Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Closing Hours

CSU Libraries will be closed from December 14th to January 1st.  The Libraries will reopen on January 2nd at 8:00 AM.

For more information, please see:

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Library Hours During Final Exams

Library Hours During Final Exams

* December 3rd - December 5th: 7AM - 2AM *

* December 6th: 7AM - 7PM *

* December 7th: 12PM - 8PM *

* December 8th: 12Noon- 12Midnight *

* December 9th: 7AM - 2AM *

* December 10th: 7AM - 10PM *

* December 11th - December 13th: 8AM - 5PM *

Monday, December 2, 2013

Arden Showcase Event

Stop by the library on December 3rd from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Arden Showcase featuring art, poetry, fiction and nonfiction works. This event will be held in the forum area at the Schwob Library, main campus. Lunch will be provided. Please see below for more information: 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Just a friendly reminder that the Schwob Library, Main Campus has special hours during Thanksgiving: 

Wednesday, November 27, 7am - 3pm
Thursday-Saturday, November 28-30, Closed
Sunday, December 1, 5pm-10pm

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Classical Music Library

Did you know that classical music is the perfect genre of music to listen to while studying for final exams? The Classical Music Library (CML) database allows you to stream music without the interruption of annoying advertisements! There are many advantages to the CML including creating personal playlists and the free biweekly download.  In addition, this online music library has a wide variety of genres to choose from including the Blues, Rock and Holiday music.

To access the Classical Music Library, go to the CSU Libraries' site, and click on "GALILEO" under "Resources."  Look for the Classical Music Library under "Databases A-Z." If you need the GALILEO password, simply access your GIL account or call the library for assistance, 706-507-8670. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Independent Writer Workshop

Have writer's block or just need help with those research papers?  Join us for,"The Independent Writer: YOU" on Wednesday, November 20 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m at the Schwob Library Forum Area, 1st floor, next to the McNaughton Collection. For more information please visit:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Check Out Films on Demand!

Did you know CSU Libraries subscribes to educational films such as those produced by BBC, PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic and much more? This can all be accessed through Films on Demand (FOD). Through this database, you have the option to create a playlist, share, and stream your favorite videos!  In addition, FOD covers a wide variety of topics from Anthropology to Music & Dance to Political Science; there are thousands of films to choose from!  

To access FOD, go to the CSU Libraries' website, and select GALILEO databases under "Resources." Films on Demand is listed in "Databases A-Z."  If you need the GALILEO password simply access it through your GIL account or call the Schwob Library at  706-507-8670. 

Tell us below, what is your favorite documentary film? 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Privacy Rights vs Public Safety Lecture

First Year Experience (FYE) is sponsoring a faculty lecture to continue the conversation begun by Lucinda Roy's book, No Right to Remain Silent about campus safety, privacy rights, and public policy. Theresa Willey, from the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, will deliver "Privacy Rights vs. Public Safety: Has Society Prepared the Crime for the Criminal to Commit?" Her presentation will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 12:30 p.m., in the Simon Schwob Library forum area. Refreshments will be provided starting at 12 noon. Please see flyer below for more information:

Continuing the conversation …
First Year Experience© presents

Privacy Rights
Public Safety:
Has Society Prepared the Crime for the Criminal to Commit?

Professor Theresa Willey
Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology
Tuesday, November 12
12:30  CSU Library
Light refreshments at noon       
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Guess what's in the works...

Columbus State University Libraries is launching a new Facebook page very soon!  Be sure to check the library's website, for updates.  In the meantime, please send us your suggestions, comments, etc. for what you would like to see on the site.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Freedom Riders Lecture on Thursday

Join us on Thursday, November 7th at 12:30 p.m. for the last event in our Civil Rights Speaker Series, co-sponsored with CSU Department of History and Geography. At CSU's Simon Schwob Library forum area, there will be a free, public lecture by Dr. Tom Aiello, a Historian from Valdosta State University, on "Leaving the Promised Land: The Atlanta Hawks, Race, and the NBA's Move to the Deep South." In addition, this is the last week to view the exhibition so make sure you stop by before it's gone! For more information, visit:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Overcoming Common Writing Problems Workshop

Helpful Workshop Hosted by the Writing Center

Part two of the Writing Center's "Basic Writing" workshop series is on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. at the Library Forum Area, 1st Floor, next to the McNaughton Collection. The discussion will be on Strategies for Overcoming Common Writing Problems. 
Please come join us. 

Visit for more information.

Lecture Series: Paine, Policy, and Pragmatism

Please come join us at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th for "Paine, Policy, and Pragmatism: A Common Sense Approach for Public Administration" presented by Dr. Gordon as part of the Public Administration Faculty Lecture Series. This event will be held in the library forum area at the Simon Schwob Library, Main Campus.  Please see below for more information or contact the MPA Department at 706-507-8640: 

Friday, October 25, 2013

42% Increase in Library Visits!

CSU Libraries responded to the need for a student study hub in 2012 by undergoing a major renovation to the first floor.  Study space was expanded, new flexible furniture was purchased, and study aides such as mobile white boards, Chromebooks, laptops and, this year, charging stations were distributed across the first floor.  Students have responded.  In September 2013, compared to September 2011, the library had a 42% increase in foot traffic to a record breaking 50,812 visitors! Gate counts for the first quarter of FY 2014 are up 29% overall from the same period two years ago. We are thrilled to see these numbers and look forward to what could be the busiest finals studying season in CSU history!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Spirit of Love Painting Exhibition

Come out to see David Knapp's painting exhibition, Spirit of Love, on Thursday 10/24/13 at the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on CSU's main campus at 6:30. 

David Knapp will be graduating CSU with his BFA this December Summa Cum Laude.  He currently lives in Seale, Alabama with his wife Taylor Knapp, (soon to come) son Josiah and their dog Lucy.  David is interested in the spiritual and its relationship to art and explores these ideas in his paintings.  

A message from the artist:

 “Continuing and expanding on previous themes, I portray abstractions of fire, water, wind, and light along with the use of elements such as gold. I have continued experimenting with different techniques of application of paint and continue a predominately spontaneous process. This process builds from the seed of an idea, whether from an experience or a revelation, for each painting. I aim to follow my spirit, in tune with the Spirit of Love, while working on these paintings. Because I am a body, soul and spirit, however, all three influence the work. I paint in the physical and I am influenced by my mind, will and emotions (technical training, mood, etc.). That being said, my goal is to allow the spirit a predominate role in the process by tuning my body and soul to come into harmony with the atmosphere from which my spirit works.”

Monday, October 21, 2013

Rite of Passage Convocation

The purpose of the Rite of Passage Convocation is to honor CSU faculty who have been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. The Rite of Passage Convocations for academic year 2013-2014 will take place starting in October.  Please find the schedule below.  Note that the lectures will be held in the main library's first floor forum area (behind the Reference Desk). A light lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 pm, with presentations to follow from 12:30 to 1:30

Tuesday, October 22nd, 12 noon - 1:30 pm
Dr. Cindy Ticknor, Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the CSU Honors Program
Dr. Cheryl Smith, Professor of Nursing and Interim Director of the School of Nursing

Tuesday, October 29th, 12 noon - 1:30 pm
Dr. Patrick McHenry, Professor of English and Interim Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences
Dr. Becky Becker, Professor of Theatre and International Studies Certificate Coordinator

Thursday, October 31st, 12 noon - 1:30 pm
Dr. John Davis, Professor of Biology
Dr. Kimberly Shaw, Professor of Physics, Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our full professors. Food and fellowship starts at 12 noon. See you then!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Open Access Week 2013

It’s that time of year again in the Library, for next week is Open Access Week!  Open Access, as many of you may know, is the push scholarly work to be open and available to everyone, free of charge.  Columbus State University Libraries has taken the initiative to incorporate more elements of open access in our electronic resources for student and faculty research.  The focal point of open access at CSU is the CSU ePress, which is the CSU’s non-commercial, open access institutional repository that is a part of the GALILEO Knowledge Repository (GKR).   The CSU ePress contains several faculty publications, and an extensive bibliography of CSU faculty research, in addition to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), creative works, and academic research pieces generated by CSU students.
For both students and faculty, access to quality research is essential to being successful in their academic and career endeavors.  Thus, ask a librarian today about how you can learn more about Open Access!
For more information, visit:

The CSU ePress:

The Scholarly Communication Subject Guide:

The GALILEO Knowledge Repository (GKR):

Monday, October 14, 2013

Freedom Riders Exhibit & Speaker Series

The Simon Schwob Library, Main Campus will host Freedom Riders, a national traveling exhibition which tells the story of civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the south to challenge authorities’ failure to enforce U.S. Supreme Court rulings outlawing segregation. This exhibit will be available for viewing October 17 - November 7. In addition, the library will hold a lecture series associated with this display of history. See below for lecture event details: 

§  A 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 lecture at Schwob library by T.K. Thorne, author of Last Chance for Justice: How Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. Thorne, a Birmingham police captain-turned-author, offers in her new book an insider’s look at how two of her colleagues reopened one of the most infamous civil rights crimes, the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. That police work led to convictions of three more Klansmen in 2001-2002.

