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 $)…

October Library Events

October Library Events

It’s hard to believe that September is almost over. Let’s look forward to all the fun events Thigpen Library has planned for October.

Munching Towards Midterms

FREE pizza will be served in the Thigpen Library lobby to help you through Midterm week! (While supplies last!)

Tuesday, October 9th: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 10th: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

A Fate Worse than Death: Grave-Robbing in America

Join Vol State librarian Jennifer Weedman as she shares spooky local history about grave-robbers who sold bodies to medical schools in the early 20th century. Both lectures will be held in the Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library. Light refreshments provided.

Monday, October 22nd @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 23rd @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

illustration of cemetery

Tip & Treat

Help Thigpen Library improve! Stop by to give us a tip on what we do well or what we could do better and get a treat for yourself. Coffee provided at the times below while supplies last.

Tuesday, October 30th: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31st: 8:00 – 10:00 am

Source: https://coffee-channel.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Break Hours

Fall break is Monday, October 15th & Tuesday, October 16th. Thigpen Library will be open from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on both days. For our full schedule, see https://volstate.libcal.com/hours/.

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.

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

24/7 Chat?

Yes, it’s true! You can chat with a professional librarian 24/7 to obtain research assistance and get answers to all things “Library” (see below for what that means). Text us 24/7, too: 615-956-2275 aka 2ASK. Go old school and call us whenever the library is open: 615-230-3400; drop us an email at any time, too.

Ask a librarian service provides 24/7 chat and text

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!