Meet the Team!

It’s football time in Tennessee! It’s also school work time here at Vol State. Meet our Public Services team in Gallatin who are here to help you score big in your classes.

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Whiteboard response from a VSCC student.

Lynda Vincent, your Public Services Coordinator, can coach you on how to do research for that big paper.

Lynda Vincent

Ann Kirkpatrick, your Library Assistant, is here to cheer you on so you don’t get sidelined.

Ann Kirkpatrick

Michael Hitzelberger, your Library Assistant, can show you technology that can help you tackle those tricky assignments.

Michael Hizelberger

Candace Lewis, your Library Assistant, can help you blitz through those tough times when you need help finding just the right book for that report.

Candace Lewis

Meredith Yates, your Library Associate, can suggest some funny DVDs when you just need a timeout.

Meredith Yates

So, kickoff the school year right by visiting your home team here in the library. We’re no Saints, but we have the heart and drive to help you succeed!

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College Success @ Your Library

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Books related to college success are available from Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display

Thigpen Library is available to help you be successful!

Welcome – and welcome back – to all of Vol State’s students enrolled for fall semester classes. Here are some ways that the library can be of service to your successful academic pursuits.

Vol State Student ID = Your Library Card

Bring it with you to check out materials and study rooms. If you forgot it that day? We can also accept an official, state-issued, photo identification card.

Textbooks are available for in-library use.

Many of your course textbooks can be borrowed for short-term in-library use through a service called “course reserves.” These textbooks – and some DVDs – are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your student ID to borrow these items.

  • Your course textbook is not in the library on reserve? Please ask your faculty member to bring one to us. Your classmates will thank you for doing so.

Books, DVDs, and technologies are ready for you to borrow them.

In addition to our academic and literary titles, Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s print book collections include a small collection of popular books (e.g. mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, biographies) and a sizeable collection of DVDs (from Oscar winners to the Marvel series).

Phone chargers, calculators, cameras? Yes, we have those and other technologies, too.

  • At Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? Yes, yes we can deliver books and DVDs to you at those sites, as well as the technologies that aren’t there, already. We’ll even mail books and DVDs to students who take online classes only.

Study spaces? Yes!

From silent to conversational, individual study carrels to group study rooms: Thigpen Library provides you with the study environments you need to concentrate and collaborate.

Research Consultations

Librarians are available to meet with you for individual research consultations at the library locations in Gallatin (main), Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or other research-related tasks, please schedule an appointment with a librarian.

  • Research consultations are available through our drop-in service times, too – and 24/7 via chat and text. See “Contact information for details.

Psst! Helpful hint: libraries are not bookstores! What’s the difference? (Because they both have books, right?!) Answer: library resources are always “free” (zero, nada, or $0) to borrow for brief periods but bookstore resources are always bought ($) or rented ($)… If you need an assigned textbook for the long-term duration of your course, then the Vol State Bookstore is your very helpful friend (albeit with a cost): contact them.

RIP Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Acclaimed Author, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison
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“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” – Toni Morrison (Source: IFLA, Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship)

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away earlier this week. Morrison provided insights into the experience of African Americans, as had not been represented before. Her novels often drew criticism, being deemed as “too explicit” or “not appropriate,” and often landed her on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books list. Morrison was never silenced, until now; fortunately, her voice will live on in her books.

Thigpen Library has many of Morrison’s novels available for loan, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, all of which frequently made the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books list.

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Welcome, Teri! Our New Librarian

Important and happy news: Teri Terranova has joined Thigpen Library’s team!

Teri Terranova

Teri Terranova is the new Teaching and Learning Librarian at Thigpen Library. Her main areas of interest are in information literacy instruction and big data privacy/mining issues. She is looking forward to the start of the fall semester so she can meet Vol State’s new and returning students and faculty. She is excited to get into the classroom to work with faculty and students on assignments, as well as also providing research assistance in the library. Previously, Teri served as an Instructional Services and Reference Librarian in the state of Illinois, serving both community college and university students. Prior to a career in librarianship, she worked in finance and also co-owned a small business with her brother.

Teri earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in educational technology, from Lindenwood University.

Being a new Tennessee resident, Teri can’t wait to begin discovering all that Nashville and the surrounding areas have to offer. She is already looking forward to exploring the Smoky Mountains with her Cairn Terrier mix, Francesca. If you have any travel or library/research/instruction suggestions or ideas, Teri would love to hear from you!