• Announcing the Final Projects for the Digital Seed Grants 2017-2018

    • Posted on: 2 July 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Digital Seed Grant (dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant) had an impressive amount of applications for its inaugural year, which launched in 2016 (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 three grants for the 2017 academic year. The awardees were announced on the website at http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant17-18. 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.


    Tennessee Communication Association Journal Digitization Project

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Patrick Richey, Communication Studies & Organizational Communication Dept.

    Description: This project digitized the Tennessee Communication Association's (TCA) Annual Journal (previously titled Tennessee Speech Communication Association Journal). The only known copies of the 1975-1988 series are hard copies in the Walker Library stacks. The digital copy now allows the scholarship and history of an important statewide organization to be accessible to a much wider range of researchers, scholars, and citizens. This project is of importance to both the academic and public good because it contains both historical and genealogical information about Tennessee. The 14 journal volumes are now accessible online thanks to the Digital Seed Grant funds that supported the work of an undergraduate student who scanned the materials, added metadata of the journal content, and through assistance of the library’s technical expertise, including its journal hosting platform. In addition to the completed journal, the student worker presented on the seed grant and journal digitization process at national conference in 2017. There are plans to continue the journal online under the new TCA title in the future.

    Project Website: http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/tcaj/about


    MTSU Digital Literacy Initiative

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey, History Department

    Description: The Digital Seed Grant helped fund the two-event Fake News Series: one faculty workshop and one talk by an award-winning journalist. Through these events, the Fake New Series sought to provide tools for discerning credible sources of news and information by bridging classroom learning and digital media literacy.

    Combined, these events drew in 73 attendees, which were open to campus and the public. Feedback suggests faculty on campus are already applying civic online reasoning exercises shared at these events and the interdisciplinary interest at these campus events shows the need for teaching media literacy in the classroom.

    Project News: The Lecture Series at http://mtsunews.com/fake-news-lectures-spr2018


    Digitizing a Collection of Historic Clothing

    Primary Investigator:  Dr. Teresa King, Human Sciences Department

    Description: The Historic Clothing Collection (1790-1990) is a project of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Design (TXMD) program. The 750+ piece collection is a “working collection,” consisting of donations made by individuals from MTSU, Rutherford County and from across the country, including but not limited to a gown worn to J.F.K.’s inaugural ball and elite brands donated by prominent fashion institutes. A working collection differs from a museum collection, where items are used, studied, handled, and occasionally displayed and/or worn for educational purposes.  This collection was digitized and funded, in part, by the Department of Human Sciences and the Digital Seed Grant. Now 390 of those items have been photographed, along with detailed metadata for discoverability and research purposes, so they are available worldwide to students, professionals, museums, and consumers with an interest in historic apparel and accessories. The grant enabled TXMD student assistants to photograph the collection, and develop a digital inventory, along with the library’s enhanced technical infrastructure that aids in the discoverability and preservation of the collection since garments can now be previewed online before being removed from storage. The collection can be explored via suggested topics, or by circa date, title, type, or textile content, and images are available for download and side-by-side viewing. It is intended to educate and inspire diverse audiences interested in historic apparel.

    Project Website: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/clothing

    Read more about the collection via the MTSU News article published October 2, 2018 or the one-page collection summary (PDF) available here.

    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 2018-2019 call for proposals closed; and those projects will commence on July 1, 2018 and continue until June 30, 2019. The 2018-2019 awardees have been announced, and as those projects are completed, the following website will be updated: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant18-19.

  • Presenting the Digital Humanities Collection – Trials, Triumphs, and Transformations

    • Posted on: 15 May 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    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.

    Collection available at dsi.mtsu.edu/trials

    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.

    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.

    Project Update: This scholarly digital research collection was awarded Honorable Mention for the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities at the American Studies Association Conference in November 2018.

    A visual copy (PDF) of the collection introduction is available for download here.

  • Digital Seed Grants 2018-2019 Awarded

    • Posted on: 3 May 2018
    • By: digitalscholar

    The Digital Seed Grant had an impressive amount of applications for its second year. The proposals received were of high quality and diverse in scope. This included submissions from chemistry, aerospace, biology, FIRE, criminal justice, psychology, health and human performance, global studies, English, history, recording industry, and media arts. 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 two grants for the 2018-2019 year. We are pleased to announce those winners in no particular order:


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

    Project Lead:  Dr. Anna Grinath, Department of Biology

    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/


    A Geography of Suffering: Digital History, GIS, and the Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery

    Project Lead: Dr. Derek Frisby, Department of Global Studies and Human Geography

    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/


    Congratulations to professors Grinath and Frisby. Brief summaries of their Final Projects are available here.

    To read about the next cycle for proposals or to see other Digital Seed Grants awarded, visit here.

  • Digital Scholarship Survey

    • Posted on: 18 April 2018
    • By: digitalscholar
    The embedded survey below requires the use of javascript. If you have difficulty, you can alternatively fill out the survey here

    Create your own user feedback survey

  • 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.


    storymaps image


  • 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)



  • 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)




  • 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)




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.