About the Program
The Buchanan Library Fellows Program
The Buchanan Library Fellowship program is designed to create in-depth learning experiences for students. The program is open to undergraduate students who are interested in participating in strategic projects for Vanderbilt Libraries over the course of a semester. With faculty and professional librarians as mentors, students work on tactical library projects that will benefit library users. Fellows commit to attending weekly seminars where they work together on multidisciplinary teams to complete their project. They present their work at the end of their fellowship. Selected students learn new skills and complete immersive projects that add to their expertise and resumes. Projects may involve work with rare print and digital collections enhancing accessibility, social media, exhibits and print resources. Through the Buchanan Library Fellowship program, our libraries promote undergraduate research.
- Opportunity to add discrete project to resume and build contacts
- Expand research skills
- Applied learning opportunity
- 10 weekly classes supplement independent teamwork
- Work with leading experts in the library field
Spring 2019 Fellowships
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, contact Celia Walker.