Thursday, September 30, 2010

On Display in the Library

The Center for Popular Music is celebrating its 25th birthday this month. Come see a few items from the collection on display in the Walker Library atrium.

In the display is the history of everyone’s favorite song, “Happy Birthday,” along with other highlights from the center’s collections. A 25th-anniversary celebration, complete with cake and all the trimmings, is planned on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. during Homecoming Weekend.

The Center for Popular Music was created in July 1985 to serve and preserve the study of American popular music. It is one of 16 Centers of Excellence across the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The main collection, located in the Bragg Mass Communication Building, includes sheet music and broadsides, rare music books, sound recordings, music trade catalogs, periodicals, performance documents, manuscripts and photographs ranging as far back as the early 1700s. The center specializes in rock and roll and its roots, the various forms of vernacular religious music and the music of Tennessee and the Southeast.

Southern Festival of Books

Location: War Memorial Plaza (Downtown Nashville)

Date: Friday, Oct 8 - Sunday, Oct 10, 2010

Time: Friday, noon - 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm

Price: Free

Now in its 22nd year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors.

Plus, food, a children’s stage, live music, a cafĂ© stage, Chapter 16 Stage, author readings, book signings and much more!

The Festival takes place on War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville between Charlotte and Union and 6th and 7th Avenues. Author sessions are held in the Legislative Plaza hearing rooms underneath the Plaza and in the Senate and House Chambers of the State Capitol.

Monday, September 27, 2010

How To Master Course Material

Academic Success Series – Workshop #3

This session will cover tips on note taking, how to effectively study your notes as well as tips for navigating different types of tests.

Tuesday, September 28th - 4:30pm
Wednesday, September 29th - 2:00pm

All workshops are held in Corlew Residence Hall Classroom

Questions? Contact the University College Advising Center at 898-2339

Friday, September 24, 2010

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25−October 2, 2010

You can check out books from our cart of banned and challenged books in the atrium.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

The American Library Association has compiled information about some of the most challenged books from last year. For more information on BBW, visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Writing Group

The Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center is hosting a Creative Writing Group starting this Tuesday! It is open to any current MTSU student. They will be meeting:

Walker Library, rm. 362

btw, The UWC moved into the Library over the summer. They offer a relaxed, yet professional atmosphere where writers from any major can get help on any project or paper at any stage in the process and become more comfortable with writing.

Stop by and see them on the 3rd floor of the Library or better yet, make an appointment at 904.8237.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Group Study Rooms

Studying in a group? We have 5 new group studies open just outside the elevators on each floor, bringing the building total to over 40. If you want to be assured of a group study room, you can reserve any of the 4th floor study rooms at the Service Desk on the 1st floor. Get the lowdown and a printable reservation form here:

NPR Reporter on campus today

Nina Totenberg, a reporter for National Public Radio, will be on campus Wednesday as part of MTSU's Constitution Week to speak about how justice has evolved in the U.S. Supreme Court throughout her more than 30 years of journalism experience covering the Judicial Branch.

Totenberg's lecture titled "Establishing Justice: The New Supreme Court" is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Tucker Theatre, and the event is free and open to the public. See full article in Sidelines.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Library opening late on Sunday

The Library will open at 3:00 p.m. instead of 1:00 on Sunday, September 19.

On Sunday, September 19 from 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m., the University will be testing its back up generators. During this time there will be intermittent power outages throughout the campus. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please call Construction Administration at 898-2967.

Complete library hours are at

Sunday, September 12, 2010

On Display in the Walker Library

The University is celebrating Constitution Day on Friday, September 17, 2010. A number of activities are planned all week sponsored by the MTSU American Democracy Project.

The Walker Library has on display some posters that highlight four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. Some of the posters reinterpret Norman Rockwell's original paintings which responded to President Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech in 1941. This project came out of the donation of Rockwell's original works to The Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University.

The Walker Library is also participating in the celebration by having students print the 14th amendment on the Library's replica 18th century printing press.

Hot off the Press...

Thursday, September 16

Library front porch

10am - 2pm

Students will be able to print their own copies of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution right outside of the Library in celebration of Constitution Day.

The James E. Walker Library will transport their handcrafted replica of the 18th century printing press from its home on the fourth floor down to the library portico. Passersby may manipulate the device themselves or allow library personnel to help them. Constitution Day 2010 (really on Friday, September 17th) will mark the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the nation’s founding document.

MTSU is celebrating Constitution Week, September 13 - 17, 2010 with many activities sponsored by the MTSU American Democracy Project.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Help getting started at MTSU

Academic Success Series - Presented by the University College Advising Center

How To Get Started at MTSU

Tuesday, September 14th at 4:30pm & Wednesday, September 15th at 2:00pm

Corlew Residence Hall Classroom

This session will cover topics including how to navigate RaiderNet & D2L, understanding the Lottery Scholarship, and helpful tips about GPA and academic standing.

These one hour workshops are designed for any student who needs help or wants to learn more about the topic area. We hope these “How To” sessions will help you be a successful student!!

Questions? Contact the University College Advising Center at (615) 898-2339

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Does the Library Have My Textbook?

This is one of the top questions we get during the first week of classes, and we understand why: Textbooks are ridiculously expensive. Why wouldn't you check them out for free if you have the option?

So here is the answer: Maybe. Here is what you can do to find out.

1. Search the library catalog by the book title or the author. We do not make a habit of ordering textbooks for our main collection, so it is unlikely that you will find one that you can check out for four weeks. Textbooks are updated too often and we prefer ordering books that will stand the test of time and support the ongoing research and study needs of the university. Occasionally, however, a textbook makes it into our collection, so you should search the library catalog. Make sure you take note of the current call number and location. If we don't have the current edition of your textbook, we might have an earlier edition that would suffice. Some books used for classes are temporarily placed in the Reserves collection, which is option #2.

2. Search the course reserve system by instructor or course. A professor may have placed a personal copy on Reserve (ask for the item at the first floor Circulation desk). Items on Reserve may be used for a limited period of time -- usually only a few hours and usually only in the library -- to allow you to read a chapter, take notes, or make a few copies. Items on reserve can also be found in the library catalog by title or author, but if you don't know this information, the course reserves system is useful.

3. While we often don't have textbooks in our collection, we do have many of your supplemental readings, such as novels, plays, and non-fiction books. Check the catalog and take note of location information. Some of these materials are also placed temporarily in the Reserves Collection (ask for these materials at the first floor Circulation Desk).

Note: Although we're telling you how to find out for yourself, feel free to ask for help at the 1st Floor Reference Desk or through our IM, email, or phone service.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Labor Day Library Hours

MTSU Walker Library
Labor Day Hours

Sat, Sept 4 8am - 5pm
Sun, Sept 5 closed
Mon, Sept 6 closed

Enjoy your Labor Day!

image: Library of Congress, WPA Poster Collection,

Artist: Vera Block

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1st football game Thursday night!

Thursday, September 2

6:30 pm

Blue Raiders vs. Minnesota Gophers

Students get in FREE with their id.

The highly-anticipated 2010 home opener for the MTSU football team. The Blue Raiders will be taking on the University of Minnesota Gophers. This is the True Blue game so everyone wear your BLUE!