Monday, October 29, 2012

Friends of the GA Archives Advocacy Workshop (11/08/2012)

Sign up now to take part in the advocacy workshop sponsored by Friends of the Georgia Archives (FOGAH) at the Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting. Training will be conducted by Joe Tanner of Tanner and Associates and will cover how to contact your representative so that your voice will be heard!

The training is free and is open to both members of SGA and anyone in the SE Georgia area who wants to participate. It will be on Thursday, November 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the conference venue, Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Registration is required because of the limited space. Please visit the SGA website to register.

Questions about the training? Contact Dianne Cannestra at
Questions about registration? Contact Renna Tuten at

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you know who might be interested.
Two other workshops are being planned for the Macon area and the Atlanta area.

Renna E. Tuten
SGA 2012 Annual Program Chair

Friday, October 19, 2012

Looking For Ways to Help the Georgia Archives?

As we were very happy to learn, things are looking up for the Georgia Archives, but there is still a long way to go in terms of restoring funding lost over the last few years, increasing public access hours, etc.

Maybe you saying to yourself, "Well, that's great, but how can I help?" Ponder no more! Visit the Friends of Georgia Archives page to learn how you can donate to this worthy cause and get involved with the work of FOGAH.

Georgia Archives to Stay Open (American Libraries)
Deal, Kemp to Keep Georgia’s Archives Open (Office of the Governor)

Piedmont Regional Library System in the Spotlight!

Piedmont Regional Library System
Winder, Georgia

The Piedmont Region consists of three counties, Banks, Barrow and Jackson. The Piedmont Regional Library System is located northeast of Atlanta and surrounded by Hall County, Athens Regional, Uncle Remus, Gwinnett and Northeast Georgia Regional libraries. As one local advocate said, “How can we help but be a successful library system?”

As written in Beadland to Barrow, steps were taken in 1954 to set up a regional library in Barrow County. In under 60 years, the Piedmont Regional Library System (PRLS) has grown to serve Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties with ten locations in Winder, Auburn, Statham, Homer, Braselton, Commerce, Jefferson, Maysville, Nicholson, and Talmo. Regional offices are located in Winder, and there are also book deposit collection points in the city halls of Bethlehem and Carl. The Library provides courier service to all locations. The Outreach Services department delivers books to public schools in the region as well as senior centers, boys and girls clubs, and other local facilities.

The Library’s collection consists of over 252,000 items. The population of the region is around 150,000. Over 457,000 visits are made to the libraries each year. More than 142,500 computer sessions were logged on Library computers last year, and wireless computer access is popular at almost all locations.

On February 1, 2012, the Library began offering an ebook checkout service through Overdrive. A $15,000 grant from Jackson EMC provided start-up funds and a small collection of less than 500 books, all bestselling fiction and nonfiction for adults. Of this initial collection, 97.8% of titles checked out at least once in the first three months! The results were so positive that other organizations in the region donated more money to purchase more ebooks. What started as a small, specialized collection has grown to a diverse collection of ebooks for all ages. Currently, the ebook collection consists of over 1,400 ebooks and averages 1,000 checkouts per month.

Continuing staff development is an integral part of PRLS philosophy. The annual Staff Day held in November is highly anticipated by staff throughout the region. Library Managers come together frequently to keep current on professional issues such as technology, staff management, collection development, and intellectual freedom. In turn, libraries in the region offer training programs to their patrons on topics such as basic computer skills, job searching, genealogy, and more.

Piedmont Regional Library System is a proud member of PINES. Over 582,000 items were checked out in FY 2012, including books, DVD’s, books on CD, and more. Libraries in the region each have their own Friends of the Library groups and plan their own programs. Approximately 40,000 people attended programs throughout the region last year, including Ready to Read Pre-K Storytimes, reading to dogs programs, adult author and craft programs, numerous summer reading events, and much more. The Library recently added Early Literacy Station computers for kids at several locations, and plans to add at least ten more stations by the end of the year.

At Piedmont Regional Library System, staff and patrons alike believe, “Books are just the beginning.”

To learn more about the Piedmont Regional Library System, please visit

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Georgia Archives Gets a Temporary Reprieve

Not enough details in this article to let loose with any sort of victory cry, but it's definitely good news! Looks like some funding will be restored to the Georgia Archives. Enough to keep it open at its current public access hours through the rest of FY 2012. At the beginning of the new fiscal year, subject to legislative approval, the Archives will be transferred to the University System of Georgia.

Before we breathe a sigh of relief, let's remember that access hours have been repeatedly slashed over the years and the Archives is currently down to being open to the public just two days a week, Friday and Saturday. Being under the umbrella of the USG will, no doubt, be a safer home for the Archives than the Secretary of State's office has proved to be. However, the best of all possible worlds for the Archives would be if it were made an independent, and apolitical, state agency in its own right. 

Let's keep our game faces on, and keep an eye out for ways to help Our Archives, folks! While safe for now, it is still underfunded, understaffed, and in need of our vigilance and support.

Speaking of staffing, let's also take a moment to give a shout out to the brave and true Georgia Archives employees who have been doing such a fine job, in the face of budget adversity, for so many years. You go, Georgia Archives staff! The people of the state (past, present, and future) appreciate all of your hard work!

 Deal, Kemp to Keep Georgia’s Archives Open (Office of the Governor)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Free Webinar 11/14/12: RDA: Are We There Yet?

The Georgia Library Association is pleased to announce the November 2012 session of the Carterette Series Webinars.

The Carterette Series is a bi-monthly educational webinar series highlighting trends, innovation, and best practices in libraries. The free sessions are open to interested parties from all geographic (and astral) locations. Topics are chosen to be of interest to students and employees from all library types, and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour.

Can't make it to the live show? That's okay. The sessions will be recorded and available on the CSW site for later viewing.

RDA: Are We There Yet?
Presented by Emily Nimsakont
November 14th, 2012
2:00pm to 3:00pm EASTERN Time (What time is that for me?)


It's been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year - are you ready? In this session, Emily Dust Nimsakont will provide an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation. Emily is the Government and Information Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission.


Please contact a member of the Carterette Series Planning Team with questions or suggestions.
Tessa Minchew:
Sarah Steiner:
Kimberly Boyd:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

GLA Scholarship Raffle (Winners for Not Present to Win Prizes)

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the GLA Scholarship Raffle at COMO this year. We raised $4,420.00 and can fully fund both the Beard and Hubbard Scholarships for 2012. To follow is a list of the winners of the prizes that you did not need to be present to win. Please contact me with any questions. Thank you. Ashley Dupuy,

$50 iTunes gift card
Roni Tewskbury
Set of 3 $10 iTunes gift cards
David Minchew
1 year subscription to database
Jeff Heck
Certificate for 3 free ebooks
Jeff Heck
$50 Barnes & Noble gift card
Jane Summey
$50 Barnes & Noble gift card
Sandra Brown
$25 iTunes gift card
Kelli Murphy
$50 Amazon gift card
Michael Law
$50 Amazon gift card
Liz Bagley
$50 Amazon gift card
Catherine Wilson
$100 Target gift card
Jane Summey
$50 VISA gift card
Holly Heltman
$50 Amazon gift card
Patricia Perles
$50 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card
Camilla Reid
$25 Amazon gift card
Zachary Hardy
$25 Lowes gift card & tool set
Rhonda Boozer
$50 Shell gas card
Candace Ushery
$50 Shell gas card
Jane Summey
Getaway on the Square, Dahlonega
Jane Hardy
$20 gift card from Subway and small silver picture frame
Jacqueline Keeton
4 tickets to Puppetry Center Family Series shows
Lori Lang
2 tickets to "Puppetry Education" webinar
Jeff Heck
$50 DSW gift card
Katie Spice
$50 Amazon gift card
Raylynn Hughes
$50 Cracker Barrel gift card
Bonnie Morris
$100 cash
Linh Uong
$25 VISA prepaid debit card
Linda Marie Golian-Liu
$50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate
Callie Benson
$50 Amazon gift card
Courtney McGough
$15 gift card to a local Macon restaurant
Mel Voynich

October Professional and Continuing Education List

October Professional and Continuing Education List 

Welcome to the Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group monthly announcement for continuing education opportunities.  This email contains a listing of conferences, webinars, and other ways to learn more about librarianship.  Events requiring a registration fee are designated by a ($). This list is also available on the Georgia Library Association blog:
Please help PACE keep this list useful and current by emailing announcements for upcoming continuing education events to Amelia Glawe (  Thanks!
October 16
Booklist-Common Core and More: Surprising Reasons to go Graphic 

School Library Journal:Fall Books for Kids 

WebJunction:Incubate Leadership @ Your Library 
ALA:Embedded Librarians: Integrating Information Literacy Instruction at the Point of Need ($)  

October 17 
ALCTS: RDA Name Authorities—What's New and Different from AACR2 ($)

October 18 
School Library Journal: Part I On Common Core: Getting Real: Marc Aronson and Sue Bartle 

ACRL: Designing Assessments ($)

YALSA-Book Blitz 2: 45 Must Know YA Titles ($) 

October 18- November 15
ACRL Webinar Series: Applying the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education ($) 

October 24 
NCompass Live: Your Government Online: Independent Federal Government Agencies

ALCTS: Principles of Classification ($)

October 25
WebJunction:Freedom Rings in Philadelphia: community technology adoption

WebJunction: Community Technology Adoption  

ACRL: Curation as a Form of Collaborative Research ($)

October 30
ACRL: 3D Printing is Just the Beginning: The Future of Makerspaces within Academic Libraries($)

October 31
NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Reflections on Internet Librarian 2012

ALCTS: RDA for the Non-Cataloger: What's In It For You?($)  

October 31-November 15
PLA Webinar Series: Three Top Programs From PLA 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

GLA Academic Division Officers for 2013

The GLA Academic Division is pleased to announce the election results for the 2013 officers.  The new officers are as follows:

Rhonda McCoy

La Loria Konata

ACRL Representative:
Sarah Steiner

We congratulate all who ran in this year’s contest. Thank you for your interest in keeping the GLA Academic Division a vital and relevant professional group.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Executive Board Meeting Minutes Online

The GLA Executive Board met during GaCOMO, on October 3, 2012. At this meeting, the minutes from the previous meeting were approved and are now available on the GLA website.

GaCOMO12 Survey - Please Fill Out If You Attended

If you attended COMO 2012 in Macon and have not yet completed the evaluation, please do so by October 15, 2012. Your comments will be considered when planning next year's conference, so thumbs up or thumbs down, the Steering Committee wants to hear from you!