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VSU Celebrates Constitution Day

by Emily Rogers on September 6, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

In observance of Constitution Week, Valdosta State University is at the center of educational programing about the U.S. Constitution:

Odum Library hosts a  Constitution Day exhibit in the library’s 1st floor display cases, featuring books and media about the Constitution from Odum’s collections. More information about the Constitution is available through this online exhibit about the Constitution.

Tuesday, September 17th, 11:30am-1:30pm, “Cookies and the Constitution” at the north side of Palms Quad near Langdale Hall. Public reading of the Constitution by volunteers, free pocket Constitutions and cookies, and Constitutional Jeopardy, a trivia game about the history of the Constitution.
Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00-9:30pm, in the University Center Theatre.  Student Presentation Forum:  “The Constitution, the Continued Democratic Voting Challenge, and the Rise of a New Jim Crow Order,” featuring Departments of Political Science and History student presentations on various cases and background history on the struggle for democratic voting and the role played by the Supreme Court, Congress, and state legislatures.

Thursday, September 26th, 7:00-9:30pm, in the University Center Theatre. Faculty Roundtable Talk:  “Regulation or Suppression: Before and After Shelby County Alabama v. Holder,” featuring Departments of Political Science and History faculty presentations and discussion of various topics revolving around the history, impact, and fallout of the Supreme Court’sruling on the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

Sponsors of these events include the Office of the President, the Student Government Association, Odum Library, Academic Affairs, and the Departments of Political Science, History, and Social Work.

Welcome to Valdosta!

by Emily Rogers on August 9, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Welcome to Valdosta State University! Welcome to Odum Library!

Need community information on utilities, schools, and other necessities?  Visit the City of Valdosta page for Residents.

The Lowndes County, Georgia, web site also offers a page of links for visitors and newcomers.

Check out local and area news via the Valdosta Daily Times web site. Odum Library also gets the Times in print every day; you’ll find recent issues on display at the first floor library, south side, in the Current Periodicals. We also have more than 100 years of back issues on microfilm–just ask us through our chat, email, phone, or text services!

Are you living in a dorm or cooking on your own for the first time?  Consult the USDA’s Food Safety Tips for College Students.

Find out more about the area through the newcomers’ Greeting Service, which creates the FYi* South Georgia Guide, now available for 2013.

Odum Library has a lot of books on local history (many located within the VSU Archives and Special Collections), maps of the area, and friendly people. Come see what’s up at Odum Library!

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.

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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!

Summertime in Georgia

by Emily Rogers on July 5, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Traveling around Georgia this summer?  You can pick up the free Georgia Travel Guide, Guide to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites, and maps of Georgia in print in the government documents exhibit area, near the Reference Desk on the second floor of Odum Library. Can’t come by the library?  Take a look at the travel guide, state parks information, and 2013 hunting and fishing guides online.

You might enjoy having a Georgia State Parks Pass that allows you to visit any state park. There you can see the rare birds of Georgia and visit Georgia’s coast, made up of both salt and fresh water, with 368,484 acres of salt marsh and 432,660 acres of freshwater wetlands. The Georgia Land Conservation Program describes ways that landowners and other citizens can help conserve Georgia’s coast, wetlands, and other green spaces.

What else is there to do in Georgia? You can observe the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Georgia, including this walking tour of historical sites at St. Simons Island, and view other historical attractions featuring Civil War information.

  Nearby Jekyll Island hosts the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, along with great beaches and ocean views. Is your Georgia beach safe for swimming?  Check the Beach Swimming Advisory, courtesy of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Can you eat the fish you catch? Yes, says the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, but be sure to consult these guidelines.

You can find more summertime events, book a room, or otherwise plan your trip at ExploreGeorgia.org. Enjoy your summer, and remember that you can visit us at VSU’s Odum Library, too!

GHP 2013: Welcome!

by Ginger Williams on June 22, 2013 in Governor's Honors Program

Every June we look forward to the arrival of Governor’s Honors Program. These bright, talented high school students eagerly fill Odum Library in their down time.

GHP students: we want to welcome you, and we encourage you to make yourselves at home! We are happy to see you embrace the Library as a place to engage your curiosity, and occasionally to socialize, too. We are here to help you, so please ask questions.

New GHP students and faculty should know that, while you’re welcome to use any of the materials in the Library, GHP has its own collection here. The bulk of the collection is located on the third floor of the Library in the northwest corner. GHP music scores are shelved on the first floor of the library in room 1617 with the Fine Arts Materials Collection. Your GHP ID card serves as your library card, so be sure to have it handy if you want to check out any of these materials.

Finally, you may notice some construction projects that are happening in the Library this summer. The work is mostly being done in the evenings. We’re sorry if it’s an inconvenience. If you need to find a quieter spot to study, our Avoid the Noise blog post may help.

Independence Day Hours and Fun Facts

by Emily Rogers on June 20, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Odum Library will be closed on the Fourth of July. The library closes Wednesday, July 3rd, at 12:00 midnight and reopens Friday, July 5th, at 7:45 am, when regular library hours resume.

As you prepare to celebrate Independence Day, keep in mind the history of the holiday along with some swell facts for the holiday:

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Whatever your plans, we hope you’ll have an enjoyable and safe holiday and join us again at the library once we reopen July 5th.

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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.

Renovation in Odum

by Jordan Downey on June 6, 2013 in Renovation

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During the summer, several renovation projects will be occurring in the library. On the fourth floor, the office suite of the Library Science School is being expanded. On the second floor, the Center for eLearning office suite will undergo a major makeover and, also on the second floor, the library’s reference department office suite is being enlarged. Please “pardon our progress” during these projects. These projects will begin the week of June 3rd and should be completed by early August.

Observing Memorial Day

by Emily Rogers on May 20, 2013 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Odum Library will close at midnight on Sunday, May 26th, and reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 28th, in observation of Memorial Day.  The hours on Saturday, May 25th, do not change: 9:00 am through 9:00 pm.

Memorial Day expresses remembrance and gratitude to those who died serving in the United States Armed Forces.  In appreciation of all who have served, the Library of Congress maintains a collection of war remembrances through the Veterans History Project.

Visit memorials, national cemeteries, and monuments as a patriotic part of your observance of Memorial Day.

Learn more about how Memorial Day began back in the 1860s from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Enjoy the history of America the Beautiful, the U.S. Air Force Song, and other patriotic melodies, including words, sheet music, and sound recordings, all digitized and made available by the Library of Congress.

Image: Columbia the gem of the ocean

Courtesy Library of Congress