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.

Get Schooled on the Electoral College!

GET SCHOOLED ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!

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Electoral College Map

What do Presidents John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush have in common?  None of them won the popular vote during their respective presidential elections.  However, the most “popular” person (a.k.a the person with the most votes) doesn’t always win.

For some of you, this may be your first time to vote in a presidential election.  Maybe you’ve heard the term “Electoral College” but have no idea what it means. The United States Electoral College is the establishment that elects the President. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors from the fifty states and Washington, D.C.  A majority of 270 votes must be received by a candidate in order to win the presidency.

The Electoral College was established to make sure that the voters in the smaller states have a voice.  Also, it prevents a candidate with only regional appeal from winning.  The Electoral College is not without controversy.  Some pundits feel that the United States should go to a system of a direct popular vote.  Others say a change would hurt the less populated areas.  What do you think? As always,  before voicing your opinion, we encourage you to do your research! School yourself on the Electoral College by researching the topic before you start a conversation at the family dinner table.

Thigpen Library has plenty of resources. We recommend starting with the Credo Reference DatabaseIssues and Controversies in American History Database or the books listed below.

Securing Democracy:  Why We Have an Electoral College (JK 1976 .S43 2001)

Electoral College:  Anachronism or Bulwark of Democracy? (JK 529 .E44 C85 2001)

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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.

There’s a database for that …

By Livy Simpson

Want to listen to classical music? Music Online: Classical Music Library is waiting for you to tune in.

Want to watch Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Picard) in Hamlet? There is a reserved seat for you at the BBC Shakespeare Plays. Looking for other streaming options? Films on Demand and VAST: Academic Video Collection offer thousands of videos on a multitude of topics.

Want to learn Japanese? Mandarin Chinese? French? German? Italian? Korean? Check out PowerSpeak Languages provided by TEL.

Looking for examples of art and ethnographic objects from Gabon? Reliquary images from the Kota and Fang peoples plus thousands of images from museums and collections around the world are available in Artstor Digital Library.

And for the English essay or research paper due next week? We have many periodical and scholarly journal databases waiting to be searched.

What’s the catch? You have to use the library database links and login with your Vol State username and password.

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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu) [created by the Kota People of Gabon]; courtesy of ARTStor