More Than You Can Chew

more than you can chew

Credit: Image by Wenhao Liu

Food for Thought or Bad Taste?

(artists’ statements)

Last year, the library approached Professor Mel Ziegler to consider the Central Library’s new Food for Thought Café as a location for an exhibition of art created by one of his classes. One of the café’s unique features is a repurposing of the 1941 card catalog with display niches ideally suited for art work. The class proposals were based on viewing the documentary “Food Inc.”

We invite you, the viewers, to send us feedback on the library’s blog about the art works now on display in the Food for Thought Café.

LibQual+ survey March 14-April 6

The Heard Library system is conducting the LibQUAL+ survey from March 14 through April 6. LibQUAL+ is a survey administered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and it is used to assess the quality of library services and facilities. This survey will let us know what you think of our current services, and help us plan for new services, as well as changes to our current facilities to enhance user experience. Your voices will help us plan for a new and brighter library future.

The Heard Library has used past LibQUAL+ survey results to support many improvements, such as:

  • Renovation of the Central Library
  • Addition of the Food for Thought Café in the Central Library
  • More consistent hours across the system
  • 24-hour access to some libraries
  • Implementation of a faculty delivery service
  • Addition of group study rooms

If you have any questions about the LibQUAL+ survey, please contact Holling Smith-Borne. Participants can also enter their email addresses into a drawing for an iPad and other prizes.

To access the survey or obtain more information about LibQUAL+, please visit the website:

Sound off on library services through LibQUAL+ survey

by Ann Marie Deer Owens

Students enjoy using the renovated Parkes Armistead Reading Room at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. (Vanderbilt University)

A survey that should take only five to 10 minutes for you to complete will help guide future priorities for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library system and all of its libraries and collections.

All Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff – including those at the medical center – are encouraged to take LibQUAL+ 2012, a survey administered by the Association of Research Libraries and used to assess the quality of services at the Vanderbilt libraries and others around the world. The survey will be open March 14-30. (more)

VIDEO: The Auto Industry Comes to Tennessee

Monday night’s panel discussion, “The Auto Industry Comes to Tennessee: Exploring the Impact of the Auto Industy and It’s Future in the State” was covered by WSMV Channel 4 and WTVF Channel 5. The panel included Senator Lamar Alexander and other leaders in the auto industry and was hosted by Dean Dowell as well as James Bradford, Dean of the Owen School of Management.

WSMV Channel 4

WTVF Channel 5

Wear Green! Come celebrate gold LEED certification for library

March 29, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Central Library 4th Floor Lobby
Come Wear Your Green!
12:00 p.m. Group photo shoot
Refreshments and Tours

The 2010 renovation of the Central Library has earned a gold LEED certification, making it the first Vanderbilt campus renovation to achieve this honor. The Library is working with SustainVU, SPEAR [Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility], the Vanderbilt Student Government, the Library’s Green Team, and University architects to celebrate this achievement and to raise awareness of environmental issues and opportunities.This award is the result of countless hours of planning. Over 30,000 square feet were renovated on four floors of the building, creating new classrooms, group study rooms, refurbished grand reading rooms, a café, and a large multi-purpose Community Room.

An Encellium lighting system was installed to enhance daylight harvesting and reduce lighting power density overall by 23%. Recycled content was used in 10% of purchased furniture and furnishings, along with the use of low emission flooring materials and low-VOC finishes. We purchased 20% of construction materials and furniture from within a radius of 500 miles. Water conservation measures included low flow/flush toilets, waterless urinals and low flow faucet fixtures. Energy efficient HVAC equipment was installed, and all new equipment installed was qualified Energy Star. Recycling containers were placed in 25 locations though out the building and more than 75% of the demolition waste was recycled.

Please join us in the 4th floor Central Lobby on March 29 for refreshments and tours of the eco-friendly renovations by the library’s Green Team. We’re asking everyone to wear green that day to recognize the hard work of staff and students who made this possible.

Scholastic Book Fair at Peabody Library

We invite you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair at Peabody Library and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.

The physical book fair will be on Thursday March 15th and Friday March 16th from 9:30a-5:30p. We will have preK through YA books available.

Online shopping will be available March 9th -19th. All online orders will be sent to Lara Beth at Peabody for pick up. You will find a wider range of books available online including adult titles. Here is the link to the online fair:

Inside Vandy: Profesor David Owen talks innovation

by Kion Sawney
David Owen

The Vanderbilt Library Lecture Series on Wednesday afternoon welcomed David Owens to talk on why innovation fails. Drawing on years of experience in the corporate world and academia, Owens led a discussion on the six major types of constraints that hinder innovation.

Most people associate innovation with the slogan of “thinking out of the box.” Owens argues that the only way to create innovation is to understand the constraints facing the problem. Thinking outside of the box can only go so far if the questions aren’t properly understood. Through communication of constraints innovators can create the proper conditions to foster innovation instead of stopping it. (more)