Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Driving to Grandma's? Take an Audiobook.

Is it a long drive over the river and through the woods? Take along an audiobook to keep you awake and entertained.

Audiobooks are located in the IMR at the Learning Resources Center (LRC), which is between the KUC and the Business/Aerospace building (see map here), but start your search in the Voyager catalog.

You can search by title if you are looking for a specific book. Here is what the record will look like:

Audiobooks have the [sound recording] label in the title. Be sure to write down the Call Nmber and take note of the Status. Audiobooks with call numbers that begin with G are CDs, while those that begin with A are cassette tapes.

If you don't have a specific book in mind, browse the whole list by perfoming a keyword search in the catalog for "audiobooks." Sort the results by Publish Date Descending (a drop down box is above the list of results) to view the newest offerings.

Need a regular book to read while everyone else watches football? Make sure to check out the Popular Books Cart in the library atrium.

If you need help finding something, ask us.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Hours

Yes, the University will be officially open on Wednesday, November 26. Walker Library will be open as well, so come on by and get in some last minute studying before you head off for a long weekend!

We'll be open Wednesday, November 26 from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, and will then be closed until Sunday, November 30 at 1:00 pm.

By the way, extended exam hours start Sunday, November 30. Sunday through Thursday during exams, the library will stay open until 1:00 am. See the library Web site for complete details.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

We're Not Perfect

To the student asking for the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers:

We are thrilled that you stopped this morning to look at the carts of popular reading material in the Library lobby. Since we librarians like to help people, we are also happy that you came to ask us for help when you didn't see the book on the cart next to its bookjacket (It does look like an interesting book, doesn't it?).

We faithfully consulted the library catalog and sent you off to find the book at its 3rd floor call number. But after you left we realized the problem was due to librarian error: we forgot to move the book from our desk to the cart before we put up the display! So you went to the 3rd floor in vain.

We apologize for sending you on a wild goose chase and hope you will forgive us. Please don't let our mistakes discourage you from asking us for help in the future.

BTW, Stiff is now on the popular reading cart where it belongs (or at least it's there until someone else decides to borrow it!).


ALSO, to the person who IM'ed about articles discussing Dead Poet's Society, we neglected to tell you that the good article in Literature Resource Center is best found by searching the screenwriter's name, Tom Schulman.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Need a Break!!!!

Going home for the holidays? Take a book with you...

Did you know that the Walker Library has books by popular authors like:

  • John Grisham
  • Nora Roberts
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Tom Clancy
  • TD Jakes
  • Gary Neuman
  • Danielle Steel
  • Stephen King
Students can check out up to 10 books... for up to four weeks

Stop by our Popular Books Cart in the Library lobby this holiday season


Check the New Books Shelves (located behind the reference desk) for the latest book releases.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bucks for Books Campaign

Help us get to a million volumes!!!

The Bucks for Books campaign at Middle Tennessee offers friends of the Library and University alumni an opportunity to directly impact the education of students we serve now and will serve in the future. Funds raised through this campaign will benefit students by strengthening the resources of the Library.

For a donation of $100 the Library can purchase approximately two volumes to add to our collection of books, magazines, journals, databases, e-books.

The beautiful James E. Walker Library is an important part of student life at Middle Tennessee State University. It serves as a place to study, find answers, seek guidance, and pursue in-depth research. It also provides access to other libraries around the world, introducing students to a rich array of resources that support learning and personal growth. In order to serve the needs of its students, the Library must continually provide an updated and expanding number of books, magazines, and research materials.

State revenues do not fully support this distinctive and progressive institution. Only through the private support of our friends can we achieve the dreams we have for MTSU and its students.

For more information please contact Kristen Keene, kkeene@mtsu.edu, 615-898-5376.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Research Coach

Do you have a big paper coming up? Do you need to find good quality sources (books, articles, websites), but don’t have a clue where to start? Or have you already tried looking but can’t find the right thing? The librarians at the MTSU Walker Library can help.

Schedule a Research Coach appointment to receive 30 minutes of one-on-one help using the library resources to locate the sources you need to ace your paper.

When: November 10 -14, & 17 - 21

Appt Times: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Thursday; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday

Call: Gwen Williams at 904-8530 or email gwilliam@mtsu.edu

Tell Us: your name, telephone #, the course, and a little about the assignment

BTW: You don’t have to schedule an appointment to get help. Stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor next to the computers to get research help anytime.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Donate Your Election Signs to the Gore Center

From Jim Williams of the Albert Gore Research Center:

"Ready to get rid of your election-related yard signs?

The Albert Gore Research Center collects political signs for exhibits and educational purposes. If you have regular-size signs (the two-feet square variety) for a candidate or election issue from this or previous elections and would like to donate them to our collection, please drop them off at the Gore Center in Todd 128.

Signs should be in good condition. We do not need the support posts. We reserve the right to discard signs that duplicate others in our collections (we can return them to you if you wish). Unfortunately we do not have the staff to retrieve signs from your office.We also collect bumper stickers, buttons, fans, and other political memorabilia. See the display case outside the Gore Center for examples of from our memorabilia collection."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Homecoming 2008

Homecoming 2008 is a time for current students and faculty to join with alumni and the community in celebrating the past, present, and future of MTSU.

Nov. 3 - 7 - T-shirt Swap
Trade in your team shirts at the T-Shirt Swap. Exchange a T-Shirt from another college to receive a free Homecoming 2008 T-Shirt, available in adult and children's sizes, while supplies last. All collected t-shirts will be donated to charity. Begins 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., KUC or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m at the Alumni House.

Wednesday, Nov. 5 - Horse Shoe Competition
4:30 p.m., Campus Rec

Friday, Nov. 7 - Chili Cook-off
5:00 p.m., Murphy Center Forest

Friday, November 7 - NPHC Step Show
7:30 p.m., Murphy CenterTickets available by calling the Greek Life Office at (615) 898-5812.

Saturday, Nov. 8

10:00 a.m. - Parade
The annual homecoming parade begins on Maney Avenue, following Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard to Greenland Drive.

12 noon, Tent City Walnut Grove
Visit Tent City in Walnut Grove (in between Peck Hall and Cope) to tailgate or see friends and professors, take part in children's activities and activities for everyone.

12:30 p.m. - Raider Walk
Join the Band of Blue, MTSU Cheerleaders and Lightning to rally for your Blue Raider Football Team as they prepare to bring home victory at Homecoming.

2:30 p.m. - MTSU vs Louisiana- Monroe, Floyd Stadium
Students get in FREE with their i.d.

For more information go to http://mtsu.edu/~sga


Today is the day. Exercising your right as an American. Each vote can make a difference.

Tennessee county precincts are open until 7:00 p.m.

To find out where you vote click http://maps.google.com/vote

To find out if you can vote visit http://www.canivote.org/

For more information please visit http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/election/