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Whether you’re just beginning to use GALILEO or need some advanced search tips for a literature research paper, GPC Libraries have a webinar to help you!

In Library webinars, GPC Librarians help students enhance their research skills by showing them how to select the best resources for their project and give tips to make research as efficient and fun as possible. Students who sign up for the webinars can attend in real time or watch the archive of the webinar at a later date.

Our most popular webinar, “GALILEO Quick and Easy,” introduces students to electronic information resources like articles, e-books, and streaming videos. Most of the time, these sources fit the needs of academic research assignments better than what you will find through Google.

One student who attended this webinar commented, “This is my first semester at GPC and I would have been lost trying to use GALILEO without the great information from this Webinar. Thanks so much!”

The Literature Topic Research webinar will specifically address resources and search strategies for locating information about literary criticism, biographies, and contexts. This is especially helpful for ENGL 1102 and literature classes.

Online Library Research Tips (part of the Online Student Success Series) will give an overview of GALILEO as well as discuss other online services like chatting and texting with a librarian, video tutorials about research, etc. (These services are available to all students, but are particularly of interest to Online students.)

So, beef up your research skills by signing up for a webinar today! For the schedule, registration, archives, and more information, go to

Mary Ann Cullen, Alpharetta Campus & GPC Online Library Director

Learn Anything with “For Dummies” E-books

fordummies_smallWant to learn about selecting good wines, brush up on your Russian or Japanese before a trip abroad? Or get a good basic introduction to calculus, geology or biology? With the For Dummies series of e-books, you can do all that and more. And better yet, you don’t have to take a trip to the library to download any of our For Dummies e-books to your personal computer or mobile device.
GPC Libraries have access to more than 170 For Dummies e-titles ranging from introduction to various foreign languages to test prep for ACT or ASVAB. Interested?

First, get your device ready. You will only have to do this once. To successfully download any For Dummies e-book, you will need

If you have already created an Abode ID to borrow e-books from your public library, you can use the same id to transfer GPC Libraries e-books to your device.

Second, find a book you want to read. You can access our For Dummies e-books by searching GIL-Find@GPC. Make sure to limit your results to electronic if you only want to see e-book results.  Once you select a title, click on the online access link and look for Download (Offline) button on the left.


At this point, you will be prompted to login into your personal EBSCO account. If you don’t have one, just create one. Select a Checkout period from the drop-down menu and click the Checkout & Download button. The e-book will be added to the Checkout area of the folder, accessible from the upper-right corner of the EBSCOhost interface. You will be asked to either Open or Save File. If you select Open, your e-book is opened with Adobe Digital Editions. If you select Save File, the e-book is saved to your computer and can be opened with Adobe Digital Editions at a later time. When a downloaded e-book is opened, it is displayed in Adobe Digital Editions.

Take advantage of our For Dummies collection to explore many new subjects.

Sonya Slutskaya, Clarkston Librarian

Wishing Lee Murphy Well in Her Retirement

Lee Murphy has been a friendly face at the Dunwoody and Alpharetta libraries for over 17 years. Beginning as a part-time assistant at the circulation desk at GPC’s Dunwoody campus library, Lee became a full time Dunwoody library assistant in 2004. When the Alpharetta campus opened its library in 2010, there were no shelves and no books — not even telephones or computers for the staff at first!

Lee Murphy at Alpharetta Library

Lee posing as a student as Alpharetta Library opened in August 2010. Photo by Mary Ann Cullen

Lee was the campus’s first library assistant, and helped set up services for Alpharetta’s new students, faculty and staff, ranging from helping to order and process books for the collection through setting up circulation procedures and making sure intercampus loans and GIL Express were working smoothly.

Many of the basic functions of the library work smoothly at Alpharetta because of Lee. She’s always happy to help students understand how to print and photocopy and helps them understand library services or policies, such as how to check out calculators and headphones. Lee maintains supplies so that students and library employees are never lacking for paper, ink, paper clips, etc. She checks in newspapers and magazines, makes sure the books are in order and neatly arranged on the shelves, and processes reserve items so they’re ready for the new semester. It is to Lee’s credit that when Alpharetta library did its first inventory a couple of years ago, not one single item was missing! (That is very rare!)

Students and faculty appreciate how helpful Lee is. She has received recognition for her excellent customer service. Students often comment about how helpful Lee is, how she often goes above and beyond, and how much they appreciate her cheerful attitude.

The Alpharetta librarians have come to depend on Lee’s fine attention to detail to enable them to do their jobs more effectively. In addition to missing Lee’s contributions to keep the library running smoothly, they will miss her keen sense of humor and pleasant demeanor every day.

Lee Murphy

Photo by Bill Roa

While it’s hard to think of the library without Lee, we wish her well in her retirement! She and her husband are looking forward to leisure time and gardening, and spending more time with their granddaughter.

Please join us in wishing Lee the best of luck!

Mary Ann Cullen, Alpharetta Library Director

It’s All About the Sixties

In celebration of the February 2015 GPC Symposium as well as the 50th anniversary of GPC, each campus library will feature items such as books, memorabilia and archival materials about the Sixties—an iconic period in our nation’s history.

Alpharetta Display

Detail from Alpharetta exhibit. Photo from series by Mary Ann Cullen & Karen Viars, Alpharetta Campus Library

Taking a look at the exhibit on display at the Alpharetta Campus Library, we read, “The more things change…the more they stay the same.” See what you think as you view the books in the sixties display — do things stay the same?  We show the top shelf of the exhibit in the photo above.

The sixties conjure up a myriad of images—from psychedelic posters, the Beatles, the Berlin Wall, the flower generation, faces of incredible sorrow following the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, to medical victories such as inoculations for measles.

Dunwoody Display

Sixties Headlines collage and book, DVD and CD display. Photo by Angiah Davis, Dunwoody Campus Library.

At the Dunwoody Campus Library some of these events are captured in a collage of sixties headlines gathered and compiled by Barbara Naumann especially for this exhibit. Books, DVDs and CDs in the adjacent display are available for check-out. Additional spring semester displays celebrating the decades in the college’s history beginning with the sixties are also being developed.

Clarkston is planning an archival display entitled VIPS on Campus, featuring materials from GPC Archives. [*Note: Update at end of this post.] The archives are maintained by the Technical Services department of GPC Libraries. (For more information about the archives, see our December blog post.)

Decatur Display

Sixties Exhibit. Photo by Scott Pieper, Decatur Campus Library



Heading to the Decatur Campus, we find biographies of leaders along with books on the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit features the diverse literature of the 1960s, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Slaughterhouse Five.  A selection of DVDs from the campus collection rounds out the presentation.


Newton Display

Photo by Laura Tartak, Newton Campus Library

We end this visual tour with a look at some of the many items on display at the Newton Campus Library (below). Laura Tartak notes the technical progression of cameras, phones and music in the exhibit. The collection includes personal memorabilia collected largely by Kip Cates over the years, items from his family, and items found on eBay. Laura has some family items represented as well. “This exhibit,” says Laura, “is definitely a work in progress!”

The college exhibits may remind us of items from the sixties in our own homes. Treasures are all around us.

In addition to campus displays, GPC Libraries have also been gearing up for GPC’s 50th and the 1960s Symposium by posting about the 1960s.  Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about 1960s pop culture, important events, social issues, sports figures, and literature.  Use #GPC1960s to find our 60s posts.

Books may be checked out from many of the GPC library displays about sixties events and themes that interest you. Ask your campus librarians where to find more information about the 1960s.

Lora Mirza, Dunwoody Librarian

Coming soon:

Feb. 16-20, 2015 GPC Symposium

Celebrating the History, Music and Culture of the 1960s

Featuring live musical concerts, art and photography exhibits, film retrospectives, special panels on the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali, Civil Rights and more.

For more campus specific information, visit:

*Clarkston Campus displayed “VIPs On Campus” Jan. 29-mid February, featuring notable visitors to the college.

Clarkston Campus display. Photo by Amy Eklund.

Welcome to Spring Semester

It doesn’t quite feel like spring, does it? Spring semester starts in the cold of winter, so Inside the Perimeter and GPC Libraries extend a warm welcome to all students, faculty, and staff.

For our first post this semester, Inside the Perimeter would like to briefly introduce GPC Libraries. Simply put, the libraries are here to help you succeed in your academic work. We provide access to reliable information.  More importantly, we can help you navigate the sea of information available at the tap of a finger or the click of a mouse. We’re much more than books, catalogs, and databases. We’re more helpful than a search box. We can teach you how to be more effective information users and researchers.

Georgia Perimeter College has a library on each campus. We strive to provide comfortable spaces for research, quiet study, and collaboration with classmates.

Library Scene

Students at the Dunwoody Library.  Photo by Bill Roa, Georgia Perimeter College

Beyond information resources, we provide computer access, Wi-Fi for students, printers and copiers, graphing calculators, and selected textbooks for use in the library. Each campus library has a unique flavor, so stop by, meet the friendly staff, and see what specific additional services your library offers. We also actively support the GPC Online community.  If you are not close to a GPC campus, we offer a number of ways to contact the libraries including chat, text, e-mail and phone.

Learn more about the libraries by exploring our website which was redesigned last semester. You can also connect with us on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter @GPCLibraries, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Did you know?

We’re not all about serious academic research. We know college can be stressful. When you need a break, take a look at what the libraries offer in DVDs, the latest entertainment and fashion magazines, audiobooks, and new fiction books. You might be surprised.

Inside the Perimeter will highlight GPC Libraries’ programs and offer extra insight into library services and resources throughout the year.  Welcome to spring semester at GPC!

Scott Pieper, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Decatur Campus

Happy Retirement to Akiko Kojima of the Dunwoody Campus Library

Noel the cat

Akiko’s cat, Noel, will get to see her more often when she retires!

Akiko, we wish you well as you retire from the Dunwoody Campus Library this month–December 2014– after almost twenty years at GPC! 

Did you know that Akiko began at GPC as a tutor in Critical Languages?  She tutored students in Japanese for six to seven years before seeking a full-time library position.   Akiko’s kindness and her eagerness to help our students were so very evident from the beginning.  Akiko was offered the library assistant position, circulation, around the time the “New LRC” was being completed, and she has brought her big heart, gracious spirit and utmost courtesy in dealing with the public to the Dunwoody Campus Library ever since.

Many of our books have had an extended life because of expert repairs by Akiko.  As for library copiers and printers, sometimes only she can get our equipment to function in the evening hours.

Throughout the year Akiko beautifies the library with outstanding flower arrangements from her garden and live plants that flourish on both library floors.  Is your office houseplant drooping?  Take it to Akiko for revival!

Akiko participates in a variety of cultural events at the college, representing the library and bringing her own cultural heritage.  Akiko has been an advisor to the Japan Club since its inception and a great supporter of the Japanese festival on campus each year. She shares her cultural knowledge and helps students practice Japanese and learn about Japanese holidays and customs. Need someone to help with Japanese calligraphy?  Ask Akiko!

As for receptions, Akiko always ensures the refreshment tables are set up just right.  Thank you, Akiko, for your dedication and attention to detail when we hosted the Lincoln Traveling Exhibit programs in the spring of 2013 and for all of your help with art receptions in the library lobby.

This spring Akiko’s numerous contributions to the college were recognized when she received the college-wide Celebration of Excellence Values Award, presented at Clarkston.

When she goes home, both her husband Hank and remarkable cat Noel are there to greet her.  In addition to being a gardener, Akiko is a lover of music and enjoys going to concerts with friends.  She is also is a passionate tennis player.

All the best to you, dear Akiko!  We wish you a wonderful retirement!

~Eugenia Abbey and Lora Mirza, Dunwoody Librarians

Introducing the GPC Archives!


Front page of the The Open Door, DeKalb College newspaper, May 23, 1965. Copyright Georgia Perimeter College, all rights reserved. Housed in GPC Archives, GPC Libraries.

Tucked away on the first floor of the Clarkston library, a small group of dedicated library staff work in a department called Library Technical Services.  In addition to handling the acquisition, cataloging, processing, and maintenance of all the libraries’ collections and online systems, this department now houses and organizes GPC’s historical materials for access to researchers.  Any GPC student, faculty, or staff member can make an appointment to visit this special collection. A research guide contains more information, as well as a complete inventory of the materials.  You can also view treasures from the collection in our GPC Archives Facebook album.

In celebration of GPC’s 50th anniversary, each campus library will display materials from the GPC Archives during the spring semester of 2015.  Items will include student newspaper articles, photographs, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and other materials documenting the college, its students, faculty, staff, and campus life over the years.  The displays will be photographed and shared on the libraries’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Alpharetta: “Then–>Now” display (throughout semester) will showcase similarities and differences in fashion, technology, and other topics over the decades in the history of the college
  • Clarkston: “VIPs on Campus” display (January and February) will chronicle the variety of famous authors, poets, musicians, and others who have visited the college over the years
  • Decatur: “South Campus Spotlight” (throughout semester) will display artifacts from GPC’s 2nd oldest campus
  • Dunwoody: “Celebrating the Decades” (throughout semester) will juxtapose college and world events from the sixties on
  • Newton: “DeKalb College and the 1960s” (throughout semester) will feature materials and events from world history and the first decade of the college’s existence

Come out and enjoy the displays, sign a guestbook, and let us know what you learned!  We also encourage you to comment on social media using #GPC50 and #GPCArchives!

~Amy Eklund, Director, Library Technical Services

Resources for Public Speaking

FDR Quote

Are you ready for public speaking? There are three different types of speeches: informative, instructional and persuasive.  Public speaking is also known as rhetoric, which is defined as using language to influence or persuade people.

Speeches are a positive part of the college experience and can help you learn to voice an opinion, share information or teach people about a topic.  There are many resources out there to inspire you, from watching speakers in videos, reading speeches from the past and present, and researching your topic.  Many of these helpful resources are on the web, including Georgia Perimeter College’s Library web page.

Here are some select internet sources that cover current and historic speeches, rhetoric, and public speaking organizations.

American Rhetoric

Dedicated to rhetoric and public communication in the United States, this site offers video and audio archives of speeches.  It also contains clips which illustrate different figures of speech, such as alliteration and hyperbole.

The Guardian

The Guardian and Observer’s unique series of the best speeches of the twentieth century.

WyzAnt’s History and Politics Out Loud

A searchable archive of politically significant materials – from JFK, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and much, much more! 


An entire Pinterest page dedicated to public speaking:  tips, strategies, and links to more resources

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development. They have 313,000 members who improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up a global network of meeting locations.  You can attend a Toastmasters meeting or use free resources available on their website.

Vital Speeches of the Day

The magazine was launched in 1934 on the old-fashioned premise that “it is indeed vital to the welfare of the nation that important, constructive addresses by recognized leaders in both the public and private sectors be permanently recorded and disseminated—both to ensure that readers gain a sound knowledge of public questions and to provide models of excellence in contemporary oratory” (

GPC Libraries

GPC librarians have created Research Guides specifically for students researching and preparing for speeches.  They are accessible from the GPC Libraries Research Guides page or follow the links below:

COMM 1201 – Informational & Persuasive Speeches

This guide will assist you with finding print and electronic resources to support informational and persuasive speeches on current or controversial issues. This guide also includes information on citing sources.

ENGL 1101 (Grabar) – Historic Documents & Speeches

This research guide is designed to help you find sources of biographical and historical information for selected individuals and their documents or speeches. The guide is divided into eight main sections according to the individuals you are researching.

Good luck on your speech!

Ellen Barrow, Clarkston Librarian

Image:  IZ, Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote., Web. 11 November 2014. Source/Notes:  Advice to his son James on how to make a public speech, as quoted in Basic Public Speaking (1963) by Paul L. Soper, p. 12

GPC Reads: Picking Cotton Events

PCPromoteExciting news! The authors of Picking Cotton (the GPC Reads book for 2014-15) will speak at two GPC campuses on Wednesday, November 12. Ronald Cotton will speak at the Dunwoody Campus at 10:00am. Then at 2:00pm, he and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino will speak at the Clarkston Campus.

Picking Cotton is a book about Ronald Cotton, who spent almost 11 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, a young rape victim, who erroneously identified him as her attacker in a police lineup. After Cotton was exonerated through DNA evidence and released from prison, she contacted him. He forgave her and they became friends. They now work together to educate about the fallibility of eyewitness testimony and  to help exonerate others who have been wrongly convicted.

November 12, 2014
10:00 a.m.: 
GPC Dunwoody Campus, room NC-1100 Auditorium. Ronald Cotton, co-author, will speak.

2:00 p.m.:  GPC Clarkston Campus, Cole Auditorium, Fine Arts Building. Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, co-authors, will speak.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about Picking Cotton, see the previous blog entry and the GPC Reads Research Guide.

~Pat Leamon, Clarkston Library

Fall “Shelfies”: Librarian Book Recommendations

You’d expect that librarians would love to read, but could you imagine that they love such a diverse list of titles?  There’s everything from science to self-help, fanciful memoir to medieval mystery, and serious history to hysterical singing chickens. Take a look at these “shelfies”—self portraits (from various angles) with favorite books. What’s your favorite?

Clay1959: The Year Everything Changed by Fred Kaplan. A convincing argument that the seismic political, technological, and social revolutions of the 1960s and beyond would not have occurred without the watershed events of 1959, that 1959 was, in fact, the starting point of the 1960s.  Make Fred Kaplan’s 1959 your starting point in a year dedicated to looking back at the Sixties and celebrating GPC’s 50th! – Clay Hulet, Newton

AngiahAct Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey. [Note: this title is currently on order for the library collection] Whether one wants to succeed in college or on the job, the book provides motivation to take it to the next level. Organized into four parts (When Enough is Enough, Discovering and Embracing Your Gift, Maximizing Your Gift, and Creating Your Legacy), it’s a quick read, and Harvey’s style appeals to a diverse group of readers. – Angiah Davis, Dunwoody

Shelfie Engines of ChangeEngines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars by Paul Ingrassia.  This is a fascinating, well-researched, and readable cultural history of 20th and early 21st century America as seen in the rear view mirrors of 15 iconic automobiles.  It might not have that new car smell, but this book will both entertain and enlighten you about corporate America and our car culture. – Clay Hulet, Newton

PatHyperbole and a Half  by Allie Brosh. In this blog to book adaptation, the author/artist shares glimpses of her life with honesty and humor. I especially love the stories of trials and tribulations with her dogs. Think of her as David Sedaris with really goofy drawings! – Pat Ziebart, Dunwoody

ScottresizedThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. A medieval monastery with a labyrinthine library. Who is murdering the monks?  Who is next?  Does a missing book of dangerous ideas hold all the answers?  A Sherlock Holmes-like monk investigates.  An intelligent and intriguing page-turner.  – Scott Pieper, Decatur

Laura_resizedPhiladelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton. It’s hard to resist singing along to this CD/book combo with 20 fun songs and whimsical illustrations by this barnyard-loving children’s author.  Take a break with this kid’s book and smile away your stress. – Laura Tartak, Newton

20141013_132206_resizedPompeii by Robert Harris. If you like a good political thriller, volcanoes, science, or Roman history, then this novel by a BBC correspondent is for you. This explosive story with its cast of intriguing characters centers on four days during a drought in the summer of 79 A.D. – Laura Tartak, Newton

EileenSeaweeds: Edible, Available & Sustainable by Ole  G. Mouritsen. You’ve probably never given seaweed much thought before, but after reading this book, you will wonder why you didn’t try sea vegetables sooner or make them a regular part of your diet. – Eileen Kramer, Clarkston