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Human Rights Week, December 10-17, 2013

by Emily Rogers on December 3, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

December 10th is the date the United Nations observes Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1948 UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In this document the international organization recognizes “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family [as] the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

More information on the history of Human Rights Day and Week, December 10th-17th, is available through the Law Library of Congress.  Online documents relating to Human Rights Day include:

Humanrights.gov  is the official site for the U.S. government’s information about human rights. Here you can read recent news and reports about issues such as disability, freedom of expression and of religious observance, LGBT, labor, and other political, civic, and cultural rights. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor provides further access to information on the U.S. mission to spread democracy and respect for human rights worldwide.

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Odum Library’s Government Documents collection can provide you with treaties, reports, hearings, and more material, both online and in print, about human rights issues in the United States and the world.  Just contact the Government Documents Librarian at 229-245-3748 or ecrogers@valdosta.edu, or stop by the Reference Desk for more assistance. Odum Library is a selective Federal Depository Library to which public access is guaranteed by public law.

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.

Appreciating Autumn

by Emily Rogers on November 4, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Now that the end of the semester fast approaches, it’s good to keep in mind the many non-academic pleasantries of the season.  Odum Library observes special hours for the November holiday break, and the U.S. government offers a number of tips for enjoying the autumn season and holidays.

We’re marking the 150th anniversary of official thanksgiving celebrations, as President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving in 1863.  Read facts about the November 28th, 2013, holiday and other fall activities courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, National Museum of the American Indian, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

November is Native American Heritage month, for which a host of resources are available from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institution, and National Park Service. The Library of Congress offers the site Willing to Serve: American Indians from the Veterans History Project.

Find classic as well as unusual but healthy holiday recipes and tips for roasting a turkey and feeding a crowd.

Finally, if your plans take you traveling beyond Valdosta, be sure to check out national traffic and road closure information, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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.

Andrew Tatler-Burgess

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 7, 2013 in Archives & Special Collections, Collection

Artist and collector Andrew Tatler-Burgess studied art in Holland at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, and has worked as a professional artist for over two decades. He now resides in Pelham, Georgia. Several of his paintings are now on display on Odum Library’s 2nd floor gallery.

Using oils and acrylic, Tatler-Burgess captures his subjects in vivid colors and light. The 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha inspired his personal favorite piece, The Geisha. “Her stoic façade projects intimacy to her client and hides her true emotions.”

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The Geisha

Working under the pen-name “Wallen,” Tatler-Burgess has also painted the out-of-the-way locales and waterways of the Florida countryside.

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Odum Library Archives and Special Collections houses many rare antique books, maps, art, Chinese ceramics, and medieval illuminated manuscripts– including pieces dating back to the middle of the 15th century– which were once part of Tatler-Burgess’ extensive personal collection.

Library of Congress web sites available

by Emily Rogers on October 7, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The Library of Congress buildings, events, etc., are still closed because of the federal government shutdown. Now, however, the Library of Congress web site at loc.gov is available.

Other than legislative updates, new information is not being added to the site, but you can now reach the LOC subject authorities, online catalog, and digital collections such as American Memory.

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.

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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!