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U.S. presidents focus of Vanderbilt library exhibit and lecture

Feb. 16, 2018—"The American Presidency" exhibition, drawing on rare memorabilia and biographies in the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries' Special Collections, will open with a talk by presidential historian Thomas Alan Schwartz Feb. 20.

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African American history spotlighted at Central Library

Jan. 23, 2018—A lecture related to little-known African American sports history on Feb. 7 will lead off a series of events celebrating African American History Month at the Central Library.

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Buchanan gift to endow Vanderbilt Library Fellowship Program @VandyLibraries

Jan. 3, 2018—A program that creates in-depth learning experiences for undergraduate students with diverse library resources has been endowed with a $1 million gift by alumni Poppy and Richard Buchanan.

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‘Cultures in Clay’ exhibit showcases 4,000-year-old writing system

Dec. 11, 2017—"Cultures in Clay," a new exhibit at Vanderbilt Divinity Library, spotlights a 4,000-year-old cuneiform writing system on tablets used by ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians.

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Vanderbilt now home to extraordinary gaming collection

Aug. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt has acquired the George Clulow and U.S. Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection—one of the world's premiere collections of books about card games, games of chance, playing cards and chess.

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Opportunity NOW interns research VU’s original library books

Aug. 2, 2017—Three Metro Nashville high school students researched the earliest books acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries while participating in Mayor Megan Barry's Opportunity NOW youth employment program.

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Vanderbilt now home to Helguera’s ‘personal library’

Mar. 28, 2017—Some 300 boxes containing the rarest and earliest portions of the J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana, which documents centuries of Colombian history, have been acquired by Vanderbilt Libraries.

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Fine Arts Gallery exhibition examines era when ‘Vandy woke up’

Sep. 9, 2016—The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents “Race, Sports and Vanderbilt: 1966–1970,” which will showcase photographs, front pages from "The Tennessean," and related artifacts from this time period, beginning Friday, Sept. 23.

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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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‘Moon Watch and Moon Pies’ on Vanderbilt Library Lawn March 15

Mar. 14, 2016—Enjoy eating a sweet treat and gazing at the moon through a telescope on Library Lawn when Dyer Observatory and Vanderbilt Libraries present "Moon Watch and Moon Pies" the evening of March 15.

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Vanderbilt Libraries to host two Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thons’

Oct. 14, 2015—Vanderbilt Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week by hosting two Wikipedia edit-a-thons Oct. 15 and 23. The community is invited to participate.

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Vanderbilt Central Library to host second Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’

Oct. 29, 2014—Vanderbilt Central Library's second Wikipedia edit-a-thon, scheduled for Nov. 1, will focus on global connections.

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