Four selected for Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

March 5, 2015 – 1:50 PM - Jean Cleveland

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia Libraries is launching a new initiative to honor Georgia literature by encouraging Georgia residents to read at least one book by each inductee before the annual November ceremony.

Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill and Janisse Ray are the 2015 inductees. The ceremony will be held Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. An author event will be held on Nov. 8, at 4 p.m.

“It is second-nature for librarians to encourage reading,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “With the addition of a suggested reading list to our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events, it is our hope that the recommendations will introduce each year’s inductees to a wider audience.”

This year’s selections are:
Vereen Bell, “Swamp Water,” a coming-of-age novel set in the Okefenokee Swamp, published in 1940 and now available in paperback from the University of Georgia Press.

Taylor Branch, “At Canaan’s Edge,” the final installment of Branch’s award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and much of the history of the American civil rights movement.

Paul Hemphill, “Nashville Sound,” being reissued by the UGA Press, which recounts the clash between traditional country music and the 1960s invasion of pop performers. Hemphill focused on the blue-collar South, and his subjects touched on NASCAR racing, country music, college football and the region’s long struggle for racial equality and justice.

Janisse Ray, “Drifting Into Darien,” also available from the UGA Press, is Ray’s account of paddling the Altamaha River, a passageway including many rare and endangered species, which led the Nature Conservancy to designate it as one of the world’s last great places.

“The Altamaha is Ray’s river, and from childhood she dreamed of paddling its entire length to where it empties into the sea. ‘Drifting into Darien’ begins with an account of finally making that journey, turning to meditations on the many ways we accept a world that contains both good and evil. With praise, biting satire, and hope, Ray contemplates transformation and attempts with every page to settle peacefully into the now,” according to the UGA Press catalog.

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival, which fosters awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation. For more information, see or

“Athens By Leaps & Bounds!”

March 3, 2015 – 12:12 PM - Jean Cleveland

Steven Brown and Mary Linneman of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library will lead a talk March 15 on “Athens By Leaps & Bounds! — The Development of Athens Shown in Historic Maps 1793-1946 from the Hargrett Library.”

This meeting of the Athens Historical Society, at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries,  is open free to the public and a reception will follow. An exhibit of historic maps will also be on display.

Grab a book for the beach

March 3, 2015 – 12:06 PM - Amy Watts

tumblr_nkgbfjOz7q1togcp2o1_540Spring Break starts this Friday – are you prepared? By which, of course, we mean, Have you picked out what book to read???

We’ve picked some good beach reads and then thoughtfully made them beach ready by putting them in a sand- and water- proof bag. (Preservation librarian approved!) Stop by the Main Library and check one (or two or however many you want) out.

This will be a quickie display – it’ll come down the Friday of Spring Break, March 13, or when the books all get checked out, whichever comes first.

Women’s History Month Exhibit

March 3, 2015 – 8:23 AM - Mazie Bowen

The annual Women’s History Month Exhibit at the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History & Law will be on display throughout March in the exhibit galleries of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell building, home of the Special Collections Libraries.

This exhibit examines the changing world of women during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of major social transformation. Throughout this time frame, American and British popular literature reflected the prevailing social expectation that women and men should occupy separate spheres of home and work. The stereotypes of a woman’s proper place seeped into the iconography in postcards, cartoons, and other memorabilia whether for or against women’s rights. Photographs, books, memorabilia, and artifacts document the Women’s Movements from 1840 to 1920, including materials from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.

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Wednesday 2/25 Libraries Closing at 1:30

February 25, 2015 – 8:41 AM - Viki Timian

The University of Georgia Athens campus will close at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Classes and activities after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday are cancelled. UGA’s Inclement Weather Policy is available at

Library account phishing email!

February 18, 2015 – 4:58 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

There is currently an email being sent to people at UGA from “”, telling users that their library account has expired and they need to reactivate it. This is a phishing attempt. Please delete the email, and do not click the link!

There’s no virus attached or downloaded when clicking the link, but if you have given any information, you should change your MyID password immediately.

Update: Libraries will open at noon 2/17

February 17, 2015 – 10:37 AM - Kristin Nielsen

The University and the Libraries will re-open at 12:00 noon on February 17. Classes resume at 12:30pm today.

Inclement Weather – 2/16 & 17

February 16, 2015 – 10:38 PM - Viki Timian

The University of Georgia will close due to inclement weather at the end of the class session that concludes at 7:40 p.m. this evening, Monday, Feb. 16 and will delay opening tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 17 until 10 a.m. Classes will resume on a normal schedule at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Libraries will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

It’s World Radio Day!

February 13, 2015 – 12:29 PM - Jean Cleveland

Today is World Radio Day.

How are you celebrating?

You can enjoy listening to UGA’s own WUGA (91.7 and 97.9 FM) at our student station, WUOG (90.5 FM) , at

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives holds over 20,000 radio programs dating from 1940 to the present. Many of these are in the Peabody Awards Collection, and over 300 are available for online listening.

Our Claude Pennington Radio Collection contains a selection of tube radios, external speakers and other artifacts dating from 1913 to 1933, restored to working order by the late Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon.  The opening reception for this exhibit will be next Friday, February 20th at 3:30 p.m in the Special Collections Libraries Auditorium. Grady Professor Jay Hamilton will talk about radio’s role as the first disruptive technology of the 20th century, we’ll have refreshments, and one of the radios will be broadcasting period music.

Learn more about UNESCO’s World Radio Day:

The Rest of the Story Book Club

February 12, 2015 – 2:45 PM - Jean Cleveland

Have you ever visited an exhibit and felt you only heard the first part of a truly great story?

If you’re a visitor who wants to learn more about the exhibitions at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, then join us for our new monthly book club with light refreshments and discussion on works connected to upcoming/ongoing exhibitions. The monthly titles are selected (and discussions led) by Special Collections staff who help to create these displays, and the club invites readers to learn more about the topics explored, taking them into new, related areas of interest.

 The February selection is The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, by Taylor Branch in recognition of Black History Month and Branch’s selection as a 2015 inductee in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the UGA Libraries. The discussion will be  Tuesday, February 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Monthly selections are available for purchase at Avid Bookshop (,   or for checkout at the UGA Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and The University of Georgia Press.

The selection for March,  Women’s History Month, Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980,
by Melissa Estes Blair, touches on women activists in the late 1960s – which also ties into  the National School Lunch exhibit on display at the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies gallery. It is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

For more information email or call (706) 542-5788.