• 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

              Collection Introduction: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/IntroducingHCC

              Project News: https://mtsunews.com/historic-fashions-collection-fall2018

     

    • 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).

     

  • 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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  • CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grants 2019-2020

    • Posted on: 1 April 2019
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the call for Digital Seed Grant Awards

    The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2019-2020 is now open. Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for seed grants to support individual or collaborative digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU.

    The call for proposals (CFP) is open to MTSU faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students pursing digital scholarship projects (from the arts to sciences and everything in between). 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 2019-2020 cycle are due April 15, 2018. Projects run from July 1 to June 30.

    Seed Grants (up to $2,000)

    The number of grants available each year will vary, with each at a maximum of $2,000. Applications for 2019 are now open. A list of the awarded projects are available by year: 2018-2019 and 2017-2018. The 2019 cycle will open April 1-15.

  • Spring 2019 Digital Workshop Series

    • Posted on: 4 February 2019
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Spring 2019 Digital Workshops Series schedule is now available. Mark your calendar for the following topics.

    *All workshops are in LIB 264A or LIB 272. Register to get a reminder email before the workshop and to help with program planning*

    Workshop Schedules below:

    • Scholarly Publishing Workshop Part 1: Intro to the Open Access Movement, Monday, February 18, 2019, 11:30am-12:30pm, Update 2/14/19: CANCELLED
    • Scholarly Publishing Workshop Part 2: Jump Start Your Scholarly Writing, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:30am-12:30pm, Update 2/14/19: CANCELLED

     

    For a PDF copy of the spring 2019 schedule (with class descriptions), click here.

  • Exploring Wikipedia Workshop

    • Posted on: 28 January 2019
    • By: digitalscholar

    Exploring Wikipedia Workshop • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia is part of the fabric of our digital life. It is used worldwide, by millions of people daily. Join this workshop to learn more about it, as well as, how to use your knowledge and research skills to make it better. The instructor will share what she learned after taking a 9 week Wikipedia course, as well as, her experience working with a faculty member on a Wikipedia classroom assignment.

    This workshop is for anyone who wants to add to their knowledge of Wikipedia.

    Session topics:

    • Overview of Wikipedia and how it really works
    • Learn the ways you can contribute to Wikipedia
    • See examples of how it is being used to teach digital literacy
    • Explore the Library Wikipedia Research Guide for more in depth information

    Prerequisites: None

    Presenter:  Librarian, Jean Reese

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

  • 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