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!

From Fear to Trust in the Library Organization - New Carterette Webinar


From Fear to Trust in the Library Organization
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Every organization deals with situations related to trust and fear. However, some organizations are more open about these issues, while others are in deep denial. According to Doug Conant, CEO for the Campbell Soup Company, "The first thing for any leader to do is to inspire trust." This presentation will begin with the context of how our research began: the trust issues encountered by the Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidation. The presentation will also describe how trust and fear are closely associated and how they impact the work environment. Research by Deming will be highlighted, including his belief that management has an obligation to "drive out fear from the workplace, so that everyone may work effectively for the organization." Solutions by Covey, including creating trust agreements will be presented. Library work place examples, including consolidation and the new era of compliance regulations will be highlighted. The presentation will include time for audience questions and conversations.

About the Presenters:
Steve Burton, Librarian Assistant Professor, is in his eighth year at Kennesaw State University. He currently serves as Arts Librarian, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Faculty Liaison Program, and as liaison to the university's departments of Dance and Theatre & Performance Studies. This academic year, Steve is participating in the Library System's Professional Writing Program and is a part of a Faculty learning community focusing on "Contemplative Pedagogy."

Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, is the Associate Dean for the Library System at Kennesaw State University. She has worked full time in academic libraries since 1980 and completed her Doctorate in Education in 1998 with original research on academic librarian thinking styles. She recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate from the KSU Siegel Institute in Leadership and Ethics where she began her research on trust and the workplace.  She is currently completing a book chapter for the 2017 Volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization entitled Moving from Fear to Trust in the Library Organization. 

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:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Request for Proposals to Redesign Georgia Library Association's Website

The Georgia Library Association is seeking a vendor to redesign the association's website.

An RFP outlining specific needs is available at

Responses are due electronically by Monday, November 7, 2016 by 5:00 PM EDT. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sofia Slutskaya at

Thank you for your interest.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Max Brown Family Resource Library in the Spotlight!

The Max Brown Family Resource Library services the families, patients, and visitors of Scottish Rite Hospital, part of the award winning Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. The library is centrally located on the first floor of the hospital, and visitors easily see its collections, materials, reading exhibits, and smiling volunteers and staff members through the inviting glass walls that make up the front of the library.

The primary purpose of the Max Brown Family Resource Library is to provide understandable and reputable medical information to the patients and families regarding the conditions that bring them to the hospital. During times of stress and anxiety that often come with hospital stays, the library staff caringly work to provide sound medical information to the families so they can have the vocabulary to converse with clinicians and can feel empowered to participate in health care decisions.

To fulfill the library’s mission of enhancing the lives of children by empowering families through knowledge, the library provides a print and electronic medical collection, which reflect areas of patient care available at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Additionally, the library provides hundreds of children’s, teen, and adult books, a significant DVD collection, computers and tablets for parents and children, magazines, and games to help entertain the families and pass the time during their hospital stay. The library also has a variety of anatomical models and posters, often used by hospital staff to explain complex medical procedures to the patients, and the library is occasionally used by hospital staff as an engaging place to hold informational meetings for children and parents.

Besides the collections, the library provides great programming for the children, with story times led by library volunteers, “Reading to Rover” and therapy dog visits in the library, and Legos in the Library, where patients can come build a Lego set thanks to “Little Bricks of Hope.”

The library is staffed by a Family Library Coordinator, several library assistants who have library science or medical degrees, and by a wonderful team of volunteers.

To find out more about the Max Brown Family Resource Library, please visit: