Monday, August 3, 2015

Professional Development Events in August

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.
Visit the GPLS CE Calendar for the program descriptions and to register.

Aug. 13: Because Advocacy Never Stops: New Tools for Taking Action (WebJunction)

Aug. 4: The kids are not all white (Washington State Library)
Aug. 18: YA Announcements: Fall Titles to Know (Booklist)
Aug. 19: Meeting the Unique Needs of Teens (Nebraska Library Commission)
Aug. 19: Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age (Infopeople)
Aug. 19: New Nonfiction for Young Readers (School Library Journal)

Aug. 5: The Secret Art of Patron Driven e-book Acquisition: A snapshot of cost and control (Nebraska Library Commission)
Aug. 6: Collection Development Tips & Tools (Library Journal)
Aug. 11: Christian Fiction Book Roundup (Library Journal)
Aug. 13: Lerner Publishing Group’s Fall 2015 Librarian Preview (Booklist)
Aug. 18: YA Announcements: Fall Titles to Know (Booklist)
Aug. 19: New Nonfiction for Young Readers (School Library Journal)
Aug. 20: How to Build and Promote Your Digital Collection (Booklist)
Aug. 20: Fall Mystery Announcements (Library Journal)
Aug. 6: Accomplishing More with Social Media (Techsoup for Libraries)

Aug. 11: The Archival Advantage: Integrating Archival Expertise into Management of Born-digital Library Materials (OCLC Research)
Aug. 20: How to Build and Promote Your Digital Collection (Booklist)

Aug. 26: Data Anyone? Grant Data at Your Finger Tips (U.S. Census Bureau)
Aug. 26: Could a Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Be Your Next Fundraiser? (Nebraska Library Commission)

Aug. 11: Creating and Operating a Public Library Makerspace – A Conversation with North Richland Hills Public Library Staff (Texas State Library and Archives)

Aug. 11: Bridges to Citizenship: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries to Expand and Enhance Services for Adult Immigrant Learners (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
Aug. 18: Best Small Library in America 2015: Belgrade Community Library (WebJunction)
Aug 20: Beyond Assistive Technology: Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities (Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Aug. 11: Individual Programs: Anything but Passive (Colorado State Library)
Aug. 11: Creating and Operating a Public Library Makerspace – A Conversation with North Richland Hills Public Library Staff (Texas State Library and Archives)
Aug. 11: Readers' Advisory for your Library’s Midlist Collection (Booklist)

Aug. 12: Accessing Datasets for the Data Curious (North Carolina Library Association)
Aug. 13: The Next Generation Federal Digital System (FDsys) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Aug. 18: Data Access Tools Webinar (U.S. Census Bureau)
Aug. 19: Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Aug. 25: Introduction to the American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau)
Aug. 26: Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Aug. 20: AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2015 (American Association of School Librarians)
Aug. 26: AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2015 (American Association of School Librarians)

Aug. 6: Accomplishing More with Social Media (Techsoup)
Aug. 17: Digital Citizenship & Cyberbullying (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
Aug. 19: Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries (Techsoup)
Aug. 20: AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2015 (American Association of School Librarians)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

GaCOMO 2015 Registration is Now Open!

REGISTER TODAY! The 2015 GaCOMO Conference Registration Form is online now. You may register online or mail in the printable registration form located at the bottom of the registration page.

GaCOMO is a joint venture between the Georgia Library Association and the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology. The 2015 GaCOMO Conference will be held Wednesday, October 7th – Friday, October 9th at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Please note that this year breakout sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 7th.

Keynote speakers this year include Unshelved authors Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, with a luncheon address by George Needham.

GaCOMO is also proud to announce that TNT is sponsoring our showing of “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” (2004) on Wednesday evening, October 7, 2015. Don’t miss out on  this fun-filled event which will include Trivia, Refreshments, and Prizes!

For more information, please visit our website at

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hog Hammock Public Library in the Spotlight!

Hog Hammock Public Library is on Sapelo Island, a Georgia barrier island accessible only by a state-run passenger ferry or private boat. The library is in the Historic Hog Hammock Community, one of the last intact, island-based Gullah-Geechee communities in America. Our island has a rich history as well as beautiful beaches, marshes and forests.

Hog Hammock Public Library was founded in 2002 by the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society Inc. (SICARS). The library originally was located in the SICARS office. In 2006, the library became a separate nonprofit organization, and was rededicated as a member of Three Rivers Regional Library System, based in Jesup, Ga. Sapelo's library is now located in the island's former two-room schoolhouse, and has more than 2,500 cataloged materials. The PINES library card gives Sapelo patrons access to more than 10 million materials statewide.

To learn more about Hog Hammock Public Library, visit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Summer Special Library Tours on August 7, 2015

Looking for a unique career path to pursue with your MLIS?  Special libraries are an interesting alternative to traditional academic, public, or school libraries.  Special libraries can be found at law firms, corporations, museums, hospitals, and non-profit organizations, among other places.  If you’re interested in working for a special library or just want to know what all the fuss is about, please join us for a very “special” afternoon on Friday, August 7th as we tour the Emory University Law Library and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Library. 

Hugh F. MacMillan Emory University Law Library Tour - The mission of the MacMillan Library is to support fully the scholarly pursuits of the faculty and students of the Emory University College of Law.  To fulfill its mission, the Law Library offers an active program of legal research instruction, an experienced and helpful staff, and extensive collections of law and law-related information.  This tour will be led by Elizabeth Christian, Emory law librarian and former intellectual property law attorney.

Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library Tour - The Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library’s (CDC Library) mission is to advance science, public health and safety through information. The library provides a full range of information services and products in support of public health research, policy and action. Through the headquarters library in Atlanta and its six branches, CDC Library serves CDC employees across the nation as well as those located internationally.  This tour will will be led by CDC librarian Rick Colbert and will include an overview of library operations, acquisitions, and services.


If you can join us for one or both of these tours, please RSVP via Eventbrite no later than Friday, July 31st.  Additional information and admission procedures to the CDC will be emailed after your RSVP.

An informal mingle will follow after at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, 1540 Avenue Pl, Atlanta, GA 30329.  Join us if you can!

2015 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Christian
Kat Greer
Ashley Hoffman
Ruth Rowell

Monday, July 20, 2015

Professional & Continuing Education Interest Group Meeting

Several people have expressed interest in joining GLA's Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group.  

This group has been fairly inactive for the last few years but it has so much potential.  Please use the following form to provide your contact information if you are interested in an August or September online meeting:  

In this meeting we will review the charge of the Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group, nominate individuals for 2016 Chair and Vice-Chair, and discuss activities we can do to support the professional and continuing education of librarians in Georgia. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Monroe F. Swilley Library in the Spotlight!

The Cecil B. Day Campus in northeast Atlanta is home to a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

The Swilley Library's mission is to support the learning, teaching, research, and service functions of the Mercer University Atlanta Campus faculty, students, and other constituencies. The library focuses on communicating effectively with the professional and graduate schools and colleges. The mission includes support for group and individual study, on-campus and off-site access to print, audiovisual and electronic materials, and a multifaceted instruction and reference component.

The Monroe F. Swilley, Jr. Library is the primary information resource center for students in the College of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences Professions, the McAfee School of Theology, the Atlanta Stetson School of Business and Economics programs, the Tift College of Education, the Penfield College professional programs, the English Language Institute, and the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Additionally, many of the students at the Regional Academic Centers in Henry County and Douglas County use the services of Swilley Library.

The Special Collections of the Swilley Library include rare and special books as well as the campus archives. The archives contain materials and information on Atlanta Baptist College, 1968-1972; Mercer University Atlanta, 1972-present; Cecil B. Day Campus, Mercer Atlanta, 1990-present; College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 1903-present; McAfee School of Theology, 1996-present; and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, 1902-present.

Monroe F. Swilley, Jr., for whom the library is named, provided some of his sermons to the archival collection. The McAfee School of Theology provided James T. and Carolyn McAfee's papers to the Swilley archives. The family of John Rowan Claypool, a recently deceased theology faculty member, is expected to donate his papers to the Library collection.

The Mercer University Atlanta campus is named for Cecil B. Day, founder of Days Inn, who made sizable donations to the college. Documents of his life are kept in the Swilley collection. At present, the College of Arts and Sciences and the other past and present colleges of the Atlanta campus house their Alumni reunion materials, graduation programs, and the college's newspapers in the Swilley archives.

The Swilley Library also houses the Brown Art Gallery. The Brown Art Gallery is dedicated to educating, enriching and engaging students and the public through art exhibitions of the highest quality and to promoting the visual arts within our community. The gallery fulfills this mission by exhibiting originally conceived art exhibits on a rotating basis throughout the academic year.

To learn more about the Swilley Library services and facilities, visit the Mercer University libraries website at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Professional Development Events in July

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.
Visit the GPLS CE Calendar for the latest and greatest in library continuing education.

Some selections include:

Tuesday, July 7 (12–1 PM)
Service Animals in Libraries: Developing Best Practices Protocol for Multiple Service Points
(Washington State Library)
Responding to patron concerns about an animal in the library can be a difficult scenario for library professionals. But what if the animal in question is a service animal? How do library professionals best respond to patron concerns while respecting the rights of an individual with a disability and their service animal? This webinar will provide an overview of how Western Washington University Libraries developed a Best Practices document for its personnel in order to consistently address concerns about service animals, including tailored recommendations for specific service points. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have new knowledge, and some resources, to begin this conversation within their own library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, July 8 (11 AM–12 PM)
Managing the Device Deluge - Training and Supporting Staff (Nebraska Library Commission)

Librarians have always taught the public how to use the tools that serve their information needs, but now there's an ever-changing variety of personal devices that patrons use to access our services. How do front-line staff with self-taught or very basic knowledge of technology stay savvy about the latest and hottest gadgets? How do we train non-technical staff to effectively troubleshoot and train our patrons on using their own gadgets? By discussing her recent Library Journal article, Jennifer Koerber will offer suggestions and resources to train and support your library staff.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, July 9 (2–3 PM)
No Job Seeker Left Behind: Library Services to Meet Their Needs (WebJunction)

Every day, libraries around the country are filled with people seeking help with jobs and careers. How do library staff find time and resources to assist them all? Learn a variety of practical ways to deliver career development services in your library from two certified ALA Career Development Facilitators. They have
strategies and resources to help you cover the spectrum from a quick "on the fly" toolbox of forms and templates to ideas for one-time classes, workshop series, and even one-on-one personalized career sessions for patrons. You really can support those job-seekers!

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, July 15 (2–3 PM)
Legislative Roundup for Georgia Libraries, presented by State Librarian Julie Walker

The Georgia General Assembly has a big impact on libraries in our state. This webinar will be a review of the 2015 legislative session, which included funding for six public library construction projects. State Librarian Julie Walker will discuss the legislative issues that affect libraries today, and what to keep an eye on next year's session. This webinar is presented by the Georgia Public Library Service.

Register: 2959e20c48

Wednesday, July 15 (4–5 PM)
STEMing up your Library's Digital Collection (EdWeb)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...Oh My! Working at an elementary STEM campus is already out of this world - add an iPad for every student to that equation and you've got one STEMtastic outcome. In this webinar, Library Media Specialist Tina Berumen will share with school librarians how she created a major eBook frenzy on her campus and implemented a completely digital library orientation. Find out how she is able to manage all of her school’s digital content under a single login system to keep her scholars accessing information safely, 24/7 from their own device. Whether you're a STEM librarian, or a librarian looking to infuse STEM into your library programming, you're sure to gain some great tips to start the upcoming school year off with a bang! Tina will field questions from attendees during this live, interactive event.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, July 16 (11 AM–12 PM)
Introduction to FDsys (Federal Depository Library Program)

During this introductory course, attendees will learn how to navigate FDsys to locate Federal Government information, basic and advanced searching, browsing, retrieving by citation, help tools, and working with FDsys search results.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: events-calendar/event/113-webinars-on-gpo-s-federal-digital-system-fdsys-introduction-to-fdsys

Wednesday, July 29 (2–3 PM)
Open Educational Resources: Librarians as Advocates, Advisors, and Creators (Georgia Library Association)

College textbooks have gotten so expensive that many students are opting not to buy the textbook at all, but are taking their chances at lower grades or resorting to work-arounds like sharing textbooks, photocopying from classmates, or finding illegal copies. An increasing number of educators are seeking alternatives to traditional texts, including open educational resources (OERs) and library resources. This webinar will introduce you to what OERs are (and aren’t) and how librarians can support this movement as advocates, advisors, and participants in creating OERs.

For more information and to register for this program: