Friday, September 22, 2017

Woodworth Consolidated Library in the Spotlight!

By Yadira V. Payne

Woodworth Consolidated Library (WCL) is an Army Library that serves a consolidated mission to FMWR (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and TRADOC (Training and Doctrine) Commands. WCL opened its doors in 1966 in honor of Captain Clarke N. Woodworth, Jr. who lost his life in battle in Vietnam.

In the 51 years since opening our doors to the Fort Gordon community, our Mission has been to empower, motivate, and inspire our patrons through proactive delivery of real-world information services for our Military Community's professional, academic, and social prosperity.
By serving a dual – consolidated – mission, we are afforded the opportunity to support the military and their families from birth to retirement. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful team work hard to make the library experience enriching and worthwhile. Services and collections encompass a wealth of useful print, electronic, and human resources supporting education, self-development, and well-being.

We offer a variety of fantastic services such as free test proctoring, free notary, and free scanning. These services aid the servicemember and their families as they are transitioning to the local area, leaving the area, or simply continuing the pursuit of their academic goals.
Programming is where we shine. Story hour, Polar Express, Costume Parade, Healthy Snacks with Cookie Monster, and Spanish Scrabble are but a few of our offerings. We welcome, on average, 10,000 patrons a month. This is huge for our small library. Due to atmosphere, programming, and services offered, our patrons spend hours with us.

Woodworth is open 6 days a week: Mon-Thu 0900-2000; Sa-Su 1000-1800. While we are closed to the public on Friday's, we are still busy inside serving their library needs. This is when the library elves perform maintenance on the building, renovate the interior, process and shelve new materials, prepare kits for programs, and decorate for the coming holidays and displays.
In the past 2 years nearly every inch of the facility has been reconfigured. First, the Children's Library was moved close to the circulation desk and remodeled in a child friendly, inviting, playful Dr. Seuss theme and colors (see pic). The old Army surplus bookcases and furniture were replaced with primary colored items purchased. Dr. Seuss was chosen as the room's theme because Theodor Seuss Geisel was an Army Signal soldier and Fort Gordon was formerly the Signal Center.

Next, the seldom used conference room was turned into the Proctoring center. Test proctoring and digital or computer resource trainings occur by appointment and free of charge to the patron. Then, the 28-foot-long 1970's heavy wood reference desk that "welcomed" everyone into the facility had been replaced by a jazzy hipster lounge (see pic). This along with our water feature and contemporary music playing throughout the building welcome our weary military travelers.

Other projects such as creating a café, a vertical garden, and study nooks throughout the stacks round out WCL's "community enrichment center" mindset. We want the soldiers and their families to relax, breathe a sigh of relief, feel welcomed, and stay a while from the moment they walk through our doors. This commitment to service is what helped us win the Federal Library of the Year in 2011. Walk through the rabbit hole and enter our fun Army madness!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon - Free Webinar

More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon”
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Wikipedia, the global volunteer-edited reference source, has grown from a scrappy upstart to being regarded (sometimes reluctantly) as a mainstay of our information landscape. But while Wikipedia now has more than five million articles in English, it still contains gaps in coverage that stem from the demographics of its editors. Since 2013, a group of librarians at the University of North Carolina has coordinated and hosted nearly twenty Wikipedia edit-a-thons with the goal of eliminating those gaps. At these events, participants have developed articles on women in art, science, and math; regional African American and Native American history; and local practitioners of traditional arts.

The librarians at UNC are not operating in a vacuum, but are part of a worldwide community of GLAM (gallery, library, archives, and museum) professionals bringing their unique expertise to the Wiki movement. In this session, four of them will discuss their experiences and the broader role of librarians in the Wiki world. The presenters will focus especially on the edit-a-thon program at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussing event outcomes, addressing the benefits and challenges of hosting an edit-a-thon, and sharing tips, advice, and step-by-step resources for librarians considering their own involvement in Wikipedia.

About the Presenters:
Emily Jack is the Community Engagement Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She manages the library’s social media presence and coordinates efforts, including Wikipedia edit-a-thons, that engage the UNC community in research and learning activities outside of the curriculum.

Kristan Shawgo is a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the library liaison for the departments and centers of Public Policy, Women’s & Gender Studies, Sociology, Sexuality Studies, the Carolina Women’s Center, and the LGBTQ Center.

Therese Triumph is a Science Liaison Librarian for the Kenan Science Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her career in science as an engineer working in the renewable energy field. She has held three “Women in Science” wiki edit-a-thons with the “Women in Science and Engineering” graduate group.

Alice Whiteside is the Head of the Sloane Art Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has participated in Art + Feminism since its launch in 2014, helping to organize Wikipedia edit-a-thons at Mount Holyoke College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and most recently UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Early Bird Registration closes soon for the Georgia Libraries Conference!

Early Bird Registration closes soon for the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference!

Register today at

Georgia Libraries Conference is a joint venture between the Georgia Library Association and the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology. The 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference will be held Wednesday, October 4th – Friday, October 6th at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center in Columbus, Georgia.

Keynote speakers this year include R. David Lankes and Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Georgia Libraries Conference is also excited to announce that this year's conference will feature fun new events, such as "Edutainment" with authors, a Murder Mystery event and a Storytelling Lunch!

For more information, please visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you riverside in beautiful Columbus, Georgia!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

AEL Formal Mingle: You’ve Got Options: Working as a Special Librarian

GLA's Atlanta Emerging Librarians are hosting their first formal mingle of 2017! Learn about special libraries and what it takes to be a special librarian. Our presenters will talk about their organizations and their roles as special librarians. Resources will be shared, skills will be discussed, and participants will even have an opportunity to try out some of the technology used by these special libraries!
Join us at 11:30am to tour the library where we will be hosting this event! The Metropolitan Library has received a number of awards to date, one of which was from the Georgia Public Library Service as the Metropolitan Library was named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in Georgia in April 2017.
Participants can receive up 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for attending, awarded by Georgia Library Association’s Atlanta Emerging Librarians and the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services.
Tickets are not required, but if you plan on stopping by, please RSVP, so we can get a rough headcount. Refreshments will be served.

