• 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)
    • Consultations and resources on digital scholarship matters, including open scholarship—(access, data, education), author rights, digitization, digital publishing, scholarly communication, digital and data tools, data management and digital project development.

    DS/DH projects are created with and for scholars. In addition to images and historical documents, projects include multimedia components, contextual themes, and lesson plans or essays. DS/DH projects are a collaborative effort with content and technology experts who use a variety of digital methods (text analysis, spatial analysis, digitization, photogrammetry, etc) and digital tools including CONTENTdm, ArcGIS, StoryMaps, TimelineJS, Drupal, Omeka and more.

    Examples of Digital Scholarship/Humanties projects at MTSU

    • Shades of Gray and Blue
      In Tennessee, we have all heard stories of life and death on the state’s Civil War battlefields, but what happened to the men, women, and children who stayed at home? Their stories, seen through the lens of the objects that were a part of their daily lives, reflect the ways Tennesseans adapted, coped, and thrived during a war whose reverberations are still felt today.
    • Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations
      This collection explores African-American Tennesseeans' search for citizenship, community, and opportunity between the end of the American Civil War (1865) and the end of World War II (1945). The project was a collaboration between MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation and the James E. Walker Library, in cooperation with many partner institutions across Tennessee.
    • Places, Perspectives
      This collection documents the histories of communities that are the focus of Places, Perspectives: African American Community-building in Tennessee, 1860-1920, a collaborative partnership initiative funded through a matching grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area to Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Geosciences and James E. Walker Library in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation.
  • 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 August 31, 2021

     

    Congratulations to professors Taylor-Poleskey and Mcleod. Check back later to see project news updates. To read about the next cycle for proposals or to see other Digital Seed Grants awarded, visit here.

  • 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).
     

    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.

  • 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 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

    • Posted on: 22 January 2020
    • By: digitalscholar

    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).

    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)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

  • 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:

    • Determining what historical newspapers are online
    • Search term tips (e.g., use of synonyms and terms in use during a historical period)
    • Search limits (publication date, front page only, letters to the editor, photo captions, etc.)
    • Searching across multiple historical newspapers
    • Finding copies of newspapers that are not available online.

     

    Prerequisites:None

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

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

  • NVivo Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 January 2020
    • By: digitalscholar

    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.

    Session topics:

    • Navigating the NVivo Workspace
    • Uploading and linking different data sources
    • Structuring of data to facilitate coding
    • Basic coding and analysis of text sources

     

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with qualitative research methodology.

    Presenter:  Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

  • Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 January 2020
    • By: digitalscholar

    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.

    Session topics:

    • 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

     

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with one’s research interests/agenda

    Presenter: Walker Library’s Education Librarian, Dr. Karen Reed

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 272 (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

  • Announcing the Final Projects for the Digital Seed Grants 2018-2019

    • Posted on: 20 January 2020
    • By: digitalscholar

    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. 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.

     

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

    Primary Investigator (PI):  Dr. Anna Strimaitis Grinath, Biology Department

    PI’s Project Description: This project drew upon the 3D printing and laser cutting technology available in the Library Makerspace at MTSU to create 3D material to support cognitively demanding biology tasks in three undergraduate biology lecture courses: Exploring Life, General Biology II, and Biometry. We designed tasks to support students to develop quantitative and inferential reasoning around concepts of variation in populations and population sampling. Such reasoning is critical for students to make biological claims in the midst of the natural variation that is inherent to populations of organisms. However, such tasks are rare in biology education lecture settings, and when they do occur, students often are expected to investigate biological questions using 2D representation of organisms (e.g. paper cut outs), which limits the authenticity of the biological investigation and the opportunities students have to grapple with problems of measurement, variation, sampling, and drawing inferences about a population from a sample.

    The two tasks we designed through this project asked students to investigate questions around two different focal organisms: marine sponge individuals and freshwater fish populations. We created a 3D scan of a real sponge, augmented the 3D scan file with a texture file to capture the form of the organism, and printed 30 replicate models of the sponge using 3D printing technology. Additionally, we used the laser cutter to create 20 populations of over 100 fish of varying sizes out of Baltic birch plywood. With the 3D materials created from this project, we have already successfully implanted the two “3D Biology” tasks in three different undergraduate biology lecture courses at MTSU and the materials and lessons will continue to be implemented in future courses. When enacting the tasks, we also collected multiple data sources to understand how the materials created in this project support student learning. Analysis and lesson plan development is ongoing. This Digital Seed Grant also helped strengthen the NSF proposal that is in preparation.

    Resulting Research and Publications Produced:

    Grinath, A.S., Jones, R.S., Whitworth, C., Google, A., Morphis, H. (presented 2019). 3D biology lessons: Designing across biology, data modeling, and argumentation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. (Regional).

    Jones, R.S., Grinath, A.S., Jia, Z., Czap, L., Google, A. (presented 2019). Leveraging student ideas about measurement and variation in biology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. (Regional).

    Whitworth, C. (presented 2019. Students’ ideas about sampling and measurement. Poster presented at the annual MTSU College of Education Scholars Day, Murfreesboro, TN. (Local).

    Grinath, A.S., Jones, R.S., Whitworth, C., Google, A., Morphis, H. (2019). Data MAKER Biology Framework: Designing across biology, data modeling, and argumentation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Minneapolis, MN. (National).

