Social Work Professor co-edits new journal

Dr. Deborah Whitley, associate professor of social work, is co-editor of the new online peer-reviewed journal, GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy. The journal is dedicated to topics related to grandparents raising grandchildren. Dr. Whitley has written extensively on grandparents raising grandchildren and the many implications that arise such as psychological distress for grandparents and behavioral problems in the grandchildren.  Here’s some of her work on these issues.

Kelley, Susan, J., Deborah, M. Whitley, and Peter, E. Campos. “Psychological Distress In African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: The Contribution Of Child Behavior Problems, Physical Health, And Family Resources.” Research In Nursing & Health 36.4 (2013): 373-385.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “African American Caregiving Grandmothers: Results Of An Intervention To Improve Health Indicators And Health Promotion Behaviors.Journal Of Family Nursing 19.1 (2013): 53.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Results Of An Intervention To Improve Health Outcomes.” Journal Of Nursing Scholarship 42.4 (2010): 379-386.

Kelley, Susan J., Deborah M. Whitley, and Peter E. Campos. “Behavior Problems In Children Raised By Grandmothers: The Role Of Caregiver Distress, Family Resources, And The Home Environment.Children And Youth Services Review 33.(2011): 2138-2145.

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Kicking off Open Access Week with Affordable Learning Georgia

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Open Access Week begins today and runs through October 26.  This international event helps scholars and researchers spread the word about open access to scholarly articles, open data, and open educational resources. In celebration, the GSU library will be blogging about open access each day this week.  We’re kicking off the celebration today by blogging about the Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) initiative.

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) promotes the use of open textbooks, open educational resources, and other affordable alternatives in order to make college more affordable and to improve student success.

The cost of textbooks and other course materials can be prohibitive for students. Textbook prices have increased by 82% since 2002. Currently, The College Board estimates that students need about $1200 per year for books and other course materials. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund & The Student PIRGs recently surveyed students and found that 65% of the students had decided not to purchase a textbook because it was too expensive. Students who did this were concerned about the effect on their grades.  Additionally, almost 50% of students surveyed reported that the cost of textbooks impacted how many and which classes they took each semester.

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) began to address these concerns by providing resources and support for the adoption of open or more affordable course materials.  First, the ALG website was designed with a plethora of resources, information, and tools.  Next, a Library Coordinator and a Campus Champion was assigned to each University System of Georgia institution to provide in-person support for locating and adapting resources and for course redesign. If you are an instructor here at GSU who is interested in implementing open or more affordable resources into your course, please contact your Library Coordinator, Denise Dimsdale or your Campus Champion, George Pullman. ALG is also sponsoring grants to provide for release time and expenses. Thirty grants were awarded for implementation in the Spring 2014 semester.  Another round of grants will be announced in January for implementation in the Fall 2015 semester.

In the 2014 school year, open or more affordable course material alternatives are calculated to save students in the University System of Georgia over one million dollars.  You can see the break down in this chart. However, ALG is about more than saving money.  A growing body of literature is showing a relationship between open course materials, GPAs, retention, and completion rates. In summer 2013, implementation of an open textbook in the USG’s HIST2110 ecore class showed a 6% increase in retention from the previous semester prior to open text implementation.  Additionally, successful completion, meaning a grade of A, B, or C, rose 28% from the previous semester prior to open text implementation.  Other schools have also seen positive results. The Virginia State University business school saw 30-40% higher GPAs in their OER pilot program. Read more about these and other outcomes here.

For an extensive list of articles and other resources, take a look at the ALG’s OER Research Collection.

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Cambridge v. Becker (Copyright Lawsuit) Ruling – Updated

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the long-running copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of electronic reserves.  The court reversed the decision of the District Court, and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision is here.

News of and commentary on the decision is beginning:

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Lecture: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”

cover, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesOn Wednesday, October 22, historian and activist Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will give a lecture on “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” Co-sponsored by SPEAK, BlackOUT, Faces of Feminism, GSU’s Special Collections and Archives, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Association of Historians at GSU, this talk will take place from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm in the Special Collections’ Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In her recent book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014; on order), Dunbar-Ortiz reframes the way we understand the past and present. Her bottom-up history of US expansion reveals how Native Americans have actively, continuously and creatively resisted displacement, dispossession, and destruction. Dunbar-Ortiz challenges us to imagine a better future. (From event flyer). Following years of activism throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s, Dunbar-Ortiz went on to teach in the Native American Studies program at California State University Hayward (now California State University East Bay) for many years, and has been actively committed to international human rights since joining the American Indian Movement and the International Indian Treaty Council in 1974 . For more information about Dunbar-Ortiz, see her website.

The GSU Library has just acquired access to the digital collection “The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism,” available to GSU affiliates through Archives Unbound (under “A” in the Databases A-Z list; go to “Your Collections” and scroll through holdings information).

