FY 2024 – Spring Report

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Heard Libraries' FY 2024 Impact
Spring Semester Report

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Jon Shaw
University Librarian
Measuring Our Success

Measuring Our Outcomes


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Our Impact Across Campus

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“Information, and access to it, are critical to the success of graduate students in biomedical engineering. The Science and Engineering Library staff have brought an ever-evolving level of information expertise that has proven invaluable to the graduate students in the departmental professional development course. At the end of the semester, many students have commented in their course evaluations on the utility and high impact of these lectures.”

Rick Haselton, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Grundy County Environmental Justice Project

“Since 2020, [Librarian for Geospatial Data and Systems] Stacy Johnson has been supporting the work of undergraduates and high school students from the Vanderbilt School of Science and Math who are on our Grundy County Environmental Justice Project. Each year she helped students map potential toxins and create storyboards, and this year we added a timelapse feature related to reporting violations. I could go on and on about the value that Stacy contributed.”

Brooke Ackerly, Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Science

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“When we launched the Vanderbilt AI Law Lab in late 2023, the Law Library was our single greatest collaborator in getting new courses and programming off the ground quickly. By proactively preparing faculty through workshops, bringing in the latest technology resources, and introducing new courses like AI in Law Practice, library staff made critical contributions that continue to make VAILL’s innovative work possible.”

Caitlin Moon, Lecturer in Law, Law School

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“The HOD capstone teaching team and students are incredibly grateful for the invaluable assistance and support provided by our librarians, Jennifer Castle and David Golann, for the Map the Systems research process and project development. Their expertise in navigating complex research databases and identifying relevant resources significantly enhances student engagement with and understanding of the unique subject matter.”

Kristen Tompkins, Senior Lecturer in Human and Organizational Development, Peabody College

Accelerator Research Award

“The Owen librarians have exceeded the expectations of faculty and students in their support of the learning objectives of Accelerator. They have prepared research guides for the three projects, taught a class about how to use library resources, set up office hours to answer student questions, graded bibliographies, and created a highly coveted award for the team with the best research. They have done all this with joy in their hearts and love for the students.”

Cherrie Wilkerson, Associate Dean for Young Professional Programs, Owen Graduate School of Management

Play Nicely

“The libraries have played a pivotal role in further developing Vanderbilt’s Play Nicely program, a free multimedia program that helps educate parents about healthy discipline strategies. [Digital Lab Director of Projects and Partnerships] Cazembe Kennedy has done an incredible job coordinating the development of the updated version in multiple languages. Because of work by Cazembe and others at the libraries, any English-, Spanish-, or Arabic-speaking parent with internet access can efficiently learn how to address early childhood aggression.”

Dr. Seth Scholer, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

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Telling Our Stories

Our work at the Heard Libraries is framed by four strategic objectives:

Bolster faculty research and deepen engagement with student experiential learning.

Integrate knowledge discovery through our physical and virtual services and staff activities.

Partner with faculty to make the libraries a locus for interdisciplinary and trans-institutional initiatives.

Engage locally, regionally, and globally in creating access, disseminating knowledge, and preserving cultural memory.

These objectives are integral to the stories we tell.

Collaboration between Québec, Vanderbilt to highlight Heard Libraries collections

A new partnership between the government of Québec and Vanderbilt University will boost opportunities for academic and cultural exchange.

The Rev. James M. Lawson Papers now digitized and available to the public

The Heard Libraries have fully digitized the Rev. James M. Lawson Papers, giving scholars a more complete picture of the distinguished activist’s life and legacy.

Research Engagement

Embedding librarians at critical points in the research lifecycle is a guiding mission of the Heard Libraries and the focus of the libraries’ Research Engagement Committee.

James Patterson

The Heard Libraries hosted bestselling author and Vanderbilt alumnus James Patterson in April for a wide-ranging conversation moderated by former NBC News anchor John M. Seigenthaler.

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