• 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)


  • 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 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.

  • Social Explorer Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 August 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Introduction to Social Explorer

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 1:30am-12:30pm, LIB 264A

    Social Explorer is a user-friendly tool for creating interactive maps using recent and historical demographic data (e.g., U.S. census and American Community Survey).

    This workshop is suitable for students and faculty from many disciplines, including business, criminal justice, education, gender studies, history, sociology, etc.

    This hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of the data sets in Social Explorer, followed by step-by-step instructions for completing the following tasks:

    • Create maps using specific variables (e.g., race)
    • Change visualization types
    • Create and compare side-by-side maps
    • Save and share your map
    • Use the “Tell a Story” tool to provide context for your maps.


    Prerequisites: None

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

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)


  • NVivo 12 Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 August 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in NVivo 12 • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    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 11, a software tool designed for the collection and analysis of qualitative data sources.

    This NVivo overview will include a demonstration of the presenter's research to present real-life examples of qualitative research in the social sciences. Participants will receive a free copy of the NVivo 11 Getting Started Guide.

    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 264A (Instruction Classroom)


  • Scholarly Publishing Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 August 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting Started in Scholarly Publishing

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    This session is primarily designed for graduate students – particularly doctoral students – who need to produce peer-reviewed journal articles as part of their degree programs, or as part of a balanced CV in preparation for employment post-graduation. 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 264A (Instruction Classroom)


  • StoryMaps Workshop

    • Posted on: 21 August 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Are you a faculty member interested in using a mapping application as a course project or optional platform for an assignment? Are you a student in need of more training on mapping applications to complete an assignment? Are you just interested in learning more about GIS or other mapping alternatives? Looking for a place to start? Come learn about StoryMaps, an interactive mapping application by ESRI.

    Introduction to StoryMaps, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Prerequisites: Registration required for hands-on learning with the software

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

    Location: Walker Library, LIB 264A (Instruction Classroom)


    storymaps image


News and Events

  • Call for Proposals—Book Chapters

    • Posted on: 21 December 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    Working book title: Privacy and Safety in Remote Learning Environments  

    Proposal submission deadline: January 21, 2022 

    Interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged 



    Online education is not a new phenomenon, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused a sudden and widespread shift online for many K-12 schools and higher education institutions that had little prior experience with it. Even as schools return to in-person classes, online platforms remain prevalent as backup and supplemental content delivery tools. While privacy issues related to education are not new, the sudden shift to online learning brought these concerns into sharp focus for many parents, educators, administrators, and researchers. 

    The objective of this book is to reflect on the unintended breaches of privacy, safety, and security that occurred during the rush to move classes online, and to examine and propose solutions for more responsible future use of the platforms.

    This book will document how educational institutions approach privacy regarding students and educators, describe privacy initiatives implemented in response to online learning, and contribute to the growing discussion of how privacy and surveillance impact our users, especially students from our most vulnerable populations. 

    We encourage a broad range of contributions, including original research, case studies, pedagogical approaches, and critical reflection papers. We especially encourage contributions from K-12 and higher education educators, research centers, museums, and libraries that facilitate online learning or online curriculum, and from underrepresented and historically marginalized racial, social, and/or class groups. Interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged. 

    Topics may include but are not limited to: 

    • Privacy policies of 3rd party EdTech platforms (Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, etc) 
    • Parental “spying” and classroom privacy 
    • Family privacy and synchronous online schooling 
    • Online harassment among students (private chats, doxing, social media, etc) 
    • Cameras in student private spaces  
    • Surveillance of student online activities 
    • Exam proctoring software and privacy concerns  
    • Personally Identifiable Information in online learning systems and susceptibility to cybercriminals  
    • Privacy, storage, and deletion policies for recordings and data 
    • Handling data removal requests from students  
    • Appointing a privacy expert in schools, universities, or districts 
    • How and why to perform security/privacy audits 
    • Student attitudes about online privacy 
    • Instructor privacy/safety concerns 
    • Libraries: privacy policies of ebook platforms 
    • Libraries: online reference services and transcripts 
    • Identity authentication best practices 
    • Learning analytics and “big data” in higher education  

    Submission Procedures: 

    Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals of not more than 500 words for chapters of 3,000-5,000 words (not including tables/figures and references). All submitted chapters will be reviewed by at least two peer-reviewers on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. Inquiries should be sent to the editors and proposals submitted via the submission form (link below). 

