Nominate a Librarian for the “I Love My Librarian” Award!

Nominate a librarian for the 2017 “I Love My Librarian” Award! Our nation’s librarians transform their communities, schools and campuses, and improve the lives of the people they serve every day. If a librarian has made an impact on you in a meaningful way, now is your chance to honor their contributions. The I Love… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Discovering Bound-Withs

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Of the books I’ve worked with from the University of Nashville Collection this semester, this rare volume published in 1732 (images below) has been one of my favorites. There are a few bibliographic qualities that makes this book interesting. It features red and black ink on the title page, the… 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

Two Weeks Only: Trial of PoliticoPro

The Vanderbilt Library has recently acquired a two week trial of PoliticoPro. Below is the official description of the new IP based subscription service from Politico. Just recently, POLITICO launched POLITICO Pro, a premium policy news and information resource designed specifically to keep students, faculty and researchers on college campuses in lock-step with the unprecedented… 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

ART+FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

March is ART+FEMINISM and Vanderbilt Library’s having a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Why We Edit Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well documented: less than 10% of contributors to Wikipedia identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Line Engraving

Guest Post by Brooke Jackson As an intern at Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and Archives, I have come across many interesting characteristics working with rare books. One such quality is that many of the books contain beautiful pieces of artwork. The artwork typically depicts various images such as maps, portraits, animals, etc. The technique used to… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Literary Societies at the University of Nashville

Guest post by Brenda Thompson The older books that Brooke and I are processing as part of our internship this semester are part of a collection from the University of Nashville — a school to which Vanderbilt traces its roots, and which had its heyday primarily in the 1800s (it existed as a distinct entity… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Vellum

Hello! My name is Brooke Jackson and I am a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where I am majoring in Information Sciences. I have been interning at the Vanderbilt Special Collections, and during my time as an intern I have been working with rare books. Many of the books are hundreds… Keep Reading