National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month! It’s time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people. There are currently 574 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States, as well as countless tribes that are not federally recognized. Let us utilize this month to educate ourselves and each other about Native American history and culture and recognizing the effects and motivations of systemic and structural institutions that perpetuate racism- all while looking inward and outward to conduct social change for our Nation’s first, and often neglected, group of people.

The first step for change is through education, so the Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DIA) committee has created a list of resources below, including events from the Georgia State University Multicultural Center. We’ve also included pictures of the different displays and decorations that can be found in GSU’s Libraries. Please take some time to learn more about Native American heritage and history this month and check out the Native American Heritage month displays that can be found in the GSU Libraries.


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Georgia State University Library to Lead New Public Interest Data Literacy Initiative

University Library faculty Bryan Sinclair and Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the New America Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) to expand programs that promote data literacy for the public good and encourage a more diverse pipeline of students pursuing careers in data science.

The Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) initiative, led by Georgia State University Library, together with multiple campus partners, will expand programs promoting data literacy and career preparedness with a particular focus on reaching first-year students and underrepresented groups. The University Library provides support and training on a host of data analysis tools and methods and opportunities for students to network with the broader Atlanta community around real-world application of data science.

Georgia State’s College to Career initiative encourages curricular enhancements that help students become aware of career competencies, connect those competencies to the work they do in the major, and demonstrate their proficiency of transferable skills.

Georgia State’s Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL) initiative organizes student-led teams that create digital solutions to real-world challenges, growing students’ digital and problem-solving skills and increasing their career marketability.

“By conjoining these campus initiatives,” Sinclair said, “we seek to expand data literacy outreach to first-year students, fostering a career pipeline that is stronger and more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and socioeconomic status.” Sinclair is also a member of GSU’s Public Interest Technology working group which has one of its goals to advance PIT-related initiatives on GSU campuses.

The PIDLit initiative is bolstered by a strong partnership of colleagues from multiple programs and departments at Georgia State as well as data literacy specialists from Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Cincinnati, and other partners. Dean Sally Wallace of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is the primary campus contact for PIT-UN at Georgia State, which was named to the network in January.

“We are excited to join the Georgia State University Library in preparing our students to lead our data-driven future forward,” said Wallace. “The stronger collaborations PIDLit will help build among our partner institutions will be essential in effectively teaching students to manage technological advances that will support society’s core values while minimizing the risks and unforeseen consequences they may impose.”

About the PIT-UN

The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is a partnership of colleges and universities convened by New America, the Ford Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation. The network and challenge grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation,

Mastercard Impact Fund, with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and The Siegel Family Endowment. PIT-UN is dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology through curriculum development, faculty research opportunities, and experiential learning programs, in order to inspire a new generation of civic-minded technologists and policy leaders.

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Course Materials for Students – Spring Semester

Since the spring semester will arrive before we know it, considering alternatives to common challenges can reduce frustration for both instructors and students.


Health and safety measures currently preclude our ability to offer print reserves. 

Small portions of a book may often be digitized and shared on e-reserves. However, we cannot digitize and share large amounts or an entire book via e-reserves if that book is still under copyright protection.


The library continues to expand access to an ever-growing number of individual e-books and e-book collections, which are discoverable through Gil-Find. While we strive to purchase multi-user e-book options for teaching and reserves, certain publisher restrictions may exist.

Keep in mind that textbooks are difficult for libraries to acquire in digital forms. Rental options may be the best option for some students to access textbooks.

Open Educational Resources

Consider access and affordability of course materials, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), as alternatives to traditional textbooks.  A good place to start is Faculty Select, which includes content from several large, curated Open Textbook collections, including the Open Textbook Library, a collection of 806 OERs curated by the Open Education Network, based at the University of Minnesota. If you have trouble finding OERs that will work for you, please contact a librarian.

Faculty Select also includes multi-user, DRM-free licensed e-book content you can use in your courses. For more information on our e-book collections and assistance in locating, accessing, and working with e-books for your class, please review our e-book guide. Contact a librarian to determine if we can acquire an acceptable e-book version of your required and supplementary texts, or if an existing book can meet class needs.