    Tentative timeline: 

    January 21, 2022 / Chapter proposals due

    February 4, 2022 / Authors notified

    April 4, 2022 / Final chapters due

    June 15, 2022 / Post peer-review, final edits from editors/authors due

    Fall 2022 / Book published 

    Submission form at https://mtsu.libwizard.com/f/BookCFP2022 (deadline of 1/21/2022) 


    About the Book 

    The book is published by Digital Scholarship Initiatives (DSI) at the James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University. DSI has been publishing peer-reviewed journals and hosting scholarly and creative works at MTSU since 2014. The book has no submission nor acceptance fees for manuscripts and will be published open access (free to read online), while also available as a print-on-demand option. Chapter contributions are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC 4.0).

    About the Editors  

    Denise Quintel (denise.quintel@mtsu.edu) and Amy York (Amy.York@mtsu.edu) are faculty librarians at the James E. Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University. Collectively, the editors have a wide range of experience in web services and instructional technology. Please contact them with any questions.  

    Printable copy of the CFP (PDF)

  • Publication: Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 20/21

    • Posted on: 1 October 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the recently published Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights 2020-2021: A Digital Scholarship Center Assessment


    The 7th annual DSI Highlights brochure summarizes the past year's development (2020-2021). 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/6492 (click View/Open).

    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 the Highlights brochures are available at https://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4357

  • We’re Hiring: Graduate Assistant for spring 2022

    • Posted on: 20 September 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    MTSU Walker Library is hiring a graduate assistant (GA) for spring 2022. The GA will be able to expand their own knowledge of technology and library services and gain on-the-job training in the design, digitization and/or management of digital projects. Specific projects vary by semester (see the Job Description for details). The position comes with a stipend and tuition waiver. **Must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at MTSU in order to apply. Submit your application with your MTSU email (not personal email)**

    There is no specific skill or experience required, we encourage anyone with an interest to apply.

    Please see the attached description below and follow instructions to apply by October 18, 2021.

    (10/20/21 update: The application cycle is now closed)


  • Digital Seed Grants 2021-2022 Awarded

    • Posted on: 7 September 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    Over summer 2021, the Digital Seed Grant Committee received applications for its fifth year of awarding Digital Seed Grants. The proposals received were of high quality despite the impact of Covid-19, 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 was exited to receive 12 applications from a diverse background of projects and disciplines and commends all the applicants on their proposed research or teaching projects. We are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 winners in no particular order:

    Project: Revisiting the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) with Computerized Linguistic Analysis

    Led by Ms. Cindi Brown, MTSU graduate student in the Department of Psychology

    Project runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022


    Project: Voices From the Amazon: Translating Three Brazilian Films

    Led by Professor Paul Chilsen, MTSU Department of Media Arts

    Project runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022


    Project: Tissue Culture of American Ginseng

    Led by Mr. Ethan Swiggart, MTSU Department of Agriculture

    Project runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022


    Congratulations to the winners. 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 the Digital Seed Grant page.

  • Student Job Opportunity: Project Assistant

    • Posted on: 27 May 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    A recent Digital Seed Grant recipient 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.


    Pay and Employment Details

    Job is very part time, approximately 200 hours total over the course of one year ranging from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Averages to 4 hours per week, but could be variable, with the bulk of work expected in September/October of 2021 and March/April 2022. Employee will be hired through the James Walker library, as a student library worker, and the supervisor will be the grant primary investigator, Cindi Brown. Compensation is $9 per hour. A good opportunity to gain research experience in History or Psychology.

    To Apply

    Please answer the questions on the following questions via email to Cindi Brown, Project Lead and Psychology Graduate Student, cgb3j@mtmail.mtsu.edu. If you wish, you may attach a resume or CV to the email, but it is not required.

    Please email Cindi Brown, cgb3j@mtmail.mtsu.edu, the following information:

    1. Your Name
    2. Your M#
    3. Your Program and Major
    4. Contact information, including a phone number where you can be reached
    5. Please briefly explain why you are interested in this job and why you think you would be a good fit for it.
    6. Describe any prior experience you have had with either historical archiving or with psychological research.
    7. Please describe your clerical skills, including experience working with Excel.

    Applications are due by June 17, 2021.