Celebrate Open Education Week, March 27-31

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This year, the Georgia State University Library is celebrating Open Education Week from March 27-31 with a different program each day this week. Open Education is a global movement to raise awareness about free and open content, tools, and pedagogy and their impact on teaching and learning.

 

Monday, March 27: 10am-4pm. Atlanta Campus Library North Lobby. Exploring Open Educational Resources. 

Stop by our Open Educational Resource table just inside the Atlanta Library North main entrance. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with a variety of Open Educational Resources.

Tuesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00pm: Webinar: Open Educational Resources, Affordable Content, and Student Success

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs) and how can they impact student success? This webinar introduces openly licensed course content and other affordable textbook alternatives and how they can improve student grades and retention.  Learn to locate high quality, low cost resources and find out about Affordable Learning Georgia grants to develop new OERs or adapt an existing course to use open content.

Sign in to this webinar here.

Wednesday, March 29: Noon-1pm: Webinar : Introduction to Open Licensing

Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian and Affordable Learning Georgia Library Coordinator for Georgia State University, will introduce you to how open licenses work and why they are important for sharing your educational resources.

Register here.

Thursday, March 30: Atlanta Campus in Library South 2: CURVE, Noon-1pm: One GSU professor’s experience creating an open textbook

Tired of using a traditional textbook that some students don’t purchase and others don’t read?  Legal Studies professor Susan Willey demonstrates the no-cost, digital textbook she has created for BUSA 2106.  Currently comprised of more than 700 links to online readings, videos, websites, and other free open-source web materials, the e-book appeals to the learning styles of millennial students and encourages them to take more responsibility for their learning.  Students in her classes also create study aids, exercises and assessment tools to make the e-book more interactive, as well as Infographics that summarize content and make it more accessible to visual learners.  Sue’s session will walk you through the process she followed to create an e-book from open resources, the format of her book, types of interactive exercises that can be created by students, and student feedback on how creating course materials enhances their learning experience

Friday, March 31: Atlanta Campus Library North, Classroom 1 Noon-12:30pm: Finding Open Content and Library Resources to Replace High Cost Textbooks

Do your students have trouble affording the textbook for your class? Let us help. Come discover some excellent resources for open and affordable content.  We’ll take a look at several collections of peer-reviewed open textbooks, ebook collections available through the GSU library, and a few other resources for locating open content.

Friday, March 31: Atlanta Campus Library North, Classroom 1, 12:30pm-1:30pm: An Open Conversation about Open Education

What are your thoughts or experiences with open education? Are there advantages or challenges? Are you a professor using or exploring the idea of using Open Educational Resources or open pedagogy in your class or department? Are you a student who has taken an open class or used OER in class or your personal projects? Bring your ideas and questions, and we’ll spend some time talking about OER.

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Workshop: Statistics in the Real World

Ever thought in your statistics classes: “When and how am I ever going to use this in the real world?” Come to this workshop for those answers!

PrintIn this workshop Brittany Taylor, SPSS/Excel Graduate Research Assistant, will address the importance of using Excel for applied research and related settings. It is designed as an introduction to creating simple graphs (such as Excel Pivot Tables) for reports, as well as writing analyses that are accessible to a general, non-academic audience. She will reference a study conducted in 2015 by the GSU Sociology department as well as recent reports from state agencies as major examples.

Date:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:00am – 11:00am, Classroom 2 (Library North building, 2nd floor, corner area above Saxby’s coffee shop) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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Workshop: Finding Social Science Datasets with ICPSR

Are you a social science researcher desperately seeking data? Come to this workshop!

ICPSR logoIn this workshop Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology, Gerontology and Data Services Librarian, will give an overview of using ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) to find social sciences datasets for use in original data analysis. We will cover different searching and browsing techniques for identifying relevant datasets, understanding a dataset record and other documentation describing datasets, and the processes for downloading datasets and obtaining restricted-use datasets.

Date:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor, above Saxby’s) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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New Faculty Publication – Christina Hemphill Fuller

Dr. Christina Hemphill Fuller is assistant professor in the School of Public Health‘s Division of Environmental Health. Dr. Fuller works in the field of air quality exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology. She has a co-appointment in the department of Geosciences.

Dr. Fuller recently published an article on traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  Her study evaluates the impact of vegetative barriers on particulate matter numbers and black carbon concentrations in dwellings that are close to roadways.  From the article, “TRAP includes particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals as well as particulate emissions from brake and tire wear.” and has been associated with adverse health outcomes.

Please read some of Dr. Fuller’s research below to learn more about air pollution in urban environments.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently has many regulations in place such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to help improve the environment. Nationally, concentrations of air pollutants have dropped significantly since 1990.

Source:  https://gispub.epa.gov/air/trendsreport/2016/

Learn more about the hazards of air pollution with these resources at Georgia State University Library.

