Staff Picks display now up in Main Library

May 15, 2014 – 12:26 PM - Amy Watts

20140513_103651Looking for your summer reading? We’ve solicited recommendations from our Libraries staff and are featuring those books in a new display at the Main Library. It’s on the first floor, to the left of the checkout desk, and right across from the door to the cafe area. The books circulate like any regular book, with regular checkout periods. We’ll be adding more recommendations as books are checked out, so check back often.

Here are the books currently on display:

Hope Dies Last by Studs Turkel, chosen by Walter Biggins, UGA Press

Given the world we live in, and given that we all are perpetual screwups within it, how do we keep going? And why? These are the central questions of life, and Studs Terkel talks to over 60 activists, politicians, and world changers about the potential answers. Hope means different things to different people, and the quasi-oral history doesn’t offer a definitive answer. (If the Bible can’t even do it, why would we expect it of Terkel’s tome?) But the wrestling with the questions is the main thing, and that wrestling is lucid, tear-jerking, insightful, and deeply, deeply moving.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell, chosen by Jenifer Marquardt, Cataloging Department

My-Family-and-Other-Animals0001Gerald Durrell was one of the first to believe that zoos should be used to help preserve and regenerate species. My family and other animals is a biography covering the period of his childhood on the Greek island of Corfu. The book is a mix of funny tales of his British family, which included Lawrence Durrell, and the naturalistic studies of a young child.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, chosen by J. R., Cataloging Department

My hopes for this one were so high that I was inevitably a little let down through absolutely no fault of the author’s. I’m choosing this one nonetheless, because I think what he did here was incredibly valuable, and I can probably say very little about this exploration of the way in which our pettiest actions can crush another human being that hasn’t already been said. One scene in particular was hard for me to get through, in the best possible way, because of its spot-on portrayal of people’s utter lack of compassion for the suicidal person.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, chosen by Amy Watts, Reference Department

If you saw the movie, forget about it. It was rubbish. Rachel is best friends with Darcy, who is engaged to Dexter. Rachel first fell in love with Dexter back in law school, right before he met Darcy. After too many drinks on Rachel’s 30th birthday, she and Dexter end up sleeping together. So then what? Will the marriage go ahead? Whether it does or doesn’t, what happens to Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship? A novel about infidelity that makes you sympathetic to both the cheater and the cheated-on; a story about the fine line between a friend and a “frenemy” – this book is called “Chick Lit” mainly because it’s got a  pink and cover and is written by a woman; the issues it’s confronting will be relatable to many readers.

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New! Use your MyID to access Libraries’ resources remotely

May 12, 2014 – 3:56 PM - Kristin Nielsen

You can now log into GALILEO and our other electronic resources using your MyID and password. If you don’t have a MyID, the GALILEO password also works.

Need help? Ask a librarian.

ARTifacts Rocks Athens

May 7, 2014 – 1:16 PM - Jean Cleveland


The ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit will be available  at the Russell Special Collections Libraries through the end of the year.

The display cases of the Media Archives gallery are filled with guitars, including some presented in memoriam,  and other instruments; album and magazine covers, buttons, bumper stickers,  band flyers, photos, set lists, bar tabs, stage outfits,  wigs,  folk art and more colorful and quirky ephemera.

Several hundred people turned out May 1 for the opening reception/dance party for the ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit . The exhibit is a collaboration between the Art Rocks Athens Foundation and the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Celebrities including Cindy Wilson of the B-52s and Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski of Pylon attended.

“Artists and musicians created a kooky, quirky lifestyle fueled by boatloads of imagination and very little else,” explains the foundation website. “That ability to take something old, see its potential, and use it in a new way was an integral part of the 1975-85 era. This exhibition is a fun ramble through the jumble of the collective closet of a generation of people who developed style of their own – in art, in music, and in life – and shared it with the world.”


Free coffee at the Science Library, May 1 and 2

April 30, 2014 – 11:44 AM - Liz

Hey y’all! Need extra caffeine to get you through the first couple days of finals? We have free coffee and cookies May 1st and May 2nd at the Science Library while supplies last.

Free coffee at the Science Library on May 1st and May 2nd.

April 29, 2014 – 4:00 PM - nadine

Date change for Paws & Relax!  New day:  Thursday, May 1, 11am-1pm.  Main library, Science library and the Miller Learning Center.

Many dogs are afraid of thunder, so if they came on Wednesday, they’d need the therapy more than us!


Reading Day Popcorn at the MLC

April 28, 2014 – 12:42 PM - Amy Watts

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.)

UGA Libraries’ Information for Graduating Students

April 28, 2014 – 12:40 PM - maryp

For graduating students  -  Spring Semester 2014:

Before leaving campus, please check your library account and clear all outstanding obligations. Here’s how:

Check here -  My Library Account  – to review your library account information.

Return all books before leaving campus even if they are not due.

Pay all fines and fees. You may pay by cash, check or credit card.
Records with outstanding library obligations will be blocked with the Registrar.

If you have any questions about your account, please contact:

Access Services – Main Library
Phone: 706-542-3256

Access Services – Science Library
Phone: 706-542-4535

After graduating, you will be eligible to borrow books from the UGA Libraries through the following programs:

Alumni Association
Outside Borrowers Program

These programs do not provide access to online databases or the GALILEO password.

Information about Registration, Records, Academic Calendars, and Graduation can be found at the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.

Russell Library to Present Smithsonian Poster Exhibit Encouraging Dialogue on Positive Social Change

April 22, 2014 – 3:52 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

FSG-CtP-smallgraphic-portraitA new exhibit intended to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change, Choosing to Participate, opens May 2 at the Richard B. Russell Library Gallery on the University of Georgia campus.

A set of 11 graphically compelling posters developed by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves serves as the core of the exhibit. The posters present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities. The poster set is being distributed at no cost to schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations through partnerships including Teaching Tolerance, Boys & Girls Club of America and the American Library Association.

The Richard B. Russell Library is a political archives documenting politics and policy making in the state of Georgia from 1900 through the present. Utilizing the library’s collections, research assistant Sarah Hughes, a University of Georgia student majoring in international affairs, served as guest curator for the exhibit. The primary documents and artifacts on display extend, respond, and reflect the themes expressed in the posters and prompt visitors to engage in dialogue around the topics presented. A companion website ( features a host of resources for teachers, families, and communities. Special thanks to the Walmart Foundation, the national Sponsor of Choosing to Participate. Support for distribution to Teaching Tolerance made possible by the Malka Fund.

The Russell Library gallery is free and open to the public weekdays 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. Choosing to Participate will remain on display through August 30.

Proofreading service at Main Library, Wed Apr 23

April 21, 2014 – 5:39 PM - Amy Watts

prooferpuffProof 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. Citations checked as well.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection: administrative files available for research

April 21, 2014 – 10:53 AM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is pleased to announce the Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection, Series 1: Administrative Files is now open for research. These files encompass the work of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in terms of how it was managed and operated. Included are founding documents, artist files, photographs, exhibit files, and documentation of grants and sponsors.

This series is the first of several to become available as processing of the materials continues.