What do you need right now as you wind down fall semester? With December’s finals on the horizons, Thigpen Library’s expert librarians and the I.T. Department’s savvy computer lab assistants are available to provide you with some helpful guidance to get you through your assignments.
* I.T. lab assistants are available to assist you with using computer applications and software. Need help with printing and using the scanners? They are there for you!
* Librarians and library specialists are experts in the research process and can help you develop your topics into better research questions, teach you how to use library databases to find relevant sources*** to support your research, and provide guidance in using NoodleTools software so that you can ethically and accurately cite your sources in your papers.
Find help from the I.T. Lab Assistants and receive in-person research assistance from library experts at all the College sites: Gallatin main campus, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield.
***PSSST…! The library provides research guides that direct you to best databases to search for articles depending on your topic. For instance, does your topic focus on aspects of individual human behavior? Try the “Psychology” research guide! Do you want to know about behavioral characteristics of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey? Try the “Veterinary Technology” research guide. And so forth…
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship…. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Thigpen Library honors our commitment to fostering access to diverse and inclusive information resources every year by participating in Banned Books Week events. For the week of September 23-29, 2018, you are encouraged to visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display. And, all are welcome to participate in the following event:
Open Mic for Banned Books Week, Weds., Sept. 26 from 12:45 to 2:15pm in SRB 150
There will be a cart of books from the library’s collections available from which you can choose readings for this event, which is co-sponsored by the English Department.
Here’s a fun quiz from the New York Public Library to test your knowledge about banned and challenged books.
Timely to note that a library is not a bookstore. Please direct your textbook purchase/rental inquiries to the VSCC Bookstore directly.
In fact, your Thigpen Library is proud that we’re not a bookstore. Why? We don’t sell anything: we lend everything for free, including books as well as calculators, noise-canceling headphones, laptops, Audio-Visual equipment, and more. More importantly, we spend lots of money on databases to provide 24/7 online access to millions of articles & hundreds of thousands of ebooks in full text to VSCC employees and students. So, we’re proud to be able to remove $ as a barrier to information access through library resources and services.
Chat and text services provide you with the assistance you need to:
choose and search databases effectively for information
identify physical items that you can borrow and use (including some textbooks that your professors put on “course reserve” for short-term access)
learn about library services, such as interlibrary loan
learn about library spaces available for group or individual study.
Fun fact: 3:00AM is the only hour without a chat or text inquiry since the service started in July 2017!