Meet Tamika Barnes, Department Head of Perimeter College, GSU Library

Tamika Barnes is the newly appointed Department Head of Perimeter College, GSU Library. She has extensive experience in budgeting, management, and strategic planning. She became Director of Dunwoody Library at GPC in July of 2013 after serving several years as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  Prior to that position, she had increasing responsibilities as a reference librarian at North Carolina State, then Head of Reference at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

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Picture by Pat Ziebart

She is excited to work with Dean Steely and the many other new colleagues at GSU, while representing the interests of Perimeter College students, faculty, and staff.  She has a positive attitude about challenges ahead and is confident that the talented PC library staff will quickly adjust to being a part of a major research university. New colleagues, new resources, and new opportunities will lead to even stronger service to our students.

Tamika is a councilor-at-large in ALA and Chair of the GLA Special Libraries and Information Services Division. She was also elected by her peers to serve on the GSU Senate. Because she still manages Dunwoody campus library and oversees Clarkston and Decatur until associate department heads are chosen, she is one busy, busy lady!

She was born in Philly and grew up all around the world while her dad served in the Air Force. She has high school friends from Germany and college pals from UNC Chapel Hill. A dedicated sports fan, she loves to be with friends cheering for her favorite teams (her Alma Mater for collegiate football and basketball and the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL). Life changed radically and happily in March, 2015 when she and partner Calvin welcomed little Tyler who is now a cute, bright, and very active toddler.  Just ask to see “a few” pictures, which she is always ready to share.

Consolidation update: GALILEO Consolidation

GALILEOGSUAs part of the ongoing Consolidation, the Perimeter College GALILEO site was merged into the GSU GALILEO site.


What does this mean for Perimeter College users?

  • When using GALILEO you will now have access to many more databases! You will also see some databases labeled (Perimeter College). These are databases that only Perimeter College users have access to. To access them, you will log in using your Perimeter College credentials. It is our goal to make all resources available to all users, so these Perimeter College only links should disappear by the beginning of the Fall semester. GALILEOOVP
  • Unfortunately, if you had a personal folder in GALILEO Discover, EBSCO or ProQuest databases, they are no longer available in GSU GALILEO.
  • Note to faculty: Many links to GALILEO resources have changed because of the consolidation. Please check links to GALILEO articles, films, images and books in your iCollege classes. Please let us know if you need help fixing the broken links.

Enjoy exploring additional GALILEO resources and let us know if you have any questions.

Consolidation Update: Library Catalog Consolidation

GILFINDGSUWe are excited to announce that Georgia State University and Perimeter College library catalogs have consolidated. Perimeter College faculty and students can now search for books, DVDs, and other physical items at  You will also be able to use intercampus loan to request books from the huge GSU Atlanta Campus Library instead of using GIL Express.

Many changes will come with the new catalog.  We will have different loan periods for books, DVDs and other library materials. Our fines and fees for lost and overdue library materials will change as well (more details to come).

Merging two large library catalogs takes time to complete, so not everything is functional yet.  Perimeter College e-books have not been added to the new catalog.  We are hoping to complete adding all Perimeter College resources by the beginning of the Fall semester. In the meantime, if you can’t find something you know we have, just Ask a librarian to help you locate it. We still have access to Perimeter College e-books elsewhere; they are just not added to the new catalog yet.

With any transition come challenges:

  • Old links to Perimeter College campus books and searches will no longer work.  Special note to faculty:  if you have links to Perimeter College books and searches in your iCollege classes, please update them. Please let us know if you need our help fixing the links.
  • Accessing e-resources in the new catalog will require GSU credentials. (If you need more information about your GSU credentials, visit GSU technology Services page at )
  • You will also need your GSU Library ID to login to My account area (to look up GALILEO password or renew your books). Your GSU Library ID is on you PantherCard. If you don’t have your PantherCard yet, you can look your Library ID up at

Merging two library catalogs is a complicated process and some things might not go as planned.  If you experience any problems or issues or encounter any error messages while trying to request books from other campuses or renew your books online, please share them with us, so we can assist and fix problems for all users.

Please stay tuned to the Library Blog and the Consolidation Page as we continue to merge more services and consolidate library policies.  We want to make using the GSU Library a seamless experience for students, faculty and staff, no matter the campus.  We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure access to library resources.

Sofia Slutskaya and Scott Pieper

New Electronics Available at Perimeter College Libraries

Forget your phone charger? Want to give your speech that professional panache of having a presentation remote to advance the slides? Would a wireless mouse make working on your laptop a lot easier?  Come to the library!

Phone charging cords, presentation remotes, and computer mice are just three of the items added to GSU Perimeter College libraries’ collection of small electronic items available for check out.  We’ve also increased our calculator collection, adding additional TI-84, TI-30, and basic function calculators at each campus.  Headphones are available at all campuses and headsets with microphones (handy for participating in webinars or recording audio) are available at Alpharetta and Dunwoody.

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Small electronic items available at campus libraries (Photo by Karen Viars)

To check out any of these items, bring your GPC or GSU ID or driver’s license to the library circulation desk.  Loan periods range from 2 hours to overnight.

Most of these small electronic items were purchased with student technology fee funds from a Strategic Information Technology grant.  Additional TI-84 calculators were donated by campus math departments.  The benefit of having these items at the library is that they’re available to all students when they come to campus, including evenings and weekend hours.

Do you have ideas for more small electronic items you’d like to check out at the library?  Let us know!

Mary Ann Cullen, Alpharetta

GALILEO News: Mobile & Tutorials

galileoThe staff at GALILEO is always working to make using GALILEO easier. To help busy students who are always on the go, GALILEO is now optimized for mobile devices. Just go to, and if you are on your phone or a tablet, GALILEO will recognize your device and present you with a homepage optimized for your screen. Remember that you will need the GALILEO password if you are not on a campus network. Once logged in, you will see the Discover search box and links to just a few mobile-friendly databases. While various database interfaces are slimmed down in the mobile view, most functionality, including search options, results limiters and the ability to e-mail articles, is still available. It is easy to switch to the full GALILEO site by scrolling down to Full Site link.

Another great recent addition is a small collection of how-to videos linked from the GALILEO homepage.


These very concise tutorials cover such topics as finding peer reviewed articles, selecting the best database for your topic, saving your research in a custom folder, and others. All videos are one to four minutes long, so it is easy to watch one if you are confused while doing something in GALILEO.

Please spend a few minutes exploring new GALILEO features and services, and let us know if you have any questions.

Retirement of Julius E. Whitaker

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Photo by Bill Roa

After 23 years of dedicated service to Perimeter College, Julius E. Whitaker is retiring at the end of March. Mr. Whitaker’s 30 year career in academic settings has been fruitful. He was raised by his Aunt and Grandmother in North Carolina, and he often spoke about how his Aunt instilled in him a love for learning and a passion for education. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Welfare from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC, Mr. Whitaker went on to obtain his M.S. in Library Science from Atlanta University.

His first professional positions were at Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, and Howard University in Washington DC. It was at Howard that Mr. Whitaker held library positions which would shape the rest of his career in library and academic leadership. He returned to Georgia to serve in the library at Southern Polytechnic College in Marietta (now Kennesaw State University). In 1993, his career at Georgia Perimeter College began. He advanced into more positions of responsibility and leadership, from starting out as a Circulation Librarian, to becoming Learning Resources Director at the Decatur campus library, to Interim Provost for the Decatur campus, to Interim Dean for Recruitment, Admission, Records and Testing, to becoming Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President. In 2012, he came “back” to the library in his present positions as Interim Director of Governance and Policy, Executive Director for Library Services, and Clarkston Campus Library Director.

Mr. Whitaker’s impact on the students, faculty, and staff at the college has been monumental. His career has allowed him to influence development of the college and the library system into a vibrant community of learners. His dedication to student success was evident in everything that he did. The library staff is very grateful for having been able to serve the college under his leadership during times of transition and challenge. In his retirement, Mr. Whitaker says he will enjoy pursuing his passion for interior decorating, and perhaps managing interior design projects someday. But most of all, he will enjoy being able to wake up to no alarm clock in the mornings!

On behalf of the dedicated library staff at Perimeter College Libraries, I wish Mr. Whitaker all the best in his retirement, and thank him for his great service to the college. We are grateful for his collegiality, guidance, leadership, and professional friendship.

Amy Eklund, Director of Library Technical Services

Streaming Feature Films Now Available to Perimeter College

Perimeter College students, faculty, and staff can now stream feature films through Perimeter College Libraries. SWANK Digital Campus currently contains a collection of 66 feature films, documentaries, and foreign language films selected by Perimeter College faculty to support class assignments. If Perimeter College professors shared a Netflix account, this is what their watch list would look like! The good news is any of these films are available for you to watch. Our impressive collection contains a wide variety of movies. Some may surprise you (Twilight? Wow). Here’s a sample:

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Screenshot of the SWANK streaming movie library

Dramas: Selma, The Color Purple, Lost in Translation

Comedies: Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, National Lampoon’s Animal House

Sci Fi: Inception, Men in Black

Thrillers: North by Northwest, Psycho

Action: El Mariachi, Missing in Action

Musicals: Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story

To search for movies, access SWANK Digital Campus with your Perimeter College username and password. Your browser will prompt you to download and install the Widevine Browser Plugin on a desktop or laptop. You will need to download and install the SWANK Media Player app for iOS or Android mobile devices. Your data plan rates will apply.

