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.

Flipster Digital Magazines

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FLIPSTER is back in another trial (through October 25 only), providing full-text digital access to hundreds of popular magazines. Check Flipster out today! Login with your My VolState / eLearn username and password.

Cookies must be enabled in order to use Flipster on a desktop or mobile device; this is a Flipster requirement.

To enable cookies on an iOS device:
1. Select Safari from the devices settings
2. Under Privacy & Security select Block Cookies
3. Block Cookies > Always Allow

To enable cookies on an Android* device:
1. Open a browser
2. Access browser settings
3. Allow cookies
*note android devices vary greatly, so these are general directions.

Please let us know if there are specific magazine titles available from Flipster that you’d like to access long-term by contacting Thigpen Library’s service desk (615.230.3400) or Sarah Smith directly.

Access popular magazines on your computer or mobile device with your library account.

Shush…be very, very quiet, studying in progress…

Written by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian

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Comfortable seating in silent study room

Are you looking for a quiet place to study? Look no further. Thigpen Library can help you find that elusive, quiet place to study and do your work. The 2nd floor Silent Study Room offers the solitude you are seeking for quiet study in a comfortable setting.

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Silence sign posted in silent study room

If noise is ever a problem, please notify the library staff. How silent is “silent” supposed to be? The expectations of this silent study zone are:
• NO talking/absolute silence
• NO group work
• NO loud keyboard clicks/laptops on silent
• NO cell phones ringing (set phones to silent and take calls in the designated cell phone areas)
• No music (quiet music with headphones only)

What are the benefits of using the Silent Study Room? You will have a place to concentrate, problem solve and do other complex work in a noise free environment. The Silent Study Room is not only for Vol State students. A faculty member recently said that the Silent Study Room is a great place to have the needed quiet for grading papers without interruption.

The library also recognizes that the term “quiet” or “silent” mean different things for different people. Is the silence a little too silent for you? Do you need to work in a group or engage in quiet conversation? The library has a variety of spaces or “study zones” that are specified to different noise levels in an attempt to meet your academic needs. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones.

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Quiet Study Zone Sign

Also remember that Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are not sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. In addition to the Silent Study Room, Study Rooms and a Practice/Presentation Room, you will find other areas for quiet study on the 2nd floor, including an abundance of tables and individual study carrels.

The first floor computer lab is, by nature, a busy area with lots of foot traffic and moderate noise levels. This is considered a conversation friendly study zone but the expectation is for everyone to be courteous.

The library is here to support your academic needs, whether it is a quiet place to focus without interruption or a place for scholastic conversation and engagement.

Always remember: if you need help, ASK. The library staff are here for you.

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Large reading tables and individual study carrels in quiet study zone.
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Computer lab in conversation-friendly zone

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Mobile apps. for your phone/tablet? Check!
Full text for popular magazines? Check!

Introducing the library’s latest digital resource:

Flipster

 

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of Thigpen Library. Flipster is available on a trial basis through July only. Login with your My VolState/eLearn username and password from off-campus. Over 900 full text magazines are available and cover a vast range of topics (for adults and kids, too).

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Remember: Flipster is mobile!

*A note about the mobile application in iTunes per iPad testing: when you open a title in Flipster, you’ll see a “cookies must be enabled” message and then an excessive amount of white space. Scroll, scroll, scroll down the white space until you see the menu menu icon icon. From the menu, you can open up the magazine in the Flipster app.

Please help us determine if Flipster is beneficial to our patrons so that we can make good purchasing decisions. Try it out!

Please send feedback about Flipster to Sarah Smith, Director of Library Services, or via this form.