Presenter Bios:

Stephanie Irvin is an Outreach Librarian for the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), Georgia's talking book and braille library. She’s also its webmaster, newsletter editor and go-to source for information on document and web accessibility. Prior to that, she worked 6 years in public libraries.

Christine Willis, MLIS, is the Director of Knowledge Management & Learning Resources at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She oversees the Noble Learning Resource Center and provides research assistance to clinicians as well as consumer health information for patients and families. Her research interests include health literacy, library services for people with disabilities, and teaching clinicians how to access and assess evidence based research to be applied in their practice. She has been published in multiple journals and presented on each of these topics at regional and national conferences.

September 30, 2017 11:30am – 2:00pm
Library Tour: 11:30am - 12:00pm
Presentations: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310

Please RSVP at

Friday, August 25, 2017

Library Technology Center, University of North Georgia Libraries, Dahlonega Campus in the Spotlight!

The Library Technology Center (LTC) opened in the fall of 2008. Almost ten years after opening, changing student needs and the consolidation of two institutions into the University of North Georgia have transformed the original LTC in many ways.

Service points, resource locations and student work space changed for the better. Originally two service desks located on the first floor (one for reference and one for circulation) combined to make a single service point staffed by a librarian and an access services staff member. Two years ago this staffing model changed to have only one person on the desk at a time. To prepare, Access Services staff received training in answering basic reference questions and librarians were trained to handle circulation transactions. Librarians remain on call for more in-depth research assistance if needed. Enhancements were made to the lobby, a space accessible 24/7 to the UNG community by swipe card, allowing evening hours shortened. Carrels were added for individual study space. Several white boards were installed as well as an ATM and school supply/snack vending machine. Improvements to the third floor were made by moving two stand-alone circulating collections (juvenile and strategic language materials) to the second floor which resulted in all circulating materials being located on a single level. Current periodicals moved to the first floor, adjacent to the bound periodicals and reference collection. All shelving was removed from the third floor making way for additional tables and seating, providing more space for students to work alone or in groups.

When the institution went through consolidation, the need to work globally over four campuses meant changes for personnel. A Technical Services department, responsible for managing and facilitating technical services for all UNG Libraries is located in the LTC. Additionally librarian positions at the two largest campuses, Gainesville and Dahlonega, were elevated to collection management positions and are responsible for overseeing the selection and purchasing of resources for all UNG Libraries. As the institution has grown, the need for copyright expertise also grew. What was formerly a part-time library assistant position became a full time copyright officer, able to advise all departments of the institution in regards to copyright and fair use. In 2013, UNG added the Digital Initiatives and Special Collections Librarian with the position responsible for the digital repository, archives and special collections for all UNG Libraries. With the addition of this position the libraries have grown and developed special collections that support not only the two previous institutional histories but also document the histories of the local communities that UNG serves. These collections include the Bruce Collection, comprised of nineteenth-century negatives by local photographer Lon Bruce, and the Alumni Collection which contains materials donated to North Georgia College and State University and the University of North Georgia by alumni. Additional space in the LTC has recently been identified to become office and storage for special collections and will enable even more growth in this area.

Over the last nine years, driven by the strong desire to serve the UNG community, especially the students, the Library Technology Center has grown and improved upon the original to create an even more inviting and welcoming space for all.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The First Annual Central Georgia Libraries Unconference Report

By Tim Wojcik
Ina Dillard Russell Library

In an increasingly crowded field of library and information education sector events, Georgia College in Milledgeville hosted the first Central Georgia Libraries Unconference.  It was my first experience with an unconference by such a name.  It was, as the event handout stated, a “low-cost, low-travel professional development opportunity that is unique for its impromptu breakout sessions and minimal lecture-style presentations.”

Besides the screen projection used by keynote speaker Emy Decker, I didn’t see or hear the use of electricity in any of the sessions.  The experience was an all live, all conversational exchange by the librarians who sat in with each other at the breakout sessions.  Each breakout session was moderated by one or two leaders who guided the conversation.  At times, these leaders  kept the conversation going during the “no one’s saying anything” points of the session.  It didn’t take too long for the conversation to flow.

In the keynote, entitled From a Seed to a Flower: Professional Development  in the Contemporary Library, Emy Decker  - Georgia Tech Library NextGen Public Services Manager discussed the essential uses of librarian professional development. Whether outspoken or quiet, the librarian who harnesses their passion for the profession can reap welcome rewards .

In a charming homage to 20th century messaging, the flipchart and whiteboard were the recording devices used during the breakouts – at least the ones I attended.  Librarians were encouraged to take a phone photo of the messaging.  My hunch is that, at some point, the event will have a published record.  I have my notes and my fuzzy phone pic of all the breakout sessions topics to jog my memory.

Since my focus was support for distance learning, I chose the breakout group with that topic on the agenda.  I found this group space and – settled in.  The space was pleasant, including comfy chairs with a writing surface and a view of the street beyond which made for a pleasant distraction.

The Distance Learning Breakout

Some of the Lingo
Blackboard – an LMS with products for K-12, academic, government and business
Brightspace -  a product of D2L Corporation  Desire2Learn
Canvas – a product of Instructure -  it is an open source LMS
LMS – learning management system
LTI – Learning Tools Interoperability – offers the usability of  third-party tools in an LMS
Springshare – created  the  LibGuides suite of products

Some discussion centered on how much of the library’s presence should be embedded in the LMS.  If the LMS offers a simple portal to some library resources, the student may not use the full range of library resources available to them.  Alternatively, if the LMS has only a cursory mention of library resources, the student may be discouraged from seeking library support at all.  Getting the student to engage the library’s resources directly is the goal.

One embedded librarian had the benefit of access to a stream of direct student feedback via the LMS. The students were given a series of questions about library services.  This librarian had the experience of real time comments as the students answered the questions.
One librarian was identified as a “faculty guest” in the LMS.  This produced a sideways effect of students asking the librarian to resolve instructor and administrative issues for them.
There  was  agreement  that  students  benefit  from  an embedded librarian as a consistent go-to person in the library.
Discussion of learning styles recognized that some students prefer reading the text of a video rather than to watch/listen to the video.
Recognition that some students don’t even read the syllabus – and so what does that say about paying attention to the library’s fine print about accessing resources, etc.
Make sure the video that you produce is in a most accessible format.  Why make something that many students can’t access.
The vendor is often a valuable resource for instruction on using the LMS.

Other Breakout Sessions

Fake news is a sensitive issue since “news” has been increasingly politicized.  Some students now reject traditional sources of information, ie the New York Times.  The question becomes: what are the sources of information that are recognized as objective by students/faculty from all over the political spectrum?   How do librarians present themselves as bias neutral?
Find the courage to engage in the awkward conversation of the validity of a patron’s information sources.
One school’s requirements include students attending events that involve civic discourse – exposure to opposing viewpoints.

The cost of serials and other scholarly publishing created demand for sources such as Sci-Hub.
Should the research efforts of a scholar who is paid by the state be available at a discount (or no charge) to the citizens of that state – state funding implies citizen rights of use.
Websites for librarians about open access resources include and

The problem of sharing space in the library with heritage “protected” groups such as genealogy patrons and protectors of the archives is still vexing.

The tour of the Ina Dillard Russell Library of Georgia College was lively and informative.  The school appears to value their library as a strong partner in student success and as a venue to try specialty products such as 3D printing and a variety of study space configurations. Many study/collaboration rooms now feature video screens which enable connection to up to six devices.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Georgia Library Quarterly Summer 2017 Published

The summer 2017 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at 

Read about GLA and Georgia library news; learn more about GLA and ALD officer candidates for 2018; see what our GLA president has to say about the upcoming Georgia Libraries Conference; and check out the articles (on games in library instruction and charging stations for electronic devices in academic libraries).

And don’t forget the spotlights, MOPL, and book reviews!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 GLA Scholarship Winners

The GLA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 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 science.

Heather Smith - Beard Scholarship Winner:
Heather Smith is originally from Murray County, Georgia, and currently lives in Hall County. Heather received a Bachelor of the Arts in English from the University of Georgia in 2014, and went into her first library job for Gwinnett County Public Library System immediately following her graduation. As a library associate, Heather has had the opportunity to offer customer service and to experience the many facets of public librarianship. Heather has been on many system teams and has helped lead many system initiatives, including leading new hire training,
 developing a new employee evaluation system, and implementing a new service model without service desks. Currently pursuing her MLIS online from Valdosta State University, Heather is eager to continue expanding her knowledge of library services both through her degree and through her professional experiences.

Heather wrote: “One of my favorite things about working in a public library is the ever-changing nature of the job. Technological advances and changes in customer services are never-ending, but a focus on community also ensures that libraries will be constantly adapting their resources to fit their users’ needs. I am passionate about providing patrons with services that are relevant to them, and I feel strongly about catering to the specific needs of library communities. I am thankful and honored to be the recipient of the Hubbard scholarship, and I look forward to continuing to push myself to learn and grow as a library professional.”

Amanda Roper - Hubbard Scholarship Winner:
Amanda Roper is the Resource Sharing and Library Communications Specialist at Brenau University. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Brenau and has worked for the library for 13 years. Amanda is a member of the Georgia Library Association Marketing and Branding committee and is the vice-chair of the Paraprofessional Division. Amanda is a student at Valdosta State University's MLIS program and is focusing on library communications and information literacy instruction. She currently lives in Gainesville, Ga with her husband and three children. Amanda enjoys reading, blogging about books, consuming mass quantities of coffee and finds there is no greater pleasure than writing with a nice pen in a notebook.

Amanda wrote: “After graduating with my MLIS, I plan on continuing to serve college communities in academic libraries by pursuing a career that involves reference, instruction, library communications, and student outreach and engagement. I plan to focus on critical library pedagogy to empower students to seek, critically assess, and contextualize information. I'd also love to continue to advocate for social justice and equity in library collections, services, and programs. I'm excited to work with my library colleagues to bring the libraries to the people by encouraging accessibility, quelling library anxiety, and meeting patrons at the intersections of their life experiences."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Carterette Series Webinars - Censorship: It’s Not Just For Books!

Censorship: It’s Not Just For Books!
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

When you hear about censorship in libraries, you may automatically wonder what YA book is under attack this time.  However, many of the challenges to intellectual freedom we’re facing go well beyond books.  Online resources, speakers and events, programs, and other library initiatives are also coming under fire, and those of us in libraries may not always agree on what should be defended.  Please join us for a conversation about today’s threats to intellectual freedom and what you can do to stand up for free expression.

About the Presenter:
Martin Garnar is the dean of the Kraemer Family Library at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  He started teaching professional ethics for the University of Denver’s library and information science program in 2005 and has served as chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, and the ACRL Professional Values Committee.  He’s currently serving as the president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Martin is a frequent speaker on ethics and intellectual freedom at state, regional, and national events, and served as the assistant editor for the 9th edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual.

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:

Monday, July 17, 2017

ACRL Webinar Viewing Party: Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework - August 2, 2017.

The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association would like to invite you to two free ACRL webinar viewing parties.  Please register for one or both of the webinars using the links below so that we can let our host locations know how many to expect.

