Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Hours

Image by chiaralily, Flickr.com User

The Main Campus Library will close on Friday, December 14th at 12 noon and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd at 8:00 a.m.

The operating hours for Wednesday, January 2nd - Friday, January 4th will be 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  The library will be closed the weekend of January 5th and 6th.

Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, January 7th.  To schedule your next visit to the library, please refer to the online calendar.

From all of us at the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, we wish you and yours the very best during this Holiday Season.  We look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

REMINDER: CSU Libraries Food Drive Ends December 12th

The Food Drive will continue through December 12th. Please drop off your non-perishable food items at the Holiday Display located at
the entrance of the Main Campus Library.

Thank you for your support!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

McNaughton Featured Book: Put on Your Crown

It’s becoming more and more difficult for women these days to accept themselves the way that they are. With pressure from society making us feel that we should look and act a certain way, self-loathing is on the rise. This is issue isn’t just limited to young girls; grown women have these problems as well.

Queen Latifah is a perfect example of a woman that is truly happy with herself. No matter how the media tries to change her, especially with digital enhancements of her photographs, she remains content with herself. “Put on Your Crown” is a book with the sole purpose of elevating the self-esteem levels of women in general.

This book illustrates the many adversaries she has been through concerning her image and being such a public figure. Each chapter teaches a different lesson creating the “path to Queendom”. Every girl can benefit from reading this book. We all could use a boost of self-esteem every once in a while.

“There seems to be an epidemic of lousy self-esteem in this country, especially among young women, and it concerns me deeply. We ladies have stopped putting ourselves first, and I wanted to share something with you that would help you feel empowered and make you recognize the individual and innate beauty that is you.” ~Queen Latifah

Guest Blogger:  Tiana Chatmon, CSU Student

Monday, November 26, 2012

Curious about the Mayan Armageddon?

So you're curious about the Mayan calendar predictions and the coming Armageddon? Check out Mayan history and culture in the virtual display from the CSU Libraries:  In the Stacks.
Special thanks to LuMarie Guth, CSU Librarian.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Creative Commons License Image by bennthewolfe, Flickr.com user

Main Campus Library Holiday Hours:

Monday, November 19th:
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 20th:
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 21st:
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 22nd;
Friday, November 23rd;
Saturday, November 24th;
and Sunday, November 25th

Regular Library hours resume on Monday, November 26th:
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Food Drive will continue through December 12th. Please drop off your non-perishable food items at the Holiday Display located at
the entrance of the Main Campus Library.

Thank you for your support!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Win an iPad!

Your completed GALILEO User Survey is your entry form.

Tell GALILEO what you like, what you don't like, and what you would like in the future.  The lucky iPad winner will be drawn randomly from the completed surveys.

The Survey will be open:  November 12 - 18, 2012

Take the GALILEO Survey: http://galileo2012.questionpro.com


Popular Magazines for Your Enjoyment

Remember those cool books that were made available to students for leisure reading…? Well now we have magazines! The Main Campus CSU Library has provided some popular magazines for students to read and skim through while we’re taking breaks from those monotonous textbooks. Hot coffee and a good magazine sound suitable for these chilly days. There are a few selections on topics such as home, news, entertainment, science, and my personal favorite, fashion. A few of the magazines that stood out to me were Forbes, Rolling Stone, Good Housekeeping, and WSJ. These popular magazines are located on the main floor on two separate walls against the stairs. Be sure to check out some of the magazines as you walk by. What magazines will you come across?

Guest Blogger:  Tiana Chatmon, CSU Student

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Race, Ethnicity, and Society Lecture Series

Race, Ethnicity, and Society Lecture Series
Thursday, November 8, 2012
3:30 p.m.

1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. Tyler Fleming

As part of its Master of Arts in History - Race, Ethnicity, and Society Lecture Series, Columbus State’s Department of History and Geography is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Tyler Fleming, CSU assistant professor of history, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Schwob Memorial Library. Fleming, who held the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship in African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, will lecture about, “Becoming ‘African’ in America: The Case of South African Jazz Performers in America, 1960-1980.” Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2012


[Disclaimer: The publishing company mentioned in this post and its respective content are fictional.]

Imagine that you have a research paper due in a couple of weeks. You have already done some preliminary research by scanning through a few abstracts online in order to come up with a decent topic. As you look through the abstracts, and maybe a few of the more relevant articles, you are ready to submit your topic. Later, you embark on your quest for relevant research in order to start writing. You’re fully equipped with a computer screen and a cup of coffee. As you read through the articles and abstracts, you begin to develop new ideas and start to think about how you want to construct your argument. This leads to the need for more specific research in a pool of relevant and semi-relevant articles that you have accumulated through a few hours of diligent burrowing through GALILEO and Google Scholar. But wait, you read an abstract that illuminates the figurative light bulb directly above your cranium. There it is…the article that will provide essential support for your main argument. Click. Excitement turns sour when you are redirected to a link to a traditional publishing site: “Welcome to The Far-Too-Expensive Publishers, Inc. website, where we are happy to charge you out the nose in order for you to access scholarly content!” You locate the link to the article that will be the source of the crux of your central argument, and potentially your paper’s salvation, under a muddle of pop-ups that encourage you to sign up for a 30-day trial of the journal for a very “reasonable” fee. You are disappointed to learn that you can purchase the article (and thus, have access to it), for only $43.99. Disgusted, you look click the “Find It” tab below that article in GALILEO to see if the article is available anywhere else in any other journal or database. Negative. You quickly think to use InterLibrary Loan but then realize that there might not be enough time to procure the article before the paper is due.  You try to find an article that is similar, and you find some interesting points that are useful to your research, but are nothing compared to the content in the elusive article shackled with the expensive ball and chain of traditional publishing.
This is but one example of the crisis of scholarly communication. A student denied access to an article for a research paper is bad enough. However, imagine this scenario applied to professionals. For example, if healthcare professionals cannot have access to updated scholarly information pertinent to their field, they cannot do their jobs effectively, and the same goes for any working professionals who conduct research on a regular basis. This affects anyone with any reason for learning, whether it is for professional or personal development.

What can we do about this? Open Access is the answer. Scholarly material that is open access is that which is available to all viewers and users. As opposed to traditional publishing, which charges users for access, open access is free for everyone’s use. This week is Open Access Week! Ask a Librarian today about how you can get involved to promote and support open access on your campus!

Guest Blogger: Charlotte Davis, CSU Student

Friday, October 19, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

On July 23, 2011, an extremely remarkable and talented artist passed. On that day family, friends, and fans all around the world mourned the death of Amy Winehouse. In this personal account from her father, Mitch Winehouse, all factors that shaped her rebellious personality and even her distinct look are uncovered.

Her father held nothing back when referring to Amy’s issues with drugs and alcohol. He describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her. Mitch also cleared up the tabloid rumors about her marriage with Blake Fielder-Civil. He explains that the greatest tragedy was that she had just seemed to be overcoming her demons.

This book is filled with a different perception of Amy Winehouse’s life through photographs and insights to her music, and stories of the real Amy. I feel all fans of Amy Winehouse should read this book. Not only to get an inside look at her life, but also to experience the love between a father and daughter. While her death was, as described by some, “a half-expected tragedy”, it was nevertheless devastating. She was definitely one of the greatest artists of this time.

The McNaughton Collection can be found near the stairs leading to the second floor of the main library. Every month up to 20 new books will be added to the shelves. So if there isn’t anything that catches your attention now, revisit the shelves next month for more interesting titles.

Guest Blogger:  Tiana Chatmon, CSU Student

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vietnam Era Lecture Series Continues

Dr. John Lupold
Vietnam Era Lecture Series Continues
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
12:30 p.m.
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. John Lupold, Professor Emeritus of History at Columbus State University, will present, “The Way We Were: Columbus during the Vietnam War” on Tuesday, October 16th, at 12:30 p.m. in the Schwob Library on CSU’s main campus. This is the second lecture in a year-long retrospective on the war, “The Vietnam War: Reflections on an Era” presented by the First Year Experience Program at Columbus State. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

This lecture will discuss a number of events that occurred in Columbus during the war, including the trial of Lt. William L. Calley, the Orphan Airlift, and the relationship between Fort Benning and the city of Columbus during that time.

Dr. John Lupold’s service at CSU spans 32 years, with seven spent serving as the Chair of the Department of History and Geography before retiring in 2004. He has been recognized for his contributions of service, research and leadership earning the CSU Educator of the Year Award in 1997 and as a recipient of the Georgia Humanities Council Award. His published works includes a biography of Horace King (Bridging Deep South Rivers: The Life and Legend of Horace King) and other works which chronicle and highlight the history of Columbus, Georgia.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fun and Fright!

