UPDATE: Flipster trial extended

UPDATE to the update: Due to a glitch in the matrix, the Flipster trial has been extended until 5/22. Check it out and remember to tell us what you think here.

UPDATE: Time is running out to test out Flipster and let us know what you think. Trial ends 4/22.

Try it out today. It’s so cool, you’ll flip!




To complement our existing Popular Reading Collection and our new current periodicals browsing area, we are offering a 30-day trial of Flipster, a digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of popular magazines like Esquire, Essence, American Cinematographer, Sight & Sound, Black Enterprise, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Wired and more on your computer, phone, or other mobile device, or choose to download them to the Flipster app. Are you enjoying the latest trend of adult coloring books? Check out the collection available through Flipster.

Trial access is limited to the Clayton State University network. Readers must be connected and recognized by IP address in order to browse issues or read articles. Learn more about the Flipster trial and tell us which magazines are your favorite.

Earth Day is April 22nd

This April 22nd marks the 46th Earth Day celebration, a day when we celebrate the birth of the modern environmentalist movement. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans attended rallies and protests to demonstrate their support for the environment and speak out against its destruction through oil spills, pollution, animal extinction, and wilderness destruction.

flickr photo shared by Kevin M. Gill under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license

The current Earth Day theme is Trees for the Earth. The goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees around the world by the 50th Earth Day anniversary in 2020.

This year the Earth Day Network is asking college students to spread the word about environmental issues by participating in the Billion Acts of Green® campaign. You can read more about this campaign and learn how you can help here: http://www.earthday.org/campaigns/education/mobilizeu/

How do you celebrate Earth Day?

Earth Day electronic resources at the Clayton State Library:
*off-campus users will have to authenticate with CSU network credentials

BioOne – BioOne is the product of collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector and aggregates more than 40 full-text research journals focused on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.

flickr photo shared by http://www.metaphoricalplatypus.com under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

Environment Complete – Environment Complete offers deep coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine and freshwater science, geography, pollution and waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.

Environmental Science Collection – Environmental Science Collection (ProQuest) contains environmental science related articles, figures and tables, environmental impact statements, and the entire range of citations from Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (ESPM).

Garden, Landscape, & Horticulture Index – Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index provides access to articles about gardens and plants, including topics such as horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. A highlight of the database is its focus on environmentally sustainable horticultural and design practices.

GreenFILE – GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for a few selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Help us celebrate National Library Week

ENLW-skyscraper_0ach year in April the American Library Association sponsors National Library Week, a week for celebrating the contributions of public, school, special, and academic libraries nationwide. The theme for 2016 is “Libraries Transform” and highlights the evolving nature of libraries as they adapt to meet the needs of the communities they serve. April 10-16, the Clayton State University Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries.

The Clayton State Library has certainly evolved in recent times to transform its spaces and services to support the diverse needs of our student body. Here, students will find quiet spaces for study and reflection, group study rooms for collaborative projects, and technology resources to help accomplish their academic goals. Our library offers access to a variety of  digital resources, including approximately 35,000 ebooks and countless journal articles that can be accessed in person or online. We provide all of this without sacrificing the traditional role of the library’s print reference and circulating book collections and quality, personalized reference services.because-ramen-facebook-instream

The Clayton State Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a used book sale, sponsoring contests with prizes, and offering patrons a keepsake to take home. We hope you’ll join us throughout the week as we recognize the impact of all libraries on their communities.  See more details of our National Library Week activities below:

National Library Week (April 10 – 16)

Book Sale
The Clayton State University Library is holding a used book sale during National Library Week.  The books being sold are donations that have been given to us and that do not support the curriculum.  NO CSU LIBRARY BOOK is being sold! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Library Foundation account. This account is used to supplement the travel budget for faculty and staff to attend professional meetings and conferences and to purchase items to support the Library.

The book sale will take place on Main Street in the University Center Monday, April 11th – Thursday, April 14th from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Items for sale include hardcover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, DVDs and VHS cassettes.

DIY Bookmarks
Come visit the Upper Level of the library and make your own bookmark as a NLW16 keepsake.

