Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, April 1st, 11:45-12:45
Special Collections, 4th floor, Walker Library
Artists’ Books from the Classroom:
Student work from the 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 is the second annual juried show hosted by Special Collections which features the work of MTSU’s Book Arts students.
Each work displayed is a unique item and reflects the learning goals of the classroom. However, these books also convey the individual creative spirit of their makers as they reflect on family, relate personal or humorous stories, and explore the expressive power of their materials. Handmade books, like mass-produced ones, are made for reading so select books from this exhibit will be periodically available in the reading room where they may be experienced more fully as their makers intended.
The show opens January 19th and runs through April 1st. Special Collections is located on the 4th floor of Walker Library and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.
Monday, March 29, 2010
This will be a great move students because, as you know (don't you?) the librarians at the Reference desk on the 1st floor can help you find sources -- including articles, books, statistics, good websites, and other resources -- for your papers. Now you'll have help from start to finish, all in one place!
Until the move is completed, the Writing Center will continue to operate in its current locations of Peck Hall 325 and Ezell Hall 119.
Stay tuned for details and exact moving dates.
The third of 14 children in a Joliet, Ill., family, Ruettiger struggled with dyslexia throughout childhood, but the condition was not diagnosed until he entered Holy Cross Junior College in South Bend, Ind. The school was across the street from the University of Notre Dame, which fueled Ruettiger’s desire to transfer and to make the Fighting Irish football team. Since Notre Dame Head Coach Ara Parseghian welcomed walk-ons, Ruettiger tried out and made the practice squad, despite being only 5’6” and 165 pounds. His unflagging hustle and determination earned him the respect of his teammates.
Friday, March 26, 2010
It will be stationed at the counter behind the reference desk (near the computers) on the 1st floor along with the staplers and hole punch.
By the way, we really like for those items to stay on that counter so that everyone has a chance to use them. Sometimes they go wandering. Hint, hint.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
April 1, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Walker Library Room 462 (Printing Press Room)
Vetter works for the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville. He is a printer, graphic designer and fine artist. Visit http://beastofburden.carbonmade.com/ for more info on Brad and his work.
Also join us Monday, April 5 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm or 5:30 - 6:30 pm for two open workshops with Visiting Artist Brad Vetter. The workshops are your chance to meet and talk with the artist and play on the printing press.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Check out the full schedule of Scholars Week events on the Scholars Week web site.
Friday, March 19, 2010
You can also take licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests for fields such as Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Military, and Real Estate, to name few.
You must complete a free registration to save your answers to questions. This resource is available to all Tennesseans through the Tennessee Electronic Library, so tell a friend!
Monday, March 15, 2010
His free public lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 18, at 1 p.m. in Room 221 of the McWherter Learning Resources Center on campus. For more information, call 615-898-5150.
Entertainment Weekly has called Klosterman, author of five nonfiction best-sellers (including the 2009 essay collection Eating the Dinosaur) and a novel, "one of America's top cultural critics." The former SPIN senior writer is responsible for a monthly column, Chuck Klosterman’s America, in Esquire, for which he wrote the much-discussed Britney Spears cover story for the magazine’s 70th anniversary issue. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and GQ.
We want to know which type chair you would prefer, so we have a variety of samples for your posterior to test. The chairs share the following criteria:
1. They are all Green Guard certified, have high post consumer (recycled) content and they can be fully recycled at end of life
2. They will all roll
3. None of them have arms
Come to the library March 22 through the 26th and sit in our chairs. The chairs showcase will be held on the first floor in the periodical echo dome, just past the elevators.
BONUS: In addition to getting a great chair, if you give us your email when you vote, you could win a fabulous prize.
Any chair comments, concerns or requests you would like to make, we would like to hear.
This is your space; please help us make it work for you!
Emerging Technologies Librarian
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Gwen Williams, secretary in the User Services department of the library, has won the TLA Support Staff award. Gwen communicates with faculty to schedule over 300 library instruction classes each year. She also schedules numerous Research Coach appointments for students, which are one-on-one appointments with librarians. These are both tasks that used to consume a lot of the librarians' time and energy. She always has a smile and something nice to say, and she is a great morale booster for everyone in the library.Gwen is the human gateway to the instructional services we offer, and her friendliness and organizational skills are highly valued.
Kristen West, our instruction librarian, has won the James E. Ward Library Instruction Award. She is responsible for managing our formal library instruction program, developing instructional web pages, tutorials, and guides, and building strategic partnerships with teaching faculty to advance information literacy. Kristen teaches a large share of our 300+ library instuction sessions each year, and she also leads the library's efforts to develop specialized training sessions for classes in several departments. Kristen's dedication to her craft is abundantly clear to those of us who work with her -- we often have to convince her to go home at night rather than staying here to perfect a lesson for the next day (which is already perfect, by the way). In addition, Kristen is very involved in statewide library service committees.
Please join us in congratulating Gwen and Kristen on their accomplishments.
Monday, March 1, 2010
The netbook earned a high score, 41% of survey participants gave it an A while 46% awarded it a B. No one gave it below a C.
The netbook earned high marks in all five areas of portability, connectivity, speed, overall usability, battery and screen size. But students really love its portability, battery life and connectivity.
While we thought the tiny screen might be an issue, but of those who used the netbook, 66% said it was great. (we did have 17 who declined to try the netbook because they thought the screen was too small)
If we buy more netbooks, which are much less expensive and have longer battery life than traditional laptops, survey participants want us to get a something with a DVD drive and, if possible, a better processer.
We asked students to rate by importance the factors were most important when considering a laptop of any kind.
Ability to run multiple applications
Survey participants rated speed as the most important factor, followed by programs available. In last place was battery life. What about you? What are most important features you would consider when purchasing a laptop?