College Success @ Your Library

display of books related to college success
Books related to college success are available from Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display

Thigpen Library is available to help you be successful!

Welcome – and welcome back – to all of Vol State’s students enrolled for fall semester classes. Here are some ways that the library can be of service to your successful academic pursuits.

Vol State Student ID = Your Library Card

Bring it with you to check out materials and study rooms. If you forgot it that day? We can also accept an official, state-issued, photo identification card.

Textbooks are available for in-library use.

Many of your course textbooks can be borrowed for short-term in-library use through a service called “course reserves.” These textbooks – and some DVDs – are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your student ID to borrow these items.

  • Your course textbook is not in the library on reserve? Please ask your faculty member to bring one to us. Your classmates will thank you for doing so.

Books, DVDs, and technologies are ready for you to borrow them.

In addition to our academic and literary titles, Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s print book collections include a small collection of popular books (e.g. mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, biographies) and a sizeable collection of DVDs (from Oscar winners to the Marvel series).

Phone chargers, calculators, cameras? Yes, we have those and other technologies, too.

  • At Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? Yes, yes we can deliver books and DVDs to you at those sites, as well as the technologies that aren’t there, already. We’ll even mail books and DVDs to students who take online classes only.

Study spaces? Yes!

From silent to conversational, individual study carrels to group study rooms: Thigpen Library provides you with the study environments you need to concentrate and collaborate.

Research Consultations

Librarians are available to meet with you for individual research consultations at the library locations in Gallatin (main), Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or other research-related tasks, please schedule an appointment with a librarian.

  • Research consultations are available through our drop-in service times, too – and 24/7 via chat and text. See “Contact information for details.

Psst! Helpful hint: libraries are not bookstores! What’s the difference? (Because they both have books, right?!) Answer: library resources are always “free” (zero, nada, or $0) to borrow for brief periods but bookstore resources are always bought ($) or rented ($)… If you need an assigned textbook for the long-term duration of your course, then the Vol State Bookstore is your very helpful friend (albeit with a cost): contact them.

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

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