GSU Sociology Prof’s Book earns “Outstanding Academic Title”

KatiesBookChoiceCongratulations to GSU Sociology Professor Katie Acosta!  Her book, Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family, which “explores the experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas and how these women negotiate family,” won a place on Choice Magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014″ list.

Also check out these other publications by Dr. Acosta:

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CURVE Workshop on Doing Qualitative Research

The Logics and Logistics of Qualitative Research: A Framework for Exploring Concepts, Dimensions, and Relationships in Qualitative Data using NVivo Research Software

Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-HobaughWorkshop Leaders: Dr. Ralph LaRossa and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh

When: Wednesday, February 25, 11:00am-12:30pm – REGISTER HERE

Where: CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment), Library South 2nd Floor

In this workshop, Dr. Ralph LaRossa, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Dr. Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh, Librarian Associate Professor for Sociology, Gerontology, & Data Services, will present both the theoretical-methodological “logics” and the applied-methodological “logistics” of conducting qualitative data analysis (i.e., non-statistical analysis of textual, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual sources).  Dr. LaRossa will discuss the steps involved in building theoretically-rich qualitative analyses.   Dr. Swygart-Hobaugh will outline the specific features of NVivo qualitative research software that complement and facilitate these analyses.   There also will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

This workshop will be especially helpful for faculty and graduate students who are immersed – or about to be immersed – in a qualitative project and would like an overview on how to do qualitative analysis and how to use NVivo in the process.  Those interested in publishing qualitative work and/or applying for grants based on qualitative work will also find it helpful.

Questions?  Email Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh at

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Science Reads of 2014

Photo of three stacked books.

Photo courtesy of ginnerobot on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Looking for some non-assigned reading? Want to learn something new? Try one of these science books published in the last year; each has been featured on a list of best books or best science books of 2014 from publications such as the New York Times and Wired magazine. To see more lists of the year’s best science books, visit Confessions of a Science Librarian and check GIL-Find for the books!

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GSU Women’s Collections Commemorate the Life of Dorothy Gibson-Ferrey

Donor and longtime friend to the University Library Women’s Collections, Dorothy Gibson-Ferrey passed away in late November, shortly after her 97th birthday.

Dorothy Wiggins Gibson-Ferrey was born in New London, Connecticut in 1917. She attended Southern Seminary (Buena Vista, VA), then moved to California with her mother and brother. Graduating from the University of San Diego, she married her first husband, a salesman for Coca Cola.  The couple lived in California and Texas before settling in Atlanta. In 1972, while Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia, Dorothy was elected as the first chair of the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women, having served on the board of the Fulton County Department of Children and Youth and the Georgia Committee on Crime and Delinquency. She was a member of Mayor Andrew Young’s Civilian Review Board from 1986 to 1989, and also served as a board member of the Council on Battered Women.

Dorothy donated her personal papers to the Women’s Collections’ Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives, and was interviewed for the Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project. An excerpt of the interview, in which she talks about her work with the Georgia Commission on Women, can be accessed here, or via the GSU Library’s Digital Collections.  Along with her friend and fellow women’s rights activist, Margaret Miller Curtis, Dorothy Gibson-Ferrey co-established Our Mother’s Fund, an endowment that supports a graduate assistantship for a GSU student to work in the Special Collections Department with the Women’s Collections archivist. Honoring Dorothy’s commitment to women’s issues and to the University Library Women’s Collections, her family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Our Mother’s Fund.

We thank Dorothy for her commitment to making the lives of women and girls better, and we thank her family for reinforcing that commitment. To make a donation to Our Mother’s Fund, please contact Margaret Park Mathews at or 404-413-3487.

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New Nursing Faculty Publications

The Faculty of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions have several new publications.  These publications are available in full-text through the GSU Library and include:

Kresak, K. E., Gallagher, P. A., & Kelley, S. J. (2014). Grandmothers raising grandchildren with disabilities: Sources of support and family quality of life. Journal Of Early Intervention, 36(1), 3-17.

Plitnick, Katherine R. (2014). Coronary artery bypass graftingNursing Critical Care, 9(6), 32-37.

Sims, T. (2014). Addressing health concerns of pregnant African American women using the lens of complexity theory. Creative Nursing, 20(4), 258-264

Wilmoth, M. C., & Shapiro, S. E. (2014). The intentional development of nurses as leaders: a proposed framework. The Journal Of Nursing Administration, 44(6), 333-338.

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Did you know today (December 15) is Bill of Rights Day?

Bill of Rights - original document - image

Authorized and requested to do so by Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt on November 27, 1941, issued Proclamation 2524, establishing December 15 as “Bill of Rights Day,” which “provide[d] for the proper observance of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the first ten amendments to the Constitution” (H.R.J. Res. 120, p. 665).  Calling the Bill of Rights “the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity” (1941, para. 3), President Roosevelt observed:

“It is fitting that the anniversary of its adoption should be remembered by the Nation which…has enjoyed the immeasurable privileges which that charter guaranteed: the privileges of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the free right to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

It is especially fitting that this anniversary should be remembered and observed by those institutions of a democratic people which owe their very existence to the guarantees of the Bill of Rights: the free schools, the free churches, the labor unions, the religious and educational and civic organizations of all kinds which, without the guarantee of the Bill of Rights, could never have existed; which sicken and disappear whenever, in any country, these rights are curtailed or withdrawn.” (Roosevelt, 1941, para. 4-5)

Want to observe Bill of Rights Day by reading about the triumphs and challenges these treasured principles have endured these past 223 years?  Check out these resources at the University Library and the College of Law Library – click on the Amendment to run Subject searches in our GIL-Find Catalog:

James Madison, Author of the Bill of Rights

James Madison, Author of the Bill of Rights

  • 1st Amendment – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • 2nd Amendment – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • 3rd Amendment – No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
  • 4th Amendment – The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • 5th Amendment – No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
  • 6th Amendment – In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence [sic].
  • 7th Amendment – In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
  • 8th Amendment – Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • 9th Amendment – The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
  • 10th Amendment – The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

And also check out the Bill of Rights Institute website – while geared toward K-12 students, the interactive games “Are They Watching You?”  and “Life Without the Bill of Rights?” are still enlightening.


H.R.J. Res. 120, 77th Cong., 55 Stat. 665 (1941).

Roosevelt, F.D. (1941, November 27). Proclamation 2524 – Bill of Rights Day. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. Retrieved from

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Atlanta Constitution: More Full-Text Added!

The Georgia State University community can now access and search the full-text of the Atlanta Constitution online from 1868-1984! Previously, online full-text content for the Atlanta Constitution was only available from 1868-1946.

Atlanta Journal Constitution photographer Hugh Stovall, Atlanta, Georgia. AJCP573-013a, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

The University Library provides access to the historic Atlanta Constitution on the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform. The library also makes other historic newspapers available on ProQuest such as the New York Times (1851-2010), Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), and Chicago Defender (1910-1975),

For more information on the library’s historical newspaper holdings, visit the Historical Newspapers research guide.

In addition, the University Library Special Collections and Archives houses the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive which contains over five million images from the newspaper’s photo morgue.

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New Faculty Publication: Nervous Systems and Control of Behavior

Crustacean Nervous Systems and Their Control of BehaviorCongratulations to Dr. Charles Derby, of the Neuroscience Institute, on the publication of his co-edited book Nervous Systems and Control of Behavior, volume 3 of the The Natural History of Crustacea series.

From the publishers’ website:

Crustacean Nervous Systems and their Control of Behavior is the third volume of the series The Natural History of the Crustacea. This volume is on the functional organization of crustacean nervous systems, and how those nervous systems produce behavior. The volume has three sections that build progressively on each other. The first section is on the basic organizational features of the crustacean nervous system and the principles upon which it is built. The second section is on sensory ecology – the organization of each sensory system and how it is used in intra- and interspecific interactions, within an ecological context. The third section uses case studies of how crustacean nervous systems are organized to perform complex behaviors and interactions, such as walking, escape, social interactions, and memory and learning. Taken together, the 20 chapters synthesize our modern understanding of the neural control of behavior in crustaceans, based on the most recent technologies in physiological recording, molecular biology, and computational science. This volume will be useful to students and researchers as a concise summary of current knowledge of crustacean neuroscience.

Professor Derby is a Regents Professor of Neuroscience and Biology at Georgia State University who studies how animals use sensory information in solving life’s challenges, such as finding high-quality food, identifying mates, and avoiding predators. His focus has been the chemical senses of decapod crustaceans, especially spiny lobsters, clawed lobsters, and brachyuran crabs.

He is also the author of the following articles:

Derby, C.D. 2014. Cephalopod ink: production, chemistry, functions and applications. Marine Drugs 12: 2700-2730.

Kamio, M., M. Schmidt, M.W. Germann, J. Kubanek, and C.D. Derby. 2014. The smell of moulting: N-acetylglucosamino-1,5-lactone is a moulting biomarker and candidate courtship signal in the urine of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  J. Exp. Biol. 217: 1286-1296

Tadesse, T., C.D. Derby, and M. Schmidt. 2014. Mechanisms underlying odor-induced and spontaneous calcium signals in olfactory receptor neurons of spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus. J. Comp. Physiol. A 200: 53-76.

Derby, C.D., M. Tottempudi, T. Love-Chezem, and L.S. Wolfe. 2013. Ink from longfin inshore squid, Doryteuthis pealeii, as a chemical and visual defense against two predatory fishes, summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, and sea catfish, Ariopsis felis. Biol. Bull. 225: 152-160.

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Please Support the GSU Library!

Georgia State University’s Giving Day 2014 is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign that encourages university alumni, students, employees and friends from around the world to give back and support their favorite areas.

Please support the University Library on Giving Day, Thursday, November 13 by making a gift at and selecting Georgia State University Library under “Designation”.

The University Library is the heart and soul of the Georgia State University campus.  On an average day during the semester, 7,000 people enter the library.   During fall semester, it is not unusual for more 10,000 people to enter.  Based on 2013 fall enrollment, over 50% of enrolled students visited the library at least once during the semester.

The library is a place where great work happens.  Our workspaces, collections and technology are focused on supporting the collaborative and individual work that is at the core of 21st century teaching, learning and research styles.

Your donation, in any amount, will help us to continue to provide innovative spaces, services, technology, and collections that are critical to student learning and faculty and student research and scholarship.

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Copyright Lawsuit Update

On Friday, November 7 both parties in the ongoing lawsuit filed petitions with the 11th Circuit Court following the court’s ruling on October 24. The Appellant publishers filed a petition for rehearing en banc and the Appellee university filed a petition for panel rehearing only.

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