Special Collections request system scheduled for maintenance

December 18, 2014 – 10:26 AM - Jean Cleveland

Beginning on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:59 pm  to 4:00 am access to and retrieval of materials in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards collections will be unavailable while updates are made to the database server.

Application Deadline Extended for Community Docent Program

December 18, 2014 – 9:16 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

The University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries is extending the application deadline for participation in its docent program to Friday, January 9, 2015.

The Docent Corps is a skilled group of volunteers who provide tours of the exhibit galleries to visitors, ranging from fifth graders to adults. Docents are trained to highlight permanent and rotating exhibitions and to help increase awareness of the many resources offered by the three special collections libraries: The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collections, and The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.

A 10-week training program, hosted from Feb. 17 through Apr. 21, provides an opportunity for docents to meet curators, archivists, and other special collections staff, learn about the collections and techniques for leading tours, and become familiar with all parts of the Special Collections Libraries Building. Follow-up monthly meetings throughout the year provide opportunities to learn about new exhibits in the galleries and programs sponsored by the three special collections libraries.

The program seeks applicants who are enthusiastic, flexible, and open to working with visitors of all ages. No previous experience in the arts or humanities is required, but a love of history and experience with teaching or public speaking is desired.

For more information about the training schedule and expectations, please visit the FAQ’s page.
Interested individuals can apply online by visiting: http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/contribute/docentapp.html

Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 9, 2015. Please direct any questions to Jan Hebbard at jhebbard@uga.edu or (706) 542-5788. Note: All candidates selected for admission to the docent program will be required to submit to a background investigation.

Graduating Students – UGA Libraries’ Information

December 10, 2014 – 2:36 PM - maryp

If you are graduating this semester, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Before leaving campus, please check your library account and clear all outstanding obligations by doing the following:

  • Check your “My Account” record.
  • Return all books before leaving campus even if they are not due.
  • Pay all fines and fees. Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card.
  • Please return all books and pay all fines/fees by Monday, December 15, 2014.

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

Access Services – Main Library
Phone: 706-542-3256
Email: maincirc@uga.edu

Access Services – Science Library
Phone: 706-542-4535
Email: science@uga.edu

After graduation, you may sign up for borrowing privileges from the UGA Libraries through the following programs:

Alumni Association
Outside Borrowers Program

Due to licensing agreements and vendor restrictions, alumni and outside borrowers do not have remote access to GALILEO through the University of Georgia.

Popcorn at the MLC

December 10, 2014 – 1:47 PM - caroline

It’s a Reading Day tradition at the MLC – free popcorn! Now with a day AND night time event. Come get a bag of freshly popped popcorn from your MLC Librarians at 2-3:30pm or 10-11:30pm TODAY. Follow your nose (or find us at the Security desk on the second floor).

Good luck on your finals!

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AJC historic coverage through Proquest increases

December 10, 2014 – 9:46 AM - Amy Watts

Atlanta Constitution Historical Full Text from ProQuest (available to UGA faculty, students, and staff through GALILEO) offers full-text and full-image articles from the Atlanta Constitution dating back to 1868. Access is provided to digital reproductions of every page from every available issue in downloadable PDF files. Until recently, the coverage ended in the 1940s – however, it’s a joyous day today as the coverage has now been expanded to include content up to 1984.

What happened in Atlanta from 1945-1984? Well, the obvious and perhaps most historically important subject matter now available has to do with the Civil Rights Era. But you also get:

  • The Braves and Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the formation of the Falcons.
  • The beginning of Lewis Grizzard‘s beloved columns. (And including this recently recirculated gem.)
  • The establishment of the Peach Bowl.
  • The first Atlanta Gay Pride Festival (in 1971!)
  • The first international flights out of ATL (also 1971!)
  • The election of the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson (who will later have his name appended to the airport to make it Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.)
  • The opening of MARTA.
  • The launch of CNN.

To sum up: So. Much. Stuff. And the best part about the ProQuest coverage of historical newspapers is that it’s not just the article text, it’s also photographs, cartoons, advertisements, etc. Essentially, it’s every page of the paper, reproduced digitally and even searchable by type.

And, as always, more recent articles from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution can be found in LexisNexis Academic (selective content, 1991-present, UGA log-in required).

Proofreading papers at the Main Library, Dec 8-11

December 3, 2014 – 4:01 PM - Amy Watts

As a support service leading up to final exams, librarians in the Main Library are offering light proofreading of student papers. We’ll check your citations and give your paper a once-over for typographical errors and such. We’re not the Writing Center, so we’re not able to evaluate the concept, thesis, or organization of your paper, but we can spot an “it’s” when you need an “its.” We have all the citation style manuals right at our fingertips and we know how to wield a dictionary (they’re good for more than squashing bugs.)

powerproofOur proofing table will be set up in the Main Library on the first floor near the Reference Desk and will be available the following dates/times:

Monday, December 8, 6-8 PM
Tuesday, December 9, 3-5 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 10 AM-12 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 6-8 PM
Thursday, December 11, 6-8 PM

If you’d like to email the paper ahead of time (so we don’t have to read it while you watch – we promise it’s not that interesting to watch a librarian read) you can send it to ugaproofmypaper@gmail.com. We’ll print it, mark any errors we see, and have it waiting at the table during the times advertised above.

Also, you can come with your paper draft already printed out or we’ll print it out for you at the Reference Desk. If you make your corrections in the library, we’ll print the corrected paper for you as well.

No appointment necessary – first-come, first-served. We’ll help as many people as we can before the librarian goes home/runs out of red ink.

MLC Thanksgiving Break Hours

November 21, 2014 – 1:23 PM - amber

The Miller Learning Center’s  schedule will adjust for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Saturday, November 21 – MLC closes at midnight.
  • Sunday, November 22 – Closed
  • Monday, November 23 to Wednesday, November 25  – Open 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 – Closed
  • Saturday, November 29 – Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 30 – Open at 1 p.m.

24/7 building hours will resume on Monday, December 1.

Thanksgiving Week Library Hours – Main and Science Libraries

November 21, 2014 – 12:15 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries are closed:

  • Saturday, November 22
  • Sunday, November 23

Beginning on Monday, November 24, the Libraries will operate with reduced hours as follows:

  • Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25 – 8am to 6pm
  • Wednesday, November 26 – 8am to 5pm
  • Thursday, November 27 – Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 28 – 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturday, November 29 – Closed

Regular semester hours resume on Sunday, November 30 – 1pm to 2am

Special Collections retrieval system scheduled for update

November 21, 2014 – 11:18 AM - Jean Cleveland

On Wednesday, November 26th starting at 8 a.m., access to and retrieval of materials in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection will be limited while the patron management system is offline for updates. During this time period, staff will not be able to process or retrieve new requests for materials.

Patrons who want to review materials during this downtime should submit their requests no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November   25 using the normal procedures outlined at http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/research/using.html .

Patrons who have materials on hold in the Hargrett or Russell reading rooms or the Brown Media viewing rooms will be able to review materials as per usual.

Normal access and retrieval will resume as soon as the update is complete, probably around 10 a.m.  For more information, please contact Mazie Bowen, mbowen@uga.edu, 706-542-7123.

‘Selznick’s March,” a talk about Gone With the Wind premiere

November 18, 2014 – 11:33 AM - Jean Cleveland


Matthew Bernstein, chair of film and media studies at Emory University, will speak on “’Selznick’s March': The Atlanta Premiere of Gone with the Wind” Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The world premiere of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta was the culmination of months of anxious and complicated negotiations between producer David O. Selznick, distributor MGM, their staffs and the city of Atlanta. Bernstein offers an in-depth look at the challenges of staging the December, 1939 premiere in a segregated southern city and the ways in which the Atlanta premiere crystallized many of the issues Selznick faced in making the film.

The talk complements a current exhibit at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library gallery: “Look What the Wind Blew In: Behind the Scenes Letters of Margaret Mitchell and Her Friends.” The exhibit highlights correspondence in the Margaret Mitchell Collection, the largest collection of her personal papers, and includes items related to the making of the movie, borrowed from the collection of the late Herb Bridges. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 23.

Open free to the public, the event is sponsored by the UGA Department of Theater and Film Studies and the UGA Libraries.