Free options such as Open Library may be useful, although these e-books are read-only and not downloadable.

Streaming Video

Leverage existing licensed video content through our video streaming options. Contact a librarian to request new content. If you have previously requested a film on Kanopy or Swank for your course and wish to use it again, please check the catalog to see if the film is still available or speak with a librarian for assistance. Remember that some distributors do not have institutional streaming access options and may only provide individual rental streaming options that require your students to acquire access directly.

Visit CETL’s site for a wide range of content on designing and developing an online course. The Resources for Teaching Online page has information about scheduling instruction, creating links to library resources, and more.  

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EIU Country Commerce & Viewswire Databases: Upcoming cancellations & alternative resources

We’ve recently canceled the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports and Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ViewsWire database subscriptions. The EIU databases’ usage has been low, creating a high and unsustainable cost-per-use with the current budget cuts. GSU access to these databases will end on December 31, 2020.

Older EIU publications until December 31, 2018, are available via Factiva. These EIU publications include Risk Briefing, Executive Briefing, Country Commerce, and ViewWire.

Please note the online access to the Economist journal is not affected. The journal was not part of the EIU databases, and our online & print access remains available for all GSU affiliates.

Alternative sources: 
GSU researchers who seek country reports, news, and analysis on global economic and political developments may find the following resources useful.

Country reports via Business Source Complete
provides country reports from several publishers such as the PRS (Political Risk Service), CountryWatch, Global Insight, and Marketline.

Country Reports via GlobalEdge provides statistical data for nearly every country around the world, including statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions.

BMI Industry Insights via Factiva: provides analysis, forecasts, and company profiles in various industries with a country-by-country focus, covering the key trends impacting global markets.

Passport provides statistics, analysis, reports, surveys, and breaking news on industries, countries, and consumers worldwide.

OECD iLibrary provides access to OECD’s published books and journals, statistics, analysis, and data on the OECD member countries.

Factiva provides essential business news and information combined with content delivery tools and services to help users make better business decisions

EconLit provides citations and abstracts dating back to 1886 and full-text articles in economic fields such as capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics, and more.

World Bank Data provides open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe. The World Bank Data site is meant to provide all users with improved access to World Bank data and to make that data easy to find and use.

World Development Indicators– A data source on the global economy, featuring statistical data on development indicators and time series data from 1960 to the present. The data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.

We apologize for any inconvenience created by the cancellations. If you have concerns or have any questions on alternative resources, please feel free to contact me or the liaison librarian of your college.
Dan Lȇ
Business Librarian
Liaison to Robinson College of Business

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Out in the Archives: Atlanta’s Pride

On October 28 at 4:00 pm, Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives will host a virtual event to highlight its Gender and Sexuality Collections. In this, the 50th anniversary of Atlanta’s Pride, the event will highlight two of the city’s Pride organizations. Speakers include Lynn Barfield, Operations Manager for the Atlanta Pride Committee, and TAYLOR ALXNDR, Executive Director of Southern Fried Queer Pride.

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Join us virtually:

Send us your questions before and during the event at:

TAYLOR ALXNDR (they/she) is a DIY musician, drag performer, and community organizer based in Atlanta, GA. Raised in the rural edges of the metro area, ALXNDR has been creating in and captivating Atlanta and beyond since 2011. ALXNDR is the co-founder and current executive director of Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization empowering Black queer and QTPOC centered communities in the South through the arts. They are also the mother of the House of ALXNDR, an Atlanta-based drag family and events hub, creating drag-centered, inclusive events. 

Getting her start performing at dive bars in the local Atlanta subversive queer drag scene, ALXNDR broke through in 2017 with her debut single “Nightwork”, an ode to the underbelly of nightlife. She followed it with her debut EP, Noise, later that year. In 2018, ALXNDR released her debut album Hologram. Writing, producing, and creative directing all of her music and content, ALXNDR’s DIY approach to her craft is born out of a need for honesty and an appreciation of the art form. ALXNDR’s live shows are a mixture of her interactive and improvisational background in drag, interest in video projection, and a foundational belief that music can make you think and dance.

ALXNDR’s work has been featured in Vice, Forbes, Out Magazine, Vogue, them., and more. Bandcamp called them an “underground drag icon”. They were voted as Atlanta’s Best Drag Queen & Best LGBTQ Performer in 2019.


Lynn Barfield currently serves as the Operations Manager for the Atlanta Pride Committee. She’s a native Georgian – and still has the Grady Baby t-shirt she was sent home in- and grew up in Jonesboro, Georgia south of Atlanta.

The youngest of nine children, Barfield flew the nest to attend the University of Georgia with the hopes of being the greatest teacher any kid could ever have, only to become discouraged and decided to take her skills to the non profit sector. She has served as a development liaison between Hands On Atlanta and the Coca Cola Company; with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a community and volunteer liaison for  park rangers and management staff. She then served as Executive Director for Enlight Atlanta, a grant funded program that helped public schools and colleges establish gay/straight alliances in their educational space.

Barfield has served as board president with For the Kid in All of Us, Inc. and as a volunteer for Chris 180, AID Atlanta, and the More to Love Foundation. She is an admirer of good wine and whiskey, Bulldog football, all things music and good food.

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Dr. David B. Gracy II

David B. Gracy, Southern Labor Archives, 1974

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. David B. Gracy II’s passing.  Dr. Gracy was hired in 1971, by then Library Director William R. Pullen, to found the Southern Labor and University Archives. He spent his time at Georgia State University working to build relationships with unions across the South. Labor leaders were particularly skeptical of GSU as permanent site for their archives. Since GSU was then primarily a business school, unions thought that management might use the union records to undermine them.  In addition to building the archives at Georgia State University, Dr. Gracy taught archival enterprise and history courses at GSU and DeKalb Community College (later Georgia Perimeter College and now part of Georgia State University).   

Although he was in Georgia for only 6 years, his impact is still felt today.  He worked with Professors Merle Reed and Gary Fink to seek a grant to create the Southern Labor History Conference, now known as the Southern Labor Studies Conference.  He was appointed by Governor George Busbee to serve as the State Historical Records Advisory Board of Georgia in 1976 and served as President of the Society of Georgia Archivists from 1972-1974.  He was the founding editor of Georgia Archive (subsequently Provenance) published by the Society of Georgia Archivists for which he received an award of merit from the Society of American Archivists in 1975.  It was one of the first journals serving the archival profession and something that Dr. Gracy told us he was especially proud of in a recent oral history. He later taught “Introduction to Archival Enterprise” at the Georgia Archives Institute from 1987 to 1999. 

Carla Schissel, left, of the Georgia Nurses’ Association, and David B. Gracy, II, archivist of the Southern Labor Archives, study a bound volume.

After leaving Georgia, Dr. Gracy continued his career as the Director of Archives at Texas Tech and spent nine years as State Archivist of Texas. He went on to become a beloved professor and practitioner of archives among the many students he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and later became the Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise in the School of Information.  In his professional endeavors he was a former President of the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists, and Austin Archivists.  He was also a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Society and President of the Austin Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. 

Beyond his professional duties, he was a dedicated teacher, never wasting a chance to talk to current and future archivists.  He was an early leader in archival education with a focus on the importance of archives and the role they play in society.  Throughout his career, Dr. Gracy advocated for archivists to promote the understanding of archives and the archival profession.  Before leaving us, he completed one of his passion projects – a biography of one of his ancestors, George Washington Littlefield which was released earlier this year. 

We are saddened by Dr. Gracy’s loss. His influence will continue to shape the archival profession and Georgia State University’s Special Collections & Archives for years to come. 

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ERA: Absolutely Yes!: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Collections at GSU

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

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Georgia State University Library’s Women’s Collections, the 2020 virtual event will focus on efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. Cathey Steinberg, Anna Foote, and Gail Buckner will provide reminiscences, insights and wisdom.

Tuesday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 pm
Join us virtually:

Gail Buckner
Gail Buckner has served two terms as President of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women. Prior to accepting the position as President of GFDW, Buckner served 16 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and one term in the Georgia Senate.  She was the Democratic Party of Georgia’s nominee for Secretary of State in 2006.

While serving in the General Assembly, Buckner received 10 Legislator of the Year awards.  She was twice recognized by the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition.  The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Science, and Technology Education Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Public Health Professionals are among those that have honored Buckner.

Gail is currently Co-Chair of 38 Agree for Georgia, a non-partisan organization dedicated to adding the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.  She is also serving as Third Vice President and Legislative Chair of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

Anna Foote
Anna Foote has been engaged in civic activities for over 25 years.  She is the former Chair of her in-town neighborhood association, Poncey-Highland, and was Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit-N for seven years.  She has been appointed to two City Boards by two Atlanta City Mayors; Invest Atlanta where she served for almost nine years and Little Five Points CID, where she is currently the Board Chair. Anna has served on a dozen non-profit boards.  She is the Deputy Director for HOPE Atlanta, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most successful social service agencies providing housing and emergency services to homeless in 15 metro Atlanta counties. 

Anna has worked or volunteered on over 30 local, State and National campaigns, in virtually every capacity, and is a graduate of two nationally-based campaign training programs.  She uses her experience to recruit and coach women who want to become civically engaged in their community, no matter their political orientation. 

In the early 1980s, Anna’s father, Bud Foote, wrote a number of pro-ERA songs that he performed with his daughter and his band – the Adamantly Egalitarian String and Reed Corp at ERA rallies around the Southeast.

Cathey Steinberg
Cathey W. Steinberg, born in 1942, is recognized and admired as a leader for women’s rights through her work in the Georgia House of Representatives (1977-1989 District 46 DeKalb County) where she was the primary sponsor of the 1981-1982 ERA legislation. She also served in the Georgia Senate (1991-1993 District 42). While in office, Steinberg introduced legislation which would minimize pressure on rape victims. Steinberg received a B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon Institute and a M.A. degree in guidance counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a consultant in public and community relations and marketing, and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer. From 1993 until June 1999, she was the managing partner for Ahead of the Curve, a public policy consulting and advocacy training firm. In July 1999, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Cathey Steinberg Georgia’s first Consumer Insurance Advocate. She left the post in March 2003.

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Highlighting five Georgia State scholars and their research on Race and Social Justice

A Book Talk Series Presented by the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora and the University Library, in partnership with the Decatur Book Festival

The Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD) and the Georgia State University Library have partnered with the Decatur Book Festival to highlight five Georgia State scholars with recently published books, each providing a unique lens on race and social justice issues.

As the nation reflects on the question of Christopher Columbus’s legacy in the month of October, it seems appropriate to share how Georgia State University faculty are exploring these issues. Over the first two weeks, three works will allow for conversation on intersections of Black and Native experiences in the United States. The series will next consider the role of apologies in the search for justice. The final conversation will return to the local setting with a specific look at Atlanta and its history as context for the current racial crisis in the city. 

October 5 (Monday)

Featuring author Natsu Taylor Saito, Settler Colonialism: Race and the Law (2019) Watch the Video On-Demand

October 12 (Monday)

Featuring author Gina Caison, Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies (2018) and Tiffany Lethabo King, The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (2019) Watch the Video On-Demand

October 19 (Monday)

Featuring author Andrew I. Cohen, Apologies and Moral Repair: Rights, Duties, and Corrective Justice (2020) Watch the Video On-Demand

October 29 (Thursday)

Featuring author Maurice J. Hobson The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta (2017) Watch the Video On-Demand

CSAD was established  to increase worldwide understanding of the resilience of people from Africa and the African diaspora and their ongoing contributions in addressing contemporary issues with global implications.

