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Meet a Librarian: Jason Puckett

Who is Jason Puckett?Librarian Jason Puckett

Jason is the Online Learning Librarian, a new position (as of last summer). In this role, he creates some of our online tutorials, supports librarians who are working with online classes, and is the system administrator for the University Library’s online chat service and research guides (and he has a book about the latter). For the previous eight or so years, he was the subject librarian for Communication; for about the last three he’s also been subject librarian for Anthropology (and still is). He also teaches the bibliography software Zotero (about which he published a book in 2011 and a revision in 2017).

What’s Jason’s educational background?

Jason’s a GSU alum with a bachelor’s in English, and he got his Master’s in Library Science online from Florida State ten years ago. He did some coursework toward a Master’s in English here at GSU when he thought he wanted to be an English professor – he loved the classes, but never finished it.

What got Jason started in libraries?

Like many librarians, Jason ended up in libraries accidentally. He used to work in IT (for the law school here at GSU), and got a job here at the University Library in 2000 that was part IT but with a reference desk component to it as well, and the rest was history. He worked here for about a year, then worked as reference staff at Emory for eight years, and came back to the GSU Library in 2008 after he got his graduate degree.

Some fun facts about Jason: 

Hot tea or iced tea? Unsweetened iced tea. I’m an oddity for a Georgia native.

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled from Atlanta? I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for three years as a teenager. My dad is retired from the CDC and was working with the US refugee program over there, and I attended the international high school. My dad is still there, so we jaunt to Thailand to visit every couple of years.

What’s your favorite song to sing at karaoke? Anything Bowie, but “Rebel Rebel” is my go-to.

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Five librarians selected as 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellows

OCLC, along with IFLA, has named five librarians from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, and Romania to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018.

Library Lovers' Day 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018, Canberra:  Library Lovers' Day will be held again in 2018 on 14 February. Library Lovers' Day will be launched at the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers event at Parliament House on 13 February 2018.

This year ALIA has sought love letters from prominent Australian authors on the place that libraries hold in their hearts and has used these letters to create posters.

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Monday, 15 January, 2018 - 09:30
New Year New Art Projects

Photo courtesy of Kara

Phew! The busy holiday season is past and winter has settled in. This time of year I always find myself thinking of new projects, and often I have seen things at art/craft shows during the holidays that I really want to try out. It’s a great time to learn a new art or craft technique.

One of the library’s themed rubber stamp kits.

Your library has Arts & Crafts kits you can check out to make learning free. The kits contain everything you need to try out something new. Some of the items need to be returned like books, knitting needles, embroidery hoops, etc. and other materials can be used up such as yarn, origami paper and embroidery floss. It’s a great way to try something and see if you like it before you have to shell out $$ for supplies!

We also have a terrific selection of books and videos to help you learn something new. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

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Participants at an Arts & Crafts program at the library.

Don’t forget about the library’s Arts & Crafts workshops! Each month the library leads workshops at local community centers. These take place at Crestview Community Center on the first Wednesday each month, and at Shawnee North Community Center on the last Thursday. You can see what we’ll be doing each month by checking the Library News – or by looking in the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation catalog. You can register for these workshops by calling the community centers directly. There are also Arts & Crafts workshops  at the library. Here are some upcoming creative workshops:

Another great way to learn something new is to visit and join a local arts/crafts group or guild. Topeka has a strong creative community and there are lots of folks willing to help beginners. It’s great to get out and meet other people who are interested in the same things. Here is a downloadable/printable directory of local groups and guilds.

 

Photo courtesy of the Topeka Needlework Guild.

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New Year New Art Projects

Photo courtesy of Kara

Phew! The busy holiday season is past and winter has settled in. This time of year I always find myself thinking of new projects, and often I have seen things at art/craft shows during the holidays that I really want to try out. It’s a great time to learn a new art or craft technique.

One of the library’s themed rubber stamp kits.

Your library has Arts & Crafts kits you can check out to make learning free. The kits contain everything you need to try out something new. Some of the items need to be returned like books, knitting needles, embroidery hoops, etc. and other materials can be used up such as yarn, origami paper and embroidery floss. It’s a great way to try something and see if you like it before you have to shell out $$ for supplies!

We also have a terrific selection of books and videos to help you learn something new. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

View complete list

Participants at an Arts & Crafts program at the library.

Don’t forget about the library’s Arts & Crafts workshops! Each month the library leads workshops at local community centers. These take place at Crestview Community Center on the first Wednesday each month, and at Shawnee North Community Center on the last Thursday. You can see what we’ll be doing each month by checking the Library News – or by looking in the Shawnee County Parks & Recreation catalog. You can register for these workshops by calling the community centers directly. There are also Arts & Crafts workshops  at the library. Here are some upcoming creative workshops:

Another great way to learn something new is to visit and join a local arts/crafts group or guild. Topeka has a strong creative community and there are lots of folks willing to help beginners. It’s great to get out and meet other people who are interested in the same things. Here is a downloadable/printable directory of local groups and guilds.

 

Photo courtesy of the Topeka Needlework Guild.

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M.H. Ross Runs for City Council in Charlotte

The M. H. Ross Papers digital collection is now publicly accessible online. Digitization of the M. H. Ross Papers is being funded by a $48,865 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and will continue through September 2018. For an overview of M.H. “Mike” Ross and the M.H. Ross Collection, check out our previous blog entry.

Mike Ross files to run for city council in Mecklenburg County, 18 April 1941

M.H. “Mike” Ross was only 22 years old when he ran for city council in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1941. At the time, Ross was the Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina chapter of the League for Progressive Democracy, the Vice-Chairman of the League for Young Southerners, a part of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, and he served on the board of the Southern Summer School for Workers. A laborer at the Merita Bakery and an affiliate member of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) union, he was one of a few union men who entered the race as part of the Progressive Party “People’s Platform” or “People’s Slate,” as opposed to what was sometimes called the “Machine Platform” of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Three working men ran for the Progressive Party in Charlotte, NC: T.J. Gordon, hosiery worker; B.A. Hagler, textile worker; and Mike Ross, bakery worker

The People’s Platform stood for the rights of all working people, regardless of race, religion, or even political beliefs. Those running on this platform advocated for equal rights and protections, higher wages, lower taxes for those with lower incomes, a more adequate healthcare service, the building of low-cost housing, the building of more parks, greater accountability and transparency among those holding public office, and even free milk for infants in need.

Only two of the three Progressive candidates for city council made it to the run-off on May 6, 1941

Both Mike Ross and B.A. Hagler, a textile worker, received enough votes from their respective wards in the April 28 election to be included in the run-off, which was held on May 6, 1941. While neither man ultimately was elected to office, this was the first time in their district that union men ran for office and both gained wide support across their districts, with particularly large voter turnouts.

In 1941, Mike Ross began his service in the United States military. He would run again for office in 1948, still as part of the Progressive Party, this time for Congress.

To read more about this topic in the M.H. Ross Papers, explore these related folders:

Election articles, Chapel Hill, North Carolina [folder 1 of 2], 1940-1941
Election articles, Chapel Hill, North Carolina [folder 2 of 2], 1940-1941
Labor’s Non-Partisan League National Bulletin, Vol. 4 No. 18, December 20, 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 1 of 3] 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 2 of 3] 1940
North Carolina League for Progressive Democracy and election [folder 3 of 3] 1940

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CA Mudslide Info
The Altadena CA Library has a page of useful resources for mudslide information and assistance here.
African-American Builders of Topeka

Our community has created a living exhibit that highlights the stories of African-Americans in Topeka and Shawnee County. The stories of our community builders do not end here. Our history is made every day!

As you walk through this exhibit you will discover people, their stories and the objects that are important to them. Their experiences help tell the story of our community.

Explore our stories, contemplate the timelines, and hear our StoryCorps interviews. Add your builder story to our community wall and help grow the exhibit.

African-American Builders of Topeka will be on display from January 19 – March 11, 2018.

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African-American Builders of Topeka

Our community has created a living exhibit that highlights the stories of African-Americans in Topeka and Shawnee County. The stories of our community builders do not end here. Our history is made every day!

As you walk through this exhibit you will discover people, their stories and the objects that are important to them. Their experiences help tell the story of our community.

Explore our stories, contemplate the timelines, and hear our StoryCorps interviews. Add your builder story to our community wall and help grow the exhibit.

African-American Builders of Topeka will be on display from January 19 – March 11, 2018.

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Conquer the Computer

You’re online, you know the computer can make your life easier and better. Maybe you have a friend or family member who has been reluctant to get online. Some people who are new to using computers may think it is too hard, too expensive or not for people like them. They are not alone. Help them learn why using a computer can be worth the time and effort.

DigitalLearn is a collection of short (6-22 minute) classes that teach people one computer skill at a time to accomplish important tasks like searching for information on a new appliance, buying plane tickets and applying for jobs. Most DigitalLearn classes are offered in English and Spanish.

If someone wants personal help getting started, have them call us at 785-580-4400 or stop by and talk to a librarian. We can help them set-up an email address (needed for a DigitalLearn account) and direct them to free in-person classes at the library that support DigitalLearn. If they are ready to jump in on their own but don’t have an email address, DigitalLearn offers a quick online class on creating an email that is linked directly below the email address box on the sign-up page.

Check out all the classes available.

DigitalLearn is a program brought to you by Cox Communications and the Public Library Association.

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