Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Extended Hours for Exams Week

Starting this Sunday the Walker Library will be open extended hours during exams. We will be open til 1a.m. Sunday - Thursday. Please see our hours page for more info.

photo used with permission from the William and Mary Law School at the Marshall-Wythe School of law. Flickr download, april 20, 2011. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/2417195782/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Hours

Library Hours Nov 23-27

Wed 11/23 - 7:30am to 10:00pm
Thur 11/24 - closed
Fri 11/25 - closed
Sat 11/26 - closed
Sun 11/27 - 1:00pm to midnight

*see complete library hours on our website

photo credit: "Freedom from Want", Norman Rockwell. Saturday Evening Post, 1943

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Books, books, and more books!

· The Walker Library now has over ONE MILLION books!

· Undergrads can check out 20 books, graduate & honors students can check out 50 books, all for up to 4 weeks.

You can check out and return books at the Circulation Desk.

· We have fun books too! The Popular Reading collection (in the “Lounge”—1st flr.) has the latest from the New York Times Bestseller list. You can check these books out for up to 2 weeks.

Currently enrolled students may check out books over the winter break! This extension of check out privileges also applies to current adjunct faculty. Patrons wishing to check out materials over the break will simply need to show their valid MTSU ID at checkout.

· Go to library.mtsu.edu and click on My Library Account where you can:

* See your account balance
* Pay your fines- All fines must be paid online now. We don' t take cash at the library.
* See the items you checked out
* See when items are due
* Search for materials
* IM a librarian for help

Just login w/ your Pipeline User Name & password.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

100 years, 1 million library volumes for MTSU

The Walker Library has reached an historic milestone with the acquisition of its one-millionth volume -- the first book published in Tennessee -- in MTSU’s 100th year.

Laws of the State of Tennessee was printed in Knoxville in 1803 by George Roulstone, a native Bostonian who moved his printing press to Tennessee at the urging of William Blount. Blount was governor of the territory south of the Ohio River before Tennessee’s admission to the Union in 1796.

Roulstone initially set up the first printing press in Rogersville, in what would become Tennessee, and began printing the Knoxville Gazette newspaper as well as legal and theological works in 1791.

Laws of the State of Tennessee was printed on “low-quality handmade paper,” according to Dr. Alan Boehm, director of special collections for the library, and was bound with what appears to be pigskin stretched over pressed sheets of paper to form the cover.

Since the title page is not set off from the table of contents and there is little space separating topics on the pages, Boehm concludes that Roulstone “couldn’t afford to waste paper, apparently.”

The Early Tennessee Imprints collection in the Walker Library’s Special Collections includes some 200 books and other print materials produced in Tennessee between 1791 and 1866, the first year after the Civil War.

“Every book is a cultural artifact, and its physical and material properties tell you something about literacy and reading and writing and authorship in that book’s time,” says Boehm.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Celebrating Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. There are over 25 million veterans living in the United States, and over 500,000 in Tennessee.

President Woodrow Wilson created the holiday in 1919 on the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice that ended World War I. It was known as Armistice Day. The day was to be marked with a two minute silence at 11:00 am followed by parades and celebrations.

In 1921 Congress passed legislation to establish the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was opened with the burial of an unknown soldier from World War I in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on Armistice Day.

November 11 became an official national holiday in the United States in 1938. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor those who had served in all U.S. wars. Ceremonies are held each year at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and floral tributes are placed on the graves of service men and women and at memorials throughout the country. Naturalization ceremonies have come to be an important part of the day’s activities.

Here are a list of resources in the library if you would like to learn more :

Some website links of interest (and our sources for this post)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

LRC collections move to Library in December

The Media Library, the Music Library, the LRC University Computer Lab, and the Graduate Multimedia Development Center (GMDC), currently located in LRC 101, will move temporarily to Walker Library at the end of final exams. Both libraries, the University Computer Lab, the GMDC, and the LRC 101B computer classroom will be open to faculty and students in their normal LRC locations through 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

The LRC University Computer Lab and GMDC, when re-opened in Walker Library Room 262, will continue to provide the discipline specific and specialized software that students and faculty are accustomed to using in the labs' current LRC locations. In particular, Adobe Creative Suite 5, SPSS, SAS, Finale, and other frequently used packages will continue to be available in Walker Library 262.

Because the Media Library collection will be located separately from Room 262 in Walker Library, accessing requested items will require more time than usual. Therefore, faculty and graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact one of the Media Library staff ( http://frank.mtsu.edu/~imr/staff.html ) as early in each semester as possible to reserve media to be checked out and to be assigned for student viewing. Patrons checking out audio books are also strongly encouraged to reserve them at least 24 hours prior to picking them up.

Our temporary locations are
Media Library - Walker Library Room 262
LRC University computer lab and GMDC - Walker Library Room 262
Music Library - Walker Library, first floor: Music Librarian and media collection at the circulation desk; scores in the Reference Collection room.

Operating hours for the Media Library, LRC University computer lab, and GMDC beginning Friday, December 16, are:
Friday, December 16: closed to patrons, staff available via email and phone
Saturday - Sunday, December 17-18: closed
Monday - Friday, December 19 - 23: closed to patrons, staff available via email and phone
Saturday - Monday, December 24 - January 2: closed
Tuesday - Friday, January 3 - 6: open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, January 7 - 8: closed
Monday - Wednesday, January 9 - 11: open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 12: resume regular hours ( http://frank.mtsu.edu/~imr/hours.html )
Sunday - Monday, January 15 - 16: closed
Tuesday, January 17: resume regular hours ( http://frank.mtsu.edu/~imr/hours.html )

Operating hours for the Music Library beginning Friday, December 16, are
Friday, December 16: closed to patrons, staff available via email and phone
beginning Saturday, December 17: open/closed according to Walker Library's operating hours ( http://library.mtsu.edu/hours.php )

If you have any questions about our temporary relocation, please contact one of these staff members:

Media Library - Gail Fedak, gfedak@mtsu.edu, 2899
Music Library - Sarah Brown, sbrown@mtsu.edu, 2751
LRC University computer lab and GMDC - Anthony Tate, atate@mtsu.edu, 8204

ARTstor online training

Do you want to get started using advanced ARTstor features and create custom collections for your classes? The Walker Library is offering a one hour webinar, hosted by an ARTstor trainer, this Friday, 11/4 at 2:00 pm.

The trainer will provide an introduction to ARTstor and then cover advanced features and instructor-level tools.

The ARTstor database contains digital collections from over 130 museum and cultural heritage centers including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the The Art Institute of Chicago, and the The British Library, to name a few. It includes 1.3+ million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

ARTstor is a non-profit online digital image library designed to serve educational and scholarly communities. ARTstor provides tools and software to search, present, and share digital images both online and offline for research and pedagogical purposes.

Instructors can create folders and add descriptions and upload files to share with students. For instructor level access, contact mepozzeb@mtsu.edu.

To register:

Just click on the link and have individuals register for a seat:


Please also take note of the following system requirements:

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer