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How many people . . . ?

by Emily Rogers on October 31, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Oct. 31st, 2011, marks the official recognition of a world population of 7 billion people. Is that a scary thought?

According to the United States Census Bureau, the projected U.S. population today, based on 2010 Census estimates, is 312,530,196.  It’s estimated that our population has a birth every 8 seconds and a death every 12 seconds, for a net gain of 1 person every 13 seconds.

This map shows the nighttime distribution of our population in the United States and Puerto Rico:

Nighttime Map of the U.S. Population, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations provides much more information about world population growth.

As we welcome our seven billionth world citizen, should we be concerned about population growth?  Yes, says the United Nations Population Fund, which sponsors the program 7 Billion Actions, A Global Movement for All Humanity. Learn more about global population, read stories of people who are trying to make a difference in their communities–and maybe even share your own story with the world!

Vampires We Got Vampires

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 31, 2011 in Odum Library

Happy Halloween!

As the semester winds down and the holidays approach, we totally hope you’ll find the time and have the inclination to read about vampires! We recommend:

30 Days of Night – PN 6791 .T4 N45 2003 – It’s a graphic novel in which vampires attack a small Alaska town!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – POPULAR PS 3607 .R348 A64 2010 – The title says it all

Bite Me: a Love Story – POPULAR PR 9199.3 .M618 B58 2010 – Funny vampires in present-day San Francisco!

Blackwood Farm – PS 3568 .I265 B53 2002x – A young vampire searches for the legendary Lestat!

Death’s Excellent Vacation – POPULAR PS 648 .O33 D43 2010 – A collection of short stories including a Sookie Stackhouse story!

Death's Excellent Vacation

Reminder: You're Invited! Art in Odum Library Event: Friday October 28th, 2011 2-4 P.M.

by Michael Holt on October 24, 2011 in Odum Library

Don’t forget the Art in Odum Library event this Friday, October 28th in Odum Library from 2-4 P.M. Come out and meet two of the artists from the collection and enjoy some free food and a lot of fun.

UPDATE: GALILEO Connection issues fixed (10/17/2011

by Michael Holt on October 18, 2011 in Odum Library

GALILEO has sent us a message that several users are experiencing difficulties connecting to GALILEO resources. We thought we would pass along the message in case any of you are having problems accessing materials through GALILEO.

“Dear GALILEO users,

Several libraries have reported receiving error messages and connection errors when trying to link out to resources and articles from GALILEO. The errors are associated with our EZproxy server, which is used to connect and authenticate users into full text articles from GALILEO Search, Journals A-Z, and several databases.

We are working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience. We will update this list with further information on this problem or information on a fix as soon as we have it.

You can also check the GALILEO Status page for updates: http://status.galileo.usg.edu”

We apologize for any inconveniences caused by this issue and we will keep this post updated with new information as we receive it.


“We have corrected the problem with the GALILEO EZproxy that was causing connection error messages. If you are still encountering problems, please submit a comment to GALILEO via our Contact Us form: http://www.galileo.usg.edu/contact ”

Fall Break Hours

by Ginger Williams on October 17, 2011 in Odum Library

What are your plans for Fall Break? If you don’t have any yet, why not spend some time in Odum Library? The building will be open normal operational hours, so stop by to check out our new art exhibits or work on improving your midterm grades.


Odum Library:

Friday, October 21: 7:45AM to 9:00PM

Saturday, October 22: 9:00AM to 9:00PM

Sunday, October 23: 12:00PM to 2:00AM

Monday, October 24: 7:45AM to 2:00AM

Tuesday, October 25: 7:45AM to 2:00AM


Even though the building will be open all weekend, the reference librarians won’t be on hand to answer your research questions. (You can still send them an email through the Live Chat link and someone will get back to you with assistance as soon as they can.) Staff will be available at the circulation desks to help you check out a book, get items on reserve, send faxes, and all of the other wonderful things they do for you.

Reference Desk (including Live Chat):

Friday, October 21: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Saturday, October 22: closed

Sunday, October 23: closed

Monday, October 24: 8:00AM to 6:00PM


The hours will be back to normal starting Tuesday morning, October 25.

You're Invited! Art in Odum Library Event: Friday October 28th, 2011 2-4 P.M.

by Michael Holt on October 7, 2011 in Odum Library

Take an ebook survey, win an iPad!

by Jeffrey Gallant on October 3, 2011 in Odum Library

One of our e-book suppliers, eBrary, is giving students a chance to win an iPad! See the full details below: