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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).

January 28, 2014

Cancellation of the “Let’s Talk About It” event

Please note: due to the inclement weather, the first Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About it” event (scheduled for Jan. 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Zach S. Henderson Library) will be postponed.

The rescheduled date will be announced later this week. For more details about the discussion series, please visit the Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys website,

January 8, 2014

“Rockin’ Towards Academic Success Series” Workshop sessions for 2014

Get Spring Semester off to a successful beginning by attending these two great workshops from the “Rockin’ Towards Academic Success Series”.  To register for the workshops, please call 912-478-5371 or send an e-mail to   A complete list of the Rockin’ Towards Academic Success series can be found at

Workshops will be help in the Henderson Library in Room 1300 on the 1st Floor.

2/20/14@5:30-6:20 pm:  Goal Setting (Instructor: Mr. Bill Sharpe)

2/24/14@5:00-5:50 pm:  Reading Effectively (Instructor: Ms. Susan Cason)

December 4, 2013

Therapy Dogs in the Library Atrium: Dec. 9-12, 5-6PM

To help students get into the holiday spirit after the stress of preparing for final exams, therapy dogs will be available in the atrium of the Zach S. Henderson Library on December 9th through the 12th from 5:00 to 6:00PM.  This event is sponsored by Circle K.  Please stop by to pet our furry friends!

November 20, 2013

Library Hours for the week of Thanksgiving

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The Zach S. Henderson Library will be open during the following times for the week of Thanksgiving:

Nov 23, Sat — Open 9 AM – 6 PM
Nov 24, Sun — Open 2 PM – 8 PM
Nov 25, Mon — Open 8 AM – 6 PM
Nov 26, Tues — Open 8 AM – 6 PM
Nov 27, Wed — Open 8 AM – 5 PM
Nov 28, Thurs — Closed for THANKSGIVING Holiday
Nov 29, Fri — Closed
Nov 30, Sat — Open 9AM – 6PM

If you need to speak to a librarian outside of those hours, please contact us at or leave a message at (912)478-5645.

October 24, 2013

Sweetheart Circle closed for the weekend beginning Friday, October 25th at 6:00PM

Sweetheart Circle will be closed from 6:00PM on Friday, October 25th until late Sunday night.  Access to Henderson Library, Lewis Hall, Deal Hall, and Marvin Pittman Administration Building will be available through the faculty/staff lots located behind Veazey Hall and Hendrix Hall.  Most of these lots do not require a permit during the weekend.  Please check nearby signage when parking.  ADA spaces are available throughout this area.  Please view the map for more information about closed roads.

October 17, 2013

New Henderson Library Posting Policy

Electronic flyers advertising events sponsored by official Georgia Southern groups/units will be posted when space is available.  To maximize visibility, flyers should be formatted as .jpg with an image size of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high.  Other sizes will not maximize the screen size.  Electronic files may be sent to  Paper flyers will not be accepted.  Approved flyers will be posted by Library personnel.

May 2, 2013

Therapy Dogs in the Library Atrium: May 6-9, 5-6PM

To help eliminate the stress of preparing for final exams, therapy dogs will be available in the atrium of the Zach S. Henderson Library on May 6th through the 9th from 5:00 to 6:00PM.  This event is sponsored by Circle K.  Please stop by to pet our furry friends!

March 13, 2013

Spring Break Library Hours

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Friday, March 15:  close at 6pm
Saturday, March 16:  Open 9am – 6pm
Sunday, March 17:  Open 2pm – 8pm
Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22:  Open 8am – 6pm
Saturday, March 23: Open 9am – 6pm
Sunday, March 24: Open 12 noon and resume regular schedule

February 8, 2013

Writing Tutor–Spring 2013

What: Writing Tutor

Where: Learning Commons (round tables near the entrance–next to the Government Documents display)

When: Sunday, 2-4 p.m. February 10th through May 5th (the last Sun. before Finals begin)

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