March Madness

Wish it were the March Madness of basketball season (and it is that , too), but in this case I refer to the crazy pace of post-spring break semester madness when the phrase “crunch time” becomes real for many students en route to finishing spring semester projects, papers, and other scholarly activities.

Here’s a timely reminder that your Thigpen Library in Gallatin has a second floor dedicated as a quiet zone to provide you with an environment conducive to studying. Too, there’s a Silent Study Room that requires absolute silence as beneficial to those who require zero noise distractions as they work.

ALL of the Thigpen Library locations circulate noise-cancelling headphones as another way of providing you with the means to engage in concentrated study and project work.

Another reason to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin: our March displays offer you an engaging mental break from your studies (see especially our Lobby display on self care). Check them out! (All resources on display circulate, so check ’em out!)

Women's history display of books
Women’s History Display
Self Care Display
Self Care Display

 

Women's History Display of DVDs
Women’s History Display

 

 

 

 

 

Student, Faculty & Staff Recommended Reading Display
Student, Faculty & Staff Recommended Reading Display

Spring into Academic Success

The start of a new semester provides students with a clean slate of classes and new opportunities to learn and grow; it’s also a good opportunity to ask yourself:

What will make me academically successful this semester?

Good answer: making use of your Vol State Thigpen Library‘s resources, services, and spaces (as applicable). Here are some suggestions:

  • Schedule a research consultation with our team of professionals before starting an assignment that requires a research component.
    • In-person consultations can be scheduled at the VSCC locations in Gallatin, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield. They are also available via unscheduled drop-ins during specified hours.
    • Virtual research consultations are also available by appointment and are held using the College’s Zoom web-conferencing system.
  • Use 24/7 chat and text services at point of need for research assistance and to ask other library-related*** questions such as about our hours, spaces, services, and resources: Text 615-956-2275 (2ASK) or Chat with us now!
  • Research Guides are the most efficient way to start self-directed research endeavors. You’ll find guides for specific courses (e.g. ENGL 1010/1020) as well as those for specific and general disciplines (e.g. psychology or “health sciences”). Research guides direct you to the most appropriate databases to search for information sources and some include brief educational videos to help you develop your research skills and understanding of the research process.
    • Citation Style research guide provides resources for applying MLA, APA, Chicago styles to your papers and offers directions to start your subscription to the NoodleTools citation management system. Use NoodleTools to create, collect, share, and download your citations in proper format.
  • Watch “Navigating the Library’s Website” to become more efficient at navigating the current website to find what you need.
  • Study in a library and not a busy area where people are moving around and chatting. You will concentrate better with fewer distractions. Thigpen Library in Gallatin offers you 3 different “noise zones,” from conversation-friendly to absolutely silent, to suit your personal preferences. If you’re not near a Thigpen Library location, then visit your local public library or a very quiet cafe’ for similar benefits.

As always, your kind and professional library staff are eager to assist you: CONTACT US.

  • Thigpen Library in Gallatin supports all VSCC students wherever you may be, including online, taking classes at any VSCC location or dual enrollment, etc. Direct support from Gallatin library staff is available during our hours of operation.
  • Library specialists are available for in-person assistance at Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield; please see this guide for their hours.

24/7 ask a librarian services are available via chat and text

***The physical library locations do have some textbooks & DVDs for film classes available for short-term in-library use through our course reserve services. If you need to lease or purchase a textbook for use all semester? You need the Bookstore (they require $)…

Winter break

The Winter solstice on December 21 launches the beginning of winter and the last day to visit Thigpen Library in 2018. Unlike Frosty the Snowman our return is definite. We reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 8:00 AM and will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM until classes begin on Monday, January 14. Once classes begin the Library will be open more hours. Current Library Hours are always available on our website.

Looking for textbooks for your spring semester classes? You need the bookstore not the library.

De-Stress with Therapy Dogs at Thigpen Library

Animals are easy to love but did you know that animals can be good for your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, interacting with animals can:

  • reduce stress-related hormones
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce loneliness
  • increase feelings of social support
  • boost mood
  • improve heart health

 

The end-of- semester crunch is stressful! That’s why Thigpen Library invites therapy dogs from the Music City Pet Partners to interact with Vol State students, faculty, and staff during Finals Week. This year, the dogs will be on campus December 3rd & 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. Be sure to stop by for some dog therapy!

Source: The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions. February 2018, NIH: News in Health.