“We are indeed subversive:” The Great Speckled Bird at Fifty

The Great Speckled Bird was Atlanta’s underground/alternative newspaper published between 1968-1976, having been birthed in “the year of protest” out of necessity – Atlanta’s existing media platforms presented a point-of-view indistinguishable not only from one another but also from others in the region. The Bird served as a clearinghouse for information about the interlocking and interdependent social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, including civil rights, women’s liberation, lesbian and gay liberation, and anti-war activism.  The paper also focused attention on subjects largely uncovered by the mainstream media: police brutality, urban development and land use, public education, labor struggles, the environment, the counterculture, local arts and entertainment, and international politics and freedom struggles.

The Bird was stridently political in its self-conception – it was documenting the South and social change movement agendas and facilitating conversation on how local issues were related to global issues. Unforeseen by and outside direct control of the city’s ruling power structure, the writers, editors, readers, and supporters of the Bird posed an ongoing challenge, if not threat, to the prerogatives of the ruling elite. In this way, the paper exemplifies how this group captured, responded to, and intervened in city and regional (as well as national and international) priorities and concerns.

Because 2018 marks 50 years since publication of the first issue of the Great Speckled Bird, we begin a year of commemorations, reflections, and celebrations with the music of the time: you can listen to the Great Speckled Bird 50th Anniversary Playlist on Spotify.

The Great Speckled Bird Digital Collection consists of a full run of the paper and interviews with its former writers, editors, artists, layout staff, and photographers. The interviews recount how those who comprised the Bird coalesced in Atlanta, having arrived in the city from around the country for different reasons yet ultimately with a common purpose: social change. Each  interview is holistic in scope and documents each participant’s life and work before, during, and after their time at the newspaper. they also provide insight into the historical moment that was the 1960s/70s. Interviews are ongoing and will continue to be added to the Digital Collection as they are available.

 

This post was co-written by Andrew Reisinger, who co-directs the Great Speckled Bird Oral History Project. Reisinger is a doctoral student in history and staff member of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. The quote in the title of the post is from the Bird’s first issue. Click here to find out more about upcoming Bird events. 

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#DataInTheATL, with Hanah Goldberg – Feb. 9 @ 11:00

Join us this Friday, Feb. 9 from 11:00-12:30, for the next in our series of #DataInTheATL talks sponsored by Georgia State University Library, which connect the university community with prominent members of the Atlanta data community. Invited speakers show the importance of data science in making informed decisions in their chosen vocations and how they use data analysis and expertise in their daily work to create a better Atlanta and world.

Location: CURVE, Georgia State University Library, 2nd floor of Library South, 103 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Map it.

Featured Speaker

​Hanah Goldberg
Director of Research
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

Hanah is an educator and researcher who directs research initiatives for GEEARS, a non-profit organization established to help business, civic, and government leaders maximize the economic return on Georgia’s investments in early care and learning. Through her work with GEEARS, she has helped develop a suite of online data tools, the Readiness Radar, which allows citizens and other decision makers to explore a range of information relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia. Most recently, she and colleagues launched the ATL ACCESS Map, which visualizes supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the metro area. Hanah is a graduate of Emory University, with a master’s in early childhood education and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Georgia State. More about Hanah Goldberg.

Register to Attend; Space is limited

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You’re Invited to a Johnny Mercer Tribute Concert

Johnny Mercer and Nat King Cole.

“A song is born in excitement, has a robust life climbing the popularity charts and traveling to the ends of the earth and then, like rare old wine, brings back nothing but sweet memories.” – Johnny Mercer

 

We will be hosting a Johnny Mercer Tribute Concert on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta, and you’re invited!

It’s been said that getting through the day without hearing one Johnny Mercer song is almost impossible—and why would you want to? Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to over 1,400 songs, including four Academy Award-winners. From the light-hearted “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” and “Jeepers Creepers” to the cinematic “Hooray for Hollywood” and the timeless “Moon River,” Mercer wrote words and music for an American century.

Johnny Mercer at Capitol Records.

Hard-bop trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and beloved blues, jazz, and gospel singer Francine Reed join the Georgia State University Jazz Band’s tribute to Mercer’s incomparable legacy, as they perform a selection of his many hits and new arrangements of some of his unpublished works.

Johnny Mercer with Henry Mancini and Debbie Reynolds on Oscar night.

For more information, and ticket prices (student tickets are only $5), visit the Event Calendar.

This concert is made possible by generous support from The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Georgia State University Library.

Want to know more? Visit the Johnny Mercer Collection at Special Collections & Archives or contact Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

It’s a night you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you there!

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What’s the Skinny on Research Software @ GSU?


Have you ever wondered:

What statistical analysis software is on the Library computers? What can students, faculty, and staff download to their own computers? What help resources are there for using the software?

If so, the Library has an “Analyzing Data” page on our Statistics and Data research guide with this very information on it – how convenient! 😉

We also have an entire guide dedicated to SPSS to accompany the SPSS workshops the Library offers, including a detailed workshop handout with hands-on exercises and information about how to download it to/access it on your own computer (research.library.gsu.edu/spss | Library homepage > click on Research Guides > from Guides by Subject dropdown select Data Services and click Go button > click SPSS Statistical Analysis Software link).


You might also wonder:

Does the library have NVivo qualitative data analysis software installed on its computers? Can students, faculty, and staff download NVivo to their own computers? What help resources are there for using NVivo?

You’re in luck! NVivo is on all of the Library’s Windows computers (and on the Macs in CURVE) – and we also have an entire guide dedicated to NVivo to accompany the NVivo workshops offered, including detailed workshop handouts and information about how to download it to your own computer (research.library.gsu.edu/nvivo | Library homepage > click on Research Guides > from Guides by Subject dropdown select Data Services and click Go button > click NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software link).


Want to learn more about the data services offered by the Library?

Check out the Library’s Research Data Services Team’s website!


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Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online

The records of the Georgia Association of Educators (1921-2015), part of the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, at Georgia State University Library, Atlanta Campus, are open for research. The collection, comprised of unique documents and photographs, provides an in-depth look at the history of the organization that represents many of Georgia’s teachers. The collection includes convention proceedings, contracts and constitutions, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, audio-visual materials, photographs, and periodicals.

The records document the merger of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association, which represented white and black teachers, respectively, and integration of K-12 schools around the state circa 1970.  Periodicals from the collection (1930-2017) have been digitized and are available online as part of GSU Library’s Digital Collections. Scholars, students, and the general public are invited to visit Special Collections and Archives to use the collection.

For more information about the Georgia Association of Educators’ records, check out the finding aid and the digitized periodicals.

The Southern Labor Archives also holds the following education collections:

Collections marked with an asterisk (*) are unprocessed; ask archivist for details. Please contact Special Collections and Archives for more information about these collections, or to plan your visit.

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, or ICPSR, offers a Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research of rigorous, hands-on training in statistics, quantitative methods, and data analysis for students, faculty, researchers, and policy-makers across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences.

This summer, the ICPSR Summer Program is offering more than 80 courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and other cities across the US–more info about courses and a schedule here.

To view the full schedule and register, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog

SCHOLARSHIPS

ICPSR scholarships provide a tuition waiver of registration fees for the ICPSR Summer Program. Check out the Summer Program’s Scholarships page for a full list of scholarships, eligibility criteria, and application information (application deadline is Saturday, March 31, 2018). You might also check with your home GSU department as to whether funding is available to attend the ICPSR Summer Program.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400. Also, on Monday, January 29 at 2:00pm, ICPSR is hosting a webinar in which they will discuss the 2018 courses, scholarships, and registration, as well as answer your questions–register for the webinar here.

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Online library workshops for spring

Student in the library using a laptop wearing headphones Check out our upcoming online workshops for spring! These are free of charge and open to all GSU students, faculty and staff. This spring, we have scheduled:

Can You Believe it? What’s real, what’s fake, what’s scholarly?: We all agree that we want accurate and trustworthy information, but how do you know which sources to believe? What clues suggest that information might be “fake”? How do evidence and opinion feature into the reliability of sources? February 7.

Online Library Research Basics: Learn the basics of using research databases to find articles, e-books, videos and more. Includes the GALILEO Discover tool, search tips and how to identify databases for your subject. February 14.

Zotero: Get started with Zotero, the powerful citation application that allows you to save references, create bibliographies automatically, and build a personal database of the sources you use. February 21.

Literature Research Basics: Learn the basics of finding online information resources about literature topics including author biographies, literary criticism/analysis, and literature movements. March 6.

These are online workshops held via WebEx conference — you’ll need a computer with speakers or headphones. Register at the links above, and check with the workshop instructors if you have any questions.

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Data Workshops & Events in February/early March


February and early March are chock-full of data workshops offered by the Library’s Research Data Services Team! Below are the workshops we have coming up – and there are more for the remainder of the semester on our Library workshops calendar.

The Library is also hosting a talk on February 9 as part of our DATA in the ATL speaker seriessee bottom of post for details about that.


