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LibraryBox Brings a Never-ending Supply of Free E-books to the Library’s Free Book Shelf

by Michael Holt on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

 

Library Hours for Thanksgiving Break and Finals Week

by Michael Holt on November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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:

http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/general/about/hours-of-operation.php

Clean Energy, Solar Panels, Climate Change

by Jordan Downey on November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

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 Currently Inaccessible From Off Campus – UPDATE – Access has been restored as of 9:00 AM 10-24-2013

by Michael Holt on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

Accessing U.S. Government Provided Library Resources During the Shutdown

by Michael Holt on October 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

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:

 

http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/general/live-chat.php

 

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.

 

Where to go instead: Access ERIC at EBSCOHost or use our Electronic journal search to look for materials on eric.ed.gov.  Fulltext materials hosted on eric.ed.gov will not be available.

 

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.

Homecoming Spirit 2013

by Jordan Downey on October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

South Lobby

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.

Blaze

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.

Go Blazers!

 

 

Portrait of an Art Thief – An Odum Library Mystery

by Michael Holt on August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

It seems that in all the commotion surrounding the first days of Fall Semester, a thief has made off with one of the paintings from the art displays in the library. Investigators think that the thief has hidden the painting somewhere in the library for safe keeping until they can come back to claim their prize.

Come help us search the library for clues and use your deductive skills to help find the painting before the thief comes back and it slips through our hands for good.

Join in the mystery. It’s happening  Friday, August 16th, at 4pm. Meet in room 1604 on the first floor of the library if you think you could help us out.

thief

 

 

If you finish the mystery you’ll get free pizza and drinks! Bring your friends for an afternoon of fun in the library.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to moholt@valdosta.edu. If you have any more questions about the mystery, don’t hesitate to contact the Reference Desk at the Library for answers!

New Library Website Launches Thursday, 6/20

by Jordan Downey on June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Odum Library launches our new website on Thursday, June 20th – complete with the fresh design, new look and improved navigation introduced on the campus website last year.  Similar to the campus website, the library’s new website is now mobile device ready.  You can use your smartphone or tablet to access library resources.  The library has thousands of e-books on many academic subjects, not to mention hundreds of full text e-journals, and online databases.   Among the new site’s enhancements is an emphasis on GALILEO’s Discover search function that is a single gateway to  books, articles, videos, music, and other research materials in the library, notwithstanding format (print, electronic, and so forth) or location (local or remotely held).   All of the most helpful “Tutorials” were moved onto the new site and the Reference librarians plan to continue developing and adding more tutorials, including more “How to” or “Do It Yourself” videos.  Navigation should be easier, with a new dynamically updated link for library hours, a new  “Live Chat” widget, and revised “Services” pages for “Students”, “Faculty and Staff”  and others, zeroing in on the resources most often needed by users.  Following on the success of MyVSU, all library account logins have been grouped together underneath MyLibrary.  Comments about the library’s new website can be submitted via the Quick Link – Feedback link on the bottom of every page.

Avoid the Noise!

by Michael Holt on June 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

As a recent blog post here noted, there’s a lot of construction going on in the library this summer. Unfortunately, a lot of noise comes with these projects. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused any of our patrons in recent days.

If you are someone who is bothered by the noise, we’d like to recommend our quiet computer lab, located in room 3250, on the third floor of the library. It offers a place where the noise is a little further away from the construction than our main GALILEO lab on the second floor. Do keep in mind that it is designated as a “quiet lab”, so please try to be respectful of other users in the lab. The lab has a black and white printer available, but for color prints, you will still need to visit the Internet Cafe, located on the first floor of the library.

We hope that this will provide a quieter place for you to get your work done while the construction crews are working. If you need help finding your way to this computer lab, or if you’d like another recommendation for a quieter spot in the library, just head to the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library (We’re right by all the construction!) and a reference librarian will be happy to assist you. Thank you for your patience while these projects are ongoing.

Odum Library Open 24 Hours During Final Week

by Michael Holt on April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

All floors of the library will be open 24 hours from today until Friday at 9pm! There are lots of places to study in library including group tables, study carrels, and study rooms.

Good luck on your finals, everyone!