Top 10: Films on Demand, March 2014


Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following top 10 titles:

10. The Summer of Love: 1967 (33 mins)
The “Summer of Love” is remembered today through a haze of nostalgia, hindsight, and hype. But how was the emergence of the youth counterculture actually covered at the time? In this program, selections from the NBC News archives offer an insightful look at the beginning of a cultural shock wave that is still being felt and debated today. Reporter Aline Saarinen offers a reality check as she covers the scene in Haight-Ashbury, while Hugh Downs talks with LSD advocate Timothy Leary and Jack Perkins reports on the prevalence of drugs in the hippie culture.

9. The American Transcendentalists: Concord, Massachusetts (54 mins)
The ideas and ideals of three American Transcendentalists—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller—initially given expression through The Dial continue to shape the discourse of literature, philosophy, and religion worldwide. This program, hosted by James H. Bride II and divided into eight chapters, traces the origins and defines the concept of Transcendentalism. It also spotlights key landmarks in and around Concord, where the Transcendental movement began, while profiling Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller in depth through readings, interviews, and dramatizations from significant Transcendentalist texts. Scholarly commentary is provided by Richard Baker, Lawrence Buell, Burnham Carter, Philip McFarland, Joan von Mehren, Joel Myerson, Wesley Mott, Robert Richardson Jr., and David Reynolds. Several dramatic passages are reenacted by Jeffrey Hyatt as Thoreau at Walden Pond.

8. Taking Credit: Understanding Loans, Credit Cards, and Other Debts (26 mins)
Some people have a hard time qualifying for a loan, while others can walk into a bank empty-handed and leave with thousands of dollars in credit. The same goes for credit cards—although most consumers carry several, for an unfortunate few they are out of reach. But no matter how easy or difficult it is to borrow money, one thing is certain: paying it back is the real challenge. This program helps high school and college-level viewers understand the basics of financial credit systems, the best ways to obtain and manage credit, and how credit decisions can influence one’s future. Focusing on credit cards, car loans, student loans, and mortgages, the program offers lighthearted dramatizations that first illustrate good and bad borrowing and spending habits—and then highlight discipline as the key to a great credit rating and sustained financial health. Students will also encounter the four Cs of lending: capacity, credit, capital, and collateral.

7. Buddhism (27 mins)
sing architecture and art, this program studies the birth of Buddhism in India and its spread to other lands where it has flourished. The Mahabodhi Temple, in Bodh Gaya; the Great Stupa at Sanchi, India; the Borobudur Temple—the largest Buddhist shrine in the world—in Indonesia; and the Chuang Yen Monastery in New York state, with its 37-foot-tall marble statue of The Enlightened One surrounded by 10,000 smaller statues, are featured.

6. Rethinking the Death Penalty (22 mins)
Some mistakes are fixable. Wrongful conviction and subsequent execution is not. In this program, ABC News correspondent John Donvan traces the history of the death penalty in the U.S. since 1935 while capturing the views of George W. Bush and Illinois governor George Ryan. Then, Gerald Kogan, former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and Dudley Sharp, director of Justice for All, join anchor Chris Wallace to discuss the use of DNA evidence to overturn death penalty convictions and to debate whether America’s criminal justice system is functioning or failing.

5. Race on Trial (23 mins)
Does the American justice system treat people differently based on their race? In this ABC News program, correspondent Michel Martin reports on the startlingly disparate outcomes of two almost identical drug-related cases tried one after another in a Boston court. In one case, the judge sentenced an African-American defendant with no prior record to prison time on the insistence of the prosecution. In the other case, the prosecution asked for a sentence of drug rehabilitation as opposed to prison time for a white defendant with prior convictions. This provocative program offers a timely assessment of an unfortunately recurring problem in American courtrooms.

4. The Medicated Child (60 mins)
The increase in the use of antipsychotic drugs is directly tied to the rising incidence of one particular diagnosis-bipolar disorder. Experts estimate that the number of kids with the diagnosis is now over a million and rising. But are antipsychotic drugs safe for young children? How early in a child’s life can mental illness be accurately detected? Is medication really the answer? With the debate over the drugging of America’s youth growing more intense, this Frontline episode confronts psychiatrists, researchers, and government regulators about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.

3. A Question of Color (56 mins)
“I am a black American woman from an interracial background. I look white, I identify myself as black,” says filmmaker Kathe Sandler. “I made this film because I wanted to understand something that had a very dominant influence in my life.” In this documentary, Sandler digs into the often subconscious world of colorism, a caste system within the African-American community that deems the lightest skin tones to be the most beautiful and socially acceptable. Tackling a painful and taboo subject with great sensitivity, the film helps viewers understand the complex interplay between racial identity, culture, and self-image.

2. Inferential Statistics (36 mins)
Who said statistics were boring? Using magic and circus motifs, this program demonstrates the significance of probability theory and the importance of using the correct test to analyze research data. Host Amy and her friend Matt the Magician guide viewers through the need to make probability statements, and along with a team of students, use juggling skills to explore choice of test. Setting significance levels, tests of difference, the sign test, degrees of freedom, Yates correction, expected frequencies, parametric tests, and plastic interval scales are explored.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for March is:

1. Cooperative Learning and Culture: The Effective Teacher (46 mins)
Award-winning educator, author, and lecturer Harry K. Wong, in this classic video presentation, describes his method for teaching students how to work in cooperative groups. Dr. Wong believes effective teachers begin a lesson with a motivator—or attention-grabber—related to the lesson and designed to pique students’ curiosity. Research shows that the most effective learning in the classroom is in support groups. By teaching students to work cooperatively in groups, you prepare them for tomorrow’s world. Through cooperative group work, students learn to be self-motivated, self-directed, and procedure-oriented. Effective teachers create a classroom culture while effective administrators create a school culture. Students are taught procedures that allow for the smooth and efficient functioning of a classroom/school. These procedures establish the culture or shared values of the classroom/school. When you walk into a classroom/school with culture, you can sense the unity and purpose—a sense of belonging.

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Declaration for the Right to Libraries

We've signed the declaration. Have you?
Do you believe that the freedom of access to information is essential to a well-functioning democratic society?
Do you believe that libraries contribute to the intellectual health of our nation?
Do you believe that libraries provide the necessary resources to help scholars advance knowledge and research in science, medicine, and other fields?
Do you believe that we all are entitled to the resources and protections offered by libraries of all types?

Then join with us and sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries. You can click the image above to sign online or come to the library and sign the declaration on the Library Notes bulletin board.

National Library Workers Day

Today we celebrate National Library Workers Day. NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.


Here at the CSU Library each of us strives every day to provide you with the resources and services you need to succeed. While you may see some of us in the library at the Circulation and Reference Desks, there are quite a few of us who work primarily behind the scenes (or behind the screens as it were). Get to know your CSU Library faculty and staff here:

If a CSU Library worker has made a difference in your life, consider submitting him or her to the Galaxy of Stars. Tell everyone what makes a library employee special by submitting your favorite worker’s name and why s/he is wonderful.

Share your story- Win a Kindle Fire!

To celebrate National Library Week, the American Library Association is giving away a Kindle Fire. All you have to do is share your story about how libraries impact you. You can tweet your story using the hashtags #LivesChange and/or #NLW14. If you need more than 140 characters, share your story online at the @ your library Story Collection.


Click here for details and official rules. And good luck!

National Library Week – kickoff

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. It’s National Library Week!


National Library Week is a time each year that we celebrate the impact that libraries have on all of us. Throughout this week, we’ll be sharing tidbits about our library and all libraries to demonstrate just how important libraries are to our communities. We also invite you to share your stories about libraries.

The theme for NLW this year is: Lives change @ Your Library. Follow along with us in the library, on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog this week as we provide opportunities (and incentives) for you to share your story about libraries and how they’ve changed your life.

Money Smart Week wrap-up

Scavenger Hunt WideMoney Smart Week might be over, but it’s not too late to enter the Money Smart Week Scavenger Hunt and win $500. Click the image or go here: to learn more.


And if you’re still hungry for some Money Smart resources, check out these two sites with information on all aspects of personal money management to get you off on the right track:

CNN Money 101: A step by step guide to gaining control of your financial life. Consumer guide for young adults with tips and resources for making financial decisions (from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection) *

Money Smart Friday – Protect

Money Smart Week is drawing to a close. So far, we’ve shared tips and resources for earning, borrowing, saving, investing, and spending money. Today, we’ll talk about protecting yourself and your financial situation.

What does it mean to protect your money? First, you want to be prepared for emergencies by accumulating savings, purchasing adequate insurance, and planning for the future with documents like a will. Second, be aware of scams and protect yourself from people who would try and take your money from you. Lastly, keep good records of all financial documents. Here are some things to remember:
MyMoney Five

  • Review all financial statements and bills and question any unusual charges.
  • If something seems “too good to be true” it probably is.
  • Think twice before you share your personal information like social security number, bank account numbers, passwords, birth date, etc.

Use these resources to help you do what it takes to protect your finances and be Money Smart. (Resources with * require you to enter your SWAN username and password for off-campus access)

Plan for the future
Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance tips
Help with Health Insurance
Financial Readiness: As critical as fully charged batteries
How to bounce back from five of life’s biggest financial emergencies
One day you’re going to die; here’s how to prepare for it
Funding your dreams generation to generation: intergenerational financial planning to ensure your family’s health, wealth, and personal values (ebook) *

Financial records
Managing household records
How long should you keep your financial documents?
How to organize your records in case of an emergency

Fraud and theft protection
Protect yourself and recover from Identity Theft
Scam alerts (from the Federal Trade Commission)
Use this IRS form to stop tax refund fraud in its tracks
Identity theft (online video) *

We hope you’ve enjoyed Money Smart Week and learning about the MyMoney Five principles. If there’s anything we missed or you’d like to know more about, just let us know in the comments here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Money Smart Thursday- Spend

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Now that we’ve learned about earning, borrowing, saving, and investing our money, it’s time to talk about spending it. Spend is the fourth of the MyMoney Five principles.

Of course, spending money is easy, at least for many of us. But how easy is it to be Money Smart about our spending? Here are some guidelines to follow to help you manage money wisely:

  • Live and spend within your means
  • Compare prices and quality before making a big purchase (or even a small one)
  • Keep track of your spending with a budget
  • Make long and short-term goals and make sure your purchases doesn’t detract from those goals
  • MyMoney FiveEasier said than done, though, right? Check out these resources to help you put these guidelines into practice. (Resources with * require you to enter your SWAN username and password for off-campus access)

    You Need a Budget- Cloud based budgeting software available FREE for college students
    Adult budgeting 101: How to create your first budget in the real world
    CNN Money 101 Lesson 2: How to Budget
    The Best Apps for Budgeting your Cash
    Home Budget calculator
    Student Budget calculator *
    Student budget calculator *
    The Budget Kit: The common cent$ money management workbook (ebook)*

    Track your Spending
    Mint Free online financial tracker
    Spending Diary Simple online spending tracker
    Review: Apps to Track Income and Expenses
    Assessing how you manage money: Money Basics online tutorial

    Compare prices and quality
    The 10 best shopping apps to compare prices
    How to save the most money on your grocery budget with a price book
    Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs
    Consumer Reports *
    Consumer Reports Buying Guide *

    Hopefully, we haven’t sucked all of the fun out of spending money. Rather, we hope you’ve learned how to get the most out of each dollar so that you can continue saving towards all of your financial goals, like that summer vacation!

    Come back tomorrow for tips on protecting your money so that it’s there for you when you need it.

    Money Smart Wednesday- Save & Invest

    2014 MSW FB Cover

    We’re halfway through Money Smart Week and so far we’ve covered earning and borrowing money. Today’s MyMoney Five principle is Save & Invest.
    MyMoney Five

    Responsible saving is the best way to prepare for life’s emergencies and unexpected events as well as for big planned purchases and events like retirement or childcare. Wise investment of your funds can help your money grow. Here are some keys to saving and investment success:

    • Make saving a habit. Make a commitment to set aside a portion of your paycheck each period.
    • Set different savings goals: Emergency savings; short-term goals (vacation, down payments); and long-term goals (retirement)
    • Get qualified, professional advice on investment planning.
    • Shop around to find a bank account that meets your needs.

    Below are some resources to help you make the most of your money through saving and investment. (Resources with * require you to enter your SWAN username and password for off-campus access)

    Set a Goal: What to Save For
    Ready. Save. Grow (from the U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    Savings Fitness: A guide to your money and your financial future (from U.S. Department of Labor)
    Checking and Savings bank account comparison tools from
    How to start saving for a home down payment
    Emergency Savings Calculator *
    Cool Million. What will it take to save one million dollars? *
    Savings Goal calculator. Find out what it will take to reach your savings goal *
    The Million Dollar Car and $250,000 Pizza: How every dollar you save builds your financial future (ebook)*
    TEDTalks: Shlomo Benartzi- Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow (online video) *

    Protect your money: Check out brokers and investment advisers (from U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
    myRA: New Retirement Savings Account offered by the U.S. Department of Treasury beginning late 2014
    Investment comparison tools, articles, and calculators from
    Investment Returns calculator *
    The first time investor’s workbook: A Hands-on guide to implementing a successful investment plan (ebook) *
    The New Scrooge Investing: The bargain hunter’s guide to thrifty investments, super discounts, special privileges, and other money-saving tips (ebook) *
    Saving and Investing (online video) *

    Do you have a saving or investment strategy that works for you? How do you stay on track for your goals? Let us know in the comments here or on Facebook or Twitter. Check back tomorrow for tips on the most fun part about being Money Smart: spending!