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Library Expectations of Behavior and Use

The James E. Walker Library supports the academic needs of students by providing library materials, technology and services in an environment that is conducive to studying, research, and other scholarly activity, including collaborative work among students.

Code of Conduct and Consequences

All library users are expected to adhere to all university policies including the Student Code of Conduct (https://www.mtsu.edu/student-conduct/) and the True Blue Pledge (https://www.mtsu.edu/trueblue/pledge.php). The following behaviors are not what is expected of MTSU students and will not be tolerated under any conditions:

    • Engaging in activities that are loud, disruptive, or otherwise hinder normal use of the Walker Library.
    • Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property without proper checkout.
    • Vandalizing the library building, furniture, or equipment.
    • Possession of weapons in the library unless authorized by law.
    • Threatening, harassing, or otherwise creating a hostile environment for library users or staff.
    • Using library computers for the viewing of pornography or other material that creates a hostile or harassing environment for others.
    • Stealing the personal belongings of another library user.
    • Failure to cease any disruptive activity when instructed to do so by library staff.

Failure to comply with any part of this library policy may result in an order to leave the building, campus disciplinary action, and/or legal prosecution. MTSU campus police may be called at the discretion of the Walker Library administrative staff.

To help maintain this learning environment, please observe the following:
General

  • Be respectful and courteous to all library users and staff.
  • Observe all relevant copyright laws and regulations.
  • Service animals are the only animals permitted in the building. MTSU’s policy on service animals may be found here (https://www.mtsu.edu/policies/general-policies/I-01-13.php) (Section V).

Noise Restrictions

  • Keep voices low in consideration of others and hold casual conversations in the atrium.
  • Use cell phones in the atrium and set them to silent or vibrate while in the library.
  • Quiet Zones are located on the third and fourth floors beyond the elevators (including the computers). Look for the Quiet Zone symbol in these areas.
  • Group study rooms are available on the fourth floor and may be reserved online (https://mtsu.libcal.com/booking/groupstudy). 

Food, Drink, and Tobacco

  • Drinks should be in covered containers.
  • Accept food deliveries in the foyer at the main entrance of the library.
  • Place food waste and drink containers in designated bins and report all spills to the Service Desk.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in Special Collections.
  • All smoking and tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, are not allowed.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the EIC and other computer labs throughout the library.

 

Quiet Zones

In response to student requests, the Library has designated Quiet Zones on the third and fourth floors of the Library.

Quiet Zone Locations

  • Third and fourth floors, beyond the elevators (including the computers). Look for the Quiet Zone signs in these areas.

Quiet Zone Policies

  • No talking except the occasional whisper.
  • Use headphones/earbuds to listen to music and videos, not your computer's speakers. Be aware that at high volumes, sound may "leak" from your headphones.
  • No talking on cell phones. If you need to use a cell phone, please move to the area around the stairway.

What to Do if a Quiet Zone is Too Noisy

  • Help us keep these zones quiet by reminding other students of their purpose.
  • If you feel uncomfortable approaching noisy users, you can call for backup and a library staff member will investigate.
    • Contact a librarian through our chat service (below) and let us know exactly where the offenders are and give a brief description of them.
    • Phone the Service Desk at (615) 898-2817 (option 1).
    • Use the house phone near the elevators; choose option 1 when the recording finishes. Your call will be routed to the Service Desk.

Questions

Questions about Library Quiet Zones may be directed to the Service Desk at (615) 898-2817 (option 1).

Group Study Rooms-- Policies

Purpose and Scope:  This policy describes the group study room reservation process.

Policy Statement:  The Library provides group study rooms for current MTSU students, faculty, and staff to reserve.

Procedures: 

  • The group study rooms on the Library’s 4th floor are reserved online on a first come, first served basis and may be reserved for a maximum of 4 hours at a time.  Please note:  No waiting list for available group study rooms will be maintained. 
  • Group study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance.
  • A valid MTSU ID will be required to pick up your reservation card.
  • Reservation cards are picked up at the 1st floor Service Desk.
  • Display the reservation card on the window of your assigned group study room.
  • Return the reservation card to the Service Desk when you are finished using the room.
  • Reservations will be held for 30 minutes and will be cancelled if the reservation card is not picked up from the 1st floor Service Desk within that time period.
  • The Library is not able to supply the names of individuals reserving group study rooms, nor the location of an individual in a group study room.
  • Problems with technical equipment in the group study rooms should be directed to Technology Services, 1st Floor, (615) 898-5666.
  • Groups in reserved group study rooms must adhere to all Library policies and procedures

Related Policies:  Presentation Practice Room Reservation Policy, Meeting Spaces Reservation Policy, Graduate Research Carrels Policy

Responsible Unit:  Service Desk/Library Administrative Office

Date:  June 26, 2013

Revisions:
July 16, 2018

See other available Library work spaces here.

