Tuesday, December 14, 2010

January 19th Free Georgia Wednesday Webinars

The Georgia Library Association and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to announce the January 2011 sessions of the Wednesday Webinar series (WWS), which highlights trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries. The webinars feature Georgia speakers, but registration is open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour. The sessions will be recorded and available on the WWS archives site for later viewing.

Choosing Technology: How We Decide What Technologies Work Best in Our Libraries
Presented by Tim Daniels
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 10:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
In today's environment librarians are constantly bombarded with new and emerging technologies. These technologies can run the gamut from smart phone applications to enterprise-wide systems. How can we decide which technologies are the best, which ones to keep an eye on, and which ones to avoid? During this session we will talk about decision making and apply it to technology.

Personal Knowledge Management: A Framework for Librarians

Presented by Elisabeth Shields
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:15am - 12:15pm Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
Searching is the "easy" part, but what do you do with all the material youve collected? What happens when you find an article that reminds you of something someone said in a meeting two weeks ago (or was it three)? What do you do to share your own thoughts, insights from articles and blogs, and what your manager said at the last staff meeting with the team charged with developing a strategic plan?

Tools for knowledge management are usually meant for institutions and are correspondingly expensive. But there are many tools for personal knowledge management that are very affordable. Discuss personal management needs with Elisabeth Shields; hear about the types of tools available with examples of each type.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jonathan Lu selected as GLA Sponsored ALA Emerging Leader

Congratulations to Jonathan Lu, who was selected as this year's GLA sponsored ALA Emerging Leader.

Jon is presently the Adult Services Librarian in the Cartersville Library of the Bartow County Library System. In his present position, he offers reference assistance, plans programming, and maintains the library's MySpace page. He also provides leadership in the areas of interlibrary loan and lab management at his branch.

He was selected for his enthusiasm in serving patrons, his contributions to committee service, and his documented creativity and hard work.

Jon completed his MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

The American Library Association's Emerging Leaders Program was begun in 2007 by then president Leslie Burger. The program "is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Free Webinars 11/17: Open Source Software and Ebooks/DRM

The Georgia Library Association and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to announce the November sessions of the Wednesday Webinar series, which highlights trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries. The webinars feature Georgia speakers, but registration is open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour.

Open Source Software in Georgia Libraries
Presented by Jason Puckett
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 10:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
What is open source software? Why should it matter to you, and how are Georgia librarians using it to their advantage? You don't have to be a programmer to understand how the open source software movement can benefit you and your library, from the web browser to media production, research tools and the ILS. This session will cover the advantages and disadvantages of using open source software in libraries with practical examples and ideas you can use.

How Ebooks, File Types, and DRM Affect your Library
Presented by Brian Hulsey
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 11:15am - 12:15pm Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
As more library patrons are obtaining eReaders, many libraries have questions about why some of the devices work with our services and some don't, and why the books won't work on the different devices. The eReader market is confusing and this session will explain the differences of format, device, and their overall importance to your library and how they affect all facets of service.

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Please contact a member of the Wednesday Webinar planning team with questions or ideas:
Sarah Steiner, Georgia Library Association, PACE Chair, ssteiner@gsu.edu
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service, pcarterette@georgialibraries.org
Buffy Hamilton, Wednesday Webinars Steering Committee, buffy.hamilton@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

COMO Evaluation Form

Please share your comments and suggestions regarding the 2010 GaCOMO Conference by taking a brief moment to complete the COMO Evaluation Form.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PVJVD8M

Thanks so much for your feedback! Carol Stanley, GLA President and COMO Program Chair

Thursday, October 7, 2010

GLA Interest Group Survey

The GLA Interest Group Council is soliciting member input on our current roster of Interest Groups and suggestions for new groups. Are you interested in the GLA Interest Groups? Uninterested? Either way, we want to hear from you!

The following survey will be available from 10/7/2010 to 10/28/2010 and should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time. Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated!

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22B4NGZ7E3G

Monday, October 4, 2010

GLA Election Results for 2011 Officers

The GLA Officers for 2011 are:

President: Carolyn Fuller, Henry County Public Library
1st Vice President/President Elect: Elizabeth Bagley, Agnes Scott College
2nd Vice President/Membership Chair: Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service
Secretary: Debbie Holmes, College of Coastal Georgia
Treasurer: Cathy Jeffrey, Clayton State University

Thanks to all the nominees agreeing to serve their state library association in these capacities. GLA would have been most fortunate regardless of the results! Carol Stanley, 2010 GLA President

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Customer Service Experience @ Your Library: a blended learning opportunity


How would you and your library benefit from learning the best practices in improving customer satisfaction through the creation of outstanding customer experiences? You just might be surprised!

The Customer Service Experience @ Your Library blended learning program involves participants in three interactive learning environments as we explore best practices in improving customer satisfaction through the creation of outstanding customer experiences.

Participants are expected to obtain and read "The Experience Economy", respond online to weekly questions from the instructor and attend the introductory pre-conference session on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 4pm at the COMO Conference in Athens.

Note - you must be registered for the conference to attend the October 13th session. If you're unable to attend the kick-off session at COMO but want to participate in the three week blended learning workshop, please contact Pat Carterette at pcarterette@georgialibraries.org

Dates: Starts October 13 - Ends November 18, 2010
  • October 13 session - Athens Classic Center.
  • October 27-November 16 - readings and online assignments
  • November 18 - "Live" webinar at 2:00pm
Audience: All library staff, but especially public service staff.

Cost: No charge to Georgia library staff 

Contact Hours: 5.0 continuing education contact hours. A certificate of attendance will be issued by GPLS.
Click here for more information and to register.
This workshop is brought to you by the Georgia Public Library Service, a Unit of the University System of Georgia

Basic Management Skills Workshop on Oct. 27 in Washington, GA

This workshop explores basic management principles, relates those principles to each individual's self-perceptions of themselves as managers, and allows participants to clearly define their management style. Throughout it stays focused on the fact that of the library's four essential resources---staff, technology, collections, and facilities---staff is the only resource where the "human factor" has to constantly be kept in mind. Registration is limited to 25.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Time: 9:30-12:30

Location: Mary Willis Library, Washington, GA

Cost: $10

Click here for more information and to register.


