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Art in Odum Library – The Ross Rosenberg Collection

by Michael Holt on August 31, 2011 in Odum Library

Our series of blog posts about art in Odum Library continues this week with a look at the Ross Rosenberg collection, which is currently on display on the second floor. This collection features works by the artist Ross Rosenberg in a number of mediums, from sketches in pencil, to sculpture. If you would like to know more about the artist and his work, please continue reading for a short biographical sketch of Rosenberg and a discussion of his work.


Labor Day Hours

by Ginger Williams on August 29, 2011 in Odum Library

It seems like classes just started and we already get to take a long weekend! We hope you have plans to do something fun (and safe!) this weekend. If you want to work on homework all weekend, we won’t stop you, but we will ask you to find another study spot.

The Library will be closing at midnight Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 and reopening at 7:45AM on Tuesday, Sept. 06, 2011 in observation of Labor Day. This includes the Internet Café.

You probably know the old saying… you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. Even your friendly library staff needs a day off every once in a while. 🙂

An Earthquake in Valdosta?

by Emily Rogers on August 25, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

How likely is it that Valdosta would experience an earthquake?  Not very, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Seismic Design Category (SDC) map of the Eastern United States

The Valdosta area is in white (SDC level A) on this map, which means we have “very small probability of experiencing damaging earth­quake effects.” FEMA provides this list of resources about earthquakes, including what to do after an earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) oversees federal research on earthquakes and offers maps of current earthquake activity and further information on this week’s earthquake in Virginia.

Valdosta is much more likely to experience the effects of a hurricane. Visit the current Hurricane exhibit from Odum Library’s Government Documents collection, located in the library’s second floor Reference area.  More online resources about hurricanes and other disasters are available in this previous blog entry.

Art in Odum Library – The Lamar Dodd Collection

by Michael Holt on August 23, 2011 in Odum Library

As part of an effort to highlight art in Odum Library, we will be featuring weekly blog posts that tell the stories of the collections we have on display. We will also be profiling a few of the more interesting pieces from each collection as well. The first collection we will spotlight is the Lamar Dodd Collection, located primarily on the north side of the first floor of the library. This collection features works by Dodd, his daughter Irene, and several other artists that Dodd either worked with or admired. What follows is a biography of Dodd, a short background of the collection, and a few examples of notable pieces.


Portrait of an art thief

by Michael Holt on August 18, 2011 in Odum Library

It seems that in all the commotion surrounding the first days of Fall Semester, a thief has made off with one of the paintings from the new art displays in the library. Investigators think that the thief has hidden the painting somewhere in the library for safe keeping until they can come back to claim their prize.

Come help us search the library for clues and use your deductive skills to help find the painting before the thief comes back and it slips through our hands for good.

Join in the mystery. It’s happening this Friday, August 19th, at 4pm. Meet in room 1604 on the first floor of the library if you think you could help us out.

If you finish the mystery you’ll get free pizza and drinks! There will also be prizes, including a drawing for an 8GB iPod Nano! Bring your friends for an afternoon of fun in the library.

Update: BlazeView working!

by Michael Holt on August 17, 2011 in Odum Library

Good news- BlazeVIEW is up and running again! Log in and see what you’ve missed in your classes.


Original post:

BlazeVIEW Outage

For those of you wondering why you could not get in to Blaze View for the past several hours, we regret to inform you that BlazeView is indeed down.

Here is a statement from Joe Newton, Director of Information Technology at VSU, concerning the outage.

“We regret to advise students and faculty to plan for the likelihood of a full day of continued outage of the BlazeView online course service today, Wednesday, August 18, 2011, following failures which began about 7:20pm last night. We have not observed hardware failure and do not expect any data loss. The failure appears to stem from the operation of the Blackboard Vista application software and its connection to the supporting Oracle database service. The Blackboard software provider’s technical support was engaged and escalated last night and have worked through the night to troubleshoot, but at this time we do not know the cause or resolution of the issue and do not have an estimate of when services will be restored. We will apprise the campus throughout the day as we know more. We regret the loss of class time and course work that this outage will have caused. The BlazeView system is supported by substantial server and storage assets, resources that have been sized to handle anticipated peak demand. When we know more, we will inform our users of the nature of this service failure, whether a manufacturer defect or limitation of applied resources, and what steps we have taken to ensure the availability of this service for the remainder of the semester.

