• 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

  • Grant Opportunity--CFP Extended

    • Posted on: 28 October 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Digital Scholarship Initaitves invites proposals for a Digital Seed Grant to support individual or collaborative digital projects in research, teaching or public outreach from any discipline at MTSU. Faculty and staff are eligible to apply for a grant award of up to $2,000 for reimburseable items used in the development of a digital project. Applications are due December 7, 2016 for an award period of January-December 2017.

    Example uses of the Digital Seed Grant include, but is not limited to, hiring student workers or researchers for data analysis, text encoding or data entry, digitizing materials, purchasing software, creating data visualizations, applying geospatial methods to literary texts, designing a pedagogical focus for public humanities, or convening workshops. A list of example uses, the online application and details of the CFP are available at dsi.mtsu.edu/dsgrant.

  • StoryMap Workshops

    • Posted on: 20 July 2016
    • 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 21, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

    StoryMaps Showcase Workshop, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm

    Location: Library 264A (Instruction Classroom)


    Current Schedule for workshop on October 26:

    Demonstrations of Story Map Projects (45 min. to 1 hour)
    1. Northeast Nashville Community History Project
    2. "Bright Side of Memphis" story map
    3. Cemetery Community story map
    4. Southeast Park (Nashville) Historical Resources
    5. Rutherford County Services Story Map

    Tools - Hands-on (30 to 45 min.)
    1. Rutherford County GIS – the types of data and services offered by the county
    2. USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
    3. Social Explorer (mapping tool)


  • New Issue: Journal of Small Business Strategy

    • Posted on: 4 May 2016
    • By: digitalscholar

    Volume 26, Issue 1 of the Journal of Small Business Strategy is now online. The journal is edited by Dr. William C. McDowell, Wright Chair of Entrepreneurship in MTSU's Jones College of Business. 

    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

  • 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.