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Congratulations to our focus group prize winner, Ja'Marrius Thomas

by Michael Holt on March 29, 2012 in Odum Library

Thanks to everyone who participated in the library’s recent focus group on our homepage redesign. You all gave us great feedback and we’ll be using your input to help guide us as we try to redesign the library’s homepage.

We’d like to send a special congratulations to the winner of our drawing for an 8GB iPod touch, Ja’Marrius Thomas.

New (to Us) in Popular Books

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on March 28, 2012 in Odum Library

In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts . . . The Night Strangers, written by Chris Bohjalian, is sort of a ghost story, but sort of not.

China Mieville’s Embassytown takes you to “a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. . . . When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset.”

We invite you to be creeped out by “a mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs . . .” in Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A writer uncovers “ancient feuds and modern-day rivalries” in a small Tennessee town in Cathy Holton’s A Summer in the South.

Emmy-nominated comedy writer and actress Mindy Kaling (from The Office) (which we also have on DVD!) confides in you like you were personal friends in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? about “her weight, how she got to where she is, and what every man needs to appear attractive.”

Many other new (to us) titles available to check out! See them online at Popular Books page! Hold them in your hands in the Popular section, 2nd Floor lounge area near the HUB. Ask us if you want help finding anything in the library, or in someone else’s library– text us at 229-234-1947, or Chat Live at this link.

EBSCO Databases are Online!

by Jeffrey Gallant on March 28, 2012 in Odum Library

Hi everyone,

Great news – EBSCO has fixed their problem, and all EBSCO databases are back online, including Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE, CINAHL, and LISTA.

This was a company-wide problem, but if you ever have any trouble with our databases, please visit GALILEO Scholar (use the blue GALILEO button on the homepage), and click on “Contact Us” on the top-right corner. This will let GALILEO know that there’s a problem, and they’ll check it out first!

Thank you for enduring this very inconvenient situation, and good luck with your research!
-Odum Reference

Free pizza and an 8GB iPod Touch! Join a Focus Group next Tuesday!

by Jeffrey Gallant on March 22, 2012 in Odum Library

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Next week, on Tuesday, March 27th, Odum Library will be holding focus groups where students like you will be helping us design a new homepage! Free pizza will be provided, you will get a $5 off Papa John’s coupon, and you will also get the chance to win a new 8GB iPod Touch, courtesy of the VSU Tech Shop!

The groups will be meeting in 1480 at:


Please contact Laura Wright at lbwright@valdosta.edu to sign up, or visit our Registration Page.

Thank you,
Odum Reference

March Is Women's History Month

by Emily Rogers on March 20, 2012 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the governments of the United States and Georgia, along with libraries, archives, and other nonprofit organizations, can help us learn about women’s contributions to science, culture and the arts, exploration, education, and government. View the Library of Congress‘s feature on Women’s History Month, emphasizing the 2012 theme, “Women’s Education–Women’s Empowerment.”

View the history of the 19th Amendment, enacting the right of women to vote in the U.S., courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Law Library of Congress also offers a timeline of the legislative history of Women’s History Month in the U.S.

Valdosta State University, which began as a college for women, offers local documentation of more than a century of the history of women in south Georgia, as evident in this photograph of the 1933 Euclidian (Math and Science) Club of what was then the Georgia State Woman’s College:


1932 Math & Science Club, Georgia State Woman's College, courtesy VSU Archives

Many more images and documents of the history of women at Valdosta State University are available at the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.

In addition, Odum Library’s collection of the U.S. Statutes at Large documents the U.S. government’s recognition of Women’s History Month. Finally, be sure to view Odum Library’s exhibit, Black Women in Georgia History and Culture, on display in the library’s first floor display cases, one floor down from the Circulation Desk on the north side of Odum Library.


Protect Your Consumer Rights!

by Emily Rogers on March 5, 2012 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

March 4-10, 2012, marks National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). NCPW highlights government and nonprofit resources to help consumers manage our money, debt, and privacy and avoid identity theft and other frauds.

Partners for NCPW include the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, the Federal Reserve System, the FBI, the National Urban League, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP),  the Social Security Administration,  the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Consumer Protect Safety Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others.

What were the top consumer complaints for 2011?  Identity theft, debt collection, and fake sweepstakes top the list of 30 categories released in the PDF of the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, January-December 2011, just published in February 2012.   Find other topics of interest to consumers, including banking, health and safety, mortgages, and technology, through information provided for NCPW.

logo for National Consuemr Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week logo

Maybe you’d prefer your own copies of publications about arthritis, flu, saving and investing for students, saving for college, or the 2011 Consumer Action Handbook from the Federal Citizen Information Center.  If so, come help yourself to these free publications (while supplies last) at the Government Documents Display in the Reference area, Odum Library 2nd floor. We also have tax forms!  For more information, contact the Government Documents department at 229-245-3748.