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Library Services during Closure for Holiday Break

by Jordan Downey on December 16, 2014 in Hours, Odum Library, Services, Upgrades

Odum Library will close at 3:00 pm Friday, December 19, 2014 and reopen at 8 am Monday, January 5, 2015 in observation of Holiday Break.

Library questions submitted via website forms or email as after the library closes at 3:00 pm, Friday, December 19 will not receive a response until the library reopens on Monday, January 5, 2015.

GIL Express is unavailable from December 15, 2014 through January 1, 2015.

ILL requests submitted after Friday, December 19 will not be processed until the Library reopens on Monday, January 5, 2015.

ILLiad login will be unavailable on January 3, 2015, from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm,  approximately 15 hours.

Odum Express Delivery Service to faculty departmental offices is suspended from Friday, December 19, 2014, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

The library’s online catalogs, GIL-FIND@VSU and Classic GIL@VSU, will be unavailable for several hours, starting at 5 pm on Saturday Dec. 20, for a scheduled upgrade.

‘Tis the Season! Hours and Tips

by Emily Rogers on December 1, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

December marks the semester’s end as well as several winter holidays: Hanukkah December 16th-24th, Winter Solstice December 21st, Christmas December 25th, and Kwanzaa December 26th-January 1st.

Odum Library will be open regular hours until closing at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 19th.  The library will remain closed until reopening at 8:00 a.m. Monday, January 5th.   For more information regarding library services and hours during the holiday break see this announcement.

December is the height of camellia season in Georgia; learn to care for camellias from the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Service. The game of Bingo. one of only three legal ways to gamble in Georgia, celebrates December as its birthday month.View these Bingo FAQs from Georgia’s Bingo Coordinator. December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The Consumer Product Safety Commission gives up-to-date information on problem toys as well as toy recall statistics.

USA.gov offers information on various holidays and traditions in the United States. These holiday tips can help you  budget your gift-giving, exercise, and diet. Plan ahead with top New Year’s resolutions, and stay safe with more health tips from the CDC.

Stay happy and healthy during this eventful month!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Hours and More Holiday Traditions

by Emily Rogers on November 6, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Odum Library will close at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 25th, for the Thanksgiving break. The Library will reopen at 9:00 am, Saturday, November 29th.

The history of Thanksgiving as a celebration dates back to before the familiar Pilgrims’ observance in 1621. Remember that November is also Native American Heritage Month. You can also read more about the history of Thanksgiving as a tradition and as a national holiday in the United States.

Before you prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a good idea to review these Seven Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Dinner from the Georgia Department of Community Health. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides these alternate routes for cooking a turkey.

Finally, if your plans include travel this holiday, be sure to consult these sources for travel information:

Whatever your holiday plans, we hope you’ll consider coming to Odum Library for your holiday reading and government information needs, and be sure to come back once the library opens!

Be a Georgia Voter!

by Emily Rogers on October 24, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th, for important mid-term elections for office and, in Georgia, three constitutional amendments.

You don’t have to wait until November 4th to vote, though! In Lowndes County, advanced voting is available at the Board of Elections office at 2808 N. Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia, on the following dates and times: 

10/13/2014 – 10/24/2014    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F

10/25/2014 – 10/25/2014    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Days: Sa

10/26/2014 – 10/26/2014   12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Days: Su

10/27/2014 – 10/31/2014    7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Days: M,Tu,W,Th,F

Dates and locations for advanced voting in other Georgia counties as well as details on elected officials, voter identification requirements, poll locations, and sample ballots are available at the Georgia My Voter page. The Florida Division of Elections offers similar state voting and election information.
       
Current and past election results for Georgia are available at the Secretary of State’s Elections page. For more information on voting in Lowndes County, contact the Board of Elections at 229-671-2850  or elections@lowndescounty.com.

Disease Control in the United States

by Emily Rogers on October 10, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

A number of resources about disease outbreaks and control are available from federal government resources:

Be sure to take a look at government reports, hearings, and handbooks on infectious diseases, superbugs, and global health, available at the Government Documents exhibit near library’s Reference Desk. For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the reference librarian on duty or the government information librarian at ecrogers@valdosta.edu or 229.245.3748.

Stay informed and stay well!

GIL Express unavailable Sunday morning, September 28th

by Sherrida Crawford on September 25, 2014 in Upgrades

Due to a server upgrade as scheduled between 8:30 to 10:00 am on Sunday, September 28th,  the GIL Express borrowing service from other University System of Georgia libraries will be unavailable.  While the Library’s GIL-Find@VSU catalog will be accessible, item status will not display during the upgrade time.   The various Classic GIL@VSU Odum Catalog interfaces will also be unavailable.

Odum Library’s staff appreciates your understanding and patience during this necessary library system maintenance and upgrade!

Government Documents of Note: Warren Commission Hearings Now Available Online!

by Emily Rogers on September 23, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Fifty years ago this fall, the Warren Commission issued its report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. To commemorate this event, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the complete report and 26 volumes of congressional hearings available online on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). GPO and the Boston Public Library worked together to digitize the volumes of hearings after digitizing the Warren Commission Report last year.

GPO produced the original Warren Commission Report and 26 volumes of hearings in print in 1964 and distributed copies through the Federal Depository Library Program and by purchase from GPO bookstores.

Audio tape recordings of the post-President Kennedy assassination conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC, and Air Force One pilots and officials are also available on FDsys.

