• Extended Deadline CFP: Digital Projects Showcase

    • Posted on: 31 October 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    **Extended Deadline** Call for Proposals

    Digital Projects Showcase applications due Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for speakers to present a digital project with emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. Projects may be individual or collaborative and from MTSU faculty, staff or students.

    Examples of digital projects include (but are not limited to):

    • geomapping research (with StoryMaps, ArcGIS, QGIS, Zeemaps, CartoDB, Batchgeo);
    • text analysis of literary works (with Oxygen, TEI, Viewshare, or Voyant);
    • digitization projects (with Omeka or CONTENTdm) or web applications;
    • applying data visualizations or machine learning for scientific discovery (with Tableau, R, D3, or Python);
    • network analysis (with Palladio or Gephi);
    • historical analysis (with TimelineJS);
    • qualitative research (NVivo) or statistical analysis (SPSS);
    • computational methodologies; and others                                                                                                                                                       

    Selected projects will present in a lightning round style Showcase on November 29, 2017. Presenters will have up to 15 minutes to present (Brief 10-15 minutes or Snapshot 3-5 minutes) the use of technologies and overview of their digital projects. Computer, internet access, whiteboard and a microphone will be available for use.

    *Applications are due November 7, notifications to selected speakers are November 15. Send questions to digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu

    ** APPLICATION FORM  (Link)         WORKSHOP SCHEDULE/CFP (PDF) 

     

  • Call for Proposals: Digital Projects Showcase

    • Posted on: 8 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Digital Projects Showcase applications due Monday, October 30, 2017

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for speakers to present a digital project with emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. Projects may be individual or collaborative and from MTSU faculty, staff or students.

    Examples of digital projects include (but are not limited to):

    • geomapping research (with StoryMaps, ArcGIS, QGIS, Zeemaps, CartoDB, Batchgeo);
    • text analysis of literary works (with Oxygen, TEI, Viewshare, or Voyant);
    • digitization projects (with Omeka or CONTENTdm) or web applications;
    • applying data visualizations or machine learning for scientific discovery (with Tableau, R, D3, or Python);
    • network analysis (with Palladio or Gephi);
    • historical analysis (with TimelineJS);
    • qualitative research (NVivo) or statistical analysis (SPSS);
    • computational methodologies; and others                                                                                                                                                       

    Selected projects will present in a lightning round style Showcase on November 29, 2017. Presenters will have up to 15 minutes to present (Brief 10-15 minutes or Snapshot 3-5 minutes) the use of technologies and overview of their digital projects. Computer, internet access, whiteboard and a microphone will be available for use.

    *Applications are due October 30, notifications to selected speakers are November 1. Send questions to digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu

    ** APPLICATION FORM  (Link)         WORKSHOP SCHEDULE/CFP (PDF) 

     

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and Other Historical Map Workshop

    • Posted on: 8 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and Other Historical Map Workshop, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Sanborn maps in historical research and in developing digital humanities projects. 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.

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

  • Podcasting Workshop

    • Posted on: 5 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    How to Set Up a Podcast, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Over the past decade, podcasts have become an increasingly popular and increasingly easy-to-make audio format. In this workshop, Eric Detweiler will provide an overview of the hardware and software involved in creating your own podcast. From microphones to audio-editing software to online hosting services, from planning to recording to publishing, the

    workshop will provide a thorough yet accessible introduction for students and faculty alike. Dr. Detweiler is an assistant professor in the Department of English and runs a podcast called Rhetoricity.

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

  • NVivo Workshop

    • Posted on: 29 August 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in NVivo 11, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 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 with Education Librarian, Karen Reed.

    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

    NVivo Overview, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 11:30am-12:00pm; Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    NVivo Optional Lab (Limit 9 Users), Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:00-12:30pm; Location: Library Curriculum Collection (3rd Floor)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

    More Details:

    The NVivo Overview will include a demonstration of the presenter's data sources from her own research to present real-life examples of qualitative research in the social sciences. This will take place from 11:30am to 12:00pm in LIB 264A. Participants will receive a free copy of the NVivo 11 Getting Started Guide.

