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Valerie Hotchkiss named Vanderbilt’s university librarian

Apr. 21, 2016—Valerie Hotchkiss, a library director and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will join Vanderbilt Aug. 1 in the role of university librarian, with responsibility for nine divisional libraries and the Television News Archive.

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Vanderbilt University honors 28 as emeriti faculty

May. 8, 2015—Twenty-eight retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 8, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Future of the Libraries Committee named

Oct. 23, 2014—A new committee comprising faculty and staff has been charged with developing a vision for the future direction of the Vanderbilt University library system.

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‘Fight for Freedom’ exhibition opens at Vanderbilt Heard Central Library

Jun. 11, 2014—Vanderbilt Central Library shares stories of journalists and others who put their lives on the line for freedom in a new exhibition open to the public.

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Vanderbilt Libraries spotlight golden age of sports journalism

May. 6, 2014—Vanderbilt Libraries pay tribute to renowned sports writers and alumni Grantland Rice and Fred Russell in a new exhibition.

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Dowell retiring as first dean of libraries

Apr. 10, 2014—Connie Vinita Dowell, Vanderbilt’s first dean of libraries, who worked tirelessly to expand the library system’s mission, modernize its facilities and services, and create a welcoming and engaging environment, will retire July 31.

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Vanderbilt-led effort to build new digital environments receives Mellon grant

Apr. 7, 2014—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a strategic planning grant to Vanderbilt University to support the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education.

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Vanderbilt Libraries host conversation with Moser and Patchett

Mar. 17, 2014—Book artist Barry Moser and author Ann Patchett will hold a public conversation March 27 at the Vanderbilt Central Library.

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Vanderbilt’s Heard Library presents ‘Seigenthaler x 2’

Mar. 12, 2014—Vanderbilt's Heard Library presents "Seigenthaler x 2: The Changing Face of the News" March 24 featuring John Seigenthaler and his son, John Seigenthaler Jr.

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Dean of libraries featured at February USAC meeting – watch video

Feb. 28, 2014—Minutes from the University Staff Advisory Council’s Feb. 11 meeting are now available online on the USAC website. (Meeting minutes are published approximately one week after the council convenes.) Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell was the featured guest speaker for February. She discussed how the Vanderbilt libraries fit into the larger university picture, and...

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Vanderbilt Heard Library receives Golden Globe

Jan. 9, 2014—Vanderbilt University Heard Library's Special Collections has received a Golden Globe and two other major film awards given to the late film director Delbert Mann.

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Two Vanderbilt librarians selected as ARL fellows

Nov. 19, 2013—Vanderbilt Heard Libraries' Bill Hook and Larry Reeves are among 26 fellows participating in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program for 2013-15.

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