Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Personal Digital Archiving Train-the-Trainer Workshop - July 31, 2014

The Society of Georgia Archivists, the Atlanta chapter of ARMA International, and the Georgia Library Association invite you to attend a train-the-trainer workshop on Personal Digital Archiving.
Designed for information professionals from all backgrounds and levels of experience, this workshop will empower participants to see themselves as archivists of their own digital records and will cover topics ranging from best practices for creating digital records and rights issues in the digital landscape to strategies for storing digital records and emerging developments regarding the digital afterlife. After completing the workshop, attendees will be encouraged to teach the workshop to their users--the public, co-workers, students, etc.--in their own diverse institutional contexts. The end goal of the workshop will thus be to advocate for informational professionals as a source of expertise for assisting individuals (the public, family members, students, corporate employees, etc.) with their personal digital archiving needs.

The workshop will be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow on Thursday, 7/31, from 10:00 AM - noon, and will be FREE to attend.

Space limited to 25 participants. If you would like to secure a space in the workshop, please RSVP to outreach[at]soga[dot]org by 7/17/2014.

Workshop facilitators:
Oscar Gittemeier, Youth Services Librarian, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, East Atlanta Branch
Wendy Hagenmaier, Digital Collections Archivist, Georgia Tech Archives
Michelle Kirk, Records Manager, VP Corporate Records and Information Management, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free Webinar: Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation - July 30, 2014

Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 -- 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time
Register: http://bit.ly/1lI8NT9

"There is one Internet. It must be fast, robust and it must be open. The prospect of a gate keeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable...." – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The above quote addresses what, until now, has been a given - that with an Internet connection, anyone has access to all information available via an Internet Service Provider. That changed in January 2014 when a major court decision stripped the FCC of its power to enforce network neutrality protections, providing an opening for telecom companies to begin exploiting technologies by monitoring and controlling data sent via their networks.

In this webinar co-coordinated with the GLA Governmental Relations Committee, Emily Almond, Director of Information Technology for the Georgia Public Library Service, will explore the implications of the current state of net neutrality, including taking a look at the following questions:
  • Should libraries be concerned and why?
  • What actions are recommended by ALA and other libraries?
  • How do librarians take action on issues like this?  What is appropriate?
  • Is there anything specific to Georgia that we should be concerned about?
No one knows if these changes are a cause for alarm or if we're just being alarmist, but it can't hurt to stay informed and to be on the lookout for changes to come. This is intended to be a discussion, not a lecture, so bring your expertise and questions!

Emily Almond has been a librarian in the Atlanta area for 17 years. Her specialties include library systems, open-source software development, strategy development, web usability and broadband networks for libraries. She has been a librarian at CNN, Emory University, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and she is currently the Director of IT for the Georgia Public Library Service.

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://bit.ly/1lI8NT9
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Essentials of RDA for Non-Catalogers - Free Webinar on July 9, 2014

Topic:  Essentials of RDA for Non-Catalogers
Date: 07/09/2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Register at http://bit.ly/1nNLl6L
SpeakersGuy Frost, Univ. Assoc. Prof. and Catalog Librarian, Valdosta State University and  Susan Wynne, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Georgia State University,

RDA (Resource Description and Access) has become a reality for many libraries, especially following the Library of Congress' implementation in 2013. But how does it affect non-catalogers and library users? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data, with an objective of responsiveness to user needs.
This session will cover the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects display and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere.

This event is sponsored by North Georgia Associated Libraries.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Professional Development Events in June

This list is provided by Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education, Georgia Public Library Service.

The GPLS CE calendar has been updated with free, online continuing education events for June.

Some highlights include:

June 12 (1–2 PM)
What Makes Mobile Websites Tick? How Do We Make Them Faster? (O’Reilly)
The HTTP Archive allows us to research trends in mobile website development. In this webcast, we'll look to discover the fastest designs for mobile performance in use on the web today and answer: How are websites changing over time? How do these changes affect performance? What sites are keeping with the latest designs AND keeping ahead of the performance curve?

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.oreilly.com/pub/e/3071

June 12 (2–3 PM)
An Orientation to Congress.gov (Lib2Gov)

Presented by members of the development team of Congress.gov, this webinar presents information on the new Congressional legislative portal. Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. It replaces the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov site with a system that includes platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. It currently includes all data sets available on THOMAS.gov except nominations, treaties and communications. These data sets will be added throughout 2014. THOMAS.gov will be permanently retired by the end of 2014.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://lib2gov.org/webinars/webinar- calendar/webinar-schedule-for-winterspring-2014

June 12 (2–3 PM)
Going Beyond Google (American Libraries Live)

It’s a question librarians are asked constantly: Why do people need us when they have Google and other public search tools? In “Going Beyond Google” on Thursday, June 12, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern), we’ll talk about our value as experts, what it means and how we can effectively convey it to the public. American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in
a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

June 17 (2–3 PM)
Engaged, Embedded, and Enriched Creative Community Connections (Colorado State Library)

