Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Culture event rescheduled

January 29, 2014 – 11:03 AM - Deborah Stanley, Web Editor

Due to the inclement weather, the University of Georgia is closed Wednesday, January 29th, and the Russell Library event, ‘Nuclear Anxiety and Civil Defense in Popular Culture’, has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Thursday, February 13th, 2014; 5:30-7:00PM (Doors open at 5:00).

More information.

UGA Libraries Closed 1/29 Due to Inclement Weather

January 28, 2014 – 10:39 PM - Viki Timian

Due to continuing inclement weather, the UGA campus will be closed Wednesday 1/29. All Libraries’ facilities at the Athens and Gwinnett campuses are affected and closed as well.

UGA’s Inclement Weather Policy may be found at

UGA Libraries Closing Early Today, 1/28

January 28, 2014 – 1:13 PM - Amy Watts

Due to inclement weather, the Main and Science Libraries, as well as the Miller Learning Center and the Special Collections Libraries, will be closing today, January 28, at 3:30 p.m.

A decision regarding Wednesday operations for the Athens campus will be announced by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday through an ArchNews e-mail, the UGA home page, and through local news media, per the UGA Inclement Weather Policy which may be found at

UGA Library with snow revelers

UGA Main Library during 2011 snowstorm.
Photo by flickr user “gitapaynts”

Enacting the Future book symposium

January 28, 2014 – 1:03 PM - Jean Cleveland


On Saturday, February 1, the Special Collections Libraries at UGA will host a book symposium, Enacting the Future. The symposium is sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the University of Georgia Libraries, the Department of English, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Grady College, and the Department of Theatre & Film Studies.

The schedule:

9:30 AM

A panel of UGA faculty members will present short papers. On the panel will be Grace Ahn from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Karin Myhre from Comparative Literature, and Fran Teague from Theatre & Film Studies. Q&A will follow.

11:15 AM

Our featured speaker is Katherine Rowe. Dr. Rowe is Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. She is a Shakespeare scholar whose research investigates the history of reading, writing and performance, from the Renaissance to the digital age; and media history and adaptation. She is also co-founder of Luminary Digital Media, a small commercial publisher of next-generation mobile reading experiences. . Q&A will follow.

2:30 PM

Following a lunch break, there will be a gallery talk by the graduate student curators of an exhibit of Renaissance books, Books in Action. Following the gallery talk, we will take a look at some books relating to performance from the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

All symposium events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Hull Street parking deck. The Special Collections Library is at 300 S. Hull St., Athens, GA. If you’d like more information, please contact Anne DeVine, at

Please join us for one or all events, and share this information with anyone else who might be interested.

Miller Learning Center Closing 1/28 at 3:30 p.m.

January 28, 2014 – 12:16 PM - amber

The University of Georgia Athens campus will close at 3:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Classes and activities after 3:30 p.m. today are cancelled, so MLC hours will also end at 3:30 p.m. today.

Undergraduate Research Awards offered by UGA Libraries

January 28, 2014 – 11:26 AM - Jean Cleveland


The University of Georgia Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Awards provide seven cash prizes totaling $2,000 to be awarded to students who demonstrate distinction in research and academic inquiry. The Undergraduate Research Awards program was established in support of the University of Georgia’s instruction, research, and service missions in order to encourage scholarship and emphasize the research process using library resources and services.

To apply for the award, students will meet with a librarian for a one-on-one research conference and submit a three- to four-page paper describing their research process, sources used, and the discoveries they made while preparing their project. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the CURO or Honors programs or submit abstracts of their projects to the CURO Symposium by Feb. 14th in addition to applying for the Research Award. UGA Librarians and other Faculty will judge the essays and select the winners based on the students’ demonstration of sophistication in the use of library collections, ability to synthesize library resources into an original project, and evidence of significant personal learning and development. The UGA Libraries encourage instructors to inform their students of this opportunity for scholarly recognition.

Deadlines for the 2014 awards cycle are: completion of research conference, March 14; submission of essay and other application materials, March 21. Winners will be announced and rewarded during CURO’s annual Symposium on March 31.
Related links:

UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

CURO Symposium

UGA Libraries has an ARSC Award Finalist

January 22, 2014 – 5:24 PM - Amy Watts

Please join us in congratulating Tim Smolko, UGA Libraries Cataloger (and Jethro Tull expert) on another accolade for his book, Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick and a Passion Play: Inside Two Long Songs.  His book has been nominated for the 2014 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

Begun in 1991, the awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works.

Read more about Tim’s book here:

Bravo, Tim!

–Kelly Holt, Interim Head, Cataloging Department

Main and Science Libraries’ Hours – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2014 – 2:43 PM - maryp

On Sunday, January 19, the Main and Science Libraries will be open from 1pm to 9pm. On Monday, January 20, the Libraries will be closed in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

4th Floor Study Space

January 17, 2014 – 2:36 PM - maryp

Check out this freshly renovated space for collaborative study now open on the 4th floor. Use the whiteboard walls and chalkboard columns for writing and calculations.


GeorgiaInfo, state’s online almanac, launches redesigned website

January 14, 2014 – 3:13 PM - Jean Cleveland

GeorgiaInfo, the state’s online almanac based at the University of Georgia, is launching a redesigned website Jan. 21.

GeorgiaInfo is part of the Digital Library of Georgia, and is hosted by GALILEO and the University of Georgia Libraries. GeorgiaInfo was created in 1996 by the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In 2008 the site became a part of the Digital Library of Georgia and GALILEO, the state’s virtual library.

“GeorgiaInfo is complementary to resources like the award-winning New Georgia Encyclopedia and the millions of primary resources included in our Digital Library of Georgia,” said Merryll Penson, executive director of library services with the University System’s Office of Information and Instructional Technology. Having this information in a new format will be very beneficial to our GALILEO users, particularly those in 8th grade social studies.”

The purpose of the makeover is two-fold:

“The redesigned site contains the information from the previous site, but in an updated, more visually appealing format. It also is designed to work well with the technology available today – GeorgiaInfo should display equally well on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or phones,” said Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia.

The new site is highlighted by a revolving photo gallery on the home page; it will feature six rotating images showing the beauty of Georgia. The images will be changed regularly.

Navigation throughout the site is by “topics” and “features” listed on drop-down menus at the top of each page – each of these links will take the reader to a page with information about a specific aspect of Georgia – history, maps, counties, wildlife, etc. There are 15 topics and 12 features, plus pages with basic information about Georgia and recent updates to the site. There is also a search function available on the navigation bar at the top of each page.

The four columns below the photo gallery on the home page will highlight some of the most heavily used or timely topics. These topics will change occasionally, but all of the site information will remain available at all times – through the navigation bar.

“Some of GeorgiaInfo’s most popular features have always been This Day in Georgia History and This Day in Georgia Civil War History. Both of these features – with the same information in a new format – are located at the bottom of the home page, and are also listed under features in the navigation bar,” McAlister said.