Summer Scholarly Impact Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students: Tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/24)

A general scholarly impact workshop relevant for faculty and graduate students from all disciplines will be held from 2:00-3:00pm on Tuesday, June 24th in Classroom 2.  Click here to register for the workshop.

The content of the workshop will focus on the tools’ features and usage, specifically metrics and altmetrics for activity such as:

  • Promotion and tenure applications
  • Assessment of scholarly impact for CV, annual evaluations
  • Identifying top researchers

Additional services available through the library’s Scholarly Impact Program include:

This emerging service addresses the library’s overall mission to support Georgia State University research and more specifically, one of its strategic initiatives: to use new, emerging, and established technologies to support the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students.


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Banzhaf and Ferraro Named Among Top 50 Authors in Environmental Economics

An article investigating the influence of articles, journals, authors and institutions in environmental and ecological economics during the years 2000-2009, a period of growing importance in the field, ranked Andrew Young School professors Paul J. Ferraro and Spencer Banzhaf among the top 50 authors in this field.

The article titled “Environmental and Ecological Economics in the 21st Century: An Age Adjusted Citation Analysis of the Influential Articles, Journals, Authors and Institutions” and published in Ecological Economics (May 2012), analyzes more than 6,500 studies from institutions and authors around the globe to produce its rankings.

Recent articles by Dr. Banzhaf:

Kroetz, K., Sanchirico, J. N., Armsworth, P. R., & Spencer Banzhaf, H. H. (2014). Benefits of the ballot box for species conservation. Ecology Letters, 17(3), 294.

Banzhaf, H. Spencer. (2013). On Fiscal Illusion in Local Public Finance: Re-Examining Ricardian Equivalence and the Renter Effect. National Tax Journal, 66(3), 511-540.

Banzhaf, H. Spencer, Fitzgerald, T., & Schnier, K. (2013). Nonregulatory Approaches to the Environment: Coasean and Pigouvian Perspectives. Review Of Environmental Economics & Policy, 7(2), 238-258.

Recent articles by Dr. Ferraro:

Fisher, Brendan, Andrew Balmford, Paul J. Ferraro, et al. 2014. “Moving Rio Forward and Avoiding 10 More Years with Little Evidence for Effective Conservation Policy.” Conservation Biology 28, no. 3: 880-882.

Ferraro, P. J., & Hanauer, M. M. (2014). Quantifying causal mechanisms to determine how protected areas affect poverty through changes in ecosystem services and infrastructure. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 111(11), 4332-4337.

Ferraro, P. J., & Miranda, J. (2014). The performance of non-experimental designs in the evaluation of environmental programs: A design-replication study using a large-scale randomized experiment as a benchmark. Journal Of Economic Behavior And Organization.

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Georgia Hidden Treasures

Johnny MercerAtlanta’s WSB-TV Georgia Hidden Treasures program will air a feature on The Johnny Mercer Collection housed in the Georgia State University Library on June 18th at 8:00pm on Channel 2. The feature includes information about the collection, and interviews with Johnny’s niece Joyce Pelphrey, biographer Glenn Eskew, and archivist Kevin Fleming.

View a preview of the feature here.

Questions about the popular music collection in the Special Collections and Archives should be directed to Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or

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Thomas Wins ASPA Best Book Award

The latest book by Professor John Clayton Thomas, Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management, was recently announced co-winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). “The SPAR Book Award Selection Committee unanimously praised the book as outstanding research,  high-quality writing, offering a significant and lasting contribution to the public administration literature, with strong impact on the practice of public administration,” ASPA wrote in its award notification. Thomas directs the master’s programs for the Department of Public Management and Policy.

Complete citation:

Thomas, John Clayton. Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2012.

This book has also been positively reviewed in these two publications:

Stephens, JB. “Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging The Public In Public Management.” Public Administration Review 73.3 (n.d.): 518-523.

Kwon, M. “Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging The Public In Public Management.” American Review Of Public Administration 42.6 (n.d.): 749-751.

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History Department Faculty in Conversation: The Carter Center, June 19, 2014

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum logoGeorgia State’s Department of History’s former instructor Mike O’Connor will be speaking on Thursday, June 19, at the Carter Center, in a conversation with David Sehat, an associate professor of history at Georgia State. O’Connor is the author of the recently published book A Commercial Republic: America’s Enduring Debate over Democratic Capitalism (on order), and Sehat is the author of the award-winning book The Myth of American Religious Freedom (2011).

From A Cappella Booksevent listing:

As recently as 2008, when Presidents Bush and Obama acted to bail out the nation’s crashing banks and failing auto companies, the perennial objection erupted anew: government has no business in … business. In a new book, Mike O’Connor argues that those who cite history to decry government economic intervention are invoking a tradition that simply does not exist. From its founding to the present day, our commercial republic has always mixed—and battled over the proper balance of—politics and economics.

About A Commercial Republic: Contesting the claim that the modern-day libertarian conception of U.S. political economy represents the “natural” American economic philosophy, Mike O’Connor demonstrates that this perspective has served historically as only one among many. Beginning with the early national debate over the economic plans proposed by Alexander Hamilton, continuing through the legal construction of the corporation in the Gilded Age and the New Deal commitment to full employment, and concluding with contemporary concerns over lowering taxes, this book demonstrates how the debate over government intervention in the economy has illuminated the possibilities and limits of American democratic capitalism.

The event will take place at the Carter Center, 441 Freedom Parkway, in Atlanta (directions here), at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 19, and will include a book signing. Books will be sold by A Cappella Books at the event. A Cappella’s event listing also includes information about purchasing signed copies even if you are unable to attend this event.

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Library Offering Digitization Services To Faculty, Staff, Grad Students

The Georgia State University Library is now making specialized digitization equipment services available to GSU faculty, staff, and graduate students. Oversize scanners, a digital camera, and players for a variety of audiovisual formats are available for creating content to support academic projects. Examples of projects these services will support include:

  • Digitizing items for use in classroom instruction
  • Digitizing items for use in presentations (conferences, job talks, etc.)
  • Reformatting obsolete audiovisual materials for preservation or research purposes
Digitization work will be performed by Library staff. Services are available by appointment only.

Bookeye scanner, located in Digital Library Services

Some equipment is located in the Digital Library Services department, and some is located in Special Collections and Archives. Please contact the appropriate department to discuss project details. Contact information and equipment details are available on the Specialized Library Equipment form.

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Back Issues of The Signal Now Online

Georgia State University Library is pleased to announce the completion of a very large and very important project. The Digital Projects Unit, working closely with Special Collections and Archives, has completed the digitization of The Signal, Georgia State University’s student newspaper. The digital collection includes The Signal’s previous incarnations The Technite, The Evening Signal, and The Junior Collegiate. The earliest issues were published in 1926.

This project began in October 2012. In about 20 total months of work, the entirety of the run held in the University Archives, 2,135 issues (34,456 pages), has been scanned, described with metadata, and uploaded to the Library’s Digital Collections for public viewing. Digital Projects will continue to upload issues periodically to keep the collection up-to-date.

The Signal, October 26, 1993

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New Publication by Religious Studies Professor Louis A. Ruprecht

Congratulations to Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies, on the publication of his recent book Classics at the Dawn of the Museum Era: The Life and Times of Antoine Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy (Palgrave Macmillan). In his new book Dr. Ruprecht examines the life, times, and work of the art historian and architectural theorist Quatremère (1755-1849).

From the publisher:

Antoine Chrysostome Quatremere de Quincy (1759-1849), arguably the foremost French classicist and art historian of the nineteenth century, is relatively little-known in English language scholarship. Three of his books were translated in the early nineteenth century, none in the twentieth century, and an important collection of two sets of open letters concerning museums, looting and repatriation was just published in 2012. Quatremère has been unfairly called ‘the French Winckelmann,’ a charge that sticks primarily because so little of his work has ever been translated. In fact, he shows us, not what apish imitation of Wincklemann’s Neoclassicism looked like in the nineteenth century, but rather what these two overlapping disciplines had become in the generation after Winckelmann. Quatremère was formed by three crucial developments that Winckelmann did not and could not know: the French Revolution and its aftermath; Hegelian aesthetics; and the establishment of the museum era in Europe. Quatremère also remained committed to his Roman Catholicism and to the secular values of the early Revolution; in this he is very different than Winckelmann, who converted to Catholicism just before moving to Rome, and who was, according to many who claimed to understand him best, really a ‘closeted pagan’ if he were anything at all. Quatremère wrote eloquently and with deep insight concerning his understanding of the compatibilities between the Classical and Christian vision, an issue that does not figure in Winckelmann’s more intentionally ‘profane’ musings. Ruprecht hopes to show that Quatremère’s true importance emerges only if we situate him in his own times, one generation after Winckelmann, in a very different, and a far more revolutionary and secularizing cultural moment.

Selected publications by Dr. Ruprecht available through the University Library include:

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BrowZine trial – use your tablet to browse scholarly journals

Do you have an iPad or an Android tablet? If so, the library has a trial of a new service and we would like your feedback.

Browzine is a browsable newsstand of the library’s journals. Easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your tablet device.

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With Browzine, you may:

  • Read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for iPad, Android, and Kindle devices
  • Create a personal bookshelf of your favorite journals
  • Be alerted when new issues are published
  • Easily save to ZoteroDropbox and other services

Our trial is active through the end of June.  Please test this app and let us know what you think.  Contact Tricia Clayton in Collection Development with your feedback.

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New Publication by Philosophy Professor Andrew J. Cohen

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew J. Cohen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, on the publication of his new book Toleration, published by Polity Press. In his book Dr. Cohen provides an analysis of what toleration is, what should be tolerated, and why toleration is important.

From the publisher:

Beginning with some key insights into what we mean by toleration, Cohen goes on to investigate what should be tolerated and why. We should not be free to do everything – murder, rape, and theft, for clear examples, should not be tolerated. But should we be free to take drugs, hire a prostitute, or kill ourselves? Should our governments outlaw such activities or tolerate them? Should they tolerate “outsourcing” of jobs or importing of goods or put embargos on other countries? Cohen examines these difficult questions, among others, and argues that we should look to principles of toleration to guide our answers. These principles tell us when limiting freedom is acceptable – that is, they indicate the proper limits of toleration. Cohen deftly explains the main principles on offer and indicates why one of these stands out from the rest.

Other recent works by Dr. Cohen include:

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