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2011: Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert . . .

by Emily Rogers on July 29, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Welcome to the current tropical storm season! Find out the names of this year’s Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides answers to many questions about hurricanes, including:

Aerial view of hurricanes Igor, Julia, and Karl on Sept. 16, 2010

Most important: how should I prepare for tropical storms and other weather emergencies?  Here are links to expert advice:

Contents for an Emergency Kit, courtesy CDC.gov




Atlantis: Welcome home!

by Emily Rogers on July 21, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

View the final space shuttle landing as we welcome home Atlantis and her crew.

Final landing of the space shuttle Atlantis and the U.S. space shuttle program.

More information about the final landing is available at this news release from NASA and the home page for NASA.

The Government Documents Collection at Odum Library has many publications from NASA about the history of the U.S. space program, including NASA’s First 50 Years: Historical Perspectives, which you’ll find in the second floor government documents area at call number (Sudoc number) NAS 1.21:4704.

Need help? Just contact VSU’s Government Information Librarian at 229.245.3748, or click on Live Chat on the library’s home page.


Curiosity is lurking in our stacks

by Ginger Williams on July 18, 2011 in Odum Library

If you thought Odum Library was just a big building full of dusty, boring books, you’d be wrong. If you thought it was just a computer lab where you can update your Facebook status, you’d be wrong again. It’s a building full of curious objects and helpful (and yes, curious) people.

Did you know that we have…

You get the picture. Yes, we have great resources that help you in your studies. You may be surprised to learn that all the strange items listed above support VSU’s curriculum, too! Come explore what we have to offer, and if you need help finding our puppets, just ask!


Welcome to Odum, GHP students!

by Ginger Williams on July 5, 2011 in Odum Library

It’s a little late, but… welcome, GHP! Just when Odum Library was starting to look a little empty, we are happy to welcome the Governor’s Honors Program students to campus. Please make yourselves at home.

We don’t get out of the library much…

male zombie librarian with red eyes and a book protruding from his head

Image courtesy of http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2010/07/thursday_zombie_fun_braaaiiiin.php

…  and we’re curious: how is Odum Library different from your school library? Which do you prefer, and why?

If you need help, feel free to stop by the reference desk with your questions. You keep us on our toes, and we enjoy working with you!


Celebrate our independence this July 4th!

by Emily Rogers on July 1, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Monday, July 4th, is Independence Day, the 235th birthday of the Declaration of Independence by the 13 North American colonies that eventually formed the United States of America. Odum Library celebrates the holiday by closing at midnight Sunday, July 3rd, to reopen at 7:45 am Tuesday, July 5th. These hours include the Internet Café.

Declaration of Independence Mural, National Archives

In honor of the holiday, we feature sites (including the online exhibit linked above from the National Archives and Records Administration) for federal government resources for the holiday:

Learn about the history and proper caretaking of the U.S. flag, popularly known as the “Stars and Stripes.”

If fireworks are part of your holiday, follow these safety precautions from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to ensure a happy celebration.

Attending a potluck or barbeque this weekend?  Get recipe ideas from The Great American Potluck cookbook, celebrating the diverse heritage of the U.S., courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Where did your holiday food originate?  Hamburgers and beef hot dogs probably came from Texas, but if it’s chicken or corn on the cob, there’s a good chance it grew up in Georgia! Enjoy these and other fun facts about July 4th provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to our nation’s estimated population of 311.7 million people.