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

Summer Happenings @ GPC & Around Town

For many college students, summer is not a time for rest and relaxation but a time busy with summer classes, work, and internships. Summer semester is often more compact which means more work in a shorter amount of time. While it is important to continue learning during the summer months, it is also important to take time for leisure activities and relaxation to avoid being burnt out when fall semester arrives.

If you, like many college students, are on a limited budget, there are many free and low-cost activities available to you both within and outside of GPC. There are many activities not far, and possibly on your GPC campus that will allow you to exhale and take a break from the fast pace of summer classes.  Here are a few upcoming events at GPC:

  • Student Life
    • June 16th- Summer Lu-Out! 1 p.m., CA Fountain Quad, Clarkston Campus. GPC students can enjoy free food and giveaways and learn about campus student life.
    • June 22- Board Games and Sweets. 12-2pm. Decatur Campus SC 2100. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
  • Fine Arts
    • July 9th- GPC Wind Ensemble Concert with Slava Michael Prudchenko, conductor. 8 p.m. Cole Auditorium, Fine Arts Building, Clarkston Campus.

      Community Wind Ensemble

      Georgia Perimeter College 2007. GPC Community Wind Ensemble. Web. 10 June 2015.

    • July 13th- GPC Jazz Ensemble Concert 8 p.m. Cole Auditorium, Fine Arts Building. FREE
  • Health, Wellness & Recreation
    • Month of June – Cardio aerobic exercise utilizing elevated platform (the Step). SC1100 – Decatur Gym / 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Mondays
    • Month of June- Water Aerobics- Shallow water workout.  Equipment provided.  SC0250 – Decatur Pool / 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Tuesdays

If you are ready to venture a bit farther away from campus, check out some of these activities happening around town, many of which are free.

  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site and the Sweet Auburn District. Take a free guided tour of Dr. King’s birth home, visit the King Center for Social and Nonviolent Change and discover Atlanta’s civil rights history in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. Ongoing.
  • Music at Centennial Olympic Park- Wednesday Wind Down – Experience Wednesday Wind Down each Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m., May through September, with performances varying from jazz to reggae. Music at Noon – Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., May through October, enjoy Music at Noon, which features a variety of live music including R&B, jazz, and reggae. Make a lunch date with Music at Noon as relaxing tunes float over the city. Be sure to take a quick dash through the Fountain of Rings!
  • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Center – Located in Lithonia, Arabia Mountain offers opportunities for hiking and discovering rare plant species native to Georgia. During the month of June come for Summer Celebration where you can enjoy free bicycle rental days, outdoor movies, family-friendly bike tours and even folktales around a campfire.

(All information from http://www.atlanta.net/deals/free-things-to-do/ and http://arabiaalliance.org/ )

If you prefer the peace and quiet of your home, you can still find entertainment by using our resources found in your friendly, neighborhood GPC library.  Stop by and check out a few blockbuster movies or thought provoking documentaries.  Lose yourself in a good book of fiction or fantasy; indulge your creative side by learning a new craft or growing a container garden by searching the GIL catalog for the perfect books.  We have so much for you to choose from that will allow you to take a break from your hectic schedule.

Know of other happenings around GPC or other free events around metro Atlanta this summer?  Have a summer reading recommendation?  Let everyone else know about it by leaving a comment!

Dawn L. Wright Williams

Part-Time Reference Librarian, Decatur Campus

Study Abroad Resources

“Travel is like an endless university; you never stop learning.” Harvey Lloyd

GPC Students in Peru

Georgia Perimeter College, (GPC Students in Peru) 2008. GPC Center for International Education. Web. 15 April 2015

As a student you can spend most of your time attending class, taking notes, completing assignments and generally working a fast paced academic and career life. Sometimes in spite of that routine you may wish to learn in a different place entirely. You may want to explore leaving the campus and traveling to another country where the learning is more personal and the experience broadens your outlook. If you want to experience other cultures, languages and environments and study while doing it, then a Study Abroad program is for you.

There are many resources available to start journey. Beginning with the GALILEO Discover Tool (password required): this allows you to search many of the various databases in GALILEO. All you have to do is type in the terms: study abroad and you can get some great results.  It’s a great place to get started and see what on-line resources there are in GALILEO. Fortunately, it is not the only place to start your search.

You can also search GIL Find (GPC Libraries’ catalog) for books on the country you wish to study in, languages you want to learn, or customs and cultures of various countries. Search by subject for the best results. For example, if you type in China as a subject you will get books or non-print items on every topic related to China, such as history, travel, religions, food and so on. You will be glad you did.

Here’s a list of additional excellent resources for learning about studying abroad:

GPC Center for International Education, Clarkston Campus

This is another wonderful place to start your search right here at GPC! There is information on this site about applying for GPC Study Abroad programs and available scholarships.  An extensive information sheet lists all the programs, who to contact, when the programs are available, what country the program is located in, classes offered, and costs involved. There is a great list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for you to review.  They do a great job of putting all the information in one place.

Institute of International Education

An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors.

IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide.

We accomplish this by:

  • managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programs
  • conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education
  • protecting scholarship around the world (from About Us)

 CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange

A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For more than 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.

There are many, many sites about Study Abroad programs, be sure and ask a lot questions and learn more before you commit to any program (from Who We Are)

Ellen Barrow, Library Services, Clarkston

Explore Financial Literacy Week @ Your Library

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to improve your finances? Let GPC Libraries help you during Money Smart Week (MSW), April 18-25th.

What is MSW? The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago created the MSW initiative in 2002 to educate the general public about personal finances. The American Library Association (ALA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago developed a partnership five years ago to promote “Money Smart Week @ your library.” Today, libraries and financial partners provide MSW financial education programming throughout the nation. According to the ALA website, over 700 libraries in 48 states participated in MSW last year.

MSW Display, Dunwoody Campus

Photo by Angiah Davis

GPC Libraries is a proud partner of this year’s MSW campaign. If you have student loans or credit cards, or if you want to learn how to do more with your income, then MSW is for you. During MSW you will find free financial education resources on a variety of topics relating to finances at GPC Libraries. Stop by to take a look at the resources available to you from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Take some of these resources to share with your friends and family.

At Faculty Discipline Development Day on February 24, Dr. Timothy Rennick, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, and University Vice Provost at Georgia State University, delivered an outstanding presentation on student success and mentioned financial literacy as a strategy to improve a college student’s success. Also, in an April 8, 2014 USA TODAY article on financial literacy, Hadley Malcolm stated, “As student loan debt continues to rise and finances remain the number one reason students drop out of school, making sure students know how to budget and handle debt is seen as critical.” To demonstrate GPC’s commitment to ensure student success, we are pleased to announce that on Thursday, April 23, 10:00am-3:00pm, the GPC Dunwoody Student Life Department and the Dunwoody Campus Library will host a MSW program in the Dunwoody Student Center, Room 2100. Topics of the day include: investing, saving, financial aid/students loans, identity protection, and more. All students are invited to drop in and participate in the event. Remember to like, pin, post, share, and tweet about the event. Special thanks to the Dunwoody Student Life Department, Dunwoody Business Department, GPC Student Financial Services, and financial partners: New York Life and Wells Fargo for participating.

If you are unable to attend the MSW program, you may always search the library catalog for 24/7 access to information on student loans, scholarships, money management, credit cards, debt, investing, retirement planning, and so much more. Prefer DVDs over books? GPC Libraries holds a selection of videos on financial topics too. If you need assistance finding these resources, use our Ask a Librarian service available on the GPC Libraries homepage.

For more information on financial literacy, visit the MSW research guide.

#GPCMSW

Angiah Davis, Dunwoody Campus

Sign Up for Spring Library Webinars

Sign up today!

Image by Scott Pieper

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 http://guides.gpc.edu/webinar.

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.

ebscoebooks

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: gpc.edu/Celebrate50

*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