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Well, Hello, Pluto!

by Emily Rogers on July 16, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

This week the Earth is getting to know Pluto, the dwarf planet that the New Horizons mission has reached on its almost ten-year voyage throughout the solar system. We’re seeing close-ups of Pluto and learning more about the potential of our distant neighbor.

View videos about Pluto from NASA.gov’s feature “Pluto in a Minute.”  Learn interesting facts, such as why Pluto is now considered a “dwarf planet” rather than a full planetary member of our solar system, from the feature What Is Pluto?, part of the series NASA Knows.

You can congratulate NASA’s New Horizons team on the success of this mission by completing this form to relay your greetings, courtesy of the White House.

More photographs and data from New Horizon’s encounter with Pluto become available at a 1:00 pm EDT July 17th press briefing available on NASA TV.  See NASA TV’s schedules, streams, and more, and find out more during this historic week of frontier expansion. Throughout the year, you can keep in touch with what NASA is up to by viewing its Image of the Day series.  Onward, Horizon!

ILLiad Upgrade

by Jordan Downey on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, 2015, all ILLiad services will be down for an upgrade.

No ILLiad requests will be accepted or processed by the system during this time. The library strongly encourages you to retrieve, view, and download any electronically received articles now, since you will be unable to do so during the upgrade. The ILLiad service may be restored sooner than on Sunday, May 24th and the library will alert you if there are further delays. If you have any problems with the new interface, or if you have any questions, please contact Library Automation via automation@valdosta.edu.

International TableTop Day

by Jordan Downey on April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


Valdosta State University’s Odum Library will celebrate International TableTop Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Students, staff, and faculty, as well as the public gaming community, are invited to visit the library to both play and discover new board games, card games, dice games, and more. Many of these games are part of the Tabletop Games Collection at the library.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring their favorite games to share with others in attendance.

Pizza and drinks will be served.

Designed to strengthen bonds with family and friends, International TableTop Day activities are coordinated locally by the Odum Library Tabletop Games Committee in conjunction with Valdosta-area partner The Geek Society.

This is the university’s third year celebrating International Tabletop Day.

TableTop Day 2014 was celebrated in 80 countries, over all seven continents, and boasted more than 3,000 events, like the one hosted by VSU’s Odum Library.

Contact Jonathan Klotz in the Odum Library at jrklotz@valdosta.edu to learn more.

Honoring the History of Women

by Emily Rogers on March 3, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

April is Women’s History Month.  While this FDLP entry is focusing on government information sources as usual, our slide this month features a photograph of a Georgia State Women’s College student volunteers’ traveling Library Project funded through the Nation Youth Administration (NYA) and the Works Project Administration (WPA) to help bring library service to rural communities. (1938 GSWC Bulletin, courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.)

Womenshistorymonth.gov offers links to an interactive 3D model of Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a collection of nursing pioneer Clara Barton’s archived correspondence and other documents, a PBS documentary on photographer Dorothea Lange, and a feature on women in the military.

Women’s History Month has existed since 1982; view President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation declaring its creation, courtesy of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project.

The National Park Service hosts a multitude of sites honoring women’s history; tour a selection of these sites at the Service’s Inside Story feature.

The Census Bureau’s Facts for Features for March 2015 features interesting facts about women’s history in the United States.  For instance, as recorded in December 2013, the population of women in the U.S. was 161 million, compared to 156.1 million men.

During March 2015, learn more about women’s history, and be sure to honor the contributions of women local, regional, and national.

Finals Week – Extended Hours and Tips

by Jordan Downey on November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

All floors of the library will be open 24 hours a day for Finals Week beginning Sunday Dec, 7 at 12 P.M. and ending Thursday night, December 11 at 2 A.M.

