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Constitution Day, September 17

by Emily Rogers on September 16, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

September 17th is Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787.

Faulkner Constitution Mural

The Constitution, mural by Barry Faulkner, 1936, Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, National Archives, Washington, DC

Odum Library marks Constitution Day with an online exhibit of resources about the creation of the U.S. Constitution and Georgia in the days of the Constitutional Convention.

Be sure to visit the Government Documents display for Constitution Day 2011, located in the Odum Library 2nd floor Reference area, to see copies of the Constitution, Congressional hearings, and other documents related to the U.S. Constitution and citizens’ constitutional rights, including these government documents from our collection:

The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence

The 2004 Presidential Election: Provisions of the Constitution and United States Code

Hearings before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the Committee of the Judiciary:

Just click the above links to our GIL-Find Catalog to find these documents in our collection.

Valdosta State University will feature more observations of Constitution Day, including a roundtable discussion “Free Speech and Order on University Campuses in the United States,” open to the public, location, time, and date TBA.


Art in Odum Library – The Kessler Collection

by Michael Holt on September 15, 2011 in Odum Library

A photo of Jeanette and Chuck Kessler

About the Collection

Jeannette and Charles Kessler have given the VSU Archives and Special Collections over fifty items from their extensive travels in East Asia. Items include 3000-year-old Ban Chiang Pottery from Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, and other countries, and a collection of Tibetan photographs. Jeannette was a teacher and Charles was an accountant who worked and then traveled in East Asia in the 1980s-2000s. Their valuable and large collection represents an exciting gift for the VSU Archives. As part of a Welcome to School gallery exhibit, we are showing a few pieces of the Kessler Collection. On display are two antique weavings, one from Sumatra and one from Thailand. We also present two photographs from an exhibit created by Charles Kessler from pictures he took in Tibet in 1999 and 2000: “Robed Man” and “In Her Sunday Best.” More of the collection will be on display in Spring of 2012.

A picture of the Kessler Display in Odum Library

Educational and Feature Films on DVD

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on September 12, 2011 in Odum Library

We’re always adding feature films, documentaries, and educational films for you to check out.

You can see our most recent DVDs at:


You can search for DVDs yourself, in GIL-Find, by adding the words DVD videorecording to any keyword search.



Early Journal Content on JSTOR!

by Jeffrey Gallant on September 7, 2011 in Odum Library

The following is a message that JSTOR sent to libraries across the nation. Soon, we will have more early JSTOR content to add to our current holdings, and it will also be available to the public!

To get to VSU’s JSTOR subscription, go to the Library Homepage, and click “Select Database” under General Databases.


Art in Odum Library – Amalia Amaki – "For the Love of Books"

by Michael Holt on September 7, 2011 in Odum Library

Until now, the Art in Odum Library blog posts have focused on collections. Today’s post focuses on a single work that has a great deal of meaning for everyone in our library. This piece was commissioned in honor of William H. Mobley IV, a longtime friend of our library. Please continue reading this post to find out more about Mr. Mobley and the work by Ms. Amaki that was commissioned in his honor.


Using Photo Story

by Rex DeVane on September 2, 2011 in Odum Library

Do you need to create a presentation that incorporates images, narration and your own creative music. Then look no further, Windows Photo Story is a simple tool that will allow you do all of the above. If you wish to learn more about Photo Story then check the ” How To” page on the media center’s website. We have place several Photo Story tutorials available for your viewing.

Windows Photo Story