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Valerie Hotchkiss

University Librarian
Professor of English

Valerie Hotchkiss is the University Librarian and Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.  A scholar-librarian, she has an MLS degree as well as a PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale. She is the author of numerous books and articles on medieval cultural history, women's studies, and topics in the history of books and printing.

Over the past 20 years, Hotchkiss has led three libraries and has championed issues of access, public programming, and curricular connections. She has overseen the implementation of two integrated online library systems—most recently here at Vanderbilt, renovated facilities, built world-renown collections of rare books and manuscripts, and raised tens of millions in endowments for libraries. Hotchkiss is passionate about libraries and their role in the educational enterprise. She loves teaching cultural history through primary sources and has curated or produced over fifty exhibitions with institutions around the world. She truly believes that the library is the heart of the university and she wants everyone to hear the beat.

Hotchkiss is the current president of the Alpha of Tennessee Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most distinguished honor society.