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 (