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

New System Will Improve Access to Library Collections

One of the biggest changes to happen in Vanderbilt’s libraries in the last 20 years is underway. Beginning in late July, students and faculty will have access to an easier and faster way to search the university library collections. Since the current system’s implementation in 1997, technology has changed. The new catalog will allow more… 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

Input Needed for Library Website Redesign

The Vanderbilt University Libraries are in the process of developing a new website. Our goal is to gather input from the Vanderbilt Community during the Spring 2018 semester to ensure the site meets the needs of our students, staff, and faculty. Please complete the brief six-question survey by following the links below. If there are… Keep Reading

TV News Archive Podcast

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive now has a monthly podcast called News Knowledge, which you can subscribe to through iTunes, or listen to by going to our News Knowledge website. In this podcast we explore the many ways that the Vanderbilt Television News Archive’s collection of national news broadcasts can be utilized to understand the… Keep Reading

Library Fellows Explore the Once and Future Book

This fall, six library fellows worked with Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) students and librarians to curate an exhibition on the history of the book.  Students participated in  ten weekly seminar classes taught by library staff where they came into contact with some of the oldest books in the libraries’ collections. Classes covered early means of… 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

Intern Insights: Highlights

Guest Post by Brooke Jackson For this week’s blog post, I have decided to share some of my personal favorite books which I have cataloged or come across during my time at Vanderbilt, as this is the last week of my internship! Looking back on this internship, I’ve come across many interesting rare books from… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Bookseller Tickets

Guest Post by Brenda Thompson If you peek inside the front cover of select books in the University of Nashville collection , you might see one of these “tiny graphic gems” (as one aficionado calls them):   In the field of special collections, these are known as bookseller labels or tickets, a form of rare… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Discovering Bound-Withs

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Of the books I’ve worked with from the University of Nashville Collection this semester, this rare volume published in 1732 (images below) has been one of my favorites. There are a few bibliographic qualities that makes this book interesting. It features red and black ink on the title page, the… Keep Reading