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 $)…

Expertise in Abundance

3 I.T. Lab Assistants
I.T. Lab Assistants are happy to help you use computer applications & software!
Librarian assists a student
Library experts provide research assistance!

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.

Library research assistance is also available 24/7 via Thigpen Library’s chat & text services.

***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…

Banned Books Week Is Here

Every year during Banned Books Week, libraries around the country take the opportunity to acknowledge that censorship is still a problem in the United States.

From the American Library Association:

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.

For more information about Banned Books Week, see the American Library Association’s website for “Banned & Challenged Books.”