Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New DVDs mid-October

New Guest Login System

PHAROS is going away. We have a new system. It will appear on the Ref Desk computer desktops when you log in. It's called PC Reservation.

Creating a guest pass is fairly simple and there are several options to produce the pass itself.

First, click on ‘Make Guest Pass’

This will bring up the Print Guest Pass window. 
Choose the amount of guest passes to print and the printer to send them to. 
This will likely be *ONE*

Guest passes created last for one week or until they are used.

Once printed it will give you a 6-digit code that the visitor will take to one of the two computers outside Pat's office. 

Note: The 2 computers outside Pat's office are the ONLY computers that accept Guest Pass codes. 

Guests will click on the ‘Log in as Guest’ button and type the 6-digit code in there.

If you are wanting to just create just one guest pin at a time and don’t have a need to print it. You can retrieve the 6-digit pin for the visitor by doing the following:

-Click Make Guest Pass like before
-Under select printer choose the PDF option, then click ‘Print’

- Just write down this 6-digit number for the visitor. You can click ‘Cancel’ after you have written the number down. Once you hit the ‘print’ button the system automatically registers the number for guest use.


- Passes will be valid for 7 days initially until they are used, then the pass expires.

- Students can log in to the machines as well if they click on the ‘Log in as Patron’ button. They will log in the same way they would if using any other PC in the library, with their username and password

- Usernames for students will always show up as capitalized, but the password is still case sensitive.

Resetting GSU Passwords for Student Accounts

GSU student campusids are starting to come up for resetting with the first round of 120-day passwords.  Students can visit: to reset their password. Passwords need to be changed every 120 days. They will have gotten an email to their Outlook email accounts about changing it, but as we know, many students only check iCollege.  If they don't remember the answers to the security questions, they can contact the Help Desk. See below.

New Books! Take a look! Oct 26, 2016

Dare Me
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself. 

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain. 

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

"THE FEVER holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable" -- Gillian Flynn. 

In this impossible-to-put-down "panic attack of a novel,"* a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness. 

Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes' seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile sense of security. 

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER is "a potboiler in the truest, best sense" and "a great novel, full stop."**

Sierra Santiago planned to have an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a mysterious fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one -- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for herself and generations to come.

The Sympathizer
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Three dark crowns
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown. 

Exoneree Diaries
Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed into the unknown. 

From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Ill.—these stories reveal serious gaps in the criminal justice system. Flowers depicts the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging the deeper problem of mass incarceration in the United States. As she tells each exoneree’s powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending—or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree’s first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and triumph.

Based on Chicago Public Media’s yearlong multimedia series—a finalist for a national Online Journalism Award—this narrative piece of investigative journalism tells profoundly human stories of reclaiming one’s life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose—at times with devastating consequences and courageous breakthroughs.

Goal! covers the history of the beautiful game from its origins in English public schools in the early 19th century to its current role as a crucial element of a globalized entertainment industry. The authors explain how football transformed from a sport at elite boarding schools in England to become a pastime popular with the working classes, enabling factories such as the Thames Iron Works and the Woolwich Arsenal to give birth to the teams that would become the Premier League mainstays known as West Ham United and Arsenal. They also explore how the age of amateur soccer ended and, with the advent of professionalism, how football became a sport dominated by big clubs with big money and with an international audience.

There are intense rivalries in soccer, such as that in Glasgow, Scotland, between (Catholic) Celtic and (Protestant) Rangers, and the authors examine closely the social causes that make for such passionate fans. The book also discusses the use of soccer for political purposes, such as in Hitler's Germany and Franco's Spain. And - given the long-standing association of soccer as a man's sport and the rise of women's soccer, especially in the United States - the authors look at the gendered history of the world's most popular sport. This book, which will appeal to all connoisseurs of soccer, provides a lens through which to view the social and cultural history of modern Europe.

Mavericks, money, and men
The American Football League, established in 1960, was innovative both in its commitment to finding talented, overlooked players—particularly those who played for historically black colleges and universities—and in the decision by team owners to share television revenues. 

In Mavericks, Money and Men, football historian Charles Ross chronicles the AFL’s key events, including Buck Buchanan becoming the first overall draft pick in 1963, and the 1965 boycott led by black players who refused to play in the AFL-All Star game after experiencing blatant racism. He also recounts how the success of the AFL forced a merger with the NFL in 1969, which arguably facilitated the evolution of modern professional football.

Ross shows how the league, originally created as a challenge to the dominance of the NFL, pressured for and ultimately accelerated the racial integration of pro football and also allowed the sport to adapt to how African Americans were themselves changing the game.

The Nix
From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. 

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.

Team Chemistry
In 2007, the Mitchell Report shocked traditionalists who were appalled that drugs had corrupted the "pure" game of baseball. Nathan Corzine rescues the story of baseball's relationship with drugs from the sepia-toned tyranny of such myths. In Team Chemistry , he reveals a game splashed with spilled whiskey and tobacco stains from the day the first pitch was thrown. Indeed, throughout the game's history, stars and scrubs alike partook of a pharmacopeia that helped them stay on the field and cope off of it:
·         In 1889, Pud Galvin tried a testosterone-derived "elixir" to help him pile up some of his 646 complete games.
·         Sandy Koufax needed Codeine and an anti-inflammatory used on horses to pitch through his late-career elbow woes.
·         Players returning from World War II mainstreamed the use of the amphetamines they had used as servicemen.
·         Vida Blue invited teammates to cocaine parties, Tim Raines used it to stay awake on the bench, and Will McEnaney snorted it between innings.
Corzine also ventures outside the lines to show how authorities handled--or failed to handle--drug and alcohol problems, and how those problems both shaped and scarred the game. The result is an eye-opening look at what baseball's relationship with substances legal and otherwise tells us about culture, society, and masculinity in America.

Who do you serve, who do you protect?
What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?
This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.

Contributions cover a broad range of issues including the killing by police of black men and women, police violence against Latino and indigenous communities, law enforcement's treatment of pregnant people and those with mental illness, and the impact of racist police violence on parenting, as well as specific stories such as a Detroit police conspiracy to slap murder convictions on young black men using police informant and the failure of Chicago's much-touted Independent Police Review Authority, the body supposedly responsible for investigating police misconduct. The title Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is no mere provocation: the book also explores alternatives for keeping communities safe.

Monday, October 24, 2016

GSU Academic Calendar for Spring and Summer 2017

Class scheduling has opened up for spring,  In case you are asked or were wondering yourself, here are the important dates: 

Link is HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New DVDs as of Oct 12, 2016

New materials are flying in! 

As of Wednesday October 12th, here are some more great titles: 
  • 30 Rock (tv series)
  • Arrested Development (tv series)
  • Cheers (tv series)
  • Empire (tv series)
  • Fringe (tv series)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2
  • Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
  • Key and Peele, the complete series
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Madmen (tv series)
  • Married with Children (tv series)
  • Merchants of Doubt
  • Mysteries of the Unseen World
  • Simpsons: the complete series
  • Salvador Dali
  • Separation
  • Timbuktu
  • Wings of Desire
  • Your Freshman Year

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Losing the Printer

The ref desk computer facing circ sometimes loses connection with the printers.  When this  happens, you need to restart the computer, not simply log off.  We try to do it on routinely weekdays, and so far it has solved the problem.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wifi Access for Visitors

From Ann Mallard:

Visitors to campus now have access to wifi. When they are searching for wifi networks, please direct them to Visitor@GSU. It’s similar to accessing wifi at a restaurant, bookstore, etc.You check one box agreeing to the policy and you’re in. Once they accept they will beimmediately connected to the Visitor@GSU wifi network.

I have not been successful in locating documentation on the GSU web site about Visitor @ GSU wifi. Please share if you do find that information. I was told by someone in IIT that the baud rate for the Visitor@GSU wifi is slower than the GSU wifi we use.

The Visitor@GSU should not be confused with GSU Guest wifi which is for visiting scholars and other invited guests of the University. It requires completion of an application form, including the name of a GSU employee who is sponsoring this individual. This also takes about 3 days to set up.

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Graphic Novels and DVDs...

Numerous graphic novels that help us fill out our collection with the classics of the canon, as well new well-reviewed titles, including: Spiderman, Xmen, Attack on Titan, Munch, Black Panther (both the new run by Coates as well as the run by Priest)

The following DVDs:  
  • Trumbo 
  • Trainwreck 
  • Carol 
  • The Danish Girl  
  • Brooklyn 
  • Truth 
  • The Boss 
  • Straight Outta Compton 
  • Inside Out 
  • TransAmerica 
  • Me and earl and the dying girl 
  • Empire: Season 1 
  • Hunting Grounds 
  • Oldboy 
  • Sufragette 
  • The probability and statistics tutor 
  • Let the right one in 
  • The shining 
  • Halloween 
  • Scream: Triple Feature 
  • 21 jump street 
  • She's the man 
  • Ride Along 
  • Cinderella 
  • Maleficent 
  • Locked up abroad 
  • Clueless 
  • Empire Records 
  • Mallrats 
  • Don't tell mom the babysiter's dead 
  • High Fidelity 
  • Creed 
  • The Revenant 
  • Planes, trains, and automobiles 
  • My cousin vinny 
  • A few good men 
  • Top Gun 
  • Big Love (entire series) 
  • Thin 
  • We need to talk about Kevin 
  • Sherlock Season1 and Season 2 
  • Ballet Beautiful Total Body workout 
  • Wild 
  • Cake 
  • Video Games the Movie 
  • Sex Ed 
  • Farmland 
  • Spaceballs 
  • Which way is up? 
  • Dear White People