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Tips for Finals

by Ginger Williams on April 25, 2012 in Odum Library

Finals are almost here! We know what that means. We see you sitting at the computer for 10 hours straight. You drink lots of caffeine, get up only to sign for your pizza delivery, and check your Facebook every few minutes. It’s hard work finishing your papers and studying for all of your finals. In your stress-induced delirium, we want to remind you not to let common sense go out the window.

Advice from your librarians:

  • DON’T LEAVE YOUR STUFF UNATTENDED. Not a laptop, a textbook, or a purse. Not even a phone charger. This holds true all year long, but right now you’re so distracted that you forget to keep an eye on your things. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going to the bathroom or if you’re going next door to grab a Philly cheesesteak from Nathan’s. If you leave your things behind, they might not be there when you get back!
  • You can alleviate this problem just by studying with a buddy. Then you can look out for each other! We have lots of study rooms available on the first and third floor. They’re first come, first served, so don’t bother trying to reserve one. Get together and finish up your group projects, proofread each other’s papers, or help each other study for your finals!
  • Backup your documents! You spend a lot of time working on papers. Don’t let it go to waste just because you lost your flash drive! Save your documents in a couple of different places. Your Live@Valdosta email account has a SkyDrive where you can safely stash your papers.
  • If you need quiet to write, try the 3rd floor computer lab (the “quiet lab”) by the south staircase. It’s a designated quiet zone!
  • Finally, remember that we’re all a little stressed out right now, so be nice to one another. 🙂

Read Fest ’12: Success!

by Ginger Williams on April 17, 2012 in Odum Library

We had another great year for ReadFest, held last Friday on VSU’s beautiful front lawn! Odum Library welcomed 170 pre-kindergarten students to VSU to celebrate reading.

Cow posing with hands (hooves?) on hips

The Chic-Fil-A cow was on hand to keep the kids entertained.

Volunteers with one of the library's "big books"

Volunteers from the College of Education read big books to the children.

Children listening to a story and watching puppets

Dr. Ondrusek from the Master of Library and Information Science Program used puppets to tell a story.

Child getting a temporary tattoo

Things aren’t all serious at Read Fest! The kids loved getting temporary tattoos. We hope their parents didn’t mind too much!

Child showing off his new temporary tattoo

The kids loved showing off their new temporary tattoos.

Librarian showing off tattoo

Isn’t that one of our librarians showing off her temporary tattoo? I think so!

Kids jumping rope

The kids enjoyed some time at the jumprope and hula hoop station where they were able to wiggle out some energy.

Child standing in a hula hoop

Hula hooping is harder than it looks!

The kids went through about a dozen stations overall, where they enjoyed hearing stories, watching puppet shows, meeting the Chic-Fil-A cow, getting temporary tattoos, making visors, hula hooping, and more! They all went home with goodie bags, including books donated by the Student Council of the International Reading Association (a student group within the College of Education). They seemed to have a great time, and so did our librarians and our volunteers!

Thanks to everyone involved for making Read Fest 2012 a great experience!

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

by Emily Rogers on April 16, 2012 in Collection, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

April is National Poetry Month, and you can find many books of and about poetry at Odum Library as well as web sites about poetry month through GALILEO, organizations such as the Poetry Foundation, and even the U.S. government!

Poetry collections at Odum Library include books by current U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, Mary Oliver, and Donald Hall, among many others. You can also borrow and listen to recordings of poets such as Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar reading their poetry.


Read about Georgia’s Poet Laureate, David Bottoms, and more poets from Georgia in this feature from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

The U.S. government might seem like a surprising source for poetry, but there are great poetry sites available from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress has made available for online viewing the notebooks of the U.S. poet Walt Whitman.

There’s even a mobile app for poetry available from Poets.org (the Academy of American Poets), so now you can have poetry instantly available for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26th, or any time you need a poem in your life.

Happy National Library Workers Day!

by Ginger Williams on April 10, 2012 in Odum Library

Today (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) is National Library Workers Day!


This is a day to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Do you have a favorite library worker? Nominate them online to be in the Galexy of Stars! Take a break from your term papers and come say hello to your favorite library worker today. We always love to see you. After all, libraries may work because we do, but we work because of you!


Challenged Library Books 2011

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on April 9, 2012 in Odum Library

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of top 10 books libraries and schools have been asked to remove from their shelves, or from school curricula, during the previous year– usually because of swear words, sexual content, religious viewpoint, or because the material was deemed generally too mature for its intended audience.

Links below will take you to our holdings in GIL-Find.

  1. Lauren Myracle’s ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r
  2. Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth.
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  4. My Mom’s Having a Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler
  5. Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  6. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series
  7. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonja Sones
  9. Cecily Von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series
  10. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird




1940 Census Opens Doors to Our Past!

by Emily Rogers on April 3, 2012 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The 1940 Census is now available, and it’s online, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!  Detailed census records–the actual census forms U.S. residents completed in 1940–are available for public view 72 years after the Census takes place. April 2 marked the 72nd “birthday” of the 1940 Census!

View how the United States is different today than in 1940–or not so different? With such detailed records now at hand, we can even see state-by-state comparisons between the years.

For getting started with your own 1940 census search, visit the official NARA site–but it’s so popular right now that you might have to wait a bit! In the meantime, you can read this NPR story about the 1940 census release, and preview how Georgia’s GALILEO system, through the ProQuest company, will enhance its Ancestry Library Edition database, available for use in genealogical research within Odum Library.

Uncle Sam 1940 Census
Uncle Sam, for the 1940 Census,
courtesy U.S. Census Bureau


If you’d like to “Uncle Sam Yourself,”  go try this app from the U.S. Census Bureau!