New Digital Collection: Pro-Life Newsletter Collection

GSU Library has a new digital collection available online, the Pro-Life Newsletter Collection. The collection, part of the Archives for Research on Women and Gender, contains newsletters reflecting the anti-abortion and (to a lesser extent) anti-euthanasia beliefs of various American organizations and individuals.


Item W046_04_03_NRLN1988-09-12 from the Pro-Life Newsletter Collection

Many materials in the Archives for Research on Women and Gender and the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives document pro-choice activism and beliefs. This collection of newsletters presents examples of the opposing perspectives encountered by advocates for access to abortion.

The newsletters were collected by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and donated to GSU’s Special Collections and Archives in 2001.

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Faculty Honored as Top Criminologists

IMG_3596Brent Teasdale and Leah Daigle were ranked among the world’s top 100 criminologists, according to a paper, “Measuring the Quantity and Quality of Scholarly Productivity in Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Test of Three Integrated Models,” published by Glenn Walters in Scientometrics. Both Teasdale and Daigle were ranked out of a sample of over 800 criminologists.

Read some of their works below to see why they made the list.

Ballard, Ellen, and Brent Teasdale. “Reconsidering The Criminalization Debate.” Criminal Justice Policy Review 27.1 (2016): 22-45.

Teasdale, Brent, Leah E. Daigle, and Ellen Ballard. “Trajectories Of Recurring Victimization Among People With Major Mental Disorders.” Journal Of Interpersonal Violence 29.6 (2014): 987-1005.

Teasdale, Brent, et al. “The Effect Of Hurricane Katrina On Adolescent Feelings Of Social Isolation The Effect Of Hurricane Katrina On Adolescent Feelings Of Social Isolation.” Social Science Quarterly (Wiley-Blackwell) 94.2 (2013): 490-505.

Daigle, Leah E., and Lisa R. Muftić. Victimology. 2016.

Daigle, Leah E., and Sadie J. Mummert. “Sex-Role Identification And Violent Victimization: Gender Differences In The Role Of Masculinity.” Journal Of Interpersonal Violence 29.2 (2014): 255-278.

Daigle, Leah E. “Risk Heterogeneity And Recurrent Violent Victimization: The Role Of DRD4.” Biodemography & Social Biology 56.2 (2010): 137-149.

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GALILEO Consolidation on May 18th

GALILEO logo As part of the ongoing Consolidation, the GPC GALILEO site will be merged into the GSU GALILEO site tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.

What does this mean for Perimeter College users?

Showing the difference between links for GSU's Choice Reviews Online and PC's Choice Reviews Online (Permiter College) links

When using GALILEO you will now have access to many more databases!  You will also see some databases labeled (Perimeter College).  These are databases that only Perimeter College users have access to.  To access them from off-campus, you will need to log in.

  • For Perimeter College students, the username and password are the same ones you use for iCollege.
  • For Perimeter College faculty/staff, it will be the same username and password you use for iCollege or any Perimeter College computer.

What does this mean for GSU Atlanta Campus users?

You will now see some databases labeled (Perimeter College) to which you will not have access, but in most cases these will be duplicate databases.  Simply choose the database without the Perimeter College label to get started!

This GALILEO consolidation helps us to continue to provide an excellent experience for all our users who are accessing electronic resources and scholarly databases.  However, if you experience any problems, please contact us to let us help you!

For more on the library’s consolidation, see our Information for Perimeter College.

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Georgia Women’s Movement Spring Event 2016: Reporting Women

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 2016 event brings together three talented and highly respected women journalists whose reporting for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has informed Georgians for more than forty years. Their stories will provide a window into a unique profession, and their insights will educate and inspire.

Wednesday, June 15, 5:00-7:00 pm
Special Collections And Archives
University Library South, 8th Floor
100 Decatur St. SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Register for event
or RSVP to / (404) 413-2888


Ashkinaze_blogCarole Ashkinaze Kay
Carole Ashkinaze Kay is a nationally respected journalist, author and international communications strategist, with a lifelong interest in social policy. She is a former Media Chief of the United Nations Children’s Fund and longtime consultant to the American Civil Liberties Union and other nonprofits, but was probably best known in Atlanta for her columns and editorials about women in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, dating from the mid-‘70s.

The first woman in the paper’s history ever named to its Editorial Board, she was a fierce feminist and the first to write seriously and consistently about women’s lives and needs. She also “integrated” the paper’s Style Section during a stint as Features Editor, insisting that women and men of color be sought and used as models in its previously all-white fashion pages, and wrote frequently about racial and ethnic issues.

