National Library Week

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Thigpen Library will join libraries of all types in a national, unified effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the digital and print information needs of their users.

Rapid advances in technology are fueling a library renaissance.  No longer just places for books, libraries now offer an assortment of free digitally-based programs and services including 3-D printing, eBooks, digital recording studios and technology training. Such tech-based resources are transforming lives through digital literacy and lifelong learning, contributing to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment. Yet libraries are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

How has your library helped you to transform? What do you need from Thigpen Library to succeed as a student? Is there anything you wish you had known about the library before you started classes? What would you like new students to know about the library? Share your thoughts and ideas about what Thigpen Library can do to make your academic experience better, then come join in the fun!

  • Open Mic* on 4/13 from 1-2 pm: come share your talents! Express yourself through music, poetry, storytelling or anything you’d like to share.
  • Game Day* on 4/14 from 10-2: Ping Pong, board games, card games and more!
  • Secret Cinema all week long: Take a break from studying and go on a blind date with a movie! DVDs will be wrapped so you can’t see the title but we’ll give clues about what kind of movie you’re about to choose for your Secret Cinema Blind Date. You might find your new favorite flick!

For more information on how libraries are transforming their spaces and services for the today’s world, or to pledge your support for libraries in your community, go to www.ilovelibraries.org.

*Light refreshments will be provided by Student Services.

Lynda.com Access @ Vol State

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Flyers posted at VSCC locations declare:

[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]Learn a new skill free! Do something today that will benefit your future. Full access to Lynda.com content will be available to VSCC students, staff, and faculty in: JANUARY 2016. [/blockquote]

What does this mean?

Lynda.com is the “gold standard” leader in online training content. Lynda.com offers 6,000 courses in 5 languages  + more than 110,000 tutorials with new content added weekly – available 24/7. Topics and courses offered by Lynda.com includes:

  • Developer Training + Tutorials (learn how to code, build web applications, program …)
  • Design Training + Tutorials (learn graphic design skills, Illustrator or InDesign, typography …)
  • Web Courses + Training (learn web design and user experience [UX] skills …)
  • Photography Courses + Classes (learn everything from gear to technique including lighting, photo editing …)
  • Business Courses + Training (learn Microsoft Office applications, project management, negotiation, leadership, and marketing …)
  • Education + Elearning (learn new classroom technologies and instructional techniques …)
  • 3D + Animation + Tutorials (learn how to build virtual worlds through animation and 3d modeling applications  …)
  • Video Training Tutorials (learn videography skills and applications such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro …)
  • Audio + Music Tutorials (learn how to record, mix, produce and sound engineer …)

With Vol State’s access to Lynda.com *you* will be able to learn the skills you need to be successful: in your VSCC classes, in your workplace, and in your life.

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Don’t forget –

Lynda.com will be available from the library’s website in JANUARY 2016!

Lynda.com is being made available at Vol State through a partnership between the Information Technology Department and Thigpen Library. The college subscription is funded by TAF.

Sweet, glorious summertime!

We’ve made it through another semester! Congratulations to all of our graduates!

If you’re going to be around for the summer, here are our summer hours for all of your studying needs:

Maymester Hours (Effective May 9 – May 29, 2015)
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Summer Hours (Effective May 30 – August 8, 2015)
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 7:50 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Intercession Hours (Effective August 10 – August 22, 2015)
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday- Closed

Exceptions to summer semester hours:

Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25: Closed for Memorial Day weekend

Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day weekend

Monday, August 17: Closed from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for Convocation

Regular library operating schedule for fall will begin on Monday, August 24.

We are still working with the librarians on the Highland Crest, Livingston, and McGavock campuses to determine their summer hours. This blog post will be reflected to update those hours when they have been determined.

And last but not least, enjoy  a few pictures from the therapy dog visits on May 4 and 5.

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Have a great summer!

 

Thigpen Library celebrates National Library Week

From April 13 to 17, members of the Thigpen Library staff celebrated National Library Week with a variety of activities.

On Monday, library staff members performed random acts of kindness by giving out free candy to students.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we offered students the opportunity to be a “Librarian for a Day,” which included a behind-the-scenes tour of the library. Four students participated, and they each had positive feedback about the experience. Our first two participants were Onak Akuai, an engineering and counseling major from Gallatin, TN and Timothy Gann, a university studies major from Gallatin, TN.

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Onak Akuai, librarian for a day

Onak said that seeing the librarians’ offices surprised him the most. “I knew most of them but didn’t know that each of them has his or her own office,” he said. He also said that it was interesting to see different rooms in the library and that he enjoyed seeing the most interesting things that I has seen since starting his time studying at Vol State!

Timothy Gann sitting at reference desk.
Timothy Gann, librarian for a day

Timothy felt that the librarians can be extremely useful due to their access to so many things. He was surprised that there are a lot of spaces in the library that most students don’t get to see. “The overall relationship that the librarians have with each other seems to be a very happy and driven one. I’m glad I took up the offer. You’re all very sweet people who are constantly looking to help the students,” he said.

Our third participant was Gayla Collier, a mass communications major from Gallatin, TN.

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Gayla Collier, librarian for a day

Gayla learned that the library keeps catalogs of everything at Vol-State. She was also surprised to learn that the library has a presentation room where students can practice their speeches. (Librarian sidenote- to use the practice presentation room, see a library staff member at the upstairs circulation desk).

On Wednesday, Jenny Hernandez, a pre-physical therapy major from Gallatin, TN participated.

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Jenny Hernandez, librarian for a day

Jenny was surprised to learn that there is so much more to being a librarian than just checking out books. “Librarians work just as much as any other profession,” she said. She was also interested by the archives since there is information from Vol State dating back to the 70’s!

We appreciate all of our participants and are glad that they enjoyed the experience!

On Thursday, students received free headphones, and on Friday, the library had a Game Day in the Rochelle Center, which included refreshments, board games, and two ping pong tables.

We also had a whiteboard poll set up all week to ask students what they like most about the Thigpen Library.  Check out the pictures below to see the highlights from the week.

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Whiteboard poll response people are awesome here!
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Whiteboard poll responses peaceful place to come and study, friendly and knowledgeable staff
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Two students focus on a game of chess during Game Day.
Two students focused on their chess game during Game Day
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A four-person ping pong battle during Game Day
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Posing after ping pong during Game Day

The activities were a fun break from the end-of-the semester stress, and all of us here at Thigpen are grateful for everyone who celebrated the week with us!