Qualtrics Essentials: Getting Started – Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 1 (Library North, 1st floor) – REGISTER HERE


Creating Web Maps using ArcGIS Online – Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


Market Analysis Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs – Thursday, February 15, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


Mapping US Urban Demographics with Social Explorer – Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00am – 11:00am, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


R Programming 1: Getting Started – Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:30am – 12:30pm, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


SPSS 1: Getting Started – Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 2: Analyzing Data – Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE


Creating Web Maps using ArcGIS Online – Friday, February 23, 2018, 10:00am – 11:00am, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


NVivo 1 for Windows: Getting Started – Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

NVivo 2 for Windows: Exploring Your Data – Thursday, March 1, 2018, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE


International Economics and Business Data – Friday, March 2, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


ICPSR: Finding Social Science Datasets – Monday, March 5, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE


Data in the ATL logoDATA in the ATL Speaker

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 11:00-12:30 – REGISTER HERE

 

Hanah GoldbergHanah Goldberg

Director of Research
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students 

Hanah is an educator and researcher who directs research initiatives for GEEARS, a non-profit organization established to help business, civic, and government leaders maximize the economic return on Georgia’s investments in early care and learning. Through her work with GEEARS, she has helped develop a suite of online data tools, the Readiness Radar, which allows citizens and other decision makers to explore a range of information relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia. Most recently, she and colleagues launched the ATL ACCESS Map, which visualizes supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the metro area. Hanah is a graduate of Emory University, with a master’s in early childhood education and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Georgia State. More about Hanah Goldberg.

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Meet a Librarian: Jason Puckett

Who is Jason Puckett?Librarian Jason Puckett

Jason is the Online Learning Librarian, a new position (as of last summer). In this role, he creates some of our online tutorials, supports librarians who are working with online classes, and is the system administrator for the University Library’s online chat service and research guides (and he has a book about the latter). For the previous eight or so years, he was the subject librarian for Communication; for about the last three he’s also been subject librarian for Anthropology (and still is). He also teaches the bibliography software Zotero (about which he published a book in 2011 and a revision in 2017).

What’s Jason’s educational background?

Jason’s a GSU alum with a bachelor’s in English, and he got his Master’s in Library Science online from Florida State ten years ago. He did some coursework toward a Master’s in English here at GSU when he thought he wanted to be an English professor – he loved the classes, but never finished it.

What got Jason started in libraries?

Like many librarians, Jason ended up in libraries accidentally. He used to work in IT (for the law school here at GSU), and got a job here at the University Library in 2000 that was part IT but with a reference desk component to it as well, and the rest was history. He worked here for about a year, then worked as reference staff at Emory for eight years, and came back to the GSU Library in 2008 after he got his graduate degree.

Some fun facts about Jason: 

Hot tea or iced tea? Unsweetened iced tea. I’m an oddity for a Georgia native.

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled from Atlanta? I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for three years as a teenager. My dad is retired from the CDC and was working with the US refugee program over there, and I attended the international high school. My dad is still there, so we jaunt to Thailand to visit every couple of years.

What’s your favorite song to sing at karaoke? Anything Bowie, but “Rebel Rebel” is my go-to.

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M.H. Ross Runs for City Council in Charlotte

The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online. Digitization of the M. H. Ross Papers is being funded by a $48,865 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and will continue through September 2018. For an overview of M.H. “Mike” Ross and the M.H. Ross Collection, check out our previous blog entry.

Mike Ross files to run for city council in Mecklenburg County, 18 April 1941

M.H. “Mike” Ross was only 22 years old when he ran for city council in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1941. At the time, Ross was the Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina chapter of the League for Progressive Democracy, the Vice-Chairman of the League for Young Southerners, a part of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, and he served on the board of the Southern Summer School for Workers. A laborer at the Merita Bakery and an affiliate member of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) union, he was one of a few union men who entered the race as part of the Progressive Party “People’s Platform” or “People’s Slate,” as opposed to what was sometimes called the “Machine Platform” of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Three working men ran for the Progressive Party in Charlotte, NC: T.J. Gordon, hosiery worker; B.A. Hagler, textile worker; and Mike Ross, bakery worker

The People’s Platform stood for the rights of all working people, regardless of race, religion, or even political beliefs. Those running on this platform advocated for equal rights and protections, higher wages, lower taxes for those with lower incomes, a more adequate healthcare service, the building of low-cost housing, the building of more parks, greater accountability and transparency among those holding public office, and even free milk for infants in need.

Only two of the three Progressive candidates for city council made it to the run-off on May 6, 1941

Both Mike Ross and B.A. Hagler, a textile worker, received enough votes from their respective wards in the April 28 election to be included in the run-off, which was held on May 6, 1941. While neither man ultimately was elected to office, this was the first time in their district that union men ran for office and both gained wide support across their districts, with particularly large voter turnouts.

In 1941, Mike Ross began his service in the United States military. He would run again for office in 1948, still as part of the Progressive Party, this time for Congress.

To read more about this topic in the M.H. Ross Papers, explore these related folders:

Election articles, Chapel Hill, North Carolina [folder 1 of 2], 1940-1941
Election articles, Chapel Hill, North Carolina [folder 2 of 2], 1940-1941
Labor’s Non-Partisan League National Bulletin, Vol. 4 No. 18, December 20, 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 1 of 3] 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 2 of 3] 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 3 of 3] 1940

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