Ortiz-Dunbar is also the author of the following:

This event is free and open to public. For more information, please contact Andy Reisinger of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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CENCIA, School of Music Host “Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt” Concert

On Thursday, October 16, Georgia State’s School of Music, in collaboration with Elysium Between Two Continents and CENCIA will present a concert featuring the works of composer Viktor Ullmann.

Ullmann was an accomplished musician and composer who lived in various parts of Europe during the early 1900s. In 1942, Ullmann was captured by the Nazis and sent to the Terezín concentration camp. Although he remained musically active, composing numerous works while imprisoned, Ullmann was never freed. In 1944, he was transferred to Auschwitz and killed in a gas chamber (Source: Grove Music Online).

You can listen to many of Ullmann’s compositions through the Library’s subscription to Naxos Music Library streaming audio database. Ullmann and his music are also discussed in the book Music in Terezín 1941–1945.

Full details about the concert can be found on the CENCIA website.

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Twin Peaks to Return in 2016: Revisit All Things David Lynch

Last week, the entertainment world was abuzz with the news that the TV show Twin Peaks will return with a third season on Showtime in 2016. Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, originally aired on ABC in the early 1990s.

Did you miss Twin Peaks the first time around? Or perhaps you want to celebrate the news by immersing yourself in everything Lynch-ian? The Library can help you out!

We have the original series (seasons 1 & 2) on DVD. These are available on Library North 1, in the Audiovisual Collection.

Call number (season 1): Video DVD PN1992.77 .T88 Season 1

Call number (season 2): Video DVD PN1992.77 .T88 Season 2 2007

We also have a number of Lynch’s other creations on DVD:

  • Eraserhead
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .E73 2001
  • Blue Velvet
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .B675 2000
  • Wild at Heart
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .W5333 2004
  • Mulholland Dr.
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997.2 .M864 2002

If this still isn’t enough Lynch for you, check out some of our books on Lynch and this quirky collection of commercials directed by Lynch. Between the Library’s books and DVDs, you should be completely prepared for season 3 in 2016!

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GSU Library eBook Workshop

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Are you interested in using eBooks offered through the GSU library?  A workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 15 from 2-3:30 in Library North, Classroom 1.

During the first half of the workshop, we will answer frequently asked questions.  We will also discuss various eBook features and how to access or download an eBook.  If you would like to bring your laptop or mobile device, stick around for the second half of the workshop where we help you set up your device.

Information about this and other workshops is available on the Fall 2014 Workshops guide.

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Primary Resources for Historical Research: Archives Unbound

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The Georgia State University community has access to 42 primary resource collections on Archives Unbound. The collections available focus primarily on 20th century issues and events especially related to African-American studies, civil rights, social justice and political history but also include radical history, Holocaust studies, labor and economic history, LGBT studies, environmental policy, and cinema studies.

Each collection is rich with documents such as FBI surveillance files, organizational records, personal archives and manuscripts, newspaper articles, transcriptions of wiretaps and more.

A full list of the collections for GSU researchers is available for browsing and searching. Below is a sample of what’s inside Archives Unbound:

  • “We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:”" Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
  • African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933-1947
  • FBI Surveillance of James Forman and SNCC
  • Hollywood, Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code, 1927-1968
  • Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s
  • The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993
  • The Mafia in Florida and Cuba: FBI Surveillance of Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante, Jr.
  • In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994

Two collections in Archives Unbound come from the Southern Labor Archives in the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives:

  • The Union Label and the Needle Trades: Records of the United Garment Workers of America
  • The Quest for Labor Equality in Household Work: National Domestic Workers Union, 1965-1979

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Strategic Diversity Talk: Dr. John F. Gates

Strategic diversity expert Dr. John F. Gatespresident and CEO of Campus Diversity Agenda, will be on GSU’s campus to deliver a talk, “The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice.”

October 8 (Wednesday)
Centennial Hall Auditorium
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Dr. Gates has been visiting campuses to create dialogues on race, gender, equality, affirmative action, microaggressions, unconscious biases, and LGBT engagement. He has been described as “America’s most insightful and transformational diversity thought-leader [for] blazing new trails in the practice of diversity and inclusion.” (NewYork Netwire)

Event flyer details here.

Learn more:

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Library Workshop: Teaching with Archival Sources

Morna Gerrard, GSU’s Women and Gender Collections Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s Studies Librarian, will be offering a workshop for faculty and graduate students on “Teaching with Archival Sources” from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 9 in the Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In this hands-on workshop for faculty and graduate students we will demonstrate an in-class exercise to show how primary sources can be utilized for a range of cross-disciplinary learning outcomes. The exercise will be based on materials from the GSU Special Collections and Archives’ reproductive rights collections, with an emphasis on attention to the language used in the items. We hope to demonstrate the value and usefulness of Special Collections resources to a wider range of departments. We invite you to attend as our “students”!

Information about this workshop is available at the Fall 2014 Workshops research guide, which also includes a link for registration via EventBrite (click here for direct link). Advance registration is requested if possible.

Please direct questions about this event to Jill Anderson or Morna Gerrard.

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