Monday, September 28, 2015

It Takes Two: Technical Services and Public Services Collaborations - Next GLA Carterette Series Webinar

It Takes Two: Technical Services and Public Services Collaborations
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)
In many libraries, Technical Services and Public Services are seen as two distinct functional areas with little opportunity for cross-departmental collaboration. Both functional areas possess specialized knowledge and increased communication between Technical Services and Public Services staffs is important for creating more effective and efficient workflows and, ultimately, a better experience for library patrons. It may seem impossible to know how to begin cross-training and cross-departmental collaboration when time and money are tight.
In this webinar, Jaleh Fazelian (Head of Research, Learning, & Information, John Carroll University) and Erin Leach (Head of Serials Cataloging, University of Georgia) will discuss the unique traits that Technical Services and Public Services librarians bring to collaborative projects. Fazelian and Leach will also share some practical tips for beginning and maintaining collaborative relationships between Technical Services and Public Services. While primarily directed toward academic librarians and administrators, the information in this webinar also applies to librarians in any situation where Technical Services and Public Services are separate functional areas of the library.
About the Presenters:
Jaleh Fazelian is the Head of Research, Learning, and Information at John Carroll University. She received her Bachelor & Master degrees in Historical Studies from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and her Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Jaleh is an active member and current Vice President/Program Chair of the Middle East Librarians Association. Her research interests include social media and the Arab Spring, navigating middle management and peer relationships, and using social media for professional development and networking.

Erin Leach is Head of Serials Cataloging at the University of Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Butler University and her Master of Arts in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Erin is active in both the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services and currently serves as chair of the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. Her professional interests include leadership and professional development in technical services, using social media to develop personal learning networks, and collaborations between Technical Services and Public Services staffs.

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:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ephesus Public Library in the Spotlight!

Let it never be said that a small library can't be mighty. This month, GLA's Library Spotlight is focused on the Ephesus Public Library in Ephesus, GA (a member of the West Georgia Regional Library). The library building was completed in April 2009, and it has been providing excellent library services to the citizens of Ephesus and Heard County for the last six years.

The 6,100 square foot building features an open, airy design that leads to easy sightlines throughout the space. A large and open workroom and cork floors in the circulation area are comfortable for staff and help streamline the processes that make this such a well-run building. However, just because the building is new, it doesn't mean that the staff is averse to changing it up to meet a new need. The three-strong team at Ephesus, led by branch manager Donna Alvis, has recently changed up the space to create new reading areas for children, teens, and adults.

"Our library fits into the Ephesus community in ways we never would have expected," says Donna. "The library seems to be the hub of the neighborhood! We do things to give back to our community and, in turn, they support us as well. The Mayor and the City Council are happy about the library, and support us any way they can. We have really good turnouts for events such as bake sales, Super Saturday Summer Reading kickoffs, and our programs throughout the year. We have booths at the Back to School Bash and the Trunk or Treat, advertise for local businesses on our message board, and have displays in our lobby that many come in to look at, even those who aren't normally patrons of the library. This is an underserved community, and I love that the library can give them access to things they might not ordinarily have, such as books, movies, and computer use, and giveaways for the children whenever we have programs.

When asked about her plans for the future, Donna said, "Our plans for the upcoming year are to just try to be better at what we're already doing, and adding to it month by month. We have special programs planned for the Pre-K and Kindergarten students during November and December, the Artists with Disabilities Art Exhibit coming up in February, a pottery class, learning events for children, some guest authors and speakers, and so much more! Always something surprising at Ephesus!"

The Ephesus Public Library is a perfect example of why every community deserves a library and the services it offers right on their city's doorstep.

To learn more about the Ephesus Public Library , visit

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GLA Executive Board Needs Your Input by October, 15!

GLA is conducting a survey in preparation for a GLA Executive Board strategic planning meeting in Nov 2015.

We really would like your feedback about GLA and your help in determinung the future direction of the Association.

The online survey is available at  

It will be available until October 15. 

GaCOMO 2015 Registration

REGISTER TODAY! The 2015 GaCOMO Conference Registration Form is online now. You may register online or mail in the printable registration form located at the bottom of the registration page.

GaCOMO is a joint venture between the Georgia Library Association and the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology. The 2015 GaCOMO Conference will be held Wednesday, October 7th – Friday, October 9th at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Please note that this year breakout sessions will begin on Wednesday, October 7th.

Keynote speakers this year include Unshelved authors Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, with a luncheon address by George Needham.

GaCOMO is also proud to announce that TNT is sponsoring our showing of “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” (2004) on Wednesday evening, October 7, 2015. Don’t miss out on  this fun-filled event which will include Trivia, Refreshments, and Prizes!

