Zach's News

April 23, 2014

Handy electronic devices you can borrow from the Circulation Desk!

Books aren’t the only thing you can check-out at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the Henderson Library. We have many electronic devices you can borrow for use in the library, while some others can also be used outside of the library. Some items are provided by the Student Technology Fee and may only be checked out by Georgia Southern students. Other equipment is available for faculty and staff too. If you have suggestions for additional devices, let us know. More info can be found at:

For in-house use:




Multicard readers

ADVC Converter Box

Extra USB charging cables for iPads and iphones

Removable floppy disc drive

Zip Drive 250

Headphones, some with microphones

For outside circulation:

Digital cameras

Digital video cameras


Digital Voice Recorders


White board markers and erasers are also available for check-out and we have just received two rolling whiteboards that will be available soon for general in-library use. These two whiteboards will not need to be checked out and can be used on a first come, first serve basis.

April 22, 2014

Henderson News now available!

newsletter coverThe most recent issue of Henderson News (Volume 2, issue 2) is now available on the Digital Commons platform.  Published by Henderson Library faculty and staff, this newsletter provides readers with news about upcoming events, special projects, and other library related issues. Check it out and learn more about the library by clicking here!

April 9, 2014

Pres. Keel in Congress! Read and Learn More Through the Library’s ProQuest Congressional Database

As you probably know by now, President Brooks Keel, 12th President of Georgia Southern University, testified at the fourteenth congressional hearing before the Committee on Education and Workforce in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Washington D.C. on April 2nd. The hearing on “College Affordability” was presided over by Rep. John Kline (MN-2nd District)and discussed changes and the “future” of higher education in the United States. Keel’s testimony lauded Georgia Southern’s significant workforce-grant university model in improving economic prosperity. You can read more about Pres. Keel’s testimony and learn more about the hearing through Henderson Library’s ProQuest Congressional database. ProQuest Congressional “provides daily updated information, including full text of bills starting in 1989, public laws starting in 1988, committee reports starting in 1990, House and Senate documents starting in 1995, Congressional Record starting in 1985, Federal Register starting in 1980, National Journal starting in 1977 and other government information.”

Henderson Library added the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection to the ProQuest Congressional platform this week, making available House and Senate materials back to 1789. Included in the set are wonderful maps from the original Serial Set, and the new database also makes legislative histories easier than ever. If you haven’t yet tried ProQuest Congressional, give it a try for your next research project, or just for fun!

To get to ProQuest Congressional database, click HERE!

To read the transcript to Pres. Keel’s Testimony, click HERE!

For information on how to use ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

For information on how to use U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection within ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor/Government Documents Librarian (; 912-478-5032), and Paolo Guijilde, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Collection Development.


New Database: ProQuest U.S. Serial Set

We are pleased to announce that the ProQuest U.S. Serial Set is now available via GALILEO.  Funded by Henderson Library, this collection includes Congressional documents published from 1789 to 1969.  The U.S. Serial Set can be accessed by searching the ProQuest Congressional database available here or via GALILEO.

March 31, 2014

Planning to be Wealthy: Money Smart Week Events April 5-12, 2014

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Are you planning to be wealthy? What are you doing now to reach that goal? Would you like to know what to do to make your financial dreams a reality? Join Club Hendy, aka Zach S. Henderson Library during Money Smart Week. The library will host two events to help you with financial literacy. Both events will take place in the Exhibits Area on the First Floor of the Library. The events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Al​lissa​ Lee, Assistant Professor of Finance from the College of Business Administration will address saving and wealth accumulation in ways that make sense now, so that you have the information you need to be wealthy later.

 Wednesday, April 9 at 11 a.m.

Karen Dugger, BB&T Relationship Banker will deliver a presentation on budgeting, debit cards, and credit cards to help you manage your day to day finances now and make good decisions and develop good habits, so that you build wealth, rather than debt.

 Attendance verification will be provided for both events, and students are encouraged to participate in Money Smart Hunt 2014, with the top prize a $500 gift certificate. Both events and the photo opportunities after each event are worth points in the mobile scavenger hunt, and odds are good for winning!

More information about Money Smart Week

More information about Money Smart Hunt

Information about the Federal Reserve and Georgia Southern’s first Money Smart Week

Contact Lori Gwinett at for further information.

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March 25, 2014

Zach S. Henderson Library Annual Farm to Table Dinner, June 19th

The Zach S. Henderson Library will host its annual Farm to Table Dinner on June 19, 2014.  The featured guest will be Janisse Ray, environmentalist and author of The Seed Underground.  Cocktails will be served at at 6:30PM, and dinner will begin at 7:00PM in the Nessmith-Lane Ballroom.  For tickets, please call 912-478-5115.  Tickets cost $75.00, and cash, check, or credit card will be accepted.  Get your gift basket raffle tickets at the dinner!  Hosted by the Friends of Henderson Library, proceeds from this event fund the purchase of library resources such as GALILEO databases and membership in the Center for Research Libraries.

In the words of Kevin Case, executive chef:  “The Henderson Library Farm to Table Dinner is a time to prepare and serve locally grown foods with exquisite taste!”

March 5, 2014

E-Journal Package Trial and Evaluation: Taylor & Francis Criminology & Political Sciences Collection

The Zach S. Henderson Library is please to announce a trial of the Taylor and Francis Criminology and Political Science e-journal titles through May 3rd.  A list of titles available during this trial period is available here.   To access a journal title, please visit the Taylor and Francis site and search for the title by name.

If you have any questions about these titles, please contact Lori Gwinett ( or 912-478-5032), the Criminal Justice and Political Sciences liaison.

EBSCO Display Issue in Firefox

The EBSCOhost interface is not currently displaying correctly in Firefox.  This is a known issue that EBSCO is working to resolve.  However, they do not have an estimated fix date for this issue at this time.  All of the interface functionality is there, but it might be harder to find the correct links, the search box, or the facet selecting tools because the style sheet is not loading correctly.  This issue is affecting all EBSCO databases including DISCOVER but only in the Firefox browser.  If you need to use one of these databases, please use Chrome, Internet Explorer, or any other browser other than Firefox for the time being.

February 28, 2014

openICPSR Webinar Monday, March 3rd @ 2PM

openICPSRThe Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is introducing “openICPSR,” a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences. openICPSR assists researchers in meeting requirements for public access to federally funded research data. It ensures that data depositors fulfill public-access requirements of grant and contract RFPs. Because depositors pay to deposit research data and documentation, the service allows the public to access research data at no charge.

You are welcome to join us in room 1300 of Henderson Library at 2pm on Monday, March 3 for an ICPSR orientation webinar to openICPSR.  This webinar will cover the reason behind the public data collection, why researchers might use the service, and what other public access data services are in development as part of openICPSR.  Presenters will also provide a short orientation to the site, and attendees will have ample time for Q&A.

Location: Room 1300 Henderson Library

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 2:00PM -3:00PM EST

February 26, 2014

How Are We Really Doing?

In order to answer “how are we really doing?”, we first must identify the areas in which we need you to provide us with feedback. Last year, we conducted a series of assessments which provided us lots of useful data to analyze to help us determine how library users felt about services and resources offered. Assessments such as the 2013 LibQual+ Survey, the Distance Learning Survey, the Foy Music Listening Survey, and Library Instruction Assessment for both students and faculty were just some of the ways in which we collected data to help us improve library services and resources.

The library’s goals and objectives are categorized according to the three dimensions from the LibQual+ survey: Affect of Service, Information Control, and Library as Place. The data obtained from this survey helps us look at the entire library from different perspectives according to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. The Distance Learning Survey results indicates the level of satisfaction among our distance and online learners regarding library resources and services provided to them. Our Music students and faculty complete a survey that provides information on how well the Foy Music Listening Center is meeting their needs. Lastly, the students that receive library instruction on how to conduct research answer questions indicating whether they have mastered six identified learning outcomes.

This year is no different. We continue to evaluate services and resources using the Distance Learning Survey, the Foy Music Listening Survey, and Library Instruction Assessment for both students and faculty. Additionally, we will be conducting a web usability study to help determine how easy it is to navigate the newly revised library web site. Furthermore, you may want to smile as you might be caught on video camera. Why you ask? Well, we are also conducting a space utilization study to determine 1) how existing furniture is being used, 2) what furniture is used most often, and 3) busy times to help with staff and budget requirements. Additionally, library personnel are partnering with key university stakeholders to develop a research project that will define the impact of library usage among students on their academic success and retention.

As one can see, we are busy trying to determine how well we are actually providing library resources and services. If there are any questions about the library’s assessment projects please feel free to contact the Library Assessment Officer (

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