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Buchanan Library Fellows - Fall 2017

(L-R) University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss with Fall 2017 Buchanan Library Fellows Emma Dahill, Mason Eiss, Kelly Perry,Tori Phillips and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member Jo Church. (Fellows not pictured: Joseph Ghianni, Iksha Patra}

Application Process

Applications for the 2018 Summer and Fall Buchanan Library Fellowships are now open.

To be considered for a Buchanan Library Fellow position, candidates must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing and submit the following to the project mentor:

  • Cover letter addressed to the project contact with a statement of what you hope to achieve in the project
  • Curriculum vitae including name, address, email, and telephone
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Applications may also be submitted through HireADore.

Previously selected Library Fellows may not reapply for a new project.

Selected applicants will interview with the University Librarian. Accepted students will receive a formal letter of acceptance. For any additional information about the current positions, contact the project mentor. For general information about the Buchanan Library Fellows program, contact Celia Walker.

2018 Summer Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2018 Summer and 2018 Fall Buchanan Library Fellowships. Application deadline is April 27th.

From Listeners to Leaders: A History of Women at Vanderbilt  
This  summer semester fellowship will examine the history of women at Vanderbilt from the university’s nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day. We will consider women’s experiences as students, faculty, and staff at Vanderbilt, which only began to admit women and men undergraduates in equal numbers in the 1980s. The fellowshipwill also explore the history of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. Students will learn about exhibition and curatorial techniques while engaging with the library’s Special Collections materials. Students will work collaboratively or individually to produce an exhibit focusing on different aspects of women’s experiences at Vanderbilt.

Lead Mentor: Rory Dicker 
HireADore (job code 9505)


2018 Fall Fellowship

Data Visualization and the Humanities  
Libraries, maps, network graphs and datasets reflect and shape the work of scholars in the humanities. This library fellows course provides an overview of the way that literary and historical scholars have organized, analyzed, and presented their research to each other and the public using data visualization. The course includes theoretical, historical and practical work, sourcing materials from the library’s special collections and elsewhere in the library. Combining traditional humanities and digital humanities, the course will also introduce students to a variety of visualization tools and techniques, enabling them to build map digital maps, network graphs, and other types of visualizations using humanities data.
Lead Mentor: Bobby Smiley 
HireADore (job code 9512)

The News as It Happened: Journalism in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections  
Vanderbilt’s Libraries are proud to be the place of record of journalists and newspaper editors whose actions broke news of national importance. From Jim Squires’ decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in the Chicago Tribune to Kathy Sawyer’s coverage of the Challenger disaster, news reporters and their editors carry a responsibility to provide unbiased, timely news. Today, that duty could not be more relevant or important. This fall semester fellowship will examine key figures in the world of journalism whose papers are housed in Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections. Fellows will work collaboratively to produce a physical and interactive exhibit focusing on the contributions made by these writers.

Lead Mentors: Kathy Smith and Sara Sterkenburg
HireADore (job code 9646)