Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Informal Mingle - August 20, 2016

The Atlanta Emerging Librarians’ (AEL) next informal mingle will be at the Atlanta Rollergirls’ Grudge Match on Aug. 20, 2016 at 5pm. 

Come join us for a night of fun while we watch the Denim Demons and the Sake Tuyas vie for 3rd and 4th place in the league.

When: Aug. 20, 2016 at 5pm
Where: Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave, Midtown Atlanta (Parking is free!)

Buy Your Tickets at: 

***AEL is only staying for the 5pm game (Game 1 Tickets).  If you want to stay for both the 5pm and 7:30pm game, make sure you buy the Double Header Tickets. Single tickets are $15, Double Header tickets are $25.

RSVP at:

Other Information: The venue is BYOB.  You can bring a small cooler, but no glass allowed.

If you have any questions about the mingle email us at

The AEL Planning Committee

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Upcoming Carterette Webinar: Maximizing Outreach Without Maxing Out

Maximizing Outreach Without Maxing Out: No-to-Low Cost Ways of Getting Your Library's Message Out There
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Almost every library considers marketing and outreach a priority, but too often staffing or budget constraints cut these efforts off at the knees. Join us for a webinar to discuss some of our successful no-to-low cost outreach and marketing efforts from both academic and public libraries. This webinar will cover how to select what to focus on, options you can try, and resources where you can reach out for help. Learn how to take in new ideas and scale them to your library without burning out your staff or maxing out your budget. From our cash-strapped marketing budgets to yours, join Amanda Roper and John Mack Freeman for a discussion on how you can do marketing and outreach without breaking the bank.

About the Presenters:
John Mack Freeman is the Marketing and Programming Coordinator at the West Georgia Regional Library. Since 2009, he has also been a freelance technical writer and web designer. A former ALA Emerging Leader and current GLA 2nd Vice President, his professional focus is outreach to underserved communities, advancing intellectual freedom for a new generation, and helping spread marketing best practices to libraries with fewer resources across the country. When he's not over volunteering for professional associations, Mack is usually hanging out with his fiancé and his super lazy Australian Cattle Dog.

Amanda Roper is the Interlibary Loan and Reserves Specialist (official title) and Marketing and Communication Specialist (unofficial role) at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She is active in the Georgia Library Association serving as a Public Relations committee member and manager of the GLA Twitter account. Amanda blogs about books at, has a penchant for contemporary American poetry, and is more than a little bit obsessed with coffee.

Can't make it to the live show? That's okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.
To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page:
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.
Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions:

Monday, July 18, 2016

Savannah Area Librarians Meet-up - August 11, 2016

The Georgia Library Association's Savannah Area Meet-up group is excited to announce our third meet-up.  It will be hosted by Live Oak Public Libraries.

When:   Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time:     3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where:  Southwest Chatham Library Branch 14097 Abercorn Street Savannah, GA 31419

If you are near Chatham, Bryan, Bullock, Effingham, Liberty, McIntosh counties, this is for you!

This meet-up is opened to all library staff (librarians, media specialists, media clerks, etc.) and is an opportunity to meet fellow library professionals in an informal setting and learn more about getting involved in GLA.

The guest speaker for this event will be Clinton Edminster.  Clinton is the Executive Director, Art Rise Savannah, INC, and Owner and Founder, of Starlandia Creative Supply, LLC.  He will be speaking about the arts as a tool to bridge communities together and the power of collaborative thinking for higher impact programming and simply having a better time in your own life.

Bio: Originally from Homer, Alaska, Clinton came to Savannah to study at the art college in 2009. After deciding that college was not for him, he started volunteering with Desotorow Gallery. Eventually becoming the Executive Director in 2013, Edminster began implementing a two-year strategy to transform the small organization into Art Rise Savannah. In June 2015, Edminster opened Starlandia Creative Supply on Bull Street, a new and used art supply store. Edminster is also the President of Star Council, a graduate of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits Momentum Program, a recipient of Savannah Magazine’s Generation Next Award, and a proud resident of the Starland District.

Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Professional Development Events in July

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.  Visit the GPLS brand new Learning Center to find out about training events, webinar archives, self-paced library courses, CE resources, and more.

July 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
How to Set-Up a Minecraft Program for Kids

If you would like to know the challenges involved in setting up a Minecraft program for kids, attend the July 12th First Tuesdays. Technological know-how and costs will be covered.
Register at

July 12 @ 2:00 pm
Handselling: Readers’ Advisory for Under the Radar Titles

Looking for ways to get a great book into the hands of just the right reader? This free, hour-long webinar features readers'-advisory experts Kaite Mediatore Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City (MO) Public Library and Booklist’s Rebecca Vnuk giving practical advice on how to handsell special books to your library patrons.
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July 12 @ 2:00 pm
Intro the the Iron Triangle: Quality Resources and Time Constraints   

Do you want it Good, Cheap, or Fast? Pick two. The so-called Project Management or Iron Triangle establishes three sets of parameters for projects and enterprises. The Triangle helps keep teams aligned and on track, even while making decisions on the fly.
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July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Get Outside the Lines: Leverage Social Media to Make the Most of Your Campaign

Libraries are dynamic centers for engagement that help everyone in your community be their best. To shift perceptions, we need to demonstrate how the library is more relevant than ever before. Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them.
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July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Everywhere Leaders: How To Move Your Library & Your Career Forward
What do leaders look like? - From little league through high school, college and the world of professionals, everyone has known leaders who inspire, motivate, and support everyone around them. Who can (and should) lead? - Everyone wants to be successful. By practicing leadership skills, everyone can contribute to a culture of success.
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July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Creating Custom Tables and Colorful Maps Using American FactFinder  
Did you ever want to dabble in data visualizations but don’t know how? If so, this introductory workshop to some of the most useful American FactFinder tools might be the best place to start! This brief (40 minute) hands-on demonstration will explain how users can easily modify default table and map views to customize their output. In this course, users should expect to be able to create custom tables and colorful maps while building upon existing knowledge of American FactFinder.
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July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gender Inclusivity in Special Libraries
Travis Wagner, an advocate for LGBTQI+ inclusivity within cultural institutions, will discuss how to expand beyond written policies of inclusion and actually enact practices that are more engaging and inherently inclusive in nature.
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July 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Many Paths to Conversation: Techniques for Successful ESL Clubs
Are you interested in new ways to serve the immigrants in your community? Would you like to have fun and build strong relationships with your patrons? Are you interested in attending the best potluck ever? ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Clubs are simple and inexpensive programs that make a big impact.
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July 18 @ 2:30 pm
Leading Teens – Accidental Teen Librarian, Sarah Sogigian

Join us for a webinar on becoming an accidental teen librarian with a focus on leading teen.
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July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Collection Development: Children’s and Young Adult Books about Native Americans

Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections.
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July 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Serving At-Risk Patrons: Lessons from Library Social Workers

Looking for ideas on how to provide services to vulnerable customers in your library system? Join two library social workers to learn how libraries are on the front lines of social work — and how you can help patrons in need in your own communities.
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July 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Best Bets for Book Groups
Looking for fresh titles for your book discussion group? Join representatives from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Norton, Macmillan, and Sourcebooks as they showcase their favorite upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups. This free, one-hour webinar is moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach.
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July 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code

Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. Libraries have stepped up to help everyone learn the basics of coding.
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July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Breezing Along with the RML: Librarians Involved in EHRs

This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems.
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July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
We Need To Talk: Overcoming the Fear of Having a Difficult Conversation

When faced with having a difficult conversation do you find yourself procrastinating, back peddling, dodging, panicking, or finding yourself filled with dread?  Whether the conversation is with staff, a patron, your family, or an annoying neighbor this session will help to move you forward. These conversations don’t have to be difficult if you prepare in
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July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Your Constituents by the Numbers: Accessing Data for Political Boundaries

Learn how to access statistics about your constituents living within political boundaries such as Congressional Districts, Legislative Districts, Precincts, etc. Using the American FactFinder you will be able to download and map demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business data for your political geographies.
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July 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … The APIs of

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
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July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cultivating a Library Technoculture: We are Tech Workers!

Markham is Canada’s “High-Tech Capital,” housing 900 high-tech companies and their employees. In response, Markham Public Library began hosting maker and coding events, launched a digital media lab, and purchased 3D printers. When skill gaps in our workforce thwarted efforts to engage staff with new services, we embarked on a culture-shifting journey.
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July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm   
How to Make your Website More Inclusive to All Audiences

Your organization’s website is often the first place people go for information about your museum, your exhibitions, your programs, and your collection. But who are the people who use your website, and is your website inclusive of the broadest audience? 20% of Americans identify as having a disability—can they, and everyone, access all of the can they, and everyone, access all of the information that your website shares? Is your website designed by IT in a silo, or have critical stakeholders been included in the process–from top to bottom and across your organization (and beyond)? Have you addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or embraced Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and principles of Universal Design in your choices of font, colors, graphics, functionality, tagging, and use of assistive technology?
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July 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: Health Information Resources for Seniors

This webinar will highlight the major health concerns for older adults, and feature information resources from the National Library Medicine and other trustworthy organizations.
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COMO 2016 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Joint Conference of the Georgia Library Association, the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology and the Southeastern Library Association!

Register today at

The 2016 Georgia COMO conference will be held Wednesday, October 5th – Friday, October 7th at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

For more information, please visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you in Athens!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System in the Spotlight

Aerial view of ARCPLS old and new headquarters
The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System (ARCPLS) is comprised of the Headquarters Library and five branches scattered throughout the greater Augusta, Georgia area.  The Headquarters Library was opened in 2010 across the street from the previous main location, transporting services and collections from a 3500 square foot building to a 95,000 square foot, three floor facility equipped with computers on each level, dedicated Children’s and YA Areas, study rooms and an auditorium with a collapsible wall affording versatile uses of the building’s largest meeting space.

The remaining five locations include the Diamond Lakes Branch, which shares building space with a recreation/community center known as the hub of a very active sports program serving athletes of all ages.  The Freidman and Maxwell Branch libraries are each slated for extensive renovations within the next few years due to a community-backed SPLOST initiative.  Upon completion, these branches that will have been in existence well over a combined total of 70 years, will be able to continue to serve their communities within familiar walls using state-of-the-art library fixtures and resources.

Appleby Library, Augusta, GA
Undoubtedly, the hidden jewels of the system are housed in its oldest buildings.  The Wallace Branch is one of the most popular meeting room destinations of all of the facilities.  Its location, less than five blocks away from the Augusta University Medical Campus (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), next door and across the street from two high schools and across the street from a respected preschool makes it a convenient destination for students of all ages.  Its historic significance to the city is invaluable as it was originally built as the first public library location to specifically serve African-American patrons in the 1950’s.  Finally, the beautiful Appleby Library is located in a stately, historic antebellum home willed to the system many years ago.  Parents regularly remark that their children are the 3rd generation in their family to attend the branch’s very popular story times.

A strengthened emphasis on programming is the latest effort by ARCPLS to transform the system into one that leans out into the community to bring patrons into the fold, while not necessarily into the doors.  Annual signature programs such as the Augusta Literary Festival, Star Wars Reads Day and the Evenings In Appleby Gardens Concert Series regularly draw thousands of attendees.  However, lessons on how to become a “virtual patron” teach those unable or unwilling to travel to a branch how to best maximize online resources such as Georgia Download Destination for book downloads, Zinio for periodical downloads and Pronunciator and Tumblebooks for distance literacy learning in over 80 languages.  GLASS Augusta rounds out the system’s offerings as the department provides Talking Books outreach to 21 surrounding counties.

Under the leadership of Library Director Mashell Fashion who has spent the bulk of her 30 year career with the system, ARCPLS looks forward to honoring its past while simultaneously exceeding goals poised to make it a model public library system of the future.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

GLA Website Redesign Survey

The Georgia Library Association is undertaking the GLA website redesign. As part of this effort, we would like to know how you use the GLA website and what content and features you would like to see on the new site.

The following 10 questions survey will only take a few minutes to complete -

Please help us improve the web site and make it more useful to you by telling us about your experiences with the site.

The survey will close on July 1, 2016.

Thank you for your time and input.

Website redesign task force
Elizabeth McKinney  - Chair
Kara Mullen
Jeffrey Mortimore
Christina Yau
Sofia Slutskaya