GIL Express training

It’s been a long road but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The new library system is up and running, and soon GIL Express will be back, too. Your favorite resource sharing service will work a little differently, but never fear! We’re here to help you along the way. We know change is never easy so we’ve set up a number of training sessions to get you acquainted with the new system.

No need to register or RSVP. Just drop in to whichever session fits with your schedule. Each session should last ~30 minutes.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and would like instruction in placing GIL Express requests, please schedule an appointment with a library staff member here: http://clayton.libcal.com/booking/research and don’t hesitate to contact the Library with any questions or concerns: library@clayton.libanswers.com

UPDATE: Catalog changes coming in May

Earlier this year we notified you about an upgrade to our Integrated Library System (ILS). The implementation process is now in full-swing and the finish line is in sight. As a reminder, the most noticeable effect of this project will be a new look to our catalog.

On May 26th, all links for the CSU Catalog and GIL Express Catalog will redirect to a unified interface. An additional feature of the new system is the ability to personalize your search experience by signing in with your Loch ID.

Below are upcoming key dates for our implementation:

4/24 – 5/26 Library catalog becomes read-only and no new items will be added to the collection.

5/5 – 5/26 GIL Express requests suspended

5/19 – 6/6 Patron records become read-only and will require manual update when needed. Please allow additional time to borrow materials.

5/22 – 5/25 Circulation becomes read-only and all item borrowing will be manual. Please allow additional time to borrow materials.

5/26 Migration complete. Everything works exactly as it should. 🙂

We look forward to providing you with improved ways to access our materials. However, with a project this big, issues will occur. Thank you for your patience as we look forward to improving our service to each of you.

To stay up-to-date on developments with this project, follow the Clayton State Library blog at: https://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com, and don’t hesitate to contact the Library with any questions or concerns: library@clayton.libanswers.com

 

Wanna be a star? 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 both Upper and Lower Levels of the library.

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. Specific duties will vary depending on the service counter.

Student assistants at the Lower Level Circulation Desk will shelve and shift items in the circulating collections and assist in opening and closing the library. At the Upper Level Reference Desk, student assistants 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

Kara needs some help at the Circ Desk

To qualify, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 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.

Typical shifts are 3-5 hours long. Semester hours are below:

Summer Fall
Mon – Thurs 8am – 9pm 8am – 10pm
Fri 8am – 6pm 8am – 6pm
Sat CLOSED 9am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 9pm 1pm – 10pm

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

New exhibit: Harry Potter’s World

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Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

It’s here! It’s here! The Hogwarts Express has arrived. Hop on Platform 9 3/4 and take a ride to Harry Potter’s World.

For the next six weeks, the library is hosting a special exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine.

In 1997, British author J.  K.  Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born.  Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities.  Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.  Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine is on display in the University Archives within the Clayton State Library until April 28th. In conjunction with this exhibit, the library will host a celebration with games, prizes, and refreshments, as well as a series of faculty lectures.

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

Six banner traveling exhibition of Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on display at the National Library of Medicine

March 20th – April 28th – Exhibit available in the University Archives

March 23rdOpening celebration 1pm – 3pm Upper Level Library

Faculty Lectures in Library room L200:

  • Tuesday, March 28 11:00 am –Kathryn Pratt Russell – Convergence of Renaissance and contemporary money in the Harry Potter World.
  • Wednesday, April 5 12:00 pm – Antoinette Miller – Interactive presentation exploring the context and information on various potions their links to various psychological phenomena.
  • Thursday, April 13 12:00 pm – Seth Shaw & Josh Kitchens – Immortality through memory and an exploration of magical and muggle attempts to preserve memory
  • Monday, April 17 1:00 pm – Michelle Furlong – Mendelian genetics of wizards

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

For more information, visit http://clayton.libguides.com/HarryPottersWorld or contact Erin Nagel, 678-466-4330.

Catalog Changes Coming in May

Along with other libraries in the University System of Georgia, Clayton State is in the final stages to implement a new Integrated Library System (ILS). An Integrated Library System is a fancy name for what we use to keep track of the items we own and who has them checked out. For patrons of our library, the most noticeable effects of this project will be a new interface to our catalog. On May 26th the CSU Catalog http://gilfind.clayton.edu and GIL Express Catalog http://gilfinduc.usg.edu will be redirected to our new combined catalog interface.

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Implementation updates:

  • Upon implementation, we are excited to announce that our patrons will be able to utilize their Loch ID (same credentials used on the SWAN) to manage their Library Account, GIL Express Requests, and a personalized search experience. Say good bye to your 5-digit PIN.
  • GIL Express will continue to operate, however, a short pause may occur in service. Interlibrary loan will continue to operate during any lapse in service. Please plan accordingly if you need resources from other libraries for your summer semester courses or research projects.
  • Training is currently in planning stages. We will share more information soon, but you can expect the training to begin in late April 2017.

Library staff recently attended a 3 day workshop to become more familiar with the new ILS and catalog interface. We continue testing workflow scenarios and data to insure this transition goes as smoothly as possible. However, with a project this big, issues will occur. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our service to each of you.

To stay up-to-date on developments with this project, follow the Clayton State Library blog at: https://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com, and don’t hesitate to contact the Library with any questions or concerns: library@clayton.libanswers.com

Audio Content Added to Issues & Controversies

NPR audio content and podcasts including episodes of On Point and Fresh Air are now part of Issues & Controversies. Along with the original recordings, many feature transcripts of the entire broadcast or selected highlights. Find this new content under the Media tab for selected articles on topics like immigration policy, voter identification laws, and police brutality.

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Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. It offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Need more content to support your position? Try CQ Researcher Plus Archive

Films on Demand: Recent Additions

Films on Demand is our online streaming media resource. We are highlighting some of the titles that were added to our subscription last month.

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  •  Public Speaking—Informative and Persuasive Speeches (35:17) – Learn different strategies for writing and delivering two types of speeches: persuasive and informative
  •  American Umpire (56:06) – This thought-provoking documentary about U.S. foreign policy chronicles how the United States became the world’s policeman and questions how long the U.S. must continue to play this role.
  •  Counter Histories: Rock Hill (28:08) – In a world grappling with issues of equality in all forms, the story of the Friendship 9 rings in our ears as powerfully as ever.
  • Marketing Strategy Case Studies: The Starbucks Experience (26:55) – This program looks at the role of acquisition, brand-stretching, social media, and new channel development in Starbucks’ success and considers criticisms of some of the company’s policies.
  • Project Greenglow and the Quest for Gravity Control (51:04) – This program explores science’s obsession with the idea of gravity control.
  • Should You Really Play Video Games? (51:42) – The film explores how developers engineer their games and the impact of gaming on behavior, physiology, and neurobiology.
  • Climate Change: The EPA Has Gone Overboard: A Debate (01:40:20) – Intelligence Squared US debate.
  • B.B King – Life of Riley (01:36:45) – Starting with his childhood on the plantations in Mississippi, it follows the struggles B.B. King has faced throughout his life, including prejudice and segregation.
  • Curing Alzheimer’s (50:13) – This film looks at the promising work on all fronts, from the scientists working on catching the disease at its earliest stages to the researchers working to understand the causes.
  • Great War Stories (51:16) – This moving film shows how the unfolding conflict of the First World War affected ordinary people caught up on the front line and on the home front.

Need additional multimedia resources? Use our LibGuides, http://clayton.libguides.com/multimedia, as a starting point.

February Featured Resource: Politics in America

Politics in America offers comprehensive, nonpartisan commentary and data about members of Congress. Detailed member profiles provide concise insight and candid analysis of personalities, political styles, legislative agendas, political ambitions, and reputations at home and on the Hill.

Coverage includes:

  • Editions 2000 (106th Congress) – 2016 (114th Congress)

Member profiles include:

  • Biographical data, committee assignments, election results, CQ Key Votes, interest group ratings, CQ Vote Studies, and contact information
  • Detailed descriptions of each member’s congressional district as drawn for that term of Congress, including updated maps and voting trends

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Advanced Search users can limit results by:

  • Edition (Congress)
  • State
  • Political Party
  • Chamber

Need additional resources for political science? Use our LibGuides, http://clayton.libguides.com/subject/politicalscience, as a starting point.

Tax Season: Forms and Assistance

Tax season has officially started, so it is time to gather together those important documents. We have collected helpful resources for filing both your state and federal taxes. Needing more tips? Subscribe to Tax Tips from the IRS to receive a tip via email each business day during the tax-filing season.


The College of Business sponsors VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which provides free tax preparation on a first come first serve basis. The service is offered on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm in the College of Business building. Contact (678) 466-4527 for more information.

Clayton State University Resources
VITA @ Clayton State

Georgia Resources
Georgia Department of Revenue
Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Georgia

Federal Resources
IRS.gov – Internal Revenue Service
USA.gov – File Your Taxes
Tax eFile
Tax Information for Students — Higher Education
Tax Benefits for Education
Publication 501: Do I have to file a tax return?
1098 tax form

Social Media and Apps
IRS2Go: IRS-developed app for Android, Amazon, and iOs designed to help taxpayers check on the status of their refund, sign up for helpful tax tips or get the most recent IRS Twitter feeds
Twitter – IRS News: news, guidance for the public
YouTube – IRS: tax tips, identify theft, small business, IRS tax pros
Tumblr – IRS: tax tips, videos, podcasts and more

 

 

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PACE – Library partnership pt. 1 of 3

In the Fall of 2016, the Clayton State Library partnered with Dr. Margaret Fletcher’s ENGL 1101 class as part of PACE (Partnering Academics and Community Engagement), the university’s initiative to connect academic work with community engagement opportunities. Dr. Fletcher’s students attended the library’s film screening and discussion event, Freedom Summer, and conducted follow-up research on the events and people featured in the film and those discussed by the presenting scholars. In addition to course assignments, the products of this research include a visual display of the history of voting rights in America, an article summarizing the event, and blog post with recommended library resources for researchers. All artifacts will be featured here on the library blog.

Over the next week, we will highlight their contributions here to share the work of your fellow students.

Today, we are featuring the visual display. You can see it in person on the whiteboard in the Lower Level of the Library.

Visual depiction of the history of voting rights in America with

Constitutional amendments and Jim Crow laws related to voting and civil rights. Images and description of the Selma to Montgomery march and text from Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail. Images and short biographies of individuals who died during the fight for Voting Rights in America: Rev. George Lee, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Henry Schwerner, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Herbert Lee, Lamar Smith, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer

Quote from Dr. Jelani Favors: "When we inspire people, we can't just inspire them to say 'I'll vote at the next presidential election,' but we have to look at local politics, local issues, and we’ve got to find a way to improve our immediate community: for students at Clayton State that means not just Morrow, not just Atlanta, but that means Clayton State as well. How can we improve Clayton State, make it more inclusive, make it speak to our dreams, our desires? The whole theme of this year and last year was ‘Dreams. Made Real,’ but what are those dreams? When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, of social movements, these were really predicated upon the idea of Freedom Dreams, wanting to aspire and move our nation towards a more free society. Well, we can have a more than just a free campus; what other interests do students have? We can actually make those interests come real through activism, engagement, dialogue, but also through learning, which is another important part. I cannot tell you how many times that I’ve spoken with or consulted with local activists, students who become engaged. I tell them it is important that you read so that you can arm yourselves with history, knowledge of what has taken place before you, and by doing so, you can see the missteps that people have made, you can understand the failures that they’ve encountered, you can also understand their successes. In doing so, we can create better and more effective forms of social activism even today.” Summaries of the effects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 including increased voter turnout and greater diversity in Congress. Summary of the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision which overturned key elements of the Voting Rights Act. After effects of the Holder decision included voting roll purges and increases in new restrictions in states previously covered by the Voting Rights Act.