Monday, November 25, 2013

Registration is open for Georgia Library Association's Annual Mid-Winter Planning Meeting.

Dear GLA Members,

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Georgia Library Association's Annual Mid-Winter Planning Meeting on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Downs Continuing Education Center at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

This 2014 kick-off meeting is an important event for all GLA members, especially those interested in influencing COMO 2014 which is to be held October 1-3 in Augusta. There are changes in the makeup of COMO for 2014; GLMA has elected to have a separate summer institute rather than partnering with GLA and GAIT for the fall conference. Since GAIT was in charge of the over- all conference for 2013, this year GLA will have the major responsibility in overall planning. We are fortunate to have the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) joining us once again for COMO 2014. So now is the time for GLA to focus, fine tune, and forge ahead to make this a COMO to remember for its excellence! Let's make sure Georgia stands out in a good way – across libraries in our region and nationally!

Before and during the Mid-Winter Planning Meeting, you will have the opportunity to commit to Committees, direct your Divisions and show interest in Interest Groups. January 17 is the perfect opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends from all over Georgia as we launch the year.

Mathew Hauer, who leads the Applied Demography Program in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, will be our keynote speaker. His past work experience includes the U.S. Census Bureau and the Atlanta Regional Commission. He will talk with us about changes in Georgia's population, giving us important information that can help us as we plan for Georgia's future libraries--and library services--for all our citizens in every type of library. His dynamic and interesting presentations have been enthusiastically received by conference attendees from Callaway Gardens to South Korea.

The meeting will be held from 9:00am to 2:15pm. There is a registration fee of $35, which will include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch buffet. Registration forms must be received by Friday, January 3, 2014 to confirm your lunch reservation. The breakfast and registration period runs until 9:45am when the business meeting gets under way. Members of the GLA Board will meet from 2:30pm to 3:30pm after the planning meeting concludes. Chairs of committees, division and IG leaders are encouraged to stay for the Board meeting to give brief updates on the day's sessions.

Whether or not you are able to attend, please return your Committee Preference form by January 3rd to tell me how you would like to serve GLA. Although you may miss out on a day of social networking the traditional way, know that your involvement is still much needed and wanted. Committees will meet electronically, and if the need arises will meet again in person to complete tasks, so don't feel like you'll miss out on everything. I look forward to collaborating with you this year. Share your ideas for an even greater GLA!

Susan Morris
2014 GLA President

Thursday, November 21, 2013

AEL Networking Event - Mingle with the Admins V December 19

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Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7-9 PM

Manuel's Tavern,
602 N. Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30033

Atlanta Emerging Librarians (AEL) invites you to a networking and information session to benefit library students, graduates and new librarians. Mingle with the Admins V is a wonderful opportunity to meet and receive advice from a number of library administrators, representing many different types of libraries, who will offer insights into the nature of their organizations. You'll also be able to network and swap stories with your fellow emerging librarians.

We expect representatives from multiple academic and public libraries in the Metro Atlanta area.

Snacks will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Register for the event

If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please send us an email at

2013 AEL Planning Committee
Benji Barton
Lindsay Cronk
Melissa Perez
Ariel Turner

Friday, November 15, 2013

Georgia Southwestern State University Library in the Spotlight!

By Ru Story Huffman

The James Earl Carter Library, located on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, has been selected as the initial venue for "Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience." The 1200 square foot traveling exhibit was developed by Andersonville National Historic Site as part of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War celebration. "Victory from Within" is a multimedia project that includes audio-visual interviews and original artifacts and is based on the thematic organization of the National POW Museum – Capture, Prison Life, Those Who Wait, and Freedom.

"Victory from Within" will be at the James E. Carter Library through January 2014. Plans are in the development phase for an opening program to include members of the Friends of Andersonville and the Georgia Southwestern State University community. The display will be available during regular Library hours.

Andersonville National Historic Site and Georgia Southwestern State University cooperate on a number of programs and have an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The annual POW Ride Home and POW Convocation is jointly sponsored each September and includes many members of the Rolling Thunder POW organization and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Additionally, GSW students have the opportunity to intern at the Andersonville National Historic Site and the Library has provided display space for the POW Convocation. The Carter Library is home to Prisoner of War Collection, which was developed with assistance from the Andersonville National Historic Site. The POW Collection contains books related to the POW experience, mostly memoirs written by those who were held prisoner and oral histories. The collection is searchable through the Library's catalog, located at

For information about the library and the exhibit please visit the library website at or contact Ru Story Huffman, Dean of Library Services, 229-931-2259.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Engaging and Assessing Learners with iPads: Free Webinar, December 3, 2013

Engaging and Assessing Learners with iPads
Presented by Laurie Griffin
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time


The session will present you with a variety of applications that can be used with a single iPad or even a one-to-one environment to assess authentic student learning. Learn new and practical ways to engage even the most reluctant student to participate in the learning process. This session will be applicable to learners of all ages.

Laurie Griffin is currently the school library media specialist for Jones County High School & Maggie Califf Learning Complex. Mrs. Griffin has over 17 years of experience in education ranging from elementary to high school. She believes technology is a tool that media specialists and educators employ, not a replacement for them.

The Carterette Series is an educational webinar series which highlights 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 session will be recorded and available on the CSW site for later viewing.

Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions.
Casey Long:
Kimberly Boyd:
Sarah Steiner: