Scary Book display up at Main Library

October 23, 2014 – 11:45 AM - Amy Watts


Now through Halloween, come by the Main Library and check out our scary book display. (The books are scary and the display kind of is too….)

If you’re not brave enough to reach into the clown, there are some books in front of him on the table too…

You can check out a full list of books on the display (although some may have already been checked out from the display) on LibraryThing

Writers Hall of Fame events Nov. 9 and 10

October 23, 2014 – 11:32 AM - Jean Cleveland

Mary Hood, Alfred Uhry and the late Olive Ann Burns will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Nov. 10 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The annual observance begins Nov. 9:

At 2 p.m., Hood will read from selected works. A Brunswick native, Hood has won awards for her short stories and poetry. She continues to write reviews and essays. Her novel “Familiar Heat” was published in 1995.

At 4 p.m., Hood and Uhry will participate in a discussion moderated by Hugh Ruppersburg, UGA English professor and senior associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

At 7 p.m., UGA’s theater department will present a staged reading of the Tony-award-winning “Last Night of Ballyhoo,” the second play in Uhry’s Atlanta trilogy. A panel discussion including Uhry and UGA faculty will follow.

The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

The three were elected to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame by a board of judges appointed by the University of Georgia Librarian. The board includes academics, civic leaders, librarians and the heads of the University of Georgia Press and The Georgia Review and recent Hall of Fame inductees.

All events are open free to the public and take place in the second floor auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Building. Registration is requested at or by contacting Leandra Nessel at or 706-542-3879.

For more information on the authors, see

This event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival. For the complete schedule, see


Vault Tour at Special Collections

October 23, 2014 – 11:08 AM - Jean Cleveland

Special tours of the cavernous subterranean vault holding the archival treasures of the UGA Special Collections Libraries will be part of the regular Tuesday Tours at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Normally closed to the public, staff will take visitors to see the 30,000-square-foot chamber which is kept at 50 degrees to provide optimum preservation for materials from the three libraries.

Visitors should  meet at 2 pm in the Rotunda of the Russell Special Collections building on Hull St.

In addition to tours of the vault, visitors will see an exhibit looking back at former football Coach Vince Dooley’s 50 years in Athens, learn how the school lunch program began and evolved, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of Gone with the Wind and hear about the  creative environment that birthed the Athens music scene of the late 1970s, early 1980s, including REM, the B-52s and Pylon.

This event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival. For the complete schedule, see



November 5th: Libraries offer TWO Free Workshops on Preparing NSF Data Management Plans with DMP TOOL

October 23, 2014 – 11:01 AM - mariann

Preparing Data Management Plans: Workshops on Nov. 5
North Campus: 9-11 a.m., Miller Learning Center, Rm 348

South Campus: 1-3 p.m. , Coverdell building, Rm 175

Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and NSF, require that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, UGA is offering two workshops on creating such plans.

These workshops will guide participants in writing effective data management and data sharing plans for research and training proposals. The session will include a brief introduction on what is required to write a data management plan, a demo of the DMPTool followed by hands-on use of the tool, and feedback on content for data management plans.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend, graduate and postdoctoral students are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The sessions will be recorded. Seating is limited so please reserve your space now.

Workshops will be led by Sherry Lake, Senior Data Consultant in the Data Management Consulting Group (DMConsult), a unit of Research Data Services, at the University of Virginia Library.

These workshops are sponsored by The UGA Libraries, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, The Department of Computer Science and GrantSMART (of OVPR).

Workshop goals:

· Learn about available resources online

· Plan the needs and expenses of data sharing and management
into your proposal

· Bring your laptop (charged) to get started right away!

Register here:
Questions? email Mariann Burright

How Georgia Women Shaped the 20th Century

October 23, 2014 – 10:48 AM - Jean Cleveland

The editors of a new volume of essays about women’s role in Georgia history will speak Nov. 11 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The talk, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Georgia Women Shape the Twentieth Century,” will feature Kathleen Ann Clark, an associate professor of history at UGA, and Ann Short Chirhart of Indiana State University, who will discuss the collection, “Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times–Volume 2” at 3 p.m. in Room 285 of the Russell Special Collections Building.

“Women were leading actors in 20th century developments in Georgia, yet most histories minimize their contributions,” said Lisa Bayer, director of UGA Press, which published both collections. “The essays in the second volume of Georgia Women vividly portray a wide array of Georgia women who played an important role in the state’s history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous president-day figures such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.”

Georgia women’s contributions have been wide-ranging in the arena of arts and culture and include renowned blues singer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and nationally prominent literary figures Margaret Mitchell, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor, in addition to Walker.  Other essays profile educators, activists, aviators and entrepreneurs.

“Collectively, the life stories portrayed in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself,” Bayer said.

Clark said the essay collection seeks to remedy omissions from the historical record and connect women’s stories with larger historical events. “More often than not, Georgia women’s stories are marginalized, dismissed or misunderstood,” she said.

A reception will follow the talk. The event is open free to the public. Copies of both volumes of essays will be available for purchase.

This event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival and is co-sponsored by the UGA Libraries and UGA Press. For more information, contact Amanda Sharp at or 706-542-4145.

Special Collections database will be unavailable Friday Oct 17rh

October 14, 2014 – 10:40 AM - Jean Cleveland

Beginning on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 11:59PM  EDT to 4:00 AM EDT maintenance will be performed on the database server for UGA’s special collections. This is necessary to apply new updates to the server.

I Love MLC 24/7 Contest

October 9, 2014 – 11:53 AM - caroline

New contest to celebrate going to 24/7! Make a Vine, tweet @MLCUGA with #mlc247. Best one gets a fabulous prize! Take a look at one we made.

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Russell Library to Host Scholars & Policymakers Symposium Oct. 27-28

October 7, 2014 – 2:26 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

small40RBRLlogoATHENS, GA — The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host a scholars and policymakers symposium to celebrate the Library’s 40th anniversary year on Oct. 27-28, 2014 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Richard Baker, US Senate Historian Emeritus, will kick off the symposium with a keynote address at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 scholars from a number of institutions will participate in panel discussions, highlighting their use of Russell Library collections in recent publications. Presenting scholars will include Chris Manganiello, Jason Sokol, Gregory Mixon, Tammy Ingram, Monica Gisolfi, Michelle Brattain, Thomas Okie, and Ashton Ellett. Panels will be organized around the Russell Library’s six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War.

Featured policymakers will include Chris Carr, Commissioner of Economic Development, Michael Thurmond, former Labor Commissioner and current Superintendent of the DeKalb County School System, Abit Massey of the Georgia Poultry Federation, congressional staffers and others who will join the discussions, building on the historical context of the themes presented and adding commentary on the creation of related public policy and its oversight in light of current events.

The Russell Library, a department within the University of Georgia Libraries, serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1974 through the efforts of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, the Georgia General Assembly, and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the Library’s original mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from 1933 to 1971.

“Our holdings document public policy as the product of public interests and a function of the political process at all levels, and demonstrate the breadth, the diversity—truly, the full spectrum of Georgia’s political and civic life for over a century,” said Russell Library director Sheryl Vogt. “We plan to host a program that focuses on conversations about politics and policy over time.”

The keynote address and all panel sessions for the Scholars and Policymakers Symposium are free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium on the second floor of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For a full schedule of events and speakers, visit or contact Jan Hebbard at (706) 542-5788 or

Overview of Events Open to the Public:
All events will be held in the auditorium (Room 271) of Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Monday, October 27
3:30-4:15 p.m. – Pre-symposium Forum: Genesis and Development of Russell Library

6:00-6:15 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:15-7:00 p.m. – Keynote Address “Who the Heck is Walter George?”

8:30-10:00 p.m. — Film screening and panel discussion, Dean Rusk: At the Heartbeat of History

Tuesday, October 28
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00-10:30 a.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Public Good

10:45-12:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Social Relations

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Economy

3:30-5:00 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Environment

“Student Picks” added to Main Library display; Malcolm Mitchell picks first

September 29, 2014 – 10:06 AM - Amy Watts

Earlier this year, we began a display of “Staff Picks” at the Main Library. Now it’s time for students to weigh in and tell us, and their classmates, what books are good.glasscastle

To help inaugurate “Student Picks” we asked noted book club member and Bulldog football player Malcolm Mitchell to make our first pick. He’s chosen The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In a rather timely coincidence, we received his pick at the beginning of Banned Books Week and Walls’s book is often challenged at libraries, according to data collected by the American Library Association.

If you’d like to recommend a book, please follow Malcolm’s lead and fill out our submission form. The only limitation we have on which book you can pick is that it has to be one we own. (Check our catalog.) But since we have more than four million items in the UGA Libraries, we hope that it won’t be a problem…

Libraries closed on UGA home game day

September 26, 2014 – 5:51 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Saturday, October 4, for the UGA home game vs. Vanderbilt.  The libraries will resume their regular semester hours on Sunday, October 5.

Saturday, October 4 – Closed

Sunday, October 5 – 1PM to 2AM