Audience: For anyone in public, academic or school libraries new to management as well as those interested in brushing up on management skills.

Certification contact hours: 2.5 contact hours. A certificate of attendance will be issued by GPLS.

For more info: Contact Pat Carterette at GPLS: pcarterette@georgialibraries.org or 404-235-7124

PLA Marketing Workshop Oct. 28-29 at the Decatur Library

This two-day program will provide working librarians with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively market the library’s programs and services. The program is interactive and it includes a variety of group exercises based on a case study about a medium-sized county library with multiple branches. Using the same case study throughout the training will give participants an opportunity to apply what they are learning in a practical way in the “real” library – and to see the effects of the decisions they make throughout the two-day program.

Contact hours: 12 continuing education contact hours. This workshop satisfies requirements for the Certified Public Library Administrator Certificate Program.

Intended audience: Public library directors, managers and other with marketing responsibilities or an interest in marketing.

Presenter: Wayne Piper, former professional development director at the Ohio Library Council

Dates: October 28-29, 2010
Where: Decatur Library, Decatur, GA
Cost: $250 for Georgia library staff

Click here for more information and to register. Hurry, registration ends soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GLA Now has PayPal Option!

I am so pleased to announce that you can now join or renew your membership or donate to our scholarship fund with our PayPal link: http://gla.georgialibraries.org/gla_membership.htm
You do not have to pay electronically. You can certainly still pay by mailing a check. I want to thank the GLA PayPal team of Kara Mullen, Cathy Jeffrey, Laura Burtle, Kim Eccles, Judith Brook and Darin Givens for making this possible. Carol Stanley, GLA President

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Cart Drill Teams to Perform at COMO!!!


Allatoona High School and the Sequoyah Regional Library System will be strutting their stuff at the Georgia Inaugural Book Cart Drill Team Competition! This event will take place Friday, October 15th at 1pm at the Classic Center. Come cheer on the teams “Carte Blanche” and the “Bookettes” and maybe next year YOUR LIBRARY will be competing for the title of Georgia’s #1 Book Cart Drill Team! I would like to thank Conyers Rockdale Library System for coordinating the fun.

Carol Stanley, GLA President

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

GLA Academic Division Election Results

Congratulations to the Academic Library Division election winners and next years leadership team. Joining Sarah Steiner, the incoming chair, will be:

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Katherine Ott
Secretary: Tessa Minchew
ACRL Representative: Amy Eklund

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free GLA Webinars on 9/15

The Georgia Library Association and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to announce the September sessions of the Wednesday Webinar series, which highlights trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries. The webinars feature Georgia speakers, but registration is open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour each.

Money Matters: Teaching Financial Literacy Skills in the Library
Presented by Trudi Green and Teri Hanna
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 10:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
Financial literacy is one of the 21st century library competencies outlined in the 2010 IMLS 21st Century Museum and Libraries Report. The Athens-Clarke County Library has addressed this competency with the launch of a grant-funded program "Money Matters: Because Your Future Matters" aimed at helping GED students and others learn basic financial skills. Join Trudi Green and Teri Hanna to learn more about this innovative and timely program. Come away with a clear idea of the benefit of such programming as well as ideas for incorporating parts of this unique program into your library's programming efforts using your own local resources. You'll even learn something about the newest credit rules! Money Matters is funded by Smart Investing @ Your LibraryTM, a partnership between the American Library Association and FINRA.

Discovering Georgia History and Culture: GALILEO and the Digital Library of Georgia
Presented by Karen Minton
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:15am - 12:15pm Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
The Digital Library of Georgia, a part of GALILEO, is a unique gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. Join us for this look at the Digital Library of Georgia and a couple of popular history and culture resources. Learn tips on ways training can help your patrons and staff get excited about using electronic local history resources.

Please contact a member of the Wednesday Webinar planning team with questions or ideas:
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service, pcarterette@georgialibraries.org
Buffy Hamilton, Wednesday Webinars Steering Committee, buffy.hamilton@gmail.com
Sarah Steiner, Georgia Library Association, PACE Chair, ssteiner@gsu.edu

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Time to Register for Georgia COMO!

Join your library colleagues at Georgia COMO in Athens October 13-15! Early registration ends September 24th. New this year will be Wednesday Library Movie Night featuring the documentary "The Hollywood Librarian" and "Party Girl" with popcorn and prizes. Keynote speaker at Thursday's Opening Session is Michael Porter aka "LibraryMan" of Webjunction, and enjoy Friday's Closing Session with Buffy Hamilton, Tim Daniels and Cliff Landis followed by Georgia's Inaugural Book Cart Drill Team Expo, and ending with the Scholarship Raffle Drawing! There will be tons of excellent programs on all types of library topics to boot. I look forward to seeing you there as we "Celebrate With One Voice!"
Carol Stanley, GLA President and COMO Program Chair

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

GLA Candidates for Office

The GLA election is in progress. You should have received a ballot in the mail. If you are a GLA member did not get a ballot, please contact GLA Administrative Services. Please vote and return the ballot!

Details on the candidates are on the GLA website.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Georgia Library Spotlight: Thomas County Public Library System

[Note: This is an archived post. This spotlight has been removed to make way for the latest spotlight.]

The August Georgia Library Spotlight has been posted: Thomas County Public Library System. Read more about TCPLS on the GLA homepage, then submit your library to be featured!

Thank you and mea culpa for 2010 GOLD GALILEO Conference

Thank you and mea culpa for the 2010 GOLD GALILEO Conference!

http://wp.me/pZGIi-1c

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Friday, August 13, 2010

August Free Webinars co-hosted by GLA

If you haven't yet registered but would like to attend, please sign up for the August sessions of the Wednesday Webinar series, hosted by Georgia Library Association and Georgia Public Library Service. The "seats" are going fast. The webinars feature Georgia speakers and highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries, but registration is open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour.

Free Learning: Developing No Cost, Online Learning for Patrons and Staff
Jay Turner
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 10:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time
Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.

