• Digital Seed Grants 2018-2019 Awarded

    • Posted on: 3 May 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Digital Seed Grant had an impressive amount of applications for its second year. The proposals received were of high quality and diverse in scope. This included submissions from chemistry, aerospace, biology, FIRE, criminal justice, psychology, health and human performance, global studies, English, history, recording industry, and media arts. The Digital Seed Grant Committee commends all the applicants on their proposed research or teaching projects.

    Due to the quantity and quality of proposals, the Digital Seed Grant Review Committee and Dean of Libraries decided to award two grants for the 2018-2019 year. We are pleased to announce those winners in no particular order:



    3D Biology: Making Claims in the Midst of Natural Variation

    Project Lead:

    Dr. Anna Grinath, Department of Biology



    A Geography of Suffering: Digital History, GIS, and the Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery

    Project Lead:

    Dr. Derek Frisby, Department of Global Studies and Human Geography


    Congratulations to professors Grinath and Frisby. Their projects will run through June 2019, at which time, project updates will be available on this website. A call for proposals for next year will be announced later in spring 2019, available here. To read about the 2017-2018 Digital Seed Grants awarded, visit here.

  • Digital Scholarship Survey

    • Posted on: 18 April 2018
    • By: digitalscholar
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  • New Issue: International Journal of the Whole Child

    • Posted on: 10 April 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 3, Issue 1 of the International Journal of the Whole Child is now online. The journal is edited by Dr. Kathleen G. Burriss (Middle Tennessee State University) and Dr. Sandra J. Stone (Northern Arizona University).

    Walker Library offers free journal hosting services to members of the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) community. All of the journals we service are digital and open access (free to read online). Walker Library established this journal hosting program to meet the needs and support the mission, values and vision of the university. See more journals published at MTSU here. Check out the journal hosting resources if you wish to learn more about this publishing option.

  • CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grant

    • Posted on: 12 March 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Annoucing the call for Digital Seed Grant Awards

    The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2018-2019 is now open. The call for proposals (CFP) is open to MTSU faculty, researchers and graduate students pursing digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach. See the call for proposals at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant. Examples of digital projects, past winners, and application guidelines are available at that website. Applications for the 2018-2019 cycle are due April 9, 2018.

  • StoryMap Workshop

    • Posted on: 30 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Are you a faculty member interested in using a mapping application as a course project or optional platform for an assignment? Are you a student in need of more training on mapping applications to complete an assignment? Are you just interested in learning more about GIS or other mapping alternatives? Looking for a place to start? Come learn about StoryMaps, an interactive mapping application by ESRI, from the Library's own Ken Middleton. Check out the schedule below.

    Introduction to StoryMaps, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    **Registration required for hands-on learning.


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  • Fire Insurance Maps and Historical "Sanborn" Maps

    • Posted on: 30 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Fire Insurance Maps Online and Other Historical "Sanborn" Map Workshop, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo), a new collection of historical "Sanborn" maps (in color) of more than 100 Tennessee towns. Sanborn maps can be used to locate specific properties and document the development of towns, large and small.

    The workshop, which will also include a brief overview of other types of historical maps (e.g., USGS Historical Topographic Maps), will be led by Ken Middleton and is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students. To explore the library's subscription to Sanborn maps on your own, see the Historical GIS LibGuide and click on "Fire Insurance Maps Online" (FIMo).

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)



  • NVivo Workshop

    • Posted on: 10 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in NVivo 11 • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Are you interested in conducting qualitative research? If so, come learn the basics of NVivo 11, a software tool designed for the collection and analysis of qualitative data sources.

    This NVivo overview will include a demonstration of the presenter's research to present real-life examples of qualitative research in the social sciences. Participants will receive a free copy of the NVivo 11 Getting Started Guide.

    Session topics:

    • Navigating the NVivo Workspace
    • Uploading and linking different data sources
    • Structuring of data to facilitate coding
    • Basic coding and analysis of text sources

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with qualitative research methods and analysis.

    Presenter:  Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)




  • SPSS Workshop

    • Posted on: 10 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in SPSS  •  Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    SPSS is a widely used software product for statistical analysis. In this introductory session, you’ll learn the basics of entering and manipulating data to run descriptive statistics and produce graphs. Portions of this workshop will offer an opportunity for hands-on practice and learning.

