Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 GLA Scholarship Applications due May 23, 2015

The Georgia Library Association awards two scholarships annually to students pursuing a master's degree in library science. The Hubbard Scholarship, a $3,000 award, is intended to recruit excellent candidates for librarianship in Georgia and defray some of the costs of their education. The Beard Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is targeted for applicants of excellence who show strong potential for leadership in the library profession. Recipients of both awards must agree to work for at least one year in Georgia following graduation. Applicants need not be residents of Georgia to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 scholarships is May 23.

Visit Georgia Library Association website for details:

Questions and application materials may be directed to:

Mack Freeman
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair
710 Rome Street
Carrollton, GA 30117  (all lowercase letters)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FREE GLA Webinar: Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Trudi Jacobson and Craig Gibson, co-chairs of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force, will identify the ideas underpinning the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, which creates new opportunities for collaboration on campuses around student engagement with the information ecosystem.  The Framework draws on metaliteracy, theories about threshold concepts, and the “backward design” model of Wiggins and McTighe. It promotes knowledge practices and habits of mind as learning goals, and emphasizes the evolving role of the student as creator as well as consumer of knowledge. The presenters will identify principles for instructional design supporting the Framework, as well as assessment methods that address developmental aspects of learning the information literacy concepts and practices comprising the Framework.

About the Presenters:
Trudi Jacobson is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany Libraries. She co-chaired the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force. She received the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year award in 2009. Her current research involves metaliteracy, including badging for metaliteracy abilities. Her most recent book, written with Tom Mackey, is Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacies to Empower Learners (Neal-Schuman, 2014).

Craig Gibson is Professor and Head of the FAES (Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Science) Library at The Ohio State University.  He has also been Associate Director for Research and Education at Oho State, with responsibilities for reference and research services, outreach and engagement, the libraries’ instruction program, and departmental libraries. His current research interests focus on threshold concepts for information literacy, research and learning commons and their relation to student success, and engagement measures for academic and research libraries.  He has taught in the ACRL Immersion Program since 2000, was editor of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship series 2008-2013, and was co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Revision Task Force. He was recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award in 2008 and the ACRL President’s Special Recognition Award for Immersion Faculty, in 2009.

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:

2. Complete and submit the form.

4. 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:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Georgia Student Media Festival Needs Judges!

The Georgia Student Media Festival is celebrating its 39th anniversary this year!  Each year so many students from across Georgia submit outstanding media and technology projects!  Additional information about the Georgia Student Media Festival may be found at

This year the State Festival will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Clayton County Schools Professional Learning Center (CCSPLC), 1087 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro.

Please consider this your official invitation to serve as a judge/volunteer at this year’s Festival.  The event will take place at CCSPLC from 8:00 A.M. to approximately 3:00 P.M.  A lite breakfast will be served.  Pizza will be served for lunch.

If you are able to serve as a judge for the Festival, please complete the electronic registration form found at

If you have questions please feel free to give Gordon Baker a call at (678/466-4334) or email at GordonBaker@Clayton.Edu.

Please let Gordon Baker know if you can judge by April 20, 2015.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Buchanan-Haralson Public Library in the Spotlight!

When we saw that Georgia Library Association was interested in highlighting libraries with interesting and historic architecture, the Buchanan-Haralson Public Library (a member of West Georgia Regional Library) sprang to mind. This fantastic library is thrilled to occupy the Historic Haralson County Courthouse. Completed in 1892, our two-story, red brick building is an elegant example of Victorian architecture with corner turret, slate shingles, ornate woodwork and a clock tower. The second story is still furnished as a courtroom, but it also serves beautifully as a large storytime space. The main floor still has the original floor plan, and fiction stacks, children's books, and historical archives run through the old meeting rooms, clerk areas, offices, and vaults. It's a one-of-a-kind space that unites a historical sensibility with a contemporary purpose.

