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.
Written by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian
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.
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, faculty members have said that the Silent Study Room is a great place for grading papers.
Is the Silent Study Room a little too quiet 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” specified for different noise levels. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones. Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis, reservations are accepted. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are NOT sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. A Practice/Presentation Room is available for groups or individuals. 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.
Mobile apps. for your phone/tablet? Check!
Full text for popular magazines? Check!
Introducing the library’s latest digital resource:
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).
*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 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!
“Turn and face the strange changes…” —David Bowie*
It’s not just a classic pop song by David Bowie:
It’s what VolState Library is bringing to YOU via our LIBRARY WEBSITE (as well as our new Library-branded logo). [See below & thanks, VolState Public-Relations team!]
On Tuesday July 12, the Library will launch a new interface to our website named “PIONEER SEARCH” to honor Vol State’s very own Pioneers. This new online presence is a front-end product called “Primo” by library vendor, Ex Libris, which is necessary in order to connect with the library’s entirely new back-end catalog called “Alma”.
Please BE PATIENT during this transitional period!
And please ASK US if you’re struggling to find what you need – we’re here to help!
LIBRARY WEBSITE CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
TUESDAY JUNE 28 – FRIDAY JULY 15
FINDING Books & E-Books: continue to use the one-stop search box in the center of the library’s home page; starting on July 8 and through July 13, search eBooks only; the library’s old catalog works but does not reflect current data.
Research guides will help you identify disciplinary-specific databases and other resources that are related to your topics. For example, if you want to research the psychological effects of social media use, you would use the library’s “Psychology” guide.