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by Laura Wright on September 30, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo, Archives & Special Collections

The Leona Hudson Collection was unveiled today in the VSU Archives & Special Collections.

The collection spans a long time frame,  1884-2008, and includes a variety of primary material including Letters and Documents, Photographs and Scrapbooks, and Books and Artifacts.

Deborah Davis, Michael Holt, and many student assistants and volunteers worked to collect, preserve, and make the collection accessible. Many of the letters are indexed individually. The collection can searched via Google, making the information easy for researchers to discover.

Dr. Catherine Oglesby wrote a short biography for Leona Hudson.

Leona’s parents, Rose and William Strickland.

The letters in the collection span four generations!

Leona married Dugald Hudson. They wrote many letters back and forth as he traveled in the Army. Later, they continued to travel the world together.

The Leona Hudson Collection contains materials that are potentially interesting to researchers in Military History, 20th century American and World History,  South Georgia History, Valdosta, Georgia, Women’s Studies, photography, genealogy and many with other interests as well.

The Leona Hudson Collection was given to the VSU Archives and Special Collections by the estate of Leona Hudson in May of 2008. In addition, they gave Archives a grant that paid for the cost of processing the collection.

Maybe The One with the Thumb

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on September 28, 2009 in Odum Library

The TV series Friends is available to check out on DVD from the FAMC (Fine Arts Materials Collection).

You can choose which episodes you’d like to see from the list in Odum’s online catalog, or from Wikipedia’s descriptions here— then ask for the DVDs at the 1st floor Circulation desk.


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by Laura Wright on September 26, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

There are lots of places to study in the library. We have cushy chairs, study carrels, tables, and study rooms that you can check out.

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by Laura Wright on September 23, 2009 in Odum Library

Reference Service Hours

  • Sunday 2 pm – 10 pm
  • Monday – Thursday 8 am – 10 pm
  • Friday 8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday 11 am – 7 pm

The Reference Desk is located on the second floor on the south (creek) side of the library.

At the desk you will find helpful reference librarians…

and helpful students providing Peer Reference.

We keep an assortment of handy tools at the reference desk.

Occasionally we collect and hold reference research materials for a class.

Not in the library? Use Live Chat to talk to a librarian online. Live Chat is available anytime the reference desk is open.

Do you want one-on-one research help? Schedule a Reference Consultation.

Odd's Dog and the Fate of Elvis

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on September 21, 2009 in Odum Library

Listen to the Dean Koontz podcast for good stories about dogs, adventures in publishing, and effective ways to deal with TV executives.

Koontz is a sweetheart.

We have a bunch of his creepy novels available to check out.

Find Koontz' recent novels at BROWSE PS3561.O55

Find Koontz' recent fiction at BROWSE PS3561.O55 ...

“Sometimes Dad goes stupid and doesn’t put dog in book.” — Trixie Koontz.

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by Laura Wright on September 18, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Media Center

Located on the first floor of the Odum Library, the Media Center provides specialized tools and equipment for working with digital media and … read more

Students can check out clickers at the Media Center.

The Media Center is open Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 7:00pm.

There are friendly people in Media who will help you use the equipment and software for your VSU related projects. They can help you with audio editing, digital imaging, scanning, color printing, and more.

There is lots of equipment you can check out.

There are strict policies for returns and late fees, so know when your equipment is due.

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by Laura Wright on September 16, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Photocopiers are located on the first floor, on the original side of the building.

You will need to use your VSU ID card to pay for photocopies.  Or, you can also buy a print card at the main circulation desk. Print cards cost $3 or $6.

Swipe your card first, make your copies, and always remember to press the “Done” button on the card reader when you are done.

Photocopies cost 5 cent per page.

Polkabats and Octopus Slacks

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

This year we’ve cataloged too many award-winning children’s books that made us grumpy, all about disappearing ecosystems, abused animals, lost pets and death generally.

We recommend the following instead:

The terrifically silly poems in Polkabats and Octopus Slacks by Calef Brown.


Awesome illustrations and historical weirdness in The Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits, Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce Which Royal Rumors Are True by Carlyn Beccia, for readers age 9 and up. We also have Beccia’s equally awesome alphabet book Who Put the B in Ballyhoo?


Finally, in The Cow That Laid an Egg, Marjorie can’t do a handstand or ride a bike like the other cows, but learns she’s special too when she lays her own egg (with a little help from some sympathetic chickens). Recommended for ages 4-8.


Cheese or Font?

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on September 11, 2009 in Odum Library

Here’s a little online quiz for your weekend entertainment.


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by Laura Wright on September 9, 2009 in Odum Library

The Internet Cafe is open from Sunday 12:00 pm Noon – Friday 9:00 pm, 24-hours a day, and Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

In other words, it only closes Friday and Saturday evening at 9:00 pm.

Jazzman’s Cafe is adjacent to the Internet Cafe.

The Periodical Reading Room is open when the Internet Cafe is open.

There are cushy chairs and study tables in the Periodical Reading Room.

The rest of the library does close at 2 am, Sunday through Thursday, and 9 pm on Friday and Saturday.

You’ll want to use the South entrance, the one facing the creek and the Fine Arts Building, when the main library is closed.