Happy National Friends of the Libraries Week!

Happy National Friends of the Libraries Week! The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries invite you to join us for two upcoming events: Friday, Oct. 22, Noon–1:00 p.m.    A curatorial talk highlighting the current exhibit Out of the Vault. Email Special Collections to register. Read more+ Friday, Nov. 5, Noon–1:00 p.m.     A showcase of new acquisitions… Keep reading

Newly Acquired Videos Address Importance of Making Electronic Content Accessible to All

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have recently acquired Stories of Inclusive Technology: Diversity, Accessibility & Universal Design. This seven-part video series, produced by the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University, addresses the need to make electronic content accessible to all from the perspective of the user. Selecting the video links below takes… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Acquires Dinah Shore Collection

Vanderbilt Special Collections Library recently acquired the Dinah Shore Collection, documenting the life of Vanderbilt graduate Dinah Shore, BA’38, a prolific singer, actress, and talk show host widely popular throughout the 1940s-1980s. Noteworthy items include Dinah Shore fan club newsletters, publicity stills, photographs and scripts from Shore’s talk shows, and original music recordings that will… Keep reading

Vanderbilt Acquires John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie Collection

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries recently received a major archival collection, The John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie Collection, as part of the collaborative Academic Archives Purchasing Fund with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Vanderbilt University. Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), an instrumental figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz, was a… Keep reading

Demystifying Library Resources and Expenditures: Collecting Distinctive Collections

The acquisition of library resources for scholarship and teaching known as “collection development,” is a complicated process that strikes a balance between access and ownership. Factors, such as price, budget, availability, and licensing, increasingly impact the libraries’ abilities to provide the most relevant and useful set of resources for our campus community. We seek creative… Keep reading

The Fight for Freedom: Ministers as Activists

We bring back to your attention this 2014 library exhibition, The Fight for Freedom, containing compelling letters, rare broadsides, and audio and video recordings which serve as witnesses to powerful moments in America’s history. Among the themes in this exhibition, Ministers as Activists includes just a few of the rare items from the the Kelly… Keep reading

Rev. Kelly Miller Smth shakes hands with President Jimmy Carter

Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía – Spring 2020

A new online exhibit has been created based on an exhibit in Special Collections and the exhibit-opening lecture given by Paula Covington, subject librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies. Ediciones Vigía began making handmade books in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1985, limited to 100-200 copies, to make national literature known to Cubans and to create… Keep reading

Collage of Ediciones Vigia books

Documenting the pandemic: Heard Libraries launch COVID-19 Archive

If you’re a Vanderbilt student, 2020 graduate or faculty or staff member, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries invite you to document your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic for historians and future generations. Keep reading…

archive boxes show results of collecting

HathiTrust Creates Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

HathiTrust has created the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which will allow Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff online reading access to materials that Vanderbilt Libraries own in print during this period of remote teaching, learning, and research. Access is available until further notice.  Users need to login and choose Vanderbilt University as their institution to… Keep reading

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