Saturday, May 30, 2015

Master of Library Science Programs Fair in Atlanta - June 13, 2015

The Metro Atlanta Library Association and the Georgia Library Association New Members’ Round Table are co-sponsoring a Master of Library Science Programs Fair in Atlanta.

When: Saturday, June 13th from 2-4 PM
Where: Oglethorpe University, Turner Lynch Campus Center, Trustee Room (4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319)
Who: Florida State University, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of North Texas, University of South Carolina, Valdosta State University
What: Those interested will have the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of representatives of a variety of ALA-accredited library masters programs!  Light snacks will also be served.

Questions: Contact Eli Arnold at

Friday, May 29, 2015

Little Old Ladies and Rock Star Librarians: Genderizing the Librarian Stereotype - Free Webinar June 17, 2015

Little Old Ladies and Rock Star Librarians: Genderizing the Librarian Stereotype
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Ayanna Gaines will discuss how the stereotyping of librarianship not only harms the profession with regards to status and pay equity, but is also detrimental to both genders.  Her presentation will build on her research published in the ACRL publication The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions & Presentations of Information Work. Her chapter is titled “That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype.”

About the Presenter:
Ayanna Gaines is Associate Librarian at Ventura College in Ventura, CA. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brown University in Providence, RI, and her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. As much as she wants to tweak the librarian stereotype, she has two cats and several cardigans.

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.
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:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New to GLA: Informal Meetups in YOUR Area!

Are you interested in meeting new people in the library profession?
Do you want to see more GLA events in your city?
Do you enjoy discussing the finer points of library work over coffee?

If you answered yes to these questions, please consider coordinating an informal meetup in your area. In an effort to expand the impact of GLA throughout all of Georgia, the Membership Committee is asking for volunteers to organize casual meetup groups across the state. Participants can mix and mingle, talk about specific topics of interest, and enjoy getting to know other GLA members in their local area. As a volunteer meetup coordinator, you can make this happen!

Volunteers will organize the place and time for the meetup, along with any specific topics to be discussed (optional). They'll also send out information about the meetup to the GLA Listserv and coordinate any necessary reservations and accommodations for the group at the meetup location.

Please contact Karen Manning, Membership Committee Chair, at if you're interested in organizing an event.

This is an easy way to get involved with GLA and make an impact by connecting library professionals - and have fun while doing it. Let's spread the GLA love!

Monday, May 11, 2015

GLQ Spring 2015 Issue Now Available

The spring 2015 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at:

Learn about the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative , catch up on the latest news at Georgia libraries, take a pick inside a librarian's private library and more.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Atlanta Technical College Library in the Spotlight!

What happens when politics and academia meet?  No, not another structured class but more like a serviceable collection.  That collection can be found at the Robert A. Holmes Law Library housed within The Atlanta Technical College Library

The Law Library is named in honor of Mr. Robert A. Holmes: businessman, civic leader, and Georgia state legislator for 34 years.  It supports the training and educational needs of students enrolled in the Paralegal Studies Program. One descriptive word to profess the legacy of Mr. Holmes is ‘supportive’.  Along with his governmental role, he has a passion for education and so to attribute the college’s law library to him is more than fitting as the mission of the library itself is to serve the educational and informational needs of its students, faulty, and staff.

Mr. Holmes was a key contributor to the renovation and expansion project of the ATC Library.  From the day of its first reveal in the summer of 2012, the modernized facility continues to make a memorable impact on those who walk through the doors of the more than 16,000 square feet building.  Upon entering the impressive facility, visitors are drawn to the contemporary display case housing some of Atlanta Tech’s many accolades and awards granted to outstanding student achievement as well as to the college itself. With over 51,000 items including books, technical manuals, professional journals, popular periodicals, and supplements to library materials, the spacious facility is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s practical.

Students have access to group study rooms, a film editing suite, a 25-seat capacity electronic classroom and more than 120 computer workstations. Four of the meeting spaces are equipped with Smart lecterns called Tech Turns and available to students for practice and rehearsal of projects and presentations. In addition, more than 30,000 eBooks are available to users. The Library staff oversees a variety of media equipment such as smart mobiles, LCD projectors, and laptops to be borrowed and used for instructional purposes.

It’s been quoted and asked many times, “What’s in a name?” One answer: Expectations.  When traveling on the 1-285 perimeter and the “Bob A. Holmes Freeway” sign is seen, one might think “significant”.  Upon visiting the Atlanta Technical College Library and seeing the law collection and the Robert A. Holmes Law Library lettering, another thought might be “prominent”. However, Mr. Holmes has stated that he wants to be remembered by “righteousness” and how he always tried to do what was right.  The ATC community can expect the campus Libraries to live up to its name and mission of service, helpfulness, and providing the necessary resources for student success.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Professional Development Events in May

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.
Visit the GPLS CE Calendar for the latest and greatest in library continuing education.

Some selections include:
Monday, May 11 (1-2 PM)
Flourish with Feedback (Training Magazine Network)

Feedback is a powerful intervention for improving human performance. Everyone gives and receives feedback every day in the workplace. Given appropriately, feedback can enhance a person’s motivation, competency, and self-image. Given inappropriately, feedback can leave a person feeling resentful, patronized, confused, stupid, and ashamed. In this interactive webinar, Thiagi and Matt will use LOLAs (Live Online Learning Activities) to help you become more proficient in both sides of using effective feedback: giving and receiving.

