Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mark Your Calendars: Banned Books Readout

CSU Libraries' would like to announce its annual Banned Books Readout on September 27th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Readers will choose selections from an array of books and poetry that have been banned or challenged in the United States and abroad. The program is below.

Join us in celebration of Banned Books Week to recognize the continued struggles against censorship.

Refreshments will be provided.

Stop into Schwob library to check out a banned or challenged book from Banned Books Week display.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Puzzle Watch

The summer ocean puzzle was finished in the knick of time before the official beginning of fall. A team worked at the library throughout Tuesday with the last piece popping in late afternoon. The finished puzzle will be on display throughout the week, so stop in to Schwob Library for a look. It's kinda like scuba diving but with more fish! The fall classes are starting to speed up, but for needed breaks we are beginning work on the first puzzle of the fall season, an ice cream shop.

Blue Note Records Catalog is Now in the Naxos Music Library - Jazz

CSU Libraries are proud to report that the Blue Note Records catalog is now available in Naxos Music Library - Jazz!

Blue Note Records, established in New York by German-born record executive Alfred Lion and art director Francis Wolff in 1939, is a renowned jazz label that has produced a number of legendary albums including John Coltrane's "Blue Train" and other classic albums from iconic artists such as Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter
and many others. The label is revered by jazz fans across the globe.

Throughout the fifties and early sixties and continuing for the next five decades, Blue Note continues to discover and launch impressive talents to a new level.

For more information, please visit the Naxos Music Library Blog at:

Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collections of Jazz music available online.

For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call the Music Library at: 706-641-5046.

Happy Listening!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Constitution Day Speaker on American Ideals

To honor the last meeting of the Constitution Convention on September 17, 1987, Constitution Day was made a federal holiday. In recognition, Dr. Dan Crosswell, Chair of the Military History program at CSU, gave a talk Wednesday at Schwob Library. He discussed the ideologies that led to the drafting of the Constitution and the shaping of American government, as well as their lasting effects to the present day. The program was sponsored by the Departments of Geography and History, the library, and the Student Political Awareness Association. The full-video of the event has been made available for viewing by the SPAA.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Banned Books Week Read-Out

The week of September 24 - October 1, 2011 is Banned Books Week (BBW).

The Schwob Memorial Library will be hosting a “Read-Out” that will take place on Tuesday, September 27 from 12:30 - 1:30 and will feature CSU faculty and staff reading from their favorite banned books.

Banned books are defined as books that have been banned and/or challenged, sometimes through court action, by individuals and/or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Books that have been on a banned books list at one time or another include such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as more recent titles like Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

For more information on BBW and a list of frequently challenged books, visit the ALA website. You may also want to consult a book in the library's Reference Collection: Banned books : 2004 Resource Book by Robert P. Doyle, Call Number: Ref Z658.U5 B36.

By participating in the Read-Out, you will be speaking out against censorship and showing students that the members of the CSU faculty and staff support their right to read. On a higher level, we are letting our students know that CSU is a university that supports intellectual and cultural diversity through the free exchange of ideas.

Please join us!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome Mark Flynn!

Please join the CSU Libraries in welcoming Mark Flynn as the new Dean of Libraries at CSU!

Dean Flynn is the former director of the Florida Electronic Library and information technology programs for the Florida Division of Library and Information Services. He holds an education specialist degree in library science from the University of Alabama, a master’s in archives administration and records management from the University of New Orleans, a master’s in library science from the University of Alabama and bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, English and fine arts from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

For more information about Dean Flynn, please read a profile about him in the CSU News!

Welcome Dean Flynn!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Constitutution Day Lecture on September 14 at 12:30

The History and Geography Department, CSU Student Political Awareness Association, and CSU Libraries present a Constitution Day lecture by Dr. Dan Crosswell.

Dr. Crosswell comes to Columbus State this year as the Colonel Richard R. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History.

His talk will focus on American exceptionalism and the drafting of the Constitution.

Please join us 12:30 to 1:30 Wednesday, September 14 in the library forum on the first floor of Schwob Memorial Library to celebrate this historic document.

Refreshments will be served.

Check Out the New Features for Films on Demand

You may have noticed a slick new interface and some new features when accessing the Films on Demand (FOD) database. Here are a few of highlights:

*Redesigned Interface*
The new interface is designed to make it simpler to navigate the platform and easier to find and use the videos you need. The new streamlined interface includes a revised home page that displays a dynamic list of all of the individual subjects to which each institution subscribes, showcasing recently added videos for each. In addition, each subject now has a unique landing page. To access a subject page, you can click on the new "Subjects" drop-down menu at the top of any page. To view a complete index of all of the subjects in your institution's collection, click on the new "Index" link at the bottom of any page.

