Sunday, January 15, 2017

Experience Atlanta with Local Library Tours and Events During ALA Midwinter

The Georgia Library Association and Special Libraries Association - Georgia Chapter are pleased to announce a series of library tours being offered during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, January 20-24, 2017.

Conference attendees and local library professionals are invited to tour a selection of the city's new and unique libraries, including the CNN Library, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Gensler, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

RSVP for tours online at

Midwinter attendees are also invited to visit area libraries and check out their public exhibits and programs.

A list of events, free and open to the public, can now be viewed online at

Print copies of this list will also be available at the GLA booth, #1100.

Friday, January 13, 2017

retroTECH at Georgia Tech Library in the Spotlight!

retroTECH is a Georgia Tech Library program in which the campus community can create the future by exploring the past. The vision for the retroTECH Lab entails a highly curated combination of classic, older hardware and software alongside modern tools for digital archiving and emulation, all designed to be accessed and used. This newly piloted lab will not only serve as a hands-on historical reference point; it will activate new ideas about future technology and preserving innovation.
The retroTECH space takes what archives around the world are doing behind the scenes with digital forensics and born-digital workstations, combines it with a hackerspace ethos, and brings everything out for public-facing access, empowerment, and engagement. The retroTECH program aims to reimagine digital archives by offering patrons a chance to use vintage, forensic, and emulation equipment typically restricted to library staff, museums, and specialized collectors.

The Library and Archives acquired their seed collection of five classic workstations from a Georgia Tech alumni and former faculty member whose work inspired the idea. Along with several emulation workstations, these machines form the core of the pilot retroTECH Lab space, where our team is testing programming to be implemented in the future permanent lab in the renewed building. We are currently developing two mobile labs—the Emulation Time Machine and Archive-O-Matic, which will expand retroTECH’s services beyond the borders of the physical Lab space.

The retroTECH team is committed to community outreach, continuing education, and developing partnerships around campus and the Atlanta area. Since the opening of the lab in 2015, the team has fostered a relationship with Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication program. Faculty partner with retroTECH members to develop course based instruction sessions that allow students to explore the archived technology, reflect on the histories of digital media, and develop research questions related to their assignments.

In addition to course-integrated instruction sessions, the retroTECH program also offers ‘drop in’ hours. During the Fall and Spring Semesters, the Lab is open for Georgia Tech community members and the general public. During ‘drop in’ hours users can explore the classic workstations and retro games.

In the summer of 2016, the retroTECH team received a campus grant in partnership with the Digital Media Game Archaeology Lab to host an event series that would bring communities together to explore digital pasts and futures. Fall speaker series events investigated such topics as Game Archelogy and Production, Vintage Computing, and Digital Forensics. The spring lineup will include additional panel discussions, as well an interactive data recovery workshop. The events are free to attend and open to the community.

For information on the retroTECH program, equipment, Lab hours and more, visit: 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

GLA will be at booth #1100 in the Exhibit Hall at ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting

GLA will be at booth #1100 in the Exhibit Hall at ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, Jan. 20-23, 2017.
If you'll be attending ALA, please stop by the booth to learn more about GLA and its activities. There will be free giveaways for those who stop to chat, and also a GLA tumbler will be given to anyone who joins GLA at the booth.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Clayton County Library System in the Spotlight!

Forest Park Branch
The Clayton County Library System’s (CCLS) mission is to contribute to the success of the citizens of our diverse community by offering a full range of library services that meet their informational, educational and leisure interests, fostering the love of reading in our youth and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for all. Throughout its six branch locations (Headquarters, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Morrow, Riverdale) the library system offers a wide range of programs, services and classes including children/teen and adult programming, free wireless internet, free computer classes, community outreach programs, print and electronic books, magazines and music, and access to databases such as Mango Languages, Brainfuse, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Chilton Auto Manuals, Learning Express, Galileo, and much more!

At CCLS, librarians believe in the value of connecting with patrons through exciting programming. In 2015, the system was awarded a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). This grant “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” enables librarians to partner with key organizations in the community to teach financial literacy, home ownership, budgeting, money management, and business ownership.

CCLS also developed STEAM initiatives which include music production, writing, recording and visual media development, and built a makerspace, equipped with 3D printers, music mixing and recording equipment, and other innovative tools.

Many new and exciting changes are happening within CCLS!  In the Fall, community meetings were held for the new College Park location to better understand preferences and needs for the new branch. At the same time, the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) was implemented to introduce self-service checkout to our community.  CCLS tagged 75% of its collection, set up staff work stations and have begun the installation of the security gates and the automated materials handling system.  When all is completed CCLS will be able to expose its community to a new level of customer engagement.

CCLS partnered with the United Way to develop Learning Spaces for the Tots (a place to prepare kids from 1-4 to learn to read), and recruited a Teen Advisory Board to provide input on what teens in the county want and need from a public library.  CCLS Advisory Board is comprised of eleven members who represent several Clayton County High Schools.

CCLS librarians collaborated with the county IT department to develop and teach computer classes to county employees, partnered with Habitat for Humanities to enlighten the public about their programs to renovate houses. County librarians teamed up with the Extension Service to offer Reality Check for teams (an interactive financial survival exercise), and partnered with Clayton State University’s Primary Care Clinic to help insure our citizens are health literate.

Clayton County Library System strives to build a stronger connection with the community, to create spaces that appeal to its patrons, and to provide FREE resources that make Clayton County a great place in which to live, work and play.

Visit CCLS website at and Rediscover the Library

Thursday, December 15, 2016

GaCOMO Slideshare Page Is Live!

Did you miss GaCOMO16, a particular session, or do you just want to refer back to a really interesting slide? Check out the GaCOMO Slideshare page!
A number of presenters have submitted their presentation materials to help create this resource.
[If you presented this year and would like your materials to be included on the Slideshare page, just send Sofia Slutskaya an email with attachments. Please remove any notes from the deck that you do not want made publicly available, since the slides can be downloaded. Also let her know what kind of license you’d like to put on the materials (all Rights Reserved & CC Attribution-NonCommercial are the two everyone is using now) and send a list of subject tags if you’d like.]

Sunday, December 4, 2016

AEL Mingle with the Admins - January 14, 2017

On January 14th, Atlanta Emerging Librarians will be meeting to kick off the new year with our annual “Mingle with the Admins”.   As is tradition, we have invited a mix of public, academic and special library administrators to share information about their libraries and any open positions they may have available.

This year’s Mingle will be held on Saturday, January 14th, from 11am-1pm at Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland (602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307). Appetizers, sweet tea and soda will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to meet administrators and hiring managers from libraries where you are interested in building your career.

RSVP at  to attend – space is limited! We hope to see you there!

2016 Planning Committee
Ashley Day
Lydia Hofstetter
Rosemary Humphrey

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!