• New Issue: International Journal of the Whole Child

    • Posted on: 10 April 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 3, Issue 1 of the International Journal of the Whole Child is now online. The journal is edited by Dr. Kathleen G. Burriss (Middle Tennessee State University) and Dr. Sandra J. Stone (Northern Arizona 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. Check out the journal hosting resources if you wish to learn more about this publishing option.

  • CFP Now Open: Digital Seed Grant

    • Posted on: 12 March 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Annoucing the call for Digital Seed Grant Awards

    The Digital Seed Grant competition for 2018-2019 is now open. The call for proposals (CFP) is open to MTSU faculty, researchers and graduate students pursing digital scholarship projects in research, teaching, or public outreach. See the call for proposals at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant. Examples of digital projects, past winners, and application guidelines are available at that website. Applications for the 2018-2019 cycle are due April 9, 2018.

  • StoryMap Workshop

    • Posted on: 30 January 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, from the Library's own Ken Middleton. Check out the schedule below.

    Introduction to StoryMaps, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    **Registration required for hands-on learning.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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  • Fire Insurance Maps and Historical "Sanborn" Maps

    • Posted on: 30 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Fire Insurance Maps Online and Other Historical "Sanborn" Map Workshop, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo), a new collection of historical "Sanborn" maps (in color) of more than 100 Tennessee towns. Sanborn maps can be used to locate specific properties and document the development of towns, large and small.

    The workshop, which will also include a brief overview of other types of historical maps (e.g., USGS Historical Topographic Maps), will be led by Ken Middleton and is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students. 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).

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

  • NVivo Workshop

    • Posted on: 10 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in NVivo 11 • Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    Are you interested in conducting qualitative research? 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 methods and analysis.

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

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

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

     

     

  • SPSS Workshop

    • Posted on: 10 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in SPSS  •  Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm

    SPSS is a widely used software product for statistical analysis. In this introductory session, you’ll learn the basics of entering and manipulating data to run descriptive statistics and produce graphs. Portions of this workshop will offer an opportunity for hands-on practice and learning.

    Session topics:

    • Navigating the Data View and Variable View
    • Entering data
    • Creating variables
    • Importing a dataset
    • Running descriptive statistics
    • Interpreting graphs

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with statistical concepts, including correlation and null hypothesis testing.

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

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

    REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED

     

  • Digital Workshops Series-Spring 2018

    • Posted on: 8 January 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Spring 2018 lineup for the Digital Workshops Series is now available. Mark your calendars for learning SPSS, NVivo, Sanborn/Historical Maps, and Storymaps. The Digital Workshop Series was designed to increase the awareness and skills of digital scholarship tools and methods for research, teaching and public outreach. Details on each workshop will soon be released. For now, pencil them in on your calendars. All workshops take place in Walker Library, LIB 264A Instruction Classroom.

    SPSS: February 7

    NVivo: February 21

    Sanborn & Historical Maps: March 21

    StoryMap: April 4

    For a PDF copy of this schedule, click here.

  • Digital Projects Showcase 2017

    • Posted on: 28 November 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Join us on Wednesday, November 29, from 11:30am to 1:00pm for the 2017 Digital Projects Showcase.

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites the MTSU community to a lighting-round style series of presentations on digital projects. Speakers will present in 4, 8, or 15 minute segments on their project which has an emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. All are welcome to attend and hear about the great research and teaching being done on campus by MTSU faculty, staff and students. 

    The Showcase was competitive and we were impressed with the quantity and quality of applicants. Thank you to everyone who applied and has shown interest in digital scholarship on campus. The final selection is a good mix of faculty, staff and student presenters. The lineup is below:

    Section 1 (11:30am-12:20pm)

    Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

    Molly Taylor-Poleskey: Journey up the Rhine (Neatline)

    Patrick Wilson, Bobby Cooley,Maia Council, Will Albert: Nashville Podcasts (Audacity); 

    Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Austin Wilson: Google Earth and the Changing Shape of Nashville

    Typhanie Schafer, Alecia Heidt: Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Centers Digital Interactives (StoryMap)

    Victoria Hensley: Using Survey123 to Document Historic Neighborhoods (ArcGIS/Survey123)

    Section 1 Questions

     

    Section 2 (12:20pm-1:00pm)

    Presenter Name(s): Title of Project Presentation

    Wesley Porter, Henrique Momm: Google Earth Engine—Advanced Geospatial Analysis

    Lei Miao: Using Matlab Simulation to Facilitate the Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems

    Bethany Hall, Derek Frisby: Blue Raiders of Vietnam (StoryMaps)

    Section 2 Questions

     

    Location: Walker Library LIB 264A

    Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm

     

    See the original Call for Proposal here

     

                                                    

  • Extended Deadline CFP: Digital Projects Showcase

    • Posted on: 31 October 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    **Extended Deadline** Call for Proposals

    Digital Projects Showcase applications due Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for speakers to present a digital project with emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. Projects may be individual or collaborative and from MTSU faculty, staff or students.