*New Video Player*
The new video player provides dynamic bit-rate switching for the optimum viewing experience, automatically adjusting within a 200K-through-1.5mb-bitrate range depending on the type of device being used and available bandwidth; users no longer need to select their target bandwidth themselves from a drop-down menu. As a result of this new player, the Windows Media format is no longer available. Any users with Windows Media as their default setting will be automatically converted to the new embedded player.

*Now iPad Friendly*
All of the FOD videos have been re-encoded in H.264 format to allow playback on any iOS device. With the new video player, you can now watch any titles in your On Demand collection on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. And our new design is optimized to allow easy navigation of the On Demand platform from either a computer or an iPad with an Internet connection.

*New Special Collections for Key Producers*
It is now easier to browse titles from some of our most popular producers. The "Special Collections" tab at the top of every screen lists these producers; just click on any producer's logo to access a list of all their titles in your collection, organized by subject category.

*Improved Browse & Search Options*
Users can now navigate to the new Subject pages and Special Collections using an improved top navigation from any screen. Once on these pages, the new platform offers many additional sorting and filter options. The basic search has been enhanced with a new Search Assist autocomplete feature: when users type a keyword in the search box, suggested full titles or segment titles that contain that keyword appear. Users can now also cross-search multiple subjects and Special Collections using the Advanced Search tools.

*My Playlists Has Folder*
For FOD accounts, users can now create folders to better organize their playlists just as they can with favorites.

*Upcoming Training*
Register for vendor training from Films on Demand at
Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction - September 13, October 12
Films On Demand: Using Playlists, Favorites and Sharing - October 4

Films on Demand consists of 7,000 video titles (77,000 segments) in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Health, and Science. Also included is the new collection of United Newsreels which includes an additional 260 titles (1,250 segments).

Happy Viewing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Early Journal Content on JSTOR

Yesterday, JSTOR announced that it is making journal content published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals.

For more information about the Early Journal Content, please see:

A detailed FAQ about the program is online at:

Films on Demand and LexisNexis Training from GALILEO

Join vendor trainers from Films on Demand and LexisNexis for general overviews and topical webinars of interest to students and faculty. Registration is available at
  • Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction—September 13, October 12
  • Films On Demand: Using Playlists, Favorites and Sharing—October 4
  • LexisNexis Academic Overview—September 20, December 6
  • LexisNexis for Business Research—September 27
  • LexisNexis for Legal Research—December 7
For more information about Films on Demand and LexisNexis, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Search ARTstor Today

CSU Libraries are very happy to report that access to ARTstor has been restored to all CSU students, faculty and staff! We sincerely apologize for the access problems that you have experienced and we thank you for your patience as we worked with ARTstor and UITS to resolve the problems.

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. The ARTstor community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. For more information about the ARTstor Digital Library, please see the ARTstor Features Brochure.

You can access ARTstor via GALILEO or directly at:

For more information about ARTstor, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Database of the Month: JSTOR

One of CSU Libraries' most popular databases is JSTOR.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content. It is a rich database repository of full-text journal articles that covers the arts and sciences.

CSU Libraries provide access to the following JSTOR collections:
  • JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II, III, IV and V
  • JSTOR Life Sciences
  • JSTOR Plant Sciences
An overview of special features in JSTOR is online at: Other tutorials available are:
You can access JSTOR both on campus and at home.

Accessing JSTOR on campus is easy. Simply go to GALILEO and click on JSTOR under the Databases A-Z tab.

Accessing JSTOR at home is also easy. Please see the short video about accessing all GALILEO databases at: You will also need to make sure that your browser has the following settings:
  • Accepts Cookies
  • Allows for Pop-Ups
You can select these settings under the Tools menu on most browsers.

For further assistance with JSTOR, please Ask a Librarian or call: 706-562-1492.

Happy Searching!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

JSTOR Service Alert for September 9 & 10

On Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, JSTOR will be performing site maintenance that requires a “read-only” period for these two days.

During this scheduled maintenance, users will be able to search, browse, and access and download PDF files for content in JSTOR. They will not be able to save citations, reset passwords, create or update MyJSTOR accounts, or purchase articles.

JSTOR is a full-text database that covers a wide variety of topics. JSTOR attempts to include all issues of covered titles back to volume 1. Some titles extend back to the mid-1800's. Many titles go back to the early 1900's. Most titles have a publisher's embargo, so the most current volumes are not available. JSTOR has recently begun including index information for more recent volumes of a select number of titles that are available full-text through Project MUSE.

More information about JSTOR can be found online at:

For assistance with JSTOR and library research, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-562-1492

Happy Searching!

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