The Library’s Early College Summer Program

Early College is a four-week program that gives students both social and academic skills that they will need to succeed in college. Early College Summer program students take college-level math, English and sciences classes. They also participate in four library workshops where  they will learn how to navigate the vast resources of GSU’s research library. Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian, coordinates the library program for Early College. The four library sessions will teach students:

  • How to evaluate print and online resources
  • How to avoid plagiarism with proper citations and paraphrasing
  • How to find resources using the online catalog and online databases

The first sessions were held on June 7th and will continue on June 8 – 15 with Group 1 meeting from 12:40pm to to 1:40pm and Group 2 meeting from 1:50pm to 2:50pm. All sessions will be held in Classroom 1.

The Early College Research guide will be used to instruct students. The library has other research guides to assist new students adjust to campus and research life.

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African-American Music Appreciation Month: Jazz

June marks the beginning of African-American Music Appreciation Month, initially called Black Music Month when President Jimmy Carter issued a decree on June 7, 1979. In 2000, President Carter’s degree was approved in House Resolution 509. In celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month, the GSU Library will have a weekly focus on the contributions of African Americans to musical genres such as jazz, rock and roll and hip hop. This week’s focus is on jazz. “Recently, President Donald Trump proclaimed the first African-American Music Appreciation Month of his tenure, honing in on the accomplishments and impact of artists like Berry, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.”

Jazz has been defined as “America’s classical music.” In Jazzedited by Ronald Landford, jazz is described as one of the greatest cultural contributions by African Americans. Some of the prominent artists in jazz are Duke Ellington, Dr. Billy Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and many more. Explore the library’s collection to learn more about jazz, and the artists that transformed this genre of American music. Some of the highlights from the collection are:

Blakey, Art, Dizzy Gillespie, Al. McKibbon, Sonny. Stitt, Kai. Winding, and Thelonious. Monk. The Giants of Jazz. Atlantic, 1972.

Burns, Ken, Keith. David, Lynn. Novick, Geoffrey C. Ward, Florentine Films, PBS Home Video, and WETA-TV. Jazz. Burbank, CA: PBS Home Video : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2000. American History in Video.

Burns, Ken, Geoffrey C. Ward, Louis Armstrong, Fred. McDowell, James Reese Europe, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Benny Moten, Coleman. Hawkins, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Horace Silver, Clifford. Brown, Max Roach, Sammy. Rollins, Dave. Brubeck, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, John Coltrane, Miles. Davis, Jim Europe’s 369th Infantry Band, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra, Jazz Messengers, Modern Jazz Quartet, and Rollins, Sonny. Ken Burns Jazz the Story of America’s Music. New York: Columbia/Legacy, 2000.

Ellington, Duke, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, Bill Robinson, Charlie Wellman, Bessie Smith, Tessie Maize, Tommy Christian, Ben Bernie, Ruby Darby, Sherwin Dunner, Richard Nevins, Dana Heinz Perry, Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Performer, Boswell Sisters, Performer, and Yazoo Video. At the Jazz Band Ball : Early Hot Jazz, Song and Dance 1925-1933. 2000.

Gioia, Ted., and Ebrary, Inc. The History of Jazz. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. Web.

Levin, Floyd., and Ebrary, Inc. Classic Jazz : A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians. Berkeley, Calif. ; London: U of California, 2000. Web.

Williams, Martin T., Martin Gitler, and Gitler, Ira. Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. Rev.. ed. Washington, D.C. : New York: Smithsonian Collection of Recordings ; Manufactured by CBS Records, 1987. The instrumental history of jazzThe instrumental history of jazz

If you have a favorite jazz artist, let us know in the comments and we’ll compile you a list of books, videos, and/or sound recordings (CDs).

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Workshop: NVivo for Qualitative Data Analysis

Need to make your qualitative data analysis process more efficient and manageable? Come to these NVivo workshops!

nvivo_logoIn this two-part workshop series, Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Team Leader for Research Data Services, leads participants in hands-on exploration of using NVivo qualitative research software.


NVivo 1 – Tuesday, June 13, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

  • Getting to know the NVivo workspace
  • Exploring different types of Sources that can be analyzed
  • Basic Coding of Text and Multimedia Sources
  • Using Queries to explore and code your data
  • Recording comments and ideas

NVivo 2 – Tuesday, June 20, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Classroom South 403 – REGISTER HERE

  • Creating Classifications with Attribute Values and Sets to facilitate comparative analyses
  • Autocoding Sources
  • Coding queries
  • Matrix queries
  • Data visualizations

Questions? Ask Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh.

Learn more about upcoming data-related workshops and the Library’s other data services & support offerings here!

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SAS Workshop – Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE: SAS Company trainers will be coming to GSU’s campus to give a SAS Studio training workshop on September 8, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm, with an hour lunch break.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for a workshop registration link to be posted in early August.

Questions? Contact Mandy, the Library’s Team Leader for Research Data Services.

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Dunwoody library to reopen at 7:45 a.m. on 5/24

Update: Repairs have been made on the air conditioning system, and the Dunwoody campus library will reopen at its regular time of 7:45 a.m. on Wed., May 24.

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Dunwoody library closed, hopefully reopening at noon on 5/24

The Dunwoody campus library is presently closed due to an air conditioning system failure affecting the entire building. Estimated time of repair is midday on Wednesday (5/24), at which time the Dunwoody library plans to reopen. Students looking for a alternative (and cooler) location to study are encouraged to find a spot in NE Building (see map).

Monitor this blog on the University Library homepage and social media for updates and the exact reopening time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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“Bias is Bad for Business: Carl Owens, Gay Rights, and the Fight Against Cracker Barrel”, by William Greer

Shareholders with Owens’ ‘Buy One’ Program at a Cracker Barrel Shareholders’ Meeting in 1992

In January of 1991, Carl Owens, an activist with Queer Nation Atlanta, published an editorial in a gay newspaper called The Southern Voice. Owens was protesting a policy adopted by Cracker Barrel Restaurants, which stated that they would not hire or employ anyone “whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values.” “It is time,” Owens wrote, “for individual lesbians and gays across the United States to help in the action to stop employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.” With this letter, Owens started an eleven-year fight for equality against a giant corporation. He was one of many activists in this struggle, and Georgia State University’s Archives for Research on Women and Gender has preserved his record of this little-known, albeit extraordinary, chapter of American History.

Gay rights activists staged protests and sit ins at Cracker Barrel locations across the southeast, but Owens had another plan: The Buy One Campaign. If enough people bought a single share, and then pressured Cracker Barrel to adopt a policy that protected gay employees from discrimination, it would be a “vivid example of our presence and power.” Remarkably, at a time when no federal laws, and only two states, protected gays and lesbians from discrimination, the campaign gained real momentum. Owens’ fight also attracted allies, some of whom came from surprising places, like churches.

Carl Owen’s List of Publications He Contacted to Promote Buy One

To promote the Buy One Campaign, Carl Owens wrote to ninety-one separate publications. Other, smaller newsletters and periodicals that were not on his list carried his message as well. Sometimes his message appeared in surprising places, such as a bulletin from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta also printed Owens’ call in their January, 1992 newsletter, whose cover was graced with a photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eventually, The Buy One Campaign had a visible effect on Cracker Barrel and the makeup of its shareholders. In a report to the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Owens disclosed that Cracker Barrel had 4,500 shareholders in 1991. By 1993, the number had risen to 11,500. “I believe that over 50% of the stockholders of CB own only one share each,” he boasted. “And they are either Lesbian, Gay, or a supporter of the community.”  Other shareholders made proposals that complemented the Buy One Campaign’s goals. In 1995 the Sisters of Mercy Consolidated Asset Management Program proposed that shareholders vote to instate a policy that linked executive compensation to “social corporate performance.” Two years later, they proposed that executive compensation depend on efforts to “recruit workers from the broadest possible talent pool, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, or sexual orientation.”

The Buy One Campaign’s strongest ally, however, was the New York City Employee Retirement System. For 1991 shareholder meeting, Cracker Barrel obtained a restraining order against a group of Queer Nation activists. Owens managed to get inside in the meeting anyway, and he confronted Dan Evins. Patrick Doherty, the NYCERS representative, joined Owens in the confrontation, telling Evins that “bias is bad business.”

When Cracker Barrel tried to induce the Securities & Exchange Commission to block Owens’ proposal, NYCERS sued the SEC. Initially, the SEC had sided with Cracker Barrel’s argument that shareholders could not propose measures that affected a company’s day-to-day operations, which included hiring practices. NYCERS’ suit held that SEC had a long-standing precedent of permitting shareholders to vote on equal employment policies. Two other groups, the United States Trust Co. and the Women’s Division of the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, joined NYCERS in the suit. The SEC ruled that the matter was now beyond their jurisdiction. If Cracker Barrel wanted to push the issue further, they’d have to go to court.

