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(Almost) Daily Photo

by Laura Wright on October 30, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo, Renovation

The GHP Collection has been moved from the third floor to the first floor. It is now located to the right of the Reserves desk, as you enter the North, campus-facing, entrance.

A Couple of Death Notes

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 29, 2009 in Odum Library

For those of you who have not read Death Note yet but would like to check it out, we do have the first two volumes.


Lynda Barry's What It Is

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 26, 2009 in Odum Library

Lynda Barry‘s What It Is examines her creative process and shows you new ways to approach your own creative writing.

What It Is is based on Barry’s “Writing the Unthinkable” workshop.


c2009 Lynda Barry

(Almost) Daily Photo

by Laura Wright on October 21, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo

The Periodical Reading Room holds the current unbound journals and is open Sunday 12:00 pm Noon – Friday 9:00 pm, 24-hours a day and Saturday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Newspapers are located to the left along the back wall.

Current periodicals (magazines and journals) are arranged alphabetically by title.

The most recent issue is on the shelf. Older issues are located behing the shelf, just lift the shelf up.

Magazines and journals are bound after a year or so. Bound journals look a lot like books. The title is printed on the spine, along information such as the year, volume, and issue numbers so that you can locate the volume with the article you are looking for.

Bound journals are arranged alphabetically by title. During the renovation all bound journals are located on the first floor on the original side of the building.

Journals cannot be checked out but you can photocopy articles in the copier room located on the first floor.


by Laura Wright on October 16, 2009 in Odum Library


Scholarly Texts and Research at Valdosta State University


Vtext is an open access institutional repository established and maintained by Odum Library at Valdosta State University. Vtext collects, preserves, and distributes Valdosta State University’s intellectual capital.

What do we mean by intellectual capital?

  • Faculty and staff research
  • Pre-prints & post-prints
  • Journal articles – if the publisher permits it
  • Student research papers & projects
  • Conference proceedings
  • Presentations
  • University publications & documents
  • Teaching materials

Vtext can accommodate a variety of formats including  audio files, photographs, videos, posters, and more.

Why use the Vtext repository for your scholarship?

  1. The software makes dissemination quick and efficient.  Authors or library staff can easily upload files and add descriptive information (metadata).
  2. Increases visibility for your research and your department. Vtext will bring new readers to your research. Vtext can be searched through Google or searched directly.
  3. Helps you meet grant requirements for dissemination. Most federal grants require that you describe how you will disseminate the results of your funded research.
  4. Provides stable long-term maintenance. The library is committed to maintaining long-term access to content housed in the repository, including durable file-names and addresses.
  5. Collects the intellect output of the VSU community in one location.

Benefits to authors include:

  • Broadens worldwide access to material
  • Increases citations of your research
  • Preserves your research
  • Eases access to material via search engines such as  Google and Google Scholar
  • Raises the profile of VSU researchers

How do I view the Vtext repository?
To view our institutional repository please visit the Vtext website at:

You can browse the contents, or search.

How can I participate?
Vtext is a free service that the library offers to any member of the VSU community. If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to learn more, please contact:

Michael Holt
Reference Librarian
Odum Library
Valdosta State University
Phone: 229.333.7105
Email: vtext-help@valdosta.edu

Fall Break Hours

by Laura Wright on October 15, 2009 in Odum Library

Fall Break is next Monday & Tuesday, October 19 & 20.

Odum Library will be open regular hours this weekend and during Fall Break.

  • Saturday Hours -9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday Hours – 12 pm – 2 am
  • Monday Hours – 7:45 am – 2 am *with reduced services (see below)
  • Tuesday Hours – 7:45 am – 2 am

*Monday, October 19 the library will be open with reduced services. The Reference Desk, Media Center, and 3rd floor computer lab will all be closed. You can still check out books, use computers in the second floor computer area, study, etc.

Know What to Do About the Flu

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 12, 2009 in Odum Library

Be Aware of the Invisible!

At flu.gov you’ll find everything you need to know about the flu.

It’s an attractive and easy-to-use site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

You can find out where flu shots are available, take a quiz to assess your symptoms, learn what to do if you’re sick, read up on flu myths, find archived press conferences and Webcasts from experts, and watch public service announcements— some featuring celebs like Elmo or Marc Anthony.

(Because when you’re worried about the big public health issues, who else but Marc Anthony springs to mind)?

Marc Anthony

OMG, me olvidé de lavarme las manos!

(Almost) Daily Photo

by Laura Wright on October 9, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo


(Almost) Daily Photo

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

Where the fun books are.

Browsing books are located on the first floor near the main circulation desk, on the tables to either side of the room.


by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 4, 2009 in Odum Library

The new movie Whip It is based on Shauna Cross’ novel Derby Girl, about a teenager who secretly joins a Texas roller-derby team.

Here Shauna Cross– herself a roller derby vet– talks about Whip it and becoming a screenwriter.

In Georgia we have the Atlanta Rollergirls (one of them was a stunt double in the movie), Savannah Derby Devils, and Classic City Rollergirls (Athens). Nearby in Florida are the Jacksonville Rollergirls (aka First Coast Fatales) and Tallahassee Rollergirls.

Here’s the official site for Whip It, but before you click, kids, know that it is LOUD.