July Featured Resource: Revolutionary War Archives

Revolutionary War Archives contains foundational records for the new nation including Papers of the Continental Congress, the official records of the original colonies and the early United States, Constitutional Convention records, and other historical documents between 1775–1783 representing and revealing the process of the Constitution’s creation.

The collection includes:

  • Constitution Convention Records
  • Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress
  • Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Service Records
  • Prize Cases & Pensions

Top 5: Films on Demand, June 2017

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. Fanfare for America: The Composer Aaron Copland (58 mins)
This documentary presents an artful blending of the life and music of one of America’s great modern composers. The many milestones in Copland’s long career are discussed by his biographer, Howard Pollock, while stirring images of Copland’s native city are set to selections of his music as performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

4. Alice Walker (33 mins)
Alice Walker describes how the Civil Rights movement transformed her life, defines her concept of “womanism,” and explains her recurrent theme of a woman’s recovery of wholeness through resistance to racism and sexism.

3. Search for Identity—American Passages: A Literary Survey (27 mins)
Even as the poets were fostering a rebellion, contemporary prose writers began creating a new American tradition comprised of many strands, many voices, and many myths about the past. This program explores the search for identity by three American writers: Maxine Hong Kingston, Sandra Cisneros, and Leslie Feinberg.

2. A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (29 mins)
This 1957 NBC program opens with the composer at his piano as he creates a “sketch” or initial concept for a new piece; it then records a detailed conversation between Stravinsky and his protégé, respected American musicologist and conductor Robert Craft.

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

1. The Common School: 1770–1890 (55 mins)
This program profiles the passionate crusade launched by Thomas Jefferson and continued by Noah Webster, Horace Mann, and others to create a common system of tax-supported schools that would mix people of different backgrounds and reinforce the bonds of democracy. A wealth of research illustrates how this noble experiment—the foundation of the young republic—was a radical idea opposed from the start by racial prejudice and fears of taxation.

June Featured Resource: Arts of the United States

Arts of the United States contains images of works important to the study of the history of art in the United States. The pieces, dating from the 17th century through the 20th, include architecture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and stage and costume design as well as Native American art and artifacts. Browse popular collections from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Henry Francis du pont Winterthur Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Museum of Modern Art (NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

New Resource: TumbleBook Cloud

TumbleBook Cloud is an online collection of eBooks, audio books, and National Geographic videos. You can make your own notes in any eBook and read along to the narration paired with line by line highlighting in any enhanced novel. Enjoy the classics, popular graphic novels, short stories, drama, poetry, or non fiction content covering a variety of history, civics, and science topics.  Teachers and parents will find common core aligned educator resources also included.

TumbleBook Cloud homepage arranged by tabs with book jacket images.

Learn more about our eBook collections from our eBooks @ Clayton State guide http://clayton.libguides.com/ebooks

UPDATE: Integrated Library System and Catalog

We are now using our new Integrated Library System (ILS). While our implementation has gone well, we have had some expected issues. We are currently receiving expedited project support from our University System of Georgia team and the vendor through the end of June. We are confident these identified problems will be resolved quickly. Thank you very much for your patience as we all become familiar with our new tools.

The CSU Catalog and GIL Express Catalog have merged into a single Catalog. Simply change the drop down menu from Clayton State University to University System of Georgia to find titles owned by other universities.

We are ready to help you find the resources you need. If you encounter any issues or need assistance, please visit us at your convenience or contact us http://clayton.libanswers.com

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

Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

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.

gilfindcatalog

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