Summer 2016 Break and Semester Hours

We maintain our regular semester hours throughout finals, but as soon as you hit submit on that last multiple choice or short answer question, we will convert to our semester break hours. Then we’ll start all over when the summer semester begins on May 21. See below for specifics on opening and closing hours as well as when we’ll close for holidays and special occasions.

Library Summer Hours

May 10 – May 20
Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 9am – 6pm

May 21 – July 25
Mon – Thur 8am – 9pm
Friday 8am – 6pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 12pm – 9pm

July 26 – August 14
Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 9am – 6pm

The library will be CLOSED on the following days:
Thursday, May 19
Monday, May 30
Monday, July 4

We wish you all a warm and relaxing summer break and a productive and rewarding semester. We hope you’ll come by for a visit. We’ll be here!

Captain America: Civil War

Today is the much anticipated premiere of Captain America: Civil War. It is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film features an ensemble cast with Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man. The plot revolves around the collateral damage from an incident involving Captain America and his team of Avengers. The government feels as a result of such incidents, superheroes need to be regulated to prevent harm and loss of life. Captain America believes the Avengers must remain free to defend humanity without government regulations while Iron Man supports the notion that accountability to the government is necessary to prevent further tragedy. Their opposing viewpoints create a division among their fellow Avengers, bringing both sides into conflict with Captain America’s friend, the Winter Soldier.

The film is based on a critically acclaimed graphic novel by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven titled Civil War which was originally published as a series from 2006-2007. It was a crossover event that impacted the entire Marvel Comics Universe. In the graphic novel, the government passes a Superhuman Registration Act following a tragedy where an entire town was destroyed by the recklessness of a superhero team’s fight with a villain. The death toll was very high and public outcry demanded action. Captain America, along with a number of other heroes, opposes the Act. Those who support the Registration Act are led by Iron Man and his faction of heroes. The theme of the story revolves around discussions about freedom and security. The story impacted the Marvel Universe as the fallout included the assassination of Captain America. (He came back by the way; no one ever stays dead in comics except Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben). This summer, Marvel is publishing a sequel, Civil War II. The 0 issue of Civil War II will be given away on Free Comic Book Day on May 7 at local comic shops.

Keep reading to learn how to find Civil War and other graphic novels at a library near you.

Graphic Novels and Libraries

Criticism, History, Origin

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event written by Mark Millar; illustrated by Steve McNiven

Request a copy from Georgia State University, Perimeter College using GIL Express, from local public libraries using Interlibrary Loan, or by visiting your local public library with your PINES card.

Read more about other Avengers characters in our collections:

Many graphic novels and reprinted comic books can be found in our collections:

Top 5: Films on Demand, April 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. Ruling by the Book: Illuminations: The Private Life of Kings (60 mins)
Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. She begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she views the Liber Regalis at Westminster Abbey, encounters books in the British Library’s Royal manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old, and examines a royal family tree which is five meters long.

4. The Road to Freedom: Gandhi (52 mins)
In the final episode, Mishal Husain explores the dramatic last years of Gandhi’s life, which culminated in his death by an assassin’s bullet. She gets to the bottom of an enduring mystery—why is Gandhi revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on Gandhi’s blueprint for the country? Mishal retraces Gandhi’s visit to England in 1931 and uncovers evidence that Gandhi may have unwittingly contributed to the eventual partition of India. Newsreel footage from the time captures Gandhi meeting the people of Lancashire and London’s East End, and Tony Benn recalls meeting him as a six-year-old boy. Sixteen years later, India is free, but by then Gandhi is a broken man: sidelined from the center of power and devastated by partition and the horrific violence that independence brings. But it is Gandhi’s darkest hour that finally brings his greatest triumph.

3. The First Europeans: Migrations from Africa (54 mins)
Out of the great cradle of Africa came several waves of prehistoric hominid populations, some venturing into the Middle East while others crossed land bridges into Spain. This program shows how, over millennia, these nomads laid the groundwork for a permanent human presence in Europe. From La Caune de l’Arago in France to Britain’s Boxgrove cliffs to a Hungarian riverbank where Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans may have intermingled, the film explores stone tool innovations, shelter technology, burial practices, and early art and craft examples through which we can trace the emerging dominance of Homo sapiens on the continent. Portions in other languages with English subtitles. Part of the series The First Europeans.

2. 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. Part of the series The Effective Teacher.

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

fod-apr161. Save Our History: The Underground Railroad (92 mins)
The Underground Railroad was arguably the most important activist movement in American history, a loose network of people bound together by conscience and a determination to topple the institution of slavery by helping slaves escape to the North. “Conductors” risked fines and imprisonment for their devotion to the cause of freedom; “passengers” risked their lives. Hosted by Alfre Woodard, this program traces the hazardous journey undertaken by countless slaves, showing how they were guided—and pursued—along the way. Historical documents, visits to significant sites, and the rich music of the period are featured, as well as interviews with the descendants of noted abolitionists and commentary from experts including Ed Rigaud, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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.

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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:

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.

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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 (;; Library patrons can also nominate library workers to the “Galaxy of Stars”

NLWD - starFrom 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 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 For more information, please visit

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.

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.”

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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