For more information on these and other government information materialsfeel free to contact the Government Documents librarian at 229-245-3748. Remember that all types of questions are always welcome; just contact Odum Library’s reference librarians by dropping by the second floor reference desk, by calling 229-333-7149, or by using our Live Chat service

Candy and Constitutions on Constitution Day!

by Emily Rogers on September 12, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Constitution Day occurs on Wednesday, September 17th, this year. In honor of this event, Odum Library will be handing out free candy and pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution all day at all three service desks, the Reference Desk, Main Circulation, and 1st Floor Circulation.

If you can’t make it to the library that day, be sure to view this online Constitution available from the National Archives. You can also view the library’s display of books and other materials about constitutional interpretation in the first floor display cases on the north side of the library; it remains on view until October 1st.

Georgia had four delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but only two actually signed the Constitution. Who were they?

Find out more about the Constitution and its signing on September 17th, 1787, with these fun facts about the Constitution and Constitutional Convention.

 

Turn Over a New Leaf in South Georgia

by Emily Rogers on August 6, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

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As the start of the VSU academic year approaches, it’s time to consider ways to help your move to the area go smoothly.

Georgia.gov, the official web site of the state of Georgia, gives information on relocating to Georgia, such as getting your new driver’s license, registering your car, and enrolling children in a new school.  More information about living in Georgia, from history to the lottery to voting, is available at Georgia.gov’s Popular Topics page.

USA.gov offers additional tips for moving, including finding a reputable moving company and deducting moving expenses from your taxes.

The City of Valdosta has a page of local information especially useful for new residents, including garbage pickup, school enrollment, and utility service.  If you’re a county resident, you can find similar newcomers’ information about Lowndes County.

Of course, Odum Library’s Reference librarians are happy to help with local inquiries and all other information needs. Contact us by dropping by the second floor reference desk, by calling 229-333-7149, or by using our Live Chat service. For government information queries, feel free to contact the Government Documents librarian at 229-245-3745.

Welcome to South Georgia!

Sunburn and bed bugs and gas prices, oh my!

by Emily Rogers on July 5, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference
Check out these tips for living healthier and more economically this summer, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Air Quality
People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of pollutants in the air and should closely monitor the air quality in their area. AirNow’s Air Quality Index (AQI) translates data into color categories so people can better understand what actions to take to protect their health. For more information and a real-time map: http://www.airnow.gov/. You can download the AQI via mobile application for your smartphone: http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html
Beach Safety
When you spend time at the beach this summer, stay safe with these best practices. Swim safely, protect yourself from the sun with broad-spectrum sunscreen, stay hydrated by drinking water, watch for trash and other signs of pollution, and report dangers you see to lifeguards or other beach workers. For more information: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/beaches/dosdonts.cfm
Bed Bugs
Traveling is fun; bed bugs are not. Take steps when away from home to avoid bringing home unwelcome visitors. Inspect the mattress and headboard where you will be staying for the presence of bed bugs. Leave your luggage on a luggage rack, not on the bed or floor, and try to keep luggage away from the bed. You can find additional tips on avoiding bed bugs here: http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/tips-travel
Community Environment
Your community encompasses the people in your neighborhood and the space you share. Your community’s air, water, and land are subject to environmental concerns. To learn about environmental conditions in your community and ways to prevent pollution visit:  http://www.epa.gov/epahome/community.htm
ENERGY STAR
The average family spends 20 percent of its home utility bill on cooling. Cooling bills can be lowered by giving your air conditioner a break while you are asleep or when no one is home. Properly using a programmable thermostat can save you $180 a year on your energy bill. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, dehumidifier, or ceiling fan look for one that has earned the ENERGY STAR label at http://www.energystar.gov/cooling 
Fuel Economy
To save money and gas, follow these tips: roll the windows down when driving at lower speeds; use the AC at highway speeds, park in the shade or use a sunshade, and read about the AC system in your car’s owner’s manual. Additionally, complete needed maintenance and ensure tires are properly inflated. Learn more here: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hotweather.shtml and http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.jsp
Insects
While some insect bites are benign, biting insects can carry dangerous diseases. Using the right insect repellent and taking preventive actions can repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. Guidelines for areas to avoid bites. and clothing to wear, can be found here: http://epa.gov/pesticides/insect/preventive_actions.htm  Additional resources are available at http://epa.gov/pesticides/insect/safe.htm
Lawn Care
With your grass shooting up, it is time to mow. For a healthy lawn, cutting height is recommended between 2.5 and 3.5 inches. Mow often enough to cut less than a third of total grass height. Leave clippings in the grass to recycle the nitrogen and prevent filling landfills. To learn more about lawn care, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/lawn-and-garden
Pest Control
Pest control in the garden often refers to the use of chemical pesticides. To ensure public safety, EPA offers a “Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety” as well as tailored guides on protecting your garden, children, and household. These guides offer advice on pesticide selection for health and pollinator protection and best-alternative environmentally friendly practices. Additional resources are available at http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/lawn-and-garden#safely and http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection
SunWise
Check the Ultraviolet (UV) Index anytime by downloading EPA’s app (epa.gov/enviro/mobile) to plan outdoor activities while preventing overexposure to the sun. Apply a palm-full of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection 15 minutes before heading outdoors.  Reapply every two hours. Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Go here to learn more: http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/action-steps-sun-safety
Watering
When it is time to water your lawn or plants, avoid watering in the middle of the day when the hot sun will evaporate the water. Instead, water during the early morning and evening, for a total of one inch of water per week, including rainfall. A WaterSense labeled automatic sprinkler can take the guesswork out of watering and save money. Find more watering guidelines here: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/watering_tips.html