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School’s Out!

by Emily Rogers on May 6, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

At VSU for spring semester, at least, school is out. That can mean some changes for students and staff who’ve recently  been focused on classes and finals.

Luckily, both the U.S. and state of Georgia governments have a lot of information to help with planning your summer:

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Of course, we hope you’ll find your way to a library at some point during the summer with this guide to locating public libraries in your area.

Finally, while we hope you’re starting off for a great summer, remember that you’re always welcome here at Odum Library!

Here this April: Poetry at VSU!

by Emily Rogers on April 4, 2013 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library, Reference

April is National Poetry Month! Pulitzer Prize-winner and 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine speaks on campus Wednesday, April 17th, 7:30 p.m. in Whitehead Auditorium, Fine Arts Building.

View books of poetry by Philip Levine from Odum Library’s collection as part of the Poetry at VSU exhibit, located in the first floor display cases on the library’s north side.  There you’ll also see many collections of poetry by contemporary authors alongside classic poets such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Dickinson.

National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, also promotes Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th. Carry a poem in your pocket so that you can share poetry with others!

You can find more resources for National Poetry Month through GALILEO and more information about poetry and poets, including texts of poems, through the Poetry Foundation.

2012 Tax Forms: Print and Online

by Emily Rogers on March 27, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

We have copies of federal tax forms here at Odum Library, in the Reference area on the second floor.  We can’t advise you on how to complete your tax return, but we can help you reach the forms, instructions, and schedules.

Find links to commonly requested federal forms and publications, including fill-in PDF versions of federal forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, available at IRS.gov.

Remember that you can also e-file through the IRS web site. Some options are free, and there is also advice for purchasing software or using a commercial preparer.

Unfortunately, our supply of Georgia 500 and 500EZ forms and instruction booklets in print is gone, and no more are available from the state. You’ll need to go online to find Georgia state tax forms. E-filing is an option, but it’s free only for qualified individuals within Georgia. For further guidance, go to the Georgia Department of Revenue site.  If you need tax publications from other states, check out this interactive map provided by the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Beware: National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

by Emily Rogers on March 1, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

March 3rd through 9th marks National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Invasive species include plants and animals that might seem harmless, but are taking over our native habitat. Most of us are familiar with the invasive Southern Crabgrass:

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Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org

The Burmese Python has earned much attention lately for populating the Everglades National Park and surrounding parts of Florida, where more than 1,800 of the snakes have been removed since January 2000.

Burmese PythonPhoto by National Park Service

Find out what invasive species might be in your back yard with the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States, supported in part by the University of Georgia, and through this information page about invasive species, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  See more information about invasive species–and what you can do–at the Government Documents Exhibit, in the Odum Library Reference Area.

Elantu Veovode: Knotwork Paintings

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 26, 2013 in Odum Library

The art display outside the Hub on the 2nd floor features paintings by Elantu Baiat Veovode.

Many of Veovode’s works are based on mathematics, repeating motifs and knots around a number.

The use of plants and animals in my designs defines my work. I begin with the zoomorphs, arranged in a pleasing mathematical relationship to one another, and then design the knotwork to complement the figures. In many cases, the knotwork is designed to describe movement associated with the animal.”

The three examples of her more recent work– shown on the west wall of our gallery space– incorporate images from physics and string theory.

“Greenman”

Find more information about Elantu and her painting online at Spirit Raven, and at The Dream Masters Divine Art Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classes are cancelled, but we're staying open!

by Jeffrey Gallant on February 25, 2013 in Odum Library

As many of you have probably heard, the university recently sent out a notice that all classes and campus activities taking place after 5 PM were cancelled. However, you can still stop by Odum Library to get in out of the rain and put your free time to good use! We’ll still be maintaining our regular hours tonight, which means we’ll be open until 2 AM and our Internet Cafe will be open all night.

Here's to Your Heart!

by Emily Rogers on February 10, 2013 in Government Documents, Reference

With much of the northeastern U.S. covered in snow, February might seem the cruelest month of 2013. February is also American Heart Month, and you can learn a lot about heart health and wellness from the U.S. government:

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Have a Hobby?

by Emily Rogers on February 5, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Are you looking for information about your favorite hobby?  Maybe you want to know more about healthy cooking, or bicycling, or camping in national or Georgia state parks.

Remember that the United States and state governments create many web sites and publications about a wide variety of subjects:  birding, knitting, gardening, you name it!

Not sure what you’re looking for?  The search engine USA.gov is a great place to start!

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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!”