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Winter 2010 Issue

Jan. 13, 2010—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 37240, (615) 322-4782, or by e-mail to wp_77@vanderbilt.edu. The Acorn Chronicle, Winter 2010 ©2010 by Vanderbilt University. All rights reserved. Dean of Libraries: Connie Vinita Dowell Editor: Lew Harris Contributors:...

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Library Events

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2008–2009 Annual Report of Donors

Jan. 13, 2010—The Jean and Alexander Heard Library thanks and recognizes the many supporters who gave generously to the library during the past fiscal year (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009). To learn more about supporting the library or to let us know about any omissions or errors on this donor list, please contact Beth Boord at (615) 343-4717 or beth.boord@vanderbilt.edu.

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Library Tag Cloud

Jan. 13, 2010—This tag cloud is a visual illustration of phrases searched via the Vanderbilt library’s online search engine, the Acorn catalog, during Fall 2009 midterms. Larger type indicates greater popularity.

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Olivella acquisition boosts library’s Latin American collection

Jan. 13, 2010—The Jean and Alexander Heard Library has one of the best Latin American collections of Colombiana of any library in the world—and it just got even better. The library has acquired the papers of Manuel Zapata Olivella, the 20th century’s most important Afro-Hispanic narrator, according to William Luis, Chancellor’s Professor of Spanish. Olivella was a doctor, anthropologist, folklorist, diplomat and writer and is one of the most distinguished figures in contemporary Colombian literature. More than any other person, Olivella has been recognized for his focus on the people of African descent, not only to the history and society of Colombia, but also to the Americas as a whole.

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Summer in Oxford

Jan. 13, 2010—When the Oxford rail station loudspeaker boomed out “Mind the gap, please,” I knew I was really back in England. The heads of two groups of Oxford’s University Libraries had invited me for a consultancy for the Bodleian and other libraries that make up the university’s library system.

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Library loses one of its foremost friends

Jan. 13, 2010—When Chancellor Emeritus Alexander Heard passed away in July at age 92, the library lost one of its foremost friends.

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Beloved library personnel officer dies

Jan. 13, 2010—Gail Ridgway Workman of Old Hickory, a much beloved library personnel officer for nearly three decades, passed away October 5. Mrs. Workman, who was 72, worked at the library from 1971 to 1999. “For 28 years, Gail Workman served the library through her work as personnel officer,” said Associate Dean Flo Wilson. “She knew everyone who worked...

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Library purchases Moser collection at auction

Jan. 13, 2010—Special Collections recently purchased at auction a collection of Barry Moser’s works with funds from the Sam M. Fleming Southern Civilization Collection. Chattanooga-born Moser is best known for his award-winning work as an artist and illustrator, but he is also a printer, painter, printmaker, designer, author, essayist and teacher. Moser’s work is included in the...

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Library partnership integrates iTunes U with Blackboard

Jan. 13, 2010—Vanderbilt University Libraries championed the creation of a tool that allows easy integration of the course management program Blackboard and Apple’s iTunes. Thanks to a partnership between Vanderbilt and Blackboard, the new tool is now available to all universities using Blackboard. The partnership was announced July 15 at the annual meeting of Blackboard’s user and...

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