Textbook Transformation Grants Call for Proposals Rounds 3-5

ALG Featured Textbook: http://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/introduction-to-sociology-2e

ALG Featured Textbook: http://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/introduction-to-sociology-2e

Affordable Learning Georgia has issued a call for proposals for their Textbook Transformation Grants here.  The grants support the adoption of low-cost or no cost course materials. This is the rounds 3-5 of Textbook Transformation grant opportunities. So far, these grants have been successful in saving students in the University of Georgia system over $1,000,000 per year. With rounds 3-5 of the textbook transformation grants, we are continuing our efforts to save students money and to increase student success.

 Funding Categories:

Two levels of funding are available (Single Course: $10,800 or Multiple Sections/Courses/Department-Wide:  $30,000) in three categories of projects (No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials, OpenStax Textbooks, and Specific Top 50 Lower Division Courses).


The RFP addresses three rounds of grants with rolling deadlines:

  • Round 3: May 31, 2015
  • Round 4: September 7, 2015
  • Round 5: December 15, 2015

 Webinars for Review and Q&A:

For each round, there will be at least one open-invitation webinar to review the RFP, the online submission process, and address any questions.
Register Now for the Round 3 Webinar for RFP Review and Q&A Thursday, May 21, 2015, 4:00pm.

If you are an instructor here at GSU who is interested in the Textbook Transformation Grants, please contact your Library Coordinator, Denise Dimsdale, 404-413-2842 or your Campus Champion, George Pullman, 404-413-5854 for assistance or for more information.

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New Book by Political Science Professor Lakeyta Bonnette

Pulse of the PeopleCongratulations to Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette on the publication of her recent book Pulse of the People: Political Rap Music and Black Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press).

From the publisher:

Hip-Hop music encompasses an extraordinarily diverse range of approaches to politics. Some rap and Hip-Hop artists engage directly with elections and social justice organizations; others may use their platform to call out discrimination, poverty, sexism, racism, police brutality, and other social ills. In Pulse of the People, Lakeyta M. Bonnette illustrates the ways rap music serves as a vehicle for the expression and advancement of the political thoughts of the urban Black community, a population frequently marginalized within American society and alienated from electoral politics.

Pulse of the People lays a foundation for the study of political rap music and public opinion research and demonstrates ways in which political attitudes asserted in the music have been transformed into direct action and behavior of constituents. Bonnette examines the history of rap music and its relationship to and extension from other cultural and political vehicles within Black America, presenting criteria for identifying the specific subgenre of music that is political rap. She complements the statistics of rap music exposure with lyrical analysis of rap songs that espouse Black Nationalist and Black Feminist attitudes. Touching on a number of critical moments in American racial politics—including the 2008 and 2012 elections and the cases of the Jena 6, Troy Davis, and Trayvon Martin—Pulse of the People makes a compelling case for the influence of rap music in the political arena and greatly expands our understanding of the ways political ideologies and public opinion are formed.

Dr. Bonnette, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests include popular culture, political behavior, black women and politics, political attitudes, African-American politics, political psychology and public opinion.

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New Digital Collection: Works Progress Administration Maps of Atlanta

Digital Library Services is pleased to announce a newly published digital collection: the Works Progress Administration of Georgia Atlanta Maps. The collection contains over 950 maps from several map series documenting Atlanta in the late 1930s. These include the 1940 Report of the Real Property, Land Use, and Low Income Housing Area Survey of metropolitan Atlanta, a 1936-1938 Atlanta Cadastral Survey, and a partially incomplete series of Fulton County land use maps from 1937-1940.

atlpp0226_084, Works Progress Administration of Georgia Atlanta Maps, Georgia State University

Map from the 1940 Real Property Survey of Metropolitan Atlanta, showing substandard housing units

The 1940 Real Property Survey is highly detailed. Its maps include information about commercial and residential land use, conditions of housing structures, population density, demographic information about tenants, percentages of owner vs. renter occupation of property, and more.

The Atlanta Cadastral Survey is housed in the City of

Atlanta Cadastral Survey map, Tax District 7 (Reynoldstown)

Atlanta Cadastral Survey map, Tax District 7 (Reynoldstown)

Atlanta Department of Watershed Management’s map collection, and was made publicly available through a partnership between the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management and Georgia State University Library. The maps from the Atlanta Cadastral Survey represent 16 tax districts within the city. The maps from each tax district are accompanied by an index sheet and a legend. These detailed maps portray built environment features such as width of streets, sidewalk material, undeveloped streets, and much more.


Fulton County Land Use Map

The Fulton County land use maps were created by the WPA and the Fulton County Planning Commission. All 21 of these maps have been georeferenced and can be viewed as map overlays. These hand colored maps depict land use across Fulton County.  Unfortunately, there is no known index for these maps. So while the various colors represent different land uses, exactly what the land uses are will require some creative research. Many of these maps contain hand-written notes that provide more information about selected parcels.

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Interlibrary Loan Authentication Changes on May 28th

LibraryStock08ps_forILLThe process to log in to ILLiad, the interlibrary loan system, will change on Thursday, May 28th. While you currently use your Library ID to authenticate, on May 28th you will begin using your campus ID and password. This change will make ILLiad authentication more secure and reliable.

We expect this change to be seamless for most people. The first time you log in with your campus ID and password, you should be able to see your current requests, electronically delivered articles, and account history.

After we switch login methods, faculty members who want to allow assistants access to their ILLiad accounts will be able to request proxy accounts in addition to their personal accounts. Usernames and passwords for proxy accounts can then be shared with anyone of the faculty member’s choosing. To request a proxy account, or if you have any questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at libill@gsu.edu or (404) 413-2790.

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REAXYS Training

REAXYSA representative for REAXYS will be at GSU to hold a training session on this database, on Wednesday, May 6th at 2pm, in CURVE (Library South, 2nd floor).

This event is open to any interested in learning how to better search and use this database.

REAXYS is a web-based chemistry database comprised of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, react and synthesis information, and bibliographic data.

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Speaker: African American Working Class Politics in Sunbelt Atlanta

 Sanitation workers strike supporters marching in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, March 28, 1970. Tom Coffin Photographs [V003-700328-B22]

Sanitation workers strike supporters marching in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, March 28, 1970. Tom Coffin Photographs [V003-700328-B22]

Join us in Georgia State University’s Department of History for Seth LaShier’s upcoming talk based on research for his in-progress dissertation, “Reimagining Work and Race: African American Working Class Politics in Sunbelt Atlanta.” LaShier, a PhD candidate at George Washington University, is an awardee of the 2014 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History which is sponsored by the Southern Labor Archives. His research focus is on race, class, and capitalism in US History.

      DATE: Monday, May 4, 2015

      LOCATION: 25 Park Place, Room 2150 (Department of History)

      TIME: 12:30pm

LaShier’s “research will investigate the politics of African American workers in Atlanta in the 1960s and 1970s. Specifically…[to] show how these workers’ beliefs, values, and practices at the workplace changed and how these alterations manifested themselves politically, at the workplace and in the larger political arena.

“In recent years, historians have found class politics to be central to understanding the civil rights movement and rise of black political power in the city, as well as the rise of color-blind, meritocratic-obsessed conservatives in the Atlanta suburbs. According to these histories, the urban low-wage African American worker often represented the “other” that the white and black middle classes defined themselves against. Yet, these workers, who frequently worked in service industries, lack their own history, particularly as it relates to their changing world of work. In focusing on Atlanta’s black working class in my dissertation, [LaShier] seek[s] to uncover areas of agreement and conflict, compromise and resistance over ideologies and practices of race and work that helped shape this Sunbelt city. Work and race, always closely entwined in American history, became a key point of contention over the transforming political culture and economy of this era.”

The deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History is May 15, 2015.

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New Resource: Washington Evening Star Historical Archive, 1852-1981

image, Evening Star mastheadGSU affiliates now have digital access to the Washington Evening Star Historical Archive, 1852-1981. Founded on December 16, 1852 and closing on August 7, 1981, the Evening Star covered over 130 years of American history from within Washington, DC.

From publisher’s information:

Until its demise in 1981, The Evening Star was universally regarded as the “paper of record” for the nation’s capital. Published under such titles as Washington Star-News and The Washington Star, this long-running daily afternoon paper was one of the highest profile publications in the nation. Founded in 1852, by the 1930s its coverage of national politics—including the daily activities of every branch of government–made it the nation’s number one paper in advertising revenue.

From its earliest years, the Star was a contrarian powerhouse, not afraid to buck Washington’s prevailing political winds. Prior to the Civil War, as abolitionists decried slavery in their own publications, the Star presented both sides of the debate. During the War itself, the Star’s excellent reporting increased its popularity; even today Civil War historians frequently cite Star articles at length. By the mid-20th century—a period marked by McCarthyism, landmark Civil Rights legislation and the beginning of the space race—the Star reached its zenith in local circulation and national influence. Between 1944 and 1981, Star writers, reporters and cartoonists accumulated 10 Pulitzer Prizes.

We have several other digital editions of major US newspapers available to GSU affiliates including:

For information about other historical newspapers available at the Georgia State University Library, check out our Historical Newspaper Holdings research guide.

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Visit the University Library for Free Exam Week Events!


A little break goes a long way during stressful study sessions. That’s why we’re offering fun distractions throughout the week, right here in the Library.

The University Library will be hosting the following events during finals week:


Monday 4/27
Student Innovation Fellowship Showcase & Information Session
12:00 – 1:00 p.m., CURVE
Hear from students and faculty who are currently engaged in the program about the innovative research projects and creative work completed this year.

Tuesday 4/28
The Rec Center Presents #GSUFIT
3:30 – 3:50 p.m., Library North Lobby
Boost your brainpower with a few minutes of cardio, led by a fitness instructor from the University Recreation Center.

Wednesday 4/29
Snack Break
3:30 p.m. – until supplies run out, Library North Lobby
Fuel your study session with a stop at our make-your-own-trail-mix bar.

Thursday 4/30
1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Library North Lobby
Wind down from a busy semester with this relaxing paper craft.

All events are open to current students with an active Campus ID.

*Thanks to Kaydee Wilson for this post.

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Tracing a History of Atlanta’s Public Transit

marta_sif_projectWith MARTA expanding into Clayton County and the agency now resting on a more sound financial footing thanks to efforts by Keith Parker, MARTA appears to be on an upswing. As the concept of transit oriented development gains momentum, more areas across metro Atlanta appear open to the benefits of transit, leading some to conclude that MARTA may expand further out across the region. However, since MARTA’s 1960s inception it was planned to be a far-reaching, regional transit system. In each decade since MARTA’s beginnings, the agency proposed routes that would have made MARTA a truly expansive system. A number of these proposed MARTA routes can now be visualized in Tracing a History of Atlanta’s Public Transit, a digital project by a team of Student Innovation Fellowship (SIF) students working in the University Library’s CURVE.

This SIF team gathered MARTA proposals from the library’s Planning Atlanta collection, located information from the Georgia Power streetcar system era, and collected material about the Atlanta Streetcar and the Atlanta Beltline. By tracing each proposed route, this team turned this information into geospatial data and created Tracing a History of Atlanta’s Public Transit, which clearly shows MARTA’s far-reaching intentions. As the state and the region begin to look more favorably on transit investment, this project aims to contribute to larger discussions taking place around the topic of public transit in Atlanta.

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New! More Subject Areas Added to Oxford Bibliographies Online

Oxford Bibliographies OnlineGood news! We’ve recently added four new subject areas to our Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) holdings. The new areas are:

  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Communication
  • Latin American Studies
  • Sociology

Each subject area within OBO presents in-depth background information (written by top experts) on major topics within the field, making OBO a great place to start your research. These new areas are in addition to the ones we got back in 2012, bringing our total number of areas in OBO up to 12!

To access OBO, click on the Discover tab on the Library homepage, then click on the letter “O” on the Databases by Name A-Z list and scroll down.

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