The Spring 2020 Digital Workshops Series schedule is now available. Mark your calendar for the following topics.
*All workshops are in LIB 272. Register to get a reminder email before the workshop and to help with program planning*
Workshop Schedules below:
- Historical Newspapers Workshop • Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm
- Interested in how to access and search historical newspapres? Join this hands-on workshop to learn how.
- More details at https://dsi.mtsu.edu/newspapersSP2020
- Scholarly Publishing & Open Access Workshop • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm
- Do you need to produce a peer-reviewed journal article? Come jump-start your scholarly writing with this presentation emphasizing the Open Access movement.
- More details at https://dsi.mtsu.edu/scholarlypublishingSP2020
- Introduction to NVivo Workshop • Thursday, March 26, 2020, UPDATE 3/12/20: CANCELLED
- Learn the basics of NVivo 12, a software tool designed for the collection and analysis of qualitative data sources.
- More details at https://dsi.mtsu.edu/nvivoSP2020
- Sanborn Maps Workshop • Tuesday, April 7, 2020, UPDATE 3/12/20: CANCELLED
- Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to locate specific properties and document the development of Tennessee towns and cities (1800s-1940s).
- More details at https://dsi.mtsu.edu/sanbornmapsSP2020
Free workshops: open to all faculty, staff, students and community members
50-minute workshops are in LIB 272 (near 2nd floor water fountain)
Copy of all the Spring 2020 DSI Programs (PDF)
Sanborn Maps Workshop
UPDATE 3/12/20: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Sanborn maps provide detailed information (location, size, construction materials) about buildings in towns across the U.S. dating back to the late 1800s to the 1940s. This hands-on workshop provides guidance on navigating through a digital collection of Sanborn maps of more than 100 towns in Tennessee. 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).
- What are Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps?
- Research uses: growth of towns over time, history of industries, historic preservation / city planning, and local / family history
- How to access Sanborn maps (Tennessee and other states)
- Finding specific buildings (churches, schools, buildings) and streets on the maps
- Discovering details about specific buildings (e. g., color codes for frame, brick, stone, and iron buildings)
Presenter: Walker Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Ken Middleton
Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)
Historical Newspapers Workshop • Thursday, Februrary 20, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm
This session will cover how to access and search historical newspapers of the United States that are available online, either freely available or through MTSU Library’s subscriptions.
Introduction to NVivo Workshop
UPDATE 3/12/20: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Have you begun conducting qualitative research, but are finding it difficult to keep your data organized? Would you like a better way to manage data analysis? If so, come learn the basics of NVivo 12, a software tool designed for the collection and analysis of qualitative data sources. This overview will showcase some of NVivo’s functionality by using examples using NVivo’s preloaded sample dataset, as well as real-life data sets from Dr. Reed’s research.
- Navigating the NVivo Workspace
- Uploading and linking different data sources
- Structuring of data to facilitate coding
- Basic coding and analysis of text sources
Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Workshop • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm
Do you need to produce a peer-reviewed journal article? Come jump-start your scholarly writing with this presentation emphasizing the Open Access movement. Participants will receive instruction on the evolution of the scholarly publishing model as well as an overview of author publishing concerns. In addition to lecture time, the session will include hands-on activities in which participants will create an individualized, multistep action plan for turning one’s research into a submitted article.
- Overview of scholarly communication
- Introduction to the Open Access movement
- Using library resources to locate possible journals in one’s field
- Understanding author publishing agreements
- Production of an individual action plan
The Digital Seed Grant (dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant) had an impressive amount of applications for its second year (award period 2018-2019), which initially launched in 2016 for the 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 two grants for the 2018-2019 academic year. The awardees were announced on the website at https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant18-19.
The Digital Seed Grant had an impressive amount of applications for its third year. The proposals received were of high quality and diverse in scope. 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 one grant for the 2019-2020 year.
Project: Use of Spectral Interpretation and Database Resources
Led by Dr. Ngee-Sing Chong, MTSU Department of Chemistry
During summer 2019, the Journal for Economic Educators (JFEE) migrated publishing platforms. It's new online home is the journal hosting service provided at MTSU Walker Library, which uses the Open Journal Systems (OJS) open access platform.
Visit JFEE at https://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jfee.
Vol 19 No 1 (2019) is now available online, as well as its full issue backlog. The journal is edited by Dr. Michael Roach (Middle Tennessee State University) and is published twice annually. Read more about the journal's scope, focus, and policies here.
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.