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Application Process

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Buchanan Library Fellowships.

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
  • Curriculum vitae including name, address, email, and telephone
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Maximum of 350 words on what you hope to achieve in the project

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 Fall Fellowships

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2018 Buchanan Library Fellowships.

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)


2019 Spring Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2019 Buchanan Library Fellowship

A Sense of Time and Place: The History of Vanderbilt University
Have you ever wondered how Vanderbilt University got its name? Or were curious about why the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library has so many antique instruments on display?  Maybe you attend classes in Garland Hall or live in McTyeire and would like to know for whom the buildings are named. If you would like to know more about how curators interpret historic objects, how to find things in the library, or just know more about the place where you will be spending four years of your life, then consider applying for the spring 2019 Buchanan Library Fellowship Program.  This semester, five students will examine historically-significant university manuscripts and documents in the Special Collections Library and place them in context with the university’s and the nation’s history.  Fellows will curate an exhibition about their topic and present a report on what they learned about Vanderbilt.  This fellowship requires a three- to five-hour commitment of your time and agreement to attend weekly classes. Fellows receive a small stipend and come away with a better understanding of the library, of how to think critically about primary sources, and a completed project on your resume.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ Buchanan Fellowship pages or contact Celia Walker.