Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Makerspace: Is it Right for Your Library? - Free Webinar, February 26, 2014

Makerspace: Is it Right for Your Library?
Wednesday, February 26th -- 2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time
Register:  http://goo.gl/oP7BYT

Public and academic libraries across the country are forming makerspaces inside their libraries to provide patrons with the tools needed to innovate and create. In an online panel facilitated by Charlie Bennett (Georgia Institute of Technology), learn how these spaces are being developed in Georgia libraries and discover the types of resources and services they provide. You may even find that you already offer a makerspace environment! Panelists include representatives from three Georgia libraries that already operate a makerspace: Michael Holt (Valdosta State University), Marlan Brinkley (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Sandy Springs Branch), and Andaiye Reeves (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Central Branch).

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

To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page: http://goo.gl/oP7BYT
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. Bookmark our Google Hangout Makerspace event page: http://goo.gl/zZgUSv
4. A URL for the Google Hangout will be posted the day of the event to our Google Hangout Makerspace event page.  The URL will also be emailed to all who have registered for the event.  Instructions for asking questions and participating will be sent out at that time as well.   
Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions.
Casey Long: clong@agnesscott.edu
Kimberly Boyd: kboyd2@brenau.edu
Sarah Steiner: ssteiner@gsu.edu

Monday, January 27, 2014

GeorgiaInfo, state’s online almanac, launches redesigned website

GALILEO announcement.
GeorgiaInfo, the online almanac for the state of Georgia, based at the University of Georgia, boasts a graphically rich new interface and new site organization to optimize intuitive navigation. GeorgiaInfo is valuable as a ready reference resource for all things Georgia and is rich in information to support the K-12 Georgia studies curriculum. It provides historical and current information on Georgia’s economy, geography, government, military, people, sports, tourism, wildlife, and other topics. GeorgiaInfo also features current and historical maps, as well as city and county information with statistics, courthouse pictures, historical markers, and more. Popular features Include This Day in Georgia History and This Day in Georgia Civil War History.

"GeorgiaInfo is complementary to resources like the award-winning New Georgia Encyclopedia and the millions of primary resources included in our Digital Library of Georgia,” said Merryll Penson, executive director of library services with the University System’s Office of Information and Instructional Technology.

The new site is highlighted by a revolving photo gallery on the home page; it will feature six rotating images showing the beauty of Georgia. The images will be changed regularly.

Navigation throughout the site is by “topics” and “features” listed on drop-down menus at the top of each page – each of these links will take the reader to a page with information about a specific aspect of Georgia – history, maps, counties, wildlife, etc. There are 15 topics and 12 features, plus pages with basic information about Georgia and recent updates to the site. There is also a search function available on the navigation bar at the top of each page.
The four columns below the photo gallery on the home page will highlight some of the most heavily used or timely topics. These topics will change occasionally, but all of the site information will remain available at all times – through the navigation bar.

Read GALILEO Planet for more GALILEO news.