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.

 

April Brings Library Joy!

April is one of the most joyful months for Thigpen Library. Why? I’m glad you asked.

National Poetry Month in French and EnglishApril is National Poetry Month.

April is Autism Awareness Month.

April includes National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is honoring these important occasions throughout the month of April with several lovely displays (upstairs, downstairs, and lobby).

Another reason to visit Thigpen Library in April? Relieve some stress!

Our “Secret Cinema” and “LOL” film displays will provide you with some great movie-viewing options. Express yourself by writing your own poem or creating  your own Haiku on our whiteboard display.

Game Day (ping pong! cards! board games!) will be held on April 12 (10a – 2p, Rochelle Center) bring a friend, play a game, and grab a treat.

But – wait! There’s more: wonderful surprises and support in store for students throughout the month of April. Stop by your Vol State in Gallatin library to explore and enjoy. Happy April, everyone!


Check these out!

promotion for National Library Week

What is your librarian an expert in—finding sources, medieval history, recommending books—or are they an expert in making you smile?  Let the world know that you appreciate your “expert in the library” during National Library Week 2017. 

Your response can be text, a photo or a video posted to Twitter, Instagram, or posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.
Use the printable props we’ve provided or be original. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibrary and post between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT for a chance to win the $100 Visa gift card.* Extra points if you tag your library (#thigpenlibrary) in the post.

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Librarians are experts in   Print (PDF) | High resolution PNG
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Win Your March Madness Academic Bracket!

blank tournament bracketAs NCAA teams compete for a chance to win the championship title, students, too, must jump through hoops to successfully complete their research assignments to give them a chance to earn those degrees and certificates. A winning strategy: ask a librarian for research assistance!

How can you “Ask a Librarian” for assistance?

With the well-deserved Spring Break behind us, it is time for us get back to “reality”. The semester is at the mid-point and due dates for assignments are quickly approaching. Do you have a research assignment? The Thigpen Library on the main campus in Gallatin is not only a place to find your resources but also a place to get help with your research. Too, library staff at the sites in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield are eager to assist you.

How can the library help you?

The Librarians and Library Staff can:

  • provide guidance for academic-level research
  • assist with research for class assignments
  • provide tools and strategies to obtain credible resources
  • evaluate sources
  • provide instruction in the use of electronic resources, such as Databases
  • offer search tips or other research-related assistance
  • keep you updated on new library resources as well as library news and events

We can help you find the resources necessary to successfully complete assigned research projects. If you are unfamiliar with how to do research or unfamiliar with the resources available at our library, we will be glad to guide and teach you. Even if you are familiar with the means and methods of research, the library can tell you about new materials or resources that might be unknown to you. If you cannot find information on a certain topic, please check with us. We may be able to assist by recommending various search terms or provide other tips to assist in your search for applicable, meaningful and scholarly resources.

The topic that you select for your assignments will ultimately determine what types of resources will best suit your needs for your research. Often times, a narrow topic may lead to a limited number of relevant, scholarly resource materials. On the other hand, a broad topic may lead to “information overload.” Do not become frustrated if you run into struggles, though. We have many types of resources and other “tip and tricks” available to you, so please “Ask a Librarian.”

Thigpen Library: Beyond The Books!

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Nashville building graffiti; photo by Mike Hitzelberger

The word “library” is usually associated with stacks filled with books. Thigpen Library is proud of its 47000+ print volumes (with 300K+ online!) covering numerous topics of relevance to Vol State’s academic programs; plus, it offers a small browsing collection offers popular titles to satisfy leisure reading interests, including graphic novels and a rotating selection of audio books on CD.

What is the difference between a library and a bookstore?

  • Libraries = obtain what you need for free!
  • Bookstores = pay for what you need.

Consider this: Thigpen Library goes beyond the book in terms of what it offers to support teaching and learning at Vol State. Let’s examine this idea further.

Library Spaces in Gallatin:

Whether you need a place to relax, use a computer, and/or study for your classes, Thigpen Library in Gallatin provides different spaces to meet personal preferences.

  • Spaces to think or reflect: quiet and silent study areas allow for deeper concentration and engagement with course material with minimal distractions.
  • Spaces to congregate: importantly, the library provides areas with comfortable seating wherein quiet conversations are welcome- this kind of friendly, low-key environment helps build camaraderie between peers to enrich the college experience.
  • Spaces to collaborate: includes technology-rich study rooms for collaboration on group assignments and to facilitate learning partnerships (e.g. study groups, test review & preparation, etc.), large tables for groups, as well as access to computers and printing.

Space is more limited at the site libraries– yet, the rooms will, too, accommodate different user needs.

Library Services – ALL locations:

Thigpen Library supports Vol State students and employees regardless of site location or distance learning status with our services!

Abundant virtual services include:

  • Chat & text with us! If you have any questions about your research assignment, finding information using library databases & other resources, hours of operation, or whatever else you need from the library, then easily ask us for an answer.
  • Research consultation appointments are available: schedule a virtual web conference (held via Skype) with a librarian to receive research assistance; or, arrange a time to meet with us in person.
  • Email us or call us – we’re here to help you however it’s most convenient for you to contact us.

Thigpen Library checks out technologies to students and employees.

Need to create a video for a project or class presentation? Need voice recording equipment? Want to borrow a graphing calculator? Here’s a list of all the technologies we lend for free. If you take classes or work at the sites: although some equipment is available immediately, other items reside only at the Gallatin campus; simply request the technology you need to be sent to your location.

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Check out a GoPro!

Interlibrary Loan is Free!

That’s right: if you need a book that’s not in Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s existing collections or if there’s an article that you need for your research that’s not available in full text from Thigpen Library databases, then we’ll try to obtain it from other libraries through our interlibrary loan services.

Do you live close to another TBR/UT system college library? Request a TALC card and borrow directly from that library.

But Wait, There’s …More Services

Students, are you wondering if your class textbook is available for check out? Check to see if it’s available from our course reserves collections. Need help creating citations? See our citation guide – or access NoodleBib. Do you want to find the best database resources for your topic? These guides are designed for you!

Are you a faculty member seeking to schedule a library instruction session? Need to borrow a laptop for a conference? Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources or find tools to help you navigate copyright & fair use issues? For all of that and more – see the Faculty Services guide!

For anyone at the Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield sites, consult this information for services specific to those locations.

This page provides a comprehensive list of services. Perhaps our most important service? Research assistance: Ask A Librarian.

Send us your feedback!

Thigpen Library is always interested in hearing from you. Tell us how we’re doing in support of your teaching, learning, working needs at Vol State. Is there something that you want us to provide that we’re not providing for you, already? Could be a service we might add, a new technology you want to check out, or a new space configuration that you would find helpful. We want to know! Contact us or use the feedback form.