Friday, August 29, 2014

Maneuver Center of Excellence HQ Donovan Research Library in the Spotlight!

By  Ericka Loze-Hudson

The MCoE HQ Donovan Research Library is much like any other library.  It is a place where students, instructors and doctrine writers feel at home, look for information, use a computer, attend programs, hold meetings and get together with other students to study. The Library supports the academic mission at Fort Benning. Soldiers attending the various schools use the library’s collection of historical documents, student papers and the extensive collection of military related books to enhance their training and education.

The library was first established in Monterey, California in 1907 as part of the School of Musketry at the Presidio.  General Arthur MacArthur, father of General Douglas MacArthur donated the first 20 books.  The Musketry Library moved from Monterey to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and became the Infantry School of Arms Library.  In October of 1918 the Infantry Library settled at Camp Benning, Georgia, later renamed Fort Benning, with a collection of over 1,700 books. Assistant Commandant LTC George C. Marshall understood the importance of teaching military history and the role academic research played in training future Army Officers. His support helped get the Infantry School Library expanded and in 1935 the Library moved to Building 35 as part of the Infantry Hall and Post Headquarters.  In 1964 the Infantry School Library moved to Building 4 along with the Post Headquarters.  In 1980 the library’s name changed to the Donovan Technical Library in honor of William “Wild Bill” Donovan; a Medal of Honor recipient also known as the “Father of the CIA.”

The latest milestone was achieved when the Armor School moved from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Fort Benning, Georgia and the Armor School Library merged with the Donovan Library.  The combined collections of the Infantry and Armor School Libraries include one of the Army's best collections of military history along with thousands of historical documents, after action reports and student papers.  Many of the student papers describe firsthand accounts of Soldiers experiences in battle and will provide primary source research for students of military history. Currently the staff is in the process of digitizing, cataloging and posting the collections to the library's Virtual Branch at In addition to student papers digital collection, the Virtual Branch also provides information about the history of Fort Benning and Fort Knox and digital copies of the Post newspapers.

Professional librarians staff the reference desk on site. Librarians use Facebook and email to connect with researchers from all over the world.  You can request information by contacting the library at 706 545-6411/5661 or email questions to the address provided at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Webinar: MakerCamp with Michael Casey and Christopher Baker - September 10, 2014

Live Webcast
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central | 2pm Eastern
60 minutes

Register at
In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with Buffy Hamilton of Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff.

Presenters: Michael Casey and Christopher Baker
Michael Casey
Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in March 2007, he co-authored (with Michael Stephens) "The Transparent Library" (2014, Amazon KDP) and he co-authored (with Laura Savastinuk) "Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service" (2007, Information Today Press) and is a contributor to "Library 2.0 and Beyond" (2007, Libraries Unlimited). He and Michael Stephens co-authored a monthly column in Library Journal titled "The Transparent Library". He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of modern library services. Michael holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State, an MA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Duquesne University.

Christopher Baker
Christopher Baker is the Training Manager in charge of Staff Development for Gwinnett County Public Library in Metro Atlanta. Christopher holds a B.A. in English and an MLIS from Valdosta State University in Southern Georgia. Christopher has been featured in Library Journal's NextGen column and in the recently published "Rethinking Collection Development and Management" (2014, ABC-CLIO). Christopher has presented at Computers in Libraries, PLA's Virtual Spring Symposium, the Georgia COMO Conference, and Digipalooza (OverDrive's user conference). He has a passionate interest in exploring and developing new models of service for libraries.

To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page:
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GaCOMO/SELA Program is Now Online!

The 2014 GaCOMO/SELA program is now available on the GaCOMO website:

Enjoy browsing the fantastic sessions and don't forget to register!

Friday, August 8, 2014

GLA Current Member Survey - please respond by August 15

In an effort to better understand your needs and to improve the value of membership, GLA is conducting a survey of past and current members.

Your input can help us learn more about your experiences and expectations, which may be helpful in enhancing our services.
We estimate that the survey will take fewer than 10 minutes to complete.

Simply click on the link below to access the survey:

We would appreciate your response by Friday, August 15.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

GLA Scholarship Winners 2014

The GLA scholarship committee is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Beard and Hubbard scholarships.  These two awards are given annually by GLA to provide financial assistance for students pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science.

This year’s C. S. Hubbard scholarship winner is Ann Marie Davis.  Ann is originally from Jackson, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from Berry College. She worked in the Berry College Memorial Library all four years of college which lead to a career path in librarianship. Ann will complete her Master of Information Science degree at the University of Tennessee in the Fall semester of 2014. She currently lives in Snellville, Georgia with her husband and works full time at Georgia State University Library as the Stacks Supervisor. Ann aspires to work as an academic librarian in cataloging or technical services. 

Michael Kennedy is this year’s Charles Beard Scholarship winner. He is an honor graduate from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. For the past two years, he has worked in the Lee County Public Library System in Leesburg, Georgia as a Library Assistant. His professional passions include adult programming, community outreach, literary research, and collection development and marketing. He desires to take on leadership roles in a public library and further his experience with information literacy. He is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University, and looks forward to bringing emerging and cutting edge ideas in librarianship to South Georgia and other rural areas.

Complete information about the scholarships offered by GLA, including application information, is available on the GLA website at

The 2015 deadline for application is May 23rd.

Congratulations to our 2014 scholarship winners!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Professional Development Events in August

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 August.

Some highlights include:

August 7 (10–11 AM)
NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8 (GALILEO)

In this one-hour EBSCO workshop for GALILEO, learn how to locate just the right fiction or nonfiction title with NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8. Your patrons will love features such as finding series in reading order, Book Discussion guides, Genre Outlines, Read-a-Likes, Award Winners, Curriculum Connection booklists, Common Core support and a new feature in NoveList Plus only, Audio Book recommendations.

For more information and to register for this program:

August 14 (2–3 PM)
Top Ten Skills for Teaching Tech to Patrons (WebJunction)

Opportunities to provide training occur every time you help someone with a technology related question, whether it’s one-on-one assistance or in a classroom environment. Making the most of the “teachable moment” involves the right combination of training skills, techniques, and tactics. Technology training is successful when a library patron learns something new and is able to apply it to their life. You don’t need to be a tech expert to learn the practical skills for successful technology training. Crystal Schimpf will share the top ten skills she’s found most effective in her years of training experience.

For more information and to register for this program:

August 14 (2–3 PM)
Integrating Mobile Technology Into Libraries (FDLP)

This webinar will be about mobile apps and how they can be utilized in library services. Attendees will also learn how depository libraries can use lesser-known social media sites (beyond Facebook and Twitter).

For more information and to register for this program: webinar-integrating-mobile-technology-into-libraries

August 19 (2–3 PM)
Beyond Google - Tips for Government Information Research (FDLP)

Webinar attendees will learn about how to search the deep web, alternate online sources for Census data, and how to find digitized historical publications.

For more information and to register for this program: webinar-beyond-google-tips-for-government-information-research

August 20 (2–3 PM)
NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8 (GALILEO)

In this one-hour EBSCO workshop for GALILEO, learn how to locate just the right fiction or nonfiction title with NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8. Your patrons will love features such as finding series in reading order, Book Discussion guides, Genre Outlines, Read-a-Likes, Award Winners, Curriculum Connection booklists, Common Core support and a new feature in NoveList Plus only, Audio Book recommendations.

For more information and to register for this program:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

COMO Registration Now Open

The registration is now open for Georgia COMO (Council of Media Organizations) Annual Conference!

The annual joint conference of the Georgia Library Association, the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, and the Southeastern Library Association will be held on October 1-3, 2014 in Augusta Convention Center, Augusta, GA.

The conference program includes presentations in all areas of librarianship and information technology, as well as great networking opportunities, an exhibit hall and a raffle to support GLA scholarships.

Please visit COMO 2014 website for more information and to register.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Augusta Technical College Library Children Collection in the Spotlight!

Jack B. Patrick Information Technology Center
By Eugenia McAllister

Augusta Technical College is a two-year college based in Augusta, Georgia. The Augusta Technical College Library consists of three libraries working as a single unit through an automated library system, online catalog, and collections that are available to Augusta Technical College students and the community we serve. The Jack B. Patrick Information Technology Center is a 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that houses 27,000 square feet of the collections, resources, and services sufficient to support all of the College's educational, research, and public service programs.

Our Augusta Technical College Library Children collection provides an opportunity for children to explore their world through reading. Our purpose, at the forefront of our children's book selection process, is to promote lifelong interest in reading. What better time to start this process than now – summertime! Summer is a great time to select books for babies, toddlers, and juveniles. The reading exposure can be done in many instances: whether they are getting ready for bed; riding in the car to preschool; or, during their first plane ride. Additionally, during these periods of book exposure they just might start the process of learning their ABCs or XYZs.

Have you ever heard the saying, "looking for information is like looking for a needle in a haystack"? Well, looking through our children collection is a similar search but one is able to find wonderful books. In this collection, faculty, staff, students, and the community will find great children books with subjects concerning the fundamentals of basic reading; spelling; texts; and visual arts.
Eugenia McAlliste, Augusta Technical College librarian, shares her experience with the children's collection:
With summer in full swing and with the arrival of my "baby techie" granddaughters, I was faced with the question of how to occupy their time before bedtime and on weekends. Now all of our activities must work together: my after work visits to the gym; their visits to the activity romper room; supper [yes, that's what we call "it" in my house]; and baths with the soap ducky. With all of these activities what is a Nana to do? After all of this, we still have time to fill before the "night-night" of bedtime. I knew I did not want to spend every evening at my local bookshop or visiting the local Barnes and Noble at the mall. I just want to spend time quietly reading and answering their anticipated questions. I decided to take a closer look at our children's section here in the library. Wow, I found our children's collection to be awesome!
Here at the Augusta Technical College Library we remain focused on the providing the best of children literature. Our shelves are lined with nationally acclaimed authors that stimulate a child's imagination. We invite you visit one of our three locations or our website at to share and explore for yourself.