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Summertime in Georgia

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

Traveling around Georgia this summer?  You can pick up the free Georgia Travel Guide, Guide to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, and maps of Georgia in print in the government documents exhibit area, near the Reference Desk on the second floor of Odum Library. Can’t come by the library?  Take a look at the travel guide, state parks information, and 2013 hunting and fishing guides online.

You might enjoy having a Georgia State Parks Pass that allows you to visit any state park. There you can see the rare birds of Georgia and visit Georgia’s coast, made up of both salt and fresh water, with 368,484 acres of salt marsh and 432,660 acres of freshwater wetlands. The Georgia Land Conservation Program describes ways that landowners and other citizens can help conserve Georgia’s coast, wetlands, and other green spaces.

What else is there to do in Georgia? You can observe the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Georgia, including this walking tour of historical sites at St. Simons Island, and view other historical attractions featuring Civil War information.

  Nearby Jekyll Island hosts the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, along with great beaches and ocean views. Is your Georgia beach safe for swimming?  Check the Beach Swimming Advisory, courtesy of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Can you eat the fish you catch? Yes, says the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, but be sure to consult these guidelines.

You can find more summertime events, book a room, or otherwise plan your trip at ExploreGeorgia.org. Enjoy your summer, and remember that you can visit us at VSU’s Odum Library, too!

Independence Day Hours and Fun Facts

by Emily Rogers on June 20, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Odum Library will be closed on the Fourth of July. The library closes Wednesday, July 3rd, at 12:00 midnight and reopens Friday, July 5th, at 7:45 am, when regular library hours resume.

As you prepare to celebrate Independence Day, keep in mind the history of the holiday along with some swell facts for the holiday:

Fedearal Depository Library

Whatever your plans, we hope you’ll have an enjoyable and safe holiday and join us again at the library once we reopen July 5th.

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Renovation in Odum

by Jordan Downey on June 6, 2013 in Renovation

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During the summer, several renovation projects will be occurring in the library. On the fourth floor, the office suite of the Library Science School is being expanded. On the second floor, the Center for eLearning office suite will undergo a major makeover and, also on the second floor, the library’s reference department office suite is being enlarged. Please “pardon our progress” during these projects. These projects will begin the week of June 3rd and should be completed by early August.

Observing Memorial Day

by Emily Rogers on May 20, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Odum Library will close at midnight on Sunday, May 26th, and reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 28th, in observation of Memorial Day.  The hours on Saturday, May 25th, do not change: 9:00 am through 9:00 pm.

Memorial Day expresses remembrance and gratitude to those who died serving in the United States Armed Forces.  In appreciation of all who have served, the Library of Congress maintains a collection of war remembrances through the Veterans History Project.

Visit memorials, national cemeteries, and monuments as a patriotic part of your observance of Memorial Day.

Learn more about how Memorial Day began back in the 1860s from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Enjoy the history of America the Beautiful, the U.S. Air Force Song, and other patriotic melodies, including words, sheet music, and sound recordings, all digitized and made available by the Library of Congress.

Image: Columbia the gem of the ocean

Courtesy Library of Congress

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.