Symposium on “The Ethics of Police Tactics”

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The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics will hold a symposium on “The Ethics of Police Tactics” to be held on Monday, November 10, 1:30-2:45 in the Lanier Suite of the Student Center.

Panelists include Jennifer Baker, professor of philosophy, College of Charleston, and Georgia State University criminology professors Mary Finn and Josh Hinkle.

In light of recent clashes in Ferguson, MO, and elsewhere, the proper role of the police is of special importance and controversy. Our panelists will consider recent trends in policing and how reflecting on the tools and principles of ethics can help us to understand the proper role and limits of policing in a free society. Among the big themes will be the militarization of police and recent clashes with civilians.

The police force is one of the most important and visible parts of the state. We depend on it to maintain order and keep us safe. But we sometimes worry about how the police should interact with civilians and what tools should be at their disposal. The challenges they face are serious and deadly. Figuring out how to balance our concerns with safety, order, and justice is no easy matter. Having this discussion can help improve our understanding of these challenges and advance the conversation about what justifies and limits what the police may do.

To learn more, check out some of the following books available in the University Library:

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Lecture: Prof. Lela Urquhart, “The Politics of Religious Expression in Ancient Magna Graecia

The Georgia State University Center for Hellenic Studies announces a lecture titled “The Politics of Religious Expression in Ancient Magna Graecia” by Prof. Lela Urquhart of the Department of History, on Monday, November 10 at 4:30 pm.

In antiquity, long before the days of polling, campaign attack ads, and social media, one of the main outlets for politicking was religion. Starting in the eighth century BCE, Aegean Greeks used sanctuaries as central gathering places for the communal display of wealth, communal feasting and elite competition. For the people of ancient Magna Graecia—that is, the regions of south Italy and Sicily—sanctuaries became especially significant monuments of political expression due to the unique circumstances of Greek colonization. In this lecture, Dr. Urquhart will consider the ways in which religious ideology and practice were manipulated by different communities in Magna Graecia as they negotiated the new socio-political circumstances brought on by colonization. (from promotional email)

Both an archaeologist and a historian, Prof. Urquhart’s research focuses on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean basin, with a primary concentration on Greek and Phoenician colonization during the Archaic and Classical periods. Urquhart was a Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in 2008-2009 and a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome in 2009-2010. She has excavated in North Carolina, Sicily, Crete, and Israel and was an assistant director of the Monte Polizzo Archaeological Project in Salemi (TP), Sicily. Prof. Urquhart is also the author of “Competing Traditions in the Historiography of Ancient Greek Colonization in Italy,” published in the Journal of the History of Ideas 75, no. 1 (January 2014): 23-44.

The lecture will begin at 4:30pm on Monday, November 10 in the New Troy Moore Library, on the 23rd floor at 25 Park Place (the old Sun Trust building) on the Georgia State University campus.

There will be food and refreshments served before and after the lecture; this event is free and open to the public.

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New Faculty Publication: Sainthood and Race

Congratulations to Molly Bassett, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies on the publication of her co-edited book Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh published by Routledge.

From the publisher’s website:

In popular imagination, saints exhibit the best characteristics of humanity, universally recognizable but condensed and embodied in an individual. Recent scholarship has asked an array of questions concerning the historical and social contexts of sainthood, and opened new approaches to its study. What happens when the category of sainthood is interrogated and inflected by the problematic category of race?

Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh explores this complicated relationship by examining two distinct characteristics of the saint’s body: the historicized, marked flesh and the universal, holy flesh. The essays in this volume comment on this tension between particularity and universality by combining both theoretical and ethnographic studies of saints and race across a wide range of subjects within the humanities. Additionally, the book’s group of emerging and established religion scholars enhances this discussion of sainthood and race by integrating topics such as gender, community, and colonialism across a variety of historical, geographical, and religious contexts. This volume raises provocative questions for scholars and students interested in the intersection of religion and race today.

Other works by Dr. Bassett available through the University Library:

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Founders Lecture: Daniel Ellsberg

Writer, lecturer, and activist Daniel Ellsberg—best known for his involvement in the Pentagon Papers trial in 1971—will be at Georgia State University to deliver the founders lecture:

Watergate to Snowden: The Assault on Privacy in America
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Location: Centennial Hall Auditorium (100 Auburn Ave. NE)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

The talk is hosted by the Honors College and is in recognition of past Honors Program director and Georgia State Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success and Vice Provost Dr. Tim Renick. Co-sponsors are the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR), College of Arts and Sciences, and University Library.

In the 1970s, Ellsberg, a military analyst with top-secret security clearances, released the Pentagon Papers, detailing the secret history of the Vietnam War. This was the biggest national security leak in U.S. history prior to recent events surrounding WikiLeaks. Ellsberg copied the report and sent it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. Although he was indicted for stealing government documents, the case was dismissed because of government misconduct. Ellsberg, who opposed the Vietnam War, said he leaked the papers because he felt the public had a right to know what the government was doing.

Ellsberg is a senior fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of three books, all available at GSU Library:

And available on DVD:

Image credit: Daniel Ellsberg | CC BY_NC 2.0

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Undergrad Social Sciences Researchers – Apply for an ICPSR Undergraduate Internship!

ICPSR logoICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) Summer Undergraduate Internship program students, under the supervision of faculty mentors, develop a social-sciences research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.  This program is great preparation for social-sciences capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities.

Applications are due January 31, 2015application requirements and more details about the program are available here.

Also learn more about all the data just waiting for your analysis – explore the ICPSR database of social-sciences secondary datasets!  And get some tips on how to explore what ICPSR has to offer by watching these helpful YouTube videos.

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Textbook Transformation Grants Call for Proposals

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Affordable Learning Georgia has issued a call for proposals for their Textbook Transformation Grants.  The grants support the adoption of low-cost or no cost course materials. This is the second round of Textbook Transformation grant opportunities; the first round resulted in the funding or 30 projects from 19 USG institutions for courses to be taught in Spring 2015. New or resubmitted/revised proposals are requested in four categories for courses to be taught in Summer 2015-Spring 2016. Categories 1-3 and 4 have different funding maximums and deadlines for submission. Please refer to the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants website for complete information.

Two information sessions on the Textbook Transformation Grants Round 2 RFP will be held on October 29 and 30 (details below).

Categories 1-3
– No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials
– OpenStax Textbooks
– Course Pack Pilots
Deadline for submission: November 30, 2014
Maximum award: $10,800
Semester of initial use in courses: Summer 2015 or Fall 2015

Category 4
– Transformations-at-Scale
This new category will address projects with large-scale impacts requiring more implementation time and/or larger teams. Proposals must address transformations producing one or more of the following large-scale impacts: specific course across multiple sections, multiple courses across multiple sections, department-wide, or multi-institution.
Deadline for submission: December 8, 2014
Maximum award: $30,000
Semester for initial use in courses: Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.

Information Sessions
Two webinars for RFP review and Q and A will be held on October 29 and 30, 2014:

October 29, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
To attend this meeting, click the link below:
Meeting number: 644 219 649
Meeting password: ALGGRANTS

October 30, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
To attend this meeting, click the link below:
Meeting number: 642 588 557
Meeting password: ALGGRANTS

Download Call for Proposals (PDF)
Download Proposal Form (Word)
Download Proposal Evaluation Rubric (PDF)

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.


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Author Rights and Scholarly Publishing

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When you write an article (or book, book chapter, etc.), the copyright to that work belongs to you.  However, when you publish an article you usually will get a “Publication Agreement” or “Copyright Transfer Agreement.”  You’re so excited your work is getting published that you just sign it and send it back, right? In most cases, when you do that you are transferring your copyright to the publisher, and you can no longer exercise the exclusive rights you had as the copyright owner.

Without those rights, you can no longer share copies of you work, use it in your teaching, authorize translations, or display the work publicly on your website, ResearchGate,, or ScholarWorks.

Even if you signed a publication agreement, there are still several ways that you can legally place these items into ScholarWorks:

  • You retained the right to post your work by editing or amending the Publication or Copyright Transfer Agreement
  • The agreement explicitly let you retain that right
  • You published in an open access journal that did not ask for a copyright transfer
  • You or the library asked the publisher (copyright owner) for permission after the rights were transferred

How can you keep your rights as a copyright owner? See if the publisher of your work will accept a first publication right to publish your work, instead of a transfer of copyright, or otherwise give you broader control over your own work.  SPARC has a standard author addendum you can use. One of the issue areas of the Authors Alliance is managing author rights. Be sure to watch the video discussion with Professor Michael W. Carroll about using an author addendum, and for further information about authors and copyright, visit their FAQ.

If you have questions about what material can be placed into ScholarWorks, contact


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Open Access and Altmetrics

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Altmetrics are defined by as “the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.”   The use of altmetrics in assessing researcher impact is emerging as a potential alternative or supplement to the traditional bibliometrics of citation counts and impact factor.   Altmetrics data include mentions, discussions and downloads within online platforms such as social media outlets, institutional repositories, and discipline-based networks.   Using altmetrics to inform online impact tends to be more immediate and visible than citation counts from journal articles, which can take years to develop and are often restricted to subscribers.  The immediacy and visibility factor is especially advantageous for new faculty and graduate students in building scholarly impact.

