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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Engineering Case Studies Online

The Library is offering a trial to Engineering Case Studies Online, an online resource from Alexander Street Press that includes 250 hours of video and other resources that provide analysis of key engineering failures. It provides in-depth coverage for the most frequently taught and seminal engineering case studies and failures—from the Titanic to the Challenger space shuttle explosion.

Because Engineering Case Studies Online addresses cases from a variety of angles, including their legal and ethical implications, the collection has broad applications for fields including architecture, business, law, urban planning, health and safety, environmental studies, science, sociology, media, and technology. Materials in the collection include:
  •          Feature-length video documentaries of major failures.
  •          Monographs explaining cases in detail and describing key engineering concepts and issues.
  •          Simulations depicting precisely what went wrong.
  •          Primary footage of accidents, including related news segments.
  •          Event timelines and maps.
  •          Audio footage and transcripts.
  •          Testimonies from participants, victims, and witnesses.
  •          Images, accident reports, blueprints, and other key archival content whenever available.
  •          Bibliographies of authoritative materials from newspapers, Web sites, and journals.
  •          Specially written cases that explore engineering ethics.

Investigate Engineering Case Studies Online before the trial ends in February 2015, 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.

PolicyMap -- Database Trial

The Library is offering a trial to PolicyMap, an online mapping application for presenting data through custom maps, tables and reports. PolicyMap contains over 15,000 US data indicators related to demographics, neighborhood conditions, real estate markets, federal programs, money and income, jobs and economy, education, crime, health, and more.

PolicyMap is  appropriate for undergraduate and graduate curriculums related to sociology, urban studies, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business (real estate and marketing), and geography, among others.

Investigate PolicyMap before the trial ends on April 15, 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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

On Display in the Library...

This Cruel War: Rutherford County Experiences the Civil War 

This exhibit was developed by MTSU graduate students and faculty in the department of History commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

Working under the direction of Dr. Bren Martin, the graduate students in Essentials of Museum Management developed the 
exhibition, which interprets civilian life in Rutherford County during the war. 

Nine panels cover the following themes: Prelude to War, War Comes to Rutherford County, Occupation, Divided Loyalties, Mapping the War, Emancipation, and the Legacies of the War. 

The exhibit will be on display now thru February 14th and is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Academic Success Series -- Spring 2014

Academic Success Series
Spring 2014
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm
Walker Library, room 446

January 21 
How to get started at MTSU
Vincent Windrow

January 28 
How to study and prepare for tests      
Gia Jones

February 4 
How to use your time wisely      
Vincent Windrow

February 11 
How to use the Walker Library      
Kristen West

February 18 
How to give a winning presentation      
Vincent Windrow

February 25 
How to think critically      
Hilary Stallings

March 4      
How to relax, chill and still be a successful student  
Vincent Windrow

March 25      
How to choose the right major              
Vincent Windrow

April 1  
How to use your academic advisor      
Travis Tipton

April 22 & 23 (Repeated for finals!)
How to prepare for finals
Eric Miller

For more information call Vincent Windrow at or (615) 898-2338 or visit 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Break Hours

Exams are over and holiday planning has hit frenzy mode, but we're still here!We are closed Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, Dec. 15th, but we re-open Monday morning!

Dec. 16-20
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dec 21-22

Dec. 23
8:00 a.m- 4:30pm

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1st

Jan. 2 & 3
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Jan 4-5

Jan 6-10
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Jan 11-12

Jan 13-15
8:00 a.m - 4:30pm

Normal hours resume Jan. 16 the first day of Spring semester.

Confused? Check the library hours page.