§  A 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7  lecture at Schwob library by Thomas Aiello, an assistant professor of history and African-American studies at Valdosta State University, on "Leaving the Promised Land: The Atlanta Hawks, Race, and the NBA's Move to the Deep South." Aiello, who’s also taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has published nonfiction books on the Grambling-Southern football rivalry and Depression-era competition in the Negro Leagues, as well as three novels.

For more information, please visit:

(Credit: © Corbis)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Second Chance Showing this Tuesday!

Prince Among Slaves Film Showing 

Based on a biography by Terry Alford, Prince Among Slaves chronicles Abdul-Rahman's true life African-Muslim-prince-turned-American-slave drama cycle with historic and scholastic commentary along the way.  The first showing will be this Tuesday, 10/15, at 5:30 pm in the forum area of Schwob Memorial Library.  The event is a part of the NEH Bridging Cultures--Muslim Journeys grant received by CSU Libraries and will be hosted by Dr. Gary Sprayberry.  Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Statistics to the Rescue!

Are you frustrated by the loss of access to government statistics?, Bureau of Labor Statistics and American FactFinder are all government statistical sources were either down or not being updated because of the government shutdown.  While there is no replacement for the comprehensiveness of these sources, CSU Libraries does have statistical resources that can fill the gap.

Statista gathers data from a variety of government, non-profit, and private sources and offers easily searchable statistics that can be downloaded as jpg, pdf and excel files.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States is a easily searchable statistical resource that gathers data from 1878 forward.  Previously managed by the Census, it is now offered through Proquest.

Both resources can be found in Galileo by clicking on Databases A to Z.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Library Hours during Fall Break

The Library Hours for Fall Break are:
  • Saturday, October 5th - Sunday, October 6th the library is CLOSED
  • Monday, October 7th - Tuesday, October 8th the library is open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We hope that you have a nice Fall Break!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Basic Writing Workshop Series

Attention Students!  The Writing Center will hold a Basic Writing Workshop Series on "Confidence and College Writing" on Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:30 - 1:20 pm in the Library Forum on the first floor next to the McNaughton Collection.  All students are welcome to attend.  Please visit for more information. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lecture & Lunch Series: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Join us on Tuesday, October 1st from 12:30 - 1:15 pm for "Empathetic Course Design and Thinking Like a Student" as part of the Faculty Forum Series in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This event will be held in the Library Forum at the Simon Schwob Library, Main Campus and presented by Jan Burcham, Fletcher Distinguished Chair in Teaching Education and Thomas Dailey, Lecturer, Department of Sociology. Lunch will be provided. Please see below for more information:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Extended Library Hours During Midterm

Attention Students!  

The library is open longer this weekend during Midterms.  Good luck on your exams, presentations, and research papers and remember, the library is here to help!

Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Study Abroad Photograph Exhibit Contest

Study Abroad Photograph Exhibit Contest

Be sure to stop by and take a look at the wonderful photography display courtesy of the CSU Study Abroad program and the Center for International Studies!  This exhibit is currently being displayed near the Government Documents section of the Simon Schwob Library. 

This exhibit highlights the talents and experiences of 2013 CSU Study Abroad participants, and showcases some of the locations CSU students visit during their Study Abroad experience.  Please enjoy viewing the photographs on display, and then cast your ballot for your favorite photograph in the ballot box provided.  The exhibit will be on display through September 27th, 2013.  The contest winner will be announced in October.  For more information, please contact  Kimberly Lawrence, CIE Study Abroad Coordinator.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Prince Among Slaves Film Showing

Have some historical perspective with your pizza this Thursday! 
Prince Among Slaves Film Showing

Based on a biography by Terry Alford, Prince Among Slaves chronicles Abdul-Rahman's true life African-Muslim-prince-turned-American-slave drama cycle with historic and scholastic commentary along the way.  The first showing will be this Thursday, 9/26, at 5:30 pm in the forum area of Schwob Memorial Library.  The event is a part of the NEH Bridging Cultures--Muslim Journeys grant received by CSU Libraries and will be hosted by Dr. Gary Sprayberry.  Refreshments provided.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Banned Book Week Read Out!

