Friday, July 30, 2010

Starbucks Preview!!!

The newly remodeled area right inside the Library's front doors is becoming a full service Starbucks!!! And it is gonna be soooo nice. I peeked in the door and took a couple of photos, it should be ready for the begining of the Fall semester.

OLD Cafe'

New FULL SERVICE STARBUCKS: It has black tile floor, glass tile on the backsplash, real COMFY seating and it has a full Starbucks menu!

Monday, July 26, 2010

What Time Is It?

If you're in the library and want to know the correct time, please don't rely on the wall clocks right now. Yes, it's official--the library is acknowledging it isn't an infallible institution!

The crazy clock times are a result of a power outage last week. However, we expect the super specialized clock technician will be here soon to fix the problem (the problem seems simple but apparently it's not).

In the meantime, our clocks could present a convenient explanation for being late to work, missing that family dinner, or whatever the situation may be.

photo credit: Robbert van der Steeg on Flickr

Wireless Network Upgrades

Starting Monday, July 26, for a period of up to two weeks, the Information Technology Division will be replacing all components of the wireless network campuswide to increase the network's speed. The MTSU wireless network will be usable during the project, except when one of the system's approximately 400 transmitters is being replaced in a specific location. During replacement, wireless coverage will drop and may be unusable in that specific location. Ideally, the drop in coverage should be no more than 30 to 60 minutes per location. Once wireless coverage is detected again, users should reboot their computers to resume network access on campus.

Walker Library and the surrounding buildings (Mass Communication, Business & Aerospace, and the Learning Resources Center) are scheduled first in the project.

Please call the ITD Help Desk at 615-898-5345 with any questions.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coming Fall 2010 -- the Digital Media Studio!

The next time you come into the library you may notice the bold new graphic added to the 2nd floor window outside of the old microtext area, designating it as the Digital Media Studio. "What's up with that?," you might ask yourself.

That, my friends, is our newest innovation, our newest way for you to get it all done right here. We're happy to announce that beginning in the Fall 2010 semester, you can work on your multimedia projects right here in the library. The Digital Media Studio will feature 8 high-end PCs and 12 iMac bursting with the latest multimedia software. You can also check out pen tablets, use a number of new scanners, and much more. See our Studio website (still in development) for details.

In addition to proprietary software, we will offer a number of open source options, and we want to know what you would like to see on our new machines. Please send suggestions to

Library Power Outage, July 20

Due to construction issues, there will be a scheduled power outage at the Walker Library from 6:00a.m. - 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, July 20th. While we hope it won't last long, some services may be briefly interrupted during this time. We will open at the regular time, 7:30 a.m., so come on in and try to find a book in the dark!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Reserves are on the Move

In an effort to better serve our students and other users, the library made a few changes today to the reserves collection check-out process.

  • Library laptops are now checked out from the 1st floor periodicals desk (walk through the elevator lobby; desk is on your left).
  • All other reserve items (books, course packets, etc.) are checked out (and returned!) at the circulation desk to the left inside the library entrance.
  • Headphones for student use are also available at the periodicals desk (instead of at the service desk by the library entrance).
Two more things to note:

  • Current reserves policies, including loan periods and fees, remain the same.
  • Print newspapers, magazines, and journals are still located in the periodicals room. If you're having trouble, the librarians at the reference desk are happy to help you locate articles that meet your need.

TN 6th Congressional District Candidate Forum

The public is invited to attend the Tennessee 6th Congressional District Candidate Forum from 6-8 p.m., July 13, in the Tennessee Livestock Center on the MTSU campus.

Participating candidates are Jim Tracy, Lou Ann Zelenik, Ben Lemming, Dave Evans, George Erdel, Gary Mann, Diane Black, Kerry Roberts, Brett Carter and Stephen Sprague. One of these candidates will be replacing retiring Congressman Bart Gordon. Starting at 6 p.m., each of the candidates "will be talking about themselves and where they stand on the issues," says Marvin Whitworth, president of the Rutherford County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. From 7-8 p.m., the candidates will field audience questions and questions prepared in advance.

The MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriscience and the Rutherford County Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring the event.

Early voting will be July 16-31 for Rutherford County citizens. The primary will be held Thursday, Aug. 5. The general election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 2.

For info about registering to vote click here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Center for Popular Music turns 25!

Happy Birthday to the Center for Popular Music!

Stop by today and have some cake, and check out their amazing resources. The CPM is located on the 1st floor of the Mass Comm building.