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.

AccessScience Homepage Image

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!

Image of Digital Theatre Plus Romeo & Juliet

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

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.


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