Friday, January 27, 2017

Public Library Day at the Capitol Sponsored by Georgia Council of Public Libraries

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
Georgia’s public libraries circulate millions of printed books, magazines, DVDs, e-books, and much more! Public libraries provide access to information, programming, computers and the Internet every day.

Nothing could be more Georgian than public library service… … except perhaps Varsity Hot Dogs!

Georgia Council of Public Libraries invites you to celebrate libraries with a Varsity Dog.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Room 230 CAPITOL 11:00am-1:00pm 

Varsity Hats, optional! 
Excitement about what our public libraries are doing around the state, required! 

Thank You for Supporting Georgia’s Libraries! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Experience Atlanta with Local Library Tours and Events During ALA Midwinter

The Georgia Library Association and Special Libraries Association - Georgia Chapter are pleased to announce a series of library tours being offered during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, January 20-24, 2017.

Conference attendees and local library professionals are invited to tour a selection of the city's new and unique libraries, including the CNN Library, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Gensler, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

RSVP for tours online at

Midwinter attendees are also invited to visit area libraries and check out their public exhibits and programs.

A list of events, free and open to the public, can now be viewed online at

Print copies of this list will also be available at the GLA booth, #1100.

Friday, January 13, 2017

retroTECH at Georgia Tech Library in the Spotlight!

retroTECH is a Georgia Tech Library program in which the campus community can create the future by exploring the past. The vision for the retroTECH Lab entails a highly curated combination of classic, older hardware and software alongside modern tools for digital archiving and emulation, all designed to be accessed and used. This newly piloted lab will not only serve as a hands-on historical reference point; it will activate new ideas about future technology and preserving innovation.
The retroTECH space takes what archives around the world are doing behind the scenes with digital forensics and born-digital workstations, combines it with a hackerspace ethos, and brings everything out for public-facing access, empowerment, and engagement. The retroTECH program aims to reimagine digital archives by offering patrons a chance to use vintage, forensic, and emulation equipment typically restricted to library staff, museums, and specialized collectors.

The Library and Archives acquired their seed collection of five classic workstations from a Georgia Tech alumni and former faculty member whose work inspired the idea. Along with several emulation workstations, these machines form the core of the pilot retroTECH Lab space, where our team is testing programming to be implemented in the future permanent lab in the renewed building. We are currently developing two mobile labs—the Emulation Time Machine and Archive-O-Matic, which will expand retroTECH’s services beyond the borders of the physical Lab space.

The retroTECH team is committed to community outreach, continuing education, and developing partnerships around campus and the Atlanta area. Since the opening of the lab in 2015, the team has fostered a relationship with Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication program. Faculty partner with retroTECH members to develop course based instruction sessions that allow students to explore the archived technology, reflect on the histories of digital media, and develop research questions related to their assignments.

In addition to course-integrated instruction sessions, the retroTECH program also offers ‘drop in’ hours. During the Fall and Spring Semesters, the Lab is open for Georgia Tech community members and the general public. During ‘drop in’ hours users can explore the classic workstations and retro games.

In the summer of 2016, the retroTECH team received a campus grant in partnership with the Digital Media Game Archaeology Lab to host an event series that would bring communities together to explore digital pasts and futures. Fall speaker series events investigated such topics as Game Archelogy and Production, Vintage Computing, and Digital Forensics. The spring lineup will include additional panel discussions, as well an interactive data recovery workshop. The events are free to attend and open to the community.

For information on the retroTECH program, equipment, Lab hours and more, visit: 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

GLA will be at booth #1100 in the Exhibit Hall at ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting

GLA will be at booth #1100 in the Exhibit Hall at ALA Atlanta Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, Jan. 20-23, 2017.
If you'll be attending ALA, please stop by the booth to learn more about GLA and its activities. There will be free giveaways for those who stop to chat, and also a GLA tumbler will be given to anyone who joins GLA at the booth.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Academic Library Division Call for Papers - Submit by April 3, 2017

Call for Papers!

Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association
Georgia Chapter of ACRL
Georgia Libraries 2017 Conference
October 4-6, 2017
Columbus, Georgia

The Academic Library Division of the Georgia Library Association/Georgia Chapter of ACRL invites Georgia librarians and library science students to submit research papers pertaining to academic libraries for presentation at 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference. Criteria for selection include purpose, content, organization, scholarship, and references. Papers should include research on developments in academic libraries that present challenging opportunities for libraries and librarianship throughout the state, region, or nation. Papers should be approximately 2000 words.

The Georgia Library Quarterly (GLQ) may invite selected authors to submit their papers for possible publication in GLQ.

GLA will award a cash prize for the paper selected as the top entry and complimentary Georgia Library conference registration for the second and third entry. The three top papers will be presented at the Georgia Libraries Conference in Columbus, GA.

New this year!
Attend a workshop on scholarly writing to help you generate paper ideas!
Getting Started in Scholarship: A Scholarly Publishing Primer for Librarians
February 22, 2017 -- 2PM EST (1PM CST | 12PM MST | 11AM PST)
Co-sponsored by Carterette Series Webinars and the GLA Academic Library Division
Visit for more information

Notice of Intention:
Submit via email a notice of intent and a brief abstract. Send emails with the subject line “ALD Research Papers” to Your notice of intent should contain your name, address, phone number, email address, a tentative title, and a brief (200 word) abstract by April 3, 2017.

New this year
Optional Pre-submission Peer Review
If you want your paper reviewed by scholarly writing expert prior to the final submission, e-mail it to by June 1, 2017.

Paper Submission:
The final paper (approximately 2000 words) must be submitted by July 17, 2017.
Use the Chicago Manual of Style as the style guide for the submission. Use author/date format with a reference section at the end.
Notification of Results: August 14, 2017

Send Notice of Intention to Submit and Final Paper to:
Jennifer Townes,
Research Papers Committee Chair