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September 12, 2014

Constitution Day Celebrations at GSU

hot docA Conversation with the Mayor
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
1-2:30 p.m. 
Constitution Day will be celebrated September 17th at Georgia Southern University with 3 main events this year.The first event is sponsored by Henderson Library, the Dean of Students Office, Student Government Association, Financial Aid and Student Media. It will take place in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 1-2:30 p.m. SGA President, Azell Francis, will speak with Statesboro Mayor, Jan Moore, about the importance of registering to vote, getting educated on current local election topics, and participation in the election and governing process of your locale. Come find out why you should and how you can get involved locally!
Student Engagement and Constitutional Amendments
2:30-4 p.m.
Immediately following the Conversation with the Mayor, join Dr. Michael Van Wagenen’s Public History students for a discussion of various amendments they have researched for this purpose in the Rotunda outside Russell Union. These conversations, supported by posters made by the students, will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. Stop in and support these students in their service learning endeavor, and find out more about your Constitutional rights!
How Does the Constitution Impact You and Politics?
Carroll Building, 2227
6-8 p.m.
The Georgia Southern Political Science Department is sponsoring an event from 6-8 p.m. in Carroll Building, 2227 on September 17th in which several speakers, including a local attorney, Mr. Matthew K. Hube of Hube Law Firm, and Georgia Southern POLS faculty Dr. Joshua Kennedy and Dr. Michael Romano will discuss:
  • The intent and reality of the Presidency
  • The Constitution and the Congress/the Courts
  • How Civil Rights/Liberties impact you, presented by
There will also be a short film with Sandra Day O’Connor called Fair and Free during this event.
We hope you will join us for these events in celebration of this day to celebrate our Constitutional Rights.
 Shared with you by Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian  (; 912-478-5032)

September 8, 2014

Irish Studies South now available at Digital Commons

heaneyThe new journal Irish Studies South is now available in Digital Commons.  Howard Keeley, Director of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching, sponsors the journal.  He also acts as one of its editors.  The first issue commemorating the one year anniversary of the death of Seamus Heaney, a Nobel prize winning poet, is now available.  Each issue will have a guest editor, and Rand Brandes is the editor of the inaugural issue.

Affordable Learning Georgia: The Positive Effect of OERs on Higher Education

aGAl iconThe Affordable Learning Georgia initiative seeks to make higher education more obtainable for Georgia residents by providing access to Open Educational Resources (OERs).  While the adoption of OERs by Affordable Learning Georgia and other programs is a relatively new phenomenon, early case studies have shown that these programs have had a positive impact on students. One study focusing on the use of Mathematics OERs at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York found that “using OER led to an over 50x increase (i.e. a 5000% improvement) in percentage passing per dollar” according to David Wiley, co-founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning.   More information about these OER and Student Success studies is available in the August 25-31 issue of the Affordable Learning Georgia newsletter.

More information about Affordable Learning Georgia is available here.

September 4, 2014

2014 Fries Lecture: Susan Orlean, Sept. 23rd at the Performing Arts Center

red hair picThe Zach S. Henderson Library is proud to sponsor the 2014 Norman Fries Distinguished Lecture featuring Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life & The Legend and The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty & Obsession.  Orlean is currently working on The Library Book, an exploration of the history, power and future of endangered institutions, told through the lens of her quest to solve the 1986 arson that nearly destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library.  Please join us at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Performing Arts Center!

August 27, 2014

International Journeys at the Library, September 10th at 12:15PM

The Zach S. Henderson Library is pleased to present the International Journeys at the Library brown-bag lecture series.  The first event, “Tracing the Origins of the Savannah Irish:  Transatlantic Archival Research by Undergraduates,” will be held on September 10th at 12:15PM in Room 1300.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.  Future journeys will include China, the Dominican Republic, Latvia, Ukraine, and more.

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

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