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Civil Rights Movement Remembered

Emma Edmunds Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963

The Coffee Talk series in Blount Library kicked off the fall 2013 semester with an exhibit and presentation titled Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va., 1963. Emma Edmunds, a researcher with the University of Virginia, organized the exhibit and hosted the presentation on September 26, which was attended by about 25 people.

Edmunds opened the presentation by discussing events relating to the Civil Rights Movement in Danville in 1963. During the months of June and July of that year, more than 300 demonstrators were arrested by the police. The struggle for equal rights in Danville drew the attention of civil rights’ leaders from across the country. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sent representatives to Danville to assist the protestors. Just as the SCLC was preparing to launch a major campaign in the fall of 1963, other events--including the bombing of a Baptist Church in Birmingham in September and the assassination of President Kennedy in November--compelled Dr. King and other civil rights’ leaders to focus their efforts elsewhere.

Edmunds was followed by Robert Hairston, who related how Dr. King stayed at his mother Beatrice’s house during his two visits to Danville. He presented a letter from his daughter, who was four years old at the time of Dr. King’s visit, to Edmunds to read. Hairston was followed by Reverend Thurman Echols, Jr., who was one of the first protestors to be arrested on the morning of June 10, 1963. When Thurman’s mother and father went to the police station to pick up the 16-year-old protestor, they were also arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The final speaker was Herbert V. Coulton, who was a field secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) at the time of the Danville protests. Coulton, who drove from Petersburg to attend the presentation, described his efforts to help register voters in Virginia and other southern states. During the course of his activities with the SCLC, Coulton was arrested several times and threatened with violence by members of the Ku Klux Klan and others. Coulton recorded his experiences as a community organizer during the Civil Rights Movement in a book he co-authored with James Daniely, In the Shadow of Giants.

Mapping Local Knowledge will be on exhibit in Blount Library through November 15th, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Share Your Thoughts at a Coffee Talk

Coffee Talks are brief presentations on academic resources and topics of interest to the Averett community, followed by questions and discussion. Averett students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome to attend ... and to propose and present new topics!

 Join us for learning, dialog and refreshments on the 2nd floor of Blount Library. Days and times vary. Watch for upcoming topics at:


Primary Sources in Literature

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) has licensed Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections for participating public and independent institutions. Averett scholars can read works of literature online, including "Early English Prose Fiction, 1500-1700," and 18th, 19th, and 20th century English and American poetry, drama and prose. In addition, we have access to bibliographies of English and American literature, the "Faber Poetry Library," King James Bible and "Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare."

Chadwyck-Healey was an early leader in digitizing works of literature, and an early partner with VIVA. Until recently, Chadwyck-Healey poetry collections were hosted at the University of Virginia. Averett readers have access to them for the first time, in addition to texts in Literature Online (LION).

Use your AU web services login to access LION, and the Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections. Questions? Contact Dr. Patrick Wasley.


WorldCat Enables Scholarly Research

Blount Library offers a new, unified search option for Averett scholars to seek and cite credible sources with relative ease. is made possible by OCLC—a nonprofit organization with the world’s richest database of bibliographic information, connecting thousands of libraries and digital collections worldwide, most recently with WorldCat Local and Worldshare Management Services.

With WorldCat, students, faculty and staff locate and read full text articles and e-books, and stream media from a single interface. They can limit to peer reviewed sources, or to e-books and online articles licensed by Averett and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA).

The first five articles displayed are the most relevant found in any library or database, followed by Averett’s print and digital collections. If local sources are not sufficient, readers can request interlibrary loans for works cited in WorldCat.

Other things to do in WorldCat:

  • Locate books, book reviews, and related articles in the same search.
  • Find a seminal article and trace it’s influence in books and articles published in subsequent years.
  • Learn more about an author, including a bibliography with the number of libraries owning each of his or her books.
  • Read STEM-H e-books in the VIVA demand-driven acquisitions pilot
  • Format and export citations in several styles, including APA, MLA and Turabian.
  • Search WorldCat and selected research databases in real time, at the same time. (Use the Advanced Search screen to select databases in addition to WorldCat. Choices include JSTOR, Dissertations and Theses, Academic Search, ABI/Inform and more.)
  • Take advantage of social networking tools, including personal lists, reviews and recommendations.

How does it work? Libraries worldwide contribute records to WorldCat for the books and journals they collect. Database vendors provide metadata to the WorldCat knowledge base for articles published in their electronic journals. Digital archives, such as the Hathi Trust contribute metadata and links to full text for open access content.

With WorldCat, Averett scholars can locate and evaluate scholarly and professional information from a wide range of sources, including many in full text. Try WorldCat Local today at Ask us about a search widget for use in Moodle and Averett web pages (

One caution: For students preparing a thesis or dissertation, or embarking on a project that requires a comprehensive literature review, WorldCat is a starting point. Students  may need to search additional, specialized databases and repositories. View a subject research guide and consult with a librarian for further assistance (; 791-5692 or 800-543-9440).


Academic Commons in Progress!

Poster by Allison Sparks, Class of 2014

An Academic Commons is emerging on the main floor of Blount Library as bound periodicals retreat to storage and more reference books go digital. The commons planning committee launched a student survey and is organizing focus groups and site visits to other institutions. We envision warm and inviting spaces with the furnishings, technology, and study areas Averett scholars need to pursue information research and collaborative projects.

Students interested in participating on the Academic Commons Planning Committee should contact Jennifer Robinson, librarian and assistant professor ( If you attend classes on the Danville campus and have not yet responded to the Academic Commons survey, please check your Averett email for an invitation, and express your opinions about the library and the commons project.


Academic Commons @ Blount Library


STEM-H eBooks on Demand

Through VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, Averett scholars can read thousands of e-books from premier publishers in STEM-H fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health), with new books added each week. Demand driven acquisitions across VIVA's consortium of academic libraries opens access for students and faculty to a much larger collection than can be offered through the purchasing power of a single institution. E-books selected by students and faculty of any VIVA institution are permanently available to all.

You can search for STEM-H books directly on the EBL E-Book Collection.

To find the same books in Worldcat, select "Books" and "Virtual Library of Virginia," then enter keywords, such as "clinical psychology" or pharmacology:

Worldcat displays the five most relevant titles from all libraries, followed by e-books from the Virtual Library of Virginia. In a search of "Libraries Worldwide," you will see the five most relevant titles, followed by Averett books, Virtual Library of Virginia e-books, and sources from other libraries.

When you find a pertinent title, click through the "View Now" link to read the book online:

As always, use your Moodle/PC Self-Service account when prompted to log in to your Averett Library account.  You can download VIVA e-books in their entirety to many popular mobile devices, including tablets and e-book readers.

Averett has been an active member of VIVA since its inception in 1994, licensing research databases and participating in no-fee interlibrary loan agreements and educational programs. The demand driven acquisitions initiative supports efforts of Virginia higher education to increase the number of college graduates in STEM-H related fields, better preparing Virginia’s workforce for the jobs of the future.

Publishers participating in the pilot program include John Wiley & Sons, Oxford University Press, Jossey-Bass, McGraw-Hill UK, Wiley-VCH and Sage.


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