Questions
Questions about group study reservations may be directed to the Service Desk at (615) 898-2817 (option 1).


Meeting Place 2 Policies

Meeting Place 2 is a partially enclosed, reservable space in room 248 on the library 2nd floor. It is equipped with a reconfigurable conference table and movable whiteboard partitions.  A Mac or  PC laptop is available for checkout and may be hooked up to a wall-mounted large-screen monitor. Meeting Place 2 is recommended for 8-16 people. Make a reservation for Meeting Place 2.

Hours:
Available for 1-3 hour reservations (no renewals)

  • Reservations are available from 1 hour after Library opening until 2 hours before Library closing. See Library hours.
  • NOTE:  Groups may use the spaces until closing time without a reservation, but equipment will not be available after reservation hours.

General Policies:

  • Reservation notices will be posted in the area at the beginning of each day. Groups may use the Meeting Places without reservation as long as they are available but will not be able to use the equipment.
  • The wall-mounted monitors may be used by reservation only.
  • As Meeting Place 2 is a semi-enclosed areas in a larger group-use room, groups using the areas should expect some ambient noise. Users in the larger space may not be asked to leave or refrain from talking.
  • Computer equipment: The Library Technology Services desk staff (1st floor) are able to assist with turning on and setting up presentation equipment. Users may not install additional software on the LTS laptops but may attach their own computers to the monitor.

Procedures:

  1. Meeting Place 2 may be reserved online up to three months in advance.
  2. Check in at the Technology Services desk (1st floor) to obtain a reservation card and to borrow a laptop or laptop cables for personal laptops, if needed. You must have your MTSU ID to claim your reservation.
  3. Post the “In Use” reservation card in the area while using the Meeting Place and return it to the Technology Services Desk when you are finished.

Reservation Instructions:

  • View the online calendar (MP2) for room availability and to request a reservation. 
  • Please submit reservation requests at least 48 hours prior to desired time. 
  • Reservations may be requested up to three months in advance.
  • For those wishing to use the technology features of the Meeting Places, please arrive 15 minutes early so that Library personnel can instruct you on equipment use.

Room Use Policies and Guidelines:

  • Available to MTSU students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. 
  • Users of Meeting Places 2 are responsible for all Library equipment in the space and should report any damaged or missing equipment immediately to the Library Technology Services desk.
  • Call 615-904-5666 or see the LTS desk if you experience technical problems.
  • Noise levels must be appropriate to the Library’s environment.
  • Meeting Places 2 is in a group zones and is therefore not expected to be quiet. The wall-mounted monitor has functional speakers and may be used for presentations and videos with audio, but as all areas of the library are academic spaces, users are asked to be considerate of others. Library staff will use their discretion regarding excessive and disruptive noise and physical activity.
  • All furniture and equipment must be restored to original position when finished with the room.
  • Users must abide by the MTSU Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy and all Library policies
  • Walker Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • After you have received your reservation confirmation, arrive at the Technology Services (TS) desk 15 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation time.
  • Present your MTSU ID to Technology Services personnel to check out the room and desired equipment.
  • Technology Services personnel will present you with a reservation slip to post on the bulletin board in the room.
  • Before using a Meeting Place , please report any damage to the Technology Services desk. 
  • Beverages in spill-proof containers are permitted.  Please abide by the Walker Library Food and Drink Policies.
  • At the end of your reservation time:
  1. Log out of your computer session
  2. Power off all equipment
  3. Clean up after yourself
  4. Return furniture to original locations
  5. Return Technology Services laptop and/or equipment to the desk.

AVAILABLE MEETING PLACE EQUIPMENT 

Check out from Technology Services Desk:

In a kit:
  • TV Remote
  • VGA cable
  • HDMI/DVI cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power cable
  • Presentation Remote including laser pointer
  • Mac Adapter (if checking out the Mac)

Laptop:

  • Dell or Mac Laptop and charger

Meeting Place Equipment Fines and Costs Policy:

  • Late TS laptop return fines are $1.00 per hour to a maximum of $27.00
  • Lost TS laptop return fines are $1700.00 plus accrued overdue fines and a non-refundable $20.00 service charge.
  • Lost TS remote, power cable, and laser pointer fines are $10.00 plus accrued fines and a non-refundable $20.00 service charge.
  • Lost TS laptop cable fine is $5 plus a non-refundable $20.00 service charge
  • Lost VGA or HDMI/DVII cables are $50 plus a non-refundable $20.00 service charge

Technical Support – Call (615) 898-5666 for support:

  • Support is provided to assist with any minor system problems or questions which may occur related to use of the equipment.
  • Please Note:  Failure to follow these policies, or other applicable library policies, may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of access to this room and our group study rooms and meeting places.
  • If you find that the room was left in poor condition by the previous occupants, please report this immediately to the Technology Services desk.

Make a Reservation for Meeting Place 2


Presentation Practice Room Policies

The Presentation Practice Room allows students to practice and record presentations. The purpose of this space is for practicing and refining presentations for classes, seminars, conference presentations, thesis defense, etc. The room is not intended to be used to actually host seminars. Make a Reservation.

General Policies

  • The Presentation Practice Rooms are intended for individuals and groups of up to 7 to practice and edit presentations.  Additional Group Study Rooms are available for reservation on the 4th floor of the Library by contacting the Service Desk, 1st Floor lobby.  There are also study rooms on all floors of the Library that are available without scheduling.
  • The Presentation Practice Rooms can only be reserved by current MTSU students with a valid ID.  Students should not let student groups into the room during or after their reservation time.
  • Users of the Presentation Practice Rooms agree to the Presentation Practice Room Policy and Use Guidelines.
  • Groups or individuals using the Presentation Practice Rooms for uses other than their intended purpose may be asked to leave.
  • The room will not be reserved by University departments, faculty, or staff, nor by parties not affiliated with MTSU.  Faculty and staff may be present in the room to assist students, but may not make the reservation request.
  • The room is not to be used strictly for meeting purposes or for regularly scheduled events.

Hours:  
Available for 1 or 2 hour reservations per day (no renewals)

Room Features:

  • PC with monitor, keyboard, and mouse
  • Flat-panel screen to display presentations to an audience (with remote available for checkout at MakerSpace desk)
  • Whiteboard (eraser and markers in MakerSpace)
  • Conference table and seating for up to six
  • Lectern
  • Video camera (with remote)

Room Use Policies and Guidelines:

  • Available to MTSU students with valid ID only.  MTSU faculty/staff interested in presentation practice facilities should contact the Learning Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center (LT&ITC) at 615-494-7616.
  • Students are responsible for all equipment and should report any damaged or missing equipment immediately to the MakerSpace desk.
  • Directions for recording and burning presentations are available in the Presentation Practice Rooms.
  • Call 615-904-8526 or see the MakerSpace desk if you experience technical problems.
  • Rooms must be attended at all times or locked when vacant.
  • Noise levels must be appropriate to the Library’s environment.
  • All furniture and equipment must be restored to original position when finished with the room.
  • Users must abide by the MTSU Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy and all Library policies
  • Walker Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • After you have received your reservation confirmation, arrive at the MakerSpace desk 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation time.
  • Present your MTSU ID to MakerSpace personnel to check out the room and desired equipment
  • Sign the Walker Library “Presentation Practice Room Use Agreement” form. 
  • MakerSpace personnel will present you with a reservation slip to post on the room door.
  • Before using the Presentation Practice Room, please report any damage to the MakerSpace desk.
  • Beverages in spill-proof containers are permitted.  Food is not permitted in the Presentation Practice Rooms.
  • At the end of your reservation time:
    1. Log out of your computer session
    2. Power off all equipment
    3. Clean up after yourself
    4. Turn off lights
    5. Close door and ensure it is locked behind you
    6. Bring reservation slip back to MakerSpace desk
    7. Return equipment to MakerSpace desk for check in 

AVAILABLE PRESENTATION PRACTICE ROOM EQUIPMENT
Check out from MakerSpace:

  • Camera remote
  • Flat-screen remote
  • Dry erase markers and eraser
  • Presentation remote with laser pointer

Presentation Room Equipment Fines and Costs Policy:

  • Late MakerSpace equipment return fines are $1.00 per hour up to a maximum of $27.00
  • Lost MakerSpace equipment fines range from $10.00 to $100.00 per lost item plus accrued overdue fines and a non-refundable $20.00 service charge.