For more information, please visit our website at

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GLQ Summer 2015 Issue Now Available

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

Learn about how the Carterette webinar series began:
Read a peer-reviewed article:
Check out the GLA 2016 officer candidates:
catch up on the latest news at Georgia libraries and read book reviews!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Professional Development Events in September

This list is provided by Georgia Public Library Service.
Visit the GPLS CE Calendar for the program descriptions and to register.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 (12–1 PM)
Strategies for Managing Patron Behavior (Washington State Library)
Libraries reflect the communities we serve and like those communities we sometimes navigate disruptive and unsafe patron behaviors. Join the Community Conduct Coordinator for the King County Library System and a public library manager as they share how policies, procedures, and guidelines can support a safe and welcoming environment for patrons and staff. Participants will learn techniques for engaging staff in solutions; review facilities considerations; explore community and police partnership opportunities; take away ideas for training and resources; and practice de-escalation techniques.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 (11 AM–12 PM)
Your Digital Footprint: Managing Your Online Identity (Nebraska Library Commission)
Your digital footprint is the trail left by all the things you do online, including Facebook accounts, your browsing history, your online subscriptions, any photo galleries and videos you’ve uploaded — essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it. Digital natives like today’s students rarely think twice about putting their names on things online, so their footprints can be pretty wide. Digital immigrants like adults and seniors learning to use the Internet don't understand what their footprints reveal about them. Join Denise Harders, Co-Director, Central Plains Library System, to learn how you can help both groups manage their Digital Footprints.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 (1–2 PM)
How to Get the Most from Your Library Budget
No matter the size of your library, you can allocate your funds wisely to support your mission. In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Hussey of the Simmons School of Library and Information Science will share practical advice for managing your budget. By attending the webinar, you’ll learn how to: Prioritize expenses from your library’s funding, Make smart purchases and help your money go further, and Survive a budget cut, with examples from other libraries.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, Sept. 9 (3–4 PM)
Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle: Getting the Most from Your Library's Relationship with Genealogists
(Georgia Library Association)
A love-hate relationship often exists between libraries and genealogy. Many libraries acknowledge that genealogists account for a sizeable portion of their visitors, but the enthusiasm and expectations of genealogists often place burdens on reference/research and acquisitions staff. How can you better understand genealogists and their needs and draw upon that understanding to benefit your library? This Webinar takes you on a journey toward mutual appreciation and support.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 10 (11 AM–12 PM)
Culturally Responsive Approaches to Children's Book Selections (Georgia Public Library Service)

Ever wonder if you’re choosing the “right” book for each reader? Do your choices reflect your young readers’ cultures, languages, interests, families, and communities? This session will grapple with the choices available to librarians and their young patrons and what voices may be needed. Additionally, a checklist and resources will be provided that support librarians in self-assessing literature selections.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 10 (2–3 PM)
Digitization and Libraries (
American Libraries Live)
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:

Thursday, Sept. 10 (2–3 PM)
Early Literacy: Social & Emotional Development (Georgia Public Library Service)

This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of child development theories related to the social and emotional development of young children. Additional information on why children may act inappropriately and strategies for supporting social and emotional development will also be discussed. This webinar is presented by Dr. Laura Johns. Dr. Johns is a managing partner of Propulsion Squared, a private consulting company focused on early care and education system (ECE) reform.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 10 (2–3 PM)
Project Outcome Survey Results: Maximizing Their Meaning (Public Library Association)

The first in a series of three webinars designed to help you turn your Project Outcome results into action. This webinar will focus on developing an understanding of how to parse your survey results and develop strategies for potential uses. Deeply engaging with your data is a key first step; later webinars will address how to use what you’ve learned for program improvement, advocacy, and strategic planning.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 10 (3–4 PM)
Growing Through Conflict: Healthy Workplace Communication (WebJunction)

We are all so busy! Who has time to deal with conflicts? When conflict occurs, and we are confronted with a colleague, library patron, supervisor, or board member who is frustrated and upset, it can be tempting to identify a quick fix. However, when we do take the time to practice clear communication to uncover what people really need, we can get to better outcomes. Healthy communication involves: Actions that show you are really listening, Communication with people who are angry or upset in a way that their needs can be addressed and resolved, and Knowing your own emotions and needs, and effective ways to express them.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 (10–11 AM)
Read Aloud Tips & Strategies (Georgia Public Library Service)

Participants will explore the most popular reading strategy used by educators of infants through kindergarten: read alouds. We will explore how various styles and levels can be implemented to better engage “young readers”, increase excitement with books, and, ultimately, increase literacy and language development. Preparation strategies, effective techniques, and useful resources will be provided. Additionally, models will be shared and discussed.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 (1–2 PM)
Storytime Underground: A Peer-Created Community (WebJunction)