Open access platforms are increasingly offering altmetrics as a way to capture the impact of the various works included.  ScholarWorks, Georgia State’s institutional repository, includes downloads and views of each work submitted by authors.  This information is tracked and emailed to the author each month.   All of the content in ScholarWorks is accessible from search engines such as Google,  which increases visibility and in turn, potential impact.

The following are two examples of open access websites with altmetrics features:

  • an international network of researchers from all disciplines. Researchers can set up a profile, upload works, and follow researchers with similar research interests at no cost.   Altmetric features include downloads and views.
  • BioMedCentral: a publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals, this site includes several altmetric designations such as “highly accessed”, “highly cited”, etc.   In addition, full-time faculty at GSU can apply to publish in a BioMed Central journal at no cost.  There is also a link to search all GSU-authored articles.

For more information on open access and altmetrics:

Mounce, R.  (2013).  Open access and altmetrics : Distinct but complementary. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Society and Technology, 39 (4), 14-17.

Pasquini, L.A., Wakefield, J.S., & Roman, T.  (2014).  Impact factor: Early career research and digital scholarship.   TechTrends, 58 (6), 12-13.

Piwowar, H., & Priem, J. (2013). The power of altmetrics on a CV.  Bulletin of the American Society for Information Society and Technology, 39 (4), 10-13.

Scholarly Impact Tools LibGuide





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National Day on Writing

If you were wondering what was going on yesterday on the Library Plaza, it was the celebration of the National Day on Writing sponsored by the Georgia State University English Department.  What is National Day on Writing? It’s a United States Senate-approved annual celebration of literacy in all of its forms. Eleven tables in Georgia State University’s courtyard  represented different literacy organizations here on campus (the Library, the Writing Studio, Five Points, etc.). Each organization had its own literacy activity.  Visitors to the Library’s table were asked to write why they write on a post-it note and put it on the poster. Here’s a sample of some of the submissions: “Writing helps in self-discovery”, “Writing is the best way to express imagination”, “Writing is your way out”, “Grammar is hard but reading and writing are fun!”, “Writing is rad!”, and “I hope to be the next Neil Gaiman”.

The Library can help you with your writing with the following resources:

  • Expert assistance with a staff of professional librarians who specialize in researching specific subjects such as the arts and humanities, health sciences, business and more.
  • Research materials including millions of scholarly resources in print and online.
  • Tablets, laptops, and other technologies available for short-term or multi-day loan.
  • Distraction free zones for reading and writing such as study rooms, the coffee shop, and quiet study areas on the fifth floor.

The Library has guides to help you write such as the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and the Everyday Writer. If you need help editing you paper after you complete your research, schedule an appointment with the Writing Studio or use their Write Chat online help. If English is not your first language, the Applied Linguistics & ESL Department’s Intensive English Program offers ESL Tutoring. Our goal is to help you succeed. We are here to help!

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Why does Open Access matter to undergrads?

OA Doge courtesy Elizabeth Lieutenant, CC by-nc-sa

If you’ve been following our posts about Open Access (OA) research this week, you may think that this is just an issue that matters to professors and librarians.

OA – the movement that’s making scholarly articles and other publications available online for free, with no restrictions – is vitally important to undergraduate researchers too. Here’s why:

  • Open Access articles are easy to obtain for your papers. You don’t have to be logged in to the university’s network, you don’t have to follow the “Find It @GSU” trail, and you don’t have to wait for an interlibrary loan request if we don’t have it: if you’re online, you can get it immediately.
  • It helps your professors teach you. OA publications give your faculty a wider variety of sources to use in class, and broaden the scope of what they can cover in your courses without running into copyright restrictions.
  • It saves the library and the university money. University library budgets are tight all over the country, and GSU’s is no exception. Journal subscriptions are expensive – very, very expensive. OA journals are available free to the library (or to anyone else in the world who wants to do research). The more journals that are available for free via open access, the more money we have for other services and research tools.
  • When you publish your work OA, you can show it off. The university publishes lots of work by undergraduates as open access in our ScholarWorks repository, from honors theses to the journal Discovery. It’s easy for these student authors to share links to their work in job applications or portfolios since anyone can access it. Sharing your work via OA makes it much more likely that others will see and appreciate it.

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