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A Discussion in Percussion … on How to Beat the Band

Film legend Fred Astaire is featured in this 1937 shot from “A Discussion in Percussion … on How to Beat the Band” photo series, part of the Francis Robinson Collection of Theatre, Music and Dance in Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections. Come see this and more when the exhibit “Stage and Screen: The Star Quality of Vanderbilt’s Performing Arts Collections,” opens August 22 in the Central Library.

Going Beyond Google

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.

Come on Along!

One of Vanderbilt’s most well-known graduates, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (BA’62) and his wife, Honey Alexander, have made one of the most important donations in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library’s history by giving their pre-Senate papers to Special Collections.

Fall 2011 issue

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, Fall 2011 © 2011 by Vanderbilt University. All rights reserved.
Dean of Libraries: Connie Vinita Dowell
Editor: Jan Read
Contributors: Nelson Bryan, BA’73; Kathy Smith; Celia S. Walker, MA’85
Art Director: Donna [...]

Baseball fever

Nashville had baseball fever in June 2011 as the Vanderbilt Commodores made their first appearance at the College World Series, going all the way to the semifinals. Pictured here is an 1892 game with Vanderbilt facing Cumberland University in the first game played on what is now called Currey Field. That’s Kirkland Hall, still with its original two towers, in the background.

Feed body and soul at library

Knowledge may be food for the soul, but a person still has to eat. Food for Thought, the new café at the Central Library, allows you to nurture both body and soul.
Located on the south end of the library’s fourth floor, the café was added during last year’s extensive renovation of the 70-year-old building.
Last spring, [...]

University campaign sparks growth in Special Collections

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.

Research projects open doors for student interns

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.

Wilson Music Library marks 25 years

The Anne Potter Wilson Music Library at the Blair School of Music celebrated its 25th anniversary on the Vanderbilt campus with an afternoon reception this spring. Nearly 150 attendees enjoyed the event, which marked the rollout of the Blair Performance Archive (BPA).
“The Anne Potter Wilson Music Library has always been at the heart of the [...]

New community room opens to great reviews

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.