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The Pot Thief

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on August 14, 2009 in Odum Library

In J. Michael Orenduff’s first Pot Thief mystery, The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras {BROWSE PS 3615 .R466 P68 2009}, Albuquerque treasure hunter Hubie Schuze is offered $25,000 to steal a rare water jug from a museum– and soon becomes the prime suspect in a similar theft and a related murder.

“In addition to selling traditional Native American pottery, I’m also a pot thief. I don’t like the term, and I don’t think it’s a fair description, but that’s what I am. At least that’s what I’ve been since 1980 when Congress passed the Archaeological Resources Protection Act extending the definition of thievery to cover buried pots on public lands—and who knows more about thievery than Congress?”

Read more excerpts at the Pot Thief Murder Mysteries Web Site.

Check out Hubie’s recipe for pork tacos at the Pot Thief blog.

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Which Do You Fear the Most . . .

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on August 10, 2009 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library

The failure of capitalism, or an attack by space aliens?

This week Slate.com offers “Choose Your Own Apocalypse,” a nifty little feature where you can speculate about how all America’s infrastructures might fail.

Learn about 144 possible worst-case scenarios!

Could the Southwestern U.S. run out of water?

Will we lose our competitive edge due to rampant obesity?

Get a quick take on your worldview based on your choices at Slate, and speculate along with the experts (and the not-so-expert) on Facebook and Twitter.

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by Laura Wright on August 10, 2009 in Odum Library

Today I reveal the Super Top Secret Entrance to Odum Library!

During the first phase of the renovation the usual north entrance is closed for safety. You may see construction workers walking in and out but we ask that visitors use the temporary entrance downstairs.

Closed for Renovation

Closed for Renovation

The first floor entrance, directly below the main entrance, is now open. Just go down the stairs.

The second floor entrance is also closed from the inside of the building.

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by Laura Wright on August 7, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

An atlas is a book of maps and geographic information.

Atlases are located on the second floor near the reference desk and beside the maps.

On the left side are Reference Atlases organized by Library of Congress call numbers (LC call number).

Atlases are often large books, although they can be small too. To accommodate their unusual sizes atlases are shelved in these cabinets with wide shelves. Many of the shelves will pull out like drawers.

On the right side are Gov Doc Atlases, or atlases published by the federal government. These atlases are organized by SuDoc number. To learn more about SuDocs visit our Guide to Shelving by SuDoc Numbers.

Atlases can be on a wide variety of topics.

Georgia atlases are located on the other end of the cabinets. Georgia atlases are published by the state of Georgia and organized by GA documents number, similar to SuDoc number but for GA government documents.

If you need help locating an atlas please ask at the reference desk.

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by Laura Wright on August 5, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Maps are located on the second floor near the reference desk in the big metal filing cabinets with long skinny drawers.

Odum Library collects 7.5″ topographic maps for Georgia and its contiguous states.

Maps are filed by name and they are named for their most prominent feature such as a city, river, etc.

The maps are stored flat in the long skinny drawers. Each drawer holds many maps.

Most maps are not in the catalog.

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by Laura Wright on August 3, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Odum Library is open for regular hours between the semesters.