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Inauguration Day, 2013

by Emily Rogers on January 17, 2013 in Odum Library

Monday, January 21, 2013, is both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidential Inauguration Day. If you’re planning to go to Washington for the inauguration, the District of Columbia has prepared a site to help guide you around the inaugural activity areas. If you’d like to mark the day with service opportunities, MLK.gov provides more information about the MLK Day of Service.

More information about inaugural activities is available from the Joint Congressional Commission on Inaugural Ceremonies, which posts this guide to the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  For instance, you can read past inaugural addresses and learn famous first facts from inaugurations.

President Theodore Roosevelt delivering his inaugural address, Washington, D.C., 1905, courtesy Library of Congress

President Theodore Roosevelt delivering his inaugural address, Washington, D.C., 1905, courtesy Library of Congress

On display in the government documents exhibit in the Odum Library Reference Area are print copies of presidential papers, including inaugural addresses, and other documents related to presidential ceremonies. Just ask at the Reference Desk or contact the government documents librarian at 229-245-3748 or ecrogers@valdosta.edu.

WSJ: Print Books Going Nowhere

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on January 16, 2013 in Odum Library

Despite predictions that our ebooks and our Kindles and our Nooks would replace print books in short order, the Wall Street Journal reports “The initial e-book explosion is starting to look like an aberration.”

. . . and the traditionalists amongst us all say, “Huzzah for print!”


Sex Slang from Seven Continents!

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on January 10, 2013 in Odum Library

It’s a dictionary of sorts, a Reference book, so we can’t let you check it out . . . but stop by the Reference collection and have a look at Sex Slang, a book that made at least one of our suave, smart, steadfast librarians recoil from its pages in momentary horror.

Authors Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor say “We are hard-wired for a linguistic resourcefulness that always matches, and usually surpasses, our physical and sexual invention. Most sexual slang represents practices as old as the ages– newly discovered, of course, by the next generation.”

How many euphemisms could there be for this stuff? Approximately 3,000, apparently. You may be surprised.


Sex Slang is among 100 new titles purchased in 2012– with funds approved by the Library Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate– to support gender and sexuality studies. Shout out to Library Affairs!


New Year's Resolutions

by Emily Rogers on January 4, 2013 in Government Documents, Reference

Have you made any resolutions for improving your life in the new year?  Whatever your goal, the United States government certainly has information for you, both in print and on the web!

Look here to find information about the most popular new year’s resolutions. For instance, for help with keeping track of your goals for eating and activity, try the SuperTracker from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Whether it’s dieting and exercise, money management, or stress relief, we’re sure to have resources to help you. Just contact Odum Library’s Reference Desk at 229-333-7149 or the Government Documents Librarian at 229-245-3748 or ecrogers@valdosta.edu for more assistance.