New Resources: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15, 2018)

image of Martin Luther King Jr. made up of smaller photos of service activitiesMartin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated by Congress in 1994 as a day of service. The holiday falls on the third Monday of January, and will be observed on January 15 this year. Because King’s birthday was January 15, 1929, this year’s day of service falls on what would have been King’s 89th birthday.

The Georgia State University Library has many resources for learning more about King’s life and impact, the broader civil rights movement, and the Civil Rights Movement’s legacy for the 21st century.

Our newest acquisitions include:cover, Clemons, Brown, and Dorsey, Dream and Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era

On King and his legacy:

On the Civil Rights Movement more broadly:

cover, Sarah Azaransky, This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Routes of the Civil Rights Movement

Films and Audiovisual:
poster image, I Am Not Your Negro, with James Baldwin's face

  • I Am Not Your Negro (2017; available to GSU affiliates through the Kanopy database; click here and then click on “Kanopy DDA” to access.)
  • The classic civil-rights documentary series Eyes on the Prize is also available through Kanopy; click here for a list of episodes available through Kanopy).
  • Kanopy also includes many other films/videos relating to the Civil Rights movement and its legacy. Try searches with terms like “Civil Rights,” “Martin Luther King,” and other relevant names, or locations (“Selma,” “Ferguson,” and so on) to see more titles.

On the legacy of Civil Rights into the 21st Century:

These are only our newest resources. We have many more resources about King and the Civil Rights Movement.

  • To find resources by King in our library type “King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968″ into the search box on the Catalog tab or the Advanced Discover Search box (both on the library’s homepage), and select “Author” from the dropdown menu.
  • To find resources about King, try the same search, but select “Subject” from the dropdown menu.

The GSU Library also provides access to a number of databases which include many documents and other materials created as part of the Civil Rights Movement; these databases are accessible to GSU students, faculty, and staff (Campus ID and password needed):

image from ProQuest brochure for History Vault

Image from ProQuest History Vault Black Freedom brochure.

These websites are examples of freely available digital collections of similar materials:

cover, William J. Maxwell, F. B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostwriters Framed African American Literature

The federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service website for Martin Luther King Day of Service contains toolkits and other resources for locating and carrying out service projects for January 15.

Please note that the GSU Library will be closed on January 15, but our databases are accessible from off campus with your GSU Campus ID and password.

Featured image (at top) from Corporation for National and Community Service’s Martin Luther King Day of Service site.

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Data Workshops & Events in January/early February

Start the new year off right by registering for a data workshop offered by the Library’s Research Data Services Team! Below are the workshops we have coming up in the next four weeks – 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.

SPSS 1: Getting Started – Monday, January 22, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 2: Analyzing Data – Monday, January 29, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

NVivo 1 for Windows: Getting Started – Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

NVivo 2 for Windows: Exploring your Data – Friday, February 2, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

Mapping US Urban Demographics with Social Explorer – Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:00am – 11:00am, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

Tableau Data Visualization: Getting Started – Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

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

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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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Grants from Affordable Learning Georgia—Round 11 Deadline: January 22

Textbook Cover for Criminal Justice Research Methods

Textbook costs for students can be significant, and students report that this cost barrier often has a negative impact on their success. If you are interested in reducing textbook costs for your students by adopting, adapting or creating course materials with an open license or by replacing textbooks with library subscribed content, the Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) Textbook Transformation grants may be of interest to you. Grant awards range from $2000-$30,000. Read more about this at the RFP. We are currently in Round 11 of these grants, and the proposal deadline for this round is January 22. The Georgia State University Library provides assistance with the grant process and with locating course content to fulfill grant requirements. Additionally, the GSU library coordinates with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for related pedagogical and instructional technology needs. For additional information or assistance, please contact Denise Dimsdale, ALG Library Coordinator or Laura Carruth, ALG Campus Champion.

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New Digital Collection: M. H. Ross Papers

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. Ten boxes of documents and five audio recordings from the collection are currently available.

Myron Howard “Mike” Ross (1919-1987) was a union organizer, public health advocate, Progressive Party candidate, and researcher. 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. 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.

L2001-05_079, M. H. Ross Photo Album – Labor Photos (1940s-1950s) [folder 2 of 2], Organizing and Arbitration, 1930-1955, M. H. Ross Papers, L2001-05, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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.

Throughout the grant period, project staff will be posting a series of blog entries highlighting various items from the collection.

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Meet a Librarian: Kelsey Jordan

Who is Kelsey?photo of Kelsey Jordan

Kelsey is the librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Sciences. She grew up right here in the Atlanta area and received a B.S. in Biology and a B.F.A. in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. For a change in scenery, Kelsey went north to the windy city of Chicago and received a Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois. Kelsey misses the Field Museum, the lake shore, and some really good restaurants, but she doesn’t miss waiting at bus stops in -20° F weather. Although Chicago is a fun city, Kelsey came back to Atlanta to enjoy some warmer weather.

Fun things to know about Kelsey

What books have you recently read?

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate: Dark chocolate with sea salt

What pizza is better, Chicago or New York?

All kinds of pizza are welcome at my table. Just don’t put broccoli on it (broccoli belongs in stir fry, not pizza).

What’s your favorite animal?

I love frogs. They’re not cuddly like puppies, but frogIllustration of Frog by Kelsey Jordans can be funny and endearingly derpy, or beautiful in an alien sort of way. My ideal house would definitely include a garden and a frog pond.

What other hobbies or interests do you have?

Part of my educational background is in science art, and I love drawing and designing. When I have a free day I like to sketch the animals at Zoo Atlanta and work on my personal art projects. I’ve also done a couple of recent projects for the library, icluding the signage for the new earplug dispensers on the 5th floor.

What does your office at work look like?

I like having color and life in my work space, so I’m cultivating a small office garden. Most of my air plants live in beakers to give my collection a laboratory theme. I’m working on filling out my wall decoration, which is an assortment of art and science posters I’ve collected or made.Photo of plants

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Meet a Librarian: Leslie Madden

Let’s Meet Leslie

Leslie Madden has been a librarian for 20 years, and has been at GSU since 2005. She is currently our English Librarian and Team Leader of Library Services for Arts & Humanities. Her roots are in the Arlington/Alexandria, VA, area where she lived until moving to Georgia in 1994. Her educational background includes a BA in English with a minor in writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and two graduate degrees – an MA in English Literature also from VCU, and her MS in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

Where in the World is She?

Most of the time Leslie is here at the GSU Library or at home. But when she travels, she travels like a boss! It may have all started when she committed to a year-long student exchange program as an undergraduate at Canada’s fully bilingual Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Since then, Leslie has been to China, Thailand, Mexico, Italy, South Korea (one day, long layover, but it counts), and nearly all the U.S. states including Alaska (her sister lives there!) and Hawaii. Her most recent adventure, this past summer, included a visit to the Utah and Arizona state parks with her entire family, including her parents, her sister and brother-in-law and nephews, plus her beautiful children, Claudia and Julian, pictured here with her during that trip. In 2015 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of a 10-day tour of Italy. Her next dream destination: Spain! We might not see her running with the bulls soon, but maybe enjoying some tapas on the Plaza Mayor.

Fun Stuff: Leslie’s Lists

Favorite Thanksgiving dish: pumpkin pie
Favorite character from literature: Elizabeth Bennet
Wanted to grow up to be: a ballerina
1st concert: Hall & Oates (with her mom and sister)
Last book read: The One-cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World

How would these people describe Leslie in one word?
Mom: Stubborn
Kids: Sweet
Best friend: Loyal

Name one thing you have, one thing you like, and one thing you do:
Have: Two cats (benny & amos, right)
Like: To try new foods
Do: Crossword puzzles & board games

Next time you see Leslie, be sure to ask her about her travels, children, Hall & Oates, or if she can find you a peer-reviewed article in comparative literature on Lizzy Bennett’s effect on modern-day feminism.

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Meet a Librarian: La Loria Konata

Who is La Loria?

La Loria is the librarian for Criminal Justice, Economics, Public Management & Policy, and Social Work.  She was born and raised in Cleveland, Mississippi and moved to Atlanta in 1992.  La Loria has a B.A. in Political Science and Pre-Law from Tougaloo College, an M.P.A (Master of Public Administration) from Georgia State University, an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) from Clark Atlanta University, and she’s about to finish a Juris Master in Intellectual Property from Emory School of Law.

Why librarianship?

La Loria was working fulltime at the GSU Library while pursuing her M.P.A. and realized that research “made sense” after learning the ins and outs of the library.  Additionally, her mom went to college when La Loria was growing up and La Loria sometimes helped her with her research.  La Loria liked the work she was doing in the library and wanted to be able to help other students with research, particularly non-traditional students who were a large part of the population of GSU at that time.  La Loria didn’t always want to be a librarian, though.  Growing up, she wanted to be a lawyer like Perry Mason!

What does La Loria do when she’s not at work (or studying)?

La Loria is the author of LaKo’s Lessons from Sports, a blog about work and life lessons from the world of sports.  La Loria also loves music and movies.  Her favorite bands are Earth, Wind & Fire and Parliament Funkadelic.  Shalamar was the first concert she ever attended and she was heartbroken when the band broke up.

La Loria’s favorite movies are Cleopatra Jones, because she was the first Black female superhero, A Piece of the Action (a Black To Sir with Love), Back to the Future, because the idea of going back to correct mistakes of the past is appealing, and Last Holiday (with Queen Latifah) for its message to live in the moment and don’t wait until you’re dying to fulfill your bucket list.

A few other things you might not know about La Loria:

  • She played the snare drum and bells in high school marching band.
  • She loves sports, especially football.
  • She ran the Peachtree Road Race in 2014.



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Data in the ATL, with Arthi Rao – Nov. 10 @ 11:00

Join us this Friday, Nov. 10 from 11:00-12:30, for the next in our series of Data in the ATL 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

Featured Speaker

Arthi RaoArthi Rao, American Cancer Society

As Senior Research Scientist for Geospatial Research within the Statistics and Evaluation Center at the American Cancer Society, Arthi leads research projects in understanding community-level determinants of access to cancer treatment, cancer screening, and identifying vulnerable communities for public health interventions. She performs all aspects of geospatial analytics including statistical analysis, modeling, Python scripting, mapping and tool development for initiatives across ACS.

Register online. Seating is limited.

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Leisure Reading in the GSU Libraries

Looking for a good book to read unrelated to your research or coursework? In response to requests from students and a renewed interest in recreational reading, the GSU libraries have introduced a leisure reading section, called the Browsing Collection.

What books are in the Browsing Collection? Current and recent bestsellers, mystery, suspense, historical fiction, and science-fiction novels, plus a wide selection of nonfiction titles on current events, history, sports, health and wellness, self-help, humor, and more!

The collection is located on the 2nd floor of Library North at the Atlanta Campus and will be available at all of the Perimeter College libraries as well.

GSU students, faculty, and staff may checkout books from the collection for a period of 28 days. Due to their high demand, the titles may not be renewed.

The Browsing Collection helps the GSU Libraries meet increasing student demand for leisure reading materials to supplement our academic collections. The collection will be updated on a regular basis, so check back often for new titles.

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Online library workshops for November

Student in the library using a laptop wearing headphones

Check out our upcoming online workshops for November! These are free of charge and open to all GSU students, faculty and staff.

Literature Research Basics

Learn the basics of finding online information resources about literature topics including author biographies, literary criticism/analysis, and literature movements. Includes recommend databases and search tips specific to literature topics. This webinar is open to all GSU students, faculty, and staff, although the content is focused on the research needs of freshmen and sophomore students.

Date:Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time:2:00pm – 3:00pm


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. Zotero is free, librarian-approved and easy to use.

Date:Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time:11:00am – 12:00pm

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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