Finals Week at the Science Library

April 17, 2014 – 12:07 PM - Liz

Finals week is upon us! Here is the short list of events held at the Science Library. Check our website and Facebook for more details as the time draws  nigh.


Confederate Constitution to be displayed April 25

April 15, 2014 – 11:48 AM - Jean Cleveland

The only surviving  signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed April 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries.

Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, the Constitution and an accompanying exhibit of related Civil War materials commemorate Confederate Memorial Day. Observances this year focus on 1864, the final year of the war’s Sesquicentennial. Part of the exhibit is devoted to the photographs — then a new phenomenon — of George Barnard, Gen. W.T. Sherman’s mapmaker.

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Frances Mayes to read from latest memoir April 16

April 7, 2014 – 1:59 PM - Jean Cleveland

Frances Mayes, the author of three best-selling books about her life in Italy, will speak at the University of Georgia Libraries April 16.

A poet and former professor of creative writing, Mayes achieved widespread popularity writing about her life in Italy restoring a crumbling villa, beginning with Under the Tuscan Sun in 1996. It was on the New York Times best-seller list for two years.

Mayes will read from her latest memoir, Under Magnolia, which revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald. In Under Magnolia, she explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family.

The 4 p.m. event is open free to the public and will be held at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, followed by a book signing and reception. Parking is available in the adjacent Hull Street Parking Deck.

“Mayes brings her poetic voice to her two most popular works, Under the Tuscan Sun (1996) and Bella Tuscany (1999),” wrote Mae Miller Claxton of Western Carolina University, in Mayes’ entry in the Georgia Encyclopedia. “The former opens with the purchase of an Italian villa outside the town of Cortona, Italy, and details its renovation and the discovery of a vibrant new culture. The work began as a blank book entitled ‘Italy,’ where Mayes included lists of wildflowers, words, sketches, and planting advice. Under the Tuscan Sun thus became a memoir/cookbook/travel guide/renovation and gardening manual.”

Under the Tuscan Sun was made into a 2003 movie starring Diane Lane.

UGA Libraries – Your Friend for Finals

April 7, 2014 – 12:32 PM - Amy Watts

We’ve planned a smorgasbord of events between now and finals to help students with papers, studying, and stress. In addition to the scheduled events below, keep an eye out (or sniffer working) for pop-up coffee giveaways and other surprise treats.

Dash n Draw

Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. (Shouldn’t last more than an hour)
Main Library, 4th floor Group Study Room

Pictionary crossed with a scavenger hunt crossed with relay race. Compete in teams of three, but win individual prizes. If you don’t have a team of three, we’ll find you teammates at the event.

Prizes on the Big Prize Board:

  • Exclusive, individual use of a private study carrel (that locks!) at the Main or Science Library FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK OF FINALS
  • A reserved room at the MLC for a 3-hour period during finals week.
  • Space on the digital “bulletin board” in the Main Library main corridor. (Say happy birthday to your BFF, Celebrate your Founder’s Day, Promote an upcoming event.)

And everybody who comes gets a take-away gift, as well as cookies and coffee.

Refworks and Writing Papers

Wednesday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
MLC 368

Refworks is web-based software that will allow you to collect, format, and add citations to your paper. Takes half the headache out of writing papers. Use our computers in the lab or bring your own laptop.


Proof Your Paper

Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Main Library, 1st floor Study Area

We can’t write it for you, but we can reduce typos and other minor errors that will ruin your days and haunt your nights.

Reading Day Popcorn

Tuesday, April 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
MLC, 2nd floor, near Jittery Joe’s

Crunchy snacks improve memory and concentration: it’s totally true! (We think.)

Paws and Relax!

Wednesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Main Library (North campus lawn)
MLC (Lawn facing Tate Plaza)
Science Library (outside on the Dawson Hall Side)

Let a nice dog hold your paw and tell you everything will be fine.


Maggie Rose, a Giant Schnauzer, pictured here at last year’s Paws & Relax, will be visiting again this year.








Best-seller Jacobs to deliver Lorimer Lecture, Apr 10

April 7, 2014 – 10:18 AM - Amy Watts

DDH Yoga Pose

Thursday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

A. J. Jacobs, best-selling author and “Esquire” magazine editor at large is the speaker for the 2014 Mingledorff-Lorimer Lecture in Print Media sponsored by the UGA Libraries.

Jacobs is primarily known for his four recent bestselling books:

  • The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
  • Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
  • The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment
  • Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Reception and book signing to follow

Facebook Event Page

RefWorks workshop, Wed Apr 2

March 31, 2014 – 4:18 PM - Amy Watts

As part of the “Your Friends for Finals” series, the Libraries will be hosting a workshop for students to learn how to collect, format, and add citations to research papers.

You can learn on our computers or bring your own laptop. No RSVP required. If you do not already have a RefWorks account established, you may create one before the session at the RefWorks website.

RefWorks and Writing Papers

Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MLC, Room 368

Computer Health & Security Fair @ MLC, April 1-2, 10a-3p

March 31, 2014 – 1:36 PM - amber

Bring your laptop to the Computer Health and Security Fair April 1-2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the second floor lobby of the Miller Learning Center. This event is brought to you by UGA’s Enterprise Information Technology Services.

AMA Manual of Style Online

March 29, 2014 – 4:24 PM - Kristin Nielsen

The UGA Libraries now have a subscription to the AMA Manual of Style Online from the American Medical Association. Find it at or in the GALILEO menu.

The AMA Manual is the major guide for authors and editors publishing in the fields of veterinary and human health and medicine. The online version includes all content from the print version plus online-only updates and added features such as a measurement conversion calculator and quizzes.


Viewing scheduled for Peabody Awards winners announcement

March 27, 2014 – 10:25 AM - Jean Cleveland
The Peabody Awards Collection will host a live viewing of the Peabody Award winners announcement, to be broadcast on the CBS This Morning” sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Join us in the Special Collections Libraries at 300 S. Hull Street for doughnuts and coffee, and watch the winners announced live. The segment on CBS This Morning includes a feature on UGA’s Special Collections Libraries and the history of the Peabody Awards Collection.
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Panel on Science and Information Literacy

March 25, 2014 – 7:35 PM - Liz

What does it mean to be science literate? Where can students learn these skills? How can non-STEM students learn about scientific research and process?

Come join Liz Holdsworth, Dr. Peggy Brickman, and Dr. Shawn Glynn as they discuss these issues of science information literacy on Wednesday, March 26th.

The program begins at 5:30PM in MLC 148. A question and answer period will follow.