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August 14, 2014

Georgia Southern is now a Tobacco-Free campus

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 9:56 am and

tobacco-free2As of August 1st, Georgia Southern University is now a tobacco-free campus.  While the entrance way of the Zach S. Henderson Library has been a smoke-free area for almost a year, this new policy will mean that smoking or using other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco is not permitted at all.  More information about the new policy–including information about cessation programs–is available here.

August 7, 2014

Discover Error Message

Filed under: Resources and Services @ 1:48 pm and

Several users have reported receiving “Application Level Exception” error messages when using Discover.  This issue has been reported to EBSCO’s technical support, but we do not know when the issue will be resolved.  Please contact an Information Services Librarian if you have any questions or need help finding alternative resources with which to begin your searches.

July 18, 2014

John Abbot Exhibit

Do you know who John Abbot was?  During the late 1700s, he relocated to Georgia and began to discover and record several previously unknown species of birds and insects.  The watercolor paintings Abbot created from his observations have since become world renown, and he is considered one of the greatest early American naturalists.

Zach S. Henderson Library, in collaboration with the Georgia Artists Collection of the Center for Theater & Art, has installed an exhibit entitled “The Work of John Abbot:  Ornithologist, Entomologist, and Artist” which offers an overview of Abbot’s life, career, ​and ​work, as well as some of his original watercolors.  Come see some of Abbot’s beautiful creations on display now through mid-September on the second floor of the library near the browsing books area.

July 1, 2014


icon_federal2With the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making the official, digital version of the law available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited segregation and discrimination in schools, public places and activities, and employment practices. GPO employees produced the original document 50 years ago. Today, GPO serves as the digital information platform for the Federal Government, making information available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO continues to add historical content like the Civil Rights Act and Warren Commission Report to FDsys.

“GPO’s efforts to digitize historical content are strengthening the link between the American people and their Government by giving the public digital access to both historical and current information,” said Davita Vance-Cooks. “FDsys is a vital component to GPO and the agency’s mission of Keeping America Informed.”

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor & Government Documents Librarian

June 30, 2014

Hot Doc: is now better than before! was updated recently with many new and exciting enhancements: nomination information, accounts, the ability to save searches, an expanded About section, an FAQ section, easy access to Member remarks in the Congressional Record, and more. To read about the changes, see the recent post on In Custodia Legis at

Shared with you by:  your Government Documents Librarian, Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor

June 13, 2014

HathiTrust Digital Library Wins Again

hathiThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York upheld the 2012 decision of Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the HathiTrust Digital Library does not violate copyright because its searchable, full-text database of digitized works falls within fair use.  More information about this decision can be found on the Chronicle of Higher Education website here.

June 12, 2014

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive now available in GALILEO

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive.

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to three newspaper titles published in Savannah from 1809 to 1880. Consisting of over 83,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The website includes the following Savannah newspaper titles: Savannah Georgian (1819-1856), Savannah Morning News (1868-1880), Savannah Republican (1809-1868).

The Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at

June 10, 2014

New Library Resources Section

library resources boxThe new Library Resources section in the center column of the my.GeorgiaSouthern portal is a newly-added area that has all library resources in one convenient place. On July 18, 2014 we will be removing the link to Galileo in the left-hand column under “My Services”, as you can now find that link and related resources in the new Library Resources box.

Shared with you by Jason Williams, Assistant Director of Enterprise Application Services and Adjunct Instructor in Information Technology.

June 9, 2014

Farm to Table Menu for June 19th

220px-Janisse_Ray_HeadshotPlease join Janisse Ray for a delicious meal, cocktails, wine, and a fascinating talk at the 2014 Farm to Table event!  This event will take place at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on Thursday, June 19th beginning at 6:30PM.

2014 Farm to Table Dinner Menu:

1st Course – Smoked Shrimp and Cantaloupe Soup with Yogurt, Balsamic and Mint

2nd Course – Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Heirloom tomatoes and Arugula with Olive oil and

3rd Course – Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Summer Peas with Basil Gremolata

4th Course – Seared New York Strip with Bleu Cheese Grits and Summer Vegetables Sauce

5th Course – Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Blueberries and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Cocktails at 6:30PM will be followed by dinner at 7:00PM.  Tickets ($75 each) are available by cash, check, or credit card by calling Henderson Library at (912) 478-5115.  Ticket sales will enhance library resources available to the Georgia Southern community.

June 3, 2014

Position change: Sonya Shepherd to be new Director of Library Services at Gordon State College

SonyaLC2007After 19 years of service at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Sonya S. Shepherd has accepted a new appointment as the Director of Library Services at Gordon State College located in Barnesville, GA. Her appointment will begin August 1, 2014. She will be responsible for the oversight of all library services, library collections, the budget, and an upcoming renovation and possible expansion. Dr. Shepherd will supervise 4 librarians, 2 staff members, and several student assistants. “While we are sorry to see Dr. Shepherd go and we will miss her greatly, this is a wonderful opportunity for her professionally and I know she will enjoy living closer to her family in Atlanta,” said Dr. Bede Mitchell, Dean and University Librarian.

Hired in 1995 as the Assistant Government Documents Librarian at the Zach S. Henderson Library, Sonya has served the library and Georgia Southern in many capacities. Dr. Shepherd earned tenure in 2001 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2010. Since 2011, Sonya has worked as the Library Assessment Officer. She has collaborated with library units to create and manage library services and instruction assessments. Additionally, Dr. Shepherd has been the library liaison to the College of Education, offered research assistance, and contributed to the Library’s instruction and collection development activities. She has also actively participated on library and campus committees (e.g., Library Tenure and Promotion Committee, Library Distance Learning Work Team, student organization advisor, mentor and instructor for McNair Scholars Postbaccalaureate Research Institute, Information Technology Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, First Year Experience, SACS Reaffirmation Team, and Complete College Georgia Planning Committee). Previously, Dr. Shepherd served as the library’s Learning Commons Director for 3 years while simultaneously acting as the Associate Department Head for 8 years of the Information Services Department.

She has also worked on the state level in the library profession. Most recently, Sonya helped organize the first Southeastern Library Assessment Conference held in 2013; participates on the Regents Academic Committee on Libraries (RACL) Assessment Taskforce (2013-present); and for two years (2012-2014) served as the Chair of the Assessment Interest Group within the Georgia Library Association. She has written numerous scholarly articles and book chapters; conducted numerous presentations; and is the lead editor on a forthcoming electronic textbook to be published by Kendall-Hunt.

Dr. Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with Mathematics minor from LaGrange College (1993); a Masters of Science degree in Library Service from Clark-Atlanta University (1995), and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University (2003).

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