Thursday, October 24, 2013

Going Pro: Success Stories - November 2, 2013

Going Pro: Success Stories
November 2, 2013 2-4 pm

Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library
(DeKalb County Public Library branch)
1282 McConnell Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

Please join the Atlanta Emerging Librarians for a panel discussion on November 2nd, featuring Eli Arnold, Traci Drummond, Ashley Dupuy, Oscar Gittemeier and Casey Long.

“Going Pro: Success Stories” is the third and final installment of Atlanta Emerging Librarians' 3-part series on becoming a professional librarian.This event will focus on stories from the front with five successful librarians sharing their experiences, insights, and advice. Our panelists include librarians and archivists from academic and public libraries. Come out and be inspired!

Register  for this event at

Two continuing education credits are available for this event.

Panelist Biographies:

Eli Arnold is currently the Information Commons Librarian and Assistant Professor of
Library Science at the Horace W. Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University. He offers
research assistance in a variety of formats and teaches instructional classes at the
request of the faculty to increase information literary and research skills of KSU’s
undergraduate students.  Eli also supervises the library’s student workforce.

Before earning his MLIS from Valdosta State University in 2012 and joining the Sturgis
Library in 2013, Eli worked for six years for his undergraduate alma mater Oglethorpe
University in the Office of Admission. While in library school, he served as the
president of the Valdosta State University’s Students of Library and Information Science
(SOLIS) student organization.

Traci JoLeigh Drummond, CA, has been archivist for the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University in Atlanta since 2007 and is responsible for managing the Archives, making collections accessible, overseeing oral history projects, and performing outreach to the labor movement, University, and labor history communities.

Traci holds a Master’s of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and her area of study was in archival enterprise. Coursework included arrangement and description; audio reformatting; moving image archives; records management; preservation; grant writing; and digital records theory. She also holds a BA in Art History from Georgia State University.

Ashley Dupuy is currently the Assistant Director for Instructional Services and Assistant Professor of Library Science at the Horace W. Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University. She manages a team of librarians and paraprofessionals in the newly formed Instructional Services Department. Previously, she served as Coordinator of Undergraduate Library Instruction and taught library instruction classes and coordinated scheduling for all undergraduate classes and individual reference sessions. Before coming to Kennesaw State she worked for two years in the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System.

Prior to completing her MLIS at the University of Alabama, Ms. Dupuy worked for 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry. She has extensive experience in business management, project management and account service. She has worked for advertising agencies (most recently Target MarkeTeam), at companies like Delta AirLines, and with many large clients such as the American Diabetes Association, Blimpie International, UPS, American Express, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Ms. Dupuy also has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Oscar Gittemeier currently works as a Youth Services Librarian with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS) at the East Atlanta Branch. He has a background in Sociology and Women’s Studies and completed his MLIS with Florida State University in August 2012. Oscar has served on several GLA committees, including AEL, NMRT, and PACE, but making the Libraries Are Such a Drag fundraising calendar for the Scholarship Committee was the most fun! In his free time Oscar enjoys sipping Bulleit Bourbon with a good book on his back deck and connecting with radical librarians who are reimagining the profession. If these are a few of your favorite things then please talk with Oscar about his book club.

Casey Long is currently the User Education Librarian at Agnes Scott College, where she is responsible for managing the library's instruction program, online presence, and marketing of library services.  Casey began her career as a Consumer Products Researcher at Booz Allen Hamilton, then moved into academia as a Business Librarian at Georgia State University Library.  She graduated from University of Illinois in December 2000 with a Masters in Library and Information Science and in 2009 Casey was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.  She believes the key factors to success in libraries include: enthusiasm, desire to continually learn, ability to work as part of a team, and respect for library users. In her spare time, Casey likes to fully embody the librarian stereotype by caring for a colony of feral cats, knitting, reading books, and shopping for cardigans to keep her warm in the library.

Friday, October 18, 2013

GLA 2014 Calendars for sale

GLA 2014 Calendars are available for sale now for $15.00 each by check payable to GLA.

The calendar contains all the pictures that were contributed to the 2013 GLA Photo Contest. We were able to use almost all of the pictures so every month shows wonderful library activities from libraries throughout Georgia.

All proceeds made from this sale will be used to support GLA activities such as the Annual Picnic, Mid-Winter Conference, and continuing education opportunities.

Please contact Diana Very at for more information.

Georgia Highlands College Libraries in the Spotlight!

by Elijah Scott

Georgia Highlands College has undergone substantial changes in recent years, and our libraries have grown and evolved as well. GHC has locations in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Douglasville, and Dallas, Georgia. We have libraries at Rome, Cartersville, and Dallas, and we have an excellent cooperative arrangement with the Southern Polytechnic Library for our students at the GHC Marietta campus, with a GHC librarian housed at the SPSU library.

Ga Highlands College: Rome Library
The GHC Floyd Campus in Rome is considered to be the main campus. The Floyd Campus Library underwent a major renovation in 2011, and now houses approximately 60,000 print books, 100 periodical subscriptions, two computer labs and an open computer area, a tutorial center, testing center, four group study rooms, and a conference room. At the Cartersville Campus, the library was opened in 2006 as part of a new academic building. The Cartersville Campus Library houses approximately 11,000 books, a computer lab and an open computer area, a tutorial center, four study rooms, a conference room, and a massive stone fireplace. The library at the GHC Paulding Campus in Dallas was opened in March 2013 in newly-renovated space in the Historic Paulding Courthouse, and houses approximately 4,000 books, an open computer area, two study rooms, and a conference room.

Since GHC is a commuter college with multiple physical locations, our libraries make use of electronic resources and services to best meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We currently provide access to over 90,000 ebooks and 32,000 digital videos, and we are available to our students, faculty, and staff by live chat, text message, email, Facebook, and even Twitter, all via our virtual reference site at

The Cartersville Campus Library
Our libraries work closely with faculty to insure that our collections meet the changing needs of our students. For instance, in 2011, the college became a limited-mission, four-year state college, and now offers its first bachelor's degree, the RN to BSN completion program. Our library collections, both print and online, were enhanced to support this new program. To help support the college's global initiative, the library applied for and received the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf in 2012. To ensure that our students have access to the most current technology, the library has purchased a 3D printer and a 3D scanner, which will be available not only to students, faculty, and staff, but also to members of the community. We were fortunate to receive a financial contribution from a local company, Brugg Wire Rope, LLC, to help with the purchase of this technology.

Our libraries are incredibly busy, and our library faculty and staff are the ones who make it all happen! During FY 2012-2013, we:
  • Won the GHC Department of the Year Award!
  • Circulated 7,275 items
  • Loaned 834 items to other libraries and received 465 (GIL Express & ILL) items from other libraries
  • Recorded approximately 173,107 visits:
    • Rome – 56,915
    • Cartersville – 106,986
    • Paulding – 9,206
  • Answered 9,435 questions
  • Taught 229 research training classes for 4959 students
More information about Georgia Highlands College Libraries can be found at

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GLA 2014 Election Results

The GLA Executive Board Officers for 2014 are:
President: Susan Morris, University of Georgia
1st Vice President/President Elect: Lace Keaton, Newton County Library System
2nd Vice President/Membership Chair: Jay Turner, Georgia Public Library Service
Secretary: Sandra E. Riggs, University of Georgia
Treasurer: Ashley Dupuy, Kennesaw State University

The GLA Academic Division Officers for 2014 are:
Chair: Rhonda McCoy, Paine College
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Angela Megaw, University of North Georgia
Secretary: Stacy L. Brown, Georgia Highlands State College
ACRL Chapters Council Representative: Sarah Steiner, Georgia State University