Faculty Research: The Changing Face of Atlanta

More than 5.7 million people call metro Atlanta home — that’s a more than 300 percent increase over the past 45 years. Specifically, the Atlanta MSA has morphed from just five counties to 29, sprawling across 8,376 square miles (an area nearly the size of New Jersey).

But, it is perhaps metro Atlanta’s evolving and increasingly diverse population that most strikingly shows the dramatic transformation since 1970.

“The racial composition has changed so dramatically — it’s really stark,” says David Sjoquist, professor of economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Sjoquist and Lakshmi Pandey, a senior research associate at the Center for State and Local Finance, recently examined these trends in new research, “The Changing Face of Atlanta.”

Illustrated with a dynamic webpage, in a series of 70 maps and additional charts, the researchers document the changes in race, age, income and education for the metro-Atlanta area from 1970-2015. See the changing face of Atlanta for yourself.

Other works by Pandey and Sjoquist:

Alm, James, Sjoquist, David L. “Foreclosures and Local Government Revenues from the Property Tax: The Case of Georgia School Districts.” Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 46, 01 May 2014, pp. 1-11.

Geller, Chris, Sjoquist, David L. Atlanta in Black and White: Racial Attitudes and Perspectives. Research Atlanta (Firm); Georgia State University. Policy Research Center, n.d.

Pandey, Lakshmi, et al. “An Analysis of Private School Closings.” Education Finance and Policy, vol. 4, no. 1, 01 Dec. 2009, pp. 34-59.

Sjoquist, David L. and Lakshmi Pandey. “An Analysis of Acquisition Value Property Tax Assessment for Homesteaded Property.” Public Budgeting & Finance, vol. 21, no. 4, Dec. 2001, p. 1.

Sjoquist, David L. Past Trends and Future Prospects of the American City: The Dynamics of Atlanta. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009.

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Upcoming Virtual Conference: Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware and More

Logo for open educational resourcesWant to learn more about how open practices and openly licensed content are changing higher education? During this virtual conference, a series of speakers will discuss topics related to open educational resources and the delivery of open content.

Attend in person on Wednesday, April 19:  Atlanta Library North Classroom 1:  11:00am-5:00pm

Drop in anytime or stay for the entire webinar. Descriptions for each session are available here.

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – IntroductionTodd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

11:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Opening Keynote: Open to Change: Situating OER in Global Higher Ed–Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director, Open Education Consortium

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lessons & Learnings from the Gates Foundation’s Investments in Open Education within US Higher Education–Rahim Rajan, Senior Program Officer, Gates Foundation

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Creating and Assessing OER Materials–Julie Lang, OER Coordinator, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State University

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Delivering Open Access Monographs–Rupert Gatti, Founder and Co-Director, Open Book Publishers

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Delivering Open Courseware–Dr. David Wiley, Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Content Camp: A Collaborative Assessment Model from Ohio State–Ashley Miller, Educational Technologist, Ohio State University

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Challenges and Barriers to be Addressed–Melissa Russell, Director of Content Strategy, and Mike Matousek, Director of Content InitiativesCengage Learning

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion





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Open Textbooks: Collections, Impact, Support, Grants

Logo for GALILEO open learning materialsRecently, the GSU Library celebrated Open Education Week with an Open Educational Resources (OER) information table located just inside the main entrance of Atlanta Library North. Approximately 68 students and a few professors stopped by the table to explore OER materials and find out more about how to make textbooks more affordable.

The OER information table included print versions of textbooks from OpenStax, BCCampus Open Ed, Open Textbook Library, Open SUNY, and College Open Textbooks, as well as, the opportunity to view these books online. All five of these textbook collections include high quality, peer reviewed textbooks that can be downloaded for free. Professional color publications in print can be purchased at a very low cost, or students can print them on their own if they’d like.

Most students said they had never heard of these textbook collections. Some students who said that they had heard of the OpenStax textbook collection knew about it from an AP class in high school or the knowledge that Bill Gates puts some funding toward the OpenStax organization. However, none of the students said that they had used OpenStax at GSU.  Many of the students who stopped by said that they wanted more information about open textbooks because the cost of textbooks is burdensome.

Here’s what some students had to say:

“I have not bought a textbook since I’ve been in college because I never have the money. –No refund checks, –single parent home, –no savings.”

“We should be able to use older editions because of the significant … cost. New editions barely add anything. The cost to students aren’t worth the benefit.”

“…Requiring textbooks often that are not needed…I lose money reselling.”

“Two books, first is the biology 1rst edition and the other is biology 2nd edition. I already have the first edition and am required to buy the other only because my professor follows the study questions on the 2nd edition.”

“My textbooks totaled $800 my freshman year. (1rst semester)”

A few professors stopped by and explored the available open textbooks that could be adopted to ease the financial burden of textbook costs for students. One professor stated that she is working on creating an open textbook but is struggling to find the time to complete it because of so many other obligations.

When students use open textbooks, they have access to the content from the first day of class. A growing body of research is discovering the impact of open textbooks on retention, course throughput rates, graduation rates, drop out rates, and more. A collection of research on these topics and other open education topics can be found here. For a collection of open textbooks in use in the University System of Georgia (USG), see GALILEO Open Learning Materials. Or, view the top 100 highest enrolled courses for students in the USG with suggestions for textbook adoption here.

