Student Job Opportunity: Project Assistant

  • Posted on: 27 May 2021
  • By: digitalscholar

A recent Digital Seed Grant reciepent is looking to fill a vacant position to help with project research. Please see the position description below, and contact the primary investigator, Cindi Brown, with questions and interest by June 17, 2021.



Project Assistant: Revisiting the Thematic Apperception Test with Computerized Linguistic Analysis


Project Description

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective test which was important in the history of psychology. Developed by Dr. Henry Murray in the 1930's, the TAT was used extensively by psychologists between the 1930s and the 1970s. Since the TAT was administered extensively for decades, it is suspected that many of these TAT narratives still exist. The initial purpose of our project will be to locate these historical TAT narratives, archive them, and make them available for interested researchers who wish to apply more modern interpretive techniques. The second phase of the project will involve original research using the archived narratives.



  • Assist with research
  • Type handwritten narratives
  • Transcribe recorded oral narratives
  • Perform data entry and data analysis



Employee must be a student (graduate or undergraduate). Any major accepted, but job might be of special interest to psychology or history majors. Strong clerical skills, including knowledge of Excel, desired.


Announcing the Final Projects for the Digital Seed Grants 2019-2020

  • Posted on: 7 May 2021
  • By: digitalscholar

The Digital Seed Grant ( had impressive applications for its third year (award period 2019-2020), which initially launched in 2016 for the award period of 2017-2018. The Digital Seed Grant Review Committee and Dean of Libraries decided to award two grants for the 2019-2020 academic year. One recipient later declined due to scheduling conflicts. The AY 19-20 awardee was announced on the website at

CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grants 2021-2022

  • Posted on: 15 March 2021
  • By: digitalscholar

Announcing the call for Digital Seed Grant Awards

The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2021-2022 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). Projects run from July 1 to June 30. Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle are due April 16, 2021.


Examples of digital projects, past winners, and application guidelines are available at


Publication: Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 19/20

  • Posted on: 7 January 2021
  • By: digitalscholar

Announcing the recently published Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 2019-2020: A Digital Scholarship Center Assessment


The 6th annual DSI Highlights brochure summarizes the past year's development (2019-2020). The brochure highlights initiatives lead by the MTSU Walker Library for the creation, access, dissemination, and preservation of digital and scholarly initiatives. Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) Programs include opportunities to:

  • learn and share digital tools and methodologies

  • create and preserve university scholarship

  • fund research and teaching opportunities through seed grants

  • encourage and support development of digital projects

  • provide and support open access publishing


A pdf copy of the double-sided brochure is available at

What is Digital Scholarship?

  • Posted on: 7 October 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

Digital scholarship at Walker Library is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and committed. As a method, it emphasizes the use of interactive technologies to expand the participation, modes of access, diversity of analysis, and the dissemination, and preservation of scholarship. The frequently used term, digital humanities (DH), is a subset of digital scholarship (DS)--the larger umbrella of all scholarship including the arts, sciences, and everything between.

Specific examples include but are not limited to:

  • Institutional repository (JEWLScholar) that promotes, highlights and indexes scholarship of campus (including peer-reviewed articles, department newsletters, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings, OER, etc)

Digital Seed Grants 2020-2021 Awarded

  • Posted on: 5 October 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

Earlier in spring-summer 2020, the Digital Seed Grant Committee was excited to receive applications for its fourth year of awarding Digital Seed Grants. The proposals received were of high quality despite the turn of events with COVID-19 and although these challenges continue, the Walker Library is committed to keeping the library’s charge of accelerating teaching and research with digital technologies and methodologies.  One way the library does this is by funding seed grants.

The Digital Seed Grant Committee commends all the applicants on their proposed research or teaching projects. We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 winners in no particular order:

Project: Hidden Town in 3D Website

Led by Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey, MTSU Department of History

Project runs January 19, 2021 through January 18, 2022


Project: Studio Art Teaching Resources

Led by Professor Mark Mcleod, MTSU Department of Art and Design

Project runs September 1, 2020 through December 9, 2021


New Journal Issues Published

  • Posted on: 19 June 2020
  • By: digitalscholar
Scholarly journals hosted with MTSU's Walker Library have newly published volumes for spring and summer 2020. The following journal issues are now available online:
Volume 5, Issue 1 of the International Journal of the Whole Child was published on April 24, 2020.
The journal is edited by Dr. Tiffany Wilson (Middle Tennessee State University) and Dr. Sandra J. Stone (Northern Arizona University).
Volume 30, Number 1 of the Journal of Small Business Strategy was published on May 27, 2020.
The journal is edited by Dr. William McDowell (Bradley University) and Dr. Michael L. Harris (East Carolina University).
Volume 20, Number 1 of the Journal for Economic Educators was published on June 19, 2020.
The journal is edited by Dr. Michael Roach (Middle Tennessee State University).

Spring 2020 Digital Workshop Series

  • Posted on: 22 January 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

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
  • Scholarly Publishing & Open Access Workshop • Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11:30am-12:20pm
  • 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
  • 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


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

  • Posted on: 22 January 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

Sanborn Maps Workshop


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).

Session topics:

  • 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)


Prerequisites: None

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

Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)


Historical Newspapers Workshop

  • Posted on: 22 January 2020
  • By: digitalscholar

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.

Session topics: