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Exhibit Opening: Sebastian Münster and 16th Century Christian Hebraism

Roots, Influences, and Beyond: Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) For fifteen hundred years, only a few Christians were able to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language. All that changed in the sixteenth century, when the first Hebrew grammars and lexicons were written by Christians. The leading Christian Hebraist of that period was Sebastian Münster, who… Keep Reading

Vanderbilt Libraries’ Open Mind Series: Informed Citizenship and the Economics of Information

Information is being democratized and diversified. Every cell phone video is a news story, every YouTube account is a classroom. Citizens no longer trust or rely on experts for their information, partially because they can obtain first-hand accounts of the world around them. In the age of untrusted experts and folk-journalism, folk-education, what is the… Keep Reading

Banned Books of the Bible

Banned Books Week Exhibit in the Reference Room, Divinity Library (Sept. 23-29) Throughout the centuries, religious writings considered scripture by certain groups have been contested by other groups.  Indeed, the production of biblical canons among Jews and Christians led to some books being deemed less useful than others — or even heretical.  Some books disappeared… Keep Reading

Divinity Librarian Profile: Keegan Osinski

  Keegan Osinski is the Public Services Librarian for the Divinity Library, which entails managing and supervising the service desk and scheduling coverage for staff and student workers.  She also serves as the subject librarian for the subject areas of theology and ethics.  She and colleague Bobby Smiley are developing and teaching a thesis writing… Keep Reading

Spinoza Collection Acquired through Provost’s Library Collections Initiative

At the suggestion of Professor Lenn Goodman, beginning last summer the library investigated the acquisition of the private collection of an independent Spinoza scholar. The collection was the culmination of decades of study, and offered a significant enhancement to the library’s collection. With a historically strong collection in Jewish Studies and Judaica, the addition of… Keep Reading

New Faculty Interview

Librarian Chris Benda has published a new episode of his podcast, Authorial Intentions. He interviews faculty member Jay Geller about his new book, Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews.  You can find the interview here.

Searching the Library guide now available!

With all of the wonderful changes we’ve made to the library search and website this summer, we wanted to make sure we had a place where all the resources we’ve created to help YOU were available. Visit our Searching the Library guide to find: Up to date training and workshop calendar Training videos Training articles… Keep Reading

Campus Training for new Library Search tool

Have you HEARD? There’s a new search system for the Vanderbilt Libraries. Join us as we show you how to use the new library catalog  and upgraded library website to become a fast and efficient user of the Vanderbilt Libraries resources! August 15 – 418A Central Library, 3:10-4:00 pm August 21 – 418A Central Library, 3:10-4:00 pm August 23 – 304 Peabody Library,… Keep Reading

Happy Book Lovers’ Day

A cottage industry of book-related news reminds us that books are dying, or dead, or on life support. But as librarians, we know that’s not the whole story. On National Book Lovers’ Day, let’s look at loving books and re-reading them.  As children, learning to read opens doors for us.  Laura Miller thinks “the first… Keep Reading