Friday, June 26, 2015

Keeping Your Cool When the Heat Is On - Free Workshop on July 25th, 2015

Keeping Your Cool When the Heat Is On

Join presenters Tamika Barnes and Pat Ziebart leading an informative and interactive workshop designed to help you better assist the challenging library patrons.

Learn how to:
•    Identify common patron issues and the associated emotions
•    Try different techniques to resolve problems
•    Plan to use follow-up to improve patron service

When:    Saturday, July 25th, 2:00pm

Where:   Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Buckhead Branch, 269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Register online at 

Sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Library Association

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ACRL & Information Literacy: Bringing the "Framework" Into Focus - Free Workshop on July 10, 2015

The Georgia Library Association Presents:

ACRL and Information Literacy: Bringing the “Framework” Into Focus

Sponsored by the GLA’s Academic Library Division & the Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group

Date & Time:
July 10, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Joelle Pitts, Kansas State University Library

Albany Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College – Macon
College of Coastal Georgia
Columbus State University
East Georgia State College
Georgia Highlands College
Kennesaw State University
University of North Georgia – Gainesville
Valdosta State University
(One other location may be pending)

Event Description:
This free webinar will be a three hour workshop broadcasted at regional sites across the state. Librarians will gather at the closest site to participate in the webinar in person. Joelle will discuss the ARCL framework with attendees. Participants will also work in groups on specific concepts and activities in a workshop format. One of the main focuses will be on practical strategies that can be applied to the participant’s institutions immediately.


Please register by Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Carter Nipper  at for further questions.

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 GLA Paraprofessional Awards - Application deadline is July 15!

The Paraprofessional Division of the Georgia Library Association announces its 2015 Paraprofessional Grants.

Five (5) $250 Award Grants will be given to the winners to facilitate their attendance at GaCOMO 2015 – GLA’s Annual Convention to be held in Athens, Georgia October 7-9, 2015.  In addition, each winner will receive an awards plaque, which will be presented at a GLA Association function and a one-year free paraprofessional membership in the Georgia Library Association.

To apply download and complete the following documents:
Paraprofessional Award Application Form
Paraprofessional Award Recommendation Form

Application deadline is July 15, 2015.

Please note that while applicants do not have to be a member of the association in order to compete, they must be full-time employees in a library falling under GLA’s auspices (normally a college-level academic, public, school, or special library).

Please feel free to contact Rhonda Boozer at 678-466-4329 or if you have any questions.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Jen Library, Savannah College of Art and Design in the Spotlight!

Savannah College of Art and Design’s main research and visual discovery hub is the Jen Library, located on historic Broughton Street in the heart of downtown Savannah, Georgia. This 85,000 square foot Art Deco-style building was acquired by SCAD in 1996. Originally a department store, the three-story building was remodeled with large windows to provide natural light, and the non-functioning escalator was replaced with a monumental glass staircase. The library was named for benefactors Jim and Lacy Jen in 1999.

SCAD libraries contain nearly 300,000 physical and electronic publications accessible to students across all SCAD campus locations. Among the volumes for research and reference, literary works and periodicals, the collection also includes 2,100 works in book form by artists active from 1960 through the contemporary era, one of the most significant collections of artists’ books in the United States. The Don Bluth Collection of Animation allows students to explore animation drawings, storyboards, and other materials from some of the artist’s most admired work in film, including The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Anastasia and Titan AE.

In an effort to improve students’ experience in the space, the interior of Jen Library was updated in 2014 to include a more user-friendly circulation and reference desk, built-in study nooks, a fresh collection of artwork by SCAD alumni, and new furnishings that are both flexible and functional. Built-in power stations in the furnishings, ipad lookup stations for browsing the catalogue, and more computer workstations provide students with enhanced workspace, while hanging chairs and comfortable couches create a relaxed space to take a break. A highlight of the redesign is a custom, large-scale light table that can accommodate multiple students working on drawing projects. As a student-centered university, SCAD recognized the importance of the students’ perspective in creating an environment that is beautiful but also functional. The result is a visually inspiring design that also offers a choice of comfortable workspaces for every student.

To learn more about the Jen library services and facilities, visit the SCAD libraries website at

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Professional Development Events in June

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:

Tuesday, June 9 (3—4 PM)
From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels and Manga of 2015 (School Library Journal)

Join Brigid Alverson, editor of SLJ’s “Good Comics for Kids,” along with a panel of experts who will share their views on the hottest graphic novels hitting book shelves this year. You’ll hear all about upcoming releases from DC, Dark Horse, Archie Comics, Del Rey, Marvel, Titan, and Viz Media, including Batman, Star Wars, Buffy, SHONEN JUMP, and more!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: novels-and-manga-of-2015/

Wednesday, June 10 (11 AM—12 PM)
Making The Most of The Cloud (Nebraska Library Commission)

Cloud computing can be confusing - the number and types of services that are available through "the cloud" are growing by the day. Robin Hastings, author of Making the Most of the Cloud: How to Choose and Implement the Best Services for Your Library, takes you through some of the more popular cloud services in libraries and breaks down what you need to know to pick the best one for your library. She will cover services that can be accessed through the cloud (ILS, email, photo editing and more) and give tips on what to consider when making decisions about those services (security and training, specifically).

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

Thursday, June 11 (1—2 PM)
The Art of Narrating an Audiobook: A Primer for Librarians (Library Journal)

With hundreds of titles to his credit, including adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children’s books narrations, the man AudioFile magazine calls the “best narrator for children’s books around” is the ideal guide for showing librarians all the ins and outs of this complex industry. Then, if time allows, Johnny will take questions from the audience about his work and artistic process. This is one presentation that no librarian will want to miss.

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

Thursday, June 11 (2—3 PM)
Health Happens in Libraries: Launching Community Conversations with Local Health Data (WebJunction)

Community health data is a powerful tool. It allows public library leaders and local partners to launch conversations and prioritize activities to support community members with reliable health information and services. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program provides a comprehensive platform for community based organizations of all kinds to examine and take action on community health data. Attendees at this webinar will learn about ways in which cross-sector collaboration can positively influence social and environmental factors that impact community health. Attendees will also gain familiarity with key features of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool for further exploration of these topics. Attendees will also learn how Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has built awareness, partnerships and services in support of community health, using local data and networks.

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

Wednesday, June 17 (2—3 PM)
Little Old Ladies and Rock Star Librarians: Genderizing the Librarian Stereotype (Georgia Library Association)

This webinar is based off of the author’s chapter “That’s Women’s Work: Pink-Collar Professions, Gender, and the Librarian Stereotype,” published in the ACRL publication The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions & Presentations of Information Work. She 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.

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

Tuesday, June 23 (2—3 PM)
Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library (WebJunction)

It's time to take a fresh look at ideas for raising funds for your library. Although book sales have been a standard library fundraiser, they take a lot of time and effort, with dwindling returns on investment in recent years. Whether considering new types of events or tried-and-true activities, you’ll learn the "12 Must-Know Facts About Fundraising." Find out how to assess your library’s capacity for fundraising, enlist the right volunteers, engage the community, and create a sustainable plan to boost your library’s bottom line and raise visibility. With this strong foundation, libraries of any size can move into new directions to grow support for their libraries.

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

Wednesday, June 24 (11 AM—12 PM)
Metadata Manipulations: Using MarcEdit and Open Refine to Enhance Technical Services Workflows (Nebraska Library Commission)

Are you looking for ways to edit your catalog records more efficiently, transform your library data from one format to another, and easily detect misspellings and other inaccuracies in your metadata? MarcEdit and Open Refine are powerful tools that can help you deal with all of these issues. Emily Nimsakont, Cataloging Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission, will show how you can harness the power of these tools to make your work easier.

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