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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Database Trial Alert: Statista

The Thigpen Library has a trial subscription from now until mid-February to a database called Statista. To access it, just go to statista.com, and you should see a message at the top left of the page that shows you are accessing it through Volunteer State Community College. If you are off-campus, you will first be prompted to log in with your Vol State username and password before gaining access.

So what kind of information does Statista contain? Statista offers access to over 1 million statistics and over 1,000 industry reports. The statistics range in topic from serious content, like the change of price in gasoline in certain countries over a one year period to more fun information, like the average annual household spending on video games. It is the world’s largest statistics portal, so chances are, if you do not find what you need here, then you may have a tough time finding it anywhere!

Statista also offers Infographics, like the one below, that are frequently updated and used by companies such as CNN, ESPN, and Mashable.

Infographic: The Top 10 Winter Box Office Record Breakers | Statista
One of the many infographics that Statista offers

The resources in Statista can be useful for a wide range of subject areas, including all of the academic divisions at Vol State! All of the content can be exported and embedded into papers, reports, PowerPoint or Google presentations, blog postings, and websites. Statista also has a feature that will help users cite their statistics in four different citation styles.

Still have questions about how to use Statista? Watch the video at the top of the post and learn more tips and tricks!

If you would like to know more about how to best use Statista, or you have feedback about it for the library, please contact Amber McKee at 615-230-3406 or by email.

Discover the Library

“Your number #1 campus resource is the Thigpen Library”.  In addition to the Gallatin campus, library services are available at the Highland Crest, Livingston and McGavock sites.  Whichever campus you are attending, visit the library, meet the librarians, and discover the library services available to you.  Research assistance is available at each location.  If you’re attending classes at an off-campus site, you can request materials from the Thigpen Library be sent to your site for you.

The Thigpen Library will be offering several workshops this semester.  Information about the workshops and the schedule are available at libguides.volstate.edu/workshops