Carole won many national awards for her ground-breaking stories, including Planned Parenthood’s coveted Margaret Sanger award, and the National Women’s Political Caucus “EMMA”  (Exceptional Merit Media Award). Prior to joining the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in 1976, she shared in a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at New York’s Newsday.

Her books include The Closing Door (with Gary Orfield), published in 1991, named Outstanding Book on Human Rights in 1992 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights at the University of Arkansas. She also taught journalism at American University in Washington and Emory University in Atlanta, and has led professional journalism seminars (for the U.S. Information Service) in Haiti and Tanzania.


Wells_Susan_blogSusan Wells
Susan Wells, now proprietor of an organic farm market in North Georgia, spent her career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she worked as a reporter, editor and member of the editorial board.  During her 30-year sojourn with the paper, she was a metro reporter and editor, assistant managing editor for business news, an editorial writer and finally, home and garden editor. Outside the newspaper, she was a long-time member of the board of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation and was president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. After her retirement in 2008, she worked as Public Information Specialist at Georgia Legal Services Program. For the past two years, she has run Bliss Farm of Ellijay, a small market garden selling sustainably grown produce and eggs.

She is married to Ellen Taylor, professor of law at the Georgia State University College of Law. She is mother to Callan Wells, health policy  senior paralegal at Georgia Legal Services, and to Adam and Ben Taylor, teenage boys being reared in a feminist environment.


Saprta_Maria Maria Saporta
Maria Saporta is an Atlanta native who began her full-time journalistic career in April 1980 with the Macon Telegraph.

From 1991-2008, Maria worked as the business and civic columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She now writes a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Her website:, has several veteran contributors who provide daily updates on local business, urban and civic issues focusing on metro Atlanta, Georgia and beyond. Maria also is a regular contributor and does a weekly commentary on WABE 90.1-FM.

A past president of the Atlanta Press Club, Maria continues to serve on a number of its committees. She also serves as vice president of the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, a French cultural organization and school that was founded by her mother in 1963.

Maria was inducted into the 2002 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, and the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame in 2012.  She also received the Atlanta Business League 2013 CEO Award for Vision of Excellence. A 1999 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute,  she was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2000 and 2001, and has been named as one of the magazine’s “Notable Georgians” eleven times since 2002.


The Women and Gender Collections
Established in 1995, the Georgia State University Women and Gender Collections document the experiences of women active in the second wave of the women’s movement, in particular their efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. It also chronicles women and men participating in women and LGBTQ-centered activism and advocacy in Georgia and the Southeast. In addition, the collection highlights Georgia State University faculty, staff and students involved in feminist activities, including the development of continuing education and academic classes in women’s studies and the establishment of the Women’s Studies Institute.

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GSU and Perimeter College GIL and GIL-Find Consolidation

Beginning May 12, the GSU GIL Classic catalog ( will be unavailable while GSU and Perimeter College’s catalog systems are being consolidated. GSU GIL-Find ( and GSU Discover will both be available and searchable, but real-time availability information from the catalog will not be available while the catalog systems are being consolidated.

Perimeter College’s GIL Classic catalog (, GIL-Find (, and Discover will function normally during this period. After the new consolidated catalog is available, Perimeter’s GIL Classic and GIL-Find will no longer be available. Perimeter College resources will be included in the new consolidated GSU GIL and GIL-Find.

GIL Express will be unavailable for all GSU campuses for the duration of the catalog system consolidation.

The library service desks will be providing limited service. You may still check out library resources. We anticipate that the consolidated GIL Classic and GIL-Find will be available by May 17.  Library staff at all GSU campuses are happy to assist you with questions.

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Faculty Research on Transgender Adults

Kristie_SeelmanWith the passage of House Bill 2, North Carolina’s law that bans transgender people from using the bathroom of their preferred gender status, bathroom access for transgender adults has been a hot topic in the news. Social Work professor, Dr. Kristie Seelman, recently published on the topic in an article entitled, Transgender Adults’ Access to College Bathrooms and Housing and the Relationship to Suicidality.

From the abstract:

Using the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, this study analyzes whether being denied access to these spaces is associated with lifetime suicide attempts, after controlling for interpersonal victimization by students or teachers. Findings from sequential logistic regression (N = 2,316) indicate that denial of access to either space had a significant relationship to suicidality, even after controlling for interpersonal victimization. This article discusses implications for higher education professionals and researchers.

