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.

 

 

New and EXTENDED for Fall 2018!

New spaces, new schedule, and more!

Extended Hours!

Giraffe with clock showing 9:30pm to indicate extended hours
Regular library hours are being extended until 9:30p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays in fall 2018!

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is staying open for extended hours on a two-night weekly basis this fall. What does this mean?

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the library will stay open for extended hours: from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

We’re open regular hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Also per usual, we’ll be open Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

There are exceptions to this schedule during fall break and holidays. Here are all of the library’s operating hours for fall 2018.

New Spaces!

Returning and new students who visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin will be happy to learn that two (2) new individual/group study rooms and a new “student lounge” area were created this month.

A study room with desks for 2 people.
This study room provides desks so 2 students can study separately while sharing the space together.

The space incorporates a large project table, too. Project supplies can be checked out from the “ASK” service desk.

project supplies
Bucket of project supplies is available to check out @Gallatin.
student lounge area
Student lounge area: project table is at far right.