Advice from your librarians:

  • DON’T LEAVE YOUR STUFF UNATTENDED. Not a laptop, a textbook, or a purse. Not even a phone charger. This holds true all year long, but right now you’re so distracted that you forget to keep an eye on your things. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going to the bathroom or if you’re going next door to grab a Philly cheesesteak from Nathan’s. If you leave your things behind, they might not be there when you get back!
  • You can alleviate this problem just by studying with a buddy. Then you can look out for each other! We have lots of study rooms available on the first and third floor. They’re first come, first served, so don’t bother trying to reserve one. Get together and finish up your group projects, proofread each other’s papers, or help each other study for your finals!
  • Backup your documents! You spend a lot of time working on papers. Don’t let it go to waste just because you lost your flash drive!  Save your documents in a couple of different places. Your VSU Office 365 email account includes 1TB OneDrive for cloud storage where you can safely stash your papers in several Web apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
  • If you need quiet to write, try the 3rd floor computer lab (the “quiet lab”) by the south staircase. It’s a designated quiet zone!
  • Finally, remember that we’re all a little stressed out right now, so be nice to one another. :)

BioOne.1 – Newest Full Text Database Acquired by Odum Library

by Jordan Downey on September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Odum Library is pleased to announce that BioOne.1 has been added to the library’s online holdings and is available on the Odum Library Biology Research Guide and in GALILEO.  BioOne.1 includes 108 high-impact biological, ecological and environmental sciences journals from more than 82 scholarly publishers.  All of the BioOne.1 full text articles and journals, some dating back to 1998, with the majority covered from 2000, are now included or covered in a Discovery search

BioOne.1  is an online aggregation of primary research in the fields of organismal biology, ecology, zoology, and environmental science.  A  valuable resource for students, faculty, and researchers, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, and ecology and biodiversity conservation.  BioOne Mobile means all of this content is available from your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or tablet device.

BioOne is a nonprofit publisher established in 1999 by five founding organizations:  the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), The University of Kansas, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and Allen Press, Inc.  Valdosta State University is delighted to now be added to a community of 4,000 accessing institutions, over 140 society and institutional publishers,  and millions of researchers worldwide that are currently already served by BioOne.

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New policies for 3D printing

by Michael Holt on September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Now that our 3D printing service is in full swing here at the library, we wanted to make a couple of tweaks to our policies to ensure that more of the VSU community could use them.

Instead of requiring an in-person course, we have shifted all our 3D printer training to an online course in BlazeView. You can now view the training presentation when it’s convenient for you, take a quiz, and then be authorized to use the printers in the media center.

We have made one other change as we have learned what the costs of maintenance and materials are. Printing now costs $2.00 per hour of print time plus $.10 a gram of print weight.

To register for the BlazeView 3D printing training course or if you have any questions about our 3D printers, please email Michael Holt. (moholt@valdosta.edu)


Odum Ghost Hunters: A Library Mystery

by Michael Holt on August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s time to head back to classes which means it’s also time for the annual library mystery! This years mystery focuses on all the internet rumors of ghosts on VSU’s campus. Come help us get to the bottom of this mystery and learn about the library’s resources in the process! All the info you need to attend is in the flyer below. If you have any questions, let us know!


Art in Odum Gallery Opening – March 31, 2014 2-4 PM

by Michael Holt on March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


The Odum Library is proud to present another wonderful Art in Odum event on Monday, March 31. We will be opening two galleries and welcoming a guest speaker, Amalia Amaki. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.


Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Pinetum at Odum Library

by Jordan Downey on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


Valdosta State University will join the Valdosta Tree Commission to host the annual Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Pinetum at Odum Library.

There will be multiple recognitions made during the ceremony by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Valdosta City Tree Commission annual tree planting and preservation awards. VSU will receive its second designation as Tree Campus USA, one of nine Georgia universities to have this designation. Dr. Bradley Bergstrom, professor of biology at VSU, will speak about the university’s Pinetum and opportunities to use the area as a learning hub. Hulyn Smith, instrumental in the formation of the community partnership to restore the campus Camellia trail and a Valdosta Camellia Society member, will be recognized posthumously. A tree will be planted at the event as well.

While the Arbor Day ceremony is outside the library at 10 am on Friday, Feb. 21, do remember that there is ample material within the library to learn more about Arbor Day, pines or trees.