Nelda F. Ackerman Learning Resource Center

The mission of the Nelda F. Ackerman Learning Resource Center (LRC) is to foster the advancement of education, research, scholarship, and professional practice in nurse anesthesia by providing access for students, faculty, and staff to the information needed to support and enhance these activities.

Contact: Amy Gideon, Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Learning Resources, or 615-732-7670

The LRC maintains subscriptions to journals, offers wifi, and enables special access to off-site medical libraries. Click on the links below for additional resources and information:

Books & Journals»
Online Catalog»
Full Text Journals»
Electronic Resources»

About the Learning Resource Center

The resources held by the LRC are specific to the one (1) degree offered by the institution. The LRC maintains subscriptions to 35 anesthesia-related journals, with a 10-year collection of past issues for many of the titles. Of its approximately 400 volumes, 350 have a specific focus in anesthesia.

The LRC employs a full-time librarian, whose title is Learning Resource Center and Information Systems Support Director. The LRC is open for student use during regular school hours and also offers some after-hours access for students. The Information Technology Resources are evaluated annually by junior (first year) and senior (second year) students, as well as by faculty members.

The LRC currently maintains a computer laboratory, which consists of 10 desktop computers with internet access. Since MTSA typically has only one (1) class on campus at a time, the student-to-computer ratio in the computer lab is approximately seven (7) students to one (1) desktop computer. Wireless internet access is available throughout MTSA’s campus.

Through a collaborative agreement with Vanderbilt University Medical Center Library, students have VUnetIDs and have walk-in access to all of the Vanderbilt University Libraries, including Eskind Biomedical Library’s online and print resources. In addition to having access to additional anesthesia-related materials, the Eskind Biomedical Library also contains journals and other materials that encompass a broader range of subjects.

MTSA’s Learning Resource Center and Information Systems Support Director is available during regular MTSA business hours to assist students. The LRC maintains consortia lending agreements through the Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association (THeSLA), as well as through the National Library of Medicine’s Freeshare consortium. MTSA’s Learning Resource Center and Information Systems Support Director is available to locate articles for students or faculty members through these interlibrary loan processes. Interlibrary loan agreements exist with other area health care facilities as well, including St. Thomas Hospital and Baptist Hospital, both of which are located in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the students’ senior (second) year, and particularly when they are affiliating at out-of-site clinical locations, MTSA has agreements that allow its students to use the medical library of the affiliate. Currently, this includes Nationwide (Columbus) Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.



The Nelda F. Ackerman Learning Resource Center will be an essential service of Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia as a leader in academic and professional excellence in graduate nurse anesthesia education. The Learning Resource Center will serve as the institutional center for academic information services and resources.

Core Values

  • Excellence: The Learning Resource Center seeks excellence in all of its endeavors and is committed to continuous improvement.
  • Integrity: The Learning Resource Center will represent Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia’s ethic of honesty, integrity, and trust.
  • Service: The Learning Resource Center is committed to responsive and outstanding service for students, faculty, and staff in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ethics: The Learning Resource Center values adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards.


  • Locate, evaluate, select, organize, and create quality information resources for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Acquire and organize an appropriate collection of published material, and provide effective means to access information.
  • Offer resources in a variety of formats, such as print, non-print, and electronic (including remote access).
  • Provide and maintain a facility conducive to study and to the use of the library collection and services.
  • Provide reference, consulting, and information services to aid the students, faculty, and staff in meeting their information needs.
  • Provide training and instructional services to support users in accessing and making optimal use of information resources.
  • Provide students, faculty, and staff access to a variety of materials in other institutions through cooperative arrangements.