    Session topics:

    • Navigating the Data View and Variable View
    • Entering data
    • Creating variables
    • Importing a dataset
    • Running descriptive statistics
    • Interpreting graphs

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with statistical concepts, including correlation and null hypothesis testing.

    Presenter: Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)



  • Digital Workshops Series-Spring 2018

    • Posted on: 8 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Spring 2018 lineup for the Digital Workshops Series is now available. Mark your calendars for learning SPSS, NVivo, Sanborn/Historical Maps, and Storymaps. The Digital Workshop Series was designed to increase the awareness and skills of digital scholarship tools and methods for research, teaching and public outreach. Details on each workshop will soon be released. For now, pencil them in on your calendars. All workshops take place in Walker Library, LIB 264A Instruction Classroom.

    SPSS: February 7

    NVivo: February 21

    Sanborn & Historical Maps: March 21

    StoryMap: April 4

    For a PDF copy of this schedule, click here.

  • Digital Projects Showcase 2017

    • Posted on: 28 November 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Join us on Wednesday, November 29, from 11:30am to 1:00pm for the 2017 Digital Projects Showcase.

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites the MTSU community to a lighting-round style series of presentations on digital projects. Speakers will present in 4, 8, or 15 minute segments on their project which has an emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. All are welcome to attend and hear about the great research and teaching being done on campus by MTSU faculty, staff and students. 

    The Showcase was competitive and we were impressed with the quantity and quality of applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied and has shown interest in digital scholarship on campus. The final selection is a good mix of faculty, staff and student presenters. The lineup is below:

    Section 1 (11:30am-12:20pm)

    Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

    Molly Taylor-Poleskey: Journey up the Rhine (Neatline)

    Patrick Wilson, Bobby Cooley,Maia Council, Will Albert: Nashville Podcasts (Audacity); 

    Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Austin Wilson: Google Earth and the Changing Shape of Nashville

    Typhanie Schafer, Alecia Heidt: Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Centers Digital Interactives (StoryMap)

    Victoria Hensley: Using Survey123 to Document Historic Neighborhoods (ArcGIS/Survey123)

    Section 1 Questions


    Section 2 (12:20pm-1:00pm)

    Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

    Wesley Porter, Henrique Momm: Google Earth Engine—Advanced Geospatial Analysis

    Lei Miao: Using Matlab Simulation to Facilitate the Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Bethany Hall, Derek Frisby: Blue Raiders of Vietnam (StoryMaps)

    Section 2 Questions


    Location: Walker Library LIB 264A

    Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm


    See the original Call for Proposal here




News and Events

  • MTSU Library/CHP Awarded the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities

    • Posted on: 30 November 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Project Update: The scholarly digital research collection, Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities at the American Studies Association Conference in November 2018.


    Collection available at dsi.mtsu.edu/trials

    This project was produced by the James E. Walker Library, in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation and funded, in part, by the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Academic Affairs and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, a unit of the National Park Service. A topical summary of the research collection and its unqiue content is below:


    Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations: Tennesseans’ Search for Citizenship, Community, and Opportunity

    Tennessee’s history between the end of the American Civil War (1865) and the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act often gets ignored. This historic period offers insights into the transformations that took place, including challenges and achievements, as Tennesseans searched for citizenship, community and opportunity. Citizenship—what that has meant and how that has changed—is at the heart of this digital exploration into Tennessee history and culture. This digital collection’s objects, songs, photographs, paintings, and documents often reveal the challenges faced by Tennesseans as they pursued the rights and benefits of citizenship.

    Unique Content
    A curated collection of rare, hidden, and unique items uncovered from collaborative partnerships including universities, public libraries, state and local archives, museums, and historical societies across the state. The collection includes interpretive layers such as scholarly essays, lesson plans, interactive visualizations and metadata records.

    A visual copy (PDF) of the collection introduction is available for download here.

  • Presenting the Digital Collection - Historic Clothing Collection

    • Posted on: 8 October 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Historic Clothing Collection

    Since the inception of the Historic Clothing Collection, the primary method of locating or researching items has been a physical search utilizing hard copy descriptions of items, in three ring binders.  The 2017-2018 Digital Seed Grant (and library expertise) enabled the collection’s digital development through photography, garment metadata, digital inventory and a permanent website for the collection’s continued growth. This effort allows visual identification and study of the collection by the current MTSU community, community partners, and the public at large.

    The Historic Clothing Collection (1790-1990) provides tremendous growth in learning opportunities for anyone studying historic clothing and accessories.  Several TXMD student assistants also worked on this project, which adds to their own digital learning. Additonally advantageous is the project’s contribution to the long-term preservation of the items in the MTSU collection, since garments can now be previewed before being removed from storage.

    Collection available at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/clothing

    Read more about the collection via the MTSU News article published October 2, 2018 or the one-page collection summary (PDF) available here.


    Features include photo zoom, viewing size (fits to browser, window or width), rotate, and download options. Enhanced features include the Side-by-Side View, linked metadata fields, and collection indexing for discoverabilty through search engines and databases.


    Collection Staff

    Grant Primary Investigator: Dr. Teresa King, TXMD Director, Dept. of Human Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University

    Photographer: Rachael Krasnow, TXMD

    Digital Curator (database, web design): Digital Scholarship Initaitives, Walker Library

  • MT Engage Week: Play LibGO

    • Posted on: 20 September 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    During MT Engage Week, be sure to visit the library on Wednesday, September 26th to play LibGO! Snacks and prizes are available to the first 100 participants that play LibGO in room LIB 264A from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Wednesday!


    A Quick and Fun Introduction to Walker Library with LibGO!


    Co-sponored by MT Engage and Walker Library

    Wednesday, September 26

    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Walker Library, Room 264A

    Students who want a quick, interactive library game orientation (LibGO) experience will participate in an online *educational* challenge which will take them on a tour of the building and its resources. Students will learn how the library can help with academic success. Snacks and prizes will be available. The first 100 participants to play LibGO receive a grab bag of prizes: drawstring bag, water bottle, Frisbee, stress ball, carabineer, pen, and more! (must be present to win).


    Still not sure you want to play?

    You decide what paths to take and earn or lose points along the way. There are characters for all: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members. Staff can benefit too by playing faculty or community characters! You can even play characters you don’t identify with and learn even more about how the library can help you succeed. Will you get a high score? Try it out by playing LibGO in the library on Wednesday, Sept. 26! 

    Not interested in prizes?  Play anytime at http://library.mtsu.edu/libgo.

    LibGO (PDF)


  • Fall 2018 Digital Workshops

    • Posted on: 7 September 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Fall 2018 Digital Workshops Series schedule is now available. Mark your calendar for the following topics.

    *All workshops are in LIB 264A. Register to get a reminder email before the workshop and to help with program planning*

    Workshop Schedules below:

    Those who attend any of the fall 2018 workshops (above) can win a grab bag of prizes (above image)!!

    (must be present at the workshop to win)

    How do you win the prize bag? Play LibGO:

    • Take the library tour challenge!
    • Designed for students, faculty, staff and community
    • Pick your character, make decisions
    • Earn or loose point based on those decisions
    • Discover how the library can help you succeed
    • Try to get a high score!
    • Take the short survey, help us improve the game

           (show staff the completed survey at the workshop to win prize bag)


    Still not sure you want to play?

    You decide what paths to take and earn or lose points along the way. There are characters for all: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members. Staff can benefit too by playing faculty or community characters! You can even play characters you don’t identify with and learn even more about how the library can help you succeed. Will you get a high score? Try it out by playing LibGO.

    Not interested in prizes?  Play anytime at http://library.mtsu.edu/libgo.

  • Social Explorer Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 August 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Introduction to Social Explorer

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 1:30am-12:30pm, LIB 264A

    Social Explorer is a user-friendly tool for creating interactive maps using recent and historical demographic data (e.g., U.S. census and American Community Survey).

    This workshop is suitable for students and faculty from many disciplines, including business, criminal justice, education, gender studies, history, sociology, etc.

    This hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of the data sets in Social Explorer, followed by step-by-step instructions for completing the following tasks:

    • Create maps using specific variables (e.g., race)
    • Change visualization types
    • Create and compare side-by-side maps
    • Save and share your map
    • Use the “Tell a Story” tool to provide context for your maps.


    Prerequisites: None

    Presenter: Walker Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Professor Ken Middleton

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)