Jay Turner, maverick Training Manager of the Gwinnett Public Library knows that keeping library staff current and up-to-date when valuable resources (time and money) are decreasing can be challenging but not impossible. He uses free and low cost authoring tools to create customized e-learning courses to meet his library's specific learning needs. Attend this webinar and learn how you, too, might use these tools to your library's advantage!

For details and to register:
You will be sent additional information prior to the event including the link to join.


Tech Tips Training Series
Karen Douglas
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 11:15am - 12:15pm Eastern Time
Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.

The "Tech Tips" series at the Athens-Clarke County Library was created in 2009 to provide public and staff training on current software, technology, and social media trends. "Tech Tips" sessions have included live, how-to demonstrations including Facebook, Adobe Photoshop, Skype, Twitter, Podcasting, YouTube, eBay, etc. as well as recorded sessions available for those unable to attend the face-to-face training sessions. Join Karen Douglas as she describes various aspects of this highly successful program.... including finding trainers, scheduling sessions, necessary equipment, advertising and creating a video recording of the session.You'll leave with an arsenal of tips for setting up your own version of "Tech Tips" in your library.

We hope you'll join us for one or both of these webinars. To view archives sessions and learn more about upcoming Wednesday Webinar sessions, please visit our site.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Georgia 21st Century Libraries Speaker Series

GLA members are invited to attend one of two "Start with.... Why" workshop presentations by library strategist George Needham and library futurist Joan Frye Williams.

This dynamic duo will engage us in provocative and entertaining discussions on the 21st century library - best practices in new technologies, innovative services and user-focused service with regard to the current economic climate.

These free workshops will take place in two locations in south Georgia. Registration is required as seating is limited. Register soon! Each workshop is approved for two continuing education contact hours.

Click the links below for more information and to register:

Albany on Tuesday, August 24
at the Albany Government Center from 1:30-3:30 pm
Waycross on Wednesday, August 25 at the Waycross-Ware Public Library from 9:30-11:30 am

This project is sponsored by the Georgia Public Library Service and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Please contact Pat Carterette with any questions.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Even the simplest interchange can illuminate a Resource Exchange! #ggconference

Even the simplest interchange can illuminate a RESOURCE EXCHANGE!
http://wp.me/pZGIi-13
Georgia Library Staff - Turn your lights ON!

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Only 7 days until the stars align for you! #ggconference

Only 7 days until the stars align for you!
http://tinyurl.com/28v7ufd

The GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference still has lots of registration options for you.

It will be worth the journey! -- Toni Z.

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Friday, July 30, 2010

GOLD GALILEO Conference early-bird registration ends Aug 2 #ggconference

Early-bird discounted registration for GOLD GALILEO Conference ends at 5PM, Monday, Aug 2 http://tinyurl.com/2c85bpb

Turn-On Your Passion for Resource Sharing!

Got pins?

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

2010 Proposed amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws

The membership of GLA is to be notified 30 days prior to a business meeting of GLA. Proposed amendments to the GLA Constitution & Bylaws which will be discussed and brought to a vote at the GLA Business Meeting during Georgia COMO in Athens.

2010 Proposed amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For rural libraries, the GOLD/GALILEO Conference is like an approaching comet: It moves! #ggconference

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative - Conference Musings - On behalf of small public libraries and rural communities - July 26, 2010 - Susan Stephens, Director, Chattooga County Library System, Summerville, GA

“It moves, nevertheless!”

I am not sure why this quote, attributed to Galileo Galilei, strikes such a chord with me or why it makes me think of libraries. I just know it does. Galileo is said to have whispered this after he was forced to recant his position on the earth’s movement around the sun. Perhaps it conjures up perceptions about my own rural county library system - its movement slow and steady, a stationary apparition amidst a whirling nebula of more showy activity. But if I had time-lapse photos of the library system, I could prove it moves.

I could show that users of the library have transformed themselves from a single dominant group whose families have lived in the region since before the Civil War to several multilevel and multicultural groups that include first generation immigrants from Asia, India, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. I could show that computer use has migrated from one barely used word processor to a whole area full of high speed computers with people waiting their turns to access the Internet, search for jobs, continue their education and stay in touch with families and friends around the world. I could show that people who have physically never traveled farther than 10 miles from the county line are traveling the cosmos through the resources offered by PINES, GALILEO, and GOLD. I could demonstrate without question that “it moves, nevertheless!”

The GOLD/GALILEO conference offers a constellation full of opportunities for librarians serving rural Georgia to get ideas on what exactly will make their libraries continue to move. We must remember that rural is not synonymous with insular, and those of us at rural libraries can bring world-class resources to those who will never get to see Atlanta, much less the other side of the world. We must advocate to ensure that rural communities are not undeserved just because their populations are smaller. We must commit ourselves to the knowledge that our library users are different but are never "less." So mark August 13 on your calendar, and see how your library and community can take its place among the stars and thrive in the 21st century.

Register now

To the future, GOLD and GALILEO!

Susan

Susan Stephens
Director
Chattooga County Library System
360 Farrar Drive
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-1806 (voice)
706-857-7841 (fax)

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Georgia Wednesday Webinar Series

The Georgia Library Association and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to announce the August sessions of the Wednesday Webinar series, which highlights trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries. The webinars feature Georgia speakers, but registration is open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour each.

Free Learning: Developing No Cost, Online Learning for Patrons and Staff
Presented by Jay Turner
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 10:00am - 11:00am Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
Jay Turner, maverick Training Manager of the Gwinnett Public Library knows that keeping library staff current and up-to-date when valuable resources (time and money) are decreasing can be challenging but not impossible. He uses free and low cost authoring tools to create customized e-learning courses to meet his library's specific learning needs. Attend this webinar and learn how you, too, might use these tools to your library's advantage!

Tech Tips Training Series
Presented by Karen Douglas
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 11:15am - 12:15pm Eastern Time
  • Separate registration is required for each hour-long session.
The "Tech Tips" series at the Athens-Clarke County Library was created in 2009 to provide public and staff training on current software, technology, and social media trends. "Tech Tips" sessions have included live, how-to demonstrations including Facebook, Adobe Photoshop, Skype, Twitter, Podcasting, YouTube, eBay, etc. as well as recorded sessions available for those unable to attend the face-to-face training sessions. Join Karen Douglas as she describes various aspects of this highly successful program.... including finding trainers, scheduling sessions, necessary equipment, advertising and creating a video recording of the session.You'll leave with an arsenal of tips for setting up your own version of "Tech Tips" in your library.

Please contact a member of the Wednesday Webinar planning team with questions or ideas:
Sarah Steiner, Georgia Library Association, PACE Chair, ssteiner@gsu.edu
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service, pcarterette@georgialibraries.org
Buffy Hamilton, Wednesday Webinars Steering Committee, buffy.hamilton@gmail.com

Shifting the e-revolution in libraries into hyperdrive!#ggconference

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative - Conference Musings - On behalf of large public libraries - July 21, 2010 - Deborah Mack, Electronic Resources Librarian, Atlanta Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta, GA

Hello friends,
I'm writing to share a few orbital observations from a fellow procurer librarian.

A significant virtual audience exists outside the public library galaxy, and our goal is to tap into that base. Public Librarians are grappling with the needs of patrons who no longer physically visit the library. Figuring out the best mixture of formats — “downloadables,” CDs, DVDs, etc. — to acquire for this audience is no small feat. Sessions such as "Increasing your online magnitude...” will make for lively discussions on how to reach the virtual audience through Web site usability fundamentals. The if-you-build-it-they-will-come concept does not hold true here, with Google lurking on the faint outskirts of our galaxy. Hearing the collective voice of our patrons and gathering feedback from them is essential. Why fly to the moon and beyond only to miss the thrill of dancing among the stars?

Does growing-up mean we can't ever grow back down?

Public Librarians will also look forward to hearing nuggets from "When Generation Y Asks ‘Y Not,’” which promises vital insight on a sometimes misunderstood young audience that is dramatically influenced by Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools. If the public library does not cooperate creatively with this group’s expectations, Generation Y may stop asking altogether, turning bright futures into black holes - devoid of critical thinking skills. We must not forget this generation of future stakeholders, and now is the time to shine a light on a segment of library users whose needs are sometimes as hazy as the Oort Cloud!

Is there a pay-off to heeding this field-of-dreams-type virtual voice?
I can't predict if large public libraries will experience a heaven-feels-just-like-Iowa euphony but one thing is for certain: This year’s GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference will help us (hyper)drive the e-revolution in libraries!

Why not beat the path of the earlybird and save some green by registering by August 2nd?

- Or -

Pull a believer's ease-his-pain response by contributing to our Resource Exchange!
Thrive GOLD and GALILEO! "Cent'anni" (A hundred years [of good health / luck]) (Italy) -- DB

Debora S. Mack
Electronic Resources Librarian
Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Sq.
Atlanta, GA. 30303
Telephone: 404-730-1971
EFax: 404-224-1190
Email: debora.mack@fultoncountyga.gov
www.afpls.org

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Monday, July 26, 2010

2010 GLA Award Winners Announced

The GLA Board has approved the recommendation of the 2010 GLA Awards Committee to present awards at the COMO XXII GLA Banquet in October as follows:

The Bob Richardson Memorial Award to Sarah Steiner, Georgia State University, Social Work & Assessment Librarian

The Charles Beard Library Advocacy Award to Dr. Melvin Steely, University of West Georgia, Georgia’s Political Heritage Program

Honorary GLA Membership to Callie McGinnis, retired from Columbus State University Libraries

The Library Support Services Award to Brad Baxter, UGA Libraries, Systems/GALILEO Support

The McJenkin-Rheay Award to Tessa Minchew, Georgia Perimeter College - Clarkston, Systems/Catalog Librarian

The Nora Symers Paraprofessional Award to Heidi Benford, Clayton State University, Acquisitions Assistant

Congratulations to these awardees!

Also, many thanks to those who took the time to nominate colleagues across Georgia. The Awards Committee had some tough decisions this summer, so if your nominee is not listed above, please consider a 2011 nomination.

Monday, July 19, 2010

No need to travel to a "Galaxy Far Away" to break astronomical use barriers! #ggconference

Committee Representative - Conference Musings - On behalf of large academic libraries - July 15, 2010 - Denita Hampton, Coordinator, Access & Media Services, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Wow! Has it really been 21 stellar years? That's an affirmative - Georgia library collaboration has come of age. GOLD began providing statewide electronic ILL in 1989, GIL brought universal borrowing to the USG libraries in 2005 and GALILEO (15) and PINES (10) are celebrating milestone birthdays!

Georgia academic libraries have endured a long, lean year of decreased budgets, staff downsizing and fewer resources. But that hasn't made us mean or a machine - times may be tough but through creative relationships with GALILEO, GIL, GOLD and PINES we still meet many of the diverse needs of our users. Collaborative sharing and sage use of technology helps us, in the words of John Lennon, “all shine on – like the moon, the stars and the sun!”

Our prime directive mandates that we provide borderless, transparent, unlimited and easy access to knowledge for our students, but attaining this goal or helping students be universally self sufficient in obtaining that may raise a few questions.

What new databases can we acquire?

The GOLD/GALILEO Conference this year will offer the annual training showcase, which this year will include white-hot sessions on “GALILEO for Library Websites” and “ProQuest 5000”!

How can academic libraries provide a better user experience?

Learn several ways to strengthen your library’s “Force” by attending our “When Generation Y asks ‘Y Not?’” session!

What’s free for my institution?

Attend the “Open Access and Scholarly Communications” session, and a galaxy of options will be illuminated!

Join in this spectacular celebration of collaboration by attending the 21st GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference on August 13 in Athens. The conference promises to shine brightly for academic libraries! Please visit our Web site for more information, including registration and session information.

You can also live up to your new sleek image by contributing material to the resource exchange. Click here to find out how.

Health and long life to you GOLD and GALILEO! -- Denita

Denita Hampton
Coordinator, Access & Media Services
Georgia State University Library
(404)413-2822
dahampton@gsu.edu

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Friday, July 16, 2010

GOLD/GALILEO Conference delivers "Big Bang" of benefits for small academic libraries

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative - Conference Musings - On behalf of small academic libraries - July 7, 2010 - Shaundra Walker, Head of Reference, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Does the thought of a new academic year make you a little nervous? Are you interested in providing better services to the students, faculty and staff on your campus? Is your professional development budget strapped? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider the benefits of attending the 21st GOLD/GALILEO User’s Group Conference!

Scheduled for Friday, August 13 in Athens, the conference is now in its 21st year. I’ve been attending since 2002, and I have never been disappointed. Although the users of academic libraries have changed over those years (think Beloit College Mindset List! Compare the 2002 list to the 2010 list), the GOLD/GALILEO User’s Group Meeting has remained a shining star that has consistently evolved to meet the shifting needs of librarians and support staff members.

If you’ve never attended the conference, it’s a great place to learn about new ideas, as well as to see how other libraries have met the challenges that daily face us. In this time of shrinking budgets and increasing demands from our users, collaboration and learning among libraries have become increasingly important. For veteran attendees and first-timers alike, this meeting is a great place to learn and share — and a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state.

Consider attending this "coming of age" party for Georgia library collaboration. It's the big 21 and we're always transitioning! Remember our inklings about the hidden web around 2002:

"The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation." -- Tim Berners-Lee (British Physicist of the World Wide Web (WWW). b.1955)

Register here and come be part of what's new!

Best,
Shaundra

Shaundra Walker
Head of Reference
H.A. Hunt Memorial Library
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
478.825.6764

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Annual GOLD/GALILEO Conference guaranteed to send special and K-12 librarians "over the moon"#ggconference

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative - Conference Musings - On behalf of special libraries and K-12 - July 2, 2010 - Teresa Pacheco, Electronic Resources Librarian, Gainesville State College, Oakwood, GA

What do you do when your special or school library is asked to "deliver the moon"?

Special libraries face special challenges: How do we connect with other librarians around the state when we are finding it increasingly necessary to prove our own worth to the communities of users we serve? School libraries find themselves in the same circumstances as school systems around the state struggling with ways to make little ends meet. Budget cuts, layoffs and cancellations of resources make it ever more difficult to provide high-quality services to our patrons. But what if library collaboration is our chance to face up to hard economic times and face down "sun, moon and stars-type requests"? Shouldn't we seize that opportunity?

The GOLD/GALILEO users conference this year offers several sessions that will be particularly relevant to special and school librarians:

Tom Sanville, the Keynote Speaker, brings a special level of expertise to the meaning of collaboration. Not only was Tom the 2007 recipient of the Professional Achievement Award for the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, he has recently left the well-known consortium OhioLink to join LYRASIS as its director of licensing and strategic partnerships.

Breakout sessions this year include ways to maximize the readability of your Web site, how to find open (and free!) access to resources - and how to use them, a session on grant planning and dealing with free government publications. These are just a few highlights from what promises to be a rewarding, inexpensive, one-day conference full of workshops and many opportunities to meet and collaborate with your colleagues from around the state.

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the 15th Birthday celebration of GALILEO, one of the FIRST online collaborative virtual libraries in the country.

Examine all the breakout sessions we have to offer!

See you at the meeting. Salute! -- Teresa

"If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before." -- John Ashcroft

"If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative." -- Unknown source

Teresa Pacheco, Assistant Professor
Electronic Resources Librarian
Gainesville State College/Library
Office 106
3820 Mundy Mill Road
Oakwood, GA 30566
678.717.3658 (ext. 3658)
tpacheco@gsc.edu

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P (404) 235.7129
F(404) 235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Academic Library Division Nominees for 2011 Officers

The biographical summaries of the candidates for office for the Academic Library Division are now available. Ballots will be mailed and should arrive in early August.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Georgia Library Spotlight: Reese Library, Augusta State University

[Note: This is an archived post. This spotlight has been removed to make way for the latest spotlight.]

The July Georgia Library Spotlight has been posted: Reese Library at Augusta State University. Read more about Reese on the GLA homepage, then submit your library to be featured!

Friday, July 9, 2010

50 Words or Less That Describe The GOLD GALILEO Conference - Each One Can Take You Home With A Click!

The 2010 GOLD GALILEO Conference in 50 words or LESS

"Click" on each subject and go straight to the HOME page of our conference portal.

Please remember:

Lodging for night before
Block of Rooms at special rates (ranging from $89-$109 plus 7% tax) available for conference attendees at connecting Georgia Center hotel until JULY 13, 2010.

Conference registration rates
$30 if attendees register by Monday, August 2, 2010. After August 2, cost will be $35

"Prost" on our 21st! -- Toni Z.

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

GOLD/GALILEO collaboration comes of age Aug. 13

GPLS News, June 2010

Hand in hand with their observance of milestone birthdays for PINES and GALILEO in 2010, Georgia librarians will soon celebrate another coming of age when the GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference turns 21 this summer.

"The number 21 symbolizes progression, growth, maturity, legitimacy and civic involvement," said Toni Zimmerman, director of Resource Sharing and Interlibrary Cooperation for GPLS. "Our 21st birthday and the theme ‘collaboration comes of age' will be cause for both celebration of and respect for all that Georgia's libraries have accomplished through creative collaborations. Adding to the celestial pathos of this year's theme is the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's Starry Messenger, a published work that changed our view of the solar system and our place in it. Surely that's a clear omen that the continued partnership of the GOLD and GALILEO communities will bring a zenith of educational and economic opportunities to Georgia's citizenry."

The annual conference will take place this year on Aug. 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel in Athens. The event draws librarians, paraprofessionals and technical staff from academic libraries, public libraries, schools and special libraries throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Its goal is to provide a forum for continuing education and professional development related to the use of Georgia's interlibrary lending and resource sharing network, GOLD, and the statewide virtual library, GALILEO.

Each year, the conference showcases new collaborative trends in library resources and highlights current partnerships. Along with a spotlight session about GALILEO's first 15 years, "Collaboration Comes of Age" will include two sets of concurrent programs and updated versions of the popular training showcase. Sessions will feature presentations that demonstrate how dynamic Georgia libraries are using creative collaborations, emerging technologies and highly adaptive communication styles, tools and trends to meet the multifaceted needs of information seekers.

This year's keynote speaker will be Tom Sanville, longtime head of the pioneering consortium OhioLINK who joined LYRASIS in April as its new director of licensing and strategic partnerships. "Tom will explain why ‘coming of age' does not simply mean reaching a plateau of effectiveness or benchmarking efficiency," Zimmerman said. "He plans to show us how consortium-based activity must be exploited to its fullest extent to leverage our limited economic resources and make librarians the future's most relevant information providers!"

This conference is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to GPLS under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Links to registration materials and hotel information will be available later this month at www.georgialibraries.org/lib/gold.html.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hubbard and Beard Scholarship Winners

The GLA Scholarship Committee is very pleased to announce the 2010 winners of the Hubbard and Beard Scholarships:

The Charles Beard Scholarship is awarded this year to Holly Phillips, who has served in different capacities providing outreach, including bookmobile clerk and branch manager, for the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library. Holly is attending Valdosta State University for her MLS.

And, this year's C.W. Hubbard Scholarship recipient is Bonnie Moore. Bonnie has been a Library Technical Assistant at Georgia Northwestern Technical College for 10 years and is also working on her MLS at Valdosta State.

Congratulations Holly and Bonnie!

Barbara Petersohn, Chair
GLA Scholarship Committee

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Recordings of First Two Wednesday Webinars Available

The first two Wednesday Webinar sessions, hosted by GLA and GPLS, took place on June 16th, and turnout was amazing. If you were unable to make the sessions, recordings are now available online.
Registration is now open for the next two sessions on July 21, The Social Library with Cliff Landis and Library on the Radio with Charlie Bennett and Ameet Doshi.

This series highlights trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia libraries, but anyone from outside the state or country is more than welcome to register!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Georgia Library Spotlight: Woodstock Public Library

[Note: This is an archived post. This spotlight has been removed to make way for the latest spotlight.]

Check the GLA homepage for the newest Georgia Library Spotlight feature on the Woodstock Public Library.

Would you like to see your library profiled on the GLA homepage? Please email Sarah Steiner at ssteiner [at] gsu.edu to have your name added to the list.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Academic Library Division Call for Papers - COMO 2010

The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/Georgia Chapter of ACRL invites Georgia’s academic librarians to submit papers for presentation at the 2010 Georgia Council of Media Organizations’ Conference, COMO XXII. Accepted papers are to be delivered in person at the scheduled session. This will be the fifteenth year that there will be cash awards for the two papers judged best of those submitted. The two awards – one funded by Blackwell’s Book Services and one by EBSCO – will be presented at the Academic Library Division luncheon.
Details on the ALD site.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Free Webinars: Transliteracy and Pivot Points


The Georgia Library Association PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Interest Group and Georgia Public Library Service are pleased to announce the launch of the bi-monthly Wednesday Webinar series, which will highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in Georgia Libraries. These free webinars will be of interest to employees of all library types, and are approved for one Continuing Education (CE) contact hour each. Separate registration is required for each hour-long session. The first two sessions will take place in June.

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Introducing Transliteracy
Bobbi Newman
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 10:00-11:00am Eastern Time

The skills needed to be an active participant in today's society are rapidly evolving. Literacy is changing; more is needed than the ability to read and write. Digital literacy, media literacy, information literacy, 21st century literacy and other new literacies are all included in transliteracy. Some are fortunate enough to learn these skills in a classroom, but in many cases people are looking to libraries, all libraries, for the instruction they need. This session will cover the importance of transliteracy, the roles libraries play in educating patrons and what we can do to ensure our staff and patrons are transliterate.

Details and Registration
You will be sent additional information prior to the event including the link to join.

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Pivot Points for Change
Buffy Hamilton
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 11:15-12:15 Eastern Time

In this webinar, we will explore how small changes can lead to innovation, professional growth, and more responsive service to patrons for libraries and librarians. Learn how librarians can utilize cloud computing and web 2.0 tools for more efficient and effective practice.

Details and Registration
You will be sent additional information prior to the event including the link to join.

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We hope you'll join us for one or both of these sessions. Information on additional upcoming sessions will be available in the coming weeks.

For assistance please contact a member of the planning team:
Sarah Steiner, Georgia Library Association, PACE Chair
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service
Buffy Hamilton, Wednesday Webinars Steering & Advisory

Friday, May 14, 2010

COMO Proposal Deadline

Reminder:
The website for the annual GeorgiaConference of Media Organizations conference is now available. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Georgia Library Association, Georgia Association for Instruction Technology, and the Georgia Library Media Association.

On the site you will find the presentation proposal form. The deadline for submissions is May 31st.

COMO will be held October 13-15 in Athens with the theme "Celebrate With One Voice" to show the solidarity of all the organizations who put this together.

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Paraprofessional Grants

ANNOUNCING THE 2010 PARAPROFESSIONAL GRANTS

Five (5) $250 grants will be given to the award winners for expenses to attend
GaCOMO 2010 in Athens, Georgia on October 13-15, 2010, and a free one-year paraprofessional memberships in the Georgia Library Association.

Recognition award plaques will be presented at a GLA function.

Applicants do NOT have to be members of the association in order to compete, but must be full-time employees in a library which falls under GLA's auspices (normally a college-level academic, public library, public school or special library).

All applications due by Friday, June 11, 2010.

For more information, including the application and recommendation forms, please see http://adminservices.clayton.edu/library/GLA/awards.htm.

or contact:

Rhonda Boozer
Clayton State Library
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, Georgia 30260
rhondaboozer@clayton.edu

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Forsyth County Library Opens


Hampton Park Library Celebrates Grand Opening
(3/18/2010 Press release from Hogan Construction, LLC)

CUMMING, GA — On March 21, 2010, the Hampton Park Library is celebrating its dedication and grand opening. A construction project ten years in the making, the new Hampton Park Library is the jewel of the Forsyth County Library System, one of the finest in the country.

Built on a four-acre site, the new 22,858 square foot Hampton Park Library offers a variety of features that increase exemplary meeting and educational opportunities for North Forysth, one of the fastest developing areas in the state of Georgia. The unique design takes advantage of the spacious site and maximizes the aesthetic appeal of this new facility.

Built with the preservation of the environment in mind, the library includes innovative sustainable features such as a gray water irrigation system and wide roof overhangs that shade windows from heat and ultraviolet rays. Low maintenance, native water plants comprise the landscape and filter runoff from the parking lot. Once inside, library patrons can peruse the 60,000 item collection in a comfortable environment designed to resemble a mountain lodge,
with exposed beams and warm, autumn colors.

The library includes a 100-seat meeting room, self-checkout stations, children’s area, nonfiction, fiction, reference, a magazine room and 38 public access computers. The architecture firm Pope Partners and construction manager Hogan Construction Group are honored to be a part of this great initiative for the improvement of our local community, the preservation of the environment and the benefit of the citizens of Forsyth.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GaCOMO Call for Proposals

The website for the annual GeorgiaConference of Media Organizations conference is now available. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Georgia Library Association, Georgia Association for Instruction Technology, and the Georgia Library Media Association.

On the site you will find the presentation proposal form. The deadline for submissions is May 31st.

COMO will be held October 13-15 in Athens with the theme "Celebrate With One Voice" to show the solidarity of all the organizations who put this together.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Job Hunting Workshop

WHAT: Job Hunting Workshop
WHEN: April, 17th, 2010
WHERE: Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library

TIMETABLE
10.00 Tour new building
10.15 Meet & Greet
10.30 Welcome and introductions
10.40-11.10 John Szabo, Atlanta-Fulton County Library Director.
11.10-11.30 Lesley Barber, Principal Librarian DCPL, presenting Optimal Resume Database.
11.30-12.00 Christian Steinmetz, GSU Library Creative Manager: On Public Speaking.
12.00-12.10 Coffee Break
12.10-12.40 Dianne Smith, Human Resources Officer, Emory University.
12.40-13.00 Panel discussion: Joe Hurley, Data Services Librarian, and Kat Hart, Electronic and Continuing Resources Librarian at GSU.


Contact hours: 2
Please register in advance at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/603201191/?ref=eivtefrnd

Text the Library Services Covered by the AJC

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's higher education reporter recently wrote about several Georgia libraries that offer or are considering implementation of services to allow users to text a question. Agnes Scott College and Georgia State, Savannah State and Valdosta State University were mentioned:

Library text messaging latest trend on campuses

Friday, March 12, 2010

Doing Frontline Advocacy From Where You Sit

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010

Time: 10:00am-2:30pm - Check in and coffee starting at 9:30

Location: DeKalb County Public Library - Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Decatur, GA

Anyone can and should get involved in advocating for their library from anywhere they sit in the library. Be part of the movement of frontline librarians and other library staff who are trained to articulate the value of their libraries to people they know best. Help fight the funding cuts of our libraries in Georgia! All levels of library staff, including administrators, are invited to attend.

Presented by ALA President Camila Alire.

More details and Schedule and Printable Registration Form
are available.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Paulding County Breaks Ground on New Library

ACWORTH, GA - On February 25, 2010, Hogan Construction Group broke ground on the new North Paulding Library on Harmony Grove Church Road.

Built behind Fire Station 11, which Hogan completed in December 2009, North Paulding Library features five distinct wings and state-of-the-art networking capabilities. The 10,500 square foot library includes Nonfiction, Reference, Children's, Fiction, Reading and Administrative spaces and will be open to the public in October 2010.

Selected through a competitive bidding process, Hogan is providing construction management services for the precinct, which will be complete in October 2010. The West Georgia Regional Library System is excited to increase their library space for the benefit of the North Paulding community with this $1.5 million facility.

Hogan was awarded the North Paulding Library project through a competitive bidding process. The library marks the company's third project with the County. Hogan is currently building Paulding's 160-acre Burnt Hickory Park, which will be completed in December 2010.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Georgia Library Day

Additional information and directions for Georgia Library Day are now available.

A message from Carol, the GLA President:

I’ve had a suggestion that we wear the same color for identification. How about RED?! I know we don’t have time to get this message out, but for those who want to, please wear red. Red scarf and red ties will do!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Winners Announced in Inagural Georgia Libraries Photo Contest

Victoria “Vickie” Horst, has been a photography buff for many years, and her interest paid off in February when her entry was judged the overall “Best Photo” in the inaugural Georgia Libraries Photo Contest. Horst is director of the Tifton-Tift County Public Library, part of the Coastal Plain Regional Library System.

Jointly sponsored by the Georgia Library Association (GLA), Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Association for Instructional Technology and Georgia Library Media Association, the contest encouraged library supporters to show their love for Georgia's libraries — and win a prize valued at $100 in the process.

More than 70 entrants submitted photos of magical library moments that were captured digitally between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 of this year. A panel of judges selected the winners and honorable mentions representing each of 10 categories.

From the category winners, judges then selected Horst’s photo as "best overall" and awarded her the grand prize of a library/reading gift basket valued at $100 from GLA and a certificate suitable for framing. First-place winners from the remaining categories received a certificate and a gift bag containing an assortment of library-related gifts, while honorable mentions received certificates.

A series of posters incorporating all winning photos will be displayed during Georgia Library Day at the state Capitol on March 10.

"These photos will make for a wonderful display," said Julie Walker, deputy state librarian. "They certainly will draw the attention of our legislators and help us show them how much Georgians value libraries and library services."

Winning photographs also will be displayed and their creators recognized at the 2010 Georgia Council of Media Organizations (COMO) conference in Athens this fall, and can be viewed online.

