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Only you . . .

by Emily Rogers on June 12, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

. . . can prevent forest fires, says Smokey Bear. Now that Smokey is 70 (he’ll turn 71 August 9th), a wide collection of online and physical resources can help re-introduce you to the favorite spokesbear and other resources for forest and fire safety. See how Smokey has changed over the years, and enjoy these special games, stories, and other activities for kids.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) monitors the outlook for the current fire season and other resources about fire safety.  Partners for the NIFC for fire safety include the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among others.

Here in Odum Library, we have a lot of materials about Smokey’s mission to prevent forest fires and about forests and fire safety more generally. Come see our English-Spanish version of Smokey’s story, on display in the Reference Area on the library’s second floor, and more resources to inspire you to treat our precious forest resources carefully.

ILLiad Upgrade

by Jordan Downey on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, 2015, all ILLiad services will be down for an upgrade.

No ILLiad requests will be accepted or processed by the system during this time. The library strongly encourages you to retrieve, view, and download any electronically received articles now, since you will be unable to do so during the upgrade. The ILLiad service may be restored sooner than on Sunday, May 24th and the library will alert you if there are further delays. If you have any problems with the new interface, or if you have any questions, please contact Library Automation via automation@valdosta.edu.

Earthquakes and seismic activity

by Emily Rogers on May 12, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The recent earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal remind us that earthquakes are an ever-present natural threat. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program lists significant earthquakes of the past 30 days, including seismic information about the Nepal earthquake.

Learn more about earthquakes through these Frequently Asked Questions and this interactive page of children’s resources about earthquakes, including  Today in Earthquake History. You can send your further questions the U.S. Geological Survey directly with its Ask-a-Geologist feature.

Georgia is not free of threats from earthquakes. While the danger is very low in Valdosta and Lowndes County, “an earthquake of intensity V or over occurred on March 12, 1964, near Haddock, less than 20 miles northeast of Macon.” See this 2014 Seismic Hazard map of the state and more about earthquakes in Georgia and the geologic qualities of Georgia.

Odum Library’s Government Documents collection has a number of maps and other publications about earthquakes. See a sample on display on the Government Documents exhibit shelves in the 2nd floor Reference area of the library. For more information about any of these resources, contact the Government Documents librarian at 229-245-3748 or ecrogers@valdosta.edu.

 

Prepare for finals in the library all day and night!

by Emily Rogers on May 1, 2015 in Hours, Odum Library

Need a quiet and safe place to study all night for finals?  Don’t fret over noisy neighbors or persistent partiers! Odum Library will be open nonstop from noon on Sunday, May 3rd, to 9:00 Friday evening, May 8th.

 

Great American Cleanup and Earth Day Resources

by Emily Rogers on April 20, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Focus on the environment this week with a neighborhood cleanup as well as the celebration of Earth Day. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, come volunteer for the Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful, the City of Valdosta, and Lowndes County. Help clean up our area by contacting Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful at 229-671-3698 to participate.

Earth Day 2015 falls on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Many government resources for celebration and education this Earth Day are available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There you’ll find tips for everyday environmental awareness and conservation in the EPA’s efforts for people to make Earth Day, Every Day.

President Obama is visiting the Everglades National Park this week to focus on climate change and conservation of natural resources and to invite you to submit photos of places you’d most like to protect.

More opportunities for research and information about Earth Day and the environment are available through the Library of Congress’s Earth Day Resources page.

Within the state of Georgia, you’ll find more Earth Day information from the Georgia Forestry Commission. However you decide to help the environment this week, also make it an opportunity to learn more about conserving our natural resources.

Library GIL Catalog & Voyager System – Available

by Jordan Downey on April 15, 2015 in Services, System Status

The Library’s GIL-Find Catalog, Voyager system and all other interrupted services such as Course Reserves, My Library account login and the Equipment Booking Online Form have all been restored.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of this service outage and thank you for your patience.

International TableTop Day

by Jordan Downey on April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Valdosta State University’s Odum Library will celebrate International TableTop Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Students, staff, and faculty, as well as the public gaming community, are invited to visit the library to both play and discover new board games, card games, dice games, and more. Many of these games are part of the Tabletop Games Collection at the library.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring their favorite games to share with others in attendance.

