The Digital Seed Grant (dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant) 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 https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant19-20.
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 http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.
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 https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/6377.
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:
- Metadata, descriptive records that aid in the indexing and discovery of digital collections
- Open access publishing through library hosted journal software for peer-reviewed journals and open educational resources (OER)
- Institutional repository (JEWLScholar) that promotes, highlights and indexes scholarship of campus (including peer-reviewed articles, department newsletters, theses, dissertations, conference proceedings, OER, etc)
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
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