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Penelope the Seizure doggie!

by Ramona Ice on November 30, 2011 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Yeah, I know I’m cute, but I’m on the job.

It's the warm and fuzzy time of year….

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

Now that the holidays are here, you’ll want to spend your cash on special items and events. But you still need to stay warm, even in South Georgia! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Georgia ranked 37th in energy expenditure per person in 2009. That’s $3,280.79 per person!

Energysavers.gov offers a lot of tips for saving energy, including in your home, your workplace, and your vehicle. You can download or order this information booklet, too!

Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home

If you’re wondering what the weather’s like here or someplace else in the U.S., Weather.gov lets you search by city and state name.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

by Ramona Ice on November 22, 2011 in (Almost) Daily Photo, Odum Library

.....every where you go in the Library.

Occupy Your Mind

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on November 21, 2011 in Odum Library

Selections from assorted Occupy Wall Street reading lists we’ve perused today:

“As the English essayist G. K. Chesterton wrote, life is ‘a trap for logicians’ because it is almost reasonable but not quite; it is usually sensible but occasionally otherwise: It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.” – from Roger Lowenstein’s When Genius Failed: the Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. (2000)

“Have the poor fared best by participating in conventional electoral politics or by engaging in mass defiance and disruption?” – from Frances Fox Piven’s Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. (1977)

“But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.” – from Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. (first published 1849)

“The seeds of disaster had been planted years earlier with such measures as: the deregulation of the banks in the late 1990s; the push to increase home ownership, which encouraged lax mortgage standards; historically low interest rates, which created a liquidity bubble; and the system of Wall Street compensation that rewarded short-term risk taking. They all came together to create the perfect storm.” – from Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail: the Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis- and Themselves. (2009)

“The markets in the long run are no doubt driven by fundamental economic laws—if the United States runs a persistent trade deficit, the dollar will eventually plummet—but in the short run money flows less rationally. Fear and, to a lesser extent, greed are what make money move.” – from Michael Lewis’ Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street. (1989)

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. (2010)

“Raise wages–how can you? They’re fixed by an iron law to the smallest possible sum, just the sum necessary to allow the workers to eat dry bread and get children. If they fall too low, the workers die, and the demand for new men makes them rise. If they rise too high, more men come, and they fall. It is the balance of empty bellies, a sentence to a perpetual prison of hunger.” – from Emile Zola’s Germinal. (1885)

The Decline of the West (1917):  “Oswald Spengler’s diagnosis of cultural decline is a strange book, but at its heart is the issue of group identity, of the importance of being part of a culture and of the desire we feel to immerse ourselves wholly in something outside the individuality we experience, often painfully.”–Hydra.

“The specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that between friend and enemy.”- from Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political. (1927)

“In this sense, modern totalitarianism can be defined as the establishment, by means of the state of exception, of a legal civil war that allows for the physical elimination not only of political adversaries but of entire categories of citizens who for some reason cannot be integrated into the political system.” – from Giorgio Agamben’s State of Exception. (2005)



Gobble up a good book!

by Ginger Williams on November 18, 2011 in Odum Library

We know it’s crunch time around VSU. You still have several papers to write and finals to prepare for. Hopefully, though, you’ll get to see your family for Thanksgiving and have a chance to relax a bit.

Of this fact we are (almost) certain: you are not a robot.

Robot superimposed with a red "no" slash.

Robots love to work; that’s what they’re made to do. But people like you (and me) need some leisure time. We can’t just work non-stop. Yes, you should get some work done on your papers over Thanksgiving if you can bear it. At the end of the semester you’ll be glad you did. Let your brain relax some, too, and read something just for fun!

Did you know that Odum Library has a whole collection of popular books that we purchase just so you’ll have something fun to read every now and again? From murder mysteries to romance novels and even the latest political propaganda “non-fiction”, we don’t care what you read. We just want you to check out a book and enjoy yourself. Think about something other than your grades for a few hours, your brain will thank you.

If you can’t find something you like in our popular collection (which is on the main floor by the copy room, by the way), head over to South Georgia Regional Library (SGRL) and browse their books, too. With their PINES system you can borrow popular books from all over the state. So if you’re dying to get your hands on Men who Knit and the Dogs who Love Them, SGRL can make that happen!

Almost Daily Photo

by Ramona Ice on November 17, 2011 in (Almost) Daily Photo

Giant tooth brushing model

Got Toothpaste?

Giant tooth brushing model located in the Imc room

National Novel Writing Month Write-In tonight (11/17) in the Library!

by Michael Holt on November 17, 2011 in Odum Library

Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? If so, why not come down to the Library tonight and get some writing done. There will be a NaNoWriMo Write-In tonight in Room 1480 from 7-9 PM. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and any other aspiring writers you may know.

For more information of National Novel Writing Month, why not check out there website? You can learn a lot about how writing a novel in a month is possible and maybe get interested in participating next year!


Good luck to all of our local NaNoWriMo participants. Hopefully we will see you tonight!

"Odum Commodum" Wins!

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on November 16, 2011 in Odum Library

Odum Commodum was chosen by library staff– from among 375 entries– as the title for Odum Library’s restroom newsletter!


Bobby Marion submitted the winning entry. Bobby, come pick up your $50 gift certificate at the library Circulation desk!

Entries from Paige Boccia and Breana Crocker were randomly drawn to receive $25 gift certificates.

Thanks to all who participated!

We were overwhelmed by the response, and you are a clever, clever bunch. Here are just a few of our favorites (in no particular order):

“BM” – The Bathroom Monitor

The Daily Flush

Wet Shoes

Because We Can

The Writing on the Stalls

The Porcelain Post

The Loo Review

The Leak

Silent Library

Dear John

We Aim to Please – You Aim Too, PLEASE?

Veterans Day, 2011

by Emily Rogers on November 11, 2011 in Odum Library

Today we recognize veterans and all of those who have offered military service. Odum Library’s first floor exhibit cases currently feature a display of our World War II books, documents, posters, and media in honor of all veterans.

Poster for Veterans Day 2011, courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

View past Veterans Day posters, learn more about  Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and read a copy of the Presidential Proclamation for Veterans Day, 2011.

November 10th marked the 236th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps; share in the celebrations!

As a Federal Depository Library, Odum’s Government Documents collection includes many publications about veterans, including these hearings:

Veterans’ history and needs extend beyond Veterans Day, of course. The Library of Congress invites public participation in the Veterans History Project. Veteran Brian McGough describes ways to help veterans after Veterans Day.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides an online database to search for the burial locations of veterans, including National and other military cemeteries and private cemeteries in which veterans’ graves are marked.

View more documents about veterans and military service at the Government Documents display, located in the Odum Library 2nd floor Reference area.

Steve Jobs Bio and Recent Memoirs

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on November 9, 2011 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library

We have Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs (1955-2011), shelved in our POPULAR books section (on the 2nd floor next to Copier Room 2621) at POPULAR QA 76.2 .J63 I83 2011.

For your upcoming holiday reading pleasure, we also have the memoirs of comic actress and writer Tina Fey, actresses Barbara Eden and Betty White, actor Dick van Dyke, restaurateur Gabrielle Hamilton, football star Michael Oher, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, musician Sammy Hagar, and country singer Shania Twain.

As always, if you need help finding anything in the library, please ask! Chat Live during Reference hours, or text us at 229-234-1947