Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Break Hours


Exams are over and holiday planning has hit frenzy mode, but we're still here!We are closed Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, Dec. 15th, but we re-open Monday morning!

Dec. 16-20
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Dec 21-22
Closed

Dec. 23
8:00 a.m- 4:30pm

Dec. 24 - Jan. 1st
Closed

Jan. 2 & 3
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Jan 4-5
Closed

Jan 6-10
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Jan 11-12
Closed

Jan 13-15
8:00 a.m - 4:30pm

Normal hours resume Jan. 16 the first day of Spring semester.

Confused? Check the library hours page.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Reading!




Happy Holidays! Going home for the break? Take one of our Popular Reading books home with you. 

Popular Reading books are the "fun books". We have the latest from the New York Times Bestseller list. You can check these books out for up to 2 weeks.











Students can check out up to 50 books for up to 4 weeks (Popular Reading Books are for 2 weeks). And you can check out books over the break as long as you are registered for the spring semester.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Low cost GRE/GMAT workshops; FREE practice tests!


MTSU College of Graduate Studies is providing the following:

Next Workshops Announced!

GRE Workshop - November 8-10th

MTSU's next GRE workshop has been announced, and registration will fill up fast!
As always, the workshop includes:
  • Two full-length practice tests
  • Instruction and Review on each section of the exam
  • Test-taking Strategies
  • Exam Review book
  • Expert Instructors
  • Lunch on Saturday
All at a fraction of the cost at other facilities! Register now!

For more information and for the registration flyer, please visit the website for the GRE Workshop.

 

GMAT Workshop - November 15-17th

This GMAT preparation includes:
Two full-length GMAT practice tests (at the beginning and conclusion of the workshop)
Instruction and review for Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency
Instruction and review for Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension
Instruction and review for Critical Reasoning and Integrated Reasoning
Instruction and review for Analysis of an Argument
Special session on test taking strategies
GMAT Test Preparation Book
Lunch on Saturday
For more information, please visit the GMAT website.


FREE Practice Tests: 


For even more help with the GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests check out Walker Library's Learning Express Library database. This database can help you prepare for the GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests such as the PRAXIS,  LSAT, and MCAT. Browse through the categories or do a quick search by test name to find sample tests. 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 results. This resource is available for free to all Tennesseans through the Tennessee Electronic Library, so tell a friend! 






Learning Express is easy to find. From the library home page click on databases a-z and scroll to L for Learning Express.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Muslim Journeys Resources and Events

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant was awarded to the James E. Walker Library in the Spring semester of 2013. The purpose of this grant is to present the MTSU community with resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. 

This grant provides books, DVDs, and electronic resources to MTSU. Information and access to these resources can be found on this page: http://libraryguides.mtsu.edu/muslimjourneysbookshelf-resources

The James E. Walker Library is also pleased to Partner with the Mideast Center to present two programs about Mulsim-American stories. Please join Walker Library and the Mideast Center in October and November for two programs highlighting the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and what it means to be muslim in America.

October 23, 2013 - Please join us for a viewing of Prince Among Slaves, a documentary adapted from the book by Terry Alford. The book and DVD are part of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. Dr. Ron Messier, Professor of History, Emeritus, will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion afterwards. This event will take place at 4:30 in the Keathley University Center (KUC) auditorium.

November 14, 2013 - As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi will give a lecture entitled "How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Arab American Life and U.S. Foreign Policy." Dr. Bayoumi is the author of the award-winning book How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? and is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. This event will take place at 4:30 in the Business and Aerospace Studies Building (BAS) State Farm Room.

Friday, September 27, 2013

MT Lambda 25th Anniversary Exhibit

MT Lambda 25th 
  Anniversary Exhibit

October 1st—31st 

On display in Library Atrium &
    Echo Dome (1st fl. past elevators)

Learn about this student organization and its history on campus. www.mtsu.edu/~mtlambda

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

9/24/13: Availability of Government Sci/Tech Information


DATE : September 24th at 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Meeting Place 4, Library Room 446



On Tuesday, September 24th at 1:00, Tim Byrne, Senior Outreach Librarian at U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will speak in the Walker Library. Mr. Byrne has a background as a government documents librarian and now specializes in making government scientific and technical research publically accessible. He will share with MTSU his wealth of knowledge about government scientific data.

The lecture will cover a variety of Department of Energy tools that provide public access to government scientific and technical information, including SciTech Connect, Science.gov and WorldWideScience.org. There will be an update on how federal agencies are implementing the White House directive, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research”.  Also discussed will be OSTI’s role in working with DataCite, an organization that helps researchers to find, access, and reuse data, to assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to data files created with DOE support.

“OSTI has been a leader since 1948 in making government sponsored scientific and technical information available to the public.  Today, OSTI continues to lead in the development of federated search tools, semantic search, multilingual searching, audio indexing and speech recognition technology, and the indexing of data collections and files” says Mr. Byrne.

This topic is of interest to all science disciplines, and those who support research funding on campus. This lecture will help the MTSU research community better understand the impact of open-access data for their research, funding proposals, and data dissemination plans.

This lecture will take place in the Library’s Meeting Place 4, on the 4th floor, next to Special Collections.








Friday, September 6, 2013

Academic Success Series

Academic Success Series - Fall 2013

All sessions will be in Library Room 446 at 4:30pm both days and the same information will be covered in both sessions. Two dates are scheduled to accommodate more students.

How to Get Started at MTSU

Tuesday, September 10Wednesday, September 11
This session will cover topics including how to navigate RaiderNet & D2L, understanding the Lottery Scholarship, and helpful tips about GPA and academic standing.
Presented by Gia Jones.

How to Use Your Time Wisely

Tuesday, September 17
Wednesday, September 18
Time management is something most students struggle with on a daily basis. This session will cover techniques to help you better manage your time.
Presented by Danielle Stefanski.

How to Use the MTSU Library

Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25
Come find out what successful MTSU students know about the library and learn how to utilize the various resources available.
Presented by Kristen West.

How to Give A Winning Presentation

Tuesday, October 1
Wednesday, October 2
This session will cover tips and tricks that will help students refine their presentation and public speaking skills.
Presented by Susanna Wassom.

How to Relax, Chill & Still be a Successful Student

Tuesday, October 8
Wednesday, October 9
Being a college student is stressful! Academics, jobs, friends, and family can pull you in many directions, and there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done. This session will cover how stress can impact your academics and your health. Leave with some surefire strategies to help you de-stress your life.
Presented by Lisa Schrader.

How to Use Your Academic Advisor

Tuesday, October 29
Wednesday, October 30
This session will cover information on how to know who your advisor is, how to get the most out of your time with your advisor, and what questions you should ask your advisor.
Presented by Travis Tipton.

How to Choose the Right Major for You

Tuesday, November 5
Wednesday, November 6
Having trouble choosing a major? This session will cover techniques on helping you find the right major and career field that best fits your personality and abilities.
Presented by Mark Convery.

How to Think Critically

Tuesday, November 12
Wednesday, November 13
This session will go over what critical thinking is (and isn't), provide a structure for evaluating your thinking, and show how it can be applied to a college level classes.
Presented by Hilary Stallings.

How to Prepare for Finals

Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
This interactive session will focus on helping students prepare for final exams. Specific attention will be placed on assisting students with time management, reviewing helpful study skills, and discussing effective test taking strategies.
Presented by Eric Miller.
Have Questions? Contact Brandie Nelson at the University College Advising Center at (615) 898-2339.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Operation I.D.

The MTSU Police Department will be in the Walker Library atrium registering your valuables (laptops, cell phones, etc.) and IDing them with invisible ink on Monday. Stop by the Library and register your valuables. This greatly increases the chance of recovery in the event of theft or misplacement. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

8:00 - 10:00 am and 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Walker Library Atrium

Friday, August 30, 2013

What's YOUR Zone? Group or Quiet?


QUIET ZONES -- Designated quiet zones on the 3rd and 4th floors, from the elevators back.






GROUP ZONES -- Areas for groups in rooms 248 and 446 feature large tables and movable white boards. Group study rooms for 4-8 people are located throughout the building.