For more details & help you can visit our SWANK Guide or contact a librarian.

Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!

UPDATE:  A representative from SWANK will be conducting an online training session for Perimeter College students, faculty and staff on April 8th at 10am.  Register here.

Scott Pieper

GSU Perimeter College Libraries – Decatur Campus

Welcome New Librarians

A tidal wave just swept into the talent pool at GSU Perimeter College Libraries. Two new librarians began this month at Clarkston campus, and three arrived during the fall at Dunwoody. All five will be involved in reference, instruction, and other initiatives for student success. You can see their smiling faces and learn some “fun facts” about each of them below.

Clarkston Librarians

New Clarkston Campus Librarians: Jennie Law (Left) and Sarah Kirkley (Right) Photo by Pat Ziebart

Jennie Law (Clarkston)

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Undergrad degree: English & Creative Writing from Emory University

Library school: Florida State University

Hobbies: Reading, crafting, tap dancing

Currently reading: The Secret Place by Tana French and But Enough About Me: A Memoir by Burt Reynolds & John Winokur

Last position: The Art Institute of Atlanta, Decatur


Sarah Kirkley (Clarkston)

Hometown: Born in San Diego, CA and grew up in Birmingham, AL

Undergrad degree: English & Writing from University of Alabama, Huntsville

Library school: University of Alabama

Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Yoga

Currently reading: Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart

Last position: Savannah State University

Dunwoody Librarians

New Dunwoody Campus Librarians: Christopher Moffat (Left), Amy Stalker (Center) and Karen Doster-Greenleaf (Right) Photo by Pat Ziebart

Christopher Moffat (Dunwoody)

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Undergrad degree: Exercise Physiology from Georgia State University

Library school: Valdosta State University

Hobbies: biking, cooking, and reading

Currently reading: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Last position: Gwinnett County Public Library

Amy Stalker (Dunwoody)

Hometown: Marietta, Ohio

Undergrad degree: Russian Area Studies from Wittenberg University

Library school: Valdosta State University

Hobbies: reading, travel, collecting Matryoshka (Russian nestling) dolls

Currently reading: Lexicon by Max Berry

Last position: GPC Libraries, Alpharetta Center

Karen Doster-Greenleaf (Dunwoody)

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Undergrad degree: Literature from Florida State University

Library School: Florida State University

Hobbies: baking, hiking, travel

Currently reading: Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Last position: Howard Community College, Maryland

AccessScience Now Available to Perimeter College

What’s a better way to get an answer to a Science question than Wikipedia? AccessScience database!

New to Perimeter College for the 2015-16 academic year, AccessScience gives you online access to the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, plus additional content such as video animations and hyperlinks to cited and supplemental material. AccessScience is a great place to find definitions and introductory information on science and math topics. You can also get biographies of famous scientists.

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AccessScience Homepage

Here are some examples of content (use your Perimeter College username and password to access):

To get to AccessScience, log into GALILEO (or click the GALILEO link in iCollege), then select “Databases A-Z,” click on “A,” then go to AccessScience. Or you can go directly to the database using this link: AccessScience ( If you’re off campus, you’ll be prompted for your Perimeter College username and password, which is the same as your iCollege username and password.

A few special features:

  • Create a free “My AccessScience” account to save your favorite articles, images, and searches.
  • Download a Roaming Passport to your mobile device and AccessScience will remember your authentication for up to six months.
  • Create permalinks to AccessScience articles and videos following our simple instructions.

As with all our databases, librarians are available to help you find and use the database. We also welcome your feedback about the database, so if you try it, let us know how you like it!

Learn a New Language with OneClick Digital

Pimsleur_OCD_web-bannerAre you thinking of learning a foreign language? Are you wondering what it would be like to speak Urdu or Thai? Are you planning a trip abroad? Do you need some extra help in your foreign language class? Learning a new language just got easier!  We added a number of Pimsleur Language Programs to our OneClick Digital audiobook collection. And to make it even better, our new language materials are available on the go on your computer, tablet or a mobile phone!

Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:

  • Visit Google Play, iTunes, or Amazon appstore to download OneClick Digital app on your device.
  • Select one of the available languages.
  • Create OneClick Digital account in order to be able to “check out” our language programs for off-line use.
  • Connect your app with the GPC Libraries OneClick Digital collection.
  • If you prefer to stream language lessons on your computer, this option is available as well.

Need more information about setting up an account or using an app, visit our E-Resources and Mobile Devices Guide to get started.

Sonya Slutskaya, Clarkston Librarian