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Heard Libraries' 2023 Impact
Third-Quarter Report

Vanderbilt celebrated its sesquicentennial in March, memorializing what we have accomplished but also where we are going. During his remarks, Chancellor Diermeier noted that stasis leads to irrelevance and that as a university we must always be pushing forward, especially with Vanderbilt's limitless potential to be a preeminent international institution. That same spirit of growth inspires our librarians, who are partnering with faculty, students, and staff in a variety of compelling initiatives that underscore the core of the Chancellor's words and the central vision of our strategic plan.

Jon Shaw

University Librarian Jon Shaw smiling for the camera with a group of students as part of the Spring 2023 Buchanan Library Fellows' Vanderbilt Self Portrait project.
(Larry McCormack)

"The Heard Libraries will be a leader, partner, and ally in propelling knowledge to address the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world." This fundamental mission has driven the Vanderbilt Libraries’ work this past quarter as staff have embodied the “Vanderbilt Way.” In many ways the collective efforts of staff have been illustrative of the continuously adaptive approach our libraries are taking to radically collaborate with the Vanderbilt community.

Discovery Vanderbilt, which has catapulted the university's research agenda, has also sparked our strategic plan implementation. Libraries across campus have seen a dramatic rise in usage as 'Dores flocked to the libraries to study, learn, and collaborate. Information resource usage is at an all-time high and we are in the midst of launching a holistic assessment program that will foster library growth. What is most compelling though, and the feature of this quarterly report, is the libraries' staff engagement with the research enterprise. The following stories are examples of how we continue to propel innovation at Vanderbilt.

The academic year is coming to a close and through a year like no other, I think you will agree from reading the articles below, the libraries have found traction in becoming better integrated with our campus community. We’ve weathered some difficult years but can feel the wind at our backs as we lean forward to help Vanderbilt realize its enormous potential.

Jon Shaw
University Librarian
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Librarians and faculty highlight children's literature, Black music as vehicles for change

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2022-2023: By the Numbers

Collections digitized by the libraries – a total of 460,464,349 MB

New e-books purchased and made accessible to the Vanderbilt Community

Total number of journals and databases available to Vanderbilt scholars

Views of Vanderbilt Television News Archives

Television news and commercials added

Added by the libraries

Peak occupancy in the Science & Engineering Library on Dec. 7, 2022

Peak space usage in Central Library on Dec. 12, 2022

Total in-person library visits