    This overview will be followed by optional lab time in which participants may work in NVivo on their own in Curriculum (LIB 3rd floor). This optional lab time is limited to the first 9 users who request this option.

     

  • StoryMaps Workshop

    • Posted on: 25 August 2017
    • 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, September 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    **Registration required for hands-on learning. Registration closes Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

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  • Workshop Series: Network Mapping with Palladio

    • Posted on: 13 March 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Data visualizations can take many forms, from using maps and charts to timelines and graphs. Palladio, a data-driven tool developed by Standford University, uses a combination of these visualizations to analyze relationships across time. This free workshop is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn and gain hands-on experience with the latest digital tools such as Palladio. For a theortical discussion on its use, consider attending the Digital Humanities Seminar Series on Friday, April 7th at 11:30am.

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am- 1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Workshop Details and Topics

    Join us for an informal, hands-on exploration of Palladio (http://hdlab.stanford.edu/palladio), a digital visualization tool specially created by the Humanities+Design Lab at Stanford University for researchers in the humanities. Palladio is useful for visualizing complex data across time and space. Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey and Dr. Suzanne Sutherland will briefly outline how Palladio has been used in Stanford University’s Mapping the Republic of Letters digital humanities project. We will spend most of the session using sample data sets to create our own multi-dimensional visualizations. Feel free to bring your own data sets if you have them. Newcomers to the tool are also welcome.​

  • Announcement: Digital Seed Grants Awarded

    • Posted on: 14 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the 2017 Digital Seed Grant Awards

    The Digital Seed Grant had an impressive amount of applications for its inaugural year. Due to the quantity and quality of proposals, the Digital Seed Grant Review Committee and Dean of Libraries decided to award three grants for the 2017 calendar year. We are pleased to announce those winners in no particular order:

     

    • Project: Tennessee Communication Association Journal Digitization Project led by Dr. Patrick Richey of the Communication Studies and Organizational Communication Department.  

              Project Website: http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/tcaj/about

     

    • Project: Digitizing a Collection of Historic Clothing led by Dr. Teresa King of the Human Sciences Department.

              Project Website: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/clothing

     

    • Project: MTSU Digital Literacy Initiative led by Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey of the History Department.

              Project News: The Lecture Series http://mtsunews.com/fake-news-lectures-spr2018

     

    Congratulations to Professors Richey, Taylor-Poleskey and King. Brief summaries of their Final Projects are available here.

     

    A Call for Proposals for next year will be announced later in spring 2018, available here.

     

  • Workshop Series: Adobe Illustrator

    • Posted on: 9 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Have you ever wanted to learn graphic design techniques? Become more familiar with Adobe Illustrator? Need to create a poster for a presentation? Then join us for a hands-on workshop for Tips on Creating with Adobe Illustrator, with Hillary Yeager of the University Writing Center. This workshop is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students.

    Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30am- 1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Workshop Details and Topics

    This informative workshop will cover how to design a poster presentation using Adobe Illustrator, with an emphasis on the humanities (although all disciplines are welcome). This is particularly useful for faculty and students getting ready for poster presentations at conferences, exhibitions like Scholars Week, or other colloquia or assignments requiring poster design. We will discuss some design basics (creating focal points, using fonts effectively, exploring color, maximizing spacing and developing an eye-catching layout) and provide an opportunity for hands-on application of skills. The workshop will also create a basic template for users to take and use for their own projects beyond the workshop.

  • Workshop Series: Mapping

    • Posted on: 2 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    This workshop will provide an introduction to two types of maps that can be used in historical research and in developing digital humanities projects. The workshop will be led by Ken Middleton and is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students.

    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:30am- 1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Workshop Details and Topics

    Sanborn maps can be used to locate specific properties and document the development of towns, large and small. The workshop will include hands-on exercises in using Walker Library’s subscription to Digital Sanborn Maps (black & white) in Tennessee and the Sanborn map digital collections (in color) at the Library of Congress and the University of Tennessee Libraries.

    The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer (http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/) provides access to more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006. Hands-on exercises will cover site navigation and how to use the transparency tool to view both the historical map and the current landscape. The session will also include a brief demo of using the georeferenced images in web mapping applications (e.g., ArcGIS Online).

     

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  • 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

    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)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED