Main & Science Libraries’ Hours This Weekend

August 28, 2014 – 10:30 AM - maryp

Please see below for changes to the Main and Science Libraries’ normal service hours this weekend:


Saturday, August 30 – CLOSED for home game day – Georgia vs. Clemson

Sunday, August 31 – 1pm to 9pm

Monday, September 1 – CLOSED for Labor Day

Special Collections Libraries’ request system to be upgraded Friday

August 26, 2014 – 11:32 AM - Jean Cleveland

The AEON Request System at the Special Collections Libraries will be upgraded Friday, Aug. 29.

Researchers will not be able to request materials while the upgrade is ongoing. It is scheduled to take place at early as possible.

Materials requested ahead of time will remain in the reading room and will be available to researchers.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will expedite the upgrade as quickly as possible.



DLG re-releases enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

August 25, 2014 – 11:48 AM - Amy Watts

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens 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. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at

Miller Learning Center Open 24/7 (Starting 8/18)

August 15, 2014 – 3:58 PM - amber

Starting August 18 at 7 a.m., the MLC will be open 24 hours/7 days a week! We’re excited to expand our hours for your convenience. Our security staff (located by Jittery Joe’s on the second floor) will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have during our overnight hours. Not all services will be available 24/7: for a full list of service area hours, please visit

“Vince Dooley: A Retrospective, 1954 -1988.”

August 13, 2014 – 9:48 AM - Jean Cleveland
Vince Dooley and legendary Alabama Coach "Bear" Bryant

Vince Dooley and legendary Alabama Coach “Bear” Bryant

A look at former University of Georgia head football Coach Vince Dooley’s career opens Aug. 29 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Photos, playbooks, original artwork by Bulldog favorite Jack Davis and commemorative items are among the memorabilia on display to celebrate Dooley’s status as one of the most successful college football coaches in “Vince Dooley: A Retrospective, 1954 -1988.” The items are from the archives of the UGA Athletic Association, housed at University Archives, a part of the special collections libraries.

Guided tours of the Dooley retrospective and the special collections galleries will be offered at 2 p.m. each Friday before home football games: Aug. 29, Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 3 and 31, Nov. 14, 21 and 28.

Dooley’s last game, on Jan. 1, 1989, in the Gator Bowl against Michigan State, was his 201st victory. His final record as coach was 201 wins, 77 losses, and 10 ties. He also won six SEC titles and one national championship. At the time of his retirement, Coach Dooley had the third most wins of any active college football coach. He served as Athletic Director, a position he held since 1979, until retiring in 2004.

The most visible change Coach Dooley made to the Georgia program upon his arrival in Athens was to redesign the uniform. He replaced the older style Georgia uniform of a silver helmet, red jersey, and silver ‘britches’ with a more modern design of a red helmet with a black ‘G’ set against a white background, red home game jersey or a white away game jersey, and white pants. The silver britches would replace the white britches starting with the 1980 season. This look is, with only minor variation, the same uniform the Georgia team wears today and has become one of the most recognized symbols of the University of Georgia.

A fixture in Athens for 50 years, Dooley made his mark early on. On Sept. 18, 1965, Dooley, in his second season as a head coach, led the Bulldogs in an upset victory over the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, led by Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. The Crimson Tide had not lost a regular season game since Nov. 30, 1963. Though the Bulldogs ended the 1965 season with a record of six wins and four losses, they were poised to win the Southeastern Conference Championship twice in the next three years.

In 1988, Dooley and his wife, Barbara, established the Dooley Library Endowment Fund with a personal gift of $100,000. Under his leadership, the fund raised more than $2.3 million.

“The breadth of his career is impressive, as is how successful he’s been in his endeavors both on and off the field,” said Jason Hasty of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library who curated the exhibit. “Just as impressive, though, is how committed he is to education, his own continuing education and intellectual pursuits and, through the Vincent J. Dooley Library Endowment Fund, supporting the education of others.”

“I have had the good fortune of university life for some 60 years, combing both my time at Auburn University and the University of Georgia,” Dooley has said. “This lengthy academic environment has given me a real appreciation of the joy of learning…”

Dooley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. In addition to several football-related books, Dooley has written a book about his well-known avocation, gardening.

“A coach is first and foremost a teacher,” according to Dooley,” and he must constantly strive to improve his teaching techniques.”

The Russell Special Collections Libraries are open free to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays (except on home football gamedays) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available in the adjacent Hull Street Deck.

Graduate Student Open Houses today, 8/13

August 13, 2014 – 7:45 AM - Kristin Nielsen

What: Library Open Houses for Graduate Students

When: Wednesday, August 13 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  Main Library (North Campus at the end of the quad)
and Science Library (South Campus inside Boyd Graduate Studies)

Get your academic year off to a great start! Have an afternoon snack and meet your librarians.  Learn about key resources in your field, what you can borrow (including DVDs and puppets), getting materials from other libraries, using EndNote and Refworks to organize and format your citations, finding study spaces, and the unique collections in the Special Collections Libraries, the Brown Media Archives and the Map & Government Information Library.

Plus: Raffle prizes!

Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00. We look forward to meeting you.

GALILEO@UGA Gets a New Look!

August 11, 2014 – 4:33 PM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

We have updated GALILEO@UGA to incorporate more guidance for users. You will still find the familiar lists of databases for different subject areas, along with the A-Z list of databases and the database name search.

But we have added some things to make GALILEO@UGA more useful:

– Class-Specific Research Guides: Librarians often create research guides for specific classes. You can now access these guides from the right of the GALILEO@UGA home page. They are organized by course code.

– “How To” Guides: Ever wondered how to find different types of materials, such as government documents or videos, or how to search for primary sources or book reviews? Confused about EndNote or Refworks? This collections of guides has the answers to these issues and more!

– The popular “Multi-Search” search box – which you can also find on the Libraries’ home page – which searches over 100 GALILEO databases at once, plus the GIL library catalog.

We hope you find the new GALILEO@UGA useful! If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

Aug. 23rd: UGA Libraries celebrate 75th anniversary of GWTW premiere

August 11, 2014 – 4:23 PM - Jean Cleveland

The opening of a major exhibit, an afternoon of engaging talks and a reception are among the events Aug. 23 at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Gone With the Wind.

The occasion begins at 2 p.m. with exhibit tours led by Mary Ellen Brooks, director emeritus of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and curator of the exhibit on the life of the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The UGA Libraries has the largest collection of Mitchell personal papers and other materials in the country, donated by Mitchell’s brother, Stephens Mitchell. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of the year.

Other events scheduled:

  • “These Movie People are Crazy as Bedbugs,” a talk by John Wiley, author and editor of the The Scarlett Letter, 3 p.m.
  • “Look what The Wind Blew In! Behind the Scenes Letters of Margaret Mitchell and Her Friends,” a glimpse into the private life of the Atlanta author, 4 p.m.
  • Wiley and Brooks also will offer tributes to the late Herb Bridges of Coweta County, who, at one time, had the largest collection of Gone With the Wind movie memorabilia and was a popular speaker on the topic, 5 p.m.
  • A reception will conclude the afternoon.

Cost for the event is $50 per person. Register online at: or call Leandra Nessel at (706) 542-3879.

Parking is available in the Hull Street Deck, immediately adjacent to the Russell Building, 300 S. Hull St.

2014 Lillian Smith Book Award winners announced

August 11, 2014 – 4:09 PM - Jean Cleveland

Winners of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Awards will be honored Aug. 31 at the Decatur Book Festival.

In Peace and Freedom; My Journey in Selma by Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Kathryn Lee Johnson and We Shall Not Be Moved; The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired by M. J. O’Brien were chosen from 39 books submitted for consideration.

The awards will be made at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library.

Bernard LaFayette Jr. is Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign. At 22, he assumed the directorship of the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma—a city that had previously been removed from the organization’s list due to the dangers of operating there. Kathryn Lee Johnson teaches in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She has authored several books for educators on teaching, writing, and developing independent study skills.

M. J. O’Brien of Vienna, Virginia, is a writer and researcher who served for 25 years as the chief communications and public relations officer for a national not-for-profit cooperative.

The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council and the Georgia Center for the Book. UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds Smith’s personal papers, letters and manuscripts. She was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library.

The Southern Regional Council was founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith’s death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and socialcritic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice.

New Installation Connects Gallery Visitors to SoundCloud

August 7, 2014 – 10:14 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

The History Lives Showcase Gallery occupies the central portion of the Russell Library’s exhibit space inside the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The gallery features materials drawn from the Russell Library’s collections and highlights six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War. The contents of these cases rotate every six to twelve months and offer visitors a sample of the kind of documents and objects found in the archival collections.

View of Politics of Peace and War case, part of the Showcase Gallery

View of Politics of Peace and War case, part of the Showcase Gallery

Beginning in August 2014 the cases will showcase a selection of editorial cartoons drawn from the Clifford H. (Baldy) Baldowski Editorial Cartoon Collection. The cartoons have been matched with the library’s six collecting areas to spotlight stories connected to each of the “politics” areas.

In addition to selecting which cartoons to display, student curator Kaylynn Washnock also sorted through hours of the Russell Library’s oral history recordings to find six audio clips that connect with the cartoons on display. The clips were selected from a variety of collections including the Reflections on Georgia Politics Series, The First Person Project, and The Georgia Environmental Oral History Project – all ongoing initiatives of the Russell Library’s Oral History and Media Unit. The clips have been compiled into a playlist on the Russell Library’s SoundCloud page.

Signage in the gallery space provides a QR code which, when scanned, will connect a visitor directly to the SoundCloud playlist of audio clips. You blog readers can play these clips directly from the embedded link below! We hope visitors will enjoy this playlist either while they tour the gallery space or from the comfort of their personal computer. Our staff hopes this experiment in the gallery gives visitors a greater sense of the breadth of oral history collections at the library and a quick look into some of the most recent interviews conducted by the Oral History and Media Unit team, Callie Holmes and Christian Lopez.

The Russell Library Gallery is free and open to the public weekday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, email or call (706) 542-5788.