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Upcoming Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lecture: “Becoming Coalitional: The Perverse Encounter of Queer to the Left and the Jesus People USA”

photo, Deborah GouldThe Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies announces its Anne L. Harper Annual Lecture, “Becoming Coalitional: The Perverse Encounter of Queer to the Left and the Jesus People USA,” by Deborah Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz. The event will take place on Monday, March 27 in the Troy Moore Library (23rd Floor, 25 Park Place), with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture following at 5:00 p.m.

Prof. Gould’s research interests include the study of political emotion and affect, social movements and contentious politics, classical and contemporary social theory, sexualities, lesbian/gay/queer studies, feminist and queer theory. She is currently working on a second book about political emotion titled Emotional Terrains of Activism: Appetites, Encounters, and the Not-Yet of Politics. She was involved in ACT UP/Chicago for many years, and was later active also in Queer to the Left. Prof. Gould was a founding member of the research/art/activism collaborative group Feel Tank Chicago, best known for its International Parades of the Politically Depressed (from UCSC faculty page).

Prof. Gould’s publications include:

cover, Sexualities in Education: A Reader, ed. Erica R. Meiners and Therese Quinn

Prof. Gould’s lecture is cosponsored by the Departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology, the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, and Faces of Feminism.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Workshop: Consumer and Market Data for Entrepreneurs

Need data to make informed decisions about that new business venture? Come to this workshop!

simplymapimageIn this workshop Joel Glogowski, Business, Entrepreneurship and Data Services Librarian, will help entrepreneurs find consumer data, demographics, market share, and industry data to help them make informed decisions about their business venture.

Date:

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor above Saxby’s) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Joel Glogowski.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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Workshop: OpenRefine for Cleaning and Organizing Data

openrefineGot messy data and want to learn techniques for getting it analysis-ready in an efficient manner? Come to this workshop!

In this workshop Ximin Mi, Business Data Services Librarian, and Tricia Clayton, Collection Services Librarian, will introduce the open source application OpenRefine for cleaning and transforming data into more standard and machine read-able formats. OpenRefine is available for Windows, Mac, Linux. You are encouraged to bring in your own laptop for the purpose of practicing on your own device.

Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Library North Classroom 2 (2nd floor above Saxby’s) – REGISTER HERE

Questions? Ask Ximin Mi.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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5 Days to Have Your Say: You want more outlets.

During the period February 6-10, the library solicited feedback from users at each campus library and online. You responded with about 900 distinct comments; clearly you have a lot to tell us, and we appreciate the information! Over the next several weeks, we’ll respond to your major concerns.

Based on your feedback, you want more electrical outlets to plug in your devices. As one respondent noted, “we need outlets, and we need them NOW.” We hear you and are adding outlets on an ongoing basis. As an example, in spring and summer 2016 the Atlanta Campus Library added outlets with USB ports to a new counter seating area on Library South 4 and to new seating areas on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of Library North. Adding electrical outlets is an infrastructure challenge and isn’t as easy as it might seem, but we are adding them where we can.

Please keep checking back for additional responses to your 5 Days to Have Your Say feedback and further information about the Library Master Plan. You can offer your feedback anytime here.

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Upcoming Webinar: Introduction to Online Literary Research

If you find searching for literary criticism or information about an author to be a daunting task, this webinar is for you!

Librarians Scott Pieper (Decatur) and Sarah Kirkley (Clarkston) explain search strategies for literature research projects, demonstrate databases especially for literature, and show you how to get relevant results on literature topics when using the Discover search and general-topic databases.

Open to everyone, but designed especially to meet the research challenges typical of freshman and sophomore classes, this one-hour webinar will demonstrate the basics of finding your way around GSU Library’s research databases for any subject area and give you tips to make your searches more efficient and effective.

Introduction to Online Literary Research
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2 pm – 3 pm
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Check out the webinar archives if you can’t make it to one of these webinars or want to see one of our past webinars, including Getting Started with Online Library Research, and  our newest, Can You Believe It?! Evaluating information sources for credibility.”

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Special Collections Celebrates International Women’s Day

In the heart Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8. In recognition of this special day, we would like to highlight a collection with a strong international focus. Part of the Archives for Research on Women and Gender, the Nancy N. Boothe Papers include many items collected at the Fourth World Conference on Women, which took place in Beijing, China, in 1995. 189 governments and more than 5,000 representatives from 2,100 non-governmental organizations participated in the Beijing Conference. The principal themes were the advancement and empowerment of women in relation to women’s human rights, women and poverty, women and decision-making, the girl-child, violence against women and other areas of concern. The resulting documents of the Conference are The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women manifested a global women’s movement for change and has been called “the Woodstock of the women’s movement.”

Nancy Boothe became the Executive Director of Atlanta’s Feminist Women’s Health Center in 1994, and in 1995, she attended the Beijing Conference on Women, where she taught a workshop, “GYN Self-Help.” In 2016, the Boothe Papers, along with the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment’s Depo Diaries Records were digitized with the support of a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The digital collection, which is completely word-searchable, is available on the Library’s website. Boothe has also been interviewed for the Activist Women Oral History Project, and a transcript of her oral history is available in the Special Collections Department Reading Room and upon request.

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