Power Outage at Clarkston Campus – Update

Announcement iconUPDATE: Power has been restored.  The Clarkston library is now open!

Due to a power outage, the Clarkston campus library is currently closed.  There is no estimated time of restoration .  We will provide an update as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Research Skills Webinars start Sept. 25

If you find searching the library catalog and databases baffling or wonder how to tell a “reputable” source from a poor one, we have a webinar for you!

Starting Monday September 25, the library is offering a series of webinars for those new to research as well as those new to Georgia State University’s particular research tools and collections. These one-hour webinars are open to everybody (even faculty!) but are especially designed to meet the research challenges typical of freshmen and sophomore students.

Click on the title of the webinar for more information and registration:

Library Research Basics 
Learn to find books, articles, and more in the catalog and databases, plus the many ways to get librarian help.
Monday, Sept. 25 @ 3 pm

Can You Believe It?! What’s real, what’s fake, what’s scholarly?

Put your information sources to the test and find out how to look at the news with a discerning eye.

Tuesday, Sept 26 @ 3 pm

Online Library Research Basics 
Learn tips and strategies for using GSU’s research databases, including the GALILEO Discover tool.
Wednesday, Oct 18 @ 2 pm

Literary Research Basics 
Find online information resources about literature topics using databases and search tips specific to literature.

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 @ 2 pm

All webinars are recorded (technology permitting) so check out the webinar archives if you can’t make it to one of these webinars or if you just can’t wait and want to see a similar webinar from a previous semester.

Registration is encouraged. Registrants will be emailed reminders, updates, and links to archived recordings.

Also check the library workshop schedule for more topics taught face-to-face and online.

Questions about webinars? Contact Mary Ann Cullen at mcullen@gsu.edu

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Research Data Workshops @ The Library

Check it out. The Library’s Research Data Services Team is offering a lot of data-related workshops this semester – on SPSS, NVivo, GIS/mapping, Qualtrics survey construction, Tableau data visualization, text mining, and more.

See all offerings and register here.

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Data in the ATL, with Mike Carnathan – Sept. 15 @ 11:00

Join us Friday, Sept. 15 from 11:00-12:30, as we kick off a new speaker series, “Data in the ATL,” sponsored by Georgia State University Library that connects 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

Featured Speaker

Mike CarnathanMike Carnathan, Manager of the Research & Analytics Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission and is one of the founders of Neighborhood Nexus, a community intelligence system providing data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the Atlanta region’s citizens. The goal is to foster a data-driven decision-making culture in the Atlanta region and beyond. Mike helps members of our community tell their story better through a data-driven approach.

Register online. Seating is limited.

Data in the ATL

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Georgia State University Library at the AJC Decatur Book Festival

Library booth at Decatur Book Festival 2017

Admira and Christopher talk to a festival attendee at the Library’s booth

One local Labor Day weekend tradition is the AJC Decatur Book Festival. For the second year, the University Library hosted a booth to promote the Library’s resources to the community. Over the two-day event, Library faculty and staff engaged in conversations with nearly 600 attendees, including Georgia State alumni, current students, prospective students, community members, and out-of-town visitors. Library personnel shared about the work we do to support students and faculty, highlighted Fall 2017 events sponsored by the Library, and informed attendees about our Special Collections and Archives, Digital Collections, and other resources available to the community.

One event we promoted was Thursday’s (9/7) opening of the Eastern Airlines exhibit. Over the course of the weekend, we spoke with a former Eastern ticket agent who learned of the airline’s closure over the news, a flight attendant who flew on an empty plane as it returned to Atlanta after its last passenger flight for Eastern, and a married couple who met as Eastern employees in Atlanta!

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Labor Archives receives grant to digitize labor organizer’s papers


M.H. Ross (right) with textile worker Ernest Jones during the Southern Summer School for Workers, undated [L2001-05_113]

In advance of Labor Day, Georgia State University Library’s Southern Labor Archives announces  an Access to Historical Records grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission in the amount of $48,865  to digitize the M. H. Ross papers. The total project cost of the matching grant is $110,119 and will begin in October 2017.

Attending the Southern School for Workers at the age of 19 sparked Myron Howard “Mike” Ross’ (1919-1987) interest in and involvement with the labor movement. Throughout his career, Ross worked with unions, including the United Mine Workers, the Mine, Mill, and Smelter workers, and the United Furniture Workers, as an organizer or arbitrator. Interested in politics, he ran for public office twice: once in 1940 for a seat on city council on the People’s Platform in Charlotte, North Carolina, and again in 1948, for United States Congress on the Progressive Party ticket in North Carolina.

Southern Summer School for Workers (Ross at center of group), undated [L2001-05_103]

After the failed congressional campaign, Ross attended the University of North Carolina law school, graduating with honors, but was denied the bar on the grounds of “character” – he was suspected of being a communist. Later he attended the Columbia University School of Public Health which led to founding the Fairmont Clinic, a prepaid group practice in Fairmont, West Virginia, which had the mission of providing high quality medical care for coal miners and their families. Ross served as administrator of the Fairmont Clinic from 1958-1978. As a result of this work, Ross began researching coal mining, especially coal miners lifestyle, heritage, and the history of coal mining and disasters. He interviewed over one hundred coal miners and eventually began a manuscript (unfinished) about the history of coal mining. Working for the Rural Practice Program of the University of North Carolina from 1980 until 1987, Ross taught in the medical school until his retirement.

Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers march in parade, 1940s [L2001-05_045]

Ross is described as “…an extraordinary character who… captured the energy, hopes, and hard-headed pragmatism that evolved from the successes and disappointments he experienced and the empathy he had for working people” by Kenneth Fones-Wolf, professor at West Virginia University, in his letter of support for the grant. The papers document more than Ross’ career but also his wide interests, and the collection contains materials related to “civil rights, the Populist movement, the lives and attitudes of coal miners, and the music of the labor movement” and “are worthy of a major project to make them accessible despite the fact that his is not a well-known name. In fact, [it can be argued] that people like Ross are even more worthy of such projects because they capture the lives of ordinary people who frequently are responsible for social change but receive little or no credit for their determination to make a difference.”

Mike Ross (left), pictured with three African American men with a burned cross which had been set on fire in a black residential neighborhood in an effort to stop unions, 1940s [L2001-05_001]

Robert Woodrum, a professor at Georgia State University Perimeter College Decatur Campus, is a scholar who researches Labor, Southern, and African-American history and finds this collection “has great potential to enhance the understanding of our region’s democracy, history, and culture.” Woodrum used the collection when writing his dissertation and the resulting book, ‘Everybody Was Black Down There’: Race and Industrial Change in the Alabama Coal Fields (Athens: University of Georgia Press).

The project will last for one year, and upon completion in fall of 2018 the resulting digital collection will provide access to over 120 boxes documenting his career and research interests and include manuscripts, photographs, reports, periodicals, book drafts, labor songbooks, campaign materials, and family and coal miner oral histories. For more information about this, or other collections related to the unions, workers, and workers’ organizations in the south, please visit the Southern Labor Archives or Georgia State University Library’s Digital Collections.

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Lower the cost of textbooks for your students through an Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Textbook Transformation Grant

open textbooks

Image ID#: 13742 By Amanda Mills/CDC-Public Domain-Available in the Public Health Image Library <https://phil.cdc.gov/phil/home.asp>

The GSU Library and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are collaborating with GALILEO’s Affordable Learning Georgia to offer grants for teaching faculty who would like to reduce textbooks costs for their students by adopting, adapting, or creating textbooks or other course materials with an open license or by replacing textbooks with library subscribed content. Textbook costs for students can be significant, and students report that this cost barrier often has a negative impact on their success. A growing body of research reflects these perspectives and two examples can be seen here and here. ALG’s Textbook Transformation Grants provide the opportunity for teaching faculty to adopt or develop high quality free or low cost course materials and to incorporate innovative pedagogies into their courses. Grant awards range from $2000-$30,000. Applications for Round 10, which is our current round of grants, are due September 29, 2017. Apply here.

For more information, contact Denise Dimsdale, ALG Library Coordinator or Laura Carruth, ALG Campus Champion. More info is also available at the Request for Proposal or at this informational webinar:




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Hamilton to discuss Eastern Air Lines’ last days, final flight

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Martha Hamilton about the days leading up to Eastern Air Lines’ closure in 1991. A journalist for the Washington Post at the time, Hamilton closely covered the airline’s uncertain trajectory until its final flight. To give Eastern’s demise broader context, she’ll consider what works best to nurture competitive markets: deregulation or keeping businesses from growing so big that they dominate.

Hamilton is a senior editor and writer for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 2017 for the Panama Papers, an investigation of offshore finance that toppled two prime ministers and touched off investigations around the world.

IAM members rally at the Fox Theater against Frank Lorenzo and Eastern Airlines, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23, 1989. [AJCP309-016q]

WHERE: 8th floor gallery of Library South, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

RSVP and DIRECTIONS: https://EALevent.eventbrite.com

After the presentation, guests are welcome to view The Wings of Man: The Eastern Air Lines Experience, a new exhibit on display in the 8th floor gallery of  Library South. Pulling content from collections housed in the Southern Labor Archives, the exhibit explores destinations, the work of running an airline, and Eastern’s final days. It will be on display through June 2018.

The Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection brings together content that represents different aspects of Eastern’s legendary history: labor, management, public relations, mediation, corporate culture, marketing, media coverage, and operations. It includes manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, moving images, audio recordings, artifacts, and oral history excerpts and is comprised of multiple collections.

For more information about the event, exhibit, or collection, please contact Traci Drummond, archivist, Southern Labor Archives (tdrummond@gsu.edu).

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Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern Launch

The Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern project launched this week!

Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern is an interactive archive of materials that adorn the walls of Manuel’s Tavern, a long-time meeting place for democratically-minded Atlantans. Prior to the 2015 renovation of the tavern, the project team scanned, photographed, and video recorded the entire space in order to preserve the familiar feel and experience of Manuel’s Tavern. Over the past two years, we have built a unique platform (using Omeka) for interacting with those materials and stories.

On the project site, you can browse artifacts, explore each of the walls in high-res detail, spin around in 360-degree panoramic tours, have a guided 360-degree video tour, immerse yourself in a virtual reconstruction, and read or listen to stories and essays about the history captured on the walls of the beloved neighborhood tavern.

The North Wall in the Main Bar of Manuel’s Tavern

This multi-year project is the result of a collaboration via the Atlanta Studies Network, Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship, Georgia State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and University Library, with additional contributions from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta and the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia. The project team includes many members from different disciplines and institutions.

In addition to being a one-of-a-kind re-creation of an important local establishment, Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern experiments with new forms of interactive content to allow different forms of engagement with the materials on the walls. The high-resolution gigapan images are too large to display in conventional web formats, so they are divided into cascading tiles hosted on a geoserver that are dynamically re-generated to display the tiniest details on the walls.

Check out the above example here.

Because so many of the artifacts on the walls on the tavern are linked to history and have stories of their own, teachers can work with their students to create narratives and essays about the material, which can then be incorporated into the live project.

If you are interested in seeing how the newly renovated Manuel’s Tavern compares to its original form, join us for a launch event on Tuesday, August 29th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Manuel’s Tavern, where you’ll be able to view the virtual site at the physical site. Your drinks are on you, but light appetizers will be provided by the Unpacking project team.

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Research Data Services @ GSU: One Year Down, Many to Go!

The Georgia State University Library’s Research Data Services Team just completed our inaugural year in July 2017—and what better way to celebrate our first year than to share some data about our data services?

And because we are data nerds, we used Tableau data viz software to create an interactive data story that demonstrates the depth and breadth of our experiences for our inaugural year. So click below to walk through our data story about our data services, and remember the Research Data Services Team is here to help you with your research data needs!

Data Services & Support @ Georgia State University

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