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Observing Independence

by Emily Rogers on June 24, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

For Independence Day, Odum Library will close at 5 pm, Thursday, July 3rd and reopen at 9 am on Saturday, July 5th.

Along with the customary holiday festivities, you might enjoy these activities and facts for July 4th:

Once you’re done observing your holiday, remember that Odum Library, as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, is a rich resource for government information and publications available for all members of the community, not just VSU staff and students. Come see the government documents collection on Odum Library’s second floor,  explore our online resources, and seek help from our dedicated librarians!

Getting $$ for College

by Emily Rogers on April 24, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Whether you’re headed to VSU as a new student or returning here this fall, it’s time to investigate available student financial aid resources.  VSU’s Financial Aid Office is the local clearinghouse for information about applying for and receiving student aid.

In particular, any student seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) as early as possible, but at VSU no later than June 1st for Fall 2014 financial assistance. Find out more about the types of student aid and more at Studentaid.gov.

If you’re still investigating college opportunities, the U.S. Department of Education offers a free College Navigator to help you research colleges and universities in the United States. Of course, we hope you’ll use the navigator to search for Valdosta State University and find detailed information about admissions, programs of study, how many students receive financial aid, and more!

 

Spring is Tax-Time

by Emily Rogers on March 26, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

True, one of spring’s most dreaded chores is filing taxes.  Here at Odum Library, we can’t help you prepare your taxes, but we can at least help you obtain the information you need.

Federal forms are available at these links from irs.gov:

Odum Library also has copies of the most popular forms, instructions, and schedules, located in the Government Documents section of the Reference Area, on the library’s south side 2nd floor.

Georgia forms are a different matter this year.  Unfortunately, libraries were not provided with copies from the state, so we do not have Georgia tax forms available.  Here are ways to get copies:

  • If you prefer, you can request State of Georgia tax forms by calling the forms order line at 1-877-423-6711, option #2, then option #6.

In addition, tax forms from all 50 states are available courtesy of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

If you are seeking free assistance preparing your taxes, you can consult these Valdosta community resources:

1. Senior Citizens Center
1360 E. Park Avenue
Every Tuesday from 9-4, starting Feb. 4th
Age 50 and over, only
Call for appointment: 259-5469

2. Trinity Presbyterian Church
3501 Bemiss Rd./North Oak St. Ext.
Thursdays, 9-4, starting  Feb. 6th

3. IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
For individuals who make $50,000 and less
Call 1-888-227-7669 for locations and times.

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

by Michael Holt on March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

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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.

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Spring forward Sunday, March 9th

by Emily Rogers on March 6, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9th, so be sure to set your clocks forward an hour to be on time!

What is the history of Daylight Savings Time?  Does every area observe daylight savings time?  Who decides on time zones? Learn the answers to these questions and more from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory develops standards for and distributes time and other measures such as temperature, length, mass, and frequency. Find out the official time at Time.gov!

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

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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.

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.

Here’s to Your Heart!

by Emily Rogers on February 11, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

February is American Heart Month, designated to encourage awareness of the importance of heart health. Read President Obama’s 2014 proclamation of this observance.

Healthfinder.gov offers a helpful toolkit that gives strategies for improving heart health.

Another useful government resource is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which features information about recognizing a heart attack and making choices that can improve the condition of your heart, cholesterol count, arteries, and other vital functions.  See especially the CDC’s 28 Days to a Healthier Heart tips.

Photo: Woman's hands forming heart shapeImage courtesy CDC

Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day present this year?  Why not participate in the Million Hearts Initiative, which suggests making the gift of a pledge for healthier living.

Be sure to check out Odum Library’s American Heart Month exhibit featuring more heart healthy displays, books, and other resources, located on the north side of the library first floor.

Library Hours Change – Weather Alert

by Jordan Downey on January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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/

Library Hours for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

by Emily Rogers on January 14, 2014 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The library will close at 12:00 midnight on Sunday, January 19, and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 21, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Various ways to spend the MLK Day holiday include observing a day of service, attending celebrations, and visiting sites associated with the life of Dr. King.

MLKDay.gov offers information about service opportunities available for the MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2014, and toolkits for setting up your own service opportunities.

Valdosta-area events for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, include:

  • 3:00 pm, January 19, a commemoration program will be held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 419 S. Ashley St., with keynote speaker Elder Elizabeth Brown Yates, presiding elder of the Alachua Central District.
  • 11:00 am. January 20, a youth program will be held at Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St., with keynote speakers Nasier A. Vazquez and Valious Smith. A luncheon to follow.  (Source:  Valdosta Daily Times)

If you’re in the Atlanta area, you might wish to visit the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, featuring his birth and burial sites.

However you observe the MLK Day Holiday, we’ll be ready for you when the library reopens on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am.

3D Printing Now Available at Odum Library!!!

by Michael Holt on January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

 

Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer

Makerbot 3D Printer

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.