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Jack Corn’s donation of Appalachian works adds important chapter to Special Collections

Unforgettable images of coal miners and their families in Appalachia have been donated by award-winning photojournalist Jack Corn to Vanderbilt’s Special Collections.

Hustler article ranks library study spaces

Student input was an essential component in developing future plans for the university’s library system, including Central Library’s major renovation in 2010. That input was reflected in a recent Vanderbilt Hustler article published just before final exams on the best study spots in the campus library system.
Central Library was rated No. 1 for its wide [...]

Prominent divinity scholar donates personal library

A senior faculty member in the Divinity School who has spent a lifetime adding to the scholarly record has given his working collection to Vanderbilt University.
Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, has donated a large part of his personal library to the Divinity Library. Sasson’s collection reflects more [...]

Jack Hurst donates country music history

The man who largely created the role of country music journalist has donated hundreds of sound recordings to Special Collections. Jack Hurst, BA’64, began writing about country music in the late 1960s. His donation of rare interviews with celebrities and industry leaders from the 1970s and 1980s are a rich treasure trove of insider information [...]

Special Collections renovation expected to attract scholars

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.

New faces in library leadership

Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell has added two deans to her leadership group and promoted three other members to top positions.
At Vanderbilt Law School, Larry R. Reeves is now the associate dean and director of the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library and associate dean, law, of the Vanderbilt University Libraries. He was also appointed [...]

Library renovation gets gold environmental award

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.

Printing plates of 9/11 tragedy donated to library

It is amazing that The Wall Street Journal was published the day after 9/11 at all. Its newsroom and corporate headquarters were directly across the street from the devastated World Trade Center, and the newspaper’s staff was evacuated after the first plane crashed into the north tower on Sept. 11, 2001.

Spring 2012

The Acorn Chronicle is published semi-annually by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University. Address inquiries to the library, 419 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-2427, (615) 322-4782, or by email to acornchronicle@vanderbilt.edu.
The Acorn Chronicle, Spring 2012 © 2012 by Vanderbilt University. All rights reserved.
Dean of Libraries: Connie Vinita Dowell
Editor: Jan Read
Contributors: Princine Lewis, Ann Marie Deer Owens
Art Director: Donna D. [...]

Archiving the past, anticipating the future

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.