Viewing parties will be held simultaneously at the University of Georgia in Athens, Augusta University in Augusta, University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Agnes Scott College in Decatur, and Armstrong State University in Savannah.  Directions and parking information will be sent about a week before the viewings.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Essentials of Usability Design for Library Research Guides
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Description: Web design, in the form of creating online research guides, has become a big part of many librarians’ jobs, but we’re rarely taught how to do it well. Most of us learn the nuts and bolts of how to make guides, without learning the principles of how to make them usable -- the simple techniques of visual and textual design  that can help us create guides that users will understand more easily, and stick around to use.  Learn about easy to use principles of usability that can immediately improve your research guides.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Description: Explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news. Examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news. Explore connections between information and news literacy skills. Discover ways to apply more traditional research and information literacy skills, such as source evaluation skills, to addressing fake news, and gain ideas for new, interactive ways to help students handle fake news and misinformation.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1st Annual Central Georgia Libraries Unconference - July 28, 2017

The Russell Library of Georgia College invites you to the 1st Annual Central Georgia Libraries Unconference

Grow Local: Cultivating a Culture of Professional Development in Central Georgia Libraries   
Friday July 28, 2017   9am-4:30pm
Russell Library: Georgia College & State University  
Milledgeville, Georgia 

This event invites professional and support staff at academic and public libraries within the central Georgia area to come together to discuss their roles as information professionals. This unconference will offer academic and public libraries the opportunity for low-cost, minimal travel professional development. It will also offer the opportunity for required continuing education credits for those individuals that need to obtain credits for certification. Please share with your team and/or colleagues.

More information about the unconference can be found on our website:
Or Call: Jennifer Price 478.445.0980

Register Online

Keynote: Emy Decker, The NextGen Public Services Manager - Georgia Tech Library  
From a Seed to a Flower: Professional Development in the Contemporary Library

Opportunities for professional development are everywhere within the library environment! From turning your ideas into publications and presentations to getting involved in professional organizations, there are myriad ways to move your career to the top. If you tend to be more on the introverted side, there are also many other methods to make a name for yourself. Our keynote speaker will demonstrate how exciting and rewarding professional development can be. By harnessing your passion within the library arena, you can catapult yourself to success in the library profession whether you are in an academic, public, or special library setting
Emy Nelson Decker is the NextGen Public Services Manager for the Georgia Tech Library. She holds an MLIS from Valdosta State University and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. Emy’s current research interests are centered on leadership and team building, professional development, and reimagining library services toward a greater focus on user engagement and the needs of digital thinkers. In addition to presenting in venues such as the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, she has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters within the library field. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries.

Questions can also be directed to Jolene Cole via email at 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MLS Programs Fair on Saturday July 29th at Oglethorpe

The 2017 MLS Programs Fair, coordinated jointly by the Metro-Atlanta Library Association and GLA’s New Members Round Table, will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 2:00-3:30pm at Oglethorpe University.

There will be information available for MLS programs around the U.S., including:
• Drexel University
• Florida State University
• Middle Tennessee State University
• University of Alabama
• University of Kentucky
• University of North Texas
• University of South Carolina
• Valdosta State University

Please spread the word to those who might be interested in pursuing a graduate program in library and information science!

Here is the address and parking info:

Oglethorpe University
Turner Lynch Campus Center
4484 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30319

Driving directions and parking maps (Turner Lynch Campus Center is building 10 on the campus map / free visitor parking in zone 3 on the parking map):

If you have any questions, please email John Stephens ( or Kat Greer (

Monday, June 19, 2017

ILL Interest Group Summer meet-up

One of the goals of the ILL Interest Group this year is to promote communication and knowledge sharing within our ILL community.  This year we will hold several meet-ups across the state in pursuit of this goal.    

We are happy to announce that our ILL Interest Group Summer Meet-up will be on Friday, July 14 from 1pm-3pm at Athens-Clarke County Library.  This meet-up will be a great opportunity for those interested in ILL to meet each other, discuss current issues, and ask any questions you may have. Light refreshments will be served.  You do not need to be a member of the interest group to attend and there is no cost to participate.  RSVP is not required, but encouraged.

Date: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Multipurpose Room B
Address: 2025 Baxter Street Athens, GA


If you are not able to attend, we will be organizing meet-ups in other areas throughout the year.  If you have any questions please contact us at or

Hope you can join us,
Rosemary Humphrey, ILL Interest Group Chair
Jessica Garner, ILL Interest Group Vice-Chair
Michelle Jones, ILL Interest Group Secretary

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GLA Savannah Area Meetup - July 13, 2017

7th Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative meet-up
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 5:30pm
Location: The Georgia Historical Society Reading Room, 501 Whitaker St., Savannah, GA 31401

This casual meet-up is open to all library workers regardless of your title - paraprofessional, faculty, librarian - it doesn't matter! This is a chance for you to meet others who work in the same profession as you while you network, share ideas, and tour the beautiful Georgia Historical Society."

Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative
Janice Shipp, Chair
Brenda Poku, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Kristi Smith, Secretary
Vivian Bynoe, Hospitality
Autumn Johnson, Social Media/Technology

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Georgia Library Quarterly Spring 2017 Published

The spring 2017 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at: 

Take a break and read about GLA and Georgia library news, check out an article about DPLA, and don’t forget the spotlights, MOPL, and book reviews!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Effective and Valuable Outreach: Aligning Activities to Goal-Driven Assessment - Free Carterette Webinar

Effective and Valuable Outreach: Aligning Activities to Goal-Driven Assessment
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Outreach is a facet of many of our jobs. Over time, library job descriptions have been adjusted to include outreach, whether this includes targeting departments, student populations, or the surrounding community. Libraries have attempted to connect with their users through a variety of activities and strategies. However, how do we ensure our outreach activities are impactful? Assessment has also become more important over time, since many library budgets have shrunk and we are often asked to do more with less. It is imperative that we can justify the amount of time, energy, and money required for outreach activities. Determining in advance what impact we want to make dictates what types of events we hold. Further, better assessment leads to a better understanding of the impact of our activities. Much of the library literature shares strategies for reaching out to campus communities; however, there is a lack of discussion around goal-oriented activities and if these activities reached their goals through assessment.

In this session, learn how to write SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound) outreach goals that are tied to your institutional mission and how to apply various assessment techniques that will evaluate if your goals are being met. Assessment techniques will address various factors, including amount of time and/or funding required, amount of staffing involved, and type of data produced (qualitative or quantitative). Attendees will also learn about the limitations of each assessment method. Participants will be asked to share their previous experience with goal-writing and assessment of outreach and will work through case studies that illustrate a particular scenario with concrete goals and ways to accurately assess the identified outreach activity.  Attendees will be provided materials to bring back to their institution to apply what they learned using a previous or upcoming local outreach event.

About the Presenters:
Kristen Mastel is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Minnesota. She received her Masters of Library Science from Indiana University, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota- Morris. Her research areas of interest include instruction, information literacy, outreach and instructional design. Kristen is a Past President of the Minnesota Library Association. She also is President-Elect of the United States Agricultural Information Network.

Shannon Farrell is the Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She previously worked at Colorado State University as the Agricultural and Biological Sciences Librarian. Prior to earning her MLIS, she spent over ten years working on scientific research projects related to sustainable agriculture, genetically modified organisms, animal behavior, wildlife conservation, and invasive species. Her research interests span numerous areas, including outreach assessment, video games and gaming technology, and salaries and status of library workers.
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, June 2, 2017

Villa Rica Public Library in the Spotlight

The grand opening of Villa Rica's new $3 million public library took place on Saturday, February 11, 2017.  Approximately 2,000 community members poured into the new facility that day, checking out all the modern features of the library.  The 16,370-square-foot facility at 869 Dallas Highway is more than triple the size of the old Villa Rica Public Library, which closed its doors on February 1.

The new facility has been designed for a growing community, with plenty of bright space for reading and viewing, digital access, public meetings, a coffee bar, and a drive-through window.  The new library has a large children's area, set apart from the rest of the library with sound-proof glass walls that includes a craft corner and an outdoor reading garden.  There is a meeting room large enough for 75 people with a full-size kitchen and a large conference room equipped for digital presentation and consultation.

Tanner Medical Center Villa Rica has its own meeting space in the library, which it uses to host health-related classes.

Other features of the new library include a large teen area with a glassed-in group conference room, multiple study rooms with total digital access, and brightly lit tiered spaces for casual reading under a window wall that spans the library.

Built into a slope, the library’s three open tiers house periodicals, audio visual materials, and teen services. Looking down on a ramp that runs the center of the building, the majority of shelving for the library’s book collection is located on an upper tier surrounded by comfortable seating and study areas, and is the only part of the old building that has been incorporated into the new facility. The old shelves were powder-coated and refurbished for the new space.  The modular iron shelving on all three tiers of the other side of the building is designed for more casual browsing.

Benning Construction Co., an Atlanta developer, built the library. Funding for the facility came partially from the state, as well as revenue from the city's share of the special local option sales tax and also from Carroll County.  

Learn more about  Villa Rica Public Library at

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AEL Informal Mingle: Atlanta Rollergirls’ Playoffs & Dinner - July 15, 2017

The Atlanta Emerging Librarians’ (AEL) next informal mingle will be at the Yaarab Shrine Center on Ponce de Leon Avenue for the Atlanta Rollergirls’ Playoff game on July 15, 2017 at 5:00pm. Join us as we watch two teams battle it out for a chance at the 2017 Championship Bout!

Can’t make it to the game? No problem! Meet us at Manuel’s Tavern at 7:00pm where we will enjoy dinner and mingling after the game.

When: July 15, 2017 5:00pm – 8:00pm
(Game 5:00pm-6:30pm & Dinner 7:00pm – 8:00pm)
Game: Yaarab Shrine Center (400 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308)
Dinner: Manuel’s Tavern (602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307)
*Both locations have free parking on site.
Tickets are $15:
Be sure to let us know that you will be attending the game and/or the dinner by submitting a RSVP so we can save you a seat:

To learn more about the Atlanta Rollergirls, visit:

If you have any questions about the mingle, email us at

We hope to see you there,
The 2017 AEL Planning Committee
Jherusha Lambert
Holly Hampton
Amanda Densmore

2017 GLA Paraprofessional Grants - Apply by June 30, 2017

The Paraprofessional Division of the Georgia Library Association (GLA) announces its 2017 Paraprofessional Grants.

Five (5) $250 Award Grants will be given to the winners to facilitate their attendance at the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference – GLA’s Annual Convention to be held in Columbus, Georgia October 4-6, 2017.  In addition, each winner will receive an awards plaque, which will be presented at a GLA conference function and a one-year free paraprofessional membership in the Georgia Library Association.

Please note that while applicants do not have to be 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).

The deadline for submission of application forms is Friday, June 30, 2017. 

To apply download and complete Paraprofessional Award Application Form and Recommendation Form

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Georgia Libraries Conference Call for Proposals Now Open!

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference, including pre-conference sessions, presentations, demonstrations and posters.

This year's conference will take place October 4-6, 2017 at the Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center.

All proposal submissions are due by June 12, 2017.  Guidelines and forms for submitting your proposal(s) can be found on the website here:

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact Jean Cook at 
For questions regarding poster submissions, please contact Carol Stanley at

Best of luck to potential presenters! We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!

Conference Details:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Movin' on Up: Advancing into Academic Library Middle Management - Carterette Series Webinar

Movin' on Up: Advancing into Academic Library Middle Management
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Can an academic librarian who has only worked on the front lines compete with those who have supervisory experience for middle management positions? What traits are hiring committees looking for in middle managers for public services, especially in applicants with no prior supervisory experience?

This webinar presents the findings of a qualitative study consisting of interviews with academic librarians who have served on hiring committees for middle-management positions, and with public services librarians who have recently made the transition from the front lines to their first supervisory position; and an analysis of the preferred and required qualifications in job ads for middle-management public services positions in academic libraries from the last five years. The presenters use these results to provide guidance on the steps frontline academic librarians can take in order to successfully translate their abilities, knowledge, and skills into their first supervisory position.

About the Presenters:
Megan Hodge is a Teaching & Learning Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. A former ALA Emerging Leader, Megan currently serves as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and is a doctoral student in educational research and evaluation.

Nicole Spoor is the Business Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She currently serves as the Leadership Development Director for ALA New Members Round Table and is a doctoral student in educational leadership.

