Monday, November 28, 2016

GLQ Fall 2016 Issue Now Available!

The fall 2016 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at

Read about GLA and COMO conference news, as well as Georgia library news; read an article about the history of the COMO conference; learn about the history of Georgia public libraries; and check out the spotlights, MOPL, and book reviews!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

MALA/NMRT Annual Potluck Party - December 3rd, 2016

Metro-Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and GLA’s New Members Round Table invite you to their 3rd Annual Potluck Party!

Every year MALA and NMRT host a potluck party to bring together librarians and library staff from the Atlanta area. Please join in our annual tradition and make some new friends! Party will be followed by a short MALA meeting to elect new officers for 2017.

Day: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Place:  Turner Lynch Campus Center, Oglethorpe University  
4484 Peachtree Rd NE      
Atlanta, GA 30319

Bring: Come as you are or bring a dish to share! Plates, napkins, and cups provided.

Please RSVP using our EventBrite!
Contact with any questions.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Brunswick-Glynn County Library in the Spotlight!

Watercolor by Nancy Muldowney*
The City of Brunswick, located on the Georgia Coast, has had a long and rich history dating back to1738 when the first European settler arrived.  The city was one of the original five ports of entry during colonial America, and was officially founded in 1771.  Today, the Port of Brunswick is still a huge industry for the area, and it is currently the second in the United States for roll-on/roll-off vehicles.

Like the city, the Brunswick-Glynn County Library has also had a long and rich history.  It was first organized as a subscription library in 1883, and was housed above a store in Downtown Brunswick.  Around 1894, the library was moved to a different location and was able to offer “drive through” service.  It was reported that Mrs. Hunter Hopkins rode up to a window on her horse to return and check out her books.  Throughout the next few decades, the library moved several times to various locations within the downtown area.

When WWII broke out, the coastal town began to change.  While German U-boats sat in the waters off the city’s coast, Brunswick began building Liberty Ships.  Throughout the war, the Brunswick Library remained open.  However, money was scarce and there is little history of the library during the war years.

After the war, funding for the library began to increase.  The library was housed on the second floor of City Hall in Downtown Brunswick.  The increase in funding made it possible to purchase more and more books.  The weight of the shelves became an issue, and in 1950 the library literately outgrew the building.  With a shift in the structure, one night the pendulum of the clock in the clock tower came crashing through the librarian’s desk on the second floor all the way through to the City Manager’s desk on the first floor.  Next, the partition between the Courtroom and the library collapsed.  Finally, when the walls of the second floor started to separate from the floor, the library was moved to a larger facility a few blocks away.  The library continued to grow, and in 1958 an old grocery store on Gloucester Street in downtown was purchased and renovated.  The library has since been torn down, rebuilt, and renovated, but has not moved again from the site.  

Today, the library is the Headquarters Branch of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries, the public library system in Glynn County, Georgia.  It is open 51 hours a week to the public, and offers an array of services.  Margie Young, a steadfast and long-time volunteer said, “the Brunswick Library is a friendly, quiet place where everyone is helpful, the books are free and so are the various programs offered for children and adults.  Just about whatever you need can be found at the library in a book that will take you into a new world of your choosing.  Visit the Brunswick Library and see if you don’t agree.”

Visit for more information.

The library building painting is a watercolor by a local artist, Nancy Muldowney.  In over the 20 years of living in the Golden Isles, Nancy has not only been active as a professional artist and business owner but actively involved in community nonprofit organizations.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hightower Library, Gordon State College in the Spotlight!

Located on the west side of the Gordon State College campus sits Hightower Library, which recently re-opened after undergoing a complete renovation.  The building was not the only thing to undergo changes.  Upon re-opening its doors, the library received a new name which reflects its mission to support individual and collaborative group study. It is now officially known as the Dorothy W. Hightower Collaborative Learning Center & Library.  Dr. Sonya Gaither, Director of Hightower CLC and Library since 2014, was instrumental in spearheading the library’s renovation, as it was under her leadership that the Board of Regents proceeded with the $4.2 million renovation.  Building renovations began in the summer of 2015, and the grand re-opening was held on April 21, 2016.  Included among the 888 guests that day were speakers Merryll Penson, former Executive Director of Library Services, Vice Chancellor Shelley Nickel, and Regent C. Thomas Hopkins, as well as the Hightower family.

Hightower Library was originally constructed in 1976, but its recent renovation is helping to bring Gordon State College into the 21st century.  The updated facility boasts a number of modern conveniences, from writable surfaces to a self-checkout machine for books.  Though no additional square footage has been added, many guests have remarked how much bigger the library seems.  This is due to a more open floor plan, as well as the addition of windows which flood the building with natural light and allow visitors a prime view of the campus.

