Fair Use Week

ARL-FairUseWeek-Logo-BlueThis week the University Library and the Law Library are celebrating national Fair Use Week, an annual recognition of the importance of Fair Use in copyright law.

What’s Fair Use?

Fair use is a vitally important part of copyright law. It allows the use of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner.

Fair use is the legal principle that allows us to legally quote, remix, make fun of, build on, and comment on other people’s copyrighted work. It’s essential to innovation, creativity, scholarship, and technological and scientific progress in many fields.

What’s Fair Use Week?

During the week of February 23-27, libraries, universities and other organizations concerned with freely sharing knowledge will be blogging and holding events all about fair use to spread public awareness.

What’s GSU doing for Fair Use Week?

Watch our blog this week to learn more about why fair use matters to you as a student or faculty researcher. We’re also presenting two programs:

Does Fair Use Really Work? An online presentation by Kevin Smith, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Director from Duke University Libraries. 2-3pm in Library classroom 2, second floor of Library North.

What kinds of content can I use in my course? Working within the law and BOR Policy. Presented by Gwen Spratt of GSU’s Legal Affairs office. 3-4pm in Urban Life room 170.

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Religious Studies Professor Co-edits Book

A Guide for Women in ReligionCongratulations to Dr. Monique Moultrie on the publication of her co-edited work A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A-Z (revised edition), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

From the publisher:

The Guide is a welcome companion for women in religious studies. From undergraduates to retired professors, this distilled wisdom of several generations of colleagues is an important book to have handy. Whether seeking a job, preparing for tenure, working at a non-profit organization, entering the publishing world, figuring finances, mentoring or being mentored, the reader will find just what she (or he—men find it useful too) needs to know. This volume reflects the diversity of women’s experiences, the range of opportunities, the pitfalls and promises of religious studies that span ministry, academia, and activism. It is a good investment for one’s future career and a welcome gift for students. This second edition is updated to reflect the rapidly changing field, especially technological innovations.

Recent publications by Dr. Moultrie available through the University Library, include:

After the Thrill is Gone: Married to the Holy Spirit but Still Sleeping Alone.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 33.1 (2011): 237-253.

New Perspectives On The Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Journal Of African American History 94.1 (2009): 92-96.

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Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 20th Anniversary Symposium

IWGSSLogoThe GSU Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in partnership with Faces of Feminism, BlackOUT, and SPEAK, announce their 20th Anniversary Symposium—Transforming Feminist Praxis and Scholarship: 40 Years of Struggle, 20 Years as an Institute, an all-day event taking place on Friday, March 6, in the Troy Moore Library.

The symposium will include three roundtable sessions, as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: WGSS: In the World: with speakers Elizabeth Beck, Chanel Craft Tanner, Yvette Upton, Sesali Bowen, Sumita Dutta, and Hira Mahmood
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: WGSS: Polemics and Possibilities: with speakers Kristyn Johnson, Alexis Okeke/Bonita Okonkwo, Veronica Delgado, Mandy Van Devan, Vanessa Faraj, and Faye Stewart
  • 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: WGSS: On the Edge: with speakers Amira Jarmakani, Lucas Power, Nathan Frisch, Juliana Ramirez, Sherah Faulkner, Susan Richmond

Following the roundtable, at 5:00 p.m., will be the Anne L. Harper Annual Lecture, “Feminism and Activist Research for Social Justice,” delivered by Janet Jakobsen, Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard.

Jakobsen’s teaching and research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, religion and politics, ethics, activism, and public policy. Her publications include:

The symposium and lecture will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015 in the Troy Moore Library (now located in Room 2343, 25 Park Place, 23rd Floor, on the Georgia State University campus. Parking is available for $7 in the T Deck, entrance located at 43 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303 (click here for directions). This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with questions about this event.

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Political Science Professor’s Book Named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine

The Puzzle of UnanimityCongratulations to Dr. Amy Steigerwalt whose coauthored book The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the United States Supreme Court (Stanford University Press, with Pamela Corley and Artemus Ward) was named a 2014 outstanding academic title by Choice Magazine.

From the publisher:

The U.S. Supreme Court typically rules on cases that present complex legal questions. Given the challenging nature of its cases and the popular view that the Court is divided along ideological lines, it’s commonly assumed that the Court routinely hands down equally-divided decisions. Yet the justices actually issue unanimous decisions in approximately one third of the cases they decide.

Drawing on data from the U.S. Supreme Court database, internal court documents, and the justices’ private papers, The Puzzle of Unanimity provides the first comprehensive account of how the Court reaches consensus. Pamela Corley, Amy Steigerwalt, and Artemus Ward propose and empirically test a theory of consensus; they find consensus is a function of multiple, concurrently-operating forces that cannot be fully accounted for by ideological attitudes. In this thorough investigation, the authors conclude that consensus is a function of the level of legal certainty and its ability to constrain justices’ ideological preferences.

Other publications by Dr. Steigerwalt include:

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Visualizing Human Origins on CURVE’s interactWall

CURVE’s visualization technology is helping researchers take a closer look at our origins. In an effort to understand “local climate dynamics relevant to the time periods and the regions where human evolutionary change took place” researchers are studying core samples taken from East Africa. (human origins drilling project) These core samples are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program. Dr. Dan Deocampo, Human Origins Program research team member and GSU Department of Geosciences Chair uses Corelyzer on the CURVE interactWall to analyze the Smithsonian’s Olorgesailie core sample from Kenya.

Dr. Deocampo analyzing the Smithsonian Institution’s Olorgesailie core on CURVE’s interactWall

Dr. Deocampo analyzing the Smithsonian Institution’s Olorgesailie core on CURVE’s interactWall

Commenting on CURVE’s visualization system, Deocampo notes, “This technology allows us to closely examine the sediment in detail while keeping the larger context – we’re literally looking through a window at the earth’s history millions of years ago. This is helping us understand how changing climate affects the environment, ecosystems, and organisms in Africa and around the globe.”

Read the full post on the CURVE site.

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New Database: PsycTESTS

psyctests2GSU Library is happy to report that we now have a subscription to a database indispensable to many disciplines including psychology, education, business, nursing, and many others:

PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration.

The American Psychological Association offers information, help pages, and online tutorials to help you get started using this database.

You can find the link to the database from the main library home page under the “Databases A-Z” list. Click on the letter “P” and scroll down to the link for PscyTESTS (EBSCO).

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Political Science Prof’s Book Named One of the Best of 2014

Wages of Oil Congratulations to Dr. Michael Herb. His book, The Wages of Oil: Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE (Cornell University Press), was named one of the best Middle East political science books of 2014 by Marc Lynch, contributor to the Monkey Cage blog published by the Washington Post.

From Cornell University Press:

The contrast between Kuwait and the UAE today illustrates the vastly different possible futures facing the smaller states of the Gulf. Dubai’s rulers dream of creating a truly global business center, a megalopolis of many millions attracting immigrants in great waves from near and far. Kuwait, meanwhile, has the most spirited and influential parliament in any of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies.

 In The Wages of Oil, Michael Herb provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies. The Gulf has seen enormous changes in recent years, and more are to come. Herb explains the nature of the changes we are likely to see in the future. He starts by asking why Kuwait is far ahead of all other Gulf monarchies in terms of political liberalization, but behind all of them in its efforts to diversify its economy away from oil. He compares Kuwait with the United Arab Emirates, which lacks Kuwait’s parliament but has moved ambitiously to diversify.

 This data-rich book reflects the importance of both politics and economic development issues for decision-makers in the Gulf. Herb develops a political economy of the Gulf that ties together a variety of issues usually treated separately: Kuwait’s National Assembly, Dubai’s real estate boom, the paucity of citizen labor in the private sector, class divisions among citizens, the caste divide between citizens and noncitizens, and the politics of land.

Dr. Herb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research interests focus on issues related to the Arab monarchies of the Gulf. He has written on the political consequences of oil wealth, on the relationship between taxation and democracy, and on how monarchism shapes the process of democratization.

Other publications by Dr. Herb include:

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Upcoming library workshop: What is your impact?

logoGoing up for promotion and/or tenure soon?   Need to identify researchers or journals by discipline?  Want to find out more about altmetrics?   In this workshop for Georgia State faculty and graduate students, Brenna Helmstutler will demo and discuss metric-based tools from library databases and other applications that will address these questions, and more.  Click here to register.

Date/Time/Location: Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 in Classroom 2, Library North 2nd floor.

 

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Faculty Research: Yu-Ping Chen, Physical Therapy Department

Yu-Ping ChenCongratulations to Dr. Yu-Ping Chen and her colleagues in the Georgia State University Department of Physical Therapy and the Center for Pediatric Locomotion Sciences on the recent publication:

Chen YP, Caldwell M, Dickerhoof E, Hall A, Odakura B, Morelli K, Fanchiang HC. Game Analysis, Validation, and Potential Application of EyeToy Play and Play 2 to Upper-Extremity Rehabilitation. Rehabil Res Pract. 2014.

Dr. Chen studies the effectiveness of novel physical therapy interventions in improving upper-extremity function in children with developmental disabilities, primarily in children with cerebral palsy and infants born prematurely who are at high risk of developing cerebral palsy.

Dr. Chen collaborates with Dr. Ayanna Howard at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines trying to develop an affordable virtual-reality game system called Super Pop VRTM.  With funding from the National Science Foundation and the Center for Transforming Pediatric Healthcare Delivery they are conducting clinical trials to examine the effects of virtual reality and robotic therapy to train arm function in children with cerebral palsy.

Other publications by Dr. Chen include the following:

Learn more about the use of virtual reality systems in healthcare with these books at the Georgia State University Library.

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Political Science Professor to Present Lecture on Conflict Resolution

Jennifer McCoy Dr. Jennifer McCoy will present a lecture entitled “Bridging the Divide: Creating Dialogue Amid Polarization and Conflict” on Thursday, February 5. Her talk is part of the University’s Women Inspire lecture series, which celebrates the achievement of Georgia State University women.

Dr. McCoy is a professor in the Department of Political Science, the interim director of Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute, and a long-time director of the Carter Center’s Americas program. She is a specialist on democratization, international collective defense of democracy, mediation and conflict prevention, election processes and election observation, and Latin American politics. Her current research projects include a USAID Research and Innovation grant on The Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in the Colombian Peace Process; a study of best practices in combatting campaign inequity and incumbent electoral advantage in Latin America;  explaining the changing norm of international election monitoring; and  assessing the effectiveness of international dialogue efforts in Venezuela.

The lecture will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5 in the auditorium in Centennial Hall at 100 Auburn Ave. See the Women Inspire website for additional information.

Recent publications by Dr. McCoy include:

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