Still, the Board continued to recommend that shareholders vote against Owens’ proposal for a non-discrimination policy. In one such memo, the Board complained that “Mr. Owens is more interested in gay and lesbian concerns as social issues than in any economic effect these concerns may have on your company, and that he is using the Company’s proxy as a forum to promote his ideas.” Even though they couldn’t legally stop Owens, their recommendations carried a lot of weight. Proposals for a non-discrimination policy, alternately submitted by Owens’ and NYCERS, failed to draw a majority vote at ten consecutive shareholder meetings.

Proposal for an Anti-gay Discrimination Policy at the 2002 Shareholders’ Meeting

Owens kept pushing, and eventually the majority tilted in his favor. Finally, in 2002, the Board decided not to oppose Owens’ position. Instead, without a shareholder vote, they added new language to their hiring policy. A vote was deemed unnecessary because fifty eight percent of shareholders now favored the proposals. (Martin, Douglas, “Danny Evins”, New York Times, accessed December 8, 2016) Julie Davis, a company spokeswoman, described the change as “simple matter of listening to the shareholders.”

After eleven years, Carl Owens and his allies had won. He couldn’t have done it alone. The thousands of people who heeded his call to buy shares deserve credit, as does NYCERS, whose own holdings in Cracker Barrel gave the cause an enormous boost. Christian groups, like Sisters of Mercy and women of the Methodist Church deserve special recognition for advocating gay rights at the same time Pat Buchanan declared a “cultural war” to protect presumably shared religious values. (Patrick J. Buchanan, “1992 Republican National Convention Speech”, August 17, 1992,, accessed December 8, 2016) Yet in the final analysis, there was no substitute for the persistence of Carl Owens’ and many other activists like him. The Buy One Campaign began, and ended, with his determination to right a wrong.

This posting was written by GSU Graduate Student William Greer.  Questions about the Carl Owens Collection on Cracker Barrel Records should be directed to Morna Gerrard, archivist, Women and Gender Collections, at 404-413-2880 or


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Students: Enter a Data Viz in Tableau’s Data Viz Assignment Contest!

Students: Been using Tableau for data visualizations, or want to try it out? You can enter this contest and maybe win a Tableau swag bag!

To enter the Contest, complete the following steps – entry deadline is May 30:

  1. If you do not already have a copy, download the software at (a free trial copy is available),
  2. Produce and publish a Tableau data visualization to your Tableau Public profile, and
  3. Provide a link to the visualization on your Tableau Public profile to – Your Submission must be publicly accessible and available at all times during the Contest Period. All Submissions must comply with all Tableau terms and conditions of use, available at

Tableau is available on all of the University Library’s CURVE computers, and we have Research Data Services Team members who can assist you in using it.

Tableau data viz showing relationship of political views to opinion re: whether “immigrants are good for the American economy.” Click image to go to interactive Tableau Story to explore more variables…

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New Library Catalog Coming Soon

The Georgia State University Library is implementing a new interface to our catalog.  On May 26th, and will be redirected to our new catalog interface.

When the new catalog interface is available, you will be able to utilize your campus ID and password for authenticating into the catalog to view your library account.

Saved “Favorites” in your current GIL-Find account will not automatically migrate to the new catalog. Save any favorites you wish to keep by email or by exporting into EndNote before May 21st.

During the transition to the new catalog interface, GIL Express (USG community borrowing) will be suspended from May 5th through May 25th.  If you need a book from another USG library you may put in an ILL request or consult a library employee at the desk on LN1 for assistance.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our service to each of you.


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CURVE Hosts the WIT Girls for STEM Career Event

On a Thursday evening last week, CURVE hosted a group of exceptional young women interested in STEM fields. The high schoolers are part of an organization called WIT, or Women In Technology, which “passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM careers—from the classroom to the boardroom,” according to the WIT website. The girls participate in activities and tours sponsored by Atlanta universities and businesses that focus on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

At the “Building Your Professional Toolbox” event, sponsored by GSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the WIT girls rotated through learning stations featuring different technology and career information. Some of the highlights included activities led by GSU librarians in their academic specialties.

Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian for Sociology, Gerontology, and Data Services, showcased data science careers by demonstrating how to map and visualize Twitter data with Tableau and NVivo.

Swygart-Hobaugh demonstrates data visualization features in Tableau on the CURVE interactWall

Business Data Services Librarian Ximin Mi took the students on a worldwide vacation through a combination of Google Maps and a Vive virtual reality headset, and discussed the future of virtual reality, computer science, and tech jobs.

Mi shows how to put on the Vive headset using a face mask

Kelsey Jordan, Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience, led a “live” drawing workshop on medical illustration and health careers, featuring a real human heart, liver, and kidneys.

Jordan introduces some examples of medical illustration

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