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GALILEO Changes October 1st!

by Jeffrey Gallant on September 27, 2012 in Odum Library

GALILEO is changing how GALILEO Scholar works! Please check out the following demo, as GALILEO has just confirmed that the rollout date for the changes is October 1, 2012 – next Monday. Please note that the new Search will include many databases, but not all of them yet – by March or April, GALILEO will work with each individual school to include our locally purchased resources, and the content in our catalogs.

Preview Discover GALILEO

Here’s the official message from GALILEO:

Dear GALILEO Users,
Good afternoon — we are delighted to announce that Discover GALILEO will become the production GALILEO search service for all sites on Monday, October 1, 2012. Sites will begin to update to the new service on Sunday, September 30th, and all sites should be updated by the start of the work day Monday.

Accepting digital signage requests!

by Ginger Williams on September 25, 2012 in Odum Library

If you’ve been in the library recently, you’ve almost certainly seen one (or two or five) of our new digital signs. So far we’ve been using them just to share information about the library with you, our wonderful users. But now we’re opening them up for use by the entire VSU community!

Digital sign installed on the first floor of Odum Library displaying information about the Media Center You’ll find a form at http://www.valdosta.edu/library/services/digitalsignagerequestform.shtml to use for submitting your sign requests. Policies for the signs, along with formatting requirements, can be found at http://www.valdosta.edu/library/services/digitalsignageinfo.shtml

We look forward to seeing your recital fliers and announcements about upcoming events for your student organizations! See the policy for more information, but in essence we welcome signs from VSU students, faculty, and staff that’s related to an official VSU  event, service or academic activity.


225 Years of the Constitution

by Emily Rogers on September 15, 2012 in Odum Library

Odum Library marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the 1787 U.S. Constitution  with an online exhibit of resources about the U.S. Constitution.

For instance, you can interact with the U.S. Constitution, courtesy of the National Constitution Center.

Both the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offer Constitution Day resources especially for teachers, as does the U.S. Department of Education.  NARA even provides instructions for a game to help teach students about the Constitution.

Be sure to visit the Government Documents display for Constitution Day 2012, 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.

image of the U.S. Constitution opening page

Opening page of the U.S. Constitution, Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Text messaging from the catalog!

by Ginger Williams on September 5, 2012 in Odum Library

Are you tired of fumbling with pencils and paper when you need to write down a call number? Is your handwriting so bad that you can’t even read it?

Don’t bother scribbling your call numbers down any more! When you find a book in the catalog that you want to check out, send yourself a text message with all the information you’ll need.

Let’s say you found this book in the catalog: http://gilfind.valdosta.edu/vufind/Record/412390 Sure, you could write down the title, the call number, and the location of the book. But you could also use the “text this” button to send all of that information straight to your mobile phone!

This is where you'll find the magical "text this" button in the catalog.


We use this feature all the time and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!