National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

October is the month for a lot of things: Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Cyber Security Awareness, Emotional Wellness, and Bat Appreciation, to name a few. But did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, too? This month, we’ve been asked by the Disability Resource Center at Clayton State to highlight resources related to people with disabilities.

When you visit the library, you’ll find selected books displayed on the short wall between the study tables. Here are a few of the featured titles for this month:

Unequal rightsUnequal rights : discrimination against people with mental disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act. “In Unequal Rights, Susan Stefan takes a close look at how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses – or fails to address – these two worlds of discrimination. She examines hundreds of ADA cases in a variety of areas, from private insurance and professional discipline to disability benefits and institutionalization. The common thread underlying discrimination is the failure to recognize that mental disabilities involve a continuing struggle that can – and often does – coexist with achievement and success. Rich in descriptions of court cases and disability law, Unequal Rights also features compelling personal testimony from people with mental disabilities on the impact of discrimination on their lives. This bold and challenging book is an ideal resource for lawyers, people with mental disabilities, therapists, and anyone who seeks to understand the full impact of disability law.”–BOOK JACKET.

Rights of inclusionRights of inclusion : law and identity in the life stories of Americans with disabilities. Rights of Inclusion provides an innovative, accessible perspective on how civil rights legislation affects the lives of ordinary Americans. Based on eye-opening and deeply moving interviews with intended beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger argue for a radically new understanding of rights-one that focuses on their role in everyday lives rather than in formal legal claims. — INSIDE FLAP



The squire of Warm Springs : F.D.R. in Georgia, 1924-1945. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the nation’s 32nd and longest serving president, and he suffered from partial paralysis due to polio. This book tells the story of FDR’s second home, Warm Springs, GA where he sought respite, healing, and inspiration. He visited regularly until his death there in the Little White House in April 1945.


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Banned Books Week 2015

"Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association."
"Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association."

“Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.”

“racism, vulgar language, bullying, and violence”
“discussions about teen sex”
“cartoon nudity”
“promotes the homosexual agenda”
“detrimental to Christian values”
“prejudicial to public order”
“bad book”

Listed above are actual reasons cited for removing books from library shelves and school reading lists. While the majority of these challenges fail, there are books banned in schools and libraries every year. To honor the victories and bring awareness to the harms of censorship, we at the Clayton State Library join other libraries, schools, and communities in celebrating Banned Books Week. Together we stand in support of the freedom to read, share, and express ideas even if they are unpopular. As stated in the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association,

“In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.”

During Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, we’re bringing you different ways to get involved and stay informed about the threats to intellectual freedom. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates throughout the week. We invite you to visit the library and check out a book from the Banned Book display. When you do, you’ll receive a card telling you why the book was banned and a special sticker proclaiming to the world that you are a reader of banned books. While you’re here, stop by the (pretend) burning book display and test your book banning skills. Can you guess the stupid reasons used to ban books like Winnie the Pooh and Webster’s Dictionary?

New Resources: ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Front-page headlines, classified ads, sporting events, marriage and death announcements, birth notices, comic strips, stock quotes, reviews, advertising, editorials, photographs, and many other article types combine to help today’s researchers not only understand the news of yesterday, but also the context in which it was made. Travel back in time in Atlanta and the southeastern region in ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Atlanta Constitution (1868-1984) or America’s past in ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index (1851-2011).


Both collections provide the full image of articles plus illustrations, advertisements, and photographs not restricted by copyright. They are searchable by keyword, author, article title, and first paragraph (abstract). Browse by date range or limit by document type.

Need a newspaper article from another resource? See our Newspapers resource list from A-Z Electronic Resources.

New eBook Collection – ebrary Academic Complete

ebrary Academic Complete offers a strong collection of academic titles from leading scholarly publishers. Find eBooks on diverse subjects, including business, education, history, literature, law, life sciences, medicine, psychology, religion, social sciences, and technology. Users can copy, cut, paste, print and download content. Highlighting, note taking and hyperlinking are available features. Downloads to personal, mobile devices are available for 14 days for offline reading.


Use the ebrary LibGuide by ProQuest or watch any of the videos in the ebrary YouTube Channel to learn more about how to search and use this collection.

Book Lovers Day- Aug. 9

Sunday August 9th is Book Lovers Day, a day to tune out the world and get lost in a book. It should come as no surprise that the faculty and staff of the Clayton State Library are book lovers so we thought we’d share some of our favorite books and invite you to share yours. Click the image below to see the books we love. Then tell us about yours on the online bulletin board.

Books we Love Riddle cover

Books we Love Riddle cover

July Featured Resource: 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.


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.



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]