Friday, February 25, 2005

Popular Science Talk Pictures

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We had a packed house in the Library Instruction Room yesterday for the Popular Science Talk by Sherry Durren of the Clarkston Campus Library.

Students and faculty were given information on how to use the EPA website to locate information on environmental issues. Sherry covered topics including locating waste sites in your local area, mapping features and definitions of environmental terms.

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Attendees asked questions on a variety of topics including radon detection.


The presentation provided an enlightening and informative afternoon in the library.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Student Study Day

The library will be open regular hours on the Tuesday, March 1st Student Study Day. Remember not to go to class, but come study with us on the 3rd Floor of A-Building!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Audio News #2

Welcome to the second edition of the Decatur Campus Library Audio News. Again, there may a little fluctuation in volume.

Audio News #2 (mp3)

The news is listenable directly from the blog by clicking on the above link or as a podcast.

This edition is again around 12 minutes long and covers resource sharing opportunities such as GIL Express, the upcoming Decatur Campus Authors' Festival and of course some new acquisitions.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Popular Science Talk

The Decatur Campus Science Club is presenting its next popular science talk on Thursday, February 21st at 12:30pm in the Library Instruction room. Sherry Durren, information literacy librarian at the GPC Clarkston campus and an experienced environmental consultant, will present "What's in YOUR backyard? The EPA web site can tell you!"

The program will consist of an overview of the EPA web site, information on locating waste facilities in your local area, and discussion of environmental topics such as Superfund, watershed issues and the UV index. Come join the Science Club to learn more about important environmental issues that have a direct impact on your life and neighborhood!

The library is located on the 3rd floor of the A Building.

New Books: February 21 - 27

Author: Wilson, Derek A.
Title: Uncrowned kings of England : the black history of the Dudleys and the Tudor throne Call Number: DA345.1.N6 W54 2005

Author: Overy, R. J.
Title: Dictators : Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
Call Number: DD247.H5 O94 2004

Author: Noble, David F. (David Franklin), 1935-
Title: Gallery of best resumes for people without a four-year degree : a collection of quality resumes by professional resume writers
Call Number: HF5383 .N622 2005

Author: Tunnell, Kenneth D.
Title: Pissing on demand : workplace drug testing and the rise of the detox industry
Call Number: HF5549.5.D7 T86 2004

Author: Marsh, Charles, 1958-
Title: Beloved community : how faith shapes social justice, from the civil rights movement to today
Call Number: HN39.U6 M37 2005

Author: Ward, Brian, 1961-
Title: Radio and the struggle for civil rights in the South
Call Number: PN1991.8.A35 W37 2004

Author: Holladay, Hilary.
Title: Wild blessings : the poetry of Lucille Clifton
Call Number: PS3553.L45 Z68 2004

Author: Goldsmith, Barbara.
Title: Obsessive genius : the inner world of Marie Curie
Call Number: QD22.C8 G56 2005

Author: Golden, Janet Lynne, 1951-
Title: Message in a bottle : the making of fetal alcohol syndrome
Call Number: RG629.F45 G655 2005

See New Titles in GIL for more new arrivals.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Authors' Festival

Come join the Decatur Campus for "Authors' Festival: A Celebration of New Black Writers", a two day program devoted to showcasing African-American writers in a variety of styles. Approximately twenty writers are scheduled to participate in the program, which will consist of readings, discussions of the writing process, Q&A sessions and book signings.

The event will be held on Friday, February 25th from 12pm until 4pm and on Saturday, February 26th from 10am until 2pm. Both days of the event will be held in the Decatur Campus student center.

For more information, including detailed directions and a list of participating authors, see the festival website.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Quilt Code Presentation

Loretta Gilead is presenting lecture on the Underground Railroad Quilt Code project on Thursday at 3pm in Room SB-2250. The lecture is part of an ongoing series of enlightening presentations presented by the Department of Humanities, Social Science, Business and Fire Management.

Also stop by the library display case in B Building to take a look at the quilt squares her class made. The display will be up until the end of February.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

African American World | PBS

African American World, sponsored by PBS, is an excellent resource for learning more about African-American history, culture and society. Reources include Audio / Visual materials, encyclopedia entries from Encyclopedia Briannica, and Internet resources along with links to PBS and NPR programming on African-American issues.

Monday, February 14, 2005

New Books: February 14 - 20

Once again received a good number of new books in the past week. Check out New Titles in GIL for more new arrivals!

Author: Greenspan, Stanley I.
Title: First idea : how symbols, language, and intelligence evolved from our early primate ancestors to modern humans
Call Number: BF698.95 .G73 2004

Author: Kastenbaum, Robert.
Title: On our way : the final passage through life and death
Call Number: BF789.D4 K365 2004

Author: Sugden, John, 1947-
Title: Nelson : a dream of glory, 1758-1797
Call Number: DA87.1.N4 S84 2004

Author: Coote, Stephen.
Title: Napoleon and the Hundred Days
Call Number: DC239 .C76 2005

Author: Anderson, David, 1957-
Title: Histories of the hanged : the dirty war in Kenya and the end of empire
Call Number: DT433.577 .A53 2005

Author: Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944-
Title: Past imperfect : facts, fictions, fraud-- American history from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin
Call Number: E175 .H54 2004

Author: Kauffman, Michael W.
Title: American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiracies
Call Number: E457.5 .K38 2004

Author: Bailey, John, 1944 Dec. 15-
Title: Lost German slave girl : the extraordinary true story of Sally Miller and her fight for freedom in Old New Orleans
Call Number: F379.N553 M553 2005

Author: Featherstone, Liza.
Title: Selling women short : the landmark battle for workers' rights at Wal-Mart
Call Number: HD6060.5.U5 F4 2004

Author: Powers, William, 1971-
Title: Blue clay people : seasons on Africa's fragile edge
Call Number: HN835.A8 P69 2005

Author: DelFattore, Joan, 1946-
Title: Fourth R : conflicts over religion in America's public schools
Call Number: LC111 .D43 2004

Author: Vendler, Helen Hennessy.
Title: Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats
Call Number: PR502 .V465 2004

Author: Goodchild, Peter.
Title: Edward Teller : the real Dr. Strangelove
Call Number: QC16.T37 G66 2004

Author: Lynas, Mark.
Title: High tide : the truth about our climate crisis
Call Number: QC981.8.G56 L98 2004

Author: Murray, Raymond C.
Title: Evidence from the earth : forensic geology and criminal investigation
Call Number: QE38.5 .M87 2004

Author: Behrman, Greg, 1976-
Title: Invisible people : how the U.S. has slept through the global AIDS pandemic, the greatest humanitarian catastrophe of our time
Call Number: RA643.83 .B44 2004

Title: Technology and the African-American experience : needs and opportunities for study
Call Number: T21 .T4295 2004

Author: Sutcliffe, Andrea J.
Title: Steam : the untold story of America's first great invention
Call Number: VM140.F5 S88 2004

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wireless Printing

Tired of going to the computer lab to print documents created on your laptop? It is now possible to send print jobs to the library printers from your wireless laptop!

Access the wireless printing homepage to start the printing process. Wireless print jobs are subject to the GPC print management system and must be released from any of the campus print release stations.

See Printing From the Wireless Network for more information and instructions.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience is a new online collection from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture containing information on African-American migration throughout the Americas from slavery through the present day. This excellent new resource contains textural history along with multimedia elements including images and maps.

From the site:
"In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience underscores and explains the extraordinary diversity of African Americans living in the United States today. For the first time in history all the components of the African Diaspora are gathered together."

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Audio News #1

Listen to the news! Hear the librarian say "ummmmm"!

Welcome to the inaugural GPC Decatur Campus Library audio news. Every couple of weeks or so we will record a new version of the news to post here to our weblog. The first version is fairly rough but we will work on improving the quality and content in future editions.

Library News #1 (mp3)

The news is listenable directly from the blog by clicking on the above link or as a podcast. Simply add our podcast feed to your podcasting client, such as iPodder or Sparks!, to automatically download new versions of the library audio news to play on your computer or digital audio device. This allows you to listen to the content whenever and however you want. For more information on podcasting, check out these news stories posted on Wikipedia or do a search for "podcasting" in your favorite search engine.

The news lasts for about 12 minutes and may have a drop in volume around minute 4 or so. The bugs should be ironed out in future versions for a more consistent listening experience. Please leave any comments and suggestions for future podcasts in the comments or through the Ask A Librarian service.

Mozell Benson, Quilter

The Decatur Campus Office of Student Life is hosting a presentation by renowned quilter Mozell Benson on Thursday, February 10. Ms. Benson will present a workshop on quilting and will make a quilt to be permanently housed on the Decatur Campus.

The presentation begins at 11:30am in the Student Center. Come out for this unique opportunity and make sure to check out our own GPC quilt project in the Library display case in B Building through February.

Monday, February 07, 2005

New Books: February 7 - 13

Author: Jenkins, Roy, 1920-
Title: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Call Number: E807 .J46 2003

Author: Ling, Richard Seyler.
Title: Mobile connection : the cell phone's impact on society
Call Number: HE9713 .L563 2004

Author: Van Deburg, William L.
Title: Hoodlums : Black villains and social bandits in American life
Call Number: HV6791 .V36 2004

Author: Comer, James P.
Title: Leave no child behind : preparing today's youth for tomorrow's world
Call Number: LB2822.82 .C65 2004

Author: Charles, Ray, 1930-
Title: Brother Ray : Ray Charles' own story
Call Number: ML420.C46 A3 2004

Author: Helferich, Gerard.
Title: Humboldt's cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American journey that changed the way we see the world
Call Number: Q143.H9 A6 2004

Author: Parker, Barry.
Title: Albert Einstein's vision : remarkable discoveries that shaped modern science
Call Number: QC16.E5 P365 2004

Author: Litt, Ann Selkowitz.
Title: College student's guide to eating well on campus
Call Number: RA784 .L568 2000

See New Titles in GIL for more new arrivals.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Quilt Patterns: Messages On The Underground Railroad

Quilt Display
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For the month of February, the Library is proud to host a special exhibit in our display case in B Building - Quilt Patterns: Messages On The Underground Railroad.

Using the book Hidden In Plain View as a resource, students in Loretta Gilead's English 2131 (American Literature) class created quilt squares based on actual patterns used as guides for runaway slaves. These quilt patterns provided visual instructions to slaves on their journey North.


The exhibit features the squares created by Ms. Gilead's class along with photographs of the project in progress and additional information on the use of quilts in the Underground Railroad.

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View the exhibit on the 2nd floor of B Building or take a look at the photo album or slideshow. Thanks to Tony Bush of Decatur Campus Technology and Media Services for the photographs.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Symposium Essay Contest

The 2005 Decatur Campus Symposium - 40 Years Of Music From Folk Rock To Hip Hop - is kicking off with an essay contest. The contest is open to all currently enrolled Decatur Campus students. Essays are due by March 7th. Winners will be announced during the Symposium week, March 21-25. See the contest flyer for additional information.

A wide range of resources on Symposium related topics are available on 3 day reserve in the Decatur Campus Library.