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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.
Due to potentially hazardous weather conditions, the library was closed at 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 28. Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, the library will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm with reduced services. The library will reopen at 8:00 am for normal operating hours Friday, January 31.
Please continue to monitor campus announcements and updates at: http://www.valdosta.edu/
Starting in Spring Semester 2013, Odum Library is proud to announce the availability of 3D printing services for students, staff, faculty, and the VSU community. The services will be provided by a Makerbot Replicator with a Dual Extrusion printing head that will be located in Media Services.
Because 3D printing is a technology that requires some basic background knowledge to operate successfully, we will be offering one-hour workshops on the basics of 3D printer operation. Attendance at one of these workshops is mandatory before an individual can use the 3D printer. These sessions will cover basic use and operation of the machine, tips for successful printing, and policies governing the use of the printer. There will be four workshops offered in Spring Semester 2013 with plans to offer more in subsequent semesters. The dates, times, and locations for this semester’s workshops are:
January 21, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
February 18, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
March 25, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
April 22, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
If you wish to attend one of these sessions, please RSVP by email to Michael Holt no later than 2 days before the workshop you wish to attend. There is an attendance limit of 40 for each session, so please reserve your seat early if you wish to use the printer this semester.
If you have any further questions about using the 3D printer in Odum Library, please visit the Media Center’s page for 3D printing services, where you’ll find a complete list of polices.
Recently, Odum Library has decided to offer a novel way to deliver free books in the area around the free book shelf on the second floor of the building, near the reference desk. This distribution system is called a LibraryBox, which is a wireless network used to provide free eBooks and other content to the public. There is no login required and it is completely free. It utilizes open source code from NYU professor David Darts and Jason Griffey at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with modifications made by the Lake Forest Library (Lake Forest, IL) and Odum Library.
Currently, the main use of the LibraryBox is to provide quality public domain and creative commons licensed materials to the public. We also plan to expand this to be a place for you to share your art, writing, and music.
The LibraryBox is easy to use! Just use your mobile phone, laptop, eReader and connect to the “LibraryBox – Free Content” wireless network (just like connecting to your wireless internet at home). Once you connect, use any web browser to go to any page, it will automatically redirect you. Then, simply browse the ebook collection and click a title to download the book.
We are always on the lookout for great new public domain or Creative Commons titles to add to our LibraryBox. If you have any suggestions, please contact us (our contact information is here under the Get Involved section) and let us know what you’d like to see on the LibraryBox. We would also love to host any writings, music, or other digital materials created by the VSU community as well, so contact us with those requests as well.
We hope you enjoy the content we’ve provided you in the LibraryBox and a free bookshelf that’s never truly empty!
For more details on the LibraryBox and how to use it, please see our LibraryBox User Guide.
The Library will have some special hours in the upcoming weeks because of the Thanksgiving holidays and Finals Week.
Odum Library will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, November 26 at 5 P.M. and will re-open on Saturday, November 30 at 9 A.M.
The main library will be open 24 hours a day for Finals Week beginning Sunday Dec, 1 at 12 P.M. and ending on Thursday December 5 at 2 A.M.
If you have any questions about library hours, including the hours departments like Media Services and Archives are open, our Hours of Operations page has the information you need and it’s constantly updated to reflect special hours:
In preparation for the following Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) events, consider visiting the library to learn more about climate change, clean energy and solar panels, including the fossil fuel divestment movement. The Encyclopedia of Global Warming, an e-book, provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.
Upcoming Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.) events
Tuesday, November 12th at 7 pm in the Powell Hall Auditorium, S.A.V.E. is hosting a panel discussion on climate change and the fossil fuel divestment movement. There will be speakers from geosciences, philosophy, and sociology. Come and learn about the issue and why divestment can be used as a strategy to address it. We will take questions and have a discussion after the presentations. The event is open to campus as well as the public.
Friday, November 15th at 2:30 celebration event for the recent addition of the new solar canopy to Odum Library, recognizing VSU’s continuing efforts to move towards clean energy, increased energy conservation, and responsible investments. This event is co-sponsored by Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy (WACE) and refreshments will be served.
GALILEO is experiencing a statewide issue that makes their resources unavailable to VSU students who are trying to access GALILEO off campus. They are working to restore the problem. We will keep you posted with updates as we receive them.
UPDATE: GALILEO has resolved the issue with Anywhere Access and the GALILEO password as of 9:00 AM on 10-24-2013. Please let us know if you experience any more issues.
Due to the recent partial shutdown of the federal government, a number of widely used online resources that are normally accessible by the public will not be available for the duration of the shutdown. If you need any assistance accessing any materials that were provided by the federal government, please feel free to ask a librarian for help. Our reference librarians can be reached through phone, email, text messaging, and online chat through the following link:
Below is a list of a few of the most popular services that have been affected and some suggested alternate locations that you can visit to obtain the information.
Resources Affected by the Shutdown:
PubMed – Open With Minimal Support
PubMed is open, but it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries.
Where to go instead: MEDLINE<http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zbmf>, our subscribed database which has all the content of PubMed.
ERIC.ed.gov – Shut Down
Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host www.eric.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.
Census.gov (including American Fact Finder) – Shut Down
Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.
Where to go instead: ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States which has a great amount of important Census data.
loc.gov – Shut Down
Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice.
Where to go instead: Odum Library patrons wishing to use resources provided by the Library of Congress, including Subject Heading searching and American Memory, are advised to contact the Odum Library Reference Desk at: http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/general/live-chat.php
These are the most commonly used library resources affected by the shutdown. There are other sites maintained by the U.S. government that could experience issues as well. If you have trouble accessing anything you need for your research, please contact a reference librarian and we will be happy to help you get the resources you need during the shutdown.
Participating in VSU Homecoming activities, a dedicated team of Library faculty, staff and student workers spent the past week preparing Odum Library for Homecoming 2013 painting the library with “Red and Black”. Spurred by the Library Director, Dr. Alan Bernstein, expressing a clear desire for winning the President’s Departmental Spirit Award traveling trophy, both library entrances are covered in “Red and Black” bunting and have enlarged pictures of past homecomings, football games, and school dances through the years. The winning department will be announced on October 3 at the Pep Rally & Battle of the Bands.
We invite you to stop by any of the library service points and pick-up “CommUnity Through Time” story postcards depicting significant Homecoming events or take a selfie with the former mascot, Blaze the Dragon (1987-2000) as located by the 1st floor east entrance. If you want more information regarding the pictures, contact the VSU Archives, which maintains institutional records in various searchable resources, such as Archon, and the Scrapbooks.