Crowd-Sourcing with a Human Face

Vanderbilt University Library is hosting a symposium on June 2nd titled Crowd-Sourcing with a Human Face. Building on last year’s Cultural Heritage at Scale event, this symposium will explore the phenomenon of crowd-sourcing with a particular lens on its ethical, cultural, and social dimensions. The symposium will bring together speakers directing crowd-sourced projects, data curators,… Keep Reading

Applications for Fall 2017 Fellowships Are Now Open

  Are you interested in learning about the history of books and printing from the medieval period to the digital age? Would you like to know how to  produce digital editions of manuscripts and print publications? These are the topics we’ll explore this fall in the Library Fellows program. Fellows learn new skills and receive… Keep Reading

New Bandy Center Website

Announcing the launch of the newly revised W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies website. The new site, which integrates with the library’s existing webpages, includes information about the Center’s collections, exhibitions, publications, research fellows, and events. The featured images on the welcome screen are of Paris during Charles Baudelaire’s time, a… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Paper Marbling Workshop

Guest post by Brenda Thompson In her blog post a couple weeks ago, Brooke told you about the process of creating marbled paper, and showed you a book from the University of Nashville collection that we are processing. Fortuitously, just after that blog post was published, I discovered that we were going to have the opportunity… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Printers’ Devices

Guest post by Brooke Jackson As an intern working in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections Library, I have come across many old books, some dating as far back as the 16th century! We’ve learned throughout this internship of the many artifactual qualities that make books rare, including bindings, handmade papers, ornamental endpapers, and more. Another interesting characteristic… Keep Reading

The Wild Bunch Data Visualization Awards

This semester the library has been part of a campus-wide program focused on data visualization.  Our final program this semester is the announcement of the student winners of our data visualization competition. The entries were strong and we appreciate and recognize the work of our judges: Professor Bobby Bodenheimer, Professor Vesna Pavlovlic, Librarian Bobby Smiley,… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Book Clasps–Have You Hugged A Rare Book Today?

Guest post by Brenda Thompson When Brooke and I first began processing the University of Nashville collection, this 1747 book (currently uncataloged) was one of the first to capture my attention — for many reasons, including the decorative clasps: The use of clasps on books dates to a time much earlier than the 18th century,… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Paper Marbling

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Many of the books in the University of Nashville Collection that we have been cataloging feature paper marbling. This method has been used in connection with books for hundreds of years, and the technique can be traced back all the way to East Asia between the 10th and 12th centuries…. Keep Reading

The Shadow of the Sun: E.E. Barnard and the Solar Eclipse

Central Library Second Floor Gallery Opening Reception: April 7, 2:00-3:30pm In the study of astronomy and earth sciences, the Sun dominates the field in its importance to life on Earth.  The Sun provides energy to plants which provide food and oxygen, influences weather patterns in the atmosphere, and warms the surface of the planet to… Keep Reading