Monday, April 30, 2012

Introducing the CSU ePress

CSU ePress Staff, L-R: Jackie Radebaugh, Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian, Charlotte Davis, and Anna Hale

The CSU ePress is our university's institutional repository (IR). By institutional repository, we mean a database that holds scholarly information specific to CSU, both written by, and utilized by members of our own institution for the benefit of the university as a whole. The digital repository will contain the electronic dissertations and theses (ETDs) of CSU students and faculty to begin with, but will eventually contain more scholarly information for the use of all members of the university as time progresses.

The CSU ePress will serve as a means by which students and faculty may access scholarly research generated by members of CSU, and the database will furthermore create opportunities for scholarly material to be composed of and added to the repository for the benefit of the CSU community.

The CSU ePress Institutional Repositories: Copyright Information for Authors brochure is available for download.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Google Chromebooks have arrived!

What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are a new type of computer: lightweight and fast to use; security built-in to protect against viruses or malware; one click-access to a world of apps and the web. It's a faster, simpler and more secure computer. Chromebooks run web apps which allow you to create documents, edit photos, and listen to music, and much more.

Stop by the CSU Main Campus Library and check out your Google Chromebook today!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

CSU Friends of Libraries Book Sale 2012

The CSU Friends of Libraries Book Sale 2012 was a great success. Special thanks to all who were involved in the planning, setup, and to those who volunteered to work the sale.

Photos by:
Eric VanBibber
Michelle Viers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1940 Census Released

Genealogists and researchers alike will be interested in the news that the 1940 Census was released on April 2, 2012. Because of privacy concerns, individual data gathered from a census cannot be released until 72 years have passed.

The 1940 Census can be accessed now from the National Archives and Ancestry (available at the CSU Libraries through GALILEO). To find a specific name, you need to know where the person was living in 1940. One way is to search old city directories. 1940 city directories for Columbus and Phenix City can be found in the CSU Archives. Another way to locate a person is by finding his or her Census Record from 1930 in Ancestry and converting the enumeration district to the 1940 Census, which works if the person did not move in the interim.

Because of the time spent on indexing, the Census is currently searchable by name in Ancestry for the states of Delaware and Nevada. The goal is to make it searchable in the near future for all fifty states.

Happy Discovery!

Favorite Children's Book Read-Out 2012

One of the events the CSU Libraries sponsored last week for National Library Week was the Favorite Children's Book Read-out. Thanks to the readers and to those who stopped by the veranda and shared the delicious lunch. Special thanks to our own Michelle Viers for sharing these great photos!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928. Consisting of over 77,000 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 now includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: 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 South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), 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). These archives can be accessed at

Viewing records in the Georgia Historic Newspapers databases from the Digital Library of Georgia requires the DjVu plug-in:

Happy Discovery! Happy National Library Week 2012!

McNaughton Collection - Featured Book

The McNaughton Collection is a great source of popular best-selling books. Speaking of popular items, I know almost all of you have a Facebook account. With 500 million users, its popularity speaks through the numbers. “The Facebook Effect” by David Kirkpatrick is a book which tells the “inside story” of Facebook, its creation, its successes, and its future. David Kirkpatrick worked closely with the executives of Facebook, including creator Mark Zuckerberg, to produce a best-selling book.

Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard Law School, first created as an extracurricular activity. Using the website, Zuckerberg incorporated a printed campus directory complete with the names and photographs of all freshmen students. Meanwhile, Harvard was doing the same thing. However, in Zuckerberg's version, students were allowed to add their own information about themselves. The new online directory grew rapidly until it was available to everyone with an email address, making Zuckerberg a millionaire.

David Kirkpatrick opens a door to the background and evolution of Facebook, told from Mark Zuckerberg’s perspective. The book will leave you with knowledge and awareness of Facebook’s high demand and power in this day and age. Don’t you want to know more about the most popular social networking site in the world?

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chichester, CSU Student

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

McNaughton Collection -- Book Feature

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog describing the new collection of books that arrived recently at the CSU Library. The CSU Library is one of many libraries across the nation to host the McNaughton Collection which is a compilation of current popular hardcover books.

For the month of April, I would like to highlight the book “Acceptance” by award-winning journalist David L. Marcus. The book tells the story of an experienced counselor, Gweyth “Smitty” Smith, who helps seven very different high school kids figure out what is best for each of them as they contemplate entering the world of college. “Acceptance” discusses a variety of students -- the jock, the free spirit, the valedictorian, etc. It also covers a variety of obstacles facing college students.

For many CSU students, this may be their final semester before graduation. Though the book's characters are high school students, their stories and obstacles will resonate with the college student. As a college student myself, like the characters in the book, I must decide what's next for my life -- graduate school, career, marriage, etc.

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chichester, CSU Student

National Library Week 2012 at CSU

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the kick-off of National Library Week on Monday at the CSU Main Campus Library!

The CSU Friends of Libraries Book Sale begins today in the Forum area of the Main Campus Library.

Monday, April 9, 2012

National Library Week 2012 Proclamation

The CSU Libraries is kicking-off National Library Week with a proclamation by Mark Flynn, Dean of Libraries this morning, Monday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the Library's Veranda on the CSU Main Campus. Join us for cake and punch as we celebrate National Library Week 2012.

National Library Week 2012 Proclamation

WHEREAS, libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge by providing free access to all;

WHEREAS, libraries work to meet the changing needs of their users, including building collections, expanding outreach services, providing access to technology and the Internet, and an ever increasing array of programming;

WHEREAS, our nation’s libraries provide a forum for diverse ideas and points of view that help us better understand each other and ourselves;

WHEREAS, librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn and work in a challenging economy;

WHEREAS, librarians design and offer programs to meet their community’s economic needs, providing residents with educational classes and workshops using Web based technology and providing access to job and career building information resources;

WHEREAS, libraries are part of the American dream, places for advancing education, opportunity and lifelong learning;

WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Mark Flynn, Dean of Libraries at Columbus State University proclaim, April 8-14, 2012 as National Library Week. I encourage everyone in this community to take time to visit your library this week and take advantage of the wonderful resources available @ your library. You belong @ your library!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Favorite Children's Book Read-out

In celebration of National Library Week, plan to join us for the Favorite Children’s Book Read-Out.

DATE: Thursday, April 12, 2012
TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: CSU Main Campus Library, Forum Area

Participants will include faculty, staff, and students who will share from their favorite children's books.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week, April 8 -11, 2012

The CSU Libraries will kick-off National Library Week with a proclamation by Mark Flynn, Dean of Libraries on Monday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the Library's Veranda on the CSU Main Campus. Join us for cake and punch as we celebrate National Library Week 2012.

“In 2011, over 1.4 billion Americans visited their local libraries. Protect this valued resource. Support our Nation’s libraries.” ~ Brad Meltzer, Author and Honorary Chair, National Library Week, 2012

Eisenhower Exhibition at the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower Exhibition
Make plans now to experience the Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier - Statesman - Artist Exhibition at the W. C. Bradley Co. Museum. The Museum is located at 1017 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA, 706-571-3412. The Exhibition is open Monday - Wednesday, 8 AM - 5 PM; and Thursday and Friday, 8 AM - 8 PM. There is no charge for admission. The Exhibition ends on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Sponsored by the Columbus State University Libraries and by Colonel Richard R. Hallock, Distinguished University Chair in Military History, the Exhibition features original paintings and lithographs by Dwight D. Eisenhower, including portraits by Thomas Stephens, who became Eisenhower's art teacher.

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