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Upcoming Library Renovations – Starting July 5th

by Michael Holt on July 2, 2018 in Uncategorized
Starting on July 5th, Odum Library will begin renovations to transform the north side of the second floor.  To make these changes, this area of Odum Library will be closed during the renovation.  
A map of the second floor of Odum Library. The Northeast quadrant of the floor is greyed out, signifying that it is the area under renovation.
Once this project is complete, students, faculty, and staff should expect to see the new location of the Academic Support Center, additional study rooms, and an upgraded, modernized study space.
To help you plan accordingly, please note the following:
  • The entire north side of the library will be closed July 5th and July 6th. During this time, the south side will remain open.
  • The entire library will be closed on Saturday, July 7th.
  • The entire north side of the library will remain closed July 8th – 9th, but the south side will resume usual operations. 
During the renovation, the only access to Odum Library  will be through the south side entrance facing One Mile Creek and the Fine Arts Building. 
Odum Library's south entrance, taken from the pinetum, showing the stairs up to the entryway.
In addition, during this period of time, please visit our first floor circulation desk (located near the south side entrance) to check out/return books, access Reserve Materials, and pick up InterLibrary Loan and GIL-Express requests.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding! We look forward to seeing these changes and upgrades to our library space.
If you have any questions about the renovation process, please feel free to contact us


New GIL-Find Catalog Interface Available May 21st.

by Michael Holt on May 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

On Monday, May 21st, the look of our GIL-Find library catalog will be changing. This new interface will replace the current version and is intended to provide a simpler and cleaner way to use the catalog that also adds some new functionality.

In the new user interface, what was once on separate tabs in search results will now be accessible on one screen. In addition, the option to cite, email, and save records will be accessible directly from the results list.

The drop down menu that contains options for “exact”, “starts” with, and “contains” will no longer be available in the simple search and will only be available through advanced search. There will also be some links that were only available in the footer that were moved to the header and are accessible through the “Show More” options.

For more information, please see the recent GIL-News article discussing the interface changes.

There will be a preview version of the new GIL-Find interface available through May 21st if you want to see what the changes will look like prior to launch.

We will have tutorials available at our GIL-Find guide on May 21st.

Should you have any questions about the changes to the catalog, please contact the library through email or our Live Chat service.

Brady Book Club

by Samantha Paul on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Brady Book Club

This week Odum Library kicks off their reading contest, Brady Book Club, to celebrate National Library Week and literacy. 

From February 11th until April 11th, check out a book from Odum Library and enter to win* a Kindle Fire.
To enter the drawing:
  1. Check out a book from Odum Library.
  2. Tell the person at the Circulation Desk that you want to participate. They will give you the Brady bookmark (see picture above).
  3. Enjoy your book. When you’re done, take a picture of your book with the Brady bookmark and post to Facebook or Twitter or Instagram tagging VSUOdumLibrary and including the hashtag #BradyBookClub**
Example: @VSUOdumLibrary This book was great #BradyBookClub
  1. Return the book and bookmark to the library.***

*Everyone can participate, but only students are eligible to win.

** If VSUOdumLibrary likes your post, we’ve received your entry – Make sure your privacy settings allow for us to find and like your post.

***Multiple entries are allowed

A winner will be selected via a Random Number generator on April 12th

The winner will be contacted via direct message via the social media platform through which the entry was received on April 12th.

The winner has until April 14th to collect their prize. If the prize is not collected during that time, a second number or winner will be selected.

International Tabletop Day

by Brett Williams on March 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

What's your game plan? International Tabletop Day April 2, 2016 Third Floor Odum Library Noon until 8:00 pm tabletopday.com


Join the library staff as we celebrate International Tabletop Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from noon until 8:00 PM.

International Tabletop Day is a celebration of all tabletop games. Several games from the Odum Library collection will be featured throughout the event. We have classics like the game of Life as well as some more time-consuming strategy games like Arkham Horror that you can check out any day of the week. If you are a fan of board games, or you just want to come out and see what the hubbub is about, stop by the 3rd floor of Odum Library Saturday, April 2, from noon until 8:00 pm. Along with the games, the library will be providing pizza, but you will need to bring your own drinks.

If you have any questions about the event you may contact Jonathan Klotz at jrklotz@valdosta.edu. We look forward to seeing everyone April 2nd.

Well, Hello, Pluto!

by Emily Rogers on July 16, 2015 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

This week the Earth is getting to know Pluto, the dwarf planet that the New Horizons mission has reached on its almost ten-year voyage throughout the solar system. We’re seeing close-ups of Pluto and learning more about the potential of our distant neighbor.

View videos about Pluto from NASA.gov’s feature “Pluto in a Minute.”  Learn interesting facts, such as why Pluto is now considered a “dwarf planet” rather than a full planetary member of our solar system, from the feature What Is Pluto?, part of the series NASA Knows.

You can congratulate NASA’s New Horizons team on the success of this mission by completing this form to relay your greetings, courtesy of the White House.

More photographs and data from New Horizon’s encounter with Pluto become available at a 1:00 pm EDT July 17th press briefing available on NASA TV.  See NASA TV’s schedules, streams, and more, and find out more during this historic week of frontier expansion. Throughout the year, you can keep in touch with what NASA is up to by viewing its Image of the Day series.  Onward, Horizon!

ILLiad Upgrade

by Jordan Downey on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, 2015, all ILLiad services will be down for an upgrade.

No ILLiad requests will be accepted or processed by the system during this time. The library strongly encourages you to retrieve, view, and download any electronically received articles now, since you will be unable to do so during the upgrade. The ILLiad service may be restored sooner than on Sunday, May 24th and the library will alert you if there are further delays. If you have any problems with the new interface, or if you have any questions, please contact Library Automation via automation@valdosta.edu.

International TableTop Day

by Jordan Downey on April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


Valdosta State University’s Odum Library will celebrate International TableTop Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Students, staff, and faculty, as well as the public gaming community, are invited to visit the library to both play and discover new board games, card games, dice games, and more. Many of these games are part of the Tabletop Games Collection at the library.

Children and adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring their favorite games to share with others in attendance.

Pizza and drinks will be served.

Designed to strengthen bonds with family and friends, International TableTop Day activities are coordinated locally by the Odum Library Tabletop Games Committee in conjunction with Valdosta-area partner The Geek Society.

This is the university’s third year celebrating International Tabletop Day.

TableTop Day 2014 was celebrated in 80 countries, over all seven continents, and boasted more than 3,000 events, like the one hosted by VSU’s Odum Library.

Contact Jonathan Klotz in the Odum Library at jrklotz@valdosta.edu to learn more.

Honoring the History of Women

by Emily Rogers on March 3, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

April is Women’s History Month.  While this FDLP entry is focusing on government information sources as usual, our slide this month features a photograph of a Georgia State Women’s College student volunteers’ traveling Library Project funded through the Nation Youth Administration (NYA) and the Works Project Administration (WPA) to help bring library service to rural communities. (1938 GSWC Bulletin, courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.)

Womenshistorymonth.gov offers links to an interactive 3D model of Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a collection of nursing pioneer Clara Barton’s archived correspondence and other documents, a PBS documentary on photographer Dorothea Lange, and a feature on women in the military.

Women’s History Month has existed since 1982; view President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation declaring its creation, courtesy of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project.

The National Park Service hosts a multitude of sites honoring women’s history; tour a selection of these sites at the Service’s Inside Story feature.

The Census Bureau’s Facts for Features for March 2015 features interesting facts about women’s history in the United States.  For instance, as recorded in December 2013, the population of women in the U.S. was 161 million, compared to 156.1 million men.

During March 2015, learn more about women’s history, and be sure to honor the contributions of women local, regional, and national.

Finals Week – Extended Hours and Tips

by Jordan Downey on November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

All floors of the library will be open 24 hours a day for Finals Week beginning Sunday Dec, 7 at 12 P.M. and ending Thursday night, December 11 at 2 A.M.

Advice from your librarians:

  • DON’T LEAVE YOUR STUFF UNATTENDED. Not a laptop, a textbook, or a purse. Not even a phone charger. This holds true all year long, but right now you’re so distracted that you forget to keep an eye on your things. It doesn’t matter if you’re just going to the bathroom or if you’re going next door to grab a Philly cheesesteak from Nathan’s. If you leave your things behind, they might not be there when you get back!
  • You can alleviate this problem just by studying with a buddy. Then you can look out for each other! We have lots of study rooms available on the first and third floor. They’re first come, first served, so don’t bother trying to reserve one. Get together and finish up your group projects, proofread each other’s papers, or help each other study for your finals!
  • Backup your documents! You spend a lot of time working on papers. Don’t let it go to waste just because you lost your flash drive!  Save your documents in a couple of different places. Your VSU Office 365 email account includes 1TB OneDrive for cloud storage where you can safely stash your papers in several Web apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
  • If you need quiet to write, try the 3rd floor computer lab (the “quiet lab”) by the south staircase. It’s a designated quiet zone!
  • Finally, remember that we’re all a little stressed out right now, so be nice to one another. :)

BioOne.1 – Newest Full Text Database Acquired by Odum Library

by Jordan Downey on September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Odum Library is pleased to announce that BioOne.1 has been added to the library’s online holdings and is available on the Odum Library Biology Research Guide and in GALILEO.  BioOne.1 includes 108 high-impact biological, ecological and environmental sciences journals from more than 82 scholarly publishers.  All of the BioOne.1 full text articles and journals, some dating back to 1998, with the majority covered from 2000, are now included or covered in a Discovery search

BioOne.1  is an online aggregation of primary research in the fields of organismal biology, ecology, zoology, and environmental science.  A  valuable resource for students, faculty, and researchers, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, and ecology and biodiversity conservation.  BioOne Mobile means all of this content is available from your iPhone, Android, Blackberry or tablet device.

BioOne is a nonprofit publisher established in 1999 by five founding organizations:  the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), The University of Kansas, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and Allen Press, Inc.  Valdosta State University is delighted to now be added to a community of 4,000 accessing institutions, over 140 society and institutional publishers,  and millions of researchers worldwide that are currently already served by BioOne.

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