughts, researching the right sources, getting it down on paper … and earning an A.  Summary provided by publisher.
PE 1408 .G55837 2014
Catalog Link – Essential Writing Skills for College & Beyond 

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management
by Kevin Kruse
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management book cover
Too many people think working hard leads to greater productivity. However, managing one’s time better is what gives us the energy to succeed in both our personal and work lives. This book provides advice from successful people on managing your time more effectively.  Summary provided by publisher.
HD 69 .T54 K78 2015
Catalog Link – 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management


10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less)
by Thomas Frank
10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades book cover
Becoming a more effective learner and boosting your productivity will help you earn better grades – but it’ll also cut down on your study time. This is a short, meaty book that will guide you through ten steps to achieving those goals: Pay better attention in class, Take more effective notes, Get more out of your textbooks, Plan like a general, Build a better study environment, Fight entropy and stay organized, Defeat Procrastination, Study smarter, Write better papers, Make group projects suck less, Whether you’re in college or high school, this book will probably help you. But not if you’re a raccoon. I want to be very clear about that; if you’re a raccoon, please buy a different book. This one will do absolutely nothing for you. How did you even learn to read, anyway? Summary provided by publisher.
LB 2395 .F68 2015
Catalog Link – 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades


R-MC now participating in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program

VIVA consortium logo

Randolph-Macon College is now participating in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program, which allows our faculty, students, and staff to travel to participating Virginia college and university libraries and borrow materials directly from them. Some participating institutions include Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Virginia. The complete list is available at the VIVA website.

When members of the R-MC community travel to any of these institutions, they will need to verify your affiliation to the college by looking you up in a faculty/staff directory, or asking you to login to MyMaconWeb. Then you will need to follow their guidelines for borrowing, which determine how many items you can check out concurrently and how long you can keep them. Each institution provides its borrowing guidelines on the website above. Items you borrow should be returned directly to the library from which you borrowed them.

Participation in this program expands access that faculty have had through the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC), and makes getting materials from other libraries significantly easier for students and staff.

Taylor Anderson Memorial Collection added to Special Collections

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson ’08

The McGraw-Page Library recently added the Taylor Anderson Memorial Collection to its Archives and Special Collections. Taylor Anderson graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minors both in Asian Studies and Political Science. She was teaching English in Ishinomaki, Japan when she was killed in the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in March 2011. Her memory has been honored by The Japan Foundation, Ishinomaki Senshu University, and the U.S. Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative.

This collection contains ephemeral and published materials relating to Ishinomaki City, Ishinomaki High School, the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster of March 2011, and Ishinomaki Senshu University. Materials include books, newspapers, pamphlets, computer printouts, and ticket stubs collected during a summer exchange program between Randolph-Macon College and Ishinomaki Senshu University in 2016.

Live your dream book coverBook covers in JapaneseSpecial Collection item

Ishinomaki Senshu University is located in the Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region of northern Japan, which was greatly affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Screen capture of map of Japan
Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Some items in the collection have especially significant meaning.

Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story: and Stories of Courage and Sacrifice during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, is a documentary on DVD that examines the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami through Taylor Anderson’s life.

The book Teira san kara no okurimono: Tsunami no gisei ni natta amerika no sensei: Shinsai no ishinomaki: Taiyaku (A Gift from Taylor: The story of an American teacher who was lost in the Tsunami) by Naomi Chiba is in both Japanese and English and also tells Taylor’s story. The copy in our Taylor Anderson Memorial Collection was signed and donated by the author in Taylor’s memory.

Live your Dream book cover
A Gift from Taylor and Live your Dreams

The POP[ular] reading section on the first floor of the library is also dedicated to Taylor’s memory. She was one of two students who began the Randolph Readers book club, which met monthly in the library beginning in 2006.

We are glad to be able to honor Taylor’s memory and the relationship between Randolph-Macon College and Ishinomaki Senshu University through this collection, and hope its resources will inspire current and future R-MC students to use their liberal arts education to explore their passions and prepare to follow their dreams.

You can read more about Taylor’s life and Randolph-Macon College’s Japanese Studies program here.

Three on the Third – May

Three on the Third is a monthly series in which we highlight three books new to the library collection.  Summaries of the books will be provided along with shelf location and a link to the item in the catalog.

Waking Lions
by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Waking Lions book cover

After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim’s wife tracks him down and confronts him the next day, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence.  Summary provided by publisher
POP: PJ 5055.22 .U55 L4213 2017
Waking Lions – Catalog Link


The Accusation
by Bandi
The Accusation book coverA collection of searing and heart-wrenching stories by an anonymous North Korean writer who is still living in the country, The Accusation was secretly brought to South Korea in order to be published there and abroad.  This deeply moving and eye-opening literary work paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il’s leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to the people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. Summary provided by publisher
POP: PL 994.118 .B36 A2 2017
The Accusation – Catalog Link

Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times Volume 2
edited by Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandra Gioia Treadway
Virginia Women book cover
This second of two volumes continues the exploration of the history of Virginia women through the lives of exemplary and remarkable individuals. Seventeen essays written by established and emerging scholars recover the stories and voices of a diverse group of women, from the transition from slavery to freedom in the period following the Civil War through the struggle to secure rights for gay and lesbian women in the late twentieth century. Placing their subjects in their larger historical contexts, the authors show how the experiences of Virginia women varied by race, class, age, and marital status, and also across both space and time.  Summary provided by publisher
*note – Volume 2 includes the story of Mildred Loving
HQ 1438 .V5 V57 2015 V.2
Virginia Women – Catalog Link

Introducing Nancy Falciani-White, Library Director


Nancy Falciani-White image

“Information is the raw material of knowledge: used effectively it can lead to wisdom. It is the intellectual equivalent of our food. And just as our eating habits and nutritional intake can be good or bad, with concomitant good and bad effects on our physical health, so can the quality of information we acquire, and the effectiveness with which we process it, affect the quality and effectiveness of our intellectual health.”[1]

My name is Nancy Falciani-White, and I am pleased to introduce myself to you as the new director of Randolph-Macon’s McGraw-Page Library. I have a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (English, Education, and Music) from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. I obtained my Doctorate in Education in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University in 2013. My husband and I have two children. In my free time I enjoy genealogy, reading, bookmaking, and gardening. As a family, we enjoy watching movies, biking, and martial arts. I began as Library Director on December 1, and am excited to be joining Randolph-Macon College.  Continue reading “Introducing Nancy Falciani-White, Library Director”

R-MC Folios is a platform for blogging, professional website publishing, and building e-Portfolios. It is currently offered to faculty and students of Randolph-Macon College, and is supported by Media & Instructional Support at the library.  Here are examples of how faculty and students use the tool – (Professor Rachele Dominguez’s blogs) (Student projects for Professor Evie Terrono’s FYE class)

Powered by WordPress, can also be used as a teaching and collaboration tool. It allows students to build web-presentations for class assignments with minimum technical difficulty. Contact Lily Zhang ( if you are interested in using, or visit

A Database Cooler Than Its Name!

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection, a full-text database of thousands of magazines and publications from the late 1600s through the 1800s, provides a fascinating look at published information on any and all subjects important to people through our early history. For those needing PRIMARY SOURCES this is a great resource!

From advertisements for early sewing machines (some of these are scary), to essays on the honor of fighting a duel (think Hamilton!) to suggested medical treatments (jalapeno peppers for Scarlet Fever) to poems written to ladies with small pox (seriously!), this database gives us a look into life in earlier times.

These periodicals can be searched in our Discovery search or chosen from our alphabetical list of Databases.