Pop-Up Exhibition on Shakespeare’s Othello

  In honor of the Bard’s birthday bash, which will take place on the library lawn this coming Monday, April 23, 2018, this exhibition shares a sampling of materials from the Special Collections Library that feature the famous tragedy, Othello. Several depictions of this work are on display, including: a photograph of a performance of… Keep Reading

Fellows’ exhibit Under the Influence: The Power of Propaganda

This spring, four undergraduates worked in the library as Buchanan Fellows, curating an exhibit about propaganda using items from Special Collections.  Come explore their exhibit, Under the Influence: The Power of Propaganda, opening Thursday April 19 with a reception and informal tours with the four curator – Fellows. The Fellows interpreted propaganda about war, college… Keep Reading

Passover Exhibit in the Library

Vanderbilt Libraries welcome a new acquisition: The first edition of the Amsterdam Haggadah (1695) A special exhibition at the Central Library titled “Why is this Book different from any other?”  celebrates the recent acquisition of a rare guide to the Passover Seder.  The Amsterdam Haggadah of 1695 is the first Haggadah illustrated with engravings instead… Keep Reading

The Grand Ole Opry Now On Display at the Food for Thought Café

The Food for Thought Café in the Central Library has updated its exhibition space to feature materials from the Library’s WSM and County Music archives, highlighting the influence of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry founded by George D. “Judge” Hay in 1925. The program, airing on the WSM radio station out of Nashville, benefited from… Keep Reading

Exhibition in Special Collections to Open on Presidents’ Day

From George Washington to Barack Obama, America’s past commanders in chief have provided domestic and international leadership during world wars, political unrest and the struggle for basic human rights. Their personal lives have been shaped by great joy and heartbreak, deep-rooted conflict and public scrutiny. Along the way, biographers and journalists have documented their every… Keep Reading

Distinctive collections take center stage

Exhibit open: December 2017 – May 2018 In today’s age of information overabundance, Vanderbilt is home to millions of physical books and billions of digital bytes of data via databases, subscriptions and cloud-based repositories. But what makes our libraries unique? The Heard libraries’ distinctive collections are areas of particular strength that set Vanderbilt apart from… Keep Reading

The Once and Future Book Opening Reception

        Please join us this Thursday, November 30, as the Buchanan Library Fellows present their new exhibit, The Once and Future Book, at an opening reception from 12:00PM to 1:00PM in the second floor gallery.  The six fellows researched objects in Special Collections from almanacs and incunables to bindings and paper. Come hear… Keep Reading

Elixirs, remedies and maladies: 400 years of medical history from the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections

A special exhibition from the Eskind Biomedical Library’s Historical Collections is now on display in the Heard Library Special Collections. The exhibit, entitled “Elixirs, Remedies, and Maladies,” opened this past July and features rare books, documents, and artifacts from the last 400 years.   Presented in nine themed cases, the exhibit explores ways in which… Keep Reading

Maladies, Elixirs, and Healers: 500 Years of Medical History from the Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections

From 16th century alchemical treatises to 20th-century breakthroughs saving millions of lives, this exhibition explores the evolving roles of medicine and healers and how these changes affect the way we live and work today. Early modern distilling manuals, botanical prints, and handwritten cookbooks tell the story of a time when doctors and lay healers alike… Keep Reading

The Wild Bunch Data Visualization Awards

This semester the library has been part of a campus-wide program focused on data visualization.  Our final program this semester is the announcement of the student winners of our data visualization competition. The entries were strong and we appreciate and recognize the work of our judges: Professor Bobby Bodenheimer, Professor Vesna Pavlovlic, Librarian Bobby Smiley,… Keep Reading