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.
Learn, Study, Discover
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:
- background on heart or cardiac diseases, courtesy MedlinePlus.gov;
- most common signs of a heart attack, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- new dietary guidelines for improving your health, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
- and much more, including free e-cards for Valentine’s Day!
Not sure what you’re looking for?Â The search engine USA.gov is a great place to start!
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.Â For instance, you can read past inaugural addresses and learn famous first facts from inaugurations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite predictions that our ebooks and our Kindles and our Nooks would replace print books in short order, theÂ Wall Street Journal reports “The initial e-book explosion is starting to look like an aberration.”
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–Â to support gender and sexuality studies. Shout out to Library Affairs!
Have you made any resolutions for improving your life in the new year?Â 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 email@example.com for more assistance.
Odum Library will close at 5:30 pm Tuesday, December 18 and reopen at 8 am Thursday, January 3, 2013 in observation of Holiday Break.
Along with the Holiday Break, there are a couple of other announcements regarding closure and downtime over Break:
Library GIL Catalog Unavailable During Scheduled Upgrade
The Library’s GIL Catalog Voyager system is scheduled to be upgraded in the evening on Monday, December 17th. During the upgrade, the Library’s GIL-FIND@VSU and Classic GIL@VSU Odum Catalog interfaces will be unavailable for several hours starting in the evening with service restored sometime later in the morning on Tuesday, December 18th.
Odum Library’s staff appreciates your understanding and patience during this necessary library system maintenance and upgrade!
Library ILL/Odum & GIL Express Service Interrupted for Break
Our statewide GIL Express Service is unavailable from Dec. 12, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013.
InterLibrary Loan books received while the library is open between Dec. 7-18, 2012 or January 3-7, 2013 will be delivered to the patron’s departmental office or can be picked up at the Circulation Desk, depending on the patron’s expressed wishes upon contact.
While ILL/Odum requests may be submitted after the library closes on Dec. 19th, please remember the requests will not be processed until the Library reopens on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 and InterLibrary Loan staff return to work. Odum Express Delivery Service to faculty departmental offices is suspended from Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, and will resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Libraries around the state and the nation are already starting to shut down ILL operations, so if there is something you wish to obtain before Odum library closes, it is advisable to submit your requests as soon as possible.
According to NASA and other United States government agencies, rumors of the world’s demise in 2012 are greatly exaggerated.
Scientifically, it looks as though the Earth will still be around after December 21, 2012, despite some predictions. So there’s good reason to keep studying for those finals and maintain or improve your GPA!