GROUP COMPUTERS -- Movable chairs and computer desks to accommodate two people (behind Reference Desk on the 1st floor). All group study rooms are equipped with computers.

INDIVIDUAL COMPUTERS -- There is a large computer lab on the 1st floor, right inside the front doors and to the left; computers are also located on each upper floor past the elevators.

Learn more about library spaces at this website.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Reserves... what's that?

Does your syllabus say "on reserve in the Library"? Do you know what that is? 

The Reserves department supports the instructional needs of University faculty by providing greater access to limited resources like course packets, instructor's personal copies, copyrighted materials, books, etc. Most items on reserve must be used within the library on a 1-3 hour loan. You can make copies (where allowable by copyright) at the copy center or on library scanners.




Materials in the Reserves collection may be borrowed and returned at the Circulation Desk located to the left when entering the atrium of the Library. The Circulation Desk is staffed during all hours the library is open. You can also access some items on e-reserves. Let us know if you have questions: 615-904-8539. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome New Freshmen!

...and everyone else!


Finding your way on campus the first few days can be confusing. Even if you were here last semester over the summer there have been lots of changes on campus. If you are on campus Monday the 26th or Tuesday the 27th, look for the Walker Library Question Tent in the quad in front of the library. We can answer any questions you have. We will be outside 7:30 am-1:30pm  on both days. Of course, you can come in and ask questions at any desk whenever the library is open. To help you get sorted here are some links of interest-

ID office (remember you can't check out materials without an ID)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Catalog Downtime, part 2


On Friday, July 26 at 6pm, the library catalog will go offline for 2-4 hours for a bug fix related to our recent upgrade

Here's how this will effect the user experience:
  • The classic catalog at http://library2.mtsu.edu will be completely offline.
  • The Search box on the library homepage will let you search for books, and it will show location information, but it won't show whether the item is here or checked out. 
  • Some ebooks and online videos may be inaccessible through the Search box during this time. See our Ebooks page and Media Resources page for alternate access.
  • You will not be able to login to your Library Account during this time to pay fines, renew books, or look up checked out items.
The Library will close at 6 p.m. before the catalog goes offline, and when we reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, everything should be back to normal. We apologize for any disruption to your research activity.

If you have any questions, contact a librarian.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Library Orientation for Grad Students

The James E. Walker Library will offer a "Library Orientation for Graduate Students" workshop on Thursday, August 22 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Meeting Place 4 (on the 4th floor near Special Collections). This workshop will cover library basics for graduate students in all disciplines, including information on:



  • Online periodical indexes
  • Circulation and interlibrary loan
  • EndNote Web citation management tool
  • Personal graduate student carrels
  • Library assistance and help
Librarian liaisons will also be on hand to give short library tours.
No registration is necessary. Contact Jason Vance (Jason.Vance@mtsu.edu) or Kristen West (K.West@mtsu.edu) for more information.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Catalog downtime, July 18

What: Catalog offline
When: July 18: 10:00am-2:30pm
So what? locating books and other library items will be a little trickier during this time


On July 18 we are making some upgrades on the back-end of our catalog, so the catalog will be down from 10am-2:30pm. Here's how this will effect the user experience:

  • The classic catalog at http://library2.mtsu.edu will be completely offline.
  • The Search box on the library homepage will let you search for books, but no location information will be displayed
  • You will not be able to login to your Library Account during this time to pay fines, renew books, or look up checked out items.

If you can't wait until the system comes back up, here's what you can do during this time.
  • You will be able to check out books at the Circulation desk.
  • Looking for a book? Visit the Reference desk on the library first floor, and we may be able to approximate location information for an item held in the library.
  • If you need to pay a fine or fee, you can go directly to the fee payment site, but you must already know the exact amount of your fine. Library staff will not be able to look it up during this time.

We expect this upgrade to go quickly and smoothly, and that we will be back in business by 2:30 pm on the 18th. If you have any questions, contact a librarian.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Tons of online videos to use for class

Alexander Street Press is a great streaming video collection that the Walker Library subscribes to. Some of the great features are: 
  •  Watch videos on the go with mobile access via most handheld devices.
  • Searchable transcripts run alongside each video.
  • Permanent URLs let users cite and share video.
  • An embeddable video player lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure Web site pages or via course management systems (D2L).



1,000 film scripts with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts--more than 100,000 scenes of human experience. Search by character, scene, race, nationality, age, subject, year of writing, and other elements. Titles licensed for the collection include: From Here to Eternity, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Casablanca, American Gigolo, Raging Bull, The China Syndrome, The Maltese Falcon, The Gold Rush, Unforgiven, Blade Runner, State and Main, Hotel Rwanda, Span’glish, Gods and Monsters, Ararat, Black Hawk Down, The Last Temptation of Christ, To Sir With Love, Witness, In the Line of Fire, The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Out of the Past, JFK, Platoon, Boogie Nights, The Big Chill, Night of the Hunter, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, The Hustler, The Magnificent Ambersons, Fury, The Sting…



1,300 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms.  Videos frequently used in university-level education programs are part of the collection, including Thoughtful Reading: Teaching Comprehension to Adolescents (Stenhouse), Successful Teaching Practices in Action: New Media in the Classroom (Teachers Network), Inclusion, I.E.P. and Special Needs Laws: What Teachers Should Know (Learning Seed), Race in the Classroom: The Multiplicity Of Experience (The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning), and Teaching Reading 3-5 Workshop: Classroom Program:  Close Reading for Understanding (Annenberg Learner).



756 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. Includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures, and is particularly rich in its coverage of the developing world. Thematic areas include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles



307 videos created by Medcom-Trainex, specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. Video is the ideal training medium for one of the most practical of professions, giving nursing students a way to observe highly technical procedures and complex patient interactions before practicing in a clinical setting.



High-quality video (750 hours by the end of the year) for the study of disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, special populations, fitness and health assessment, medical fitness, exercise adherence, sport science, worksite wellness, and much more. More than 90 percent of the content in the collection is less than five years old, and more than 100 hours of new content are added each year.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where did the Media Library go?

The Media Library is still here. The collections and access to streaming video is still here in the Library, just not in room 262 anymore. Take a look at this helpful Media Library Guide to access a ton of online resources and to see how to checkout and view media here in the Library.


This summer the room (LIB 262) that was the Media Library is being returned to a large study space, with computers and a Presentation Practice Room. As always if you need help locating a source (video, book, website or journal) just ASK A LIBRARIAN!!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Check out books this summer!


Students who were enrolled in Spring 2013 may check out books over the summer, even if not enrolled for summer classes. You may have up to 50 books, each for 28 days,* and you may renew once online.+ All other regular borrowing policies apply.

Did you graduate? Alumni may check out up to 10 books at a time and have in-house use of research databases.

Also, any Tennessee resident over 18 may check out 2 books. Bring proof of residence the first time you come to borrow.


*The Popular Reading collection (NYT bestsellers) circulates for 2 weeks with one renewal.

+If someone places a hold on a book you will be unable to renew it and you are responsible for returning it promptly, even if you're back home in Alaska or vacationing in Bora Bora.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Free Pop-up Book Workshop


Make It Pop-up!: a do-it-yourself book workshop for kids and parents


  • Saturday, April 27
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Walker Library Special Collections (4th Floor)


MTSU’s Walker Library is hosting an exciting hands-on workshop in association with the exhibit, The Anatomy of Pop-ups, currently on display in Special Collections. Plan now to attend this fun and free event for kids (and their parents!) ages 8 to 12. Our workshop leader is Kathleen O’Connell, who currently teaches Book Arts in MTSU’s Department of Art and has led workshops at Burlington City Arts Studio 250 in Vermont, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and at her studio in Lima, Peru. O’Connell will teach kids how to create a simple but surprising pop-up book using sheets of paper and some simple cuts and folds.
There is no cost to participants. Free parking is available next to Walker Library and all materials and tools will be supplied, but space is limited. 
Reserve your slot now by calling Susan Hanson at (615) 904-8503 or sending an email to Susan.Hanson@mtsu.edu.

Stop Feeding the Monster!!



On display in the Walker Library atrium is a student art installation from Erin Anfinson's Drawing 2 class. Stop Feeding the Monster: Think Before You Print will be on display through April 26th.



Watch how we made the monster here!

In 2012, Walker Library visitors used over 9.6 million sheets of paper. That much paper adds up to nearly 1,371 trees! The environmental impact alone is staggering, but the weight of lost library resources also resonated with the students who designed this project. Extra funding spent on printing paper means less available funding for technology and educational resources valued by the MTSU community.

For the students, the form of a paper-consuming monster best served as a playful representation of this serious problem. 100% of this installation was made out of reused paper from the library recycling bins. All materials will be recycled at the end of the exhibition. We hope the project will provide a moment of reflection for the students, faculty and administration. Think before you print!

Students:
Jacob Bagby, Jessica Booker, Kenzie Haro, Alex Hibbard, Megan Huff man, Denesha Jones, Chelby Pickett, Ben Rasmussen, Kelsie Richards, John Saad, Tasha Storie, Charles Williams

Instructor:
Associate Professor Erin An finson


Tutoring in Library, Math, SPSS, Stats

Come on... it is that time of year. You are freaking out because the semester is winding down. It is time to STUDY LIKE YOU MEAN IT!

STARTING THIS MONDAY, APRIL 1st, come over to the Library from 6 - 9 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings all through the month of April. We will have tutors available if you need a little extra help with MathStats or using SPSS

FREE!!!

WALK-INS WELCOME!!!!!

Tutors will be set up in Meeting Place 2 (2nd floor, room 248).

Math (Sun, Mon & Tues evenings 6-9 pm)
      April 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

Stats & SPSS (Sun & Tues evenings 6-9 pm)
     April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet the Car Makers! Thurs. April 4 at 2:30

Update... Stop by the Walker Library atrium on Thursday afternoon and hear from the students who built this car! 

We know parking on campus is crazy but... what is that car in the atrium? 

The Walker Library is partnering with the Department of Engineering Technology’s Experimental Vehicle Program (EVP) and displaying one of the student researched, designed, and built cars. The “Formula SAE” is a single seat track racing vehicle for a nonprofessional, weekend enthusiast. The EVP provides a student driven, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience that is open to all students attending MTSU. The students say that the Library is an integral part of their research while developing these vehicles and they wanted to show them off in the Library.  

The car will be on display through Scholar’s Week (April 1-5) then will move out on April 11. 

Initiated in 2004 EVP is composed of four project teams, Baja SAE, Formula SAE, Moonbuggy NASA, and Solarboat ASME, which are designed, crafted, and led by students. Each project is tasked with development, research, design, fabrication, safety considerations, business, marketing, accounting, and leadership involved in prototype vehicle design in accordance to the rules provided by each oversight organization. 

All members are provided the opportunity to learn every aspect of product design. The MTSU EVP teams fabricate in-house 80-90% of vehicle components including vehicle frame and space-age carbon fiber composites. EVP membership allows students to develop or enhance technical skills and develop soft skills within the context of an educational atmosphere which provides students with an excellent opportunity to build their résumé while still in school.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fines and Scheduling: A Library Ransom Note


Pay your overdue fines and nobody's course schedule gets hurt!


Just kidding, sort of. As you probably know, you can't register if you have a hold on your account, and a library fine of  $5.00 or more will trigger a hold on your account. If you don't pay this immediately you will lose precious scheduling hours and may be stuck taking square dancing at 8:00 a.m. on Friday mornings instead of the biology class you need to graduate. Not that there's anything wrong with square dancing. You get to wear petticoats and cowboy boots.

Bottom line: for best results, make sure your library fines are cleared ASAP.  You can do it all online. You will need to know your fine total before using the online fee system, so take note of it when you log in to your Library Account. Using the online fee payment system is pretty simple. 



