Final exams approaching! Studying in progress…

Contributed by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian

Are you looking for a quiet place to study? Look no further. The Thigpen Library can help you find that elusive, quiet place to study. The 2nd floor Silent Study Room is a comfortable setting that offers the solitude you are seeking for quiet study.

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How silent is “silent”? The expectations of this Silent Study Room:

  • NO talking/absolute silence
  • NO group work
  • NO loud keyboard clicks/laptops on silent
  • NO cell phones ringing (set phones to silent and take calls in the designated cell phone areas)
  • No music (quiet music with headphones /earbuds/ AirPods only)
  • If noise is ever a problem, please notify the library staff
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Silence sign posted in silent study room

What are the benefits of using the Silent Study Room? You will have a place to concentrate, problem solve and do other complex work in a noise free environment. The Silent Study Room is not only for Vol State students, faculty members have said that the Silent Study Room is a great place for grading papers.

Is the Silent Study Room a little too quiet for you? Do you need to work in a group or engage in quiet conversation? The library has a variety of spaces or “study zones” specified for different noise levels. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones. Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis, reservations are accepted. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are NOT sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. A Practice/Presentation Room is available for groups or individuals. You will find other areas for quiet study on the 2nd floor, including an abundance of tables and individual study carrels.

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The first floor computer lab is, by nature, a busy area with lots of foot traffic and moderate noise levels. This is considered a conversation friendly study zone but the expectation is for everyone to be courteous.

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The library is here to support your academic needs, whether it is a quiet place to focus without interruption or a place for scholastic conversation and engagement. ASK! The library staff are here to help.

Sipping at the Library, Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate

Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd stop by the Thigpen Library Lobby for a morning Java Jolt and/or an afternoon Cocoa Loco. Start your morning with a jolt of caffeine. Free coffee will be available Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (while supplies last). In the afternoon, stop by for your chocolate fix from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (while supplies last).

The Thigpen Library staff sends best wishes as you complete this last week of classes and prepare for final exams next week.

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Source: https://coffee-channel.com

Contributed by Julie Brown

Thanksgiving break – library closed

cornocupia with fall vegetablesThigpen Library will be closed for the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. We close Wednesday, November 27 at 4:30 PM CT and reopen Monday, December 2 at 7:30 AM CT. You can always check on our current hours from the main page of the library’s website.

The physical library may be taking a break but the online library remains open 24/7. Databases, NoodleTools, and research guides are waiting to help you. Enjoy your break from classes.

 

ProQuest Research Library – you can’t get there from Google

Google is search engine. A search engine finds stuff on the Web. Duh, you say. Consider this — you can find my Facebook account through Google but you can’t see much about my account unless you have a Facebook account and I have authorized you to see my stuff.

This same concept applies to Thigpen Library databases. Google will find the company ProQuest and information on the database Research Library, but it will not find Thigpen Library’s subscription which allows people currently affiliated with Vol State to use the database. The only way to access our ProQuest Research Library subscription account is to use an “official” Thigpen Library link. An “official” link does two things. One action of the link is to send you to our subscription / account. The other action is to verify that you are an authorized user. If you are not using Vol State computer network you will be routed through a “proxy server” for authorization as a user.

Save time and avoid frustration – use the Force of Thigpen Library links.