Friday, December 19, 2014

Carnegie Branch Library in Savannah in the Spotlight!

The Carnegie Branch Library in Savannah, Georgia celebrated its Centennial Anniversary with a Georgia Historical Marker dedication ceremony held on August 13, 2014. Nestled majestically amongst a tree line belt on East Henry Street the Carnegie Branch Library is part of Live Oak Public Libraries.

Carnegie Library has rich roots embedded in the African American community of Savannah. Today it remains a focal point for educational programs and a community meeting space. The historical marker acknowledges the significance African American Savannahians and others placed on education and scholarly research one hundred years ago.

Since 1903 the African American community of Savannah spiritedly debated the need for a public library of their own. In 1906 black community leaders founded the Colored Library Association of Savannah. The twelve original founders were: A.L. Tucker, Julian Smith, J.W. Armstrong, E.E. Desverney, J.T. Burton, Henry Pearson, Dr. F. S. Belcher, H.H. McBeth, G.W. Jacobs, L.S. Reed, R.W. Gadson, and C.A.R. McDowell. In 1913 a petition was sent forth to the Carnegie Corporation for funding and construction began in 1914. The building was dedicated later that year on August 14th.

The building is the only example of Prairie Style architecture within the city. The regal staircase leading to the main entrance on the second floor is framed by two enormous piers with sandstone orbs on small pedestals. Narrow vertical windows, with rectangular transoms are also characteristic of the Prairie Style. The entrance is flanked by two sconces with large glass globes and is ornamented, above the doorway, with an open book with the inscription "Carnegie Library".

Carnegie has a warm familiar feel. While small and quaint, it also offers an full array of services, programs, and technology resources many library users of the 21th century have come to expect. It also houses an extensive African American reference collection and remains a beloved structure within a community. Among famous visitors are James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer and essayist and Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The library is seeing renewed interest from students, tourists, and visitors as well as the wider community of residents. New generations of users often encounter many local senior residents who freely share their stories of growing up in the Carnegie Library. They also remind younger generations how important the library was to their education and encourage younger users to appreciate the importance of libraries.

New and old residents continue to stream through the doors for a tour or to acknowledge that they never knew the history of the Carnegie Library. They are greeted by friendly staff behind the same desk countless others were greeted over hundred years ago. While time has marched on the Carnegie Library remains a stalwart in its role to serve the community as it has done and we suspect will do for another one hundred years.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GLA Committees and Interest Groups in the Spotlight!

Join us at GLA Midwinter, select a committee or interest group to participate, and you can make a difference in the future of Georgia librarianship!

 Keep reading if you want to learn more ...

Are you interested in citizenship and governance?  Do you think it's important to keep information about our government and the information it provides freely available to the public?  Come join the GLA Government Information Interest Group!  You don't have to be a documents librarian to join, just someone interested in providing and using government information. This GLA interest group is committed to promoting accessibility and use of federal, state, local, and international government information. We're actively seeking new members, and you'll get the chance to meet and work with others in the library field who care about keeping these vitally important information sources available for all. Each autumn GIIG sponsors a program about government information at the annual COMO meeting, so keep in mind this opportunity for presenting your own research and/or experience using government materials.

The Technical Services Interest Group is about cataloging, acquisitions, e-resources, and more! Catch up with the latest trends and current issues in acquisitions, cataloging, classification, electronic resources management, library systems, and serials. Come and see what Technical Services can do for you – and your library! Visit us on the web, Facebook, Pinterest and Slideshare.

Interested in marketing, social media, outreach, or good old fashioned email blasts? The GLA Public Relations Committee helps to guide and distribute GLA communications and promotes support of libraries in Georgia. Join our committee and help with publicizing events, recruiting support for libraries and member organizations, and spreading general good cheer. All volunteers welcome; social media mavens especially needed.  Indicate your choice on your form for the GLA Midwinter Planning meeting - even if you can't come, let us know you'd like to help!

The GLA Scholarship Committee molds the future of library leadership by providing financial assistance to those still in school. We are looking for members throughout the state from a wide variety of backgrounds to help with this project. We have two subcommittees: our annual scholarship raffle and our award selection committee. Over the next year, we hope to unveil a new digital scholarship application form and expand our scholarship raffle to further endow these vital awards. Every year, the GLA scholarships receive more enthusiasm and support from our membership. Come be a part of this fantastic committee!

This will be a revitalizing and exciting year for the Reference Services Interest Group as we expand our charter and goals to become the Reference and Instructional Interest Group. Recognizing the increasing overlap between these two services and the desire of librarians to collaborate with their instructional needs, we will be redefining our charge, scope, and services. The feedback and insights of all Georgia Librarians will be invaluable during this process.

 The Awards Committee recognizes the best in Georgia Libraries and GLA. Great things happen everyday and too many have gone undistinguished for too long. From rooting out hidden gems to highlighting community members who support their library, members of this committee get the pleasure and satisfaction of giving back a little to those who have contributed much.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and GLA's New Members' Round Table (NMRT) Holiday Potluck Party

Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and GLA's New Members' Round Table (NMRT) invite everybody to  joint Holiday Potluck Party!

Come meet fellow Atlanta-area library staff and friends over great food!

The party will be followed by a short business meeting to elect MALA officers and discuss and plan the coming year.  Bring a dish or come as you are; all are welcome - no membership required.

 When - Saturday, Dec 20th from 5:00-7:00 PM

Where - Oglethorpe University, Turner Lynch Campus Center Trustee Room (4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319)

Please visit to RSVP.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Warren P. Sewell Memorial Library in the Spotlight!

The Warren P. Sewell Memorial Library in Bremen, Georgia was founded in 1973. Today, we are a member of the West Georgia Regional Library system and the PINES consortium.

We've come a long way from our humble origins. In the late 1980's, our original 3,500 square foot building expanded to 7,500 feet. Most recently, we had a massive renovation and expansion project that finished up in 2012. This gave us an additional 5,000 feet that allowed us to provide new study room spaces, a teen area, and a sort of "community front porch" that is one of the staff's favorite parts of the library. Additionally, most of our furniture and shelving in the main part of the library is mobile (leading a former director to call us "the library on wheels"). This lets us transform our space as needed for events, programs, and daily library work.

One of the things that we are proudest of at the Bremen Library is the close relationship that we have with our funding agency, the city of Bremen. While we know that libraries across the country have struggled over the years with support, we have been incredibly lucky that we have received consistent support from the city for our services, our expansion efforts, and the many projects and programs that we put out into the city.

We offer a wide variety of programming for the citizens of Bremen. In addition to pre-k storytimes, weekly movie nights, author readings, movie presentations to area special needs groups, and other events, we have a strong teen program that meets weekly. We're very proud of our work with teens because this age group can be difficult to reach and can fall through the library programming cracks between children and adults. So whether it is painting book ends for the YA section, our monthly YA movie, classes on Internet safety, or our teen book club, we put a lot of effort into ensuring that the teens of Bremen have a fun, engaging, and safe place for them to come after school.

Another program that makes us a bit unique in the library world are our weekly fitness classes. We're building strong bodies and minds at the Bremen Library with free weekly yoga and Zumba classes. Additionally, we have a group that gets together to walk on Monday nights. Not a lot of libraries do this, but we have experienced remarkable success in engaging the community and pulling a consistent audience.

In a community our size, we also act as part community and cultural arts center. We try to have a featured artist of the month and a featured collector. According to Lisa Walton-Cagle, branch manager of the Bremen Library: "Our goal was to be a community and to have that feeling. We wanted everyone in the community to feel like they belong." We have a strong and welcoming staff that we are fiercely proud of, and we think that we're one of the best public libraries around. So next time you're in the area, stop by the Warren P. Sewell Memorial Library in Bremen!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Save the Date! Mingle with the Admins - Saturday, Dec. 6

Date: Saturday, December 6
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Location: Manuel's Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Register for this event

 The GLA Atlanta Emerging Librarians planning committee proudly presents the 2014 installation of Mingle with the Admins, a luncheon for new librarians, MLIS students and recent grads to meet and greet with administrators from local Atlanta libraries.  We have invited a mix of public, academic, and special library administrators that will share information about their libraries and any open positions they may have available.

Soft drinks and appetizers will be provided.  Attendees can order a dutch treat lunch from the restaurant menu.

This is a great opportunity to meet administrators and hiring managers from libraries where you are interested in building your career.  RSVP to sign up to attend – space is limited!  We hope to see you there!

Please e-mail Jennifer Young at with any questions

Your 2014 AEL Planning Committee
Jennifer Young
Mandi Goodsett
Courtney Baron
Ruth Rowell

Monday, November 17, 2014

GLA 2015 MidWinter Planning Meeting Registration is Now Open

Dear GLA Member,

It is time to register for the Georgia Library Association 2015 MidWinter Planning Meeting.
This year’s meeting will he held on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 9:00 am-2:15 pm at the Downs Continuing Education Center at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

The MidWinter Planning Meeting is an important event for all GLA members to meet and help plan activities for the year, especially those interested in contributing to COMO 2015, October 7-9, 2015 in Athens, GA.
Julie Walker will join us for lunch to deliver this year’s keynote address. Before becoming Georgia’s state librarian this past July, Walker served as deputy state librarian for six years and was previously assistant state librarian for technology, support services and strategic initiatives. She was associate director of the Athens Regional Library System from 1990 to 2003 and, before that, worked in various positions at libraries in North Carolina.
Registration fee for MidWinter Planning Meeting is $35 per person, which will include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch buffet. Registration forms must be received by Friday, January 2, 2015 to confirm your lunch reservation.

Mid-Winter Planning Meeting Agenda:
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       Registration, Networking and Breakfast
9:10 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       Paraprofessional Division and New Members Round Table meetings
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Welcome and Reports
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Annual Conference Planning Discussion
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Division meetings
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Lunch, speaker Julie Walker, State Librarian
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Committee meetings
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.       Interest Group meetings
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.       Executive Board meeting*

*(All Committee Chairs, Division and Interest Group leaders are encouraged to attend to give updates from the mornings business meetings)

Please submit your Committee Preference form by December 31, 2014 and let us know how you would like to join in GLA activities.   It is going to be an exciting year for Georgia libraries!

Have a safe and happy holiday season.
See you in January 2015!

Lace Keaton
2015 GLA President