Friday, August 26, 2016

New Media Center at Valdosta State University's Odum Library in the Spotlight!


Odum Library's New Media Center (NMC) has successfully adapted to changing times. Since it first opened over 35 years ago, it has constantly evolved to support the needs and demands of students at Valdosta State University. As a result, the New Media Center has transformed into one of the most innovative spaces for student use in an academic library in the state of Georgia.

By keeping pace with technological innovations, the NMC has been able to acquire devices and items that have become indispensable to students. One of the first New Media Center offerings that complemented this ideology was its large format printer. Large format printing supports students who participate in undergraduate and graduate research symposiums and require professional printed posters to present their projects.

This innovation continues today. The New Media Center has embraced the 3D printer and has made strides on campus, transforming the mindset of what Media means to the campus. Currently, the NMC is working on expanding their 3D printer program even further, by creating a full 3D creation lab, complete with 3D scanners and 3D modeling software, so students can translate their own 3D designs to a tangible product using the 3D printer.

In addition, the New Media Center provides spaces that support creativity and foster an environment of learning for our students, staff and faculty.  Faculty can schedule workshops to learn how to integrate new digital content and software/hardware into their courses. Students can also take advantage of these classes and workshops and learn how to use different programs that can help them become more competitive in the job market. After learning about these new technologies in NMC’s workshops, the students and faculty can get hands-on experience in one of the audio-video editing labs that are in the New Media Center. In addition, they supplement these spaces with resources that students, faculty, and staff can check out to create new media on the go. The equipment they circulate includes laptops, GoPro cameras, PA systems and much more.

The real stars of the NMC are its staff who truly represent the mission of Valdosta State University of providing a caring and welcoming learning environment. This philosophy is important in libraries, because there is often anxiety surrounding change, especially where new technologies are involved. The New Media Center focuses on helping the VSU community navigate the fast-paced changes to technology while continuing to innovate and add to its offerings so that current and future students can be successful in their academic and future working careers.

To learn more information about Valdosta State University’s New Media Center, visit their website at http://www.valdosta.edu/media.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

GLQ Summer 2016 Issue Now Available

The summer 2016 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/glq/ 

Catch up on GLA and Georgia library news.

Read a COMO paper about using games for information literacy instruction:
Can Library Research Be Fun? Using Games for Information Literacy Instruction in Higher Education   



Check out the library spotlights:



Be sure to read Cathy’s president’s column to see what’s coming up for GLA in the future, including COMO news, etc.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians 2016 Academic Library Tour - September 9, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians 2016 Academic Library Tour
Friday, September 9, 2016
2:00 pm

Looking for a challenging career path to pursue with your MLIS? Academic libraries support and serve the research and knowledge of the college and university community. Academic librarianship also provides a great opportunity to employ subject area expertise. Please join Atlanta Emerging Librarians on Friday, September 9, at 2:00 pm to tour the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University.

An informal mingle will follow after at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, 1540 Avenue Pl, Atlanta, GA 30329.


Please RSVP via EventBrite by Tuesday, September 6th if you plan on joining us for the tour.


2016 Atlanta Emerging Librarians Planning Committee

Rosemary Bilello Humphrey
Ashley Day
Lydia Hofstetter
Amy Winfrey


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

COMO 2016: 2 months to go!




Registration is now open for the 2016 Joint Conference of the Georgia Library Association, the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology and the Southeastern Library Association!

Register today at www.georgiacomo.org/registration


The 2016 Georgia COMO conference will be held Wednesday, October 5th – Friday, October 7th at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

For more information, please visit our website at www.georgiacomo.org

We look forward to seeing you in Athens!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

GLA Scholarship Winners 2016

The GLA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the Beard and Hubbard scholarships. These two awards are given annually by GLA to provide financial assistance for students pursuing a Master’s degree in library science.

This year’s C.S. Hubbard scholarship winner is Katie Mitchell.  Katie graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and the University of West Georgia with an M.Ed. in School Library Media.  She has worked in various library environments, including academic, public, and private libraries, and now serves as the Branch Manager at the Neva Lomason Memorial Library, part of the West Georgia Regional Library System.  Katie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University.



Anne Marie McLean is this year’s Charles Beard Scholarship winner.  She graduated from Emory & Henry College in Virginia with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion, and went on to receive her Masters of Theological Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  Anne Marie currently serves as the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Specialist at the Pitts Theology Library at Emory and is pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Alabama.

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship winners!

Monday, August 1, 2016

GLA Membership Contest: Bring a Friend to COMO!


The GLA Membership Committee is hosting a "Bring a Friend to COMO" Membership Drive Contest in August. 

For every member that you refer throughout the month of August, both you and the new member will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to this year's COMO in October! The more people you refer, the more chances you'll have to win.

How to enter:

Refer a new member and have them join GLA at any membershipo level!
Have either the referrer or the new member fill out our contest entry form at https://goo.gl/forms/Drmn0M4BSZurHRaP2

Now is a great time to invite others to join GLA to be part of library association that is currently 741 members strong from every type of library in the state. All library employees, friends, trustees, and supporters are welcome to join GLA.

New individuals can join or renew by going here: http://gla.georgialibraries.org/membership.htm

If you've already registered for COMO, the Membership Committee will reimburse your registration costs. We will draw for our winning pair during the first week of September.

Please share this widely!

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact me at johnmackfreeman@gmail.com off-list.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Georgia Archives in the Spotlight!

Thanks to the support of friends, colleagues, and users, the Georgia Archives is once again open five days a week to researchers. Since joining the Board of Regents in July 2013, the number of staff has increased to 25. Postponed projects are being completed, including major improvements to the building's systems to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs.

As the state archives of Georgia, our primary focus is on documenting the activities of government. Since the early 1970s, the Georgia Archives has operated a records management program to advise state and local government offices and to promote good recordkeeping practices. In addition to holding the permanent records of the state government, the Archives operates the State Records Center where agencies store their temporary records

As the state archives of one of the original thirteen colonies, the Georgia Archives holds a rich collection of colonial and state records covering nearly three centuries. Holdings include local government records, maps, photographs, and private collections that complement the official records. Of the 85,000 cubic feet of records in the Georgia Archives, approximately 70,000 are official state records, 6,000 are local government records, and 9,000 are non-governmental materials that supplement the official records.

Archives staff are taking advantage of the University System connections to work more closely with faculty and students to encourage more use of original records. Public programs are expanding as well. Special history programs have included topics such as the War of 1812 and Transportation. Day-long genealogy programs held twice a year are very popular. For several years, the Archives has hosted a well-attended Black History Month program, and this year's program was co-sponsored with the Afro-American Genealogy and History Society and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Lunch and Learn programs on a variety of topics are held the second Friday of every month at noon. The Archives has an exhibit room with climate controlled cases that allows display of original records. Staff develop exhibits to showcase records related to program topics or to highlight Archives collections of interest.

A special library is part of the main reading room at the Georgia Archives. The library consists of books and periodicals that complement the original records in the Archives and help provide context for the original materials. The collection contains over 23,000 volumes of local, state, and family histories, published law books and codes, transcriptions and compilations of local records. The library materials must be used onsite and are not available for interlibrary loan.

To learn more about the Georgia Archives visit http://www.georgiaarchives.org/