Housed in the College of Arts & Sciences, the center supports academic initiatives, artistic efforts and public programming guided by a transdisciplinary framework which explores the engagements, worldviews and influences of African peoples on worldwide social, cultural, economic, health and political systems. Support CSAD

The University Library serves Georgia State University students, faculty, staff, and the greater Atlanta community, providing resources and services that enhance student learning and success, inspire creative expression, enable the creation of new knowledge, and facilitate informed dialogue. Support the University Library

The Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the country, encourages a love of reading, inquiry, and conversation in people of all ages, and builds an enthusiastic and inclusive community of readers and writers throughout the south, sparking social, creative, and intellectual engagement. The festival, which normally draws tens of thousands of people to downtown Decatur over the Labor Day weekend, has moved its 2020 programming online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Express pickup service available

Express pickup methods are just a few ways we’re making it easier and safer to get you the items you want.

The University Library offers an express pickup service with a variety of pickup types for students and faculty. Express Pickups are available from 10am – 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton and from 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday at Alpharetta and Atlanta. Service is dependent on available library staff to process requests and the GSU courier service schedule to transit materials among GSU campuses.

We’re working to keep pickup just as quick and convenient as circumstances will allow us.

Carry-out pickups are available at Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton. Curbside pickups are available at Atlanta, Clarkston, and Dunwoody. Outside walkup pickups are available at Atlanta’s C Lot.

Eligible Items for Express Pickup:

  • GSU inventory from general collection, browsing, DVDs, and some periodicals from storage. Exceptions for faculty and graduate students will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Interlibrary Loan and GIL Express items.

To schedule an express pickup and to read more visit:

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Dr. Diane L. Fowlkes, 1939-2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of a dear friend of the Georgia State University Library, Dr. Diane L. Fowlkes. Diane worked at Georgia State University for over 25 years, and was instrumental in establishing the Women’s Studies Institute (now the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies). She was also an avid supporter of the Women’s Collections in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Morna Gerrard, Women’s Collections Archivist, shares these words of reminiscence.

Diane L. Fowlkes received her B.A. in French language and literature from Southwestern at Memphis, her M.A. in political science from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. in political science from Emory University. The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Diane attended the Open University in the United Kingdom, 1985-1986.  

Diane’s research and teaching interests included feminist theory, women and politics, and the scope of women’s studies. Her book, White Political Women: Paths from Privilege to Empowerment, was nominated for the Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics of the American Political Science Association. It was also nominated for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Award, the Elliott Rudwick Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History of the American Historical Association (1992).

Diane served as consultant for various groups, including the Cave Springs Georgia Housing Authority (1994) and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women (1982-1985). She was also a reviewer of books and board member for a variety of journals and magazines. She was a member of the American Political Science Association, the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. At Georgia State University, Diane served on a variety of panels including the University Senate (1995-1998) and the Committee on Faculty Women’s Concerns (1989-1992). In 1998, the year she retired from Georgia State, Diane was appointed Professor Emerita, and during the spring commencement of that year, she was honored with the University’s Exceptional Service Award. Post retirement, Diane worked on a semi-autobiographical novel, Jump

This is how I knew Diane:
During the 1990s, when dedicated women’s rights activists approached Georgia State University with a detailed plan to create a women’s archive (which became the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives), Diane represented the Women’s Studies Institute in supporting their endeavors, and her support throughout the 25-year expansion of the Women’s Collections was unwavering. Diane donated her papers to the Archives and was interviewed for the Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project. She was also a very regular financial supporter of the Archives.

When I became archivist for the Women’s Collections in 2005, Diane had retired, but somehow we found each other and over the years we developed a strong and caring friendship. While Diane was still in good health, we met regularly for lunch at Rosa’s pizza, and talked about life, the women’s collections, women’s issues, and women in academia. When Diane could no longer drive downtown, I visited her at her town home and then at her assisted living home. During these visits, we would gather together a little more of her library or papers to donate to the archives, and we would laugh and complain a lot as we envisioned a world that was fair and equitable. We would also talk about Diane’s life and its relationship to her novel’s protagonist, Sophie.  

The Diane I knew was a wonderful woman. She was frank and grounded and hugely intelligent. She was dignified and humble, and she believed in justice and equality. I feel deeply privileged to have been able to be Diane’s friend during her more robust years and through the years when her health was failing. And I am humbled that she trusted me enough to be vulnerable during those later, challenging months. I, like so many others who knew and loved her, will miss her deeply.  

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