• 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) 

     

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and Other Historical Map Workshop

    • Posted on: 8 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps and Other Historical Map Workshop, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    This hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Sanborn maps in historical research and in developing digital humanities projects. 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.

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

  • Podcasting Workshop

    • Posted on: 5 September 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    How to Set Up a Podcast, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Over the past decade, podcasts have become an increasingly popular and increasingly easy-to-make audio format. In this workshop, Eric Detweiler will provide an overview of the hardware and software involved in creating your own podcast. From microphones to audio-editing software to online hosting services, from planning to recording to publishing, the

    workshop will provide a thorough yet accessible introduction for students and faculty alike. Dr. Detweiler is an assistant professor in the Department of English and runs a podcast called Rhetoricity.

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

  • NVivo Workshop

    • Posted on: 29 August 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Getting started in NVivo 11, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 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 with Education Librarian, Karen Reed.

    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

    NVivo Overview, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 11:30am-12:00pm; Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    NVivo Optional Lab (Limit 9 Users), Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:00-12:30pm; Location: Library Curriculum Collection (3rd Floor)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

    More Details:

    The NVivo Overview will include a demonstration of the presenter's data sources from her own research to present real-life examples of qualitative research in the social sciences. This will take place from 11:30am to 12:00pm in LIB 264A. Participants will receive a free copy of the NVivo 11 Getting Started Guide.

    This overview will be followed by optional lab time in which participants may work in NVivo on their own in Curriculum (LIB 3rd floor). This optional lab time is limited to the first 9 users who request this option.

     

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News and Events

  • 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 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)