Bookstores and Libraries

What’s similar between the Vol State bookstore and the library?
What’s the difference between the Vol State bookstore and the library?

Key similarities include:

  • bookstores and libraries both make books available, including textbooks;
  • they both exist to support student learning needs;
  • they both provide you with excellent customer service.

Key differences include:

  • libraries lend resources at no cost to you;
  • bookstores rent or sell resources with a cost to you.

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Choose the right location based on the PURPOSE of your information need.

If you need long-term access to the resource, such as a required textbook for your class, then renting it or buying it from the College bookstore makes sense. You’ll be glad to have that resource handy when studying late at night or on a weekend; and, you can mark up your personally-owned, print books with highlighters and margin notes to help you remember key points.

If you need short-term access to the resource, then use the library’s resources for free. These free resources include more than 100 databases (access millions of e-books and online articles) plus more than 40,000 physical items that can be checked out for weekly periods. Too…

  • Thigpen Library does have some of your course textbooks (in library terminology, these are called “course reserves”): these textbooks are made available for short-term, typically 2-hour, check-out periods for in-library use.
  • Unlike personally owned resources, physical library resources are shared by many users so they cannot be highlighted, marked, or otherwise altered.

Were these differences intuitive to you? Great! Hopefully, this information will be helpful to anyone for whom these differences were never explained. We get a lot of bookstore inquiries at the library, so we know “the struggle is real” for some folks.

Never be afraid to ASK Thigpen Library for assistance. We’ll be glad to help you get the information you need, even if it’s the phone number to the Bookstore. Smile.

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A group of students studying in the library.

InfoBytes mini-workshops in August and September

Linking to Library Resources in eLearn

This “back to the classroom” online workshop series runs August 22-25, 2017.

InfoBytes in September

On Wednesday, September 6 @ 2:30 PM learn about New York Times Online, which will be held simultaneously online via Zoom and in the Library Instruction Center (Thigpen 226). For more go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3453878)

On Tuesday, September 12 @ 2:30 PM discover the power of Lynda.com, which will be held simultaneously online via Zoom and in the Library Instruction Center (Thigpen 226). For more information go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3453914)

On Wednesday, September 27 @ 2:30 PM learn how to access Chronicle of Higher Education. This session is online via Zoom. For more information go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3454317)

Preview these resources here:

Extra, extra!! Read all about it! The New York Times has arrived!

New York Times front page

As of June 5th, all Vol State students, faculty, and staff have full access to the digital New York Times through Thigpen Library’s subscription.

Special content that is included with your academic access to the New York Times:

  • World Pages: Up-to-the-minute news specific to every country from around the world. Includes archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video published on a specific topic such as a country or world region (these are part of our TimesTopics pages, with academic utility represented in disciplines ranging from Science to Business.)
  • Videos: Over 37,000 videos available on NYTimes.com, students and faculty can easily search and share compelling content.
  • NYTVR; Featuring immersive virtual reality content.
  • The NewYork Times in Education: Featuring turn-key, learning-outcome aligned activities, using The Times’ content. The resources contained within this site were created by faculty for institutional use.
  • New York Times Article Archive content is available in full text, too (w/some limits).

To take full advantage of this subscription, create an account using your Vol State email.

Want to learn how to create your account and use the New York Times? Register for the InfoBytes Workshop on September 6 at 2:30pm! You can attend the workshop virtually from any computer, too.

InfoBytes – Summer Workshops

For a 20-30 minute investment of time, learn something important!

Thigpen Library’s InfoBytes sessions can be attended online via Zoom (web-conference) or in person (Library Instruction Center Room 226, Gallatin Campus).lynda.com logo

Summer InfoBytes workshops are scheduled as follows:

Discover how Lynda.com can help you learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Beginning in early June (6/5) the New York Times Online is available to everyone at Vol State. Get the basics of setting up your personal account so that you can use this resource for your professional and academic needs.

Need suggestions for your summer reading? Can’t keep up with the latest book of the week from James Patterson? The answer may lie in Books & Authors, a resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Do you need to brush up on your writing skills? Is the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT in your future? Then you need to know about LearningExpress Library. This wonderful free resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library can help you with your educational and career goals.

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InfoBytes are presented to you by Thigpen Library’s crackerjack team of experts. Knowledge is yours: just ASK.