Sunday, February 14, 2016

Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians - Free Webinar

Join Carterette Series team for another great free webinar - Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians

Date: March 2, 2016 -- 2PM EST (1PM CST | 12PM MST | 11AM PST)

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Many librarians find that teaching patrons, colleagues, and other stakeholders is a significant part of their work, regardless of their role in the library. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where or how to begin, this session is a straightforward introduction to designing, developing, implementing and assessing instruction. We will cover what the discipline of instructional design is, some of the most popular models in the field, and suggestions for applying instructional design inside and outside your library.

About the Presenter:
After completing a Master’s degree at Georgia State University in Instructional Design and Technology, and starting a career in developing sales training for a Fortune 500 company, Karen Viars completed her library degree at the University of Tennessee. She is currently a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Georgia State University, Perimeter College.

Audience:  All library types

For assistance or more information, please email Carterette Series team at

Friday, February 12, 2016

Roddenbery Memorial Library in the Spotlight!

Roddenbery Memorial Library is a single-site, single-county, rural library serving Grady County in southwest Georgia. Cities and towns served by the library include Cairo, Whigham, Calvary, Reno, and Pine Park. The Roddenbery Memorial Library, first known as the Cairo Public Library, opened in January of 1939. The small library was located on the second floor of City Hall and was led by an outstanding woman, Miss Wessie Connell, who possessed a strong commitment to serve the community. In 1964 the library moved into a new building on North Broad Street, a gift of the Roddenbery Family to the community. Miss Wessie was the library's director for the first 48 years until her death in 1987. "Miss Wessie" became a legend in Georgia and is well respected throughout the library world.

Pamela S. Grigg, the current director, only the fourth in the library's history, brought extensive experience in rural public libraries and a passion for providing outstanding services and relevant materials to all citizens of Grady County. She is often heard saying, "the library belongs to everyone in the county and should be a gathering place, a comfortable venue to experience, explore and engage all of our senses". From learning to read, to enjoying music, stories, newspapers, or books, all of these things and many more are accessible at the Roddenbery Memorial Library.

The mission of the Roddenbery Memorial Library is to continue our commitment to public service, assisting all individuals and groups in Grady County to attain the highest level of educational, cultural, economic and social enrichment possible.

Offering free access to Mango language programs is one of the many ways that the Roddenbery Memorial Library serves its local community. In order to promote Mango, the library staff came together wearing their Mango t-shirts (which were received as a result of Ernestine Daniels, Information desk supervisor entering the Mango promotion contest) and wished their patrons a Merry Christmas in 12 different languages. The Roddenbery Memorial Library staff has invited everyone to take advantage of this cutting-edge, language-learning program known for its user-friendliness in more than 60 different languages – all Grady County citizens need to get started is the PINES Library card.

To learn more about Roddenbery Memorial Library and its services, visit the library website at 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Joint SLA-GA, SGA, MALA, GLA-SLD Happy Hour- February 23, 2016

Joint SLA-GA, SGA, MALA, GLA-SLD Happy Hour!

It’s a veritable alphabet soup of local professional associations! Join us later this month for a Dutch treat happy hour and networking event with your fellow Atlanta-area library, archives, and information professionals.

This combined event is sponsored by the Special Libraries Association Georgia Chapter, the Society of Georgia Archivists, the Metro-Atlanta Library Association, and the Georgia Library Association’s Special Libraries division.

WHEN: Tuesday, 2/23, from 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Front Page News, Midtown Location, 1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Map
Front Page News will validate parking if you use their valet service. Other paid garages and street parking are available in the area. The restaurant is a short walk from the Midtown station if traveling by MARTA.

Please RSVP using this form by Monday, February 22nd.

Monday, February 1, 2016

See Lost in the Stacks Live! - March 1, 2016

Lost in the Stacks, the one-and-only research-library rock’n’roll radio show on WREK Atlanta, is trying something new.

After six years of broadcasting, Lost in the Stacks is live on stage for the first time. The theme is “Georgia Blood and Southern Love,” the music is live, and the bar is open.

The LITS crew will be at Eddie’s Attic on March 1st at 7:30pm, along with authors Brian Panowich and Hollis Gillespie, scholar Monica C. Miller, and the band Chickens and Pigs for an evening of book talk and southern rock, brought to you by the AJC-Decatur Book Festival.

Full event details and ticket purchase at

Second GLA Savannah Area Meet-up - March 14, 2016

The librarians and staff at Armstrong State University's Lane Library look forward to hosting the 2nd GLA meet-up on Monday, March 14, 2016, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Learning Commons, the newest library space on campus.

This meet-up is for to all library staff and is an opportunity to meet fellow library professionals in an informal setting and learn more about getting involved in GLA.

From our last meeting it is clear we are a diverse group, but chances are that book displays are something we all why not share ideas?   There are plenty of display screens in the Learning Commons so we will all have a chance to mingle, munch, and muse as we admire each others' inspiration and creativity!

Please send pictures of your display(s) (in digital format) to Caroline Hopkinson by March 9th.  Include any information about purpose, audience, or success of display that you want to share!  Email and include GLA display in the subject line. 

About the meeting place:
The Learning Commons provides access to cutting edge technology and group study space in an environment designed to enhance and encourage collaborative learning.  Each year, Library Journal recognizes the most outstanding library building projects from around the country. In 2013 building projects were selected for qualities critical to all-purpose spaces that "by virtue of their vision and design," provide "something for everyone." Armstrong's Learning Commons was one of 14 academic libraries chosen for this honor.  Learning Commons Librarian Aimée Reist will be available to talk to interested attendees about the technology, green design, and how students use the space.

Directions and parking:
Traveling on Abercorn Street (Highway 204) enter campus on Arts Drive (the north entrance to campus) and turn right onto Library Drive.  Park in any space on Library Drive or in the parking lot at the end of Library Drive.  Signs will direct you to the Learning Commons.

RSVP to Judith Garrison at for munchies and parking!  She may have to send out parking passes to everyone who RSVP to comply fully with their campus police.

Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

If you would like to host a meet-up at your library, please contact the Savannah Area GLA meet-up organizer, Janice Shipp at