EBSCO Retiring its eBooks App

EBSCO announced that they will be retiring their eBooks app in late May 2018. If you have been using EBSCO’s app on any of your devices and would like to continue using something similar for your electronic books, EBSCO recommends the Bluefire Reader or any other app supported by Adobe Digital Editions.
Fortunately, users are not required to use any of the aforementioned applications. Most EBSCO eBooks can be viewed on any PC or Mac as PDF or HTML files.
EBSCO plans to focus on the EPUB format according to their announcement:

“With EPUB files becoming increasingly advanced, EBSCO has invested in this format to provide a robust online and mobile experience. EPUB allows for reflowable text, display modification and increased compatibility with screen readers, so we are confident that the future of EPUB will provide the best user experience for our customers and your users. Since the current EBSCO eBooks app is not compatible with this advanced functionality, we have decided to re-evaluate our mobile offering.”

Have questions about electronic books or how to access them on your mobile device?  Clayton State University librarians can help.  Our eBooks @ the Clayton State Library LibGuide details all of our ebook holdings plus tips on how to use them.
Have questions about other topics? LibAnswers is available 24/7 for the answers to frequently asked questions and all of our contact information.


Laptop Lending Service

Do you need a laptop for class today? Is your laptop in for service at The Hub? Do you need to watch a DVD and your device doesn’t have that option? We’ve got you covered. Students can check out a laptop from the lower level Circulation Desk with their LakerCard to use on campus for up to 6 hours per loan. We require students to read and sign a Laptop Agreement Form to remain on file for the duration of the semester.

Tech Specs:

  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Windows 10
  • WiFi Access
  • Integrated video webcam
  • VGA & HDMI ports
  • DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW drive

Laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. The inventory is periodically pulled for software and hardware maintenance. Check the Get It tab in the Catalog for availability.

Launch of Improved Room Reservations System

Our group study rooms are one of the most popular features of the renovated library. They are the go-to spot for students wanting to work together on research, projects, presentations, and more. In response to student feedback and to increase efficiency, we are launching an improved Room Reservations system to help students identify the best room that matches their group’s needs and size. In addition, room availability is clear and easy to read from the new time grid.

time grid with 30 minute increments and horizontal rows for each room

The 12 group rooms are identified and grouped by room type:

Use any of the following to learn more about Room Reservations @ the Clayton State Library:


  • Groups must consist of at least 2 people
  • Reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance
  • Only 1 reservation per person, per day is allowed
  • Maximum reservation length is 3 hours

Learn how to find us in-person and online and ask us anything at http://clayton.libanswers.com

In the News: Race, bias, and the police – scholarly resources

Last week, the campus community came together to share and process thoughts and feelings regarding recent events involving police related deaths of African American men and the violent aftermath. The event was sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Life, and the Department of Psychology.

flickr photo shared by Cayusa under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license

During Monday’s conversation, hosts and audience members discussed ideas and resources that we thought some of you would like to explore further. (Links open in a new window and may require authentication with your SWAN username and password.)

UPDATE: The Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment has published a special issue titled “Police shooting of unarmed African American Males: Implications for the individual, the family, and the community.” It is freely available to the public until August 31, 2016. Click here to access.

Race-based trauma
Also known as post-traumatic slave syndrome, race-based traumatic stress, this concept is based on the theory that racial discrimination can be experienced as psychological trauma. Below are some scholarly resources to explore this theory further. PRO TIP-> To continue the search, try different keyword combinations like “racial trauma” or (post AND slave AND syndrome)

Carter, R. T. (2007). Racism and psychological and emotional injury: Recognizing and assessing race-based traumatic stress. Counseling Psychologist, 35(1), 13-105.

DeGruy, J. (2005). Post-traumatic slave syndrome: America’s legacy of enduring injury and healing. Milwaukie, Oregon: Uptone Press. (Book available through GIL Express)

Hardy, K. V. (2013). Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 22(1), 24-28.

Polanco-Roman, L., Danies, A., & Anglin, D. M. (2016). Racial discrimination as race-based trauma, coping strategies, and dissociative symptoms among emerging adults. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Wilkins, E., Whiting, J., Watson, M., Russon, J., & Moncrief, A. (2013). Residual effects of slavery: What clinicians need to know. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 35(1), 14-28.

Police training and use of force
Representatives from Campus Safety discussed officer training protocols and techniques they use to prevent violence and combat bias. Here are some reports and examples from the literature about police training and conduct. PRO TIP-> Try using these keywords in your own searches: police, training, “law enforcement officer”, “community policing”, “racial bias”

Crime and Police Conduct (Short report from CQ Researcher explores the question “Is a national crime wave starting?”)

Police Tactics: Has U.S. law enforcement become militarized? (Full report from CQ Researcher)

Police Brutality (Issues & Controversies analysis of the question: Do U.S. police departments use appropriate force when dealing with the public?)

Correll, J., Hudson, S. M., Guillermo, S., & Ma, D. S. (2014). The Police Officer’s Dilemma: A Decade of Research on Racial Bias in the Decision to Shoot. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 8(5), 201-213.

Hopkins, K. (2015). “Deadly force” revisited: Transparency and accountability for D.C. police use of force. National Lawyers Guild Review, 72(3), 129-160.

Sozer, M. A., & Merlo, A. V. (2013). The impact of community policing on crime rates: does the effect of community policing differ in large and small law enforcement agencies?. Police Practice & Research, 14(6), 506-521.

Implicit Bias
Implicit bias
refers to the automatic and involuntary biases we experience as a result of a lifetime of direct and indirect messaging about ourselves and others. We may not be aware of our own implicit biases, and they may be in direct conflict with our deeply held beliefs. PRO TIP-> Try these keywords for more articles like the ones below: “social bias”, “racial bias”, “implicit attitudes”, “implicit association”, “implicit bias”

Project Implicit – Harvard University Discover your own implicit associations by participating in Project Implicit. Multiple online tests measure the strength of automatic associations between concepts (like black people or women) and value judgments (like “bad” or “clumsy”).

Ito, T. A., Friedman, N. P., Bartholow, B. D., Correll, J., Loersch, C., Altamirano, L. J., & Miyake, A. (2015). Toward a comprehensive understanding of executive cognitive function in implicit racial bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(2), 187-218.

Marks, D. L. (2015). Who, me? Am I guilty of implicit bias?. Judges’ Journal, 54(4), 20-25.

van Nunspeet, F., Ellemers, N., & Derks, B. (2015). Reducing implicit bias: How moral motivation helps people refrain from making ‘automatic’ prejudiced associations. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(4), 382-391.

Data and Statistics
Last but not least, we want to share with you some resources on finding reliable data about these issues. We’ve compiled a list of sources for statistics on the Statistical Resources for Assignments! LibGuide. See the Crime & Justice tab for resources related to this topic. Additionally, here are some government reports related to police use of force.

Banks, D., Couzens, L., & Planty, M. (2015). Assessment of coverage in the Arrest-Related Deaths program. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Report No. NCJ 249099). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Hyland, S., Langton, L., & Davis, E. (2015). Police use of nonfatal force, 2002–11. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Report No. NCJ 249216). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

National Institute of Justice. (1999). Use of force by police: Overview of national and local data (Bureau of Justice Statistics Report No. NCJ 176330). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Where to go next
If you would like help or more suggestions for researching any of these or other topics, please consult a librarian. We are accessible via phone, email, instant message, or text. Find us here: http://clayton.libanswers.com/

If you are experiencing any feelings of anxiety, depression, or grief as a result of these events or you would like someone to talk to process any feelings you may have, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services for support or referral.

Independence Day holiday hours

hoursjuly4The library is closed July 2nd-4th in observance of Independence Day. Our electronic resources LibGuides, GALILEO and CSU Catalog are available for your research needs. Use the Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources or Library Research guides for assistance.

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

We will reopen Tuesday, July 5th with our regular hours, 8am – 9pm.

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

Study Room Reservations

Get ready to do your happy dance.

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We are excited to officially announce the beta release of the study room reservations system. Study rooms are so popular they now can be reserved up to 14 days in advance and require a minimum of 2 people. Read below for the basic information to get you started.

Who Can Reserve?

  • Clayton State University degree seeking students and currently employed faculty & staff
  • Library account must be free of overdue items or fees

Visit the Study Rooms LibGuide for full usage guidelines

Reservation Requirements

  • Groups must consist of at least 2 people
    • Exceptions:
      L140 requires at least 7 people
      L212 requires at least 4 people
  • Maximum reservation length is 3 hours
  • Only 1 reservation per person, per day is allowed

Need help selecting the best room for your group? See Room Descriptions for a summary of our study rooms.

How to Reserve a Study Room

  1. Type libraryrooms.sp.clayton.edu into the address bar of any web browser and sign in with your @student.clayton.edu or @clayton.edu account when prompted
    • You can also click on the red Room Reservations button from the library’s homepage
  2. From the Reservation Date field, select your preferred date from the pop-up calendar
  3. Select the Start and End times for your reservation
  4. Pick a study room that best matches your groups needs
  5. Enter the total number of your group
  6. Reserve a Study Room
  7. Open your Mail app from the Apps square to read and save your confirmation email

Still have questions?

Learn how to find us in-person and online and ask us anything at http://clayton.libanswers.com

New service: Equipment rental

We understand. We’ve all done it. Your phone battery is dying and you left your charger at home.

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Or maybe your laptop suddenly quit working and you absolutely need one to take notes in your class that starts in 10 minutes. Or you want to Skype with the friend you met on your study abroad trip last semester but your computer doesn’t have a webcam.

We understand. We get it. And we’ve got you covered.

We now offer a variety of electronic equipment to borrow for your convenience.

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In addition to the short (4 hour) loan items in the table below, you may borrow a portable DVD player for 7 days to take on your next road trip.

Adapters & Cables Media Production Laptops
HDMI Mini or Micro Adapters  Headphones Dell Laptops 
2 in 1 Mini Displayport to HDMI VGA  Wireless Presenter
Laptop Power Cables  Logitech Webcam 
Apple Chargers  GorillaPod Stand Small 
Samsung Chargers  GorillaPod Stand Large
Anker Portable Charger  GorillaPod Video Small 

With the exception of laptops and DVD players, equipment is available at service desks on both levels of the library. Laptops and DVD players are only available at the Circulation Desk on the Lower Level.

More information about borrowing equipment is available on the Equipment @ the Clayton State Library LibGuide

Group Study Room updates

Hear ye! Hear ye!


Do we have your attention yet? Good.

A little over five months ago we unveiled the newly renovated library and, along with it, 12 group study rooms. These have proven to be immensely popular and we’ve received a lot of helpful feedback from you about how to make them better. So, with another installment of “You asked. We answered.“, we’d like to fill you in on the latest  changes to the Group Study Room usage guidelines and procedures.


The two items you requested most were:

  1. the option to make an advanced reservation
  2. a minimum occupancy requirement

We are happy to say that both of these have been addressed in the new guidelines. The beta version of the online reservation system will go live next Monday, June 6th. Watch for more announcements and updates at that time.

Some preliminary questions you may have are answered below. You can find more details and a link to the reservation system at the Study Room LibGuide.

Study Room Changes

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!