GSU Library joins HathiTrust; provides users access to digitized materials from around the world

Georgia State University Library has joined HathiTrust as a partner institution, making accessible to University Library users a vast collection of works from an international community of research libraries.  The collection includes more than 16 million volumes, nearly 6 million of which are in the public domain.

In general, when users access HathiTrust, they are provided with searchable access to digitized materials from all around the world.  Georgia State University users get access to the largest number of volumes and features by logging in with their institutional credentials at  Once logged in, GSU users can download PDFs of public domain works and works made available under Creative Commons licenses.

Here are examples of a few items recently made available:

  • 100,000 plus digitized books in the subject of Oceanography and the history of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography from the University of California San Diego Library
  • 1,000 plus manuscripts from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection at the University of Michigan;
  • 3,000 plus musical scores by female composers from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries from the University of Michigan Music Library;
  • 1,000 plus primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction from Cornell University.

Users can also create, save, and in some cases share public or private collections, and perform non-consumptive analytics on portions of the HathiTrust collection.  Examples of this type of research include text extraction, textual analysis, and linguistic analysis. For more information about computational analysis of the collection contact Digital Scholarship Librarian, Spencer Roberts.

If you have questions about using HathiTrust, please contact a Georgia State University Subject Librarian at


About the Author

Shaumond Scott is the Senior Editorial and Production Coordinator for the University Library. He coordinates and manages communication strategy, public relations activities, and marketing for the Library.

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Data Workshops & Events in March/April

Last chance this semester to attend a data workshop offered by the Library’s Research Data Services Team! Below are the workshops we have coming up in March and into early April.

International Economics and Business Data – Friday, March 2, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

ICPSR: Finding Social Science Datasets – Monday, March 5, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

Mapping with Tableau Data Visualization Software – Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:00am – 11:00am, Atlanta Campus, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 1: Getting Started – Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

SPSS 2: Analyzing Data – Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

Tableau Data Visualization: Getting Started – Friday, March 30, 2018, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Atlanta Campus, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

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

NVivo 2 for Windows: Exploring Your Data – Friday, April 6, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

Qualtrics Essentials: Getting Started – Friday, March 30, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

Qualtrics Essentials: Getting Started – Friday, April 20, 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Atlanta Campus, Classroom 2 (Library North, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

R Programming 2: Data Analysis – Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:30am – 12:30pm, CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor) – REGISTER HERE

Data in the ATL logoThe Library is also hosting two talks as part of our DATA in the ATL speaker series:

Katherine Zitsch

Friday, March 23, 2018 | 11:00-12:30  – REGISTER HERE

Katherine Zitsch
Director, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Manager of Natural Resources, Atlanta Regional Commission

A professional environmental systems engineer, Katherine has more than 20 years of water resources experience in areas of regional water planning, water and wastewater treatment, storm water, water reuse, and water conservation. Providing leadership for the 15-county Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, she and her colleagues use data to look at water management in a holistic fashion, protecting water quality and supply for the District and downstream communities as well. She has championed the metro area’s interests in the tri-state water dispute as well as the implementation of the Metropolitan River Protection Act, protecting a corridor along the Chattahoochee River for future generations. Katherine is intimately involved in using data to project future water supply needs for the metropolitan Atlanta region and then working to ensure water supply is available to meet those needs. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University.

Debra Lam

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 11:00-12:30 – REGISTER HERE

Debra Lam
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Tech

In this newly-created role at Georgia Tech, Debra drives smart cities and urban innovation happening in Atlanta and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh’s first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance in which she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance, and innovation functions of city government. She also crafted that city’s first strategic plan for innovation, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network, a city-university collaborative for urban innovation, of which the City of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech are members. Debra has lived and worked in cities around the world and as is a graduate of Georgetown University, with master’s in public policy, sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley. More about Debra Lam.

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Meet a Librarian: Joel Glogowski

Who is Joel? 

Joel is the library’s Business & Data Services librarian. He provides resources for business researchers and data support for researchers in other areas. Joel also provides Endnote support to users from any discipline.  All of this help may come in the form of one-on-one consultations, in-class instruction or workshops.

You might think working with business means that he went to school for business. That’s not the case though – Joel’s undergrad degree is a B.A. in History that he followed with a M.S. in Information Science from SUNY Albany when he noticed librarian jobs and thought he might enjoy this work.

Fun things to know about Joel

Joel regularly braves biking in Atlanta to get to work. He’s been routinely biking to work for about 3 years and his current commute is just around 10 miles each way. Luckily, he’s able to take some non-road bike paths to help him avoid sharing the road with cars all the way here and home again!

He may bike regularly, but driving doesn’t concern Joel either. A few years ago, he took a road trip that went from Atlanta to Philadelphia, to Ballston Spa, NY, then west to Cohasset, MN (by way of a ferry across Lake Michigan), down to Chicago and back to Atlanta, a distance of almost 3,700 miles in just under 2 weeks. This trip involved a number of things including meeting his infant nephew for the first time, a family reunion with his wife’s family, a visit to Bob Dylan’s childhood home in Hibbing, Minnesota, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and playing Willie Dixon’s bass at Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (formerly Chess Studios), interspersed with some tasty midwestern beer at stops along the trip.

If you think Joel may be interested in music from some of the stops on that trip, you’d be right. Joel plays the upright bass and bass guitar and has been in several Atlanta area bands including Caroline & The Ramblers, Slim Chance & the Convicts and Clear Creek.

Joel is pro pineapple on pizza, as long it’s with the appropriate other toppings (selections such as ham are preferred), his favorite ice cream is lemon with brown sugar and he and his wife have a pet rabbit named Cecil, who may be the cutest rabbit I’ve ever seen.

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Tamika Barnes elected to ALA Executive Board

Barnes, department head, Perimeter Library Services at Georgia State University, Dunwoody, has been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board.

Barnes has served on ALA Council from 2015 to the present and will serve a three-year term on the executive board beginning in July 2018 and concluding in June 2021.

“It is truly an honor to be elected by my peers for such a leadership role as this. I am still processing the magnitude of this and the amount of work that I will need to contribute to be effective.” – Tamika Barnes

Board members were elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting held February 9 – 13 in Denver.  Barnes has served on numerous committees within ALA including the ALA Council, Planning and Budget Assembly, Council Orientation Committee, and Membership Committee to name a few. She served as the 2011 president of the Special Libraries Association, North Carolina Chapter.  She is the recipient of the 2017 BCALA Library Advocacy Award and was a 1998 Spectrum Scholar.

Barnes, who was content with serving as a Council member, credits the encouragement from a longtime friend who currently serves on the Executive Board for her decision to run for the position.

“My work on the Executive Board will definitely help me be a better advocate for libraries and those who utilize library services and resources. I can use both my professional and personal communication outlets to educate library staff and library supporters about issues that impact libraries such as net neutrality and federal funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is an important funding source for many urban and rural public libraries.” – Tamika Barnes

The ALA Executive Board manages the affairs of the Association. It is composed of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director and eight members elected by Council from among the members of that body. To connect with Tamika Barnes and the Dunwoody campus – Georgia State University Library, please visit

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New Digital Collection: Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalogs

Dramatic Club page, Bulletin of the Junior College, Day Division, 1939

Undergraduate course catalogs from Georgia State University’s past and present are now available online through the library’s digital collections. The digital collection contains 101 catalogs dating from the 1920s through 2017 and documenting course offerings at GSU in all of the university’s incarnations: the downtown Atlanta location of Georgia Tech’s Evening School of Commerce

Cover page of 1929 course catalog, Georgia School of Technology

(1914-1933), the Evening School of the University System of Georgia (1933-1935), the Atlanta Extension Center of the University System of Georgia (1935-1947), the University of Georgia, Atlanta Division (1947-1955), Georgia State College of Business Administration (1955-1961), Georgia State College (1961-1969), and Georgia State University (1969-present).

New catalogs will continue to be added to the collection as they are issued. Graduate catalogs will be digitized later this year.

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“We are indeed subversive:” The Great Speckled Bird at Fifty

The Great Speckled Bird was Atlanta’s underground/alternative newspaper published between 1968-1976, having been birthed in “the year of protest” out of necessity – Atlanta’s existing media platforms presented a point-of-view indistinguishable not only from one another but also from others in the region. The Bird served as a clearinghouse for information about the interlocking and interdependent social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, including civil rights, women’s liberation, lesbian and gay liberation, and anti-war activism.  The paper also focused attention on subjects largely uncovered by the mainstream media: police brutality, urban development and land use, public education, labor struggles, the environment, the counterculture, local arts and entertainment, and international politics and freedom struggles.

The Bird was stridently political in its self-conception – it was documenting the South and social change movement agendas and facilitating conversation on how local issues were related to global issues. Unforeseen by and outside direct control of the city’s ruling power structure, the writers, editors, readers, and supporters of the Bird posed an ongoing challenge, if not threat, to the prerogatives of the ruling elite. In this way, the paper exemplifies how this group captured, responded to, and intervened in city and regional (as well as national and international) priorities and concerns.

Because 2018 marks 50 years since publication of the first issue of the Great Speckled Bird, we begin a year of commemorations, reflections, and celebrations with the music of the time: you can listen to the Great Speckled Bird 50th Anniversary Playlist on Spotify.

The Great Speckled Bird Digital Collection consists of a full run of the paper and interviews with its former writers, editors, artists, layout staff, and photographers. The interviews recount how those who comprised the Bird coalesced in Atlanta, having arrived in the city from around the country for different reasons yet ultimately with a common purpose: social change. Each  interview is holistic in scope and documents each participant’s life and work before, during, and after their time at the newspaper. they also provide insight into the historical moment that was the 1960s/70s. Interviews are ongoing and will continue to be added to the Digital Collection as they are available.


This post was co-written by Andrew Reisinger, who co-directs the Great Speckled Bird Oral History Project. Reisinger is a doctoral student in history and staff member of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. The quote in the title of the post is from the Bird’s first issue. Click here to find out more about upcoming Bird events. 

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#DataInTheATL, with Hanah Goldberg – Feb. 9 @ 11:00

Join us this Friday, Feb. 9 from 11:00-12:30, for the next in our series of #DataInTheATL 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. Map it.

Featured Speaker

​Hanah 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.

Register to Attend; Space is limited

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You’re Invited to a Johnny Mercer Tribute Concert

Johnny Mercer and Nat King Cole.

“A song is born in excitement, has a robust life climbing the popularity charts and traveling to the ends of the earth and then, like rare old wine, brings back nothing but sweet memories.” – Johnny Mercer


We will be hosting a Johnny Mercer Tribute Concert on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta, and you’re invited!

It’s been said that getting through the day without hearing one Johnny Mercer song is almost impossible—and why would you want to? Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to over 1,400 songs, including four Academy Award-winners. From the light-hearted “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” and “Jeepers Creepers” to the cinematic “Hooray for Hollywood” and the timeless “Moon River,” Mercer wrote words and music for an American century.

Johnny Mercer at Capitol Records.

Hard-bop trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and beloved blues, jazz, and gospel singer Francine Reed join the Georgia State University Jazz Band’s tribute to Mercer’s incomparable legacy, as they perform a selection of his many hits and new arrangements of some of his unpublished works.

Johnny Mercer with Henry Mancini and Debbie Reynolds on Oscar night.

For more information, and ticket prices (student tickets are only $5), visit the Event Calendar.

This concert is made possible by generous support from The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the Georgia State University Library.

Want to know more? Visit the Johnny Mercer Collection at Special Collections & Archives or contact Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or

It’s a night you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you there!

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What’s the Skinny on Research Software @ GSU?

Have you ever wondered:

What statistical analysis software is on the Library computers? What can students, faculty, and staff download to their own computers? What help resources are there for using the software?

If so, the Library has an “Analyzing Data” page on our Statistics and Data research guide with this very information on it – how convenient! 😉

We also have an entire guide dedicated to SPSS to accompany the SPSS workshops the Library offers, including a detailed workshop handout with hands-on exercises and information about how to download it to/access it on your own computer ( | Library homepage > click on Research Guides > from Guides by Subject dropdown select Data Services and click Go button > click SPSS Statistical Analysis Software link).

You might also wonder:

Does the library have NVivo qualitative data analysis software installed on its computers? Can students, faculty, and staff download NVivo to their own computers? What help resources are there for using NVivo?

You’re in luck! NVivo is on all of the Library’s Windows computers (and on the Macs in CURVE) – and we also have an entire guide dedicated to NVivo to accompany the NVivo workshops offered, including detailed workshop handouts and information about how to download it to your own computer ( | Library homepage > click on Research Guides > from Guides by Subject dropdown select Data Services and click Go button > click NVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software link).

Want to learn more about the data services offered by the Library?

Check out the Library’s Research Data Services Team’s website!

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Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online

The records of the Georgia Association of Educators (1921-2015), part of the Southern Labor Archives, Special Collections and Archives, at Georgia State University Library, Atlanta Campus, are open for research. The collection, comprised of unique documents and photographs, provides an in-depth look at the history of the organization that represents many of Georgia’s teachers. The collection includes convention proceedings, contracts and constitutions, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, audio-visual materials, photographs, and periodicals.

The records document the merger of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association, which represented white and black teachers, respectively, and integration of K-12 schools around the state circa 1970.  Periodicals from the collection (1930-2017) have been digitized and are available online as part of GSU Library’s Digital Collections. Scholars, students, and the general public are invited to visit Special Collections and Archives to use the collection.

For more information about the Georgia Association of Educators’ records, check out the finding aid and the digitized periodicals.

The Southern Labor Archives also holds the following education collections:

Collections marked with an asterisk (*) are unprocessed; ask archivist for details. Please contact Special Collections and Archives for more information about these collections, or to plan your visit.

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