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, May 5, 2017

Augusta University Libraries in the Spotlight

The University Libraries of Augusta University are comprised of Reese Library, which serves mainly undergraduates as well as graduates in education, business, public administration, and psychology, and Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, which serves the health sciences professional schools (e.g., medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health sciences). Augusta University is a consolidation of Augusta State University (now the Summerville campus) and Georgia Health Sciences University (now the Health Sciences campus), approved in January 2013. The university is one of four state public comprehensive research universities. Greenblatt Library is the only public health sciences library in Georgia. The AU/UGA Partnership campus, located in Athens, is served by a Medical Partnership Campus Librarian, who reports to Greenblatt Library.

In the fall of 2016 Reese Library, in cooperation with the University’s Information Technology division and Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs, opened a new, state-of-the-art technology collaboration space for students. The new space is located on its 2nd floor in the area previously housing a portion of the print government information collection. This space offers multiple technology enabled group collaboration spaces and a number of individual work areas where students can access more than 50 Mac and Windows computers as well as use their own devices. An IT support desk, staffed by students, handles multimedia and application support for student projects. New furniture was added to further set this area apart.

Both libraries offer a variety of services including having librarians embedded into the university colleges to provide point-of-need research assistance for faculty and students. Greenblatt Library also offers a satellite site on the second floor of the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons building, an area heavily used by professional students. Reese Library offers embedded hours in the new Academic Success Center. The library instruction program serves students and faculty in a wide range of disciplines. The Clinical Information Librarian rounds with pediatrics and family medicine departments to provide clinical information to assist with patient care at the point of need and customized consultations for research and teaching information needs.

Both libraries have unique collections including rare books, portraits, personal manuscript collections, and institutional publications and documents. Greenblatt Library has William Hunter’s Gravid Uterus, published in 1774 and including a dedication page to King George III. William Hunter, a famous anatomist, surgeon, and obstetrician in 18th century Great Britain and author of numerous articles on anatomy, surgery, and midwifery, served as the physician to Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. Reese Library acquired the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Company Papers (1898-1989), a major African American business with a home office in Augusta, operating in several southern states.

Greenblatt Library hosts the National Library of Medicine-funded Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course. Held at Brasstown Valley twice a year, this course provides participants with a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics as well as continuing education for health care professionals interested in the application of computer technologies to medicine. Nationally known bioinformatics educators and thought leaders serve as the faculty.

To learn more about the University Libraries of Augusta University, visit

Monday, May 1, 2017

Apply for GLA Scholarship - Deadline to apply May 19, 2017

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 $1,500, 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 2017 scholarships is May 19.

See the Georgia Library Association website for details:

Questions and application materials may be directed to:
William Brogdon
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-chair
307 Adair St. C2
Decatur, GA 30030 (all lowercase letters)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Academic Library Division Election Call for Nominations

Are you an academic librarian looking to get more involved in the Georgia Library Association?

The Academic Library Division of GLA is currently seeking nominations for a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (a 3 year commitment), a Secretary (a 1 year commitment), and an ACRL representative (a 3 year commitment.) You can nominate yourself or suggest another worthy academic librarian. Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

The election will take place electronically in September 2017.

The term will start on January 1, 2018.

Simply send the name and contact information of nominees to the GLA/ALD Nominating Committee Chair, Amy Stalker

Monday, April 10, 2017

AABIG 2017 Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group (AABIG)

Call for Proposals:  AABIG welcomes conference proposals for the 2017 AABIG Conference on June 16, 2017 at West Georgia Technical College in Newnan, GA.

What’s the Next BIG Thing?
This year’s theme (above) can be interpreted in many ways. For example, we encourage librarians to present on:

• innovations in library instruction and/or student learning assessment

• emerging instructional technologies

• trends in professional development for instruction librarians

• predictions on the future of teaching in academic, school and public libraries

Other presentation ideas are welcome!

Note:  We welcome everyone!  Past presenters have been from all over Georgia, as well as from neighboring states—Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Deadline:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

To submit a proposal, go to the AABIG website at

Friday, April 7, 2017

Senoia Branch Library In the Spotlight

From left to right: Ms. Jayne, Ms. Linda Sue, Ms. Polly
and Ms. Rachel
The Senoia Branch Library is one of four library branches within the Coweta Public Library System (CPLS). The Senoia Area Library was originally established as a City library in 1974 and became a part of the Coweta Library System in 2008. In 2012, the current 6500 square foot branch was opened on the beautiful Marimac Lakes. The high vaulted ceiling and gorgeous wood beams along with inspiring original art work create a big footprint for this smaller, cozy library. Patrons love to relax, read and take in the lake from the comfortable back and side patio areas.

Senoia library has yet another captivating aspect that not only draws people in but keeps them coming back…the library staff. The dedicated staff consistently provides quality customer service that fosters a positively memorable experience for each person who walks through the doors. Everyone who enters is welcomed with warm smiles, cheerful greetings and an open minded spirit of service. Staff is well versed not only in the materials and services offered by CPLS but also is knowledgeable on the history and current events of the City of Senoia.

For a library with limited space, program offerings rise well above the one size fits all approach. Each staff member specializes in a different age group but all share responsibility when needed. The staff is always open to new ideas while still offering more traditional programing such as Story-Time and craft programs. Reaching out into the community for professionals and hobbyist to conduct programs here is equally important. The staff’s ability to tap into their surroundings and forge relationships with patrons, business owners and members of other non-for-profit organizations is key to Senoia library’s success in offering dynamic programs for all ages.

Like the small town it is located in, the Senoia Branch Library has the charm and warmth that resonates with its customers and visitors (stopping by to check out the “The Walking Dead” film sets…yes, “The Walking Dead” is filmed in our town). A strong energy to serve and create is evidenced by Senoia library’s staff: Ms. Jayne, Ms. Polly, Ms. Rachel and Ms. Linda Sue.

Come visit soon!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seeing the Big Picture: Using Images to Understand Students' Approaches to the Research Process - Webinar

Seeing the Big Picture: Using Images to Understand Students' Approaches to the Research Process
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Images can provide a valuable method of understanding user behavior. This presentation describes a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, where librarians asked students from different majors and levels to draw their processes of executing research assignments. Librarians used this visual data in combination with written responses and oral interviews to arrive at a more thorough understanding of the student research process. The results and implications of this assessment will be discussed. In addition, this presentation will cover ways that different types of images can be used in assessment projects, tips for coding and interpreting images, and other concerns that often arise with the use of visual materials.

About the Presenters:
Ann Medaille is Director of Research Services and the Library Liaison Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds an M.L.S. in library science from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Molly Beisler is Director of Research Services and the Liaison Librarian Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She holds an M.L.S. from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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, April 4, 2017

AEL Informal Meetup: Cuatro de Mayo - May 4, 2017

The Atlanta Emerging Librarians (AEL) are hosting their first informal mingle of 2017 at Escorpion on Cuatro de Mayo (May 4th) at 8:00pm.

Join us for a night of excitement and mingling as we meet former and prospective emerging librarians and enjoy the authentic tastes and ingredients of Mexico.

When: May 4th from 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Escorpion, 800 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(There is free parking located behind the restaurant.)
(Tickets are not required, but if you plan on attending, please RSVP so we can get a rough headcount.)

To learn more about Escorpion and to view their menu, visit:

If you have any questions about the mingle, email us at

We hope to see you there,
The 2017 AEL Planning Committee
Jherusha Lambert
Holly Hampton
Amanda Densmore

Saturday, April 1, 2017

GLA Interlibrary Loan Interest Group South Georgia Meet-up

One of the goals of the ILL Interest Group is to promote communication and knowledge sharing within our ILL community.  This year we will hold several meet-ups across the state in pursuit of this goal.  

We are happy to announce that our first ILL Meet-up will be for the South Georgia region on Friday, April 21 from 1pm-3pm in the Baldwin Library at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

This meet-up will be a great opportunity for those interested in ILL to meet each other, discuss current issues, and ask any questions you may have. Light refreshments will be served.  There is no cost to attend.  RSVP is not required, but encouraged.

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Baldwin Library at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Address: 2802 Moore Highway  Tifton, GA 31793  (Campus Map - 22 on Map Key)

If you are not in the South Georgia area, we will be organizing meet-ups in other areas throughout the year.  If you would like to volunteer your library as a possible meet-up location, please email or

Hope you can join us,
Rosemary Humphrey, ILL Interest Group Chair
Jessica Garner, ILL Interest Group Vice-Chair
Michelle Jones, ILL Interest Group Secretary

Monday, March 27, 2017

GLA NMRT/NGAL Spring Networking Meetup May 13th!

The GLA New Members Round Table and North Georgia Associated Libraries have teamed up to coordinate a networking meetup for the North Georgia area in May. We will be meeting in Dahlonega for lunch and a tour of the UNG Dahlonega Campus Library, plus other optional fun times!

Join us at this North Georgia regional meetup for librarians, library workers and library students!

We'll be meeting for lunch (dutch treat) at The Corkscrew Cafe around 12:30pm, and then we'll walk to the UNG Library for a VIP tour at 2:00pm.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Space is limited.

Lunch at The Corkscrew Cafe ~12:30pm
51 W Main St
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Tour of UNG Dahlonega Campus Library ~2:00pm
117 Georgia Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597

Groups are also encouraged to explore Dahlonega after the tour. Activies include wine tastings and painting at Mug Me. The play "I Hate Hamlet" is also showing at the Dahlonega Theater in the evening.

Parking information for downtown Dahlonega
If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the New Members Round Table, Kat Greer at

Thursday, March 23, 2017

GLQ Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

The winter 2017 issue of the Georgia Library Quarterly is now available at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Southeastern Library Assessment Conference (SLAC) Call for Proposals

The Southeastern Library Assessment Conference provides an opportunity for those interested in advancing the library assessment and user experience conversation to gather together to share and discuss practical ideas and information.

The Southeastern Library Assessment Conference invites session proposals for the November 13-14, 2017, conference  in Atlanta, Georgia.

Proposed sessions should be designed to fit within a 45-minute timeframe, including Q&A. We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals on any topic related to assessment in libraries of all types, including, but not limited to:

• Budget
• Collaborations
• Collections
• Demonstrating value
• Developing a culture of assessment
• Ethnographic and observational studies
• Impact on student learning, retention, progression, and/or graduation
• Lessons learned
• Library instruction
• Marketing and communications
• Outreach activities
• Programming and events
• Reporting results to stakeholders
• Role of the assessment librarian
• Services
• Spaces and facilities
• Special collections and archives
• Unique methods
• Usability
• User experience

Submit your proposal by April 21, 2017 at

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Save the date for Georgia Libraries Conference - October 4-6, 2017, Columbus, GA

Save the date! The inaugural Georgia Libraries Conference (formerly known as Georgia COMO) will be held October 4-6 at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center in Columbus, GA. This year's theme is Different by Design.
We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

GLA Awards Call For Nominations

The Georgia Library Association Awards Committee seeks nominations from academic, public, school, and special librarians in Georgia for the 2017 GLA Awards.

Winners will be recognized at the 2017 Georgia Libraries Annual Conference (formerly COMO) in Columbus.

GLA has a variety of awards to celebrate individual or team contributions to libraries or to the state organization. Do you know anyone who is:

  •  A GLA member who has made significant contributions to GLA? Consider nominating this person for the Bob Richardson Award, the McJenkin-Rheay Award, or the Norma Symmers Paraprofessional Award.
  • A non-library employee who has made outstanding contributions to libraries? Consider the Charles Beard Advocacy Award.
  • An employee of a vendor, school, public library system, or academic institution who has furthered library development in Georgia? Consider the Library Support Services Award.
  • A practicing Georgia librarian who has made substantial contributions to the library profession? Consider the Nix-Jones Award.
  • A team that has excelled in the past year by offering innovative programming or services or providing outstanding support to a Georgia library? Consider the GLA Team Award.

A complete list of awards and descriptions can be found at Individuals may be nominated in more than one category, although only one award can be given. Please note that some awards require GLA membership.

To nominate an individual or team, please email the following documents to Awards Committee chair Kelly Ansley by Friday, April 14, 2017:

Award winners will be contacted in late summer 2017. Please direct any questions to Kelly Ansley, Awards Committee chair, at (478) 289-2088 or

The GLA Awards Committee looks forward to hearing from you!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Roddenbery Memorial Library in the Spotlight!

Zin zin zin! Music surrounds us even when we're not listening. March is Music Month at Roddenbery Memorial Library in Cairo, Georgia. As you enter the Children's room you will be surrounded by stories about music, composers and performers. If you listen carefully you might hear the sounds of violins wafting from the auditorium where a group of students are learning how to make their violins speak.

This dedicated group is taught by Lincoln High School senior Samantha Crawford from Tallahassee. Ms. Crawford has been studying the violin since the age of nine and has performed internationally, receiving many accolades.

The Grady County Fine Arts Project, Inc. is responsible for creating this amazing opportunity for local music enthusiasts. Combining a multitude of talents the GCFAPI has been reaching out to the Grady County community for the past seven years providing piano lessons, children's choir and storytelling which includes reading and writing skills through puppetry. These are just a few of the tremendous opportunities provided by the Grady County Fine Arts Project, Inc. Each of these endeavors instill confidence, tenacity, a sense of responsibility and pride. The participants acquire a much wider view of the world in addition to strengthening important skills and values they will use throughout their lives. Members of the community have enjoyed performances by these special groups.

We are honored to provide a venue for these fine arts opportunities and look forward to welcoming more fine arts classes to the Roddenbery Memorial Library. RML has just started circulating ukuleles and we are looking forward to some exciting jam sessions.

Learn more about the Roddenbery Memorial Library and its programs at

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Metro Atlanta Affiliate Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Inaugural Meeting

Metro Atlanta Affiliate Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association invites you to our inaugural meeting at

The East Point Library 
2557 Main Street
East Point, Georgia 30044

April 22. 2017 at 3:00 pm

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

6th Georgia Library Association Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative Meet-up - May 11, 2017

Mark your calendar for the 6th Georgia Library Association Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative (CGLC) meet-up!

Come out and meet fellow library workers on Thursday, May 11, between 5-7 pm, on the patio at Buffalo Wild Wings in Savannah.

This casual meet-up is open to all library workers regardless of your title - paraprofessional, faculty, librarian - it doesn't matter! This is a chance for you to meet others who work in the same profession as you while you network, share ideas, have a drink and grab a bite to eat.

Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative
Janice Shipp, Chair
Brenda Poku, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Kristi Smith, Secretary
Vivian Bynoe, Hospitality
Autumn Johnson, Social Media/Technology

Connect with us! | @glacoastal

I Kanban, Can You? A Librarian's Introduction to KanbanFlow - Carterette Series Webinar

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Most librarians and library staff are constantly multi-tasking. Despite the type of library, our tasks are endless and can range from cataloging to working the reference desk to IT support and everything in between. It can be very difficult to organize our to-do lists, not to mention get things done. This session will introduce the concept of Kanban (Japanese for "sign" or "billboard"), an important tool for managing workflow and measuring improvement and outcomes that was first popularized by the manufacturing industry. Today Kanban is utilized by software development teams, marketing units, human resource offices, people in strategy and leadership, and for organizing personal tasks and achieving goals.

This session will also introduce KanbanFlow, a free online project management tool that digitizes the Kanban method. This tool supports real-time collaboration between team members and weaves in the Pomodoro method of time-tracking. A live demo of KanbanFlow, its various features, and real-life examples of how it can be used in a library setting will be included to help illustrate the usefulness of this method and tool for librarians.

About the Presenter:
Rachel Evans is a web coordinator and digital media specialist at the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library. Her primary responsibility as part of the Information Technology team is maintaining the law school’s website. Evans also contributes to library instruction ranging from technology-centered sessions to video tutorial creation. Additionally, she assists in archiving items in the law school repository Digital Commons, assembling the library’s monthly newsletter and contributing to the library’s public relations and web teams. Evans has presented instructional technology and web-design related sessions at local, state and regional conferences, and has also been published in the national professional magazine Computers in Libraries. Prior to joining UGA Law Library, Evans got her start in libraries at LaGrange College's academic library, and subsequently worked at two public libraries in Georgia's Troup and Oglethorpe counties. Evans earned her M.L.I.S. from Florida State University in 2012.

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:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Georgia Library Association Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative (CGLC) meet-up

Mark your calendar for the 5th Georgia Library Association Coastal Georgia Library
Collaborative (CGLC) meet-up!

The librarians and staff at Savannah State University's Asa H. Gordon
Library will be hosting the winter CGLC meet-up on Thursday, March 9, 2017,
from 3-5pm.

This meet-up is open 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. A tour of the Asa H. Gordon Library will be
provided, including Special Collections, as well as information from library staff regarding recent

The library's address is 2200 Tompkins Rd., Savannah, GA 31404, and its
phone number is (912) 358-4324.

The GLA Coastal Georgia Library Collaborative Committee Officers
Janice Shipp, Chair
Logan Lawrence, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Kristi Smith, Secretary
Vivian Bynoe and Judith Garrison, Hospitality

Meeting in Macon about LIS research and library assessment

The Research and Assessment Interest Group (RAIG) will be gathering for a half-day meeting on March 9th. We would like to extend an invitation to other GLA members who are interested in LIS research and/or library assessment.

The meeting will be held from 10:30am-2:30pm with check-in starting at 10:00am.

The physical meeting will be at the Middle Georgia State University, Macon Campus Library.

The goal of the meeting is to offer time, space, and a loose structure of activities to foster knowledge-sharing and spark collaborations.
Our opening session will be Avoiding Research Pitfalls, presented by Dr. Michael Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Middle Georgia State University. Dr. Gibbons is Director of MGA's Center for Applied Research and Education and Interim Director of MGA's Office of Institutional Research.

The full agenda for the meeting is included at the top of the registration form.  We have capped attendance to 40 registrants. If interested, please register as soon as possible.

Registration form:

If you have any questions, contact Cristina Hernández Trotter at