• 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.

     

  • StoryMaps Workshop

    • Posted on: 25 August 2017
    • 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, September 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    **Registration required for hands-on learning. Registration closes Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

     

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  • Workshop Series: Network Mapping with Palladio

    • Posted on: 13 March 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Data visualizations can take many forms, from using maps and charts to timelines and graphs. Palladio, a data-driven tool developed by Standford University, uses a combination of these visualizations to analyze relationships across time. This free workshop is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn and gain hands-on experience with the latest digital tools such as Palladio. For a theortical discussion on its use, consider attending the Digital Humanities Seminar Series on Friday, April 7th at 11:30am.

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am- 1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED

    Workshop Details and Topics

    Join us for an informal, hands-on exploration of Palladio (http://hdlab.stanford.edu/palladio), a digital visualization tool specially created by the Humanities+Design Lab at Stanford University for researchers in the humanities. Palladio is useful for visualizing complex data across time and space. Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey and Dr. Suzanne Sutherland will briefly outline how Palladio has been used in Stanford University’s Mapping the Republic of Letters digital humanities project. We will spend most of the session using sample data sets to create our own multi-dimensional visualizations. Feel free to bring your own data sets if you have them. Newcomers to the tool are also welcome.​

  • Announcement: Digital Seed Grants Awarded

    • Posted on: 14 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Announcing the 2017 Digital Seed Grant Awards

    The Digital Seed Grant had an impressive amount of applications for its inaugural year. 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 calendar year. We are pleased to announce those winners in no particular order:

     

    • Project: Tennessee Communication Association Journal Digitization Project led by Dr. Patrick Richey of the Communication Studies and Organizational Communication Department.  

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

     

    • Project: Digitizing a Collection of Historic Clothing led by Dr. Teresa King of the Human Sciences Department.

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

              Collection Introduction: http://dsi.mtsu.edu/IntroducingHCC

              Project News: https://mtsunews.com/historic-fashions-collection-fall2018

     

    • Project: MTSU Digital Literacy Initiative led by Dr. Molly Taylor-Poleskey of the History Department.

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

     

    Congratulations to Professors Richey, Taylor-Poleskey and King. Brief summaries of their Final Projects are available here.

     

    A Call for Proposals for next year will be announced later in spring 2018, available here.

     

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  • 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 

     

    Overview 

    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.

    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.