Thursday, July 24, 2014

Library Orientation for Grad Students

The James E. Walker Library will offer a Library Orientation for Graduate Students workshop on Thursday, August 21 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Meeting Place 4 (on the library's 4th floor near Special Collections). This workshop will cover library basics for graduate students in all disciplines, including information on:
  • Online periodical indexes
  • Circulation and interlibrary loan
  • EndNote Web citation management tool
  • Personal graduate student carrels
  • Library assistance and help
Librarian liaisons will also be on hand to give short library tours.
No registration is necessary. Contact Jason Vance ( or Kristen West ( for more information.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Social Explorer Database Trial

The Library is offering a trial to Social Explorer, an online mapping application for presenting current and historical census data through custom map and reports. Social Explorer contains data from all decennial censuses, the American Community Surveys, two religion surveys, and carbon emissions data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project. Social Explorer was recently featured in an article on the National Science Foundation Web site.

Social Explorer is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate curriculums related to sociology, history, public administration, political science, education, and business, among others.

Please investigate Social Explorer before the trial ends on June 5, 2014, and tell us what you think by completing the Database Trial Evaluation form. Please direct any questions to David Nelson, Head, Collection Development and Management.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Check out books over the Summer!

Students who were enrolled in Spring 2014 may check out books over the summer, even if not enrolled for summer classes. You may have up to 50 books, each just due back by the end of the current semester.* All other regular borrowing policies apply.

Did you graduate? Alumni may check out up to 10 books at a time and have in-house use of research databases.

Also, any Tennessee resident over 18 may check out 2 books. Bring proof of residence the first time you come to borrow.

*The Popular Reading collection (NYT bestsellers) circulates for 2 weeks with one renewal.

+If someone places a hold on a book you will be unable to renew it and you are responsible for returning it promptly, even if you're back home in Alaska or vacationing in Bora Bora.

Final Exam Hours

Final Exam Hours
Fri, May 2                                              7am - 6pm
Sat, May 3                                           10am - 6pm
Sun, May 4                                           1pm – 2am
Mon, May 5 – Wed, May 7               7am – 2am
Thurs, May 8                                      7am – 10pm
Fri, May 9                                         8am—4:30pm
Sat, May 10 & Sun, May 11         Library Closed
Mon, May 12      Regular Summer Hours Begin

Monday, April 21, 2014

On Display in the Library

On display in the Walker Library atrium is a student art installation from Erin Anfinson's two Drawing 2 classes. "Thou Doth Print Too Much"  will be on display through May 2nd.

Watch a video about the project here

In Fall of 2013, Walker Library visitors used over 4.5 million sheets of paper. For the students it was hard to conceptualize how much paper that even is. So one student figured out that the amount of paper printed was equivalent to the collective works of Shakespeare printed 3600 times! Thus the reference to Hamlet.    

100% of this installation was made out of reused paper from the library recycling bins. All materials will be recycled at the end of the exhibition. We hope the project will provide a moment of reflection for the students, faculty and administration. Think before you print!

Jayson Alexander
William Brown
Colin Copeland
Amber Dole
Tobias Ferrell
Blake-Lyn Giles
David Higdon
Jordan Kennedy
Kiki Kixmiller
Leslie Luanglath
Jared Moore
Mallory Saladino
Kristina Scott
Jimmy Smith
Annabelle Smoot
Kristina Soles
Dean Willis
Genetha Alexander
Tyler Allen
Anna Benjamin
Kira Curtis
Yessenia Hinojos
Alex Howard
Kierra Johnson
Doniqua Joyner
Jessica Mason
Levon Mkrtchyan
Hunter Mollenkopg
Andrew Myers
Aiken Pierce
Shelby Rehberger
Seth Tipps
Heather Tucker

Associate Professor Erin An finson

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Erhu performance in the Library atrium!

The School of Music, the Walker Library and the Confucius Institute have partnered to host Ms. Xiaojun Huo, in a Chinese Music Event of an Erhu performance in the Walker Library Atrium, Tuesday, April 22nd, at 2pm. Please join us! 

The performer, Ms. Xiaojun Huo, is a well known musician and has appeared on stages all over the world. She will be playing the Erhu. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a "southern fiddle", and sometimes known in the Western world as the "Chinese violin" or a "Chinese two-stringed fiddle". It is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular of the huqin family of traditional bowed string instruments used by various ethnic groups of China. 

A very versatile instrument, the erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as in pop, rock, jazz, etc. The erhu can be traced back to instruments introduced into China more than a thousand years ago. It is believed to have evolved from the xiqin. The xiqin is believed to have originated from the Xi people of Central Asia, and have come to China in the 10th century.

You can see one of her performance here: 

This event is free and open to the public. Please Call 615-898-5376 if you have questions or need more information. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spring Break Hours

While some of you are at the beach working on your tan or on the slopes trying to re-live Sochi we will be here. Yes, that's right, the Library is open during Spring Break! 

Come see us -- it will be quiet in here. Have a restful and/or productive Spring Break.

Walker Library Spring Break hours:

Saturday, March 8th - Open 10am - 6pm
Sunday, March 9th - Library Closed
Monday, March 10th - Friday, March 14th - Open 8am - 4:30pm
Saturday, March 15th - Library Closed
Sunday, March 16th - 1pm - 2am (regular hours resume)

For a complete list of Library hours click here