June 2018 GLBT Book Month – and Films, Too!

GLBT Book Month, American Library Association, below a book with rainbow pagesJune is the American Library Association’s GLBT Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

LGBTQ+ Films @ the University Library

The University Library has hundreds of LGBTQ+ feature films, documentaries, and TV Series either streaming or on DVD – check out this Google doc for details.

Books about LGBTQ+ Films @ the University Library

The University Library also has many books studying LGBTQ+ cinema – here are just a few:

Other LGBTQ+ Resources @ the University Library

Check out the LGBTQ+ Studies guide – your gateway to the many resources the University Library has to offer: http://research.library.gsu.edu/lgbtqiq 

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Zotero workshops June 20 & 27

We’re offering two workshops on the bibliography software Zotero this summer — one in person and one online.

Zotero is a program that makes it easy to save citations and automatically create bibliographies in Word.

It’s easy to use and free. For more information about Zotero, see our Zotero guide or the Zotero home page.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018Classroom 1 (next to Saxby’s coffee shop), Library North, 10-11am.

Registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. Feel free to bring your own laptop (system requirements: Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser, any operating system) or use our classroom computers.

Register for June 20 Zotero workshop

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: Online via Webex (system requirements: Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browser, any operating system, headphones or speakers. You don’t need a microphone).

Register for June 27 online Zotero workshop

Email Jason Puckett at jpuckett@gsu.edu with any questions.

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University Library Co-hosting Code4Lib Southeast Conference

On July 27th, 2018, Georgia State University Library and the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library are co-hosting the annual Code4Lib Southeast Conference. We invite anyone interested in the latest uses of technology in libraries and related fields to attend or present at the conference. Code4Lib conferences go beyond topics about code and libraries. It’s for anyone who works with “technology stuff” in libraries, archives, museums, or related areas. Code4Lib Southeast aims to foster collaboration across the southeast region.

Conference Information
AUC Library, 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, GA
10:00am to 4:00pm, July 27th, 2018
Cost: Free! Lunch and coffee provided
Registration Deadline is July 6, 2018
Proposal Deadline is June 22, 2018

Present at Code4LibSE
The Call for Proposals is currently open to the following presentations:

  • Presentations (20-minute talk, 5-minute Q&A)
  • Lightning talks (5-minute talk, 2-minute Q&A)
  • Breakout discussions or workshops (25 minutes)
  • Interactive poster presentations and project demos (during lunch)

Use the online proposal form to submit your proposal.

Attend Code4LibSE
Registration for the conference is open and filling up quickly—don’t wait to secure your spot at the conference! The conference registration is limited to 90 people, and lunch and morning/afternoon coffee will be provided.

If you’re traveling and plan to stay overnight, the Code4Lib Southeast 2018 conference page includes information about local hotels and restaurants.

You don’t have to be from the Southeast to attend the conference or present.

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2018 Student Survey: Power Outlets

At the end of February 2018, the University Library administered a survey to a random sample of 5,000 Georgia State students currently enrolled at all campuses. This post is one in a series that highlights a survey trend and the library’s response. We welcome your feedback anytime.

Student in the library using a laptop wearing headphonesWhenever the library solicits feedback from students, we can expect to get a ton of requests for more electrical outlets. The spring survey was no exception! You need more places to plug in. The library has responded to this need as funding and space allow. The last time we added outlets was in 2016, when the Atlanta library installed outlets (along with new seating areas) to Library South 4 and Library North 3, 4, and 5.

Just before we administered the 2018 spring survey, an undergraduate student requested a meeting with the Associate Dean for Public Services with the intent of discussing the need for additional outlets. This meeting resulted in a walking tour of the Atlanta library, with the student suggesting new outlet locations. This combination of survey feedback and the student meeting has resulted in a plan for additional outlets at the individual study carrels and group study tables on Library North 3, 4, and 5. Look for the outlets—paid for with your Library Fee funds—at the beginning of fall semester 2018.

Check out the complete survey summary report for more details.