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

Tuesday, May 12 (2-3 PM)
What We’re Reading for Fall 2015: Staff Favorites from Penguin Random House Library Marketing (Booklist)

Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar with the Penguin Random House Library Marketing staff as they share their top picks for Fall 2015. Find out what new books made their TBR piles and get the inside scoop on their predictions for the fall’s sleeper hits and blockbuster bestsellers. Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman will also offer her selections of not-to-be-missed Penguin Random House titles from the forthcoming season. Due to the overwhelming response from the first “What We’re Reading” webinar, Penguin Random House is giving away twice as many tote bags! Attendees to the live webinar will be entered to win one of 50 ARC-filled “Keep Calm and Read On” tote bags.

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

Wednesday, May 13 (11 AM-12 PM)
A Conversation with ALA President Courtney Young (Nebraska Library Commission)

Join ALA President Courtney Young for a conversation about ALA’s strategic planning process and the strategic directions. With the current plan running through 2015, ALA is currently in the process of articulating the Association’s strategic direction for the next three to five years. Building on the Council- adopted Key Action Areas, three strategic initiatives have been identified as priority areas of focus for the Association after a series of conversations with members during 2013 and 2014. These three strategic initiatives are: Advocacy, Information Policy, and Professional & Leadership Development.

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

Wednesday, May 13 (1-2 PM)
Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility with Infinite Opportunities (Federal Depository Library Program)

The world is more interconnected than ever before; with more connectivity comes more responsibility. The Federal Government is committed to raising cybersecurity awareness across the Nation; this involves working across all levels of government, with the private sector, and internationally to defend against and respond to cyber incidents, while protecting individual privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. As a librarian, you are a trusted resource for many Americans and have a unique opportunity to help spread awareness for cybersecurity and make the Internet a more secure experience for everyone. During this presentation, you will learn about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s free cybersecurity resources including the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign.

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

Wednesday, May 13 (2-3 PM)
Project Outcome: An Overview of PLA’s Latest Initiative for Libraries (Public Library Association)

Learn about Project Outcome, PLAs latest field-driven initiative. Project Outcome will help libraries better measure the outcomes of the services they offer to patrons and provide the resources and support to effectively communicate and implement their findings for advocacy, partnership, and planning activities. This interactive webinar will provide insights from the field about measuring outcomes. Presenters will share their experiences piloting Project Outcome’s easy-to-use surveys and discuss future opportunities to enroll.

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

Wednesday, May 13 (3-4 PM)
Discovery Services and the User Experience (Library Journal)

Libraries have invested a great deal of time and effort into choosing and implementing discovery systems, often to mixed responses from students and faculty. Learn how libraries have marketed these services to their users and assessed users’ experience with discovery tools.

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

Friday, May 15 (2-3 PM)
People – Difficult or Different (Effectiveness Institute)

Why are some clients or co-workers so frustrating to work with? Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn’t it irritating when the person across the desk or on the phone can’t seem to ever make a decision… or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later? In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers. You will laugh as you identify your behavior style, as well as those with whom you work. While you laugh, you will also learn that people are different and that “intent” doesn’t always equal “impact.” In short, you will realize how to make work… less work!

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

Tuesday, May 19 (3-4 PM)
Cracking the Code - Coding in the Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Join us for an hour long webinar where we will look at FREE resources for teaching K-12 computer programming via your library. The best part? You need zero coding experience to participate! All you need is a willingness to have fun, to let your patrons be the experts, and to provide time for kids to get
excited about designing their own programs. Perhaps you have heard about Hour of Code? Well the hour for coding in your library is now! Don’t miss out!

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

Thursday, May 21 (2-3 PM)
Excel at Everything! (Or at Least Make Better Spreadsheets) (TechSoup)

Don’t know a filter from a formula? This free 60-minute webinar will walk you through a few of our favorite basic Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts, as well as introduce the near-magical power of pivot tables. Sample data and step-by-step instructions for practice will also be included.

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

Tuesday, May 26 (2-3 PM)
Cataloging Government Serial Publications using RDA (Federal Depository Library Program)

The focus of this webinar will be on cataloging U.S. Government serial publications using RDA. LSCM staff will discuss GPO practices in determining if a publication is a serial through processing and cataloging of serial publications following CONSER and RDA standards. Practical tips and examples will be provided.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: events-calendar/event/55-cataloging-government-serial-publications-using-rda

Wednesday, May 27 (2-3 PM)
Beyond Book Groups: Fun Library Programs for Adult Readers (WebJunction)

Think outside the book group! Libraries are re-engaging with adult readers and sharing books with them in innovative new ways and in unconventional places. From pop-up programming on planes, trains and ferries, to Books on Tap, a literary sport over local brews, jump into the programming sandbox to explore creative ideas for reaching new adult audiences and delighting the bibliophiles in your own community.

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

GaCOMO Call for Proposals Submission Deadline Extended - New deadline May 22

The website for the annual Georgia Conference of Media Organizations is now available.

COMO 2015 will be held on October 7 - 9, 2015 at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.  The conference theme is "Adventures in Libraries: The Quest for Success"

COMO 2015 invites proposals for pre-conference workshops, concurrent and poster sessions. Please submit your proposals on GA COMO website.

The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2015.