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 libraryâ€™s reference department office suite is being enlarged. Please â€œpardon our progressâ€ during these projects. These projects will begin the week of June 3rd and should be completed by early August.
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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.
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.
Courtesy Library of Congress
At VSU for spring semester, at least, school is out. That can mean some changes for students and staff who’ve recentlyÂ been focused on classes and finals.
Luckily, both the U.S. and state of Georgia governments have a lot of information to help with planning your summer:
- If you’re moving, you’ll want to use these online forms for changing your address.
- Resume help is available from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Traveling around Georgia?Â You might enjoy having a Georgia State Parks Pass and browsing this Guide to Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites.
- Will your travels go beyond Georgia?Â It might help to have a National Parks Pass.
- You can plan the costs of travel with this interactive map showing gas prices nationwide.
- Beach-goers might want to check out this coastal water temperature guide from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Plan summer meals with this searchable guide to farmers’ markets, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Of course, we hope youâ€™ll find your way to a library at some point during the summer with this guide to locating public libraries in your area.
Finally, while we hope you’re starting off for a great summer, remember that you’re always welcome here at Odum Library!
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!
The library and the College of Education held the seventh annual Read Fest this past Friday, April 19th, 2013 on the West Hall front lawn. Â The event, which seeks to promote literacy among area pre-K children, had more than 255 attendees from five local schools. Students who attended got to take part in a number of activities, from read-alongs to sing-alongs. They also took home goodybags filled with gifts to keep them exited about reading! Â Here are a few pictures from this years event:
April is National Poetry Month! Pulitzer Prize-winner and 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine speaks on campus Wednesday, April 17th, 7:30 p.m. in Whitehead Auditorium, Fine Arts Building.
View books of poetry by Philip Levine from Odum Libraryâ€™s collection as part of the Poetry at VSU exhibit, located in the first floor display cases on the libraryâ€™s north side.Â There youâ€™ll also see many collections of poetry by contemporary authors alongside classic poets such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Dickinson.
We have copies of federal tax forms here at Odum Library, in the Reference area on the second floor.Â We canâ€™t advise you on how to complete your tax return, but we can help you reach the forms, instructions, and schedules.
Remember that you can also e-file through the IRS web site. Some options are free, and there is also advice for purchasing software or using a commercial preparer.
Unfortunately, our supply of Georgia 500 and 500EZ forms and instruction booklets in print is gone, and no more are available from the state. You’ll need to go online to find Georgia state tax forms. E-filing is an option, but it’s free only for qualified individuals within Georgia. For further guidance, go to the Georgia Department of Revenue site.Â If you need tax publications from other states, check out this interactive map provided by the Federation of Tax Administrators.
March 3rd through 9th marks National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Invasive species include plants and animals that might seem harmless, but are taking over our native habitat. Most of us are familiar with the invasive Southern Crabgrass:
Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
The Burmese Python has earned much attention lately for populating the Everglades National Park and surrounding parts of Florida, where more than 1,800 of the snakes have been removed since January 2000.
Photo by National Park Service
Find out what invasive species might be in your back yard with the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States, supported in part by the University of Georgia, and through this information page about invasive species, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Â See more information about invasive species–and what you can do–at the Government Documents Exhibit, in the Odum Library Reference Area.
The art display outside the Hub on the 2nd floor features paintings by Elantu Baiat Veovode.
Many of Veovode’s works are based on mathematics, repeating motifs and knots around a number.
“The use of plants and animals in my designs defines my work. I begin with the zoomorphs, arranged in a pleasing mathematical relationship to one another, and then design the knotwork to complement the figures. In many cases, the knotwork is designed to describe movement associated with the animal.”
The three examples of her more recent work– shown on the west wall of our gallery space– incorporate images from physics and string theory.
As many of you have probably heard, the university recently sent out a notice that all classes and campus activities taking place after 5 PM were cancelled. However, you can still stop by Odum Library to get in out of the rain and put your free time to good use! We’ll still be maintaining our regular hours tonight, which means we’ll be open until 2 AM and our Internet Cafe will be open all night.