1. Log in to your My Library Account (linked on the library homepage) with your Pipeline information
2. Locate the exact amount you owe and then click on Library Fines and Fees
3. On the next page, click again on the link that says Library Fines and Fees
4. Enter the amount of your payment and Add to Cart (again, you'll need to know this ahead of time. This information is in your Library Account)
5. On the next page, enter your name and either your M number or library barcode (the one on the back of your MTSU ID starting with 23082) and then Checkout
6. Enter your email and either register an account or Continue Unregistered
7. Then pay with your debit or credit card

And, presto! Your record is clean. Well, technically it takes one business day to clear any holds, but your conscience will be clean. Let us know if you have any questions about this process.

If you need to see what your fines are, you can do so through your online Library Account.

Monday, March 18, 2013

THIS THURS! Science and Spirituality Forum Spring 2013

Join us for the upcoming programs of the 4th Annual Science & Spirituality Forum. The theme this year is
Between God and Galapagos: The Impact of Evolutionary Thinking on the Sciences and Humanities. 


Wednesday, February 20th - 11:30 a.m. 
1st Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Applications and Limitations of Evolutionary Theory in Psychology, presented by Andrew Brower, Professor of Biology, MTSU and Thomas Brinthaupt, Professor of Psychology, MTSU
4th floor conference room, Walker Library

Wednesday, March 6th11:30 a.m.
2nd Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Spiral Dynamics and Ken Wilbur's Evolutionary View of Religion, presented by Rami Shapiro, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, MTSU
4th floor conference room, Walker Library

Thursday, March 21st - 7:00 p.m.
Visit and lecture
State Farm Lecture Hall, BAS

For more information click here or contact Professor Bill Black 615-898-8378. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Women's History Month


March is National Women's History Month, and several departments on campus, including the Walker Library, are celebrating with displays and events. Take a look at the Library's research guide for Women's Studies to discover historical and scholarly resources relating to women.

Stop by the Walker Library atrium to view a display called "Women Inspiring Women through Imagination." It highlights women scientists and inventors and features books and other material showcasing female awesomeness. If you see a library book in the display that you'd like to check out, please ask for it at the Circulation desk.

See the full MTSU calendar of Women 's History Month events at the June Anderson Women's Center website.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Watch the BIG GAME here on Sunday!


You know which big game we are talking about right? Well apparently there is a pretty big football game on Sunday afternoon. Come inside the Walker Library and adjourn to our Lounge on the first floor. Here you will find two large screens that will be showing the awesome commercials, um, I mean game! 


Conveniently located across the hall is a vending area and restroom so you can stay focused. If you find yourself drifting during the marathon event you can always read some of our popular new releases or peruse a magazine. You only have to leave when we do.

And after the big game you can return to the lounge to relax between classes and keep current. Enjoy popular magazines, local and national newspapers, and televisions tuned to news and weather. 

Black History Month

The Walker Library at MTSU is proud to celebrate Black History Month. Throughout this month we will be highlighting resources from our collection which underscore the triumphs, struggles, and cultural contributions of African Americans. Please see our African American Studies guide for links to digital collections and lists of library materials related to this topic. 

We also feature two displays in the Walker Library:  

Just past the elevators on the Walker Library 1st floor is a display from the Center for Popular Music collection. “Rulers of Rhythm” is a look at innovative Black music icons of the 20th century linked by a nickname (King of Pop, Queen of Soul, etc.) that denotes their rule over their music genre. Each artist is represented by sheet music and/or record(s) and a brief story discussing them and their contributions to American music. 



Also on display are materials available for checkout from the Walker Library. These books celebrate the 2013 Black History Month theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. 

MTSU will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February with numerous cultural and social events.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Academic Success Series -- Spring 2013


How to Be a Successful MTSU Student

Sponsored by: University College & MTSU Walker Library
These one hour workshops are designed for any student who needs help or wants to learn more about the topic area. We hope these sessions will help you spring into a successful semester! 


How to Get Started at MTSU

January 29th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: 
Tyler Henson - Advisor, University College Advising Center
This session will cover topics including how to navigate RaiderNet & D2L, understanding the Lottery Scholarship, and helpful tips about GPA and academic standing.

