The Virginia Libraries Editorial board is pleased to present the first completed volume (Vol. 62) under its new publishing format, in which articles are published individually as they become ready for distribution. Beginning with volume 62 (2018), we will wrap each issue in December. Publishing your articles quickly is our goal, and we can accomplish this with the new publishing model we have adopted.

Just as Clevenger’s essay proclaims that “Virginia Library Association Is for All!” so too is Virginia Libraries journal. This volume includes an extensive topical range of articles, in our effort to capture the broad spectrum of library activity in Virginia. It also includes a broad range of article types, from case studies, essays and columns, to peer-reviewed research and best practice articles.

One common thread across the volume’s articles is the resourceful use of technology, from the well established (online professional development) to the cutting edge (proximity beacons).

Rob Tench writes about how Old Dominion University (ODU) Libraries are leveraging online professional development through a self-directed training program, in which each library employee is provided three hours per week to pursue skill development and/or knowledge. Tench’s article, “Implementation of a Self-Directed Staff Training Pilot Program at Old Dominion University Libraries,” provides background on self-directed training programs in libraries, then details the implementation and outcomes. Tench also shares what ODU Libraries learned from the project, including their finding that technology tools work well as a topic for self-directed development programs.

Learning management systems (LMS) on college campuses have also reached a level of technological maturity, and academic libraries continue to explore how best to integrate their services and resources into these highly used course spaces. In “A Bellwether for All Library Services in the Future: A Review of User-Centered Library Integrations with Learning Management Systems,” Liz Thompson and David S. Vess contribute a literature review focused on student and faculty expectations and perceptions of library integrations with the LMS.

LibGuides are another piece of software that have been in existence for several years, with a wide rate of adoption across academic libraries in particular. In recent years, some libraries have extended their use of LibGuides beyond the standard subject and course guides, and built their entire library website on the platform. A. Garrison Libby and Joy L. Yaeger explore the Tidewater Community College’s experience with migrating their website to LibGuides in “LibGuides as a Platform for Designing a Library Homepage.” Libby and Yaeger provide tips for other libraries considering making the same transition.

Katelyn Tucker Burton, Jason Burton, and Alyssa Archer also provide helpful advice for libraries interested in adopting a new technology – in this case, proximity beacons – in their article, “Using Proximity Beacons to Connect Physical & Virtual Library Spaces: A Case Study.” The authors describe how the Radford University library partnered with another campus department to create a competitive, interactive game for National Library Week using proximity beacons. Multiple screenshots are included in the article to help illustrate this technology and its use.

Both old and new technologies are highlighted in the column Uniquely Lendable Collections, as author Luke Vilelle shares the wide range of materials that libraries of all types provide to their communities. From ozobots to garden tools, there’s plenty more than books to borrow from your local library.

Finally, Virginia Libraries is proud to present, as per tradition, a letter from the President of the Virginia Libraries Association, 2017 president Keith Weimer, discussing the year’s events and trends. And past chair of the Virginia Libraries Professional Associates Forum, Kathy Clevenger, encourages all Virginia Library employees to become involved in VLA through this open invitation.

We, the editorial board of Virginia Libraries, thank you, our readers, for supporting our publication, and we also issue an invitation to you to help our journal grow stronger. We always want to hear your ideas, suggestions and feedback, and look forward to receiving your input at

Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Luke Vilelle for preparing this editorial introduction on behalf of the Editorial Board.

The 2017-2018 Virginia Libraries Editorial Board:

Virginia Pannabecker, Editor in Chief
Renee DiPilato, Editor
Paige Flanagan, Editor
Sue LaParo, Editor
Luke Vilelle, Editor

Received: May 30, 2018
Accepted: June 14, 2018
Published: June 22, 2018

Copyright: ©Authors: Luke Vilelle, Renee DiPilato, Paige Flanagan, Sue LaParo, and Virginia Pannabecker. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source