As we look forward to a new fiscal year starting in July, the UGA Libraries are seeking your recommendations. We have limited funds for major purchases like new journal subscriptions or databases, so we would like to make sure that we choose the resources best suited to your needs. If you’re a UGA student, faculty member, or employee, you can help us by completing this brief survey: Library Collections Survey. The survey will be open through the end of spring semester, so please take the survey soon to make sure your voice is heard. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Since 2007, the UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards have recognized excellence in library research and academic inquiry. Applicants describe their research journeys, challenges, and discoveries in short essays and five winners are awarded cash prizes each year which many use to support further development of their projects and presentation of their work at conferences around the country.
This year we had a record-breaking number of candidates from across the disciplines and the judges remarked on the exceptionally high quality of the essays. Applicants described how the Libraries’ resources, services, and personnel helped them make their discoveries and explore new lines of inquiry in creative ways.
Beginning with the First-Third Year category, our winners this year are: Runner-Up Gabrielle Stetcher for her project describing her inquiry into Victorian artists’ appropriations of Shakespeare’s Desdemona in oil paintings and First Prize winner Elizabeth Hardister for her research into developing accurate hurricane forecasting in order to more safely evacuate coastal healthcare facilities.
In the Senior division we have two runners up: Andrew Disharoon for his research developing soybean resistant to mosaic virus and Andrew Jarnigan for his exploration of the Sadrist movement in Iraq in which he explored resources both here and at the Hoover Institution archive at Stanford University. Our first prize winner is Brooke Martin, who described her project researching the history of reed organs and composer Stephen Foster’s music. Her research informed the new musical arrangements she created and performed at her Senior recital at the Hugh Hogdson School of Music. These awards were presented Monday, April 4th at the CURO Symposium during the awards and keynote ceremony.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our candidates, their faculty and librarian mentors, and the judging committee. The winning essays can be found here.
It’s now possible to check out Bulldog Bikes at one library and return to a different library.
As a refresher, here are the basics about the program:
- Once you are registered, you can check out a key from the library circulation desk just like you would a book.
- Helmets (they’re required) are also available if you do not have your own. (And, yes, we do spray them with disinfectant between uses.)
- Your key will have a number on it, and it unlocks the bike with the matching number.
- You may lock the bike to any bike rack during your travels, but you must lock the bike to one of the Bulldog Bikes racks when you are done.
- Bring the key (and helmet, if applicable) back to the circulation desk for check-in.
We’ve been made aware of a dangerous e-mail that appears to be from the “Access Services Manager” with a subject heading of “University of Georgia Libraries”.
The text reads:
Your access to your library account is expiring soon. To continue to have access to the library services, you must reactivate your account. For this purpose, click the web address below or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to the library homepage.
Do not click on the link provided in the email.
If you have questions or concerns about your account, you can log in through our website: http://www.libs.uga.edu/password.html or contact the Access Services department at 706-542-3256.
The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.
The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in five west Georgia cities (Butler, Carrollton, Dallas, Douglasville, LaGrange) from 1843 to 1942. Consisting of over 37,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.
The archive includes the following west Georgia newspaper titles: Butler Herald (1876-1942), Carroll Free Press (Carrollton) (1883-1922), Douglas County Sentinel (Douglasville) (1917-1922), LaGrange Herald (1843-1844), LaGrange Reporter (1857-1914), Paulding/Dallas New Era (1883-1908). The Digital Library of Georgia will add additional titles from the region over time.
The West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html
Today is the fall Library Staff Association Book and Bake Sale in the Main Library lobby, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come dig through donated media and/or buy a treat! The sale funds LSA activities throughout the year (such as staff recognition and benevolence) and a local charity. This year we are supporting the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
From the American Library Association:
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be nbanned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and commuity members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Here at the UGA Libraries, we’re bringing attention to Banned Books Week with two displays, one at the Main Library and one at the Curriculum Materials Library.
At the Main Library, we have a selection of books that have been banned or challenged in the United States or banned in foreign countries. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction, adult books and a handful of kid’s books. Each book has a tag on the outside that tells you what the book is about, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, whether it was banned or challenged, and the details of the challenge/ban (Where, When, Why). You’ll find out what the book is after you check it out and unwrap it. The display went up Friday, September 25 and will be up until Monday, October 5, or when the books run out, whichever comes first.
At the Curriculum Materials Library, student worker Stephanie Duque (Senior, Geography, Roswell, GA) has assembled a display of children’s and young adult books that are frequently challenged. Some of the titles include: Bridge to Terabithia, The Chocolate War, Bone, Thirteen R3asons Why, Twilight series. It’s Perfectly Normal. ttyl series, and the Hunger Games series. All books in the CML display are also available for checkout. (And don’t forget, with our new delivery service, you can request books from the CML to be delivered to the Main or Science library buildings, although then you’d miss seeing this little gem of a library on the 2nd floor of the Aderhold building.)
For more information about Banned Books Week, including lists of Frequently Challenged Books, please consult the ALA Banned & Challenged Books site.
In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, we’ve started circulating Bulldog Bikes from the Main and Science Libraries. The Libraries have bikes at each location which can be checked out from the circulation desks. Helmets are also available.
This service is available to current students, staff, faculty. Bikes are checked out for the day with no restrictions to staying on campus. The eventual goal is to be able to return the bikes to either Main or Science but currently they must be returned to the location from which they were borrowed.
The Office of Sustainability is excited to partner with the Libraries and hopes that this will expand their program. Inquiries can be directed to the circulation desks, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-3256.
The bikes & racks are located at Main between the library and Dean Rusk Hall and at Science by the steps leading to and from the parking lot.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame recognizes Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state — its land and people. Its honorees are a diverse, talented group. Here are some recent news items regarding GAWHoF Honorees.
O’Connor’s birthday was March 25, so several of the stories were pegged to that.
- Rare 1959 Audio: Flannery O’Connor Reads ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’
- Five Flannery O’Connor Quotes to Live By
- Flannery O’Connor’s fiction exists in the middle ground between the realistic and the grotesque
- Flannery O’Connor archive helps inspire senior dance thesis
- Savannah had a birthday parade in her honor
- Pat Conroy to receive award at Montgomery book festival
- Library Corner: A great roster of basketball books (includes Conroy’s My Losing Season)
- A Literary Tour of Small-Town America – features Jonesboro, Georgia for its Mitchell associations
- Play spotlights the creation of ‘Gone With the Wind’
Zora Hurston, Alice Walker Ties Explored In Writers Series – with audio of recent lecture by UGA professor Valerie Boyd
T.C. Boyle’s 6 favorite books that explore man’s inherent violence – includes Dickey’s Deliverance
All of our Georgia Writers Hall of Fame news posts can be found on our Tumblr
The LSA Spring Book and Bake Sale is Thursday, April 2!
It will be from 10:00 am-3:00 pm in the Lobby of the Main Library, (although we never guarantee that the baked goods will last that long – so yummy). There will be a bake sale in the Science Library from 10:00 am – 2:oo pm.
Please join us and enjoy tasty sweets made by library staff, and take home a book or several (or a CD, or a DVD…) for a bargain price!