Saturday, February 28, 2015

AEL Informal Mingle - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Atlanta Emerging Librarians will be hosting an informal mingle on Saturday, March 7th from 3-6 pm at La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant off Howell Mill Road. All are welcome. Come chat with the planning committee and provide your input on this year’s activities.

RSVP at:

We also have a survey out. Please consider taking a few moments to complete the survey. We want to plan for you!

Questions? Contact us at

2015 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Christian
Kat Greer
Ashley Hoffman
Ruth Rowell

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writing an Academic Paper using Library Issues

By Rebecca Rose, Research Papers Committee Chair

Who can do it?  If you have any interest in anything related to libraries you can write and submit a research paper.  Writers may be librarians, paraprofessional staff, faculty, students….

What is it? Writing a research paper about libraries uses the same process as writing any other scholarly article. You tackle a problem or issue. Once an issue is identified, read scholarly articles by others who have written about this issue. Create a hypothesis. Use a study or some way to gather data that will test your hypothesis. Examine the gathered data and analyze its implications to generate additional understanding about this issue.  State your conclusion.

Where is it? Papers submitted for the Georgia Library Association’s Academic Library Division call for research papers will be read at the next COMO conference in Athens, GA.  Additionally, submitted papers may be invited for publication in the Georgia Library Quarterly, a peer reviewed journal. Furthermore, academic papers using library topics may be published in any scholarly journal, and are not limited to publications devoted to libraries.

Why do it? Writing an academic paper benefits everyone in that it expands our understanding of our workplace and profession.  Listing published documents demonstrates an added level of professionalism on anyone’s vita or resume. While writing can be challenging, completing an article is rewarding, and publishing a piece is exciting.

Interested in doing it? The deadline for submitting a proposal for this year’s research paper for COMO is April 1, 2015.

2015 GLA Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Georgia Library Association awards two scholarships annually to students pursuing a master's degree in library science. The Hubbard Scholarship, a $3,000 award, is intended to recruit excellent candidates for librarianship in Georgia and defray some of the costs of their education. The Beard Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is targeted for applicants of excellence who show strong potential for leadership in the library profession. Recipients of both awards must agree to work for at least one year in Georgia following graduation. Applicants need not be residents of Georgia to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 scholarships is May 23.

Visit Georgia Library Association website for details:

Questions and application materials may be directed to:

Mack Freeman
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair
710 Rome Street
Carrollton, GA 30117  (all lowercase letters)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Library Prints Delivered to the State Capitol

On Thursday, February 2, 2015, representatives from the Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Library Association distributed prints of “Fishing in the Chattahoochee” to Georgia legislators. The prints were created by artist Debi Davis with funding from Mumford Books in Jacksonville Florida.

The purpose of distributing the prints to the Georgia legislatives is to raise awareness about the importance of Georgia libraries and the need for continued support from the legislature. This year Julie Walker, Elizabeth McKinney, Whitney Payne, Wendy Cornelisen, Jessica Everingham, Kathy Pillatzki, and Carolyn Fuller distributed the prints to legislators at the State Capitol. 

Pictured left to right: Elizabeth McKinney, PINES Program Director; Whitney Payne, Director of Grants Research and Statistics; Wendy Cornelisen, Assistant State Librarian; Julie Walker, State Librarian; Jessica Everingham, Assistant State Librarian.

Academic Library Division Call for Papers

The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/Georgia Chapter of ACRL invites Georgia librarians and library science students to submit research papers for presentation at 2015 COMO pertaining to academic libraries. Criteria for selection include purpose, content, organization, scholarship, and references.  Papers should include research on developments in academic libraries that present challenging opportunities for libraries and librarianship throughout the state, region, or nation. Papers should be approximately 2000 words.

The Georgia Library Quarterly (GLQ) may invite selected authors to submit their papers for possible publication in GLQ.

GLA will award a cash prize for the paper selected as the top entry which will be presented at the COMO conference in Athens, GA.

Notice of Intention:
Submit via email with subject line, ALD Research Papers, to a notice of intention containing your name, address, phone number and email address with the tentative title and a brief (200 word) abstract by April 1, 2015.

Paper Submission:
Final paper of approximately 2000 words must be submitted by July 15, 2015.

Rebecca Rose
Research Papers Committee Chair

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mary Willis Library, Washington, Georgia in the Spotlight!

Text and photos by Linda Cooks

"This beautiful building is a work of art – a symphony in stone!" These words were spoken at the 1889 opening of the Mary Willis Library in Washington, Wilkes County. A wonderful example of High Victorian, Queen Anne architecture, the library was funded by Dr. Francis T. Willis in memory of his daughter, Mary Willis Jones, who passed away at the age of 44. The Mary Willis Library was established as the first free public library in the state of Georgia. An endowment created by Dr. Willis in 1894 continues to provide funding for the library today. The Mary Willis Library was designed by architect Edmund G. Lind of Atlanta who also designed the Peabody Institute in Baltimore in 1875. The brick structure features a round corner turret, terra-cotta inserts with expressive faces on the chimneys, and decorative half-timbering in the gables. Inside, the library contains patterned brick fireplaces with terra-cotta inserts, antique furnishings, and in the library's reading room, tall stained glass windows crafted by Tiffany Studios memorializing Mary Willis. The library was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

The initial collection of 300 books was selected by Dr. Willis and his half-brother Samuel Barnett. Samuel Barnett served as the first president of the library's board of trustees. Both brothers donated their personal books to the library's collection. Today, the library's special collection features these original resources as well as an extensive collection of history books, census and tax records, and genealogical histories from the local region, state of Georgia, and the Southeast.

The library also possesses a collection of prints by naturalist, William Bartram and books from the personal collection of Richard Harwell, a librarian and prolific biographer of the life of Margaret Mitchell.

An annex designed for compatibility with the library's architectural style was created by Kuhlke and Wade of Augusta and built in 1977. Another addition/renovation designed by Edmund Maddox of Savannah was completed in 1991. In addition to expanded stack space, offices, a computer area, and a meeting room, the library now features a well-loved children's library. A colorful mural depicting buildings of literary significance in the City of Washington adorns the walls. A theater, accessible from the children's library, provides puppet shows for its young patrons.

Today, the library serves as headquarters for the Bartram Trail Regional System which includes Wilkes, Taliaferro, and McDuffie counties. The bookmobile service supplements library access to this three-county area and has a circulation of over 5,000 books and other materials. Other programming includes a summer reading program for young adults, traveling puppet shows, movie days, story time for over 1,000 children per week, and monthly craft projects for senior citizens. Ms. Lillie Crowe currently serves as the 6th head librarian of the Mary Willis Library over its 125-year history.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Call for Proposals for Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG) Annual Conference - - due March 2015

The Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG) 14th annual conference is being held this year on June 12th at the University of Georgia's Miller Learning Center.

This year's theme is Breaking Down Silos:  Innovative Teaching & Collaboration Across Departments.  
The conference will feature a variety of 20, 45-minute, and Pecha Kucha sessions, in addition to our keynote presentation led by Dr. Toby Graham, University Librarian and Associate Provost of the University of Georgia Libraries.

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 16th, 2015 

See our website for more information, registration, & proposal submission: