• 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.

  • Journal for Economic Educators now hosted at MTSU Walker Library

    • Posted on: 26 September 2019
    • By: digitalscholar

    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.

    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

  • 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 https://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, the MTSU Sidelines news article publishing December 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

  • MT Engage Week: Play LibGO

    • Posted on: 20 September 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    During MT Engage Week, be sure to visit the library on Wednesday, September 26th to play LibGO! Snacks and prizes are available to the first 100 participants that play LibGO in room LIB 264A from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Wednesday!

    A Quick and Fun Introduction to Walker Library with LibGO!

     

    Co-sponored by MT Engage and Walker Library

    Wednesday, September 26

    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Walker Library, Room 264A

    Students who want a quick, interactive library game orientation (LibGO) experience will participate in an online *educational* challenge which will take them on a tour of the building and its resources. Students will learn how the library can help with academic success. Snacks and prizes will be available. The first 100 participants to play LibGO receive a grab bag of prizes: drawstring bag, water bottle, Frisbee, stress ball, carabineer, pen, and more! (must be present to win).

     

    Still not sure you want to play?

    You decide what paths to take and earn or lose points along the way. There are characters for all: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members. Staff can benefit too by playing faculty or community characters! You can even play characters you don’t identify with and learn even more about how the library can help you succeed. Will you get a high score? Try it out by playing LibGO in the library on Wednesday, Sept. 26! 

    LibGO (PDF)

     

  • Fall 2018 Digital Workshops

    • Posted on: 7 September 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Fall 2018 Digital Workshops Series schedule is now available. Mark your calendar for the following topics.

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

    Workshop Schedules below:

    Those who attend any of the fall 2018 workshops (above) can win a grab bag of prizes (above image)!!

    (must be present at the workshop to win)

    How do you win the prize bag? Play LibGO:

    • Take the library tour challenge!
    • Designed for students, faculty, staff and community
    • Pick your character, make decisions
    • Earn or loose point based on those decisions
    • Discover how the library can help you succeed
    • Try to get a high score!
    • Take the short survey, help us improve the game

           (show staff the completed survey at the workshop to win prize bag)

     

    Still not sure you want to play?

    You decide what paths to take and earn or lose points along the way. There are characters for all: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and community members. Staff can benefit too by playing faculty or community characters! You can even play characters you don’t identify with and learn even more about how the library can help you succeed. Will you get a high score? Try it out by playing LibGO.

    Not interested in prizes?  Play anytime at http://library.mtsu.edu/libgo.

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  • 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 http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.

     

    Seed Grants (up to $2,000)

    The number of grants available each year will vary, with each at a maximum of $2,000. A list of the awarded projects are available by year: 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019 and 2017-2018.

    Example Uses of Seed Grant

    ·  Hiring a student worker to perform data collection or analysis, text encoding, or data entry*

    ·  Digitizing materials not held at Walker Library

    ·  Purchasing specialized equipment for digitization or analysis

    ·  Digital textbook, edition, archive or exhibit

    ·  Media-rich narratives or interactive storytelling

    ·  Use of games, 3D, AR/VR, or maker projects for research or teaching

    ·  Applying geospatial methods to literary texts, historical problems, or scientific discoveries

    ·  Textual, network, audio, or visual analysis

    ·  Pedagogical focus on civic or public humanities

     

     

  • 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 https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/6377.

    A visual gallery of the brochure pages can be scrolled at https://library.mtsu.edu/digitalscholarship/highlights

     

     

    More information:

     

    Digital Scholarship Initiatives began at Walker Library several years ago as a way to build out the library’s collections digitally. More recently, other initiatives have been added including library publishing through JEWLScholar and Journal Hosting services; the creation of a collaborative Digital Partners group; and a Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) dedicated to faculty and advanced students who enhance research by using digital tools and methodologies learned in workshops, collaborating on digital projects, and disseminating research through digital platforms.

     

    All DSI publications, including previous years of this Highlights brochures are available at https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4357

     

  • 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 December 9, 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.