A Day for Southern

As you consider your support of Georgia Southern University as part of the A Day for Southern campaign, we invite you to consider designating a portion of your support to the Friends of Henderson Library (account number 0623) or  another account Henderson Library account. There are a variety of  accounts designed to fund special needs within the library, including book purchases, subscriptions for electronic subscriptions, and even a general fund that helps defray costs of furnishings and other necessities.

The campus date for A Day for Southern is  Tuesday, September 13th, followed by the community event on Thursday, September 15th.   We hope the Henderson Library Friends will share our message widely and encourage library gifts that will strengthen our ability to support teaching and learning.

Click here for more information on the various ways to support the Henderson Library, or contact Dean Bede Mitchell (912-478-5115 or wbmitch@georgiasouthern.edu).

The USA PATRIOT Act vs. the Constitution

A decade after the events that brought us a signed USA Patriot Act (a clever acronym for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), the Government Documents Department of Henderson Library, along with Student Media, Office of Financial Aid, Student Govern-ment Association, and the Dean of Students Office will host a panel discussion of what the Patriot Act has done to change Constitutional rights.

Join us on Monday, Sept. 12th, 7-8:30 pm in Georgia Southern’s Williams Center Multipurpose Room for a lively discussion as we commemorate 2011 Constitution Day. The event is free and open to everyone.

The program will begin with a video of GSU student interviews in which they tell how they were impacted by 9/11 for the first 10 minutes to make the discussion more meaningful and relevant to the students. There will be free stuff and attendance verification will be provided. Student organizations will assist students with registering to vote. We’ve planned this panel to be fast-paced and engaging, with some questions posed by the moderator, then a large segment of time for students to ask their own questions.

Dr. Debra Sabia will moderate a panel of three Georgia Southern scholars and one federal employee. Dr. Darin Van Tassell from the Center for International Studies, Dr. Richard Pacelle from Political Science, and Dr. Johnathan O’Neill, Department Chair of History will join federal employee Mr. Scott Phillips in commemorating the terrible events of September 11, 2001 with a discussion of the quickly passed Patriot Act in the aftermath and that law’s impact on students’ (and everyone’s) Constitutional rights. They will consider awareness of the Patriot Act; whether it is achieving its objectives; whether citizens’ rights should ever be suspended; and if those rights are suspended, whether they can be reacquired.

Constitution Day events continue on Friday, Sept. 16th at noon with the Friends Fall Luncheon featuring Constitu-tional law scholar Dr. Dan Coenen, who will speak on the topic of health care law. The luncheon will be held in the Hospitality & Tourism dining room in the Family & Consumer Sciences Building. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling 912 478-5115.

–by Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian

Friends Fall Luncheon

August 26, 2011  Tagged

Join us for our annual Friends Fall Luncheon prepared by the students of Georgia Southern’s Hospitality & Restaurant Management Program.  In honor of Constitution Day activities, Dr. Dan T. Coenen will discuss healthcare law particularly as it relates to the recent 11th Circuit decision regarding Florida et al. v. Dept of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Coenen serves as the Harmon W. Caldwell Chair in Constitutional Law of the University of Georgia and is author of The Story of The Federalist: How Hamilton and Madison Reconceived America as well as Constitutional Law: The Commerce Clause. Reserve your ticket ($20 per person) by calling 912-478-5115 or e-mailing library@georgiasouthern.edu.

The luncheon is held within the HRM Dining Room, GSU Family & Consumer Science Building (#239 on campus map; select Academic Buildings from the menu on right). If you do not have a GSU parking permit, we can provide a temporary parking pass when you purchase your tickets.

Book Sale

August 19, 2011  Tagged , , ,

As a member of the Friends of Henderson Library, you are invited to a special preview of our upcoming Book Sale!

Preview Book Sale for Friends of Henderson Library Members
When: Thursday, August 25th between 4 and 6:30 pm
Where: Henderson Library, C & RS Department, Room 2220 (first door on the right after the vending machines).

Friends Book Sale PreviewGood condition used fiction & nonfiction books (hardback & paperback) on all subjects (including biographies, history, religion, psychology, political science, etc.) will be on sale for $10 and less.

No credit cards accepted. Checks may be made payable to the Georgia Southern University Foundation.

Visitors to campus may use the 30-minute parking spaces within Sweetheart Circle or for Visitor Passes, contact Parking & Transportation (912-GSU-PARK (478-7275)).  Parking regulations are not enforced after 4 pm, but the Library’s shared, gated parking lot does typically do not open until after 5 pm.

Book Sale Details for the General Public
Monday, August 29th: 9 am – noon & 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 30th: 9 am – noon
Wednesday, August 31st: 9 am – noon

The book sale for the general public will be located on the second floor within the Grube Learning Commons (after entering from main entrance from gated parking lot, turn right at the Circulation Desk).  Look for the book carts behind the main computer cluster, in front of the large wheel sculpture (next to the vending machine area & elevator).

2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Mark your calendar for June 16th at 6 pm for the 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner hosted by the Friends! Advances tickets are $65 (prior to 6/6); as of 6/7, tickets are $75 per person. Tickets available at Christopher’s Restaurant (441 S. Main St), Sea Island Bank Market District (1205 Brampton Ave), and the Administrative Offices of Zach S. Henderson Library.

This year Chef Campbell of Christopher’s Restaurant will design a five‐course menu featuring local produce and farm products paired with wine. The event is a fundraiser for the Henderson Library, as well as a showcase for the Statesboro Farmers Market and the delicious produce grown here in Bulloch County. All proceeds benefit the Henderson Library to enable it to keep pace with Georgia Southern’s growth and future research needs.

For FY2011, the Friends’ contributed more than $3,000 for the purchase of library resources to support the programs of the Departments of Literature & Philosophy, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Kinesiology & Sports Management and the Center for Sustainability. The Friends donated an additional $3,500 to help defray costs associated with GALILEO and Henderson Library’s membership within the Center for Research Libraries.

Watch http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/friends/farmtotable/ for updates, including the menu! Need more info? Call (912-478-5115) or email us.

–by Laura Wheaton, Friends of Henderson Library Council Chair

Henderson Heroes: Spotlight on Employees

May 19, 2011  Tagged , , ,

Several Henderson Library student assistants are now Georgia Southern alumni.  Congratulations!

  • Jameelah Nasheed, B.S. in Journalism, Collection and Resource Services, employed 3 years
  • Allison Shiflett, B.S. in Biology, Collection and Resource Services, employed 3 years
  • Kiara Smith, B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, Grube Learning Commons/Information Services, employed 2 years

Jane Harkleroad (2000), Library Technical Assistant, Collection & Resource Services Department won 1st prize with her entry, “Remains of the Day,” in the 2011 Edible Books Festival. Alva Wilbanks (2008), Secretary to the Dean, won 2nd prize with “Oliver Twist.”

Debra Skinner (2001)*, Coordinator of Cataloging & Metadata and Assistant Department Head, Collection & Resource Services Department, and Fred Smith (1986), Head of Access Services, were approved for promotion to Associate Professor and Professor, respectively.

Sonya S. Shepherd, Learning Commons Director & Associate Department Head, Information Services Department was promoted to Full Professor effective July 2010. She has submitted a book chapter entitled “Techno Stress in the Classroom: Considerations for Teacher Educators & Teacher Education Candidates” which will be published in a textbook called “New and Emerging Technologies in 21st Century Schools”. And she will be presenting a workshop entitled “Using a Media Technology Showcase to Bridge the Gap Between K-12 & Higher Education: Creating a Professional Development Workshop that Demonstrates How to Integrate the “Big6” in the Classroom” at the 2011 GUGM Conference to be held at Macon State College on May 19th.

Jonathan Harwell has presented “Settling and Laying Down: Ongoing Findings in the Ethnohistory of Quakers in Savannah and Statesboro, Georgia” at three conferences: Southern Anthropological Association (2010), Southern American Studies Association (2011), and Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (2011).

Memorial Books in Henderson Library

May 19, 2011  Tagged , ,

Following the death of a Georgia Southern student, the Student Government Association contributes funds toward the purchase of a library book in memory of the student. After the Dean of Students notifies Henderson Library, an appropriate book is selected based on the information known about the student. As the Coordinator of Content Management, I choose a book that honors the student’s memory, and ideally one that is relevant to that student’s life in some way. Click here for a link to the library catalog that lists student memorial books.

The Dean of Students lets us know the student’s major, and often we can glean more information from an obituary or even from Facebook or Myspace. For example, in 2008, a student passed away. His Myspace page includes this passage in “About Me”: “I have competed in equestrian competitions all over the East Coast, and one day hope to ride in the Olympics.” Based on this information, the Library dedicated Pita Kelekna’s book, The Horse in Human History, from Cambridge University Press. The book has a plate, as well as a note in the library catalog, explaining that it was a gift of the Student Government Association in memory of this student, and includes his name.

Sometimes we receive donations of books or funds in memory of persons, and these books contain similar book plates and library catalog notes. These can be rather large donations in some cases, such as the collections from the estates of Mr. George Burford Lorimer, Dr. Jacques H. Robinson, and Dr. V. Richard Persico. Some of these are still in the process of being catalogued. The Robinson collection contains approximately nine thousand items.

The annual “A Day for Southern” event provides a way to donate directly to the Henderson Library Memorials fund (#0569), with which we purchase books in memory of departed friends or family members. These books also contain book plates and corresponding notes in the library catalog.

If you’re interested in making a collection donation, please contact me, and I will work with you to select and/or transport your gifts to the Library. For financial donations, please contact Dean Bede Mitchell. You may also wish to review additional information on other funds that you may designate your “A Day for Southern” pledge. You can donate to the Library online. This is tax‐deductible.

We appreciate your support of the Henderson Library as we continue to build a 21st century research library to serve as the center of scholarship for Georgia Southern University.

–by Jonathan H. Harwell, Coordinator of Content Management

“Throw My Troubles Out the Door:” Bob Dylan & the Southern Musical Landscape

More than seventy Bob Dylan fans gathered at the Holiday Inn Statesboro on March 29th to celebrate the legendary musician and learn how Southern music influences his work. Dylan selections played and sung by Chris Mitchell of Pladd Dot Music welcomed arriving guests at the Friends of Henderson Library’s Spring fundraising event. Emma’s Restaurant Chef Jason Scarborough served up truffles and other tantalizing treats.

Featured author of the evening was Michael Gray. He’s a noted blues and rock and roll critic from Britain who wrote: The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan, and Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell. Copies were available thanks to The Book and Cranny. Georgia Southern’s own scholar and folk musician, Dr. Richard Flynn, joined Mr. Gray for the Dylan program featuring audio cuts, rare film clips and lively commentary about the singer‐songwriter’s gospel, blues and country music roots. Audience members too made observations and quizzed Michael and Richard. Several attendees traveled from Macon and Savannah for this special event which raised approximately $800 to purchase library resources to support the research and scholarship of the Department of Literature and Philosophy.

by JoEllen Broome, Information Services Librarian

James Dunwoody Bulloch & Modern US Naval Strategy

On the evening of March 7th at Nessmith‐Lane, Gary McKay, Georgia Southern alumnus and researcher for AIG London and Float Research UK, gave a fascinating summary, aided by PowerPoint images, of the career of “the greatest naval hero America ever forgot,” James Dunwoody Bulloch. The event was hosted by the Center for International Studies, the Center for Irish Studies and the Zach S. Henderson Library.

McKay is co‐author of the first biography on Bulloch. His fellow author is Captain Walter E. Wilson, a 28‐year career Naval Intelligence Officer and the current Vice President and a former President of the Navy League of the United States (Alamo Council). Bulloch was the great‐grandson of our namesake county’s Archibald Bulloch, a Revolutionary War leader with Scotch‐Irish and Huguenot roots. In his youth, he entered the US Navy and sailed the Atlantic and the Pacific as a lieutenant, but on the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed the South’s foreign naval agent. He masterminded the sailing and sometimes escape of commerce raiders for the Confederate Navy from British and French ports, giving the Confederacy some of the most advanced vessels of the day.

Excluded from pardon after the War, he lived in Liverpool and worked as a cotton merchant until his death in 1901. His concepts of naval strategy, however, contributed to US strategy in the twentieth century, as transmitted through his admiring nephew, President Theodore Roosevelt. With Roosevelt’s urging, Bulloch wrote a memoir, The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe. The Henderson Library owns this two-volume set. McKay’s talk cast a great deal of light on a largely‐neglected area of US history.

by Marvin Goss, Head of Special Collections

$aving the Green

May 12, 2011  Tagged , ,

Due to the efforts of various library staff, compared to just a few years ago, we see fewer recyclable items in trash cans, and campus recycling staff visit the library more often than the delivery person bringing cases of toner cartridges and reams of paper. We are being green, helping our patrons be green, and $aving greenbacks – for both the Library’s budget and the students’technology fee.

In 2004 the Library purchased printing software, LPT1, that continues to save $$ and trees. With LPT1, an override is required for any print job over 50 pages, helping students from mistakenly printing an entire document off the internet when they only need one screen – which had been a regular occurrence. It also keeps non‐students from printing for free. Community users can request a card for use with LPT1 so that they can print within the Library.

More savings are generated by double‐sided printing and scanners. All print stations in the Library have double-sided as the default. By using a scanner, students can scan an article or photograph to a USB flash drive instead of paying to photocopy. The Library has eight flatbed scanners, an overhead book or 3‐D scanner and 2 microform reader/scanner/printers in the Learning Commons area located on the second floor.

The Library’s empty toner cartridges are sold to be repurposed. The $$ made is used to purchase books and videos on environmental topics such as sustainability as well as digital equipment for student checkout.

And for fun the Library’s Recycling Committee buys a few student Earth Day prizes to encourage them to become Southern Stewards – flash drives for sure and when funds are available an iPod Shuffle or Nano. Earth Day is officially celebrated annually on April 22nd. This year, Georgia Southern’s Earth Day celebration was Wednesday, April 20th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Russell Student Union Rotunda. Sponsored annually by SAGE (Student Alliance for a Green Earth), the event features an Art from Found Objects workshop sponsored by the library.

by Cynthia Frost, Assistant Access Services Librarian