2018 MLK Day of Service

Are you looking for ways to celebrate the MLK Day of Service on January 15, 2018?

In addition to the many titles we own, you can enjoy several streaming videos about Martin Luther King, Jr. including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday from our Films on Demand collection. Learn more about his life from the historical documents and personal records found in our Archives Unbound collections like Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 or Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement. The Civil Rights Digital Library delivers engaging multimedia and articles related to the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. GALILEO @ Clayton State has articles, images, videos, and the full text of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the library will be closed on Monday, January 15th. We are open on Saturday, 1/13 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 1/14 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Events happening on MLK Day:

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January Featured Resource: Georgia Historic Newspapers

Georgia Historic Newspapers includes some of the state’s earliest newspapers; important African-American, Roman Catholic, and Cherokee newspapers; and issues from Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus, Fayetteville, Houston county, Louisville, Milledgeville, Thomson, Sandersville, Waycross, Waynesboro, and Valdosta. The archive is free and open for public use and includes over one million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986. Browse by title for coverage summaries.

The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries.

December Featured Resource: Supreme Court Yearbook

The Supreme Court Yearbook provides valuable in-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation’s highest court since the 1989-1990 term. Users will find:

  • Year-end overviews of Supreme Court terms
  • Case summaries of every opinion written during each term
  • Essays on the most significant cases from each year and the trends in each term
  • Useful tables and figures on voting patterns and trends in constitutional law
  • Biographies of justices
  • Reference documents for understanding how the Supreme Court works

Browse/Search by Topic:
Business Law
Courts & Judicial Procedure
Criminal Law & Procedure
Election Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
Federal Government
First Amendment
Immigration Law
Individual Rights
International Law
Labor Law
Property Law
State & Local Governments
Term Overviews
Tort Law

WWI & America programming update

Thank you to every one who attended any of the Clayton State Library’s WWI & America programming. This fall we have hosted two discussion panels and two public screenings of the documentary Lioness.

If you missed either of the discussion panels, you can catch up with the video recordings posted on our WWI & America website here: http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica. The Lioness film will be added to the Library’s collection for 7-day loan by Clayton State students, faculty, and staff. Other guests may view the film inside the library.

While our programming has concluded for the year, we are already planning for next year’s events. Beginning in January 2018, we will offer a series of writing workshops. The primary targeted audience of these workshops will be veterans, family members of veterans, and any others interested in writing about the themes: “The Experience of War” and “Coming Home.” Workshop attendees will receive professional guidance in creating original written work in their choice of genre, such as short fiction, creative non-fiction, autobiography, and poetry. In addition, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to share their original work at a public reading.

To assist us in the planning of the workshops and the public reading, please take a few minutes to respond to this short survey.

Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested. All WWI & America programming is free and open to the public. Please direct any questions or concerns about 2018 WWI & America programming to Emily Crews (EmilyCrews@clayton.edu).

Presented by Library of America with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, World War I and America is a two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

November Featured Resource: Latin America & Iberia Database

Latin America & Iberia Database provides full text academic journals that are locally published by scholarly publishing organizations and educational institutions in Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and also Spain and Portugal. Major subject areas of study are represented, including business, science, technology, engineering, medical, social sciences, education, arts, anthropology, law, and humanities.

We want you! Come join our team

Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals? Are you a quick learner, comfortable with new technology? Then the library might have a job for you.

We are looking for some stellar student assistants to work the service counters on the Upper Level of the library during Spring 2018.

Responsibilities

We need more smiling faces at the Ref Desk

General duties will include answering basic library questions, greeting patrons in person and over the phone, assisting with library equipment, checking in and out library materials, and maintaining order of library collections on the shelf. In addition, student assistants at the Upper Level Reference Desk will monitor the online chat service, provide basic reference and technology assistance, and assist with closing the library. All student assistants will be cross-trained to perform desk duties on the both levels of the Library for when back up is needed.

 

Requirements

The right candidates will demonstrate a commitment to customer service, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dependability and flexibility are also required. Candidates for the Upper Level Reference Desk position should also demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills and have some computer experience. Both positions require the use an Integrated Library System, so the ability to learn new technology is required.

Qualifications

To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 semesters. Student assistants may work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week. Assigned weekly hours will vary depending on student availability and library coverage needs. Most student assistants work between 12-15 hours per week.

We are looking to fill the following shifts (marked ♥):

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

If this sounds like you and you are available to work during the available time slots, please download, complete, and submit the Library Student Assistant application to: LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu.

Please direct all questions to LibraryJobs@groups.clayton.edu

WWI & America – Veterans Panel discussion

Are there legitimate political and moral limits to wartime dissent in a democratic society? How much has changed since World War I in the roles that women play during times of national conflict?

Join us Wednesday, October 25th as we explore these topics and more during our second discussion event in the WWI and America programming series. WWI and America is a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. The project is sponsored by Library of America with generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of WWI and America is to provide scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts and to illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

The first of these opportunities took place Thursday, September 28. Attendees heard from three veterans who shared how their experiences compared and contrasted with those who experienced World War One. On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30pm in the Harry S. Downs Center for Education, room 101, we bring together another group of veterans and scholars to explore the themes of “The Home Front” and “American Women at War”. Discussions will be sparked by selected readings from the WWI & America project reader.The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War. This resource is available in the Clayton State Library at the Circulation & Reserves Desk on the lower level and online. Discussion event attendees are encouraged to read the themed selections prior to the event. Find the selected readings on the event website.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 466-4330 or ErinNagel@clayton.edu.

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit http://wwiamerica.org.

Trial: Adam Matthew Digital Collections

We have trial access for several collections from Adam Matthew Digital specializing in online primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences until 11/8/17 . We invite you to use these resources during the trial period and provide us with feedback by sending your comments to http://clayton.libwizard.com/feedback. The trial access is limited to on campus use only and PDF downloads are not permitted.

  1. African American Communities
    Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this collection presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Also featured is a rich selection of visual material, including photographs, maps and ephemera.
  2. First World War
    The First World War portal presents rich and varied primary source documents on the personal experiences of men and women, recruitment, the development and dissemination of various forms of propaganda, women’s war work, the Home Front and a broad array of international perspectives. The wealth of original documents include: personal narratives, diaries, newspapers, posters, postcards, photographs, printed books, military and government files, ephemera, artwork, personal artifacts and film.
  3. Medical Services and Warfare
    Explore multiple perspectives on the history of injury, treatment and disease on the front line. Chart scientific advances through hospital records, medical reports and first-hand accounts, and discover the evidence of how war shaped medical practice across the centuries.
  4. Popular Medicine in America
    The material covers popular trends such as phrenology, herbal medicine and hydrotherapy, and documents the rise of widespread advertising by commercial manufacturers of medical aids. Explore an array of printed sources, including rare books, pamphlets, trade cards, and visually-rich advertising ephemera.
  5. Race Relations in America
    Sourced from the records of the Race Relations Department of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, housed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, this resource provides access to a wealth of documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation and racial tensions. These range from survey material, including interviews and statistics, to educational pamphlets, administrative correspondence, and photographs and speeches from the Annual Race Relations Institutes.

Trials @ the Clayton State Library – request a trial for a resource or access other trials

October Featured Resource: Native American Archives

Native American Archives collection provides more than 1.8 million pages of original historical documents pertaining to Native American history and life from the 18th through the 20th century. The collection is made possible in collaboration with the National Archives and Allen County Library.

Highlights of the collection are:

  • Dawes Packets containing original applications for tribal enrollments
  • Eastern Cherokee Applications of the U.S. Court of Claims (1906-1909)
  • The Guion Miller Rolls
  • Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940)
  • Ratified Indian Treaties dating back to 1722
  • Records of the Cherokee Indian Agency in Tennessee (1801-1835)
  • Series of Enrollment Cards (1898-1914)

WWI & America – Veterans Panel discussion

We are pleased to announce that the Library has received a grant to participate in programming in support of WWI and America, a two-year initiative coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917. The project is sponsored by Library of America with generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of WWI and America is to provide scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts and to illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

The first of these opportunities takes place Thursday, September 28 at 6:30pm in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education, room 101. (Building 11 on this map.) Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and engage in a facilitated discussion with a panel of veterans. The selected themes for Thursday’s event are “Why Fight?,” “Race and WWI,” and “America on the World Stage.” Selected readings for each theme are available on the event website. The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War. This resource is available in the Clayton State Library at the Circulation & Reserves Desk on the lower level and online. Discussion event attendees are encouraged to read the themed selections prior to the event.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide programming around these historical sources. We hope participants will be inspired to further explore the impact of war on America throughout history, the present, and into the future,” said Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit http://clayton.libguides.com/wwiamerica or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 466-4330 or ErinNagel@clayton.edu.

This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit http://wwiamerica.org.