    Examples of digital projects include (but are not limited to):

    • geomapping research (with StoryMaps, ArcGIS, QGIS, Zeemaps, CartoDB, Batchgeo);
    • text analysis of literary works (with Oxygen, TEI, Viewshare, or Voyant);
    • digitization projects (with Omeka or CONTENTdm) or web applications;
    • applying data visualizations or machine learning for scientific discovery (with Tableau, R, D3, or Python);
    • network analysis (with Palladio or Gephi);
    • historical analysis (with TimelineJS);
    • qualitative research (NVivo) or statistical analysis (SPSS);
    • computational methodologies; and others                                                                                                                                                       

    Selected projects will present in a lightning round style Showcase on November 29, 2017. Presenters will have up to 15 minutes to present (Brief 10-15 minutes or Snapshot 3-5 minutes) the use of technologies and overview of their digital projects. Computer, internet access, whiteboard and a microphone will be available for use.

    *Applications are due November 7, notifications to selected speakers are November 15. Send questions to digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu

    ** APPLICATION FORM  (Link)         WORKSHOP SCHEDULE/CFP (PDF) 

     

  • Call for Proposals: Digital Projects Showcase

    • Posted on: 8 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Digital Projects Showcase applications due Monday, October 30, 2017

    Walker Library Digital Scholarship Initiatives invites proposals for speakers to present a digital project with emphasis in digital methods or technologies in research, teaching, or outreach from any discipline or area at MTSU. Projects may be individual or collaborative and from MTSU faculty, staff or students.

    Examples of digital projects include (but are not limited to):

    • geomapping research (with StoryMaps, ArcGIS, QGIS, Zeemaps, CartoDB, Batchgeo);
    • text analysis of literary works (with Oxygen, TEI, Viewshare, or Voyant);
    • digitization projects (with Omeka or CONTENTdm) or web applications;
    • applying data visualizations or machine learning for scientific discovery (with Tableau, R, D3, or Python);
    • network analysis (with Palladio or Gephi);
    • historical analysis (with TimelineJS);
    • qualitative research (NVivo) or statistical analysis (SPSS);
    • computational methodologies; and others                                                                                                                                                       

    Selected projects will present in a lightning round style Showcase on November 29, 2017. Presenters will have up to 15 minutes to present (Brief 10-15 minutes or Snapshot 3-5 minutes) the use of technologies and overview of their digital projects. Computer, internet access, whiteboard and a microphone will be available for use.

    *Applications are due October 30, notifications to selected speakers are November 1. Send questions to digitalscholar[at]mtsu[dot]edu

    ** APPLICATION FORM  (Link)         WORKSHOP SCHEDULE/CFP (PDF) 

     

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  • Student Job Opportunity: Project Assistant

    • Posted on: 27 May 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

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

     

    Position

    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.

     

    Tasks

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

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

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

    • Posted on: 7 May 2021
    • By: digitalscholar

    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. A PDF copy of this annoucement is perserved in the institutional repository (access the PDF by clicking view/open).

     

    Use of Spectral Interpretation and Database Resources

     

    Primary Investigator (PI):  Dr. Ngee-Sing Chong, Chemistry Department

    PI’s Project Description: Through research projects undertaken at MTSU, the identification of chemical compounds via the acquisition of NMR, Raman, IR, and mass spectra have played a central role in advancing research in the interdisciplinary areas of forensic, materials, and environmental analyses. The use of Walker Library’s Digital Seed Grant was used for the purchase of ACD Labs and Mestrenova software programs that have enabled the editing and conversion of the spectral data into formats that can be shared online. Spectral data of color dyes, environmental toxicants, and polymers are now available for supporting analytical courses and research in relevant fields.

    Purpose and Audience: The outcome of this project includes the creation of spectral data that can be shared among different student and faculty researchers at MTSU and other institutions. This will improve the productivity of research in forensic, materials, and environmental fields by allowing researchers to calculate the spectral match index through database searching. It will also support the instructional activities related to CHEM 6230 Intermediate Analytical Chemistry as well as CHEM 4230 and FSCH 4230 Instrumental Analysis courses by Forensic Science and Chemistry majors to download the spectral data remotely, which is helpful for remote instruction under the current pandemic restrictions. Students will learn spectral interpretation skills and procedures for searching a spectral database using the sample spectra acquired for this project.

    Project News:

    The creation of dynamic spectra database is complete, upload to searchable online database is pending (expected upload by June 2021). Once complete the spectra will be used to generate a software-based match index.

    In the meantime, you can get an idea of an example of this spectra on the Chemspider website. This sample spectra was produced by MTSU graduate Daniela Talyor. Click on the tab labeled "Spectra" to see the options for ESI + Mass Spectrum, HNMR, Infrared, and Raman.

     

    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 2020-2021 call for proposals closed; and those projects will continue until August 2021 and January 2022. As those projects are completed, the following website will be updated: https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant20-21.   

    The 2021-2022 call for proposals opened March 1, 2021 and closed April 16, 2021. For more information on the Digital Seed Grant, visit https://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.

  • 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.