• 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).

     

  • New Issue: Off Center

    • Posted on: 13 December 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Annoucing a new library-hosted journal: Off Center. Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Off Center: A Writer's Magazine for the MTSU Community is now online. The journal is edited by Amy Harris-Aber and Hillary Yeager (MTSU Writing Center).

    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

  • New Issue: International Journal of the Whole Child

    • Posted on: 22 November 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 1, Issue 2 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

  • Grant Opportunity--CFP Extended

    • Posted on: 28 October 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Digital Scholarship Initaitves invites proposals for a Digital Seed Grant to support individual or collaborative digital projects in research, teaching or public outreach from any discipline at MTSU. Faculty and staff are eligible to apply for a grant award of up to $2,000 for reimburseable items used in the development of a digital project. Applications are due December 7, 2016 for an award period of January-December 2017.

    Example uses of the Digital Seed Grant include, but is not limited to, hiring student workers or researchers for data analysis, text encoding or data entry, digitizing materials, purchasing software, creating data visualizations, applying geospatial methods to literary texts, designing a pedagogical focus for public humanities, or convening workshops. A list of example uses, the online application and details of the CFP are available at dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.

  • StoryMap Workshops

    • Posted on: 20 July 2016
    • 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 21, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

    StoryMaps Showcase Workshop, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Current Schedule for workshop on October 26:

    Demonstrations of Story Map Projects (45 min. to 1 hour)
    1. Northeast Nashville Community History Project
    2. "Bright Side of Memphis" story map
    3. Cemetery Community story map
    4. Southeast Park (Nashville) Historical Resources
    5. Rutherford County Services Story Map

    Tools - Hands-on (30 to 45 min.)
    1. Rutherford County GIS – the types of data and services offered by the county
    2. USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
    3. Social Explorer (mapping tool)

     

  • New Issue: Journal of Small Business Strategy

    • Posted on: 4 May 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 26, Issue 1 of the Journal of Small Business Strategy is now online. The journal is edited by Dr. William C. McDowell, Wright Chair of Entrepreneurship in MTSU's Jones College of Business. 

    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

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  • Announcing the Final Projects for the Digital Seed Grants 2017-2018

    • Posted on: 2 July 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Digital Seed Grant (dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant) had an impressive amount of applications for its inaugural year, which launched in 2016 (award period of 2017-2018). 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 academic year. The awardees were announced on the website at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant17-18. Below are brief summaries of the winning projects (in no particular order) and a link to their individual outcomes. A PDF copy of this annoucement is perserved in the institutional repository. Access the PDF by clicking view/open here.

     

    Tennessee Communication Association Journal Digitization Project

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Patrick Richey, Communication Studies & Organizational Communication Dept.

    Description: This project digitized the Tennessee Communication Association's (TCA) Annual Journal (previously titled Tennessee Speech Communication Association Journal). The only known copies of the 1975-1988 series are hard copies in the Walker Library stacks. The digital copy now allows the scholarship and history of an important statewide organization to be accessible to a much wider range of researchers, scholars, and citizens. This project is of importance to both the academic and public good because it contains both historical and genealogical information about Tennessee. The 14 journal volumes are now accessible online thanks to the Digital Seed Grant funds that supported the work of an undergraduate student who scanned the materials, added metadata of the journal content, and through assistance of the library’s technical expertise, including its journal hosting platform. In addition to the completed journal, the student worker presented on the seed grant and journal digitization process at national conference in 2017. There are plans to continue the journal online under the new TCA title in the future.

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

     

    MTSU Digital Literacy Initiative

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey, History Department

    Description: The Digital Seed Grant helped fund the two-event Fake News Series: one faculty workshop and one talk by an award-winning journalist. Through these events, the Fake New Series sought to provide tools for discerning credible sources of news and information by bridging classroom learning and digital media literacy.

    Combined, these events drew in 73 attendees, which were open to campus and the public. Feedback suggests faculty on campus are already applying civic online reasoning exercises shared at these events and the interdisciplinary interest at these campus events shows the need for teaching media literacy in the classroom.

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

     

    Digitizing a Collection of Historic Clothing

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Teresa King, Human Sciences Department

    Description: The Historic Clothing Collection (1790-1990) is a project of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) program. The 750+ piece collection is a “working collection,” consisting of donations made by individuals from MTSU, Rutherford County and from across the country, including but not limited to a gown worn to J.F.K.’s inaugural ball and elite brands donated by prominent fashion institutes. A working collection differs from a museum collection, where items are used, studied, handled, and occasionally displayed and/or worn for educational purposes.  This collection was digitized and funded, in part, by the Department of Human Sciences and the Digital Seed Grant. Now 390 of those items have been photographed, along with detailed metadata for discoverability and research purposes, so they are available worldwide to students, professionals, museums, and consumers with an interest in historic apparel and accessories. The grant enabled TXMD student assistants to photograph the collection, and develop a digital inventory, along with the library’s enhanced technical infrastructure that aids in the discoverability and preservation of the collection since garments can now be previewed online before being removed from storage. The collection can be explored via suggested topics, or by circa date, title, type, or textile content, and images are available for download and side-by-side viewing. It is intended to educate and inspire diverse audiences interested in historic apparel.

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

     

    Funding and Support

    The Digital Seed Grant is made possible by generous funding and support from the Dean of Libraries and the Digital Scholarship Initiatives project team. For many, this is a starter grant, which can lead to national grant opportunities in the future and Walker Library wants to encourage and support such creativity activity.

    As a competitive grant, evaluation of applications and assessment of digital lifecycles of selected projects takes time. The Digital Seed Grant is indebted to the time of the Review Committee, comprised of digital project experts from Walker Library and the Digital Partners (a rotating member from the Department of History, Center for Historic Preservation, Center for Popular Music, Albert Gore Research Center and the University Archives). The Walker Library also thanks those that help promote the grant and encourage participation.

    The 2018-2019 call for proposals closed; and those projects will commence on July 1, 2018 and continue until June 30, 2019. The 2018-2019 awardees have been announced, and as those projects are completed, the following website will be updated: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant18-19.

  • Presenting the Digital Humanities Collection – Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations

    • Posted on: 15 May 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    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.

    Collection available at dsi.mtsu.edu/trials

    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.

    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 (PDF) copy of this graphic is available for download here.

  • 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:

     

    Project:

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

    Project Lead:

    Dr. Anna Grinath, Department of Biology

     

    Project:

    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.