January 10, 2012

Martin Luther King Day - Library Closure

The GSU Library will be closed Monday, January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King Day

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New Library Closing Hours Spring Semester 2012

Beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2012 the GSU Library will be closing at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
For more information on Spring Semester 2012 hours click here

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November 08, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The GSU Library hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday is:

Wednesday, November 23 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 24 CLOSED
Friday, November 25 CLOSED
Saturday, November 26 CLOSED
Sunday, November 27 CLOSED

For more information on library hours click here

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New Library Opening Hours

The GSU Library Opening time will change, beginning Monday, December 5th, the Library will open at 8:30 a.m. For more information on library hours click here

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October 31, 2011

One Universirty, One Book: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Read and enjoy Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Satrapi's 2003 book discusses growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It depicts her childhood. "Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions of home life and public life," according to the book flap. The book has been made into a movie, as well. Join the Governors State University community in a discussion of this book

from 5 to 7 p.m.,


Nov. 1, 2011,

in the Cafeteria annex at GSU.

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September 27, 2011

Circulation News - 09/19/2011

(1) Amy (Courtland) Holman from Library Acquisition is working part time in Circulation. She is in charge of Course Reserves. Amy is also taking additional Circulation desk hours.

(2)Library Circulation hired three new students workers who will be trained to work at Circulation desk for evenings and Saturdays. They will also work occasionally during week days. These three students are: Ting Li, Raymond Vasquez, and Antoinette White.

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New Library Technologies Dispense With Librarians

Do you want to know what technology can do for libraries, patrons ... and librarians? Please, read this article.

URL: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304354104575568592236241242.html

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August 30, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

The Library will be closed Saturday, September 3, 2011 through Monday, September 5, 2011

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June 03, 2011

Off-Campus Libary Database Login will be Changing

Beginning June 6, off-campus library database login procedures will change.

To login, students will use their myGSU Portal username and password. Faculty and staff will use their GSU email/network username and password.
For assistance in recalling forgotten usernames or passwords, contact the GSU Help Desk at 708.534.HELP. Library staff cannot access individual usernames and passwords.

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November 30, 2010


Extended Hours - Finals Week

The library will have extended hours Friday, December 3rd - Sunday, December 5th. The hours will be:

Friday, December 3rd: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4th: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5th: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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October 04, 2010


ATTENTION Faculty, Staff and Students!!!!

Starting January 1, 2011 all notices regarding overdue Library Material will be sent via your GSU email account.

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August 06, 2010

Extended Library Hours

Extended Library Hours
The library will be open from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th for quiet study. Limited help is available.

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June 07, 2010

Attention Public Library Patrons!!!!!!

As of July 31, 2010 Governors State University Library will no longer accept MLS/SLS - Public Library Cards. If you wish to access GSU material you can do so by contacting Interlibrary Loan at your public library.

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April 13, 2010

Extended Library Hours

Extended Hours
The Library will be open extended hours for finals on Friday, April 16 (8:00am to 9:00pm), Saturday April 17 (8:30am to 9:00pm), and Sunday April 18 (1:00pm to 9:00pm). Monday, April 19, the library will return to regular business hours (8:00am to 10:30pm).

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June 09, 2009

This Day in History: June 10

1801: The Tripolitan War, between the United States and the Barbary States, began. 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by “Bill W.” 1967: The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt and Jordan ended. 2003: Ontario, Canada issued the first full same-sex marriage licenses in North America. --From Infoplease website.

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Painter Gustave Coubet, 1819; singer/actress Hattie McDaniel, 1895; novelist Saul Bellow, 1915; actress Judy Garland, 1922; and figure skater Tara Lipinski, 1982. --From Infoplease website.

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March 07, 2009

March 2009 Library Workshops

Winter 2009 Library Workshops

Register by submitting the online registration form or in person at the Reference Desk. Walk-ins, students, community members welcome.
If you have any questions about the workshops, contact Helen Benos, Workshop Coordinator at 708-235-7514.

3/12/2009 Microsoft PowerPoint 3:00 to 4:00 D2401B
3/13/2009 Microsoft Publisher 2:00 to 3:30 D2401B
3/17/2009 APA Style Citations 2:00 to 3:00 D2401B
3/17/2009 Formatting for APA 2:00 to 4:00 D2401B
3/18/2009 TurnItIn 2:00 to 4:00 D2401B
3/19/2009 Photoshop Express 3:00 to 4:00 D2401B
3/20/2009 Basic Excel 1:00 to 3:00 D2401B
3/25/2009 Horizon Wimba 2:00 to 4:00 D2401B
3/31/2009 Basic Excel 10:00 to 12:00 D2401B

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December 03, 2008

Extended Library Hours

The GSU Library will have extended hours Friday, December 5th - Sunday, December 7th. From 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. the library will be open for quiet study only, there will be no Reference Service available,.

The Library hours will be:

Friday, December 5th: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 6th: 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 7th: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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September 08, 2008

Item #002 for the Friends of the GSU Library Silent Auction

On October 13th - October 16th, 2008 the Friends of the GSU Library will be holding a Silent Auction in the Hall of Governors. This is the 2nd item from the auction to be previewed:

Item #002
Description: 15” x 21” unframed print of choice from artist Faye Zalecki's catalog.
Donor: Faye Zalecki
Estimated Value: $ 125.00

Artist Faye Zalecki and print.jpg
For more information on the artist, go to http://www.govst.edu/library/t_gsu_library.aspx?id=9888

To see a list of the Gift Certificates and Tickets that will be available, visit the Silent Auction - Gift Certificates and Tickets webpage.

To view photos and descriptions of the larger items that will available, visit the Silent Auction - Photos and Descriptions webpage.

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August 25, 2008

Trimester Break Hours

The GSU Library is on Trimester Break. The Trimester Break Hours are:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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May 01, 2008

Change in Hours Starting Monday, May 5th

Starting on Monday, May 5th, 2008 the GSU Library will be opening at 8:00 a.m. Monday – Friday.

The hours will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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December 18, 2007

Trimester Break and Holiday Closings

The Trimester Break will begin on Tuesday, December 18th and continue through Friday, December 21st.

The Library will be closed: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND, 2007 THRU TUESDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2008.
Wednesday, January 2nd, the Library will reopen; Trimester Break will resume and continue through Friday, January 5th.
The Winter 2008 Trimester will begin on Monday, January 7th.

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December 04, 2007

Welcome Nicole to the GSU Library

Please welcome Nicole Hernandez to the GSU Library. She is working in the Circulation Department, so when you see her at the Circulation Desk, stop by and introduce yourself. Welcome to GSU Nicole!!

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September 10, 2007

Congratulation's Sarah

Congratulations Sarah!! Sarah with the help of her able assistant Charlie created the wonderful display you saw at the Library Welcome Back table.

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July 26, 2007

Congratulations Paul!!!

Paul Blobaum recently published in the:

Blobaum, Paul. “The Hospital Grantsmanship Center: A New Role for Hospital Librarians”. The Journal of Hospital Librarianship, vol. 7(1), March 2007, p. 25-37.

If you would like to read the abstract, click here.

Blobaum, Paul, “Standard Precautions”, Journal of the Medical Library Association, vol. 95(3), July 2007, p. 361-364.

If you go to PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/) and search for Paul, you will be able to pull up the full text for "Standard Precautions".

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July 02, 2007

Congratulations to Beth Hansen Shaw and Paul Blobaum!!!

Stop by the Library and congratulate Beth and Paul for being chosen to receive Faculty Excellence Awards!!!!!!

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June 15, 2007

Congratulations Paul!!!!

Congratulations to Paul Blobaum on receiving tenure!!!!!

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Congratulations Erin!!!!

Stop by and congratulate Erin Engelbrecht on her new Senior Library Specialist position in Reference.

Congratulations Erin!!!!

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June 06, 2007

Congratualations Pam!!!

Pam Taylor from the Serials/Acquistions department was recently selected: June Civil Service Employee of the Month. Stop by and offer your congratulations.

Congratulations Pam!!!!!

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May 01, 2007

Changing the Face of Medicine: Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3
11 AM - 12:30 PM
Room D2401B (University Library) Seating is limited for this hands-on computer based workshop. Please pre-register by calling Lydia Morrow-Ruetten at 708-534-4116.

Exploring the Library of Congress Primary Source Materials for Women Physicians

Familiarize yourself with Library of Congress primary source materials by exploring the Library of Congress's Adventure of the American Mind at this informative hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how to locate digitized primary source materials and use them to enrich teaching, research, and scholarship activity, as well as for personal interest.

Presenter: Lydia Morrow Ruetten

Sunday May 6
2-4 PM
University Library

Hen Medics: Early Women Physicians in War

This presentation includes enlightening and revealing information on the role of women in American wars and the gender battles they fought to gain recognition and standing. Dr. Graf's presentation is based on her extensive research and publications on the subject, including her latest book, On the Field of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers in the Civil War to World War I (New York: Humanities Books, 2007) Dr. Graf is the author of AWoman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker, And the Civil War (Gettysburg, PA: Thomas, 2001). Dr. Walker served the Union Army as a contract surgeon during the Civil War and is the only woman and civilian to be awarded the Medal of Honor, which she wore proudly until her death in 1919. Dr. Walker was captured by the Rebellion and served time in a Confederate prison, charged with spying for the Union. She was released in a prisoner exchange for another man.

Presenter: Mercedes Graf, Ph.D., independent scholar, author, consultant, and former professor of psychology at Governors State University.

Reception and Book Signing of A Woman of Honor

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of A Woman of Honor will be available for purchase directly from the author, and are also available for borrowing from the University Library.

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April 17, 2007

National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

If you know of someone in the GSU Library that has made a contribution then today is the day to let them know. If you are on campus, stop in the library and let them know. You will definitely brighten their day. Are you to shy to tell them in person? Then fill in a compliment card (available at the Circulation Desk). Compliment Cards are available all year long.

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April 13, 2007

First Friday Social Hour

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the First Friday Social Hour.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Intellectual Life Subcommittee

Friday, April 13
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
University Library
Please join your colleagues and friends for wine, food, and conversation.

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April 09, 2007

Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians

Governors State University Library is proudly hosting the exhibit from: April 25–June 6, 2007

The preliminary progam, as well as dates and times for the exhibit can be found at: http://www.govst.edu/library/exhibit/

Here is a sample of the programs being offered:

My Search for Verina Morton Jones, M.D. (1857? - 1943)
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Morton-Jones is often credited with being the first woman and the first black woman to practice medicine in the state of Mississippi. An active member of the NAACP, and an advocate for women's right to vote. Susan Rishworth traces the path of her research into this fascinating medical pioneer, conducted primarily in archival collections of libraries, including a collection of Dr. Morton Jones's correspondence which is located at the Moorland-Spingarn Archives at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Presenter: Susan Rishworth, MLS, MA, and a resident of the south suburbs, is an independent scholar and currently employed as Archivist at the American College of Surgeons in Chicago.

For more information about this program and the others being offered, go to: http://www.govst.edu/library/exhibit

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April 07, 2007

University Closed because of Broken Watermain

The main campus of Governors State University in University Park is closed through April 8, 2007 because of a break in the campus' waterline.

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April 06, 2007

University Closed 4/6/07

The main campus of Governors State University in University Park is closed on April 6, 2007 because of a break in the campus' waterline. All classes on the University Park campus are cancelled. All satellite campus locations and education centers will remain open. Please check the website for further information.

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March 26, 2007

Congratulations Helen!!!!!

Helen was nominated for a Star for National Library Workers Day.

Here is what was said:

Helen from an academic library in University Park, IL, is a Star because Helen offers free computer workshops to individuals who request private instruction when they are unable to attend public workshops due to scheduling conflicts. She also makes sure to greet me with a smile every time she sees me, in addition to asking me how my school work is comming along. Thanks to Sarah for this nomination.

Click here to nominate a library staff member that is a Star in your eyes or read about other Stars.

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March 20, 2007

Congratulations Lydia!

Congratulations Lydia, Professor of Library Science for presenting at Illinois Online Conference - February 15, 2007

Lydia's presentation was "Using Library of Congress primary source materials"

Here is an overview of Lydia's presentation:

Conference participants will be introduced to the Library of Congress primary source materials. There are five major sections of the Library of Congress, including Library Catalogs, American History, Exhibitions, Global Gateway, and Thomas. My Adventure of the American Mind project, "Women Physicians: Changing the Face of Medicine" will be used as the basis of the discussion. The Adventure of the American Mind (AAM) is a pilot project funded by the Library of Congress, which began in 1999. It was designed to train in-service and pre-service classroom teachers and college teacher education faculty to access, use and produce curriculum utilizing the Internet and the digitized primary source materials from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Congratulations Lydia!!!

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Congratulations Paul!

Paul Blobaum, Assistant Professor, University Library along with Shirley Comer, University Lecturer, College of Health Professions and Catherine Tymkow, Associate Professor, College of Health Professions took part in:

Illinois Online Conference
Web Poster

The topic for their web poster was:

Using Digitized Primary Sources from the Library of Congress's American Memory Collection to Enliven Nursing Issues and History Curriculum

Paul's project is: Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, An Illinois Civil War Nurse

Abstract: This project will explore the history of one of Illinois most famous nurses using primary and secondary source materials. Materials related to the life of Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, an American Civil War nurse, healer, and social activist, will be located and reviewed through web based research, bibliographic database searching, and exploration of the Amercian Memory collections of the Library of Congress. Participants will become more familiar with current library research tools and be able to discuss the life of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, her career as a nurse during the Civl War, and the significance of her nursing work during the Civil War, and post-war career as a social worker and advocate.

To view Paul's project, click here.
To view all of the projects, click here.

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March 14, 2007

National Library Worker Day

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Submit your favorite library worker - Tell everyone what makes a library employee special by submitting your favorite worker's name and why they are wonderful to the NLWD site.

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March 01, 2007

New Reference Books for February

Thank you Erin for the February list of Reference books:

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
[11 volume set]
REF. HM425 .B53 2007

Healthcare Management Education
Directory of Programs 2005-2007
REF. RA440.7 .U6 H43 2005-2007

Handbook of School Neuropsychology
D'Amato, R, et.al
REF. JF486.5 .H285 2005

The Brain Atlas
A visual Guide to the Human Central Nervous System
Woolsey, T, et.al
REF QM455 .B633 2003

NCLEX-PN: Strategies for the Practical Nursing Lisensing Exam
Irwin, B
REF. RT62 .I78 2007

Peterson's Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes 2006
REF. LB2337 .P4 2006

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January 19, 2007

Downtime for the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog (Voyager), will be offline for maintenance at 5pm, this Friday, January 19 and will be back online by 8am on Saturday. The new books service will be disabled and a shorter timeout will be in effect after this maintenance until further notice.

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January 12, 2007

Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The GSU Library will be closed:

Saturday, January 13th, 2007 - Monday, January 15th, 2007 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 at 8:30 a.m.

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January 10, 2007

Changing Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians

April 25–June 6, 2007
University Library
Governors State University, University Park, IL

From the GSU Changing Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians webpage:

The Governors State University (GSU) Library has been selected as one of sixty-one libraries across the nation to host the Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians, a traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association. The exhibit celebrates the contributions of America’s women physicians, and their struggle for education and recognition since the first woman to be granted a medical degree from an American medical school, Elizabeth Blackwell, graduated from Geneva College in 1848.

The traveling exhibit is based on a major exhibit at the National Library of Medicine during 2003-2004. The traveling exhibit consists of six folding display panels and two interactive computerized kiosks with Internet access. The University Library has acquired books and videos to support the exhibit programs. Brochures, interactive CD-ROM videos, and posters are available to promote and enhance exhibit programs.
To go to the webpage, click here. For more information, contact: Paul Blobaum: p-blobaum@govst.edu or Lydia Morrow Ruetten: l-morrow@govst.edu

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January 08, 2007

Congratulations Lydia!!!

Congratulations to Lydia Morrow Ruetten, University Professor of Library Science for being published:

Katz, Marsha, Morrow Ruetten, L.A., Parmenter, David A. “Implementation of Increased Scholarship in a Unionized Teaching-Oriented University.” International Journal of Knowledge, Culture & Change Management, vol. 6, no. 6 (2006), pp. 29-35.

We discuss the efforts of the faculty and administration to develop policies & procedures that would enable a teaching university to refocus itself toward increased scholarship.

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Welcome Back!!

Workshops are now in the planning stages, so keep checking the Workshop schedule. Remember, the workshops are free to everyone: students, staff, faculty, and community users. Contact Helen Benos by email or by phone: 708-235-7514 if you have any questions.

A Friends of the Library group was formed, contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten for more information. You can reach her by email or by phone: 708-534-4116. Click here to go to the Friends of the Library webpage.

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December 18, 2006

Trimester Break

Today, Monday, December 18th is the last day of the Fall 2006 trimester. Trimester break will start Tuesday, December 19th. We will be open Tuesday, December 19th - Thursday, December 21st 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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December 14, 2006

Congratulations Michel Nguessan

Congratulations to Michel for being chosen as an outstanding alum by the School of Information at University of Michigan. http://www.si.umich.edu/people/alumni-detail.htm?ID=65

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November 22, 2006

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Governors State University Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd - Sunday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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November 17, 2006

New Reference Books

Reference Books
List compiled by Erin Engelbrecht

The encyclopedia of public choice
editors, Charles K. Rowley and Friedrich Schneider.
REF. H41 .E572004 [volumes 1-2]

*Handbook of contemporary behavioral economics : foundations and developments
edited by Morris Altman.
REF. HB74.P8 H3632006

Concise encyclopedia of real estate business terms /
Bill Roark, Ryan Roark.
REF. HD1365 .R632006

International directory of company histories /
writers and researchers, Gretchen Antelman ... [et al.].
REF. HD2721 .I631988 [volumes 78, 79, 80]

Debt relief for the poorest : an evaluation update of the HIPC initiative /
[team led by Shonar Lala ; Rupa Ranganathan, Brett Libresco].
REF. HJ8899 .L3442006

*Encyclopedia of war crimes and genocide /
Leslie Alan Horvitz and Christopher Catherwood.
REF. HV6322.7 .H672006

World encyclopedia of police forces and correctional systems /
George Thomas Kurian, editor.
REF. HV7901 .W632006 [volumes 1-2]

Elections in the Americas : a data handbook /
edited by Dieter Nohlen.
REF. JF1001 .E3632005 [volumes 1-2]

Historical dictionary of the non-aligned movement and Third World /
Guy Arnold.
REF. JZ1313.3 .A752006

Oxford dictionary of biochemistry and molecular biology. / Rev. ed.
edited by Richard Cammack.
REF. QP512 .O942006

French’s index of differential diagnosis. / 14th ed.
edited by Mark T. Kinirons and Harold Ellis.
REF. RC71.5 .F742005

Psychologists’ desk reference / 2nd ed.
editors, Gerald P. Koocher, John C. Norcross, Sam S. Hill, III.
REF. RC467.2 .P782005

Physical rehabilitation : assessment and treatment / 5th ed.
[edited by] Susan B. O’Sullivan, Thomas J. Schmitz.
REF. RM700 .O882001

*shelved temporarily at the New Reference Books shelf

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November 13, 2006

Congratulations Paul Blobaum

Congratulations are in order for Librarian Paul Blobaum. He has been recently published in the following:

Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Editors Brian Railsback and Michael Meyer. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (Entry on Chase Horton.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on The Acts of King Arthur.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on the Biddle Ranch.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Truman Capote.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on A. Grove Day.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on The Brigham Family.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Charlie Chaplin.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Allen Ludden.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Lady Bird Johnson.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on Spreckles Sugar.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Railsback and Meyer. (Entry on the Tagus Ranch.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Editors Brian Railsback and Michael Meyer. (Entry on The Nobel Prize.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Editors Brian Railsback and Michael Meyer. (Entry on John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Speech.)
Contributor, The John Steinbeck Encyclopedia. Editors Brian Railsback and Michael Meyer. (Entry on Carl Sandburg.)
Blobaum, Paul M.., “Uninvited Change: The Governors State University Library’s Evolving Reference and Technology Desk”. in Primer on Planning and Evaluating Reference Services in Academic Libraries, Elizabeth Connor, Editor, NY: Haworth Press, 2006.
Blobaum, Paul, "Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)", Journal of the Medical Library Association, vol. 94(4), October 2006, p. 477–478.

Once again, Congratulations Paul!!!

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October 25, 2006

New!!! Friends of the Library Group is forming!!!

Mark your calendar for November 15th, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the University Library. The library will be having an open house to invite members of our community to become charter members of the Friends of the Library. Drawings for gifts will be held every half hour beginning at 3 p.m. The invitation to be on the Charter will only be available through January 12, 2007. Stop in on November 15th and bring your checkbook. If you cannot attend, pick up a brochure in the library or contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten at ext. 4116.

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October 17, 2006

Terrorism: How safe are we?

Check out the new display on the bulletin board outside the Reference Office. Helen Benos has created a display entitled: Terrorism: How safe are we? The display centers around a poster entitled: TKB Terrorism Trends. Handouts are also available.



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October 12, 2006

Congratulations to Lydia Morrow Ruetten!!!

On July 12, 2006, Lydia Morrow Ruetten and Marsha Katz presented a paper written by Dr Katz, Lydia Morrow Ruetten, and David Parmenter at the 6th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations in Prato Italy. Subsequently, their paper entitled, "Implementation of Increased Scholarship in a Unionized Teaching-Oriented University" has been accepted for publication by the referred journal, “International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management.”

Lydia is the Head of Serials/Acquisitions and is the Library Liaison for the following subject areas:
Business Administration


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October 11, 2006

Congratulations to Nancy Shlaes and Beth Hansen!!!

Congratulations to Nancy Shlaes on receiving one of this year’s Faculty Excellence Awards!
Congratulations to Beth Hansen for being cited in the CACREP accreditation report by name for her excellent support of the Counseling programs.

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October 05, 2006

Dr. Michel Nguessan

Congratulations to Dr. Michel Nguessan who had a paper accepted for the: TO7: The 3rd International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society 2007. The 2007 Technology Conference will be held in Cambridge, United Kingdom from 9-12 January, 2007. Dr. Nguessan's paper is titled: The Linguistic Aspect of the Digital Divide. Click here for a link to conference.

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September 28, 2006

RIA Checkpoint

From Beth Hansen Shaw, University Professor of Library Science:

Just a reminder about RIA access – students no longer need to get passwords from the reference desk – they can set up their own accounts from an on-campus computer. They just need to supply their name, an email address, read and accept the license agreement and then click on “register.” They will receive a confirmation from RIA in their email almost immediately, and that confirmation will include their username and password. From the RIA info on the A-Z page, they should click “set up account,” then, every time they want to get into RIA they just login with their own account information.

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September 26, 2006

Constitution Day Displays

Incase you did not have time to look at the Constitution Displays created by Helen, I am posting a few photos. There is still time to take a look. The display cases are located outside the library.


Click on the links below to see more photos.
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Banned Book Week Display

Check out the creative display that Erin created for Banned Book Week. The display is located inside the library, on the way to the Reference Desk. Erin has provided examples of Book Burnings and Censored Books. There are also handouts available on top of the display case. Stop in and look at the display, then let Erin know what a great job she did.


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September 20, 2006

Constitution Day

On your way into the Library check out the displays Helen put together for Constitution Day. Handouts are located on top of the display cases.

Check the Constitution Day Webpage; answers for Monday's word puzzle have been posted and 2 new word puzzles have been added.

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September 17, 2006

Constitution Day

On September 16th, 2005, President Bush issued the following Proclamation:

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2005 A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

More than two centuries after our Founding Fathers gathered in 1787 in Philadelphia, our Nation continues to be guided by the Constitution they drafted.

The Constitution of the United States reflects our ideals and establishes a practical system of government. It provides for three separate branches -- the legislative, the executive, and the judicial -- with defined responsibilities and with checks and balances among the branches. Under our Constitution, both the Federal Government and the State governments advance the will of the people through the people's representatives. To protect the rights of our citizens and maintain the rule of law, Article III of the Constitution provides for a judiciary of independent judges who have life tenure.
These fundamental principles -- separation of powers, federalism, and an independent judiciary -- have endured, and they have been essential to our Nation's progress toward equal justice and liberty for all. On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and during Constitution Week, we celebrate the genius of our Constitution and reaffirm our commitment to its stated purposes: "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
In remembrance of the signing of the Constitution and in recognition of the Americans who strive to uphold the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, the Congress, by joint resolution of February 29, 1952 (36 U.S.C. 106, as amended), designated September 17 as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," and by joint resolution of August 2, 1956 (36 U.S.C. 108, as amended), requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as "Constitution Week."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2005, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and September 17 through September 23, 2005, as Constitution Week. I encourage Federal, State, and local officials, as well as leaders of civic, social, and educational organizations, to conduct ceremonies and programs that celebrate our Constitution and reaffirm our rights and obligations as citizens of our great Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

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September 05, 2006

Welcome Back!

If you have any questions please stop at the Reference Desk and Circulation for help. If you have any questions and you are at home our phone number is:

Reference: 708-534-4111
Circulation: 708-534-4112

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September 01, 2006

Closed for Labor Day Weekend

The Governors State University Library will be closed for Labor Day Weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:30 a.m. Have a safe weekend.

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August 25, 2006

Trimester Break

The University is on Trimester Break this week and next. That means that the Library will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, August 26th - August 27th. We will be open next week:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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August 17, 2006

Trimester Break

TRimester Break starts Tuesday, August 22nd.

The Trimester Break schedule is as followz:

Tuesday, August 22nd - Friday, August 25th.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Monday, August 28th - Friday, September 1st.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day.

Fall 2006 Trimester begins Tuesday, September 5th.

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August 07, 2006

Library Website Redesign

Library Website Redesign

The library is re-evaluating the website to determine what changes should be made to improve the ease of use. If you have any comments or constructive criticism, send me an email: d-nadler@govst.edu. We want you to let us know what you like and what you don’t like. We need to know what works and what doesn’t. Be specific, “I can’t find what I want”; is not very helpful. We want to know what you were looking for and the problems you encountered. This is your chance for input. Send any emails to: d-nadler@govst.edu

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July 28, 2006


The Summer '06 Workshops are done. We are in the planning stages for the Fall '06 workshops. If you want to have your name put on a list to be notified when the workshop schedule is complete, email h-benos@govst.edu. If you have suggestions for workshops, email h-benos@govst.edu

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July 03, 2006

Closed for the 4th of July

Don't forget, we close at 8:00 p.m. tonight and we are closed for the 4th of July. Have a safe holiday.

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July 01, 2006

Closing for the 4th of July Holiday

The GSU Library will close at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3rd and reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 8:30 a.m. The GSU Library will be closed for the 4th of July Holiday. Have a safe and fun filled holiday.

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June 16, 2006

Library ID Numbers & WebCT ID Numbers

While we are undergoing the Library Catalog Software upgrade we will be unable to look up ID Numbers. However, this said:

Your WebCT ID Number is the Same as your Student ID Number

Your GSU Library ID Number is: 21611000 + your Student ID Number.
Example: Student ID Number: 111111
Library ID Number: 21611000111111

If you Student ID Number is less than 6 digits, you will need to add extra zero's before your Student ID Number.

Example: Student ID Number is: 11111
Library ID Number: 21611000011111

Example: Student ID Number is: 1111
Library ID Number: 21611000001111

If you have any questions, call the Reference Desk at: 708-534-4111.

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June 14, 2006

Library Catalog Software Upgrade

Phase 2 of the software upgrade is in effect. The Library Catalog will be unavailable until Thursday, June 15, 2006. After the library catalog comes back up it will not reflect any changes from that point on. It will not reflect anything being checked out. Also once a book is returned it will not be available for checkout until the upgrade is done. This also applies to videotapes (this does not refer to telecourse tapes, reserve items or reference tapes), books on tapes and cd's. For more information call: 708-534-4111 or 708-534-4112.

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June 13, 2006

Library Catalog Upgrade


Starting tomorrow June 14th, the library catalog will not be updated. It will not reflect any books that are checked out or returned. You will also not be able to use the My ACCOUNT feature. It will not show anything checked out or returned. The Journal Databases will not be affected. This will last until the beginning of July. If you have any questions, call 708-534-4111.

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June 12, 2006

Library Catalog Upgrade

Just a reminder, the Library Catalog will be frozen as of June 14th. It will not be updated until the upgrade is finished in early July. It will not reflect anything that gets checked out after June 14th. Any questions, call 708-534-4111.

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June 09, 2006

Library Catalog Upgrade

The Library Catalog Upgrade is proceeding according to schedule. See the attached word document for the a timeline and details about what to expect durning the upgrade.

Library Catalog Upgrade Document

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June 05, 2006

Voyager Upgrade

How does this affect you? Here is a timeline:

June 6th to the end of upgrade you will not be able to place requests for materials held at other I-Share libraries. This will last until the end of the upgrade. All interlibrary loan requests for books must be done by filling out the paper located by the Reference Desk or by using the online form.

June 14th to the end of the upgrade- GSU catalog frozen until the end of the upgrade. The library catalog will not reflect books that have been checked out or returned. The only way to positively know if a book is available is to go to the shelf.

My Account feature will not be operational. You will not be able to renew books. It will also not reflect any returned books or that you have recently checked out.

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May 26, 2006

Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed Saturday, May 27th, 2006 - Monday, May 29th, 2006.

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May 25, 2006

Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The library will be closed Saturday, May 27th, 2006 - Monday, May 29th, 2006.

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May 17, 2006

Congratulations Helen

Congratulate Helen on her new position as Library Operations Associate, Reference Manager.

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May 08, 2006

Welcome to the Library

Here is some general information about the Library:

Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

The workshop schedule is being set up and the schedule will soon be available. Keep checking the workshop page.

There is a book sale taking place in the Library. For a limited time the prices are:
Hardback: $.50
Paperback: $.25

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May 03, 2006

Trimester Break

Don't forget, the Library is still on Trimester Break. That means we are open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. No weekends. We resume normal hours, Monday, May 8th with the exception of no Sundays.

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April 24, 2006

Free Copies of "The Pitch" Available

The GSU Foundation and the Library continues to have a surplus of books called, “The Pitch” by Hugh Rank. Copies are available in the library.

The pitch /

Hugh Rank
1991 2nd ed.
English Book 156 p.: ill. ; 23 cm.

Park Forest, Ill. : Counter-Propaganda Press, ; ISBN: 0943468035
Advertising -- Evaluation.
Persuasion (Psychology)
Content analysis (Communication)

If you would like multiple copies for your classes, contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten at ext. 4116 or at L-Morrow@govst.edu

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Trimester Break Begins

Trimester Break officially begins Tuesday, April 25th. Starting Tuesday, the library hours will be:

Tuesday, April 25th - Friday, April 28th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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April 20, 2006

Librarian Michel Nguessan is in the News


The Thursday, April 20, 2006 edition of The Star had an article on the Faculty Authors' Reception. The article highlighted the work of Dr. William Craig, Associate Director of Admissions and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Eli Segal, Professor of Communications and the library's own Dr. Michel Nguessan, Head of Library and Academic Technology.

Michel wrote "The Voice of the Elders, An Evening of Storytelling with the Baoule" under the pseudonym Manny Cangaley. The book is a compilation of stories from Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa. It is written in both English and Baoule, which is a language of the country.

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April 18, 2006

Trimester Break

The trimester officially ends Monday, April 24th. That means that this is the last weekend the library will be open until the Spring/Summer '06 trimester starts.

Don't forget, the library is not open on Sunday's durning the Spring/Summer trimester. We will not be open Sunday's until the Fall trimester begins.

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April 14, 2006

Closed Easter Sunday

Don't forget the Library will be closed April 16th for Easter Sunday.

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April 11, 2006

Limited Quantity of Library Mugs

There is still time to get a Library Mug. The Library has a limited quantity left. They cost $5.00 and can be purchased at the Reference Desk.

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April 04, 2006

Today is National Library Workers Day

What is National Library Workers Day?

The following information is from ALA/APA web site:

On January 25, 2003, a resolution was proposed:
That in order to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians that the Tuesday of National Library Week be designated National Library Workers Day; and, that on that day, interested library workers, library groups, and libraries should advocate for better compensation for all library workers and, if the day coincides with National Pay Equity Day, these individuals, groups, and libraries should recognize both days together.

Check out the web site and nominate your favorite library worker. Let everyone know how they made a difference.

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March 14, 2006

Chicago Tribune Obituary Lookups

The Library is offering a new service on a trial basis. For a fee, you can have a obituary notice looked up and sent to you in the mail. For more information please click here.

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March 08, 2006

Choosing the banner for "Today in the Library"

Hi, Diane Nadler.

Let's talk about the banner. Bruce took some cool photos that we might be able to use.



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February 24, 2006

New Links on Library Webpage

There is new link on the sidebar for departments. Instead of having to search for information on the InterLibrary Loan Department, just click on Departments and choose Interlibrary Loan. A link has also been added for Room Calendars. This is for the four rooms in the library used for classes, meetings and workshops. You can easily check which room is book when.
Here are the links:

Room Calendarshttp://www.govst.edu/gsu_library/t_gsu_library.asp?id=3642

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February 15, 2006

New Circulation Desk

February 14th the new Circulation Desk had its official grand opening.

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