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2018 Student Survey: Library Spaces

At the end of February 2018, the University Library administered a survey to a random sample of 5,000 Georgia State students currently enrolled at all campuses. This post is one in a series that highlights a survey trend and the library’s response. We welcome your feedback anytime.

A major theme in the survey results was space: Students want more space generally, more quiet spaces, and more spaces for individual and group study. Each campus library was constructed with a particular student population in mind, and with continued population growth on each campus, the libraries feel crowded. In January 2018, we rolled out a master plan for the Atlanta Campus Library, Library Reimagined. In the near term, the Atlanta campus library will realize additional space, in addition to a new entrance from the “greenway,” by converting the parking area under Library North into a new flexible learning space. Longer-term plans include more group study rooms, more natural light, a graduate student center, and better access to the expertise of librarians. We recognize the need for more library space at Alpharetta and are examining ways to accomplish this. We are looking for ways to rethink underused space in the Clarkston library and are partnering with Technology Services to offer a makerspace in the Dunwoody library. As we compile ideas and prepare our next steps, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions related to the library master plan.

Check out the complete survey summary report for more details.

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Library Employees Earn Degrees

Library personnel are constantly striving to serve the needs of the GSU community through personal and professional development. Today we celebrate several of our own who have pursued and attained additional degrees while also working at the downtown campus University Library. Congratulations to the following people on their graduations this spring:

Library technical assistant O’Neilia Francis earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Kennesaw State University. O’Neilia works for the library’s User Services & Technology Support department, so you might see her helping patrons at the service desks on the first and second floors.

Policy studies librarian La Loria Konata earned her Juris Master degree in Intellectual Property from Emory University School of Law. Her legal studies supplement her subject work with Criminal Justice, Economics, Public Management & Policy, and Social Work. Read La Loria’s “Meet a Librarian” profile here.

La Loria Konata at orientation and graduation.

Library assistant Dana Marseille earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University. Dana works with the library’s electronic reserves collection and provides technology, circulation, and reference assistance for patrons at both public service desks.

Dana Marseille at her MLIS graduation ceremony.

Our new Quantitative Data Specialist Dr. Raeda Anderson earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology with a minor in Survey Research and Methodology from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her knowledge and skills facilitate the development and implementation of quantitative research methods used by faculty, staff, and students within the social sciences.

Raeda Anderson in doctoral regalia.

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June 2018: GLBT Book Month

GLBT Book Month, American Library Association, below a book with rainbow pages

June is the American Library Association’s GLBT Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Each week this month, one of our librarians or archivists will post about library resources for researchers and readers in the GSU community who want to dig into our rich and diverse GLBT collections.

A few of the recommended GLBT book titles you’ll find in the Library’s collection:

GSU Library is proud to support GLBT research and reading this month and every month.

For more titles, visit:

Stonewall Book Awards List

2018 Rainbow Book List

2018 Over the Rainbow Book List

 

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The Public Library of Science: Openness and Integrity

Image from: Sliwoski G, Schubert M, Stichel J, Weaver D, Beck-Sickinger AG, Meiler J (2016) Discovery of Small-Molecule Modulators of the Human Y4 Receptor. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157146. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157146

With 17 years of progress behind them, the Public Library of Science (PLOS), continues to prove that it is possible to change the nature of scholarly publishing practices for the better. PLOS publishes highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals. Its business model continues to flourish with openly licensed content, a host of open practices, and innovative solutions for scientific communication.

Content in PLOS is  freely available for the public to distribute, reuse and remix providing the opportunity to teach and research openly and freely. Easy features for downloading, printing and sharing are provided. Figures within articles are even downloadable to power point slides. Just be sure to provide appropriate attribution.

Take a look at a few PLOS  journals:

PLOS isn’t just concerned with providing open content. PLOS is committed to improving the nature and process of scientific communication and advocating for open across the scholarly community. Take a look at some of PLOS’ challenges and progress here.

PLOS states:

Open is no longer just about free and unrestricted access to research, it’s also about open data, transparency in peer review and an open approach to science assessment.

Open is a mindset that represents the best scientific values. One that focuses on bringing scientists together, to share work as rapidly and as widely as possible, to advance science faster and to benefit society as a whole.

PLOS provides some tools to help improve communication and openness. Some innovations in this area include the The PLOS Blogs Network and PLOS communities such as PLOS Neuro, PLOS Synbio, PLOS Ecology, PLOS Paleo, and  PLOS ECR Community.

With its commitment to open, PLOS content provides the opportunity to teach with open practices. If you need access to open articles, open data, or other open content for your course, PLOS may be a viable option for you. If you don’t see what you need in PLOS, hundreds of open repositories and other options for affordable content exists.

Learn more about open content and open practices on the GSU Library’s Open Education Guide. Or, contact Denise Dimsdale, Affordable Learning Georgia Library Coordinator, at the GSU Library. The GSU Library is happy to assist instructors with locating open educational resources, open data, library resources, and other course content that provide affordable options for students and pedagogical flexibility for instructors.

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2018 Student Survey: Library Furniture

At the end of February 2018, the University Library administered a survey to a random sample of 5,000 currently enrolled Georgia State students. This post is one in a series that highlights a survey trend and the library’s response. We welcome your feedback anytime.

A number of survey respondents noted that library furniture has seen better days, and we couldn’t agree more. Perimeter College libraries are getting 300 new chairs to be distributed throughout the five libraries, so look for those by the start of the fall semester. Some of the Atlanta library furniture is original to the 2007 library renovation, so over a decade old at this point. Combine that statistic with the fact that the Atlanta library gets about 11,000 visits from 7,000 people on its busiest days of the week, and you get a high-use facility with some worn-out furniture.

The Atlanta library is in the process of allocating Library Fee funds to replace and reupholster seating in heavily-used, well-worn areas, concentrating mainly on the upper floors. We have purchased over 100 task chairs to replace the seating in group study rooms and at the computer workstations on Library North 3 and Library North 4. All lounge chairs on the 4th and 5th floor links–28 total–will be reupholstered, and an additional 100 chairs at the group tables will get new seat cushions. We hope you’ll enjoy these additional furniture upgrades which should be in place by the start of fall 2018 semester. Just before spring semester final exams, we were able to upgrade the seating at the group tables on Library North 3, which, based on our observations, was well received by students.

Check out the complete survey summary report for more details.

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Meet a Librarian: Nedda Ahmed

Who is Nedda?
Nedda is the librarian for the College of the Arts and Department of Communication. She has the unique pleasure of working both with “creatives”–filmmakers, designers, artists, musicians, actors, etc.—and with scholars who study, analyze, and write about the arts. Nedda feels that she has a pretty cool job! And she especially loves teaching students in the creative fields how to use research to enhance their own practice, whether it’s painting or playing the tuba.

Nedda’s Educational Background:
Nedda was an art student as an undergrad. This early training taught her how critical the relationship is between research and creative practice. After college, Nedda moved to New York City and went to cooking school! She worked as a chef for about three years, but got bored. Nedda finally decided to get a Master’s degree in Library Science when she saw a job ad placed by an archaeological expedition that was looking for a librarian to go to Egypt and catalog objects discovered on a dig. She thought it sounded like an amazing career with a lot of potential for intellectual stimulation. Although she hasn’t ever been employed as part of an archaeological expedition, she is happy to report that her initial impressions of librarianship have been spot on. As a librarian, Nedda learns something new every day.

Quick Facts about Nedda:
• Favorite subject in school: Art! But she also really loved Latin, and has found one phrase in particular to be useful in her line of work: De gustibus non est disputandum. If you don’t know what that means, look it up! (or ask a librarian)
• What Nedda Wanted to be When She Grew Up: nothing boring. That was pretty much her only criterion.
• What Does Nedda Still Want to Learn: She’d really love to learn Arabic. Her father was from Iraq, but she and her brother never learned the language—she thinks her parents found it too convenient around holidays and birthdays to have their own “secret code!”
• Standard Coffee Order: Hazelnut Soy Latte, iced if it’s over 70 degrees outside. Because she’s fancy.

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