Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter Break Hours

Exams are over, you may be walking in graduation on Saturday (congratulations!), and holiday planning has hit frenzy mode, but we're still here!

Yes, you can get your library fix Monday-Friday from 8 a.m-430 p.m. on the following days.

Dec 12
Dec 15-19
Dec 22-24
Jan 2
Jan 5-9
Jan 12-14

Normal hours start back on Jan 15, the first day of the Spring semester.

Confused? Check the library hours page.

Help Identify Old MTSU Photos

Who are you? Who, who, who, who?

These are just a few of the unidentified individuals posted at

From Jim Williams at the Albert Gore Research Center:

"The Albert Gore Research Center has a collection of photographs transferred from News and Public Affairs many years ago. A small portion of the collection contains photos without identities, so we are trying to identify all of the people. Judging from those we have already identified, and the clothing, hairstyles, etc., most of the photos are of faculty and staff who were here from about 1950 to 1965. (Some may be earlier or later, and there are a few that may be local politicians, prominent alumni, and perhaps students in the news at the time.)

If you'd like to take a look at the photos and see if you recognize anyone, please follow this link:

If you recognize anyone, please send an email with that person's name using the number to the lower left corner of each picture as an identifier to"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nobel Prize Day

The 2008 Nobel Prizes are handed out in Oslo and Stockholm today. Each of the 6 awards, given in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Economics, Peace, and Medicine, is worth $1 million. The winners also get a nice medal and a diploma.

You can view a list of all winners, for this and previous years, at

Some Highlights from this year:

Search our library catalog, and you'll find that we have several books by literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio. Most are written in the author's native French, though we do have a few translations. If you do a catalog search, perform a Basic Search for Author by Le Clezio.

Interestingly, and rather sadly, the researcher whose discovery of the jellyfish luminescence gene laid the foundation for the Nobel Prize winning research in chemistry is no longer working in science. After he lost his funding for the jellyfish project, and subsequently lost a job at NASA, the researcher took the best job he could find: as a courtesy shuttle driver in Huntsville, Alabama. The three Nobel laureates split a $1.4 million prize, but Prasher, the shuttle driving former researcher who gave away his information on the gene, gets nothing from the Nobel organization. The Nobel winning researchers did, however, fly Prasher and his wife to Stockholm at their own expense and will presumably acknowledge him in their acceptance speeches. Read and hear more about Prasher's story at

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Is an all night study session in your near future?

Maybe it is finals week and you have not even started studying for the exams you have tomorrow.

Or maybe you have a term paper due first thing in the morning and you are still searching for a research topic!!!

Either way, you're about to experience one of college’s most notorious experiences:
the all nighter!!!!

Of course, the best advice for pulling an all nighter is this: DON’T. But, if you find yourself pulling an all nighter, here are some survival tips to help:

Time management. Take a few minutes to figure out exactly what you need to accomplish. Come up with an hour-by-hour schedule. You only have limited time, so make sure you make a schedule that allows you to accomplish as much as possible.

Take the time to prioritize your studies. Study the most important things early in the evening and the less important things later.

Schedule study breaks. Short maybe five-minute break for every hour. Breaks are necessary to clear your mind and relax.

Work Space. Study in the library if that's what works, or at your desk. Switch study spaces to help you stay awake and focused. Don't get too comfortable! Studying on a bed, couch, or a cozy chair is asking for trouble.

Minimize distractions. Turn off your cell phone, no text messaging, and do not even think about Facebook.

Food and Drinks. Food and drink will help you stay awake and alert-- but you have to do it correctly or you may become sleepier. Here are some tips:

1. Limit caffeine. You may want to reach for a Red Bull, but use it in moderation. After binging on caffeine, your body will crash, maybe even during your exam!
2. Limit carbs. Like caffeine, carbohydrates will give you an energy burst-- followed by a big crash.
3. Eat protein. Protein gives energy without the crash. Try nuts, cheese, a meaty sandwich or wrap with minimal bread, or a low-sugar protein bar.
4. Drink water. When you work out, you need to drink water for stamina. Same with your study session.

Study Group. Studying with a group can be helpful; if someone in the group drifts off, the others can give a good wake-up shove. Make sure the group is not a distraction. If your group can't stay quiet and focused, it’s better to study alone.

Good Luck!!!

Study Day

Can you believe the semester is almost over??!!! The last few weeks of school always go so quick. The end of the semester is always great, especially in the fall, because a long break for the holidays are in your future.

Unfortunately, in the near future is a harsh reality: final exams week!!! This is the time of the year when it's not so fun to be a college student. As finals approach, Dec. 5-11, the day reserved for studying, Dec. 4, helps students relax, prepare for the most stressful time of the semester and, for some, actually study. Some use the day as a break, as a stress reliever and maybe a way to clear out minds and prepare ourselves for that final push of the semester. Take some time from your busy schedule to eat and relax before final exams.

Students’ first goal is to ace the exams, or at least get a decent grade and do as well as possible. Second, there's keeping your sanity! We want to get through exams with a minimum amount of stress and anxiety.

Here are some study tips for final exams to help you do well and stay sane!!

  • Game plan. Plan, plan, plan. Before finals begin, get out your calendar and schedule as much of your finals week as possible. Stick to the schedule.
  • Clear your schedule. Work fewer hours, put off family and social events.

  • Sleep. Some people can do well on a few hours of sleep but most can’t. You will be able to focus and do well with a decent amount of sleep.

  • Study breaks. Don't plan to study non-stop for the next few days. You will fry your brain and there goes that A-. Take a little break like going for a walk, watching a movie or some TV, or having a snack.

  • Exercise. It is a great stress reliever!

  • Prioritize. You only have so many hours to study and will have to choose what to spend the most time on. It's up to you.

  • Study groups. Sometimes it is easier to study with other people.

  • Ask your professor or Librarian for help. If you're confused about your notes or the readings, go to the expert.

  • Keep it all in perspective. What's the worst thing that can happen if you don't do well on this one test? Relax much as you can.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Student Exhibit in Special Collections

Artists’ Books from the Classroom: Student work from Book Arts classes

Walker Library is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the work of students from MTSU’s Department of Art. This exhibition of works inaugurates an annual juried show hosted by Special Collections which will provide a public forum for Book Arts students to display their work.

Thematic variety and the use of diverse materials characterize these artists’ books, demonstrating how individual the creative process is even among a group of students working within parameters set out for the classroom setting. The goal of this show is to help those who view the exhibit appreciate what students have gained from the course as well as broaden their own concept of what a book is and can be.

The show opens November 19th and runs through January 30th. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Extended Hours

If you have trouble tearing yourself away from the library when we close at midnight (can't think of anyplace I would rather be at midnight), you'll be relieved to know we're on extended hours until the end of finals.

Friday, Dec 5: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 6: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 7: 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday, Dec 8 through Wednesday, Dec 10: 7:30 am - 1:00 am.
For complete details about hours for the rest of December, see the library Web site.