Pizza and drinks will be served.

Designed to strengthen bonds with family and friends, International TableTop Day activities are coordinated locally by the Odum Library Tabletop Games Committee in conjunction with Valdosta-area partner The Geek Society.

This is the university’s third year celebrating International Tabletop Day.

TableTop Day 2014 was celebrated in 80 countries, over all seven continents, and boasted more than 3,000 events, like the one hosted by VSU’s Odum Library.

Contact Jonathan Klotz in the Odum Library at jrklotz@valdosta.edu to learn more.

National Library Week April 12-18, 2015

by Brett Williams on April 7, 2015 in National Library Week
National Library Week April 12-18, 2015. Unlimited possibilities at your library. www.ilovelibraries.org

ALA’s National Library Week Graphic 2015

Did you know there is a National Library Week? National Library Week is a national observance, sponsored by the American Library Association, which was started in 1958. Each year libraries across the country observe National Library Week with special events unique to each individual library. Here at VSU, Odum Library, in conjunction with the Dewer College of Education and Human Services, sponsors an event called Read Fest. Read Fest is an annual event organized to promote the importance and fun of reading to local Pre-Kindergarten Students.

This year’s Read Fest Event will be the biggest ever with about 300 Pre-Kindergarten students attending. The front lawn, in front of West Hall, will be transformed into several stations for the Pre-K students. The stations will include interactive puppet shows, book reading, arts and crafts, hula hoops and jump ropes, and a special visit from the famous Chick-fil-A cow! For more information about Read Fest and how you may be able to help, contact Brett Williams at bawillia@valdosta.edu.

Be sure to stop by the library next week to thank a library worker. Tuesday, April 14, is National Library Workers Day. The librarians, staff, and student assistants in all of the areas in the library work hard to make sure the library is open, clean, organized, and comfortable so you can enjoy your time here. While the faces you see at the Circulation desks, Reference desks, Media Services department, and Archives department may be who come to mind when you think of library workers, there are many more faces behind the scenes that help keep the library going.

So next week be sure to not only thank the people working with the public services, but remember everyone working hard behind the scenes to provide access to the information you need. If you would like to recognize a library worker, you can nominate that person as a stellar library worker. To nominate a library worker fill in the National Library Workers Day: Submit a Star form.

Tax Information for VSU and the Community

by Emily Rogers on April 2, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Here at Odum Library, we can’t help you prepare your taxes, but we can at least help you obtain the information you need.

Odum Library has copies of 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms, available in the kiosk near the Reference Desk on the second floor of Odum Library. Other forms, schedules, and instructions are not available this year in print at our library, so the best source will be the forms and publications sites listed below.

Federal forms are available at these links from irs.gov:

Georgia forms are not available in print from libraries this year.  The state does have a site, the Georgia Tax Center, where you can create an account for dealing with your state tax issues this year.

  • If you prefer, you can request State of Georgia tax forms by calling the forms order line at 1-877-423-6711, option #2, then option #6.

In addition, tax forms from all 50 states are available courtesy of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Happy Spring!

Honoring the History of Women

by Emily Rogers on March 3, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

April is Women’s History Month.  While this FDLP entry is focusing on government information sources as usual, our slide this month features a photograph of a Georgia State Women’s College student volunteers’ traveling Library Project funded through the Nation Youth Administration (NYA) and the Works Project Administration (WPA) to help bring library service to rural communities. (1938 GSWC Bulletin, courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.)

Womenshistorymonth.gov offers links to an interactive 3D model of Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a collection of nursing pioneer Clara Barton’s archived correspondence and other documents, a PBS documentary on photographer Dorothea Lange, and a feature on women in the military.

Women’s History Month has existed since 1982; view President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation declaring its creation, courtesy of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project.

The National Park Service hosts a multitude of sites honoring women’s history; tour a selection of these sites at the Service’s Inside Story feature.

The Census Bureau’s Facts for Features for March 2015 features interesting facts about women’s history in the United States.  For instance, as recorded in December 2013, the population of women in the U.S. was 161 million, compared to 156.1 million men.

During March 2015, learn more about women’s history, and be sure to honor the contributions of women local, regional, and national.