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. 

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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. 

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