For professors who are interested in adopting an existing open textbook or creating an open textbook, grants are available, and the library is offering support. Grants are available for an individual course, multiple courses, and departmental level textbook adoption. The deadline for the latest round of grants offered through Affordable Learning Georgia is April 30. Find out more about these grants here. Or contact Mary Ann Cullen (Perimeter campuses) or Denise Dimsdale (Atlanta campus) for more information.



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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching with Primary Sources: Popular Culture and Pulp

cover, Just Married (1972)

Just Married (1972)

Intrigued by our new Popular Culture Literature Collection? Kevin Fleming, GSU’s Popular Music and Culture Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian, will be offering a “Teaching with Primary Sources: Popular Culture and Pulp” workshop for faculty and graduate students from 1-2:30pm on Monday, April 24 in the Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In this hands-on workshop for faculty and graduate students, attendees will be the “students” for two exercises drawing on comic books from Special Collections & Archives’ Popular Culture Literature Collection. The exercise will be following by discussion and brainstorming on creative ways to use these resources for teaching. We invite you to attend as our “students”!

Complete Western Book (1943)

Curious about what’s in this collection? Check out its finding aid here (click on the “Open Finding Aid” tab to view the entire finding aid).

Registration for this workshop is available on our Library Workshops calendar; a direct link to this event is here. Advance registration is requested if possible.

Please direct questions about this event to Jill Anderson or Kevin Fleming.

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Interested in SAS Statistical Analysis Software Training?

SAS Company trainers are interested in coming to GSU’s campus to give training workshops on using SAS for statistical analysis. To express your interest in this type of training and the best days/times for that training to be offered, please fill out this survey.

Questions? Contact Mandy, the Library’s Team Leader for Research Data Services.

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2017 Georgia Women’s Movement Spring Event: “See Jane Run!”

The Georgia Women’s Movement Project Spring Event is held annually to highlight collections in the Georgia State University Library Women and Gender Collections, and to celebrate the lives of the unsung heroines of the women’s movement in Georgia.

The 2017 event brings together four dynamic women who will talk about the importance of women’s participation in the political process. Their stories, insights and advice will educate and motivate attendees.

Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
Special Collections And Archives
University Library South, 8th Floor
100 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Register for event
or RSVP to mgerrard@gsu.edu / (404) 413-2888

Anna Beck served as the Executive Director of Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee devoted to the protection of reproductive rights in Georgia. She has more than a decade of political and non-profit fundraising experience, and has worked on and managed multiple statewide campaigns, as well as worked in policy development in the Georgia Legislature.


Park Cannon is the youngest member of the Georgia House of Representatives. She is excited to represent Midtown, Downtown, and Southwest Atlanta. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Representative Cannon said “We need to trust black women!” and will continue to stand up for queer visibility in the south.



Senator Nan Orrock was first elected to the state Senate in 2006, after serving 10 terms in the state House of Representatives. During her tenure in the House, she was the first women elected to the position of House Majority Whip. She also founded the bipartisan Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus, and is president of Women Legislators’ Lobby, a national legislator network.




Jan Selman’s consulting business, Skirting Politics, allows her to use her extensive political background and statewide network to benefit women who want to run for office. Selman is also a founding member of NewPowerPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee whose mission is to empower, endorse, and elect qualified women to local office in Georgia.


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Congratulations to 3 Minute Thesis Finalists and Winners!

Georgia State University Library was pleased to partner with the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs to sponsor the University’s 1st Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition.

Six Master’s students and six Doctoral students competed in the final round on Monday, March 26, 2017. Dean of Libraries Jeff Steely served as one of three judges.

Hosted by research universities in more than 19 countries, 3MT is a research communication competition. Students have three minutes to present compelling orations on their thesis or dissertation topics and their significance.

For the list of winners, to learn more about the history of 3MT, and for more pictures from this year’s event, see the 3MT page on the Graduate Programs site.

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Workshop: NVivo for Qualitative Data Analysis

Need to make your qualitative data analysis process more efficient and manageable? Come to these NVivo workshops!

nvivo_logoIn this two-part workshop series, Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Sociology, Gerontology and Data Services Librarian, leads participants in hands-on exploration of using NVivo qualitative research software.


NVivo 1 – Friday, April 14, 2017, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

  • Getting to know the NVivo workspace
  • Exploring different types of Sources that can be analyzed
  • Basic Coding of Text and Multimedia Sources
  • Using Queries to explore and code your data
  • Recording comments and ideas

NVivo 2 – Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

  • Creating Classifications with Attribute Values and Sets to facilitate comparative analyses
  • Autocoding Sources
  • Coding queries
  • Matrix queries
  • Data visualizations

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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Today from Noon-1pm: One GSU professor’s experience creating an open textbook

photo of Dr. Susan WilleyJoin us today in CURVE on the second floor of Library South as Dr. Susan Willey shares the challenges and triumphs involved in creating an open textbook. This event is part of the GSU Library’s week long celebration of Open Education Week.

Here’s the full description of Dr. Willey’s talk:

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


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Dr. Martha Polovich honored for contributions to nursing literature

Congratulations to Dr. Martha Polovich, clinical assistant professor and PhD program director of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, who will receive the 2017 Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson ONS Distinguished Award for Consistent Contribution to Nursing Literature Award presented by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She will formally receive the award at the ONS conference in May.

She began her career as an oncology nurse in 1980 and was an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist from 1987-2012, providing education for oncology nurses and evaluating nurses’ competency related to chemotherapy administration. Her research is focused on occupational hazardous drug exposure of nurses and other health care workers.

Here is a selection of Dr. Polovich’s research:







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