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!

Library Events for April

Did you know that the week of April 7 through April 13, 2019 is National Library Week? Now that you do, stop by one of your VSCC library locations and thank the library employees, all of whom work hard each day to provide you with access to quality resources and great services!

April Events at Thigpen Library in Gallatin:

April 8 & 9 from 8:30am to 10:30am (or while supplies last): power forward with your studies by grabbing some free coffee in the Library Lobby

April 11 from 2pm to 4pm: free popcorn in the Library Lobby (co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics)

April 29 & 30: Therapy Dogs will be back to give you some stress relief with their happy smiles and wagging tails! Light refreshments will be available while supplies last. (Co-sponsored with Office of Student Engagement)

April 29 & 30: From 3pm until 9pm each day, the Jim Moore Conference Room (214) in Thigpen Library is being made available for an “Adult Learners Study Session with Kids” — adults can study while supervising their children in this enclosed space. Caveat: there is no childcare provided so the parent/guardian is solely responsible for maintaining supervision of their children (and for ensuring a quiet environment) at all times.

April Events at Thigpen Library in Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston:

Granola bar giveaways are coming your way: April 16 & 17 at Springfield and the week of April 29th at Livingston.

A “Poetry Creation Station” is available at Cookeville: happening now!

Students at CHEC creating poetry
Students at CHEC Library’s Poetry Creation Station
Dog
Sierra @ Thigpen Library in Gallatin, April 29

April Is for Lovers (of Poetry)

April is National Poetry Month: rejoice! In celebration, Thigpen Library in Gallatin is offering a poetry books display and is giving away poems from our “Poetry Patch.” Compose your own poems at Thipgen Library in Cookeville: visit their “Poetry Creation Station.”

Poetry Patch display at the Gallatin Library

Here’s a poem about April for your enjoyment. Want to find yourself a poem or learn about a poem’s meaning? Search ProQuest’s Literature Online database.

April.—Longfellow.

[1]     When the warm sun, that brings
[2]  Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
[3]  ‘Tis sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
[4]     The first flower of the plain.

[5]     I love the season well,
[6]  When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
[7]  Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
[8]     The coming-in of storms.

[9]     From the earth’s loosened mould
[10]  The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives:
[11]  Though stricken to the heart with winter’s cold,
[12]     The drooping tree revives.

[13]     The softly-warbled song
[14]  Comes through the pleasant woods, and colored wings
[15]  Are glancing in the golden sun, along
[16]     The forest openings.

[17]     And when bright sunset fills
[18]  The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
[19]  Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
[20]     And wide the upland glows.

[21]     And when the day is gone,
[22]  In the blue lake, the sky, o’erreaching far,
[23]  Is hollowed out, and the moon dips her horn,
[24]     And twinkles many a star.

[25]     Inverted in the tide
[26]  Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
[27]  And the fair trees look over, side by side,
[28]     And see themselves below.

[29]     Sweet April, many a thought
[30]  Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
[31]  Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
[32]     Life’s golden fruit is shed.

Longfellow, Henry W. April, Baltimore, 1831. ProQuest Literature Online, https://libproxy.volstate.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/2147524361?accountid=14861.

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 $)…