Monday, February 8, 2016

See Lost in the Stacks Live! - March 1, 2016

Lost in the Stacks, the one-and-only research-library rock’n’roll radio show on WREK Atlanta, is trying something new.

After six years of broadcasting, Lost in the Stacks is live on stage for the first time. The theme is “Georgia Blood and Southern Love,” the music is live, and the bar is open.

The LITS crew will be at Eddie’s Attic on March 1st at 7:30pm, along with authors Brian Panowich and Hollis Gillespie, scholar Monica C. Miller, and the band Chickens and Pigs for an evening of book talk and southern rock, brought to you by the AJC-Decatur Book Festival.

Full event details and ticket purchase at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1053273

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GLA Library Day at the Capitol Call for Volunteers

Each year, the Georgia Library Association presents our legislators with a Debi Davis print. A big thank you to Mumford Books, which generously sponsors this project.
 
This year, we'll be delivering one print for each elected official and small candy bag for each staff member on Tuesday, February 16th. It's another chance to talk libraries at the Gold Dome. There are two locations with offices: the Capitol and the Coverdell building across the street. In addition to the 236 representatives and senators, there are other officers in the Capitol (Secretary of State, Secretary of the Senate, the Governor's Office, etc.) who will also be getting prints. We need your help: 
 
Monday, February 15:
Creating the candy bags to give staff members. Each office has at least 1 staff member; some have more. We'll need at least 500 bags. The more the merrier! Drop by from 4-7 pm at the GPLS office at 1800 Century Place NE, Suite 150.
 
Tuesday, February 16:
We need a minimum of 4 people: 2 for the Coverdell building, one for the Capitol, and one to stay with the prints in the hallway. It would go a lot faster with 10 or 15 people! Meeting at 10:30 am at the Capitol.
 
If you'd like to volunteer for one (or both!) of these events please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/xZQ7X3FD5e

If you have any questions contact Wendy Cornelisen, Governmental Relations Committee Chair at wcornelisen@georgialibraries.org

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 GLA Awards Nominations - DEADLINE: April 15, 2016

Do you know someone whose contributions to Georgia libraries and/or the Georgia Library Association should be recognized?

Take the time to nominate a deserving individual or team today!

Each year at COMO, the Georgia Library Association honors outstanding librarians, library staff members, and library advocates through the following awards:

  • Bob Richardson Award
  • Charles Beard Library Advocacy Award
  • Honorary GLA Memberships
  • Library Support Services Award
  • McJenkin-Rheay Award
  • Nix-Jones Award
  • Nora Symmers Paraprofessional Award
  • GLA Team Award


Nomination form & description of awards available online at http://tiny.cc/GLAawards

Complete the short nomination form and write a letter supporting your nominee.
You may provide additional documentation about the nominee’s contributions to libraries and/or GLA.

Please submit applications by Friday, April 15, 2016 to:

Miriam Nauenburg
GLA Awards Committee Chair
Ingram Library, University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: (678) 839-5327 / Fax: (678) 839-6511
nauen@westga.edu

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Professional Development Events in February

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

ONLINE CONFERENCE
Feb. 26: Big Talk From Small Libraries – Multiple Programs (Nebraska Library Commission)

ADVOCACY
Feb. 3: Five Tips to Bring Your Organization's Story to Life Using Silk (TechSoup)
Feb. 11: Why Books Are Still A Good Library Brand (Library Journal)

CAREERS
Feb. 3: The Networking Game (Siera)

CHILDREN & TEENS
Feb. 2: Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library (WebJunction)
Feb. 11: Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development (Demco)
Feb. 26: Helping Homeschoolers (Colorado State Library)

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT
Feb. 2: Responding To Challenges -- Ensure Your Library Is Prepared (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Feb. 9: Building an E-book Collection (Infopeople)
Feb. 10: New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home (School Library Journal)
Feb. 11: Introducing RDA: Resource Description and Access (American Libraries Live)
Feb. 16: 12 Things: New Directions for Collections Revisited (Montana State Library)
Feb. 23: What’s New in Women’s Fiction (Booklist)

COMMUNICATION
Feb. 3: The Networking Game (Siera)
Feb. 9: All About Google (Utah State Library)
Feb. 10: Webinar: Podcasts and Information Professionals (Special Libraries Association)
Feb. 17: PNR Rendezvous: How Patients Use Social Media (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

DATABASES & eRESOURCES
Feb. 9: Building an E-book Collection (Infopeople)
Feb. 16: The National Agricultural Library: Agricultural Information for the 21st Century (Federal
Depository Library Program)
Feb. 18: Authenticity of Information in GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Feb. 25: Genealogy Research Using the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (National Archives)

DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING CHANGE
Feb. 3: Five Tips to Bring Your Organization's Story to Life Using Silk (TechSoup)
Feb. 3: No-Cost Success Strategies (American Library Association, LLAMA)
Feb. 11: 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (WebJunction)
Feb. 11: Why Books Are Still A Good Library Brand (Library Journal)
Feb. 16: Engaged Planning (University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS)
Feb. 26: Big Talk From Small Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)

FUNDRAISING
Feb. 11: 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (WebJunction)

GOVERNING
Feb. 3: Legislative Updated with Georgia’s State Librarian Julie Walker (Georgia Public Library Service)

LIBRARY SPACES
Feb. 2: Creating a Mobile makerspace program (Washington State Library)
Feb. 2: Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library (WebJunction)

MANAGEMENT
Feb. 3: No-Cost Success Strategies (American Library Association, LLAMA)

OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS
Feb. 11: Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development (Demco)
Feb. 16: Engaged Planning (University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS)
Feb. 17: PNR Rendezvous: How Patients Use Social Media (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Feb. 26: Helping Homeschoolers (Colorado State Library)

PROGRAMMING
Feb. 2: Creating a Mobile makerspace program (Washington State Library)
Feb. 18: STEM-ing Out (Indiana State Library)
Feb. 24: Twig to Tree: Creativity, STEM, and the Connected School Library (AASL)

READERS’ ADVISORY
Feb. 10: New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home (School Library Journal)
Feb. 23: What’s New in Women’s Fiction (Booklist)

REFERENCE
Feb. 9: We(eding) the People Off Google – Using Government Information and Local Resources for Small Business Research (Federal Depository Library Program)
Feb. 16: The National Agricultural Library: Agricultural Information for the 21st Century (Federal
Depository Library Program)
Feb. 18: Authenticity of Information in GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Feb. 25: Genealogy Research Using the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (National Archives)

SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Feb. 1: Researching 101 (TL Virtual Cafe)
Feb. 2: Responding To Challenges -- Ensure Your Library Is Prepared (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Feb. 2: Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - Part 2 (Infopeople)
Feb. 3: Teaching Digital Literacy with TechBoomers.com and Other Online Resources (Nebraska Library Commission)
Feb. 3: Exploring the Engineering is Elementary Website to Enhance Your Engineering Curriculum (AASL)
Feb. 17: Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader (ISTE & School Library Journal)
Feb. 17: Documenting Learning with Seesaw Digital Portfolios (AASL)
Feb. 24: Twig to Tree: Creativity, STEM, and the Connected School Library (AASL)

TECHNOLOGY
Feb. 2: Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries - Part 2 (Infopeople)
Feb. 3: Teaching Digital Literacy with TechBoomers.com and Other Online Resources (Nebraska Library Commission)
Feb. 9: All About Google (Utah State Library)
Feb. 17: Getting Started with Digitization: An Introduction for Libraries (TechSoup for Libraries)
Feb. 17: Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader (ISTE & School Library Journal)
Feb. 17: Documenting Learning with Seesaw Digital Portfolios (AASL)
Feb. 19: Wearables (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Feb. 24: Linked Data and Libraries: An Overview (Nebraska Library Commission)
Feb. 26: The Internet of Things (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION
Feb. 1: Researching 101 (TL Virtual Cafe)
Feb. 9: We(eding) the People Off Google – Using Government Information and Local Resources for Small Business Research (Federal Depository Library Progam)
Feb. 11: Introducing RDA: Resource Description and Access (American Libraries Live)
Feb. 18: STEM-ing Out (Indiana State Library)
Feb. 18: Authenticity of Information in GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) (Federal Depository Library Program)
Feb. 23: Altmetrics: An introduction to alternative metrics (University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS)
Feb. 25: Genealogy Research Using the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (National Archives) 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Libraries Are Such a Drag! A 2016 Calendar Fundraiser for the Beard Scholarship

If you love libraries like we love libraries then get yourself, your family and your coworkers a new 2016 Libraries Are Such a Drag calendar to kick off the New Year.
All proceeds are donated to the Beard Scholarship for library school students in Georgia. The Beard Scholarship is made possible by friends and colleagues of the late Charles Edward Beard who served libraries and the library profession for almost 40 years. The scholarship provides financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science for candidates who show strong potential to inspire and motivate their peers in the
profession and in professional associations.

Each month of this fun calendar has an image of a library patron posing in book drag with
their favorite book and sharing why they love the library. The calendar runs from January
2016 to May of 2017.

Calendars are $20 each and can be purchased at Java Monkey, 425 Church St, Decatur,
30030 or online for $25 via PayPal at: www.facebook.com/LibrariesAreSuchADrag/info.

For more information on the calendar, visit www.facebook.com/LibrariesAreSuchADrag and to
learn more about the scholarship, visit: http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship.htm.


About the Calendar Organizers:
Oscar Gittemeier currently works as a youth services librarian in Atlanta. He is a former Beard Scholarship recipient and Florida State University MLIS grad. When not creating calendars you can find Oscar hiking with his labradane Jasper, sipping bourbon at a dive bar, or searching for the world’s greatest French toast.
Victoria Lane is the Graphic Designer on this project and can be reached at vlaneski@gmail.com.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Planning Committee Introduction and Informal Mingle - February 7, 2016

Atlanta Emerging Librarians will be hosting an informal mingle at SweetWater Brewing Company this Sunday, February 7, from 2:30-4:30pm.

Please come meet the new planning committee and discuss ideas for future events!

2016 Planning Committee:
Rosemary Bilello
Ashley Day
Lydia Hofstetter
Amy Winfrey

For more information, see our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558552721130168/

Friday, January 15, 2016

Ruth Holder Public Library, Temple, GA in the Spotlight!

The Ruth Holder Public Library is the newest branch of the West Georgia Regional Library system. The new branch is located in the old city hall building in Temple, and it was opened to the public on December 19, 2015. With only a month under its belt, this little public library is already bringing the town together as a center for the community. The library covers approximately 5,000 square feet and will primarily serve the 6,500 residents of the Temple area. Getting the library into the community has really been a labor of love. Different people have been trying for over ten years to get a library in Temple, and when city hall decided to move to a new space last year, the idea to open a local library came to the forefront again.

"The outpouring of support from the community has been really gratifying," said WGRL Director Roni Tewksbury. "There have been so many people who have just stopped by the library just to look around and to say how thankful they are to have a library in their community." And people really are stopping in. For such a new library in a small community, traffic in and out has been heavy.
Putting the library together has really been a collaborative effort. Donations have poured in from around the region, and both the Civic Woman's Club of Carrollton and the Community Foundation of West Georgia have made sizable grants to the library to get it up and running. Carroll County SPLOST funds were used for the renovations and the furnishings and equipment. The library system made sure that the building would be of good quality for library service for at least the next twenty years: new roof, new HVAC, gutters and downspouts, new lighting (all LED), and upgraded cabling for technology.

"We wanted it to be a Christmas gift to the city," said Tewksbury. Before this library opened, residents had to drive to Bremen, Carrollton, or Villa Rica for the nearest public library services. The library has hit the ground running when it comes to serving the community. Even though the staff is entirely new, they have hosted their first story time, and they are actively planning their participation in the upcoming West Georgia Reads community read program in March and sponsoring a children's digital photography workshop series in May. They are also in the process of founding a Friends group.