Upon entering the library you will find a spacious study lounge, equipped with plush seating, tables, and vending machines.  Beyond this area lies the circulation desk and a computer station which features sixteen computers, two printers, two ScannX machines, and a self-check book machine.  An additional twenty computers are located behind the reference collection, giving students access to a total of thirty-six computers. The library also provides two microfilm readers, twelve laptops which may be checked out by students, and thirty laptops which are used for classroom instruction.  The general collection is located on the second floor, along with eight individual study rooms, nine group study rooms, and two classrooms (all of which may be reserved online). Each study room is furnished with a desk, chairs, writable walls, dry-erase markers, and erasers.  The group study rooms also feature large screens equipped for laptop hookup.

Hightower Library is currently staffed by five librarians and three library assistants, typically hires three to four student workers each semester, and utilize interns and volunteers.  The library’s holdings include approximately 102,757 books, 27,417 electronic books, 9,637 microfilms and 4,785 audio-visual materials. Additionally, the library subscribes to 48 print magazines and provides access to over 8,000 full text online journals in GALILEO. With its extensive collections, both print and electronic, and its newly updated facilities, Hightower CLC & Library remains a vital component of the Gordon State College community.

To learn more, you may visit the library’s website or follow the library on Facebook and Instagram.

Credit: Pictures taken by Paula Williams, Library Assistant.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

GLA MidWinter Planning Meeting

Dear GLA Member,

It is time to register for the Georgia Library Association 2017 MidWinter Planning Meeting. This year’s meeting will he held on December 14-15 at the Downs Continuing Education Center at Clayton State University and the Clayton State University Library in Morrow, Georgia.

The MidWinter Planning Meeting is an important event for all GLA members, especially those interested in contributing to the newly named Georgia Libraries Conference 2017, October 4-6, 2017 to be held in Columbus, GA.  It is an opportunity for Divisions and Interest Groups to meet and make plans for the year as well as to discuss program ideas for the Conference in the fall.  It will be the first (and in many cases the only) opportunity for GLA committees to meet face to face and plan work for the coming year.

Lucy Harrison will join us to deliver this year’s keynote address. As the new Executive Director of GALILEO, Lucy is reaching out to the communities of interest for GALILEO to inform a visioning process for planning GALILEO’s next 5-25 years.

The registration fee for MidWinter Planning Meeting is $50 per person, which will include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch buffet on Wednesday.  Registration forms must be received by November 21, 2016 to confirm your lunch reservation.

The first day will include the keynote, ALA Midwinter update, Division, Interest Group and Committee Meetings.  The second day will include the GLA Leadership Meeting and will begin with a session titled “GLA 101 - GLA History” by Julie Higbee & Gordon Baker.  Last year’s session was wonderful in recounting the rich history of our organization.  I encourage everyone to attend.  Subsequent sessions will be orientation, information, and business meetings for the GLA Executive Board.  After lunch the GLA Website Redesign Committee will host public presentations from potential candidates for redesigning our website.  As of now, the ending time is open since we do not yet know how many will present their proposals.

One of the most important parts of the MidWinter Planning Meeting is the networking that takes place among GLA members.  Providing opportunities for you to meet with colleagues from all parts of the state is one of the most valuable benefits of your GLA membership.  I hope that you will take advantage of that benefit and join me and the other members of the Executive Board at the Annual MidWinter Planning meeting.  We value your participation and want to help you find ways to be more engaged in the work of the Association.

It is going to be an exciting year for Georgia libraries!

Elizabeth McKinney
2017 GLA President

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Presents: Jump Into the Job Market!

Do you need to brush up on your interview skills? Is your resume or CV current and on trend? Do you want to volunteer, but do not know how to get involved?

Join Atlanta Emerging Librarians on Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 pm as our guest speakers review vital job search tips and give you the inside scoop on how to get involved with the Georgia Library Association (GLA). Bring your current resume as we are also hosting a Resume/CV Review Clinic after the presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Date: Saturday, November 12th
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033


Hope to see you there,

The 2016 Atlanta Emerging Librarians Planning Committee
Ashley Day
Lydia Hofstetter
Rosemary Bilello Humphrey

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2017 GLA Election Results

The 2017 GLA officers are:

Elizabeth McKinney - President
Fred Smith - Vice President/President Elect
Mack Freeman - Vice President for Membership
Ashley Dupuy - Vice President for Branding and Marketing
Eli Arnold - Treasurer
Geri Mullis - Secretary

Congratulations to the new Georgia Library Association leadership!