There’s something about October that has some students looking for fun and fright. If that sounds like you, be sure to check out the virtual display of seasonal selections from the CSU Libraries: In the Stacks.

You may wish to bookmark the In the Stacks link as the theme is scheduled to change monthly -- http://columbusstate.libguides.com/inthestacks

If you do find yourself afraid of the dark, plan to leave the lights on!


Special thanks to LuMarie Guth, CSU Librarian.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


All I can say is “Wow!” The Main Campus CSU Libraries launched the Google ChromeBooks in late April. Between May and September 2012, we have seen a spike of 484.5% in the use of laptop computers and Google ChromeBooks combined! We expected an increase in student use during the library renovations in August. However, between August and September 2012, student use of ChromeBooks and laptops increased by roughly 143%! With these numbers, it is difficult to believe that not everyone has tried a Google ChromeBook. In the event you’re one of the few, why not try a ChromeBook today? (I have it from a very reliable source that they are the hottest things around!)

Happy Discovery!

Source: CSU Libraries

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vietnam Era Lecture Series

Vietnam Era Lecture Series Begin
Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:30 p.m.
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. Daniel Crosswell will present "A Brief History of the Vietnam War" on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. in the Schwob Memorial Library. This is the first in a monthly series of lectures about the Vietnam era. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

Dr. Crosswell, a distinguished military historian, is the first appointee of the
Col. Richard R. Hallock Distinguished Chair in Military History
in CSU’s Department of History and Geography.

Dr. Crosswell spoke last year on American exceptionalism and the drafting of the
Constitution as part of CSU's Constitution Day observance.

Dr. Crosswell arrived from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with expertise in World War II and U.S. Military History in the postwar era. His published works include two nationally recognized monographs on Gen. Walter Bedell Smith and articles on allied command history in the European theater of operations in World War II.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Constitution Day Celebration

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

In honor of Constitution Day, you're invited to join us for a lecture by Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Easton.

Democracy: What is a 1/315,000,000 share worth?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. Easton enjoyed a long career in politics and government in Providence, Rhode Island before beginning his post graduate studies and teaching profession. For 12 years, he represented one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, a minority/majority ward, on the Providence City Council. For 6 years, he was City Council President. He also worked for the city in various capacities over the years as Assistant Director of the Home Improvement Program, Director of Code Enforcement and various positions in the planning department as well as founding and/or leading several non-profits in Rhode Island and Florida. He holds an A.B. in Urban Studies from Brown and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and earned his Doctorate this year from the University of Connecticut where he has taught for the last 9 years. He has also taught at Capital Community College, Clark University, Trinity College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and lectured at many colleges in Rhode Island and Florida.

Sponsored by the CSU Department of Political Science and the CSU Libraries.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

The Bag Lady Papers
is a memoir of exactly what the book cover says, “the priceless experience of losing it all”. Alexandra Penney, bestselling author and former editor-in-chief shows how a single parent’s worst nightmare became her reality. In December 2008, the woman who had feared all of her life of becoming a destitute bag lady became just that overnight. A more vocal victim of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, Penney lost almost everything she had ever earned. She channeled that anger to blog posts on The Daily Beast. The Bag Lady Papers tells her journey from having it all, to having nothing at all, and facing it. I cannot say that everyone has been in a position like Penney, but her honest struggle and strength portrayed in this work is not only admirable but inspiring. Seeing someone up so high, fall so far, and come back again should show us all that there is nothing we can’t overcome with the determination and focus had by Alexandra Penney.

I will work harder than I ever have before – which was pretty hard indeed – and see what happens. I have the feeling something good will come of it: tough, challenging work and laserlike focus have always paid off for me…. Was it better to have it and then lose it? Yes, yes, yes! Even though I lived with horrible bag lady fears of losing it all, now that those financial fears have materialized, I’m in good shape and looking to what’s next. Experiences – good and bad, exciting and boring, tragic and absurd – make up a life. Not to have lived to the fullest is the saddest, most irresponsible life I can think of. ~Alexandra Penney

The McNaughton Collection can be found near the stairs leading to the second floor of the main library. Every month up to 20 new books will be added to the shelves. So if there isn’t anything that catches your attention now, revisit the shelves next month for more interesting titles.

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chatmon, CSU Student

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

They're Here!

On Monday, our favorite photographer, Michelle Viers, spotted the arrival of the newest library furniture. According to Michelle, some students could barely wait for the new chairs to be unpacked! CSU student, Jessica D'Amato stated she likes the comfortable back support while enjoying the privacy of the tall furniture. For those who would rather "kick back", the bean bags remain popular for relaxing and listening to music.

Photos by Michelle Viers

Monday, September 10, 2012

Need Assistance with the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT??

LearningExpress Library™ is a collection of more than 1000 practice tests and skills tutorials for academic and career advancement, and more than 200 eBooks.

Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want — at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.

If you have an eye on graduate school, the Admissions and Placement Preparation Center offers full-length practice tests to help you earn a top score on the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and more. You'll also find complete preparation for the TOEFL, TOEIC, and CLEP.

In addition to the Admissions and Placement Preparation Center, you'll find the Job Search & Workplace Skills Center, the Jobs & Career Center, the U.S. Citizenship Center, and the Skills Improvement Center.

You can access LearningExpress Library™ via GALILEO or directly at: http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=leaa-col1

For more information about LearningExpress Library™, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-507-8671.

Wishing you much success!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Spotted at the Library!

Information Commons Assistant (and avid photographer), Michelle Viers spotted two students taking advantage of the brand new whiteboards. As secondary math majors, Jennifer Robinson and Tarah Crooks love using the whiteboards in lieu of chalkboards when working on math assignments.

Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. ~Mattie Stepanek (1990-2004)

Photos by Michelle Viers

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Inaugural Lecture Series

On Thursday September 13, 2012, the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, the Center for International Education, and the Department of History and Geography will begin the Inaugural Lecture Series for the M.A. in History, Race, Ethnicity, and Society with two distinguished speakers: Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers.

Renown authors, Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers have worked for six decades in promoting peace, in cultivating relations among international scholars, and in resolving ethnic and racial conflicts in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers were pioneering figures in the American Civil Rights struggle in the 1950s. They helped formulate the legal basis for the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, and were instrumental in the fight to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. They fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and have since dedicated their lives to promoting social justice and peace.

Lecture Schedule:
Thursday, September 13th
Dr. Wilma Iggers

“My Life in Revolutionary Times: Considerations of Race and Gender in Czechoslovakia, Canada, and the American South”
The Center for International Education, Spencer Event Hall, 12:30 PM

Dr. Georg Iggers
“Civil Rights in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1950s. Reflections of a Jewish Refugee from Nazi Germany”
Simon Schwob Memorial Library, 3:30 PM (Refreshments will be served at 3:00 PM)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What Happened to the Library?!

A few friends and I walked into the library on the first week of school. At first we were talking amongst ourselves, but as soon as we looked up we were all surprised. The library looked completely different. We looked around and saw a larger collection of computers for us students. There were more tables, which was a pleasant surprise. Many know that finding an open table around finals could be considered an Olympic sport, but now there’s many for us to utilize. Along with the tables, there has been an addition of a new forum area with seating that can be moved. The new forum area is also equipped with a digital projector which will come in handy for upcoming presentations. My favorite part of the new renovation has to be the extremely comfortable and stylish seating that the library has provided for us. The bean bag chairs were so comfortable students would fall asleep in them. Well, I've already seen a few people dozing off on our new furniture. In my opinion, comfort is an important part of effective studying. The new design of the library is perfect for study groups and/or individual studying. More computers, more tables, a forum area, study rooms with white boards and comfortable, functional furniture makes the library more appealing for school related tasks and projects.

Tiana Chatmon, Guest Blogger

Photos by Michelle Viers

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Want to Get Away From it All?

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Liberal, or Conservative, surely you are like me in that you want to get away from it all -- for a little while anyway. With seventy days before the election, there’s plenty of time to decide how you will cast your votes. In the meanwhile, take time to kick back with a good book. Might I recommend “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” by David Sedaris?

David Sedaris has been likened to a modern-day Aesop. His “darkly comic and deeply cynical (if somewhat rambling) morality stories are enacted by animals.” As an animal lover (currently, I have a spider living inside the side mirror of my car), I enjoy the commentary offered by a variety of animals. The commentary includes “casual racism, self-congratulatory sanctimony, poor excuses for adultery, and fad spiritualism, among other common societal ills.”*

“Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” is one of the books offered in CSU Libraries’ McNaughton Collection. This collection, over 200 titles strong, contains the hottest releases by popular authors.

