Vanderbilt Announces New James Lawson Institute

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries join the entire Vanderbilt community in the excitement of today’s announcement about the new James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements. As the archival home of the James M. Lawson, Jr. Papers and the James M. Lawson, Jr. Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives… Keep reading

Craiglow Appointed Interim University Librarian

Hilary A. Craiglow, who has led the Walker Management Library for more than a decade, has been named interim university librarian. Craiglow’s appointment, effective July 1, was announced today by Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty. Read the full article >

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service Ends on June 7

The Vanderbilt University Libraries signed an agreement with HathiTrust in March of 2020 that provided faculty, students, and staff with online access to approximately 17% of the libraries copyrighted print circulating collections. Hathi Trust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) was invaluable for virtual instruction and research while access to campus was restricted. As the university… Keep reading

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Libraries Live Chat Hours Extended During Exams

Vanderbilt Libraries: Your Go-To Resource During Exams As we’re reaching the end of the semester, please remember your Vanderbilt librarians are here for you! We’ve extended the hours for our Live Chat service. You can now connect with a library staff member from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Noon – 6… Keep reading

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Digital Resources, Research Questions, Finding Books & More: Have a Question? Just Ask!

Digital Resources, Research Questions, Finding Books & More: Have a Question? Just Ask! “I’d like to suggest Vanderbilt purchase a book or subscription” “Can you help me decide where to start searching for potential sources.” “Do I have access to PubMed/Medline?” “I have an outstanding late fee on my student account for a book ….. Keep reading

Represent Your Library for #NationalLibraryWeek

Happy National Library Week! We have collected favorite images of our libraries across campus for you to use for your next Zoom meeting background. Click on the images below, then right click and save it to use! Represent your library! Here are additional instructions for creating a Zoom background.

Social Media: Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Curating Your Own Information Intake – March 30, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. 

Are you trapped in a social media echo chamber? Don’t let yourself become a passive consumer of information in a world where informed discourse is intertwined with ‘hot takes’ from Facebook, Twitter, and other user-driven social media. Learn how to critically consume and challenge social media misinformation and disinformation. Register for the Workshop   Learn… Keep reading

Fact-Checking & Critical Analysis to Combat Information Overload – March 23, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Can you critically evaluate news and media sources for fact-based data that is free from ideology? Learn strategies and tools for identifying inevitable bias (including our own) and practice analyzing information resources for evidence-based problem solving and informed discourse.   Register for the Workshop   Learn about the Research Productivity Workshops

Digital Self-Defense: Protecting Your Privacy – March 18, 2:15-3:00 p.m.

Are your online activities being tracked? Privacy is essential for our freedom to generate new ideas and formulate our conception of self. Surveillance can influence our behaviors with manipulation and deception and stop us from engaging with new, radical, or even subversive ideas. Discover how your online activity can be surveilled and learn tools and… Keep reading

Finding and Using Census Data – March 16, 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Why does the Census matter? Find out how Census data is used, its historical background and politics, how the pandemic has affected the Census process, and library resources to help you with demographic research and data.  Register for the Workshop   Learn about the Research Productivity Workshops