Applications Now Being Accepted for Summer and Fall Buchanan Library Fellows

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Calling all undergraduates: are you interested in becoming a Buchanan Library Fellow? Applications are now being accepted for summer and fall fellowships.

The Buchanan Library Fellowship program connects undergraduate students with librarians and faculty to develop skills in a variety of areas, including geographic information systems, data visualization, exhibition curation and WordPress blogs. Students commit to 3 to 5 hours of work per week over the course of a semester and present on their projects at the semester’s end, coming away with a completed project on their resume, a better understanding of how the libraries work, and a stipend of $500.  Three programs are currently seeking fellows for the upcoming semesters. For more information, contact the mentors listed below.

From Listeners to Leaders: A History of Women at Vanderbilt   (Summer 2018)
This  summer semester fellowship will examine the history of women at Vanderbilt from the university’s nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day. We will consider women’s experiences as students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt, which only began to admit women and men undergraduates in equal numbers in the 1980s. The fellowshipwill also explore the history of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. Students will learn about exhibition and curatorial techniques while engaging with the library’s Special Collections materials. Students will work collaboratively or individually to produce an exhibit focusing on different aspects of women’s experiences at Vanderbilt.

Lead Mentor: Rory Dicker

HireADore (job code 9505)

Data Visualization and the Humanities   (Fall 2018)
Libraries, maps, network graphs and datasets reflect and shape the work of scholars in the humanities. This library fellows course provides an overview of the way that literary and historical scholars have organized, analyzed, and presented their research to each other and the public using data visualization. The course includes theoretical, historical and practical work, sourcing materials from the library’s special collections and elsewhere in the library. Combining traditional humanities and digital humanities, the course will also introduce students to a variety of visualization tools and techniques, enabling them to build map digital maps, network graphs, and other types of visualizations using humanities data.
Lead Mentor: Bobby Smiley

HireADore (job code 9512)

The News as It Happened: Journalism in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections   (Fall 2018)
Vanderbilt’s Libraries are proud to be the place of record of journalists and newspaper editors whose actions broke news of national importance. From Jim Squires’ decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in the Chicago Tribune to Kathy Sawyer’s coverage of the Challenger disaster, news reporters and their editors carry a responsibility to provide unbiased, timely news. Today, that duty could not be more relevant or important. This fall semester fellowship will examine key figures in the world of journalism whose papers are housed in Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections. Fellows will work collaboratively to produce a physical and interactive exhibit focusing on the contributions made by these writers.

Lead Mentors: Kathy Smith and Sara Sterkenburg

Hire A Dore (job code 9646)

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