Banned Book Week Read-Out!

Banned Book Week is September 22nd - 28th and CSU Libraries is having a Read-Out as part of this celebration on the freedom to read.  Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and the Community are all welcome to bring their favorite challenged book to the Read-Out.  This event will be held in the Library Forum at the Simon Schwob Library, Main Campus and will be held from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 26th.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

To sign-up for this event, please visit the Simon Schwob Library Reference/Information Desk or email Tom Ganzevoort, Instruction Librarian, at,  

For more information on the national celebration of Banned Book Week, please visit: 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Constitution Day Lecture

Constitution Day Lecture

Dr. Wayne Summers will be coming to the library forum area on Thursday, September 19 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm to talk about the privacy rights we hold in America, especially in light of the current NSA scandal.  Many feel that privacy is a constitutional right, but Dr. Summers will talk about the misconceptions and the current state of privacy especially as relates to the internet.  Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Smartphone Charging Stations!

Hey CSU Students!

Have no fear if you left your cell phone charger at home because the library is here to help!  CSU Libraries now have charging stations for popular smartphones including iphone android and blackberry devices.  So while you are typing your papers and studying for exams, bring your phones and charge them here at the library!  We just ask that you keep them on silent or vibrate as a courtesy to others.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Text A Librarian New Hours!

Text A Librarian New Hours!
Columbus State Libraries now has new and expanded hours for the Text A Librarian service.  If you need a quick answer, such as the GALILEO password or just need to know how long the library is open for the day, feel free to text us with your questions! 
Text us at 66746 and begin your text message with textcsu. 
Or scan the QR code with your smartphone:
We are now able to serve you with the following hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am - 2:00am
Friday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group

This fall, Paula Adams, Associate Professor of Library Science, will host a book discussion group in conjunction with the cultural event program, Muslim Journeys, hosted by Assistant Professor of Library Science, LuMarie Guth. Muslim Journeys is a grant awarded by the NEH & ALA to help public audiences in the United States to become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The grant includes the award of 25 books with 3 DVDs. One of the titles, House of Stone by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anthony Shadid, will be the feature reading.

To join, please contact Paula Adams, CSU Main Library, Reference Suite 1st floor(706.507.8685 or no later than Friday, September 13th to pick up a copy of the book. 15 copies will be given away with 7 copies available in the library for check out.

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group

Group meetings will take place at the CSU Libraries on main campus in the Reference Suite. Dates and times are listed below:

        September 25th @ 5:30pm
  October 9th @ 5:30pm
    October 23rd @ 5:30pm
      November 6th @ 5:30pm
        November 20th @ 5:30pm

 House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East  by Anthony Shadid

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012) 

“In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family’s ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather’s once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. One year later, Shadid returned to Marjayoun, not to chronicle the violence, but to rebuild in its wake.

So begins the story of a battle-scarred home and a journalist’s wounded spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside the history of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East.

 Pulitzer-Prize winner Anthony Shadid died on February 16, 2012, from an acute asthma attack while running behind camels, to which he was allergic, while attempting to leave Syria.

Monday, August 26, 2013

New e-Resources at the CSU Libraries!

CSU Libraries are proud to announce the addition of three new e-resources that have been to its digital collection found in GALILEO:


Mergent Online provides access to data on over 15,000 active and inactive U.S. public and 20,000 international companies.  It is searchable by corporate information, executives, financials, ratios, industry codes, and pricing.  Builder Reports are available in Word, Excel, HTML or PDF. Country profiles provide industry, economic, and demographic indicators.
Moody’s Digital Manuals provide access to Moody's full collection of digital manuals offering corporate data from 1909 forward including:  Bank and Finance, Industrial, International, OTC Industrial, Public Utility, Transportation and OTC Unlisted.  The database is searchable by company name, type of manual, and year of publication. is the first statistics portal in the world to integrate data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.  (Source:

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