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 http://www.galileo.usg.edu/, 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.

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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 (http://guides.gpc.edu/go.php?c=14620123). 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

Digital Theatre Plus Now Available to GPC

A new resource from GPC Libraries called Digital Theatre Plus allows everyone in the GPC community to attend (recorded) live plays at the Globe, Old Vic, and other famous London venues. These top-notch shows include many Shakespearean titles such as As You Like It, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet plus more modern works like The Crucible by Arthur Miller and even Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. Plus there are gorgeous productions of operas like Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro and ballets including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. You can even hear the London Symphony Orchestra, live and onstage! Plus there are twenty shows from the Broadway Digital Archive, staged in our own NY, NY!

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The Globe Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet available through Digital Theatre Plus (Screenshot by Pat Ziebart).

Recordings of live theatre give you the experience of being there: seeing the staging, the sets, the props, the costumes, as well as watching some phenomenal actors like David Tennant in As You Like It and David Morrissey in MacBeth. Plus the resources of DTP include interviews with many of those actors and directors talking about their experiences and ideas. Plus there are study guides! Do you see why it’s called Digital Theatre PLUS? It’s an explosion of culture, which will enrich your literature and humanities classes, a drama lover’s dream come true!

And all you need to do is use the link above. From off-campus, log in with your GPC credentials and enjoy. Look under the tabs for productions and for collections to see everything in the database.

-Pat Ziebart, GPC Librarian

March: Book One – The GPC Reads Book for 2015-2016

History tells us that we must never ever give up. That we must never ever give in or give out. That we must not get lost in a sea of despair. That we must all keep the faith. That we must keep our eyes on the prize.” – John Lewis, U.S. Congressman & Civil Rights Leader

March: Book One

Image: Lewis, John March: Book One.2013. Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, http://www.topshelfcomix.com, Web.10 August 2015.

The 2015-2016 GPC Reads selection is a powerful book and an experience in courage, hope and endless tenacity.  GPC Reads is honored to bring the community March: Book One written by Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.  Presented in graphic novel format, March provides a poignant and unique look inside the life of Congressman Lewis.  At a very young age, Lewis was inspired by the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As a young man, he made the decision to be an active part of the history changing Civil Rights Movement.

In March: Book One, readers are introduced to Lewis’s early life in Alabama and his experiences at the start of the movement.  As a student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Lewis organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters and volunteered to participate in Freedom Rides which challenged segregation at bus terminals across the south.  Lewis risked his life many times during rides, marches, and sit-ins.  He was spit on, yelled at, and beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested on numerous occasions by police for challenging the injustices of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

John Lewis became Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963.  SNCC was responsible for organizing student activism in the Movement including sit-ins and many other non-violent activities. On March 7, 1965, while chairman of SNCC, Lewis helped lead the infamous “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama.  Lewis’s recollection of Selma vividly introduces March: Book One. See a selection of Lewis’s testimony and pictures of the violent police reaction at this National Archives website.

GPC Reads is thrilled to host a discussion of March with Congressman Lewis & co-author Andrew Aydin at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus Cole Auditorium on Thursday, September 3, 2015: 11:30 – 1:00pm.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  A book signing and reception will follow.

Copies of March: Book One are available at GPC campus libraries.  Please check the GIL Find- Book Catalog for current availability.

For more background information and related resources about Congressman Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement please see the library’s Research Guide.

Ellen Barrow, Assistant Professor, Library Services, Clarkston Campus

What is ePUB?

EPUB_logoIf you think it has to do with drinking, you will be disappointed. If you are a frequent e-book user, you probably already know the answer. If you are still curious, keep reading.

When downloading e-books, you are presented with a few different choices. EPUB is often one of them. eBooks on EBSCOhost, one of the collections offered by GPC Libraries, recently added EPUB to their list of options.

So what is EPUB?

EPUB  stands for electronic publication. It is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum. EPUB became one of the most common ways to deliver e-books because it allows creating books that behave more like web content:

  • EPUB books are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web;
  • eBooks in EPUB format also provide the user with what is called reflowable text. Reflowable text automatically adjusts to the size of the viewing screen and the size of the text, much like a mobile website.

When should you choose EPUB?

epub_pdfChoosing this format will make for more pleasant reading experience on an e-book reader or a mobile device. However, in some cases, PDF is still preferred. “PDF” opens an exact scan of the book; the page numbers will be the same as the print version.  This option is best when you need the page numbers for reference.

Many academic e-book collections only offer PDF, but some like EBSCO are starting to offer both options. If you are using an e-book to work on research project, you might consider downloading both PDF and EPUB versions:  EPUB for ease and comfort of off-line reading on a mobile device, PDF for convenient referencing and citing.

One more thing to take into account: choose an app that reads both EPUB and PDF. Bluefire Reader is a good option. It is available for both Android and iOS devices, and supports DRM required in order to use library e-books on your device.

To learn more about GPC Libraries e-books, visit our E-resources and Mobile Devices guide.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Sonya Slutskaya, Clarkston Librarian