Data in the ATL, with Landon Reed – Oct. 20 @ 11:00

Join us Friday, Oct. 20 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

Landon ReedLandon Reed, Project Lead, Data Tools at Conveyal

Conveyal is a start-up transportation and land-use analysis consultancy based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Atlanta, Paris, Portland, and New York City. At Conveyal, Landon is working to build open source, next generation tools for sustainable transportation, with particular focus on multimodal routing and trip planning, transportation network analysis, and data management and visualization.

Register online. Seating is limited.

 

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Meet A Librarian: Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

Who is Mandy? 

Mandy is the librarian for Sociology and Data Services as well as the Team Leader for Research Data Services on the Atlanta campus. She was born and raised in Monon, Indiana. Before coming to GSU, she lived in Iowa, Kansas, and then Wisconsin–clearly a mid-westerner. Before deciding to become a librarian, Mandy says she had the “major of the month.” Apparently she changed her major every month from math, musical theater, and others before pursuing her PhD in Sociology and Master’s in Library Science.

     Musicology?

Mandy plays a mean accordion and is a member of the library’s big band. The first concert that she saw live was The Bangles. It was actually the group Chicago, but she doesn’t want you to know that since the lead singer, Peter Cetera, was no longer part of the group. Mandy enjoys a broad range of musical genres such as jazz from the 1920s to punk rock and everything in between. One of her favorite songs is “Closer to Fine” by the Indigo Girls, because of these lyrics which Mandy uses to navigate life:                                         

There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine

Here are a few other things you may not know about Mandy:

  • Favorite cheese? Smoked Gouda
  • Favorite holiday? Halloween – Mandy hopes to go as a Punk Rocker this year – her go-to costume.
  • Favorite Comic Book Hero? Wonder Woman
  • Her Superpower? The ability to talk nonstop like her Grandma Maxine.
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee, preferably iced with mocha or other sugary goodness.
  • Reading Now/Next? White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg.
  • Interesting tidbit? In 2013, Mandy auditioned for the Wheel of Fortune game show. Her profile picture (above) is the photo she submitted for the audition.

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Upcoming Workshop: Teaching with Primary Sources: Comic Books and Context

cover, Sorcery comic book, 1974Kevin Fleming, Popular Music and Culture Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian, are offering a “Teaching with Primary Sources: Comic Books and Context” workshop for faculty and graduate students. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 25, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m, and will take place in the Colloquium Room, Library South 8, on the downtown Atlanta campus.

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will be the “students” for several exercises utilizing comic books from Special Collections & Archives’ Popular Culture Literature Collection and other related primary sources. The exercise will be followed by discussion and brainstorming on other creative ways to use these resources for teaching.

This workshop is a follow-up to our Spring 2017 workshop “Teaching with Primary Sources: Popular Culture and Pulp,” but will incorporate new activity, so is also a stand-alone workshop. Prior attendance at our spring workshop is not at all necessary. We invite you to attend as our “students”!

Register for the workshop here.

Want to know more? Contact Jill Anderson or Kevin Fleming with questions.

Image: Red Circle Sorcery No. 9, Series V: Comic Books, Popular Culture Literature Collection, M225, Popular Music and Culture Collection, Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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Books24x7 access & interface changes

If you use Books24x7 for learning or research, be prepared for a new interface the next time you use it.  On October 2, the library migrated to the new platform for this resource, Skillport 8i.

You’re still able to access content from on or off campus, using your campusID and password.  Your account on the new platform is connected to your campusID and password, so you’ll no longer have a separate account on this system.

Once in the database, use the search box at the upper right to search for content on a particular topic, such as Python, or you can use the Library option to browse the subjects available. Your “Learning Plan” contains the resources you want to save for quick access later.

Once you find a book that you want, click the Launch button to access the content, or use the other options in the drop down menu to see related items or save it to your learning plan.

If you need assistance with the new platform, contact the subject librarian for Computer Science & Computer Information Systems, Laura Carscaddon.

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Make a difference at your library: Student Library Advisory Council

Just over one week remains to apply to join the Student Library Advisory Council. If you’re an Atlanta Campus student looking for an opportunity to gain leadership experience while improving your library, we need you you! As a council member for the 2017-18 academic year, you’ll help us improve existing services and resources and prioritize for the future.

Past activities of the Student Library Advisory Council have included:

  • Participating in the library’s Student Technology Fee proposal process
  • Serving as usability testers for library website testing to improve site navigation
  • Proposing the addition of sanitizing stations to Library North (approved and implemented by Library Administration)
  • Suggesting technology and facility elements during CURVE’s design phase
  • Providing ongoing feedback on library spaces.

Membership details are available on the application page. The application deadline is Friday, October 6, 11:59 pm.

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Hurricane Research at the GSU Library

Workers fix a broken traffic light in Savannah, GA after Hurricane David in 1979.

A worker fixes a broken traffic light in Savannah, GA after Hurricane David in 1979. Image Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Digital Collections

Hurricanes destroy property and take lives, but they also inspire many research topics. Storm related questions include:

  • Does climate change mean more and stronger storms?
  • Is the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity accurate?
  • What is the human cost of living through a monster storm?

 

 

To get started researching topics like these, brainstorm keywords and phrases:

  • hurricanes AND “global warming”
  • hurricane AND social
  • “Saffir-Simpson Scale”

“Quotes” hold a phrase together in the order you write it, while UPPERCASE AND searches for the overlap between two ideas. Don’t forget to brainstorm synonyms. Hurricanes can also be referred to as tropical cyclones. Global warming can be climate change or Anthropocene. Hurricanes affect infrastructure and coastal development.

Hurricane David floods a road near Savannah, GA.

A flooded road after Hurricane David (1979) near Savannah, GA. Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Digital Collections

The Discover search box on the library web page is a gateway to more technical information about hurricanes. One you run a search, remember to use the option box on the left side to restrict results to academic journals. Discover searching yields a broad swath of articles across a large variety of disciplines.

Gale Virtual Reference Library also offers several extensive, current articles on hurricanes:

For current news coverage within hurricane zones and affected regions, search for articles in LexisNexis Academic. For more hard science, there is Proquest Science Database and ejournals at Science Direct and Wiley Online Library.  Weather/atmospheric science is a branch of physics, while disaster prevention often involves engineering. These are both math heavy disciplines. In addition, Wiley also publishes scholarly, social science and geography journals. Your CampusID and password are required to access ProQuest Science, Science Direct, LexisNexis, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and other databases from off campus.

While not up-to-the-minute, books can provide background, history, and terminology. GSU has eBooks  that you can read anywhere you have an internet connection.

Among open web resources, the National Hurricane Center is a great place to start. The map in the center of the home page features current hurricane activity, while the thumbnail maps below track individual storms’ rain and wind speeds. Open the menus at the top for everything from an explanation of hurricane categories, to lists of storm names, to FAQ. To pinpoint a storm’s location, try Google and Bing maps.

Whatever your background or project, and of course if you are simply curious, the GSU libraries offer a deluge of hurricane information.

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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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