How to Use Your Time Wisely

February 5th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter:
 Becca Seul - Advisor, University College Advising Center
Time management is something most students struggle with on a daily basis. This session will cover techniques to help you better manage your time.

How to Study and Prepare for Tests
February 5th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 248
Presenter: Gia Jones - Advisor, University College Advising Center
This session will cover tips on note taking, how to effectively study your notes as well as tips for navigating different types of tests.

How to Be a Successful Veteran Student
February 12th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: Heather Conrad, VetSuccess On Campus Counselor
This session will discuss educational benefits to include Post 09/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as others. We will briefly discuss all other potential veterans benefits, and explain our new program, VetSuccess on Campus and the services available through this program.

How to Study and Prepare for Tests
February 19th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: 
Gia Jones - Advisor, University College Advising Center
This session will cover tips on note taking, how to effectively study your notes as well as tips for navigating different types of tests.

How to Use Your Time Wisely
February 19th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 248
Presenter: Becca Seul - Advisor, University College Advising Center
Time management is something most students struggle with on a daily basis. This session will cover techniques to help you better manage your time.

How to Use the Library
February 26th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: Kristen West - Assistant Professor, Walker Library
Come find out what successful MTSU students know about the library and learn how to utilize the various resources available.

How to Give a Winning Presentation
March 19th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter:
 Danielle Stefanski - Advisor, University College Advising Center
This session will cover tips and tricks that will help students refine their presentation and public speaking skills.

How to Use Your Academic Advisor
March 26th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter:
 Travis Tipton - College Advisor, College of Basic and Applied Sciences
This session will cover information on how to know who your advisor is; how to get the most out of your time with your advisor, and what questions you should ask your advisor.

How to Think Critically
April 2nd at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: Hilary Stallings - College of Liberal Arts
This session will go over what critical thinking is (and isn't), provide a structure for evaluating your thinking, and show how it can be applied to a college level classes.

How to Choose the Right Major for You
April 9th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: 
Mark Convery - Advisor, University College Advising Center
Having trouble choosing a major? This session will cover techniques on helping you find the right major and career field that best fits your personality and abilities.

How to Relax and Chill and Still be a Successful Student
April 16th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446Presenter: Lisa Schrader - Director, Health Promotion
Being a college student is stressful! Academics, jobs, friends, and family can pull you in many directions, and there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done. This session will cover how stress can impact your academics and your health. Leave with some surefire strategies to help you de-stress your life.

How to Prepare for Final Exams
April 23rd at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446 & April 30th at 4:30pm - Walker Library Room 446
Presenter: 
Eric Miller - Advisor, University College Advising Center
This interactive session will focus on helping students prepare for final exams. Specific attention will be placed on assisting students with time management, reviewing helpful study skills, and discussing effective test taking strategies.

**Note:  This session will be held twice to accomodate various student schedules.  The same information is presented at both sessions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Gallery Talk with artist Kathleen O'Connell

Artist and Assistant Professor of Art Kathleen O'Connell

Gallery Talk 

Thursday, January 31st

4:30 pm

Special Collections area on 4th floor of Walker Library

O'Connell will be discussing her exhibit, Crossing Time and Space, currently on display in Special Collections. O’Connell, who has recently joined the Department of Art in Middle Tennessee State University as an Assistant Professor, was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. She earned a BFA from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Before moving to Murfreesboro, she was living and working in Lima, Peru. The life and culture of that place as well as that of other areas where she has travelled infuse her art with color and energy. Time, space and travel are all major elements O’Connell cites as key to her creative process.


This exhibit highlights O’Connell’s book art produced during the last seven years. She also works in printmaking, drawing and sculpture and incorporates aspects of these media into her artists’ books.
For more information and photographs of the artist’s work, visit O’Connell’s website at kathleenoconnell.net.
This exhibit can be viewed in Walker Library’s Special Collections Reading Room and will be on display through January 31, 2013. 
Special Collection Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Does the Library have my textbooks?


This is one of the most popular questions each semester, and we understand why! Check out our Finding Textbooks page where you can look for the book in the library, or if we don't have it, find a good deal locally or online.



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