This study has been featured or cited in the following media:

Other publications by Dr. Seelman on transgender issues:

Seelman, KL. “Recommendations Of Transgender Students, Staff, And Faculty In The USA For Improving College Campuses.” Gender And Education 26.6 (2014): 618-635.

Seelman, KL. “Unequal Treatment Of Transgender Individuals In Domestic Violence And Rape Crisis Programs.” Journal Of Social Service Research 41.3 (2015): 307-325.

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Faculty Research on Ritual Gone Wrong

Ritual Gone WrongCongratulations to Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, on the publication of her new book Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn from Ritual Disruption (Oxford University Press).

From the publisher:

 The discipline of religious studies has historically tended to focus on discrete ritual mistakes occurring in the context of individual performances as outlined in ethnographic or sociological studies; scholars have largely overlooked the extensive discussions of ritual mistakes that exist in the religious literature of indigenous traditions. And yet ritual mistakes (ranging from the simple to the complex) happen all the time, and they continue to carry ritual “weight,” even when no one seriously doubts their impact on the efficacy of a ritual.

In Ritual Gone Wrong, Kathryn McClymond approaches ritual mistakes as an integral part of ritual life and argues that religious traditions can accommodate mistakes and are often prepared for them. McClymond shows that many traditions even incorporate the regular occurrence of errors into their ritual systems, developing a substantial literature on how rituals can be disrupted, how these disruptions can be addressed, and when disruptions have gone too far. Offering a series of case studies ranging from ancient India to modern day Iraq, and from medieval allegations of child sacrifice to contemporary Olympic ceremonies, McClymond explores the numerous ways in which ritual can go wrong, and demonstrates that the ritual is by nature fluid, supple, and dynamic-simultaneously adapting to socio-cultural conditions and, in some cases, shaping them.

Other recent publications by Dr. McClymond include:

McClymond, Kathryn. Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

McClymond, Kathryn. “The Chosen: Defining American Jewish Identity.” In Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity through the Lens of Tradition, edited by Daniel Walden, 3-19. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013.

McClymond, Kathryn.  “Violence and Sacrifice.” In The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, edited by Andrew R. Murphy, 320-330. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

McClymond, Kathryn. “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Blood: Ritual Correction in the Mishnah.” In Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice, edited by Zsuzsa Varhelyi and Jennifer Knust, 235-250. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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Atlanta Studies Symposium, May 11th in Centennial Hall

The 4th Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium will be held on May 11th on the campus of Georgia State University.  This interdisciplinary meeting of scholars will take place in Centennial Hall from 8:15 am to 7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!

Register for the symposium on the Atlanta Studies site

Download the 2016 symposium program


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Service Interruptions This Week During Scheduled Server Maintenance

The back of a set of serversThis week the library will be performing scheduled server maintenance which will interrupt several of our web-based services. Please plan ahead to reduce the impact on your research:

Wednesday May 4th, from 7:00AM to 10:00AM
Impacted Services: Library Blog, Online Exhibits, Mobile Website, Research Guides, and some parts of Digital Collections

Thursday May 5th, from 7:00AM to 10:00AM
Impacted Services: EZproxy (off-campus authentication to research databases), E-Reserves, some parts of Research Guides, and some parts of Digital Collections

Friday May 6th, from 7:00AM to 10:00AM
Impacted Services: Digital Collections

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause, and thank you for your patience as we perform this important work.

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Webinar: Searching by Variable in ICPSR

Looking for a data to analyze that contains a specific question asked in a survey, aka a specific “variable”?

Check out this webinar, “What’s in There? Searching by Variable at ICPSR,” on Tuesday, June 14 at Noon – register here!

This webinar will demonstrate strategies for searching more than 4.5 million variable descriptions in ICPSR‘s Social Science Variables Database, including the new crosswalk between the American National Election Study (ANES) Series and the General Social Survey Series.

The ICPSR Website allows users to search for variables singly or in groups. The “Compare Variables” feature brings up question text, frequencies, universe and other information, and all searches are linked to ICPSR’s dynamic online codebooks.

ICPSR logo

Don’t have time for the webinar but want to explore searching by variables in ICPSR on your own? Go to the ICPSR database, click on the “Find & Analyze Data” heading in the purple button, then click “Search/Compare Variables” in the purple banner.

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