• 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)



  • 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)


  • 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)



    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.



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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)


    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.


  • Workshop Series: Adobe Illustrator

    • Posted on: 9 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    Have you ever wanted to learn graphic design techniques? Become more familiar with Adobe Illustrator? Need to create a poster for a presentation? Then join us for a hands-on workshop for Tips on Creating with Adobe Illustrator, with Hillary Yeager of the University Writing Center. This workshop is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students.

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

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)


    Workshop Details and Topics

    This informative workshop will cover how to design a poster presentation using Adobe Illustrator, with an emphasis on the humanities (although all disciplines are welcome). This is particularly useful for faculty and students getting ready for poster presentations at conferences, exhibitions like Scholars Week, or other colloquia or assignments requiring poster design. We will discuss some design basics (creating focal points, using fonts effectively, exploring color, maximizing spacing and developing an eye-catching layout) and provide an opportunity for hands-on application of skills. The workshop will also create a basic template for users to take and use for their own projects beyond the workshop.

  • Workshop Series: Mapping

    • Posted on: 2 February 2017
    • By: digitalscholar

    This workshop will provide an introduction to two types of maps that can be used in historical research and in developing digital humanities projects. The workshop will be led by Ken Middleton and is open to all MTSU faculty, staff and students.

    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:30am- 1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)


    Workshop Details and Topics

    Sanborn maps can be used to locate specific properties and document the development of towns, large and small. The workshop will include hands-on exercises in using Walker Library’s subscription to Digital Sanborn Maps (black & white) in Tennessee and the Sanborn map digital collections (in color) at the Library of Congress and the University of Tennessee Libraries.

    The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer (http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/) provides access to more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006. Hands-on exercises will cover site navigation and how to use the transparency tool to view both the historical map and the current landscape. The session will also include a brief demo of using the georeferenced images in web mapping applications (e.g., ArcGIS Online).


  • New Issue: Off Center

    • Posted on: 13 December 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Annoucing a new library-hosted journal: Off Center. Volume 1, Issue 1 of the Off Center: A Writer's Magazine for the MTSU Community is now online. The journal is edited by Amy Harris-Aber and Hillary Yeager (MTSU Writing Center).

    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

  • New Issue: International Journal of the Whole Child

    • Posted on: 22 November 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 1, Issue 2 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


News and Events

  • 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.



    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.


  • 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.