Friday, January 28, 2011

ProQuest Maintenance

We would like to inform you that ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on January 29, 2011. A twelve-hour maintenance window will be required for this from Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

The following products will be unavailable during this time:

-ProQuest platform products, such as Research Library and ProQuest Newspapers
-Chadwyck-Healey products
-Genealogy and local history products, including Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online
-K-12 products, including SIRS

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Introducing LearningExpress Library

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Second installment of the 2011 Faculty Research Forum Series.

Please join us for the 2011 Faculty Research Forum Series. The one hour forums are held from 12:30 - 1:30, and offer an excellent opportunity for the faculty to share their research interests with faculty, staff, students, and the community. Each hour long forum consists of two twenty minute presentations and a twenty minute question period.

There are two more forums scheduled this year on January 27th and February 3. The second installment this year will be presented by Dr. Daniel Gullo, Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Kimberly Shaw, Director, Math & Science Learning Center, and Dr. Zdeslav Hrepic,
Assistant Professor in Physics Education.

Dr. Daniel Gullo will be Presenting:

The Fragmentary World of the the Post-Medieval Book: A Bonaventure Fragment from the Library of Joan Jeroni Besora

Whether as fragments, loose leaves, or whole folios, early modern European printers and book owners readily used medieval manuscripts as binding aids, cover pages, or flyleaves for their printed books. In sixteenth-century Barcelona, the early modern library of Joan Jeroni Besora, a canon and president of the Generalitat, demonstrates how the city's booming printing industry pilfered libraries for manuscripts to use as materiel for binding their new publications. More than finding lost texts, however, the investigation of Bersora's collection unfolds the development of libraries in Barcelona as they moved between religious institutions, to private collections, to the creation of a university library system.

Dr. Kimberly Shaw and Dr. Zdeslav Hrepic will be presenting:

Open Policy for Wireless Computers in Classrooms: Lessons from CSU Implementation

As mobile computing devices become more ubiquitous, so does their presence in university classrooms. Recently, an increasing number of studies as well as a number of media articles have been looking into possible adverse effects of open policies for using wireless ready computers in classes. In this study we gauge performance of students who were encouraged to voluntarily bring their personal wireless computers to introductory physics classes. We compare frequency with which students utilized computers with their test scores and the course grades and contrast them with available background measures such as HS GPA and SAT Math scores. We also gauge student attitudes and recommendations related to DyKnow software and Tablet PC usage in this and other courses.

We hope that you join us for this educational and informative series. Also, please take a look at the third and final installment this year.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Come Join Us for An African American Read-In

Columbus State University Libraries will present An African American
Read-In on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Schwob
Library – Forum Area (1st Floor). Light refreshments will be served.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come and join in the READ-IN.

The READ-IN is a gathering of friends sharing their favorite readings
(poetry, prose). We ask that materials selected be from works authored
by African Americans and readings be confined to five (5) minutes.

To register to participate, please sign up at the Schwob Library’s
Reference Desk or contact Paula Adams at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If You Have Thesis Binding Questions, We Have the Answers

If you have ever written or are currently writing an Honors or Master’s thesis you know how much time, research, and effort goes into this requirement for your degree and graduation. That’s why here at the library we feel that the last thing you should worry about is how to get your work bound and finalized. In order to help you facilitate this process quickly and cleanly we have put together step by step instructions on how to prepare, pay, and arrange final delivery of your bound thesis. You can find this information under Periodical Procedures on the Technical Services Department page on the libraries website or here listed below.

Theses binding policies
  1. Theses should be turned in for binding to Mr. Brian Hulsey,( 568-2463) in the Schwob Library, Room 114

  2. Theses are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.

  3. Three copies must be printed on 100% cotton bond paper. Two of these copies are retained by the library; the other is a departmental copy.

  4. If the theses include CD's, two copies of the CD must be submitted. The CD's should be labeled with the student's name and the title of the thesis. The Library will place self-adhesive CD pockets only in the back of the two library copies of the thesis. The student is responsible for putting CD pockets in the other copies.

  5. Each copy submitted for binding must be in a separate manila envelope. Each envelope should be marked with the student's name, degree earned, and semester and year of graduation. The three envelopes containing the library copies and the departmental copy must be clearly marked as such to differentiate them from personal copies. (See details on Thesis Binding Checklist (PDF)).

  6. The library considers all theses presented for binding as being in their final form. All editing and collating must be completed prior to submitting the material to the library. No material will be returned for revision once it has been accepted for binding.

  7. The library assumes no responsibility for, and will not correct, misspellings or collation errors (missing pages, misnumbered pages, etc.).

  8. If there are separate illustrations that accompany the thesis text, they must be glued in by the student. The library will provide special glue for this procedure.

  9. All copies to be bound must be paid for in advance and turned in together.
    The student will pay for the binding of all copies (the three required copies and any personal copies that he/she desires). Cost of each copy will be $12.50 (effective August 2010). Checks should be made payable to Columbus State University Library. The check should be given to the Periodicals Assistant.

  10. The student will complete a CSU Binding File Slip at the time copies are turned in and paid for. This slip will serve as the student's receipt. (Printable Binding Slip (PDF))
    Price for each copy includes gold lettering for author's last name and year on spine and full author and title on the front cover

  11. Theses will be bound in the following colors:
    blue - Public Administration and Music
    green - Computer Science
    red - Environmental Science
    purple - Honors

  12. Mr. Hulsey will inform the student of the estimated date of return for the bound theses. Normally, bound theses will be ready approximately 4-6 weeks after drop-off at the library. However, the bindery's pick-up schedule may affect turnaround time.

  13. Thesis authors are responsible for picking up any personal copies as well as departmental copies (if applicable). Thesis authors moving out of the area immediately after graduation should make arrangements to have their personal and departmental copies picked up by another person. Please provide local contact information on this other person on the Binding Slip. The Periodicals Assistant will notify the author, or his designee, when a thesis is ready for pickup. Theses may be picked up Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.

Thesis Binding Checklist (PDF)
Printable Binding Slip (PDF)

We hope this helps you finalize your work and degree swiftly and virtually stress fee. If you have any questions, comments or concerns dealing with this subject, please call Mr. Brian Hulsey at (706) 568-2463 or email him at

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive Now Available

The Digital Library of Georgia and Columbus State University are pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive
provides online access to five newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922. Consisting of over 57,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006).

Historic Newspapers databases from the Digital Library of Georgia requires the DjVu plug-in.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Films On Demand Webinar Series.

We would again like to highlight the fantastic resource and teaching tool Films On Demand, and once again invite you to learn more about this valuable service.

Films On Demand is a web-based digital video delivery platform that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Lease or purchase one or one hundred videos, or subscribe to one or more of our subject-specific streaming video collections. Thousands of videos are available for in-class use and remote viewing from the library, in the dorm, or at home. The high-quality streaming videos can be accessed by librarians, faculty, and students through online card catalogs, learning management systems, and distance learning courses. And special features built into the Films Demand platform allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, store quick links to favorite videos, and manage their entire collection through an administrative reporting system.
Join us for a webinar to learn tips on best navigation and usage of Films on Demand. The webinar is open not only to librarians but to faculty and any other educators or administrators who want to know more, so please forward the registration information to anyone who may be interested.

Films On Demand Webinars.

The overview will contain the same content as previous overview sessions presented in
October-December. The Playlists and Sharing session will delve deeper into these features.

Films On Demand Overview

January 26 at 11:00-12:00 (registration deadline January 24)

Description: Films on Demand (Master Academic Collection) consists of
7,000 video titles (77,000 segments) in Humanities & Social Sciences,
Business & Economics, Health, and Science. Join the vendor trainer for
an in-depth look at this resource.

Films on Demand: Playlists and Sharing

February 22 at 11:00-11:30 (deadline February 21)

This 30-minute webinar will focus on using playlists to manage films
and segments of films and sharing them with others. Playlists can
consist of any combination of films or segments.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

First installment of the 2011 Faculty Research Forum Series.

Please join us for the 2011 Faculty Research Forum Series. The one hour forums are held from 12:30 - 1:30, and offer an excellent opportunity for the faculty to share their research interests with faculty, staff, students, and the community. Each hour long forum consists of two twenty minute presentations and a twenty minute question period.

This year we have three separate forums scheduled January 20th, 27th, and February 3. The first installment this year will be presented by Dr. Barbara Johnston, Assistant Professor of Art History and Dr. Angela Green, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Johnston will be presenting:

The Magdalene Model: Paradigm and Parallel in Louise of Savoy’s Vie de la Magdalene.

Among female saints, Mary Magdalene is second only to the Virgin Mary as a source of inspiration for Christian women. One of the saint’s most ardent devotees was Louise of Savoy, mother of French king Francis I. In 1516 Louise commissioned François Demoulin de Rochefort to produce a manuscript depicting the life of Mary Magdalene for her personal use. In the Vie de la Magdalene, Demoulin presents the saint as the exempla of Christian love and feminine virtue. By including issues of personal concern to Louise and establishing thematic parallels between the two women, Demoulin provided his patron with a model for her own devotions made more accessible through the correspondences in their lives. This paper examines the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Louise of Savoy as presented in the Vie de la Magdalene, elucidating the saint’s role as Louise’s spiritual paradigm and feminine parallel.

Dr. Green will be presenting:

Lost In Language: Rhetorical Illiteracy in The House Of Mirth, Absalom, Absalom!, And Invisible Man

This study explores rhetorical illiteracy within the novels of three writers spanning the first half of the twentieth century. Each novel grapples with the often baffling and sometimes alienating changes that swept through American culture and forever altered the texture, pace, and complexity of life as well as the lexicon with which we describe or shape it. Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (1905), William Faulkner’sAbsalom, Absalom! (1936), and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) might seem to have little in common with one another, depicting as they do such disparate experiences of American life. All three novels feature characters ill at ease in their putative “home” language and illustrate that literacy in the first half of the twentieth century was far more complex than is often assumed and not nearly so removed from the kinds demanded of present citizens of the “information age” and “knowledge economy.”

We hope that you join us for this educational and informative series. Also, please take a look at the upcoming speakers and topics.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Database of the Month: Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. The growing collection of 60,000-plus tracks includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera. They add repertoire according to the MLA publication ‘A Basic Music Library’ to ensure Classical Music Library will include at least one recording of each work listed. They also provide multiple recordings of most major works, to enable comparative listening. Classical Music Library also includes many works not in the MLA list, and is increasingly adding recordings by great performers and composers.

The newest release of Classical Music Library includes new features and updates from the previous interface. Most notably, they’ve added in an Album browse, which allows users to browse all classical works by album and find associated recordings of those works. They also have updated playlist functionality, which allows the user to annotate individual items in a playlist and link out to any item, whether it’s in the database or anywhere on the web. Users can also decide whether or not to share playlists with users at their institution or anyone who subscribes to Classical Music Library. They’ve also taken into consideration user feedback and users can now search for complete recordings of classical works through our Advanced Search. This way, users can limit their search results to only recordings where we have the complete work available instead of highlights/snippets.

Content will be added on a regular basis, and exciting new materials will be highlighted on the home page, so please check back regularly for updates.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Interlibrary Loan Electronically Delivered Articles are Coming to CSU!

We have some very exciting news for you all concerning the interlibrary loan department. Beginning January 10, 2011 all interlibrary loan article requests will be delivered electronically. An email will be sent to your CougarNet email address when it is available with instructions on how to retrieve the article. To view the article, you must log into your ILLiad account (Your Username and Password are the same ones you use to log in to Novell.) and click on "Electronically Received Articles" in the left column. Click on the pdf icon of the article you would like to view. Articles are available in PDF format for 30 days. During this time, you must print, save, or download. For student requests with a charge, the patron will receive an email stating that the fee must be paid in person (cash or credit card) or via phone (credit card) before the article will be made available online. Online payment is not available at this time. You have 30 days to print or save this article. If it is deleted accidentally, one may undelete the item and have the file restored by the interlibrary loan staff once within the allotted time period mentioned above.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact the interlibrary loan department at 706.568.2451 or

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New ProQuest Resources Page.

As you all know from our December 16 post, ProQuest has changed its interface. In order to help serve you better and answer any question you might have, we have created an electronic resource guide for ProQuest and the new interface. The page describes what exactly ProQuest is, a complete listing of the collections you have access to, a brief introduction to My Research accounts, and a great list of tutorials by subject area listed below...


ABI/INFORM and ProQuest Business databases

Dow Jones Factiva

Ethnic Studies

Fine & performing Arts


General Reference

Health & Medicine

ProQuest Medical Databases



Natural Science



Social Sciences


We hope that this helps you understand how to use and find the information and content for your research needs. If you have any question that the page and tutorials cannot answer please feel free to contact us via the Reference/Information Commons desk at: 706-562-1492 or 706-562-1493 or the Systems Department at: 706-565-3555 or

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hot New Gov Docs!

Over break, the CSU Libraries have kept busy with new projects for the new semester.

The government documents library website has now expanded to include a selection of "Hot New Gov Docs" recently added to the collection.

For those items especially hot off the presses, like the Department of Defense reports on the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, there are links directly to an online copy of the document. Many new items are also available in print in the display by the government documents department.

Information to Help with Your New Years Resolution

It's a new semester and a fresh start to a New Year. CSU libraries welcome you to come in and get ahead of the game with studying and using our resources. While you're here check out our new seasonal display on New Year's resolutions. We took the top resolutions from and found materials to help you reach your goals.
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit Smoking
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip has links to a wealth of government resources that can assist as well. The display also has fliers with information on giving back this year by volunteering with the local United Way.

Good luck in the new semester!

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