For those of you who cannot stay away from politics for too long, don’t stress! We have titles by President Jimmy Carter, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice – just to name a few.

I’ll look to see you at the McNaughton Collection (near the 1st floor elevator). No fighting over the books, please.

*Source: Publishers Weekly

Simone, Guest Blogger

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ARTstor Mobile is Now Available on Android

You may now access the more than 1.4 million images from the ARTstor Digital Library on your Android-powered devices.

Simply visit www.ARTstor.org from your device, click the "Enter here" button, and install the free app.

ARTstor Mobile for Android provides read-only features such as searching, browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. The Flashcard View allows you to test your knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record.

ARTstor Mobile is also available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch through the Safari browser. There's no need to download special software, just visit www.ARTstor.org from your mobile device.

If you have questions or need assistance using ARTstor, please visit the ARTstor Help Wiki:

Happy Mobile Discovery!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trying to Give Up Spam?

Are you trying to give up Spam? Perhaps, I should clarify. I'm not talking about Spam the luncheon meat that's been around for 75 years (though it's been said that Spam should only be eaten in moderation).

Do you want to give up spam (unsolicited messages or junk mail) AND please your professors at the same time? Blekko (trademarked as blekko - lowercase) may be the answer for you!

A spam-free search service, blekko uses slashtags to search by date, type of site, etc. Blekko's alignment with libraries is seen through its focus on high quality content.*

Please give blekko a chance and let us know what you AND your professors think!

Happy Discovery!

Guest blogger, Simone

CSU Libraries Hours

*Source: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/search/node/blekko

Monday, August 13, 2012


Welcome back!

The CSU Libraries have been busy this summer getting ready for your return. We're excited to announce that on Wednesday, August 15th the new and improved Information Commons will open. There will be 24 computers in the Commons for student use in addition to the 24 laptops and 34 ChromeBooks available for borrowing at the Circulation Desk.

In the coming days, look for beautiful new furnishings in addition to improved collaborative areas.

We're SO glad you're back!

Have a SUPER semester!

Library Hours: http://library.columbusstate.edu/about_us/hours.php

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CSU Libraries: Closed August 3rd - August 5th

The CSU Libraries will be closed on Friday, August 3rd; Saturday, August 4th; and Sunday, August 5th.

The Main Campus Library will re-open on Monday, August 6th at 8:00 a.m.

The Library hours are posted on the CSU Libraries website.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

GA and AL 1940 Census Records Now Available on Ancestry

Georgia and Alabama 1940 Census records are now available on the Ancestry Library Edition website. Earlier this year, the CSU Libraries published a blog posting about the release of the records by the National Archives: http://csulibraries.blogspot.com/2012/04/1940-census-released.html However, the records could only be searched by address.

Since the release, Ancestry Library Edition has been working to index millions of records in order to provide searchable information. The project is ongoing, but records for Georgia and Alabama were recently completed. Individuals who lived in Georgia and Alabama can now be searched by name. Ancestry Library Edition is available using the Databases A to Z tab in GALILEO and may only be accessed while inside the Library. To search the 1940 Census and get a complete list of states indexed, click on the link under Census Collections on the main page.

Guest Blogger: LuMarie Guth, CSU Librarian

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Who was Simon Schwob?

Simon Schwob (1886 - 1954), a Columbus industrialist and philanthropist was a strong supporter of the movement to establish a college in Columbus. He was also concerned with charitable and religious activities in the Columbus community. In line with Schwob's interests, the Simon Schwob Foundation was incorporated in 1949 as a religious, charitable, and educational foundation.

Columbus State University began as Columbus College in September of 1958. The Columbus College Library opened in the fall of 1959. The Columbus College Library became the Simon Schwob Memorial Library in 1973.

Construction for a new library was planned. The new Simon Schwob Memorial Library opened in March of 1975. The 85,000 square foot facility cost $2.5 million.

The Library is currently undergoing renovations. The renovations will modernize library services. The Simon Schwob Memorial Library continues its commitment to providing CSU Students and Faculty, as well as the Columbus community, the very best the Library has to offer.