As libraries seek to redefine themselves in a new information age, libraries must develop strategies for engaging with the community. Traditional programs and services are no longer sufficient; libraries must be creative in building community relationships to help frame positive community growth. Learn how three diverse library systems met the challenge of engaging with their communities to create dynamic connections and develop meaningful partnerships that added value to the library AND the community.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

June 18 (11 AM–12 PM)
EDGE: Connecting Technology and Community (Nebraska Library Commission)

After two years in development, the Edge Initiative launched earlier this year and library leaders are already sharing how Edge has helped them connect with their local government officials, build community partnerships and align their strategic goals with community priorities. Join us to learn how using Edge will help you make strategic decisions about technology services and connect more closely with your community. Edge, a professional management and leadership tool, gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming. It guides library leaders in assessing how their community is using technology and how to align future growth and services with community goals. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to community leaders.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 18 (2–3 PM)
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians (WebJunction)

Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us for this webinar to learn some basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you’ll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 18 (3–4 PM)
Using Images in Research (EasyBib)

Neil will cover all aspects of instruction related to use and citation of images, from searching for creative commons licensed images to selecting appropriate images for print, online and other types of use.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

June 25 (3–4 PM)
Journalism Techniques to Spice Up Your Grant Proposals (4Good)

It’s no coincidence that many great grant proposal writers once worked as journalists. Like proposal writers, journalists have a knack for telling clear, compelling stories using quotes and objective evidence. This webinar, led by a grant proposal writer who began as a reporter, explains how to interview individuals such as organization clients to create more impactful proposals.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/mark- goldstein/journalism-techniques-to-spice-up-your-grant-proposals

Visit GPLS CE calendar for a complete list.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Georgia Northwestern Technical College Libraries in the Spotlight!

By Pete Bursi

If you live in northwest Georgia, the next time you have your car serviced or receive medical attention there is a good chance the technician, nurse, or EMT who helps you has benefitted from the services of a Georgia Northwestern Technical College library. That's because GNTC enrolls over 8,000 students in those and other career programs at its five campuses, and each year thousands of northwest Georgia residents directly benefit from the services of GNTC graduates. Georgia Northwestern Technical College, which began in 2009 as the result of the merger between Coosa Valley and Northwestern Technical Colleges, now serves students in nine counties through its campuses in Rome, Rockmart, Rock Springs, Calhoun, and Dalton as well as the Aviation Center in Rome. The campus libraries employ a total staff of 18. The Director of Library Services is based at the Floyd County Campus (Rome), while each of the libraries has its own coordinator. A sixth library will be added in 2016, when the Catoosa County Campus (Ringgold) opens.

Floyd County Campus Library
Recently, the GNTC libraries have played an important role in supporting the college's Math Matters initiative which was borne of the SACS QEP. This support has taken the form of library displays of math related books and DVDs as well as a college-wide contest in which students were asked to find the answers to questions about math and mathematicians by using – and citing - library resources. The library collections at each campus are focused on the needs of the programs offered at those campuses. In addition, the libraries offer popular fiction books and feature film DVDs to suit the wide range of personal interests of their students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers.
Many GNTC students will continue their studies at colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. Accordingly, the GNTC libraries offer print resources suitable for argumentative essays and speeches as well as literary criticism assignments and other research papers. Of course, these print resources are complemented by the GALILEO databases which are promoted by and offered through the GNTC libraries.

Walker County Campus Library
The GNTC libraries function as branches of one library system, but they each have their unique offerings and characteristics. For example, the Gordon County Campus library has floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the surrounding area from its second floor vantage point. The most unique arrangement, however, belongs to the library at the Whitfield/Murray Campus (Dalton). The GNTC library there shares space with the library for the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and Phoenix High School. Like adolescent twins sharing a bedroom, the college and high school libraries employ an imaginary dividing line to split one room into two. The considerate and cooperative staffs make this unique situation work remarkably well – aside from the occasional confusion over whose phone is ringing.

The GNTC libraries own over 75,000 volumes in addition to well over 100 periodical subscriptions. Also, the libraries annually provide approximately 100 library instruction sessions reaching nearly 2,000 students. So, rest assured, your automotive tech, nurse, and EMT have been exposed to the most current library resources making them well prepared to serve you in their state-of-the-art North Georgia worksites.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Summer Field Trip - Sign up by July 10, 2014

This summer, SLA Georgia and Atlanta Emerging Librarians (AEL) have collaborated to organize tours of two Atlanta special libraries, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum and the CNN Library & Archives. The tours will take place on Saturday, July 12. With the Carter Library tour limited to 20 and the CNN Library tour limited to 30, we can only offer this free field trip to members of either group and the deadline for sign-up is July 10th at noon.

Program details and a registration form can be found at:

For those who are interested, there are some fun additional activities planned for the day: a Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum tour ($8 cost), a Dutch Treat lunch at the CNN Center, and a trip to the Atlanta Street Food Festival at Piedmont Park. Additional information can be found in the link above. We hope you can join us!

Please contact Mandi Goodsett with any questions. 

 SLA Georgia
2014 AEL Planning Committee
Jennifer Young
Mandi Goodsett
Courtney Baron