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