When all court business moved out around 1970 to a newer facility, the building sat empty for many years. The Haralson County Historical Society was formed to restore and preserve the building. Near the turn of the millennium, local leaders puzzled over a way to use this precious resource to a benefit to our community. "What about a public library?" was the simple sentence which began our journey. We began operation on February 15, 2003, and ten years later, we've expanded to a full PINES service branch that offers 32 hours of service every week.
Branch manager Jana Gentry has been involved with this project from the very beginning. She said, "I love this building from top to bottom. We have the gorgeous courtroom (my mind wanders back 100 years when I step in) where the sunshine streams through stained glass windows creating a colorful light show on the floor. The first floor is so full of beautiful wood, thick walls and high ceilings plus all our circulating collection. I even love the basement (dungeon in my mind) where you get a good look at the substantial foundation."
Buchanan is a rural area where many patrons do not have home computers. The library's role as technology center and access point to the Internet is an important service we provide. Staff's favorite programs are children's storytime and teen programs that receive above average attendance for our regional system. We are happiest when connecting young people to books. At the end of April, we will serve as one of West Georgia Regional's pilot sites for the Georgia implementation of the Every Child Ready to Read program, and we are looking forward to continuing to engage our community in early literacy efforts.
When asked about her plans for the library's future, Jana said, "I wish we had some grand plan for the future. My plan is just to do all we can to remain open and serving our community. I do have a personal goal of celebrating my 90th birthday sharing stories with children in the courtroom. Wish me luck!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AEL Presents… The Extroverted Introvert: Public Speaking and Library Instruction for the New Librarian

AEL Presents… The Extroverted Introvert: Public Speaking and Library Instruction for the New Librarian
Date: Saturday, April 25th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

GLA’s Atlanta Emerging Librarians is proud to present our first formal presentation for 2015! We think that one of the most valuable skills a librarian can have is the ability to speak in front of an audience, whether it’s because they are presenting at a conference or work meeting, or teaching a library instruction class. Join us as we gain some valuable insights about public speaking and overcoming that fear of presenting. We will have a meet and greet with refreshments from 2:00 to 2:30 with presentations starting at 2:30.

Please RSVP here:


Casey Long, User Education Librarian at Agnes Scott College, is noted for her success as an instructor, so most will probably be surprised to know that when she started working in Academic libraries at Georgia State University her supervisor had to push her into the classroom.  She went on to win awards for excellence in teaching at Georgia State University and was even named as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2009 for her teaching techniques. In this presentation Casey will share her tricks for overcoming stage fright in the classroom.

David Minchew is a relatively new librarian, having received his MLS from the University of North Texas in 2010. His current position as Reference and Instruction Librarian at Georgia Gwinnett College involves a great deal of classroom teaching. He thinks that’s fun. He has also spent the last 35 years climbing on stages all around the place with various rock bands and singers as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He thinks that’s fun too. Does this make you think; “So what? I’m a total introvert. I could never speak in public or get on a stage. Introverts like me can’t do that.” If so, David thinks that you are wrong. Did you know that the difference between introversion and extroversion has nothing to do with “shyness” but is really about how we process information? Did you know that almost all professional performers are introverts? Does this sound interesting? David hopes so, because that is what he wants to speak with you about, the myth that introverts can’t “bring it.”

If you have any questions, please contact us at See you there!

2015 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Christian
Kat Greer
Ashley Hoffman
Ruth Rowell

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 GLA Awards Nominations - Extended Deadline! New Deadline - May 1, 2015

Do you know someone whose contributions to Georgia libraries and/or the Georgia Library Association should be recognized?

Take the time to nominate a deserving individual or team today!

Each year at COMO, the Georgia Library Association honors outstanding librarians, library staff members, and library advocates through the following awards:

Bob Richardson Award
Charles Beard Library Advocacy Award
Honorary GLA Memberships
Library Support Services Award
McJenkin-Rheay Award
Nix-Jones Award
Nora Symmers Paraprofessional Award
GLA Team Award

Nomination form and description of awards available online at

Complete the short nomination form and write a letter supporting your nominee.

You may provide additional documentation about the nominee’s contributions to libraries and/or GLA.

By May 1, 2015, submit it electronically (if possible) or mail to:
Jean Cook, GLA Awards Committee Chair
University of West Georgia, Ingram Library
1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone 678-839-6356/ Fax 678-839-6511 /