The VT Authors Recognition Event, hosted by the University Libraries, celebrated and recognized the creation of knowledge and the diversity of scholarship across the university. From topics such as the history of smell to computational fluid dynamics, the books represented Virginia Tech’s land-grant mission.

Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke joined in the celebration of authorship by faculty, staff, and administrators and congratulated the authors on exemplifying this mission.

“A land-grant institution is committed to this tripod-type mission,” said Clarke. “We’re absolutely committed to educating the citizenry, not just of the state, but across the globe. We’re committed to conducting research, research that is basic, that is translational, that’s applied to clinical, research that has potential for making a difference. And we are committed to outreach and service.”

“What you see here is what we do. It’s what we do at Virginia Tech,” said Clarke.

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This annual event also celebrates those who publish in publicly accessible journals through the University Libraries’ Open Access Subvention Fund, which enables authors to engage in new transformational open publishing environments and encourages new ways of thinking about digital scholarship and information access.