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Special Collections renovation expected to attract scholars

Jun. 19, 2012—The results of a summer-long renovation of Special Collections will be a boon for researchers from Vanderbilt and beyond. With more study space, a welcoming entrance and better light, exploring the university’s treasure trove of collections will be a vastly improved experience.

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Library renovation gets gold environmental award

Jun. 19, 2012—Vanderbilt University’s Central Library has been awarded a gold certification for its environmentally friendly 2010 renovation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

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Archiving the past, anticipating the future

Jun. 18, 2012—The tradition of collecting and storing written knowledge can be traced back more than 5,000 years, long before Aristotle taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library. From the Greek academy to the Age of Enlightenment, the academic library has served as the literal and academic center of the evolving modern university.

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Going Beyond Google

Jan. 12, 2012—Libraries are places of research and learning, but teaching is also a core function of a library. As information resources grow, the task of sifting through academic databases to find the best information becomes more difficult. Librarians throughout the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries specialize in research instruction—some even teach full courses—and the libraries now provide special classrooms geared toward teaching.

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University campaign sparks growth in Special Collections

Dec. 5, 2011—Vanderbilt’s Special Collections opens a window to the past. The shelves are lined with the highlights, and the minutiae, of people’s lives and livelihoods.

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Research projects open doors for student interns

Dec. 5, 2011—Every day, Vanderbilt students head into the university’s libraries to conduct research toward their degrees. For some of these students, the chance to do research in the library opens doors for their careers.

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New community room opens to great reviews

Dec. 5, 2011—No matter how you define community, the new community room in the Central Library fits the bill. Open since January, it has already hosted thousands of people for lectures, receptions and meetings.

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Recent gifts to Special Collections

Dec. 5, 2011—Recent gifts to the Vanderbilt University Special Collections include the papers of television broadcasting pioneer Tippy Stringer Huntley Conrad and Thomas Wolfe items from alumnus Dr. Frank C. Wilson, BA’50.

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In remembrance of Jean Heard: First Friend of the Library

Mar. 21, 2011—We note with sadness the January 2 passing of Jean Keller Heard, widow of former Vanderbilt University Chancellor Alexander Heard and a great friend of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library system.

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NASA veterans’ papers give boost to Vanderbilt Special Collections

Mar. 21, 2011—The space race was built on the names of myth and legend—Saturn, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. But the real-life discoveries made through the study of outer space have changed life on Earth.

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