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

Flipster=Magazines@Your Fingertips

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.

Super Tuesday Primary Elections

By Candace Lewis

For the politically-challenged among us, the tsunami-sized wave of frenzied media in a presidential-election year may not only bowl us over with confusion and bewilderment, but may also flood us with guilt for lacking intimate knowledge of the American electoral process.

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Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters; from Millennials Could Determine the Presidential Election—but Will They Vote?

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AMERICAN ELECTORAL PROCESS…

March 1, for example, is “Super Tuesday”–that Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year when the highest number of states hold their “Primary Elections”.

Sometimes called “nominating caucuses” or otherwise more simply called “Primaries,” this election asks citizens to vote for their preference of their political party’s presidential candidate or else to designate themselves as uncommitted to any candidate.  Primaries also avail voters in Tennessee a chance to choose as many political-party delegates as can be elected from their congressional district.

Delegate candidates commit themselves to represent a particular party hopeful like Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton  (in the voting booth, the delegate’s name may be seen alongside their chosen candidate) as their party’s nomination for Presidential candidate in the November General Election.  Should a delegate win enough votes in the Primary, they’re then certified to attend their party’s national convention in order to confirm their voters’ nomination preference on the convention’s floor in the summer.

HOW MARCH’S PRIMARIES ARE SIGNIFICANT IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS…

Historically, the order & timing of state Primaries shaped the field of candidates hopeful for their party’s nomination as presidential candidate.

Early Primary results would help winning candidates both to gather momentum as summer party conventions approached and to marshal significant resources such as the endorsement of an intra-party rival who–upon failing to win any support in early Primaries–might have withdrawn from the nomination race and asked their supporters to endorse a party front-runner.

States were therefore compelled to hold their Primary as early as possible in order to exert influence over other states & to sway influence with a prospective future U.S. President.  To reduce this crush of so-called “front loaded” primaries, national-party rules were changed as of 2008 to require state Primaries be held after February in all but four (New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa & Nevada) of the United States.

HOW TENNESSEE’S PRIMARY IS SIGNIFICANT…

With early state Primaries no longer clinching a particular hopeful’s party nomination, the key to winning a presidential nomination shifted from winning particular state Primaries to winning delegates.

For this reason, Tennessee voters join those from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Oklahoma to choose 1,010 party delegates up for grabs in the so-called “SEC Primary”.  This powerhouse coalition of Southern states–so named after the well-recognized south-eastern conferences (SEC) of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college sports–significantly strengthens the electoral voice of its constituent states by creating a larger pool of party delegates than any single SEC state could avail by itself alone.

By offering nomination hopefuls this significant chunk of delegates, the SEC Primary entices the campaign trails of party candidates to ramble South in order to woo delegate voters.  In turn, such local visits generate media coverage and local buzz about the candidates and the platforms of issues each one is building as those that will be important to him or her as an elected President.

HOW YOUR VOTE IS SIGNIFICANT IN TENNESSEE …

Your vote in a Tennessee Primary election thus weighs the scale of those delegates pooled in the SEC Primary who will go forth to represent a Southern voice on party-convention floors over the summer.  Recognizing this, Tennessee opted to join the coalition of SEC-Primary states to make your vote matter in the process of choosing America’s own leaders.

So make your Primary vote matter by making it happen on March 1: vote at the polls and represent not only yourself but this state in this significant process in American democracy!

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Photo: Theresa Thompson; from https://flic.kr/p/5z2jST

RESOURCES

Qualifying Procedures – 2016 Presidential Delegates from the Secretary of State, Tennessee

Everything You Need to Know about Delegate Math in the Presidential Primary from the Washington Post

Everything You Need to Know About the Presidential Primaries from the League of Women Voters

Why the Presidential Primary Elections Are So Important from AboutNews

Note from Sarah Smith: find information about the history of elections, current news coverage, and anything else election-related from Thigpen Library’s collections.

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.