The complete list of winning photographers is as follows:
Best photo of an adult or adults reading
1st Place: Debra Marino, Harris County Public Library
Honorable Mention: Rattanaporn Lloyd, Athens Technical College, Athens Campus

Best photo of a student or students reading
1st Place: Rattanaporn Lloyd, Athens Technical College, Athens Campus
Honorable Mention: Christine Tigue, Stone Mountain High School

Best photo of a child or children reading
1st Place: Martha Goodson, Neva Lomason Memorial Library, Carrollton
Honorable Mention: Margery Bouris, Whitesburg Public Library

Best photo of a person using a talking book center
1st Place: David Evans, Northwest Georgia Talking Book Library, Rome
Honorable Mention: Wanda Daniel, Talking Book Center, Dublin

Best photo of a person using a public-access computer in a library
1st Place: Margery Bouris, Whitesburg Public Library
Honorable Mention: Martha Goodson, Neva Lomason Memorial Library, Carrollton

Best photo of a library-sponsored or Friends-sponsored event
1st Place: Victoria Horst, Tift County Public Library, Tifton
Honorable Mention: Margery Bouris,, Whitesburg Public Library

Best photo showing library advocacy/support in action
1st Place: Chuck Anderson, Dr. Lamar Veatch with Member of General Assembly
Honorable Mention: Amanda Kiriakos, Athens Technical College, Elbert County Campus

Best photo of a librarian
1st Place: Martha Goodson, Neva Lomason Memorial Library, Carrollton
Honorable Mention: Chuck Anderson, R.T. Jones Memorial Library, Canton

Best exterior photo of a library
1st Place: David Morris Jr., North Georgia College & State University
Honorable Mention: Kathi Fly, Woodstock Public Library

Best interior photo of a library
1st Place (three-way tie): Elizabeth Bagley, McCain Library, Agnes Scott College, Decatur; Martha Goodson, Neva Lomason Memorial Library, Carrollton; and Jean Wyant, Central Library, Newnan

Monday, February 22, 2010

Georgia Library Day RESCHEDULED

Georgia Library Day has been rescheduled, and will now be held on March 10 this year. The schedule and registration form are available at http://gla.georgialibraries.org/events_libraryday_2010.pdf. If you already registered, please confirm you can still attend by contacting GordonBaker@clayton.edu or Kara Mullen KaraMullen@clayton.edu at GLA Administrative Services. For new registrations, the deadline is March 2.

Friday, February 19, 2010

GLA Featured in National NMRT _Footnotes_

Check out the new issue of ALA NMRT Footnotes for a piece on GLA. The article, "GLA on My Mind: Successful Initiatives of Georgia's Library Association," was written by Deborah Striplin, an Atlanta Emerging Librarians member and recent graduate of the Drexel University's Library and Information Science program.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Charles Beard Lecture @ University of West Georgia February 9, 2010

Dr. Toby Graham, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, will present The Civil Rights Digital Library: Documenting America’s Struggle for Racial Equality on Tuesday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m., at Ingram Library, University of West Georgia, Carrollton. Dr. Graham’s presentation is the 2010 Charles Beard Lecture. The event is free and open to the public, and will mark the last Beard Lecture to be held in Ingram Library prior to a major renovation scheduled to begin March 1, 2010.

This event is being sponsored by Ingram Library and Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society. For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at chendric@westga.edu or (678) 839-5337.

The Charles Beard Lecture series, created in 2007, honors the late Charles E. Beard, who served as Director of University Libraries at the University of West Georgia from 1978 to 2004. Over the course of his twenty-six year tenure at West Georgia, Beard led Ingram Library through a period of rapid technological change. His influence extended beyond West Georgia, as well, as he was instrumental in creating and extending access to GALILEO to all libraries and educational institutions in Georgia. GALILEO, a web-based initiative that was one of the first of its kind, now includes the Civil Rights Digital Library.

The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) built by the Digital Library of Georgia and its partners, is an online archive of historical news film from the Civil Rights era and a virtual library portal of national scope. It is the most ambitious and comprehensive initiative to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web. The CRDL features thirty hours of news film, along with related archival holdings and instructional materials from 100 institutions across the U.S., including oral histories, letters, diaries, FBI files, and photographs. http://crdl.usg.edu/

The CRDL, a GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online (GALILEO) initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries, was funded in part by a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. This innovative effort to make documentation on the Civil Rights Movement widely available was the subject of a nationally televised documentary produced by Ambassador Andrew Young that aired in January 2009.

Georgia Libraries Photo Contest

The Georgia Library Association (GLA), Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT) and Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) are encouraging library supporters to show their love for Georgia's libraries — and win a prize valued at $100 in the process.

In conjunction with Georgia Library Day, the organizations are sponsoring a photo contest ending, appropriately enough, on Valentine's Day.

"We hope to pull together a conglomeration of the best, most touching and effective pictures from all kinds of libraries," said Carol Stanley, president of GLA and branch librarian for Athens Technical College in Elberton.

Details are at http://gla.georgialibraries.org/photo_contest.htm.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Event 1/28/10

The second annual Mingle with the Admins event will be hosted by the Atlanta Emerging Librarians group on January 28th, 2010. We will be meeting at Manuel's Tavern from 6-8pm.

For more information and to register, please view the invitation online.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dekalb County Public Opens LEED Certified Branch

The new, state-of-the-art Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library will open in January 2010. The dedication ceremony for the new facility is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the library branch's new location, 5234 LaVista Rd. (at the intersection of LaVista Road and Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker). The public is invited to join DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, county commissioners, library trustees, administrators and staff for the ceremony, which will include a ribbon cutting, tours of the new building and refreshments.

The 25,000-square-foot building, designed by the architectural firm of Leo A. Daly and constructed by Hogan Construction Group, will hold 82,000 volumes and includes 42 public access computers, a computer lab, special areas for children and teens and a café. Service begins at the branch on Monday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m.

http://www.dekalb.public.lib.ga.us/

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Georgia Library Spotlight: Georgia Southern University

[Note: This is an archived post. This spotlight has been removed to make way for the latest spotlight.]

Check out the GLA Homepage to learn about the Zach S. Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University.

Would you like to see your library profiled on the GLA homepage? Email Sarah Steiner at ssteiner [at] gsu [dot] edu.