Thirty-seven years after the portrait of Simon Schwob was placed in the newly constructed Library, Mr. Schwob continues to inspire. He's been recently spotted sporting a Google ChromeBook (see photo). Have you tried a Google Chromebook yet?

Source: CSU Archives

Guest Blogger: Simone

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CSU Libraries: Closed on Friday, August 3rd

The CSU Libraries will be closed on Friday, August 3rd for departmental meetings.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CSU Libraries' USGS Georgia Map Collection Available

Through a donation from the University of Georgia, CSU Libraries recently acquired an extensive collection of Georgia topographic maps. Published by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), the maps allow comparison of changes in topography and land use over time. Maps are available alphabetically by municipality. A full list of maps available in print at CSU can be found through the
Government Subject Guide

The USGS stopped distributing the maps in the late 1990's, but many current maps, as well as additional historic maps can be found free of charge online by using the USGS Map Locator and Downloader.

LuMarie Guth, CSU Librarian
Government Documents Coordinator

Friday, June 29, 2012

Please Pardon our Dust!

The first floor of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on the Main Campus is undergoing renovations. The renovations will modernize library services to include more seating space. The scheduled completion of the renovations is the first week in August. Until the renovations are completed, Students and Faculty may experience a temporary interruption of services. Thank you for your patience as we are committed to providing CSU Students and Faculty the very best our library has to offer.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

If you’re anything like me, movies which begin with the tag “Based on a True Story”, immediately get my attention. There is something captivating about a true story of triumph to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over. “Miracle on the Hudson” is that kind of story.

Husband and wife journalists, William Prochnau and Laura Parker interviewed 118 passengers from U.S. Airways Flight 1549 which was successfully ditched in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The Airbus was disabled after striking a flock of geese near Manhattan. “Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549” tells the riveting stories of ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the face of certain death. A must-read page-turner!

Simone, Guest Blogger

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Just released in ARTstor: Images from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

ARTstor and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation have released more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection in the Digital Library. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul C├ęzanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

“The Guggenheim is pleased to join ARTstor in sharing the breadth and diversity of the Guggenheim Foundation’s collection and archives with the educational community,” stated Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. “Education has been a central mandate of the Guggenheim since its founding in 1937. Through this collaboration, the museum further expands its reach by providing digital access to works in our collection, documentation of major exhibitions, and architectural photography of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry buildings.”

Christine Kuan, ARTstor’s Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President for External Affairs, states: “These important images from the Guggenheim’s superb collections will be widely taught and studied via ARTstor Digital Library’s network of educational and scholarly users—impacting current and future generations of students, scholars, curators, and researchers around the world for many years to come.”

Visit ARTstor to experience the Guggenheim Collection.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

Perhaps everyone has heard of Murphy’s Law. I think that maybe I am “Murphy’s Daughter.” Don’t get me wrong – I love my Daddy. He’s been a big part of my adult life. However, oftentimes his negativity, well, frankly, “wears me out!” I think it is easier for him to see the glass half-empty rather than half-full. When I think of the most peaceful, joyful people I know, it dawns on me that they tend to dwell on the positive. Maybe the “good life” we are all seeking begins with a positive attitude.

In 2007, Michael Gates Gill published his heartwarming memoir entitled How Starbucks Saved My Life. His most recent book How to Save Your Own Life was written as a reply to the overwhelming response Gill received from his first book. In How to Save Your Own Life, featured in the McNaughton Collection, Gill shares 15 lessons in finding hope in unexpected places. His lessons explain how to find true happiness at any age and at any stage in life. Gill’s words encouraged me to listen to my own heart, look at others with respect, be willing to ask for help, laugh more, and enjoy life for the wonderful adventure that it is meant to be.

Simone, Guest Blogger

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Naxos Music Library Releases its New Advanced Search

Naxos Music Library (NML), the world’s largest collection of streaming classical, jazz, wind band, choral, classic rock and world music, surpassed one million tracks in its online catalog. This benchmark further cements Naxos Music Library’s place as the pre-eminent educational music streaming service and a go-to resource for orchestras, schools, universities, and music lovers around the world.

To make everything much easier to find, the new NML Advanced Search is online and available for all to enjoy. Visit NML and click on "Advanced Search" in the main navigation bar. For instructions on using the Advanced Search, visit
the Naxos Music Library Blog.

Please Ask a Librarian or call Information Services (706-562-1492) if you have any questions.

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