Saturday, May 13, 2017

Georgia Libraries Conference Call for Proposals Now Open!

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference, including pre-conference sessions, presentations, demonstrations and posters.

This year's conference will take place October 4-6, 2017 at the Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center.

All proposal submissions are due by June 12, 2017.  Guidelines and forms for submitting your proposal(s) can be found on the website here:

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Jean Cook at 
For questions regarding poster submissions, please contact Carol Stanley at

Best of luck to potential presenters! We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!

Conference Details:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Movin' on Up: Advancing into Academic Library Middle Management - Carterette Series Webinar

Movin' on Up: Advancing into Academic Library Middle Management
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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


Can an academic librarian who has only worked on the front lines compete with those who have supervisory experience for middle management positions? What traits are hiring committees looking for in middle managers for public services, especially in applicants with no prior supervisory experience?

This webinar presents the findings of a qualitative study consisting of interviews with academic librarians who have served on hiring committees for middle-management positions, and with public services librarians who have recently made the transition from the front lines to their first supervisory position; and an analysis of the preferred and required qualifications in job ads for middle-management public services positions in academic libraries from the last five years. The presenters use these results to provide guidance on the steps frontline academic librarians can take in order to successfully translate their abilities, knowledge, and skills into their first supervisory position.

About the Presenters:
Megan Hodge is a Teaching & Learning Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. A former ALA Emerging Leader, Megan currently serves as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and is a doctoral student in educational research and evaluation.

Nicole Spoor is the Business Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She currently serves as the Leadership Development Director for ALA New Members Round Table and is a doctoral student in educational leadership.

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:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Augusta University Libraries in the Spotlight

The University Libraries of Augusta University are comprised of Reese Library, which serves mainly undergraduates as well as graduates in education, business, public administration, and psychology, and Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, which serves the health sciences professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health sciences). Augusta University is a consolidation of Augusta State University (now the Summerville campus) and Georgia Health Sciences University (now the Health Sciences campus), approved in January 2013. The university is one of four state public comprehensive research universities. Greenblatt Library is the only public health sciences library in Georgia. The AU/UGA Partnership campus, located in Athens, is served by a Medical Partnership Campus Librarian, who reports to Greenblatt Library.

In the fall of 2016 Reese Library, in cooperation with the University’s Information Technology division and Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs, opened a new, state-of-the-art technology collaboration space for students. The new space is located on its 2nd floor in the area previously housing a portion of the print government information collection. This space offers multiple technology enabled group collaboration spaces and a number of individual work areas where students can access more than 50 Mac and Windows computers as well as use their own devices. An IT support desk, staffed by students, handles multimedia and application support for student projects. New furniture was added to further set this area apart.

Both libraries offer a variety of services including having librarians embedded into the university colleges to provide point-of-need research assistance for faculty and students. Greenblatt Library also offers a satellite site on the second floor of the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons building, an area heavily used by professional students. Reese Library offers embedded hours in the new Academic Success Center. The library instruction program serves students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines. The Clinical Information Librarian rounds with pediatrics and family medicine departments to provide clinical information to assist with patient care at the point of need and customized consultations for research and teaching information needs.

Both libraries have unique collections including rare books, portraits, personal manuscript collections, and institutional publications and documents. Greenblatt Library has William Hunter’s Gravid Uterus, published in 1774 and including a dedication page to King George III. William Hunter, a famous anatomist, surgeon, and obstetrician in 18th century Great Britain and author of numerous articles on anatomy, surgery, and midwifery, served as the physician to Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. Reese Library acquired the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Company Papers (1898-1989), a major African American business with a home office in Augusta, operating in several southern states.

Greenblatt Library hosts the National Library of Medicine-funded Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course. Held at Brasstown Valley twice a year, this course provides participants with a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics as well as continuing education for health care professionals interested in the application of computer technologies to medicine. Nationally known bioinformatics educators and thought leaders serve as the faculty.

To learn more about the University Libraries of Augusta University, visit

Monday, May 1, 2017

Apply for GLA Scholarship - Deadline to apply May 19, 2017

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 $1,500, 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 2017 scholarships is May 19.

See the Georgia Library Association website for details:

Questions and application materials may be directed to:
William Brogdon
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-chair
307 Adair St. C2
Decatur, GA 30030 (all lowercase letters)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Academic Library Division Election Call for Nominations

Are you an academic librarian looking to get more involved in the Georgia Library Association?

The Academic Library Division of GLA is currently seeking nominations for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (a 3 year commitment), a Secretary (a 1 year commitment), and an ACRL representative (a 3 year commitment.) You can nominate yourself or suggest another worthy academic librarian. Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

The election will take place electronically in September 2017.

The term will start on January 1, 2018.

Simply send the name and contact information of nominees to the GLA/ALD Nominating Committee Chair, Amy Stalker

Monday, April 10, 2017

AABIG 2017 Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG)

Call for Proposals:  AABIG welcomes conference proposals for the 2017 AABIG Conference on June 16, 2017 at West Georgia Technical College in Newnan, GA.

What’s the Next BIG Thing?
This year’s theme (above) can be interpreted in many ways. For example, we encourage librarians to present on:

• innovations in library instruction and/or student learning assessment

• emerging instructional technologies

• trends in professional development for instruction librarians

• predictions on the future of teaching in academic, school and public libraries

Other presentation ideas are welcome!

Note:  We welcome everyone!  Past presenters have been from all over Georgia, as well as from neighboring states—Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Deadline:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

To submit a proposal, go to the AABIG website at

Friday, April 7, 2017

Senoia Branch Library In the Spotlight

From left to right: Ms. Jayne, Ms. Linda Sue, Ms. Polly
and Ms. Rachel
The Senoia Branch Library is one of four library branches within the Coweta Public Library System (CPLS). The Senoia Area Library was originally established as a City library in 1974 and became a part of the Coweta Library System in 2008. In 2012, the current 6500 square foot branch was opened on the beautiful Marimac Lakes. The high vaulted ceiling and gorgeous wood beams along with inspiring original art work create a big footprint for this smaller, cozy library. Patrons love to relax, read and take in the lake from the comfortable back and side patio areas.

Senoia library has yet another captivating aspect that not only draws people in but keeps them coming back…the library staff. The dedicated staff consistently provides quality customer service that fosters a positively memorable experience for each person who walks through the doors. Everyone who enters is welcomed with warm smiles, cheerful greetings and an open minded spirit of service. Staff is well versed not only in the materials and services offered by CPLS but also is knowledgeable on the history and current events of the City of Senoia.

For a library with limited space, program offerings rise well above the one size fits all approach. Each staff member specializes in a different age group but all share responsibility when needed. The staff is always open to new ideas while still offering more traditional programing such as Story-Time and craft programs. Reaching out into the community for professionals and hobbyist to conduct programs here is equally important. The staff’s ability to tap into their surroundings and forge relationships with patrons, business owners and members of other non-for-profit organizations is key to Senoia library’s success in offering dynamic programs for all ages.

Like the small town it is located in, the Senoia Branch Library has the charm and warmth that resonates with its customers and visitors (stopping by to check out the “The Walking Dead” film sets…yes, “The Walking Dead” is filmed in our town). A strong energy to serve and create is evidenced by Senoia library’s staff: Ms. Jayne, Ms. Polly, Ms. Rachel and Ms. Linda Sue.

Come visit soon!