National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is April 12th. Stop by the library to thank a library worker in person or leave a thank you note on any of our social media networks (http://facebook.com/claytonstatelibrary; http://twitter.com/claytonstatelib; http://instagram.com/claytonstatelibrary). Library patrons can also nominate library workers to the “Galaxy of Stars”

NLWD - starFrom ALA.org: To show appreciation for library workers and the work they do every day, the public is invited to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee at http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/#galaxy. Examples of nominations can include how library staff helped with learning a new technology, writing a cover letter, starting a small business or researching a topic for a term paper. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted in the “Galaxy of Stars” on the NLWD website to honor deserving library workers. To follow or post on Twitter, the public can use the hashtag #librarystars. In addition, those celebrating National Library Workers Day can share their celebrations on Twitter, using #nlwd16 and/or posting to the NLWD Facebook page http://facebook.com/NationalLibraryWorkersDay. For more information, please visit http://ala-apa.org/nlwd/.

Comment Card Contest
Answer a question about the library to enter a drawing for various gift cards (iTunes, Chik-fil-A, etc.). There will be multiple opportunities to enter throughout the week. Look for the rolling whiteboards on both Upper and Lower Levels for contest prompts.

Instagram Contest
Post a picture while using the library or any of our resources and include the hashtag #ClaytonStateNLW. Follow us on Instagram for official rules to be posted at a later date. http://instagram.com/claytonstatelibrary

College spotlights
Each of the first four days of National Library Week, we will highlight a different College by promoting selected resources in the respective areas. The College Spotlight Schedule will be as follows:

because-employers-twitter-instreamMonday, April 11th – College of Business
Tuesday, April 12th – College of Arts & Sciences
Wednesday, April 13th – College of Health
Thursday, April 14th – College of Information and Mathematical Sciences


Self-checkout comes to Clayton State

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check themselves out. We hope you aren’t too mad at our little April Fool’s prank. Time to start planning for next year:-)

Self checkout


A quick scan of the literature shows that self-checkout stations are all the rage in the library world.  And why wouldn’t they be? There are self-service stations at many of our everyday establishments, gas stations, grocery stores, post offices. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide a state-of-the-art library and exceptional service to our patrons, the Clayton State Library has decided to offer a self-checkout station on a trial basis.

Currently, books may be checked out on either level of the library. However, the majority of checkouts take place at the Lower Level. The Upper Level, on the other hand, is focused primarily on providing quality reference service. For this reason, the self-checkout station will be located on the Upper Level. Supporting users in simple self-service activities here will allow the reference librarians to focus their attention on assisting researchers.

Even though the self-checkout station isn’t expected to cost the library much, we still want to test its viability before committing to it on a permanent basis. For this reason, we are conducting a pilot, or trial, this Friday. This day was selected deliberately because the reference librarians will be attending a conference off-site. There will only be one librarian on duty all day, and, well, according to Dean of Libraries Gordon Baker, “we normally limit her front desk hours for reasons I won’t go into on record. Suffice it to say, that the day that she’ll be in charge of the Upper Level is the perfect time to trial a self-checkout station.”

Blazek, D. (3 Jan 2014). Loose Parts. Available from gocomics.com

This self-checkout pilot program is targeted to our most loyal library patrons, those of you who keep up with us on social media or follow our blog. The future availability of this service will depend on its popularity during the trial, so if you think you might be interested in it, be sure to come by the library Upper Level this Friday to check yourself out.

Read Your Favorite Magazine Online with Flipster


To complement our existing Popular Reading Collection and our new current periodicals browsing area, we are offering a 30-day trial of Flipster, a digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of popular magazines like Esquire, Essence, American Cinematographer, Sight & Sound, Black Enterprise, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Wired and more on your computer, phone, or other mobile device, or choose to download them to the Flipster app. Are you enjoying the latest trend of adult coloring books? Check out the collection available through Flipster.

Trial access is limited to the Clayton State University network. Readers must be connected and recognized by IP address in order to browse issues or read articles. Learn more about the Flipster trial and tell us which magazines are your favorite.

March Featured Resource: Value Line Research Center

Value Line Research Center provides financial information on stocks, industries, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

Included in our Subscription

  • Value Line Investment Survey provides comprehensive investment research, data, expert analysis, and commentary for virtually every investor. Every week, about 135 stocks in seven or eight industries are covered.
  • Value Line Investment Survey – Small and Mid-Cap covers approximately 1,800 additional, mostly small-capitalization, issues. It features consensus earning estimates for many companies, a business description, including recent corporate developments, and Value Line’s Performance Ranks, designed to predict relative price performance over the next six to 12 months. The publication does not include analysts’ commentaries.
  • Fund Advisor monthly report contains a comprehensive, tabular index of more than 800 key funds grouped by category, with more than 24 specific data points and performance indicators for each fund.
  • Value Line Daily Options Survey provides daily evaluations and ranks on about 200,000 options, 80,000 longer-term options (LEAPS), and more.
  • Value Line Special Situations Service offers more aggressive managers and individual investors recommendations on emerging growth stocks with exceptional long-term capital gains potential.
  • Value Line Convertibles Survey provides a unique, systematic approach to assessing the performance of convertibles, showing which convertibles make the best buys.

In addition, this resource provides users free delayed stock quotes, company news, extensive graphing, and market updates.

Access Restrictions: Limited to 3 simultaneous users at a time. Select sign out (top right corner) when finished.

March Featured LibGuide: Women’s Studies

Each year since 1995 the President has issued a Presidential Proclamation designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. The Women’s Studies libguide provides information to help you begin research on topics related to the life and work of women in the United States and around the world. It highlights books, web resources, news, films, and how to find articles.


The National Women’s History Project announced the theme for 2016: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government

Study Room Changes

3/15 EDIT: Study rooms are now locked when not in use.
3/14 EDIT: Due to technical difficulties, study rooms will NOT be locked as described below. Everything else still applies. Please stay tuned for future updates.


Welcome back from Spring Break. We hope you are well rested and energized to work on your projects, presentations, or research papers. The library’s new group study rooms have proven to be a popular choice for many students to come together to exchange ideas, to study, to work, and to produce great scholarship. If you haven’t had a chance to see the rooms for yourself yet, here is a brief description of what each one offers.

Room 220Lower Level Study Rooms (2)

  • Room 140 – capacity 13, presentation practice room, one large white dry erase board, 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection, glorious view of Swan Lake
  • Room 141 – capacity 5, large white dry erase board, 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection, ADA accessible

Upper Level Study Rooms (9)

With the exception of the rooms listed below, all Upper Level group study rooms seat up to five people and have one white, magnetic dry erase board and a 55″ display monitor with HDMI connection.

  • Room 222 – capacity 5, advanced media room, white dry erase board, 55″ monitor that easily switches display among multiple devices
  • Room 224 – capacity 5, standard white dry erase board and 55″ display monitor, ADA accessible
  • Room 232 – capacity 6, two glass dry erase boards
  • Room 236 – capacity 6, two glass dry erase boards

Beginning March 15th, all study rooms will be locked in between each use. If you need to use a room, simply visit the nearest service desk to check out the key. While you are there, ask for a bag of markers too.

In addition to dry erase markers, we also have the following equipment available for check out at the service desks:

  • HDMI adapters
  • Laptop chargers
  • Wireless presenters

We are thrilled to see how popular the study rooms have become and want to make sure they remain available and in good condition for all users. Please keep in mind the food and beverage policy (covered beverages and snack foods only) and be sure to only use markers and erasers provided by the library on the dry erase boards.

Have a question about the study rooms or any other library service? Ask us on Facebook, Twitter, or through LibAnswers.

Top 5: Films on Demand, February 2016

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

5. The Time Has Come 1964–1966: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985 (56 mins)
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from “Freedom Now!” to “Black Power!” as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

4. Workplace Leadership (13 mins)
Why do some people make great leaders, and are they born or made? These are just some of the questions explored in this program. Individuals in all kinds of situations and positions can provide real leadership if they have the opportunity and the desire to do so. This video explores the effort and determination required to get ahead in various fields.

3. Comic Books and African-Americans (55 mins)
Early comic book portrayals of African-Americans were usually demeaning. “Negro Romance” reflects an effort to portray blacks favorably to whites. Orrin Evans reflected the other side of a larger debate, creating “All-Negro Comics” with black characters for black audiences.

2. Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided—Black in Latin America, with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (52 mins)
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions of racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’ hard-fought liberation from Napoleon Bonaparte’s French empire became a double-edged sword.

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

fod-feb161. Nurturing Leadership (34 mins)
Are leaders born, or made? This video shows that while certain personality traits may influence leadership abilities, there are also leadership qualities that can be learned and nurtured. Business leaders, politicians, coaches and others share their perceptions of what it takes to be a leader, relating to viewers that observing certain principles and adopting admirable behaviors can help develop leadership attributes. Integrity, honesty, dependability and the belief in an organization’s core values are showcased, along with the elements necessary to create a culture of excellence. A basic definition of leadership as the action of leading a group of people toward a common goal is the preface to the importance of creating a vision of the future—the true mark of a leader. Listening, teamwork, motivation and the ability to engage others in a cause are also presented as leadership qualities. Many modern-day or historical capsules of leadership bring to life the concept of developing the traits to become a leader.