Services such as email, Banner, the main web site, Active Directory, and the course servers for eCore, GOML, WebMBA, etc remain operational and unaffected by the BlazeView outage.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Reference Librarian at the reference desk or at www.valdosta.edu/library/ask.php

You may also contact the IT Help Desk at 229-245-4357.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause students and faculty alike. As soon as we hear that service has been restored, we will let you know.

Art in Odum Library

by Michael Holt on August 16, 2011 in Odum Library

If you have been in the library at all this semester, you have probably noticed a lot of paintings, sculpture, and even a few photographs hanging on the walls.

All of the art currently on display in the library is available for your enjoyment thanks to the hard work of the Odum Library Art Committee and the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.

Deborah Davis, university archivist and head of the library’s art committee, has provided some information about the art and why it’s hanging in the library.


Forgot your computer login?

by Ginger Williams on August 15, 2011 in Odum Library

Did you forget your Active Directory password over the summer?

No problem- you can reset it on your own! Log into one of the library’s computers using the guest account. (This login information is also displayed on the screen.)

Open up a browser and go to www.valdosta.edu, then follow the link to BlazeVIEW. Underneath the ‘Login to BlazeVIEW’ button you’ll see a link to reset your password.


Click on the link to reset your Active Directory (computer lab) password, your BlazeVIEW password, or both. Follow the directions on the screen.

Tip: You can choose to synchronize your BlazeVIEW and Active Directory passwords if you don’t want to have to remember two different ones.

Your new password must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 8 to 20 characters
  • Contains at least one upper and lower case letter
  • Contains at least one number
  • Must not resemble a real word

Click on the ‘Change Passwords’ button and you’re finished. You can then log off of the computer and log in with your own Active Directory account. Using your own account lets you save items in your My Documents folder, use Microsoft Word and other programs, browse to non-VSU websites, and much more.



New to campus? Welcome!

by Emily Rogers on August 13, 2011 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Welcome to Valdosta State University! Welcome to Odum Library!

Vstate emblem

Need community information on utilities, schools, and other necessities?  Visit the City of Valdosta page for Residents.

The Lowndes County, Georgia, web site also offers a page of links for visitors and newcomers.

Check out local and area news via the Valdosta Daily Times web site. Odum Library also gets the Times in print every day; you’ll find recent issues on display at the first floor library, south side, in the Current Periodicals. We also have more than 100 years of back issues on microfilm–just ask us through chat, text, phone, email, or in person!

Are you living in a dorm or cooking on your own for the first time?  Consult the USDA’s Food Safety Tips for College Students.

Find out more about the area through the newcomers’ Greeting Service, which creates the FYi* South Georgia Guide.

Odum Library has a lot of books on local history (many located within the VSU Archives and Special Collections), maps of the area, and friendly people, such as the two reference librarians pictured below with Blaze, to answer questions.  Come visit us!

Librarians with VSU mascot, Blaze

Friendly people at Odum Library!

Hey, bossypants! NYTimes Bestsellers Available

by Ginger Williams on August 5, 2011 in Collection, Neat Stuff

Summer is almost over. Have you read a good book lately? We have many of the New York Times bestsellers available for you to check out today. Many of them are in our Popular Books collection by the second floor copy room. Stop by to browse and to see the new, beautiful artwork we’ve brought into the library.

Remember that faculty, staff, students, and community borrowers can check books out at Odum Library. If you don’t know what to read next, here are a few titles to get you started:


  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (3rd floor shelves, PS3619.T636 H45 2009)
  • The Confession by John Grisham (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3557.R5355 C66 2010)
  • Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3552.A446 H46 2010)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (3rd floor shelves, PS3563.A7239 C58 1999)
  • Whiplash by Catherine Coulter (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3553.O843 W47 2010)
  • Sizzling Sixteen by janet Evanovich (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3555.V2126 S59 2010)
  • Tough Customer by Sandra Brown (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3552.R718 T68 2010)
  • Family Ties by Danielle Steel (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3569.T33828 F36 2010)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (3rd floor shelves, PS3563.A7239 F39 2005)
  • The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3619.I5443 R46 2010)
  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3568.E476345 S65 2010b)