Library practitioners who provide storytimes have a gold mine of ideas to share and questions to ask of each other. Storytime Underground is your online community to connect with peers and enhance your practice. Learn about Storytime University, where you earn digital badges for participating in professional development activities and learning new skills; learn about Guerrilla Storytime and how to host one in your area (spoiler alert: we give you all the tools you need!). Storytime Underground is open and free to anyone interested in storytimes and early literacy, regardless of the level of education or position held. It is created by and for storytime providers everywhere, so join us!
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (12–1 PM)
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Where are those containers going? An Introduction to U.S. and Global Trade Data
(North Carolina Library Association)
Trade data is its own little world of business and economics statistics. It has plenty of jargon (Schedule B, reporter country, partner countries, re-exports, re-imports, Bill of Lading, etc.) and a vegetable soup of acronyms (HC, HS, HTS, SITC, USITC, FAS, TEU, etc.) U.S. trade data’s commodity codes can be as short as 2-digits or at long as 10. There are many trade data sources provided by the United States and Canadian governments, the United Nations, and commercial vendors. And you can get some data U.S. states and urban areas. In this introduction to trade data, UNCG’s Steve Cramer will discuss the core concepts (and some of the pesky acronyms) and demonstrate them using free sources provided by the U.S. and U.N. (and perhaps one from Canada with unique features and U.S. coverage, time permitting). The most important fee-based sources will be mentioned in comparison to the free ones.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Wednesday, Sept. 16 (2–3 PM)
Managing Mobile: Library Device Checkout Made Easy
(TechSoup for Libraries)
Are you starting to check out devices like e-readers, tablets, and laptops? Making devices available for public use may seem challenging and overwhelming. However, the right combination of technology, organization, and policies can help your library create a popular checkout program that your patrons will love. Come to this free webinar to learn what one library is doing to expand checkout to cover a wide range of devices. Stephen Tafoya (Garfield County Library District, CO) will share his experience with device checkout, including Kindles, iPads, and Google Chromebooks. He will share best practices, tips, and advice to help you get started (or to improve your existing device checkout program).
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 17 (2–3 PM)
GIS 101 - What is it and how does it affect me?
(Indiana State Library)
This webinar will explain the basic nature of Geographic Information Systems, how we use them, and the technical details surrounding their application in the larger world. GIS is often misunderstood as a new science, when society has been using geographic waypoints for navigation since the beginnings of humanity. Speakers: David Nail, Physical Scientist and National Map Liaison, United States Geological Survey, and Katie Springer, Data Center Librarian, Indiana State Library.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Tuesday, Sept. 22 (2–3 PM)
Using Census Records for Genealogy
(United States Census Bureau)
Generations of genealogists have used manuscript census records as a key component of their efforts to trace their ancestors. The first six censuses focused on the household as the major unit of data collection. Only the household head’s name appears in the census. Other household members appeared only as numbers in the appropriate age, sex, and race boxes. This changed in 1850, when individual household members began to be listed by name. Slaves were an exception to this and continued to be listed by the name of their owners until slavery was abolished in 1865. This webinar consists of a discussion of the types of questions that have been asked in the census and the American Community Survey over the past 200 plus years. I will also mention other types of records that can be used to supplement the information available in census records.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, Sept. 24 (2–3 PM)
Early Literacy Advocacy (Georgia Public Library Service)

This one-hour webinar will focus on strategies and key messages to support your ability to advocate for the work you do to support literacy in your community.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Tuesday, Sept. 29 (10–11 AM)
Reading Nooks that Encourage Writing Too!
(Georgia Public Library Service)
Children become stronger readers by being more aware of and inspired by amazing, interesting stories. Typically, adults share their love for stories through reading picture books to their young readers. Did you know that reading skills enhance writing skills, and writing skills enhance reading skills? It’s true. So, why not provide opportunities for young learners to experiment with both? We will explore reading and writing tools that are advantageous to young children’s literacy and language development as well as fun, interesting, and exciting for our budding authors!
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GLA Scholarship Winners 2015

The GLA scholarship committee is pleased to announce the 2015 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.

Karen Manning – Beard Scholarship winner:
Karen Manning has progressive experience working in libraries in a variety of public service, technical and administration roles. Currently, Karen assist with the development, implementation, managing and maintenance of digital collections for institutional repositories.

Karen wrote: "Being a recipient of the Beard Scholarship is a great honor that will assist with gaining my educational goals. Receiving this generous support, will lighten my financial burden and allow me to focus more on my studies. It has motivated me to succeed and inspired me to help others in their educational endeavors. I am passionate about the library profession and the Beard Scholarship will help toward achieving a lifelong goal of becoming a librarian. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career as a Digital Scholarship Librarian."

Rebecca Ballard – Hubbard Scholarship winner:
Rebecca Ballard is from Athens, Georgia and is an honor graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Costume Design. She began working part-time in the Athens Regional Library System in 2005 while working at UGA. Rebecca discovered a passion for librarianship and moved full-time to the Children's Department as quickly as she could, and she enjoys creating new programming that combines literature with music and other creative arts. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University and plans to continue her work in Youth Services, developing innovative new programming, and teaching workshops to encourage lifelong learning.