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Lillian Smith Book Awards

Three authors whose works contribute to a progressive analysis of the South and human understanding were honored Oct. 23 when the 2004 Lillian Smith Book Awards are presented by the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries. This yearís winners are:

  • Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, University of North Carolina Press
  • Elizabeth R. Varon, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy, Oxford University Press
  • Frank X. Walker, Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, University of Kentucky Press

Since 1968, the Lillian Smith Book Awards have been presented by the Southern Regional Council each year to recognize and encourage outstanding writing about the American South. They are the regionís oldest and best-known book awards.


Author Constance Curry (Silver Rights), a past recipient of the Lillian Smith Book Awards, speaks to a group of high school students during a writing workshop held as part of the event at the Student Learning Center. (photo by Jean Cleveland)

Sally Russell Honored

Sally Russell, author of several books including a recently published biography of her grandfather, Judge Richard B. Russell, was honored at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies Oct. 24. A reception followed a talk by the author. The event was one of several marking the 30th anniversary of the Russell Library.


Sally Russell talks with Charles Campbell, chair of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, at the author talk and reception in her honor. (photo by Jean Cleveland)

Innovative Teaching in the SLC

A showcase of innovative teaching going on at the SLC has been added to the SLC website to show innovative teaching using technology. http://www.slc.uga.edu/faculty/innovative.html.

ALCTS Support Staff Grant

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has established a Support Staff Grant to make it possible for an eligible individual (or individuals) to attend ALA Annual in Chicago in June 2005. Eligibility Requirements: Currently employed in a full time support staff position; Minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials); No previous attendance at an ALA annual meeting.

Successful candidates will be required to submit a brief report describing their experiences at the annual conference. This report will be published in the post-conference issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online and will also be shared with the sponsor, Sage Publications. Applicants need not be members of ALCTS or ALA.

The grant will cover conference registration, 3 nights hotel, and transportation. The ALCTS Membership Committee will provide mentoring support for each candidate. Successful applicants will be notified in January. All necessary travel arrangements will be handled by ALCTS.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume and a brief essay (ca. 250 words) summarizing the reasons why attending the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Library Association would be beneficial. A letter of reference from the applicant's supervisor, indicating the employer's support for the application is also required. Applications should be sent by December 1, 2004 to: Dale Swensen email: Dale_Swensen@byu.edu.

The Libraries has a new calendar located at www.libs.uga.edu/events, providing a central place for information on events and meetings. Please contribute by sending your news to libnews@uga.edu. The "libnews" address also replaces libjobs@uga.edu as the places to send news for Update.

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The Professional Research and Development Committee requests that anyone who has attended a conference, given a paper or presentation, or anything else of note, drop the committee a line at prodev@uga.edu.

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