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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:

southern crabgrass, Digitaria ciliaris  (Cyperales: Poaceae) - 1391290

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.


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!”


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.