Help Wanted: The library is hiring

Are you looking to earn some extra money this semester? Are you a dependable worker who enjoys helping others? Would you like to work in a friendly environment that offers a variety of scheduling options?

If so, then the Clayton State Library might have a job for you. We are hiring student assistants to work on the library front lines. Evening and weekend shifts are available. Duties will include answering basic library questions in person and over the phone and assisting patrons with library equipment and resources. Dependability is required. Experience with computer software and good communication skills are desired. Library experience is not required.

Hiring Fall 2015

Click the image to access the application or go to http://clayton.edu/library/employment. Please direct any questions to Thomas Jackson (ThomasJackson@clayton.edu) or Joan Taylor (JoanTaylor@clayton.edu).

 

July Featured Resource: Psychotherapy.net

Psychotherapy.net offers inspiring and informative counseling and therapy videos. The collection is searchable by keyword, expert, therapeutic issue, and client population. Web tools like clip making, interactive running transcripts, smart keyword search, and downloadable instructor’s manuals empower users to easily explore, present, and share videos.

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Independence Day holiday hours

4JulyThe library is closed July 3rd-4th in observance of Independence Day. Our electronic resources LibGuides, GALILEO and CSU Catalog will be available for your research needs. For assistance accessing electronic resources off-campus, see this guide.

If you have items to return, you can use the book drop near Jazzman’s in the University Center.

We will reopen Sunday, July 5th with our regular hours, noon to 9:00 pm.

We wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Nine Facts about Ramadan

Today marks the first full day of Ramadan, which is observed by followers of Islam with a month of fasting and spiritual reflection.

In honor of this, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the library is highlighting nine facts and resources about Ramadan. As always, you are welcome to consult a librarian if you’d like to delve deeper into this topic. (NOTE: All hyperlinked sources will require you to log in with your Clayton State network username and password)

Nine facts about Ramadan

1. Fasting takes place between dawn and dusk. The fast is broken each evening with a meal called iftar. Iftar practices vary among Muslim communities but it is typically a social affair featuring traditional food dishes. Source: “Ramadan.” Encyclopædia Britannica (2014): Research Starters. Web. 18 June 2015.

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2. In addition to fasting and prayer, Ramadan is observed through the recitation of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, as seen in this image of Iranian men and women at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali. Source: UPI, EBSCO Image Collection. Web. 18 June 2015.

3. The notion of fasting for an entire month may seem daunting. But many Muslims report the absence of hunger after only a few days. Source: Ramadan: A Fast of Faith. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 1997. Web. 18 June 2015.

4. In a National Geographic article, Jeffrey Smith describes the large meals with “seemingly endless” portions enjoyed at the end of the day and points out that many Muslims may actually gain weight during Ramadan. Source: Smith, Jeffrey. “A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words: Enhancing A Sense Of Community During Ramadan.” American Geographical Society’s Focus On Geography 57.4 (2014): 174-175. Business Source Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.

5. The 2012 summer Olympics coincided with the month of Ramadan, and Muslim athletes had tough choices to make. Effects of fasting vary depending upon the type of event and the time of day, with dehydration being a top concern. Some athletes, though, feel that fasting makes them more focused on achieving their goals. Source: Geddes, Linda. “Will Ramadan Fast Slow Olympic Muslims Down?.” New Scientist 211.2825 (2011): 9. Advanced Placement Source. Web. 18 June 2015.

6. The observance of Ramadan in the United States has evolved over the years with greater numbers participating overall and in specific activities beyond fasting and prayer to create a uniquely American observance of the holy month. Source: Siddiqi, Iman. “The Evolution of the Observance of Ramadan in America.(Cover Story).” Islamic Horizons 43.4 (2014): 20-24. Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. 18 June 2015.

7. Gift giving is also a part of Ramadan. This children’s story describes one boy’s experience of his first time fasting for Ramadan. Source: Ellis, Kim. “Gifts Of Ramadan.” Cricket 42.8 (2015): 13-16. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 18 June 2015.

8. Although the observance of Ramadan is a religious and cultural practice, its effects can be seen in the stock markets of  countries with significant Muslim populations. Source: Barmak, Sarah. “The Ramadan Effect.” Canadian Business 85.14 (2012): 62-63. Business Source Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.

9. Persons with diabetes should be aware of potential complications as a result of fasting. These individuals should consult  a health care provider prior to fasting for a pre-Ramadan assessment. Those whose diabetes is managed through medication or insulin may need to adjust the timing and dosages of these therapies.  Source: Chamsi-Pasha, Hassan, and Khalid S. Aljabri. “The Diabetic Patient In Ramadan.” Avicenna Journal Of Medicine 4.2 (2014): 29-33. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 June 2015.

Library of Congress names 1st Latino poet laureate- Juan Felipe Herrera

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This week the Library of Congress named Juan Felipe Herrera the U.S. poet laureate for the 2015-16 term. The son of Mexican immigrants, Herrera is the nation’s first Latino in the honor’s nearly 80 year history. The position’s full title is Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and past honorees have led initiatives to increase awareness and appreciation for poetry across the country (“Librarian of Congress Appoints”).

Herrera’s hope for his role is to “take everything I have in me, weave it, merge it with the beauty that is in the Library of Congress, all the resources, the guidance of the staff and departments, and launch it with the heart-shaped dreams of the people” (qtd. in “Librarian of Congress Appoints”). According to the Library of Congress news release, he will begin his duties this fall, kicking things off with a reading of his work on the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th, at the Coolidge Auditorium.

Herrera has been described as “one of the finest, most innovative, and most challenging contemporary Chicano poets” (Flores 137). He has written for children and adults, and is also an actor and musician. Herrera’s work is inspired by his Chicano heritage and he writes with a mixture of Spanish and English. His early work featured a narrative style with pre-Columbian themes and topics prevalent at the time such as nationalism, cultural pride, and racial discrimination. Later, his work focused on the imagery of the urban landscape and modern Chicano experience (Flores 138;  Rodriguez). At the beginning of the 21st century, Herrera described his evolving style as “more comedy with a dash of mystic sauce” (qtd. in “Juan Felipe Herrera (1948-)” 88).

You can learn more about Juan Felipe Herrera by exploring the library’s digital resources. A search for “Juan Felipe Herrera” on the library’s home page returns over 1,000 results that include biographical sketches, news items, scholarly articles, reviews, and, of course, examples of the poet’s work. You can even find images of the poet leading a workshop for university students in California. Searching in Artemis Literary Sources (just click “A” in the Alphabetical List of Resources on the library’s home page) for “Herrera, Juan Felipe” returns two biographical sketches and two topic overviews that include Herrera’s work. The Flores article from the Dictionary of Literary Biography available through Artemis includes scanned images of handwritten poem drafts and notes.

If you would like to explore this topic further and need a helping hand, please use any of our Ask a Librarian options to contact a librarian and we will work with you to get you the information you need.

Works cited
Flores, Lauro H. “Juan Felipe Herrera (27 December 1948-).” Chicano Writers: Second Series. Ed. Francisco A. Lomeli and Carl R. Shirley. Vol. 122. Detroit: Gale, 1992. 137-145. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Web. 11 June 2015. [Click here to access with Clayton State network credentials]

“Juan Felipe Herrera (1948-).” Something About the Author. Ed. Alan Hedblad. Vol. 127. Detroit: Gale, 2002. 67-71. Something About the Author. Web. 11 June 2015. [Click here to access with Clayton State network credentials]

“Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate.” News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 10 Jun. 2015. Web. 11 Jun. 2015. [Click here to access]

Rodriguez, Andres. “Contemporary Chicano Poetry: The Work Of Michael Sierra, Juan Felipe Herrera And Luis J. Rodriguez.” Bilingual Review 21.3 (1996): 203-218. Academic Search Complete. Web. 11 June 2015. [Click here to access with Clayton State network credentials]

 

 

 

Top 5: Films on Demand, May 2015

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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. North Korea: Secret Nation (18 mins)
This undercover report documents the stark poverty and extreme repression in North Korea that exist alongside spectacular cultural events and age-old customs unfettered by political ideology. Posing as a tourist, broadcast journalist Janet Choi risked arrest to get an inside look at one of the planet’s most secretive-and brutally totalitarian-countries while under surveillance by a police “tour guide.” Archival footage, an interview with a defector, and commentary by Dr. Daniel Pinkston and Timothy McCarthy, both of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, provide additional insights into the country’s history, culture, military posture, and living conditions.

4. Aspects of Melody (5 mins)
Can you sing it? A certain melody, that is. This Chat examines different types of melodies, on the spectrum from simple to complex. Part of the Discovery Orchestra Chat series.

3. Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985 (60 mins)
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

2. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (52 mins)
Frantz Fanon’s two major works, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. This program explores the preeminent theorist of anti-colonialism, integrating the facts of Fanon’s brief but eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey. Interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon’s work, and dramatizations of crucial moments in his life are woven together, while cultural critics Stuart Hall and Françoise Verges provide historical context for Fanon’s philosophies.

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

1. TEDTalks: Elyn Saks—A Tale of Mental Illness…from the Inside (15 mins)
“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia—a condition controlled by drugs and therapy yet ever-present. In this powerful TEDTalk, she asks us to see people with mental illnesses clearly, honestly, and compassionately.

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June Featured Resource: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound collections provide unique support to learning through the use of primary sources. Discover the background of the ideas and debates that have defined our regional, national, and global society. These specialized historical document collections offer a glimpse into rare, authoritative material in a cross-searchable, digital format.

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Clayton State researchers can search the collections independently or simultaneously using the Archives Unbound platform.

  1. Confederate Newspapers: A Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama – a mixture of issues and papers from 1861-1865
  2. Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons – consists of items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II
  3. Industrial Mobilization in Britain and the Ministry of Munitions, 1915-1918 – covers the unprecedented industrial mobilization of an entire economy to fight the war of 1914-1918
  4. Military Leaders of World War I: Official and Private Papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt – consist of letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, maps, reports and other papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt a prominent German military strategist of World War I
  5. Reporting on the Coal Industry: The Coal Trade Bulletin, 1901-1918 – traces the expansion of the coal industry in the early twentieth century and brings to life the trials and tribulations of a burgeoning industry
  6. The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993 – consists of correspondence, memoranda, studies, analyses, testimony, talking points and news clippings from the White House and various staff offices and agencies detailing the origins of the S&L crisis and outlined solutions to the growing crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  7. Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China relations, 1989-1993 – offers unique primary source documents relating to the demonstrations and their aftermath: public mail, memoranda, reports, cables, meeting notes, news clippings and much more