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.

Please contact a member of the Wednesday Webinar planning team with questions or ideas:
Sarah Steiner, Georgia Library Association, PACE Chair,
Pat Carterette, Georgia Public Library Service,
Buffy Hamilton, Wednesday Webinars Steering Committee,