    Project News:

    ‘Population Variation’.’ Listen to July 17 2018 ‘MTSU on the Record” with host Gina Logue and guest Dr. Anna Grinath at https://mtsunews.com/grinath-3d-biology-july2018/

    Professor Uses New Grant To Explore Biology Under the Sea in 3D on ‘MTSU on the Record’. Host Gina Logue interviews Dr. Anna Grinath on the library Digital Seed Grant Award and resulting project. https://mtsunews.com/grinath-on-the-record-july2018/

     

    The Geography of Suffering: Enhancing Historical Interpretation at Stones River National Cemetery

    Primary Investigator (PI):  Dr. Derek W. Frisby, Global Studies and Human Geography Department

    PI’s Project Description: “The Geography of Suffering: Enhancing Historical Interpretation at Stones River National Cemetery’s” objective sought to enhance the historical interpretation of the Stones River National Cemetery by digitizing the cemetery’s records and integrating GIS/GPS interpretive capabilities for park staff, researchers, and visitors. Additionally, the project explored methods to incorporate Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI) for the cemetery to broaden the interpretive experience at the park beyond the park’s boundaries. This project would have been impossible without assistance from MTSU Walker Library’s Digital Initiative Seed Grant funds. The student training and research hours sponsored by the grant proved invaluable. It allowed me to delegate tasks and get the enormous amount of data organized and ready for integration into the geospatial model. In return, I believe they received a wonderful experiential learning experience in historical GIS projects. 

    Project News:

    ‘The Search at Stones River.’ Listen to July 5 2018 ‘MTSU on the Record” with host Gina Logue and guest Dr. Derek Frisby at https://mtsunews.com/frisby-stones-river-july2018/

    ‘MTSU On the Record’ Follows Military Expert’s Searches for Answers at Stones River National Cemetery. Host Gina Logue interviews Dr. Derek Frisby of the library Digital Seed Grant Award and resulting project. https://mtsunews.com/frisby-on-the-record-july2018/

     

    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 2019-2020 call for proposals closed; and those projects will continue until June 30, 2020. As those projects are completed, the following website will be updated: https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant19-20.   

    The 2020-2021 call for proposals will open March 1, 2020 and the application deadline is April 10, 2020. For more information on the Digital Seed Grant and access the application, visit https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.

  • Digital Seed Grant 2019-2020 Awarded

    • Posted on: 16 December 2019
    • By: digitalscholar

     

    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

    Audience:

    The intended audience will be primarily faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry along with researchers from other departments such as Biology, Physics, Engineering Technology, and Forensic Science programs that are involved in interdisciplinary projects that requires identifying chemical compounds and materials.

    Purpose:

    Purchase of special software to create a dynamic resource that will be made freely available to researchers and the public. The proposed solution is to create a more effective identification of chemical compounds in faculty research or student thesis projects by acquiring NMR and IR spectral software that support spectral search and comparison and compiling experimental spectra into databases in areas of research pursued by MTSU faculty.

    Next:

    Once the dynamic resource is created, it will be placed on the MTSU Library’s research guide for Chemistry, which is located at https://library.mtsu.edu/chemistry. The project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.

     

    Congratulations to Dr. Chong and colleagues in the department of Chemistry.

    A Call for Proposals for next year will be announced later in spring 2020, available here.

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  • 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)
    • Consultations and resources on digital scholarship matters, including open scholarship—(access, data, education), author rights, digitization, digital publishing, scholarly communication, digital and data tools, data management and digital project development.

    DS/DH projects are created with and for scholars. In addition to images and historical documents, projects include multimedia components, contextual themes, and lesson plans or essays. DS/DH projects are a collaborative effort with content and technology experts who use a variety of digital methods (text analysis, spatial analysis, digitization, photogrammetry, etc) and digital tools including CONTENTdm, ArcGIS, StoryMaps, TimelineJS, Drupal, Omeka and more.

    Examples of Digital Scholarship/Humanties projects at MTSU

    • Shades of Gray and Blue
      In Tennessee, we have all heard stories of life and death on the state’s Civil War battlefields, but what happened to the men, women, and children who stayed at home? Their stories, seen through the lens of the objects that were a part of their daily lives, reflect the ways Tennesseans adapted, coped, and thrived during a war whose reverberations are still felt today.
    • Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations
      This collection explores African-American Tennesseeans' search for citizenship, community, and opportunity between the end of the American Civil War (1865) and the end of World War II (1945). The project was a collaboration between MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation and the James E. Walker Library, in cooperation with many partner institutions across Tennessee.
    • Places, Perspectives
      This collection documents the histories of communities that are the focus of Places, Perspectives: African American Community-building in Tennessee, 1860-1920, a collaborative partnership initiative funded through a matching grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area to Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Geosciences and James E. Walker Library in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation.
  • 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 August 31, 2021

     

    Congratulations to professors Taylor-Poleskey and Mcleod. Check back later to see project news updates. To read about the next cycle for proposals or to see other Digital Seed Grants awarded, visit here.

  • 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).
     

    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.

  • 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 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

    • Posted on: 22 January 2020
    • By: digitalscholar

    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).

    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)

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED