Friday, December 14, 2012

Call for Nominations for the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

[Editor's Note: Posted on behalf of Ann Hamilton, GLA's ALA Councilor. Please direct questions/nominations to Shumeca Pickett at the contact information below.]
The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an organization are eligible for the award.

Sponsor and Deadline

The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is February 17, 2013.


Established in 1979, upon the death of John Phillip Immroth, this award honors the courage, dedication, and contribution of a living individual or group who has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and a $500 prize.

John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate, and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1976. His impact on the ideal of intellectual freedom and its practice was great.

The Immroth nomination form is available from the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to: Shumeca Pickett, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4220. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail:

Past Immroth Recipients

Riverside Military Academy in the Spotlight!

The Library at the campus of Riverside Military Academy is located on the shores of Lake Lanier, named for poet Sidney Lanier, in Gainesville, Georgia. Riverside Military Academy, founded in 1907, is one of the premier college preparatory academies for young men in grades 7-12.

The Riverside vision began with two Gainesville businessmen and professors, Haywood Jefferson Pearce and Azor Warner Van Hoose, Jr.  Pearce was president of the local women’s school, Brenau College, and based upon his success there, these men gathered support from more than thirty local investors to charter an all-male, military school. As a result, construction for Riverside Military Academy began in 1907, and the doors opened for classes in the fall of 1908.

By 1913 the twenty-five acre campus included two brick buildings and a small wooden cottage. In 1913, Pearce and Van Hoose hired Sandy Beaver to be Riverside's head of school. Beaver would go on to acquire ownership of the school in 1915 and preside over its growth until his death in 1969.

Riverside operated a winter campus in Florida for more than fifty years. In 1931, Sandy Beaver purchased the Hollywood Hills Hotel in south Florida. With the exception of brief time during World War II when the Navy used the Florida campus as a training facility, the school's cadets and staff would spend January through March at the Florida campus and the remainder of the school year would take place in Gainesville.

Every year when the entire school “moved south”, the Academy would also pack and transport a portion of the Library’s collection for student and faculty use at the Hollywood campus. One could truly say that the Riverside Library was indeed a “Traveling Library”!

Facing tremendous commercial development in the area surrounding its Florida campus, the academy sold that property in 1984 to dedicate resources to the renovation of the Gainesville campus.

Riverside began its Gainesville renovations in 1997 and completed the project in 2004. The renovations, totaling about $95 million, began with a new barracks building, which replaced nine older dormitory buildings, included a new academic building, a new gymnasium, extensive renovations to its athletic fields, and a new library and performing arts center. The Riverside Library is now housed in the Sandy Beaver Center for Teaching and Learning which was named in honor of General Sandy Beaver. The collection currently contains over 20,000 volumes including an extensive reference section, special collections, and thirty-five print periodicals. Over twenty-four computers are available for classroom and individual resources including Encyclopedia Britannica, and GALILEO databases.

Riverside Library programs and activities include:
  • “The Career and College: Q & A”, a research section dedicated to juniors and seniors as they prepare for life after graduation from Riverside.
  • “Cadets Rule!” showcases the efforts of RMA cadets in athletics and extracurricular teamwork.
  • “The Forum” is a consortium of students, who like to read, discuss, and think about different types of library media and management. We provide reviews of books, blogs, websites, and virtual tours for the student body of RMA. Forum members are engaged to assist in maintaining the Riverside Library collection by providing community service hours. Students manage the Library’s book sale in order to supply the necessary funds for club activities. Earlier this year, Riverside Library proudly hosted two separate World War II Exhibits from the Marcus Foundation and Kennesaw State University.

The RMA Corps of Cadets consists of over 400 cadets from more than twenty countries. For more information about Riverside Library, please visit

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Professional and Continuing Education List

December 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!


December 6

ALSC-Every Child Ready to Read: How to Train and Motivate Adults to Foster School Readiness ($)

School Library Journal- Lerner Publishing Group Spring 2013 Librarian Preview Webinar

WebJunction- Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results

Online Education Database-How to Create Your Own Library (or Personal!) Knowledge Base.

December 7

Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Evernote

O'Reilly Community- Accessibility Handbook: Making 508-Compliant Websites

December 10

Educause- Online Learning with Students, Staff and Faculty with Disabilities:  Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility

InSync-Nuts and Bolts of Social Media

December 11

O'Reilly Community- A Developers Introduction to User-Centered Design

Tech Soup- Better Together: Tech Trainers Sharing

Volunteer Match-Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

ATC-Mobile Accessibility - The Status of Accessibility in Mobile Devices

December 12

ALA- Let's Talk About It: The National Model for Scholar-Led Read ($)

InfoPeople- Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions

WebJunction-What Would Walt Do? Quality Customer Service for Libraries

Nonprofit Webinars- Perfect Phrases for Fundraising

December 13

YALSA- Reluctant Readers ($)

Making the Choice: Mobile Solutions for Libraries

December 18

PLA- E-Book Action: Inform and Inspire Your Community

****Many thanks to Jay Turner, Director, Continuing Education, Georgia Public Library Service, for his collaborative work on this list.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Libraries Are Such A Drag Fundraising Calendar Now Available

We LOVE libraries! If you love libraries too then get yourself, your family, and your coworkers a calendar. All proceeds donated to the Georgia Library Association's Beard Scholarship. Calendars can be purchased at Java Monkey in Decatur, GA ($20) or online ($25).

[Editor's note: The Libraries Are Such a Drag calendar was conceived and coordinated by Oscar Gittemeier, 2011 Beard Scholarship winner and current co-chair of the Atlanta Emerging Librarians Meet-Up Group. Three cheers to Oscar for his creative and enthusiastic support of GLA and for putting the fun in fundraising!] 

Libraries Are Such a Drag Calendar (Facebook)
New Queer Calendar Celebrates Love of the Library (The GA Voice)