Technical Support – Call 615-904-8526 for support:

  • Support is provided to assist with any minor system problems or questions which may occur related to use of the equipment.
  • Please Note:  Failure to follow these policies, or other applicable library policies, may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of access to this room and our group study rooms and meeting places.
  • If you find that the room was left in poor condition by the previous occupants, please report this immediately to the MakerSpace desk.

Revisions: July 16, 2018

Exhibit Policy

Goals of the Exhibit Program

  • Increase awareness, appreciation, and use of the Library by promoting its materials and services.
  • Focus on academic themes of interest to the MTSU community.
  • Highlight research and creative works by MTSU students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Highlight Library materials which relate to events and programs as well as local or national calendar events important to the MTSU community.

Exhibit Guidelines

  • Exhibits must be sponsored by an MTSU affiliated group or organization. 
  • Materials must be suitable for display in a public space for an audience encompassing an ethnically diverse student and faculty community as well as members of the general public including children.
  • Exhibit quality must be commensurate with the environment and decor of the library.
  • Signage and labels for an exhibit should be informative and attractive. Materials necessary for special display methods, beyond those items listed in the policy under "Available Exhibit Spaces," are the responsibility of the requestor.
  • Exhibitors will install and remove exhibits under the supervision of Library staff.    
  • The Library will not accept exhibits that promote the financial profit of any individual, organization, or commercial enterprise.
  • Exhibit promotion must be coordinated with the Library's External Relations Specialist.
  • Exhibits will be displayed for a maximum of 30 days unless otherwise approved.
  • The Library is not responsible for the security of items on exhibit or otherwise associated with the activities covered in this policy, nor is it responsible for exhibit items not removed by the agreed upon date.

Requesting Library Exhibit Space

  • Priority use is given to Library-sponsored exhibits.
  • The Library External Relations Committee is responsible for consideration and approval of exhibit requests. The Library reserves the right to refuse an exhibit or any part of an exhibit, to request additional content, or to change the manner of display.
  • Requestors are encouraged to submit digital photographs and a display diagram with their request.
  • Requests should be submitted to the administrative office at 615-898-2772, (jayme.brunson@mtsu.edu).

Available Exhibit Spaces

  • Entrance Vestibule. Exhibit size may vary but must not impede flow of traffic or block accessible pathways.
  • First Floor Atrium. Exhibit size may vary but must not impede flow of traffic or accessible pathways.
  • Upright glass display cases (2), fixed, on first floor just past elevator lobby. Interior of case is approximately 56" H x 45"W x 13" D. Four adjustable shelves, each approximately 21" wide.
  • Flat cases (2), movable. Interior of case is 7.5" H x 57.5" W x  27" D.
  • Wall space in first floor periodicals lobby.
  • Floor space in front of the first floor periodicals reading area.
  • Use of other Library space may be proposed in an exhibit space request. The request must specifically identify the proposed space(s) and display method(s).

Special Collections Reading Room Policies

Books and other items held in Special Collections can be fragile, old, unique, and often of considerable monetary value. They require careful handling as well as a stable and secure environment. Please observe these rules when using Special Collections:

  • First-time users are asked to complete a registration form and present a photo ID before using materials.
  • Special Collections materials--including reference books--do not circulate.
  • Food or drink must not be brought into the area.
  • Pencils--but not pens--should be used in the Reading Room.
  • Rare books must remain on the work tables. Please do not pick them up and carry them around the Reading Room.
  • The Reading Room is a quiet area. Patrons and staff engage in research, cataloging, and other activities that require concentration.
  • Fragile or rare items may require handling by staff. Use of some materials may be otherwise restricted at the discretion of staff.
  • Photocopying and digital imaging are considered on an item-by-item basis.
  • The current legal status of copyright regulates the photoreproduction of MTSU theses. By law, we cannot photocopy entire or substantial portions of any MTSU thesis without permission conveyed in a letter signed and mailed to Special Collections by the author.
  • Requests for photocopying cannot be immediately accommodated.
  • Briefcases, backpacks, bags, and other items brought into the Reading Room are subject to inspection when visitors leave the area. Lockers are available for storing these items while users are in Special Collections.

 

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