People Watching With a Purpose: Meeting Needs Before They Need It
College of Dupage Soaring to Excellence Teleconference Friday, February 8, 2008, Noon-2 p.m., Administrative Conference Room. Speakers: Ann P. Bishop and Nancy Kranich.
How many times have you planned a program or service based on what you thought was a “need?” And how many of these didn't quite work out like you thought? Taking an “asset-based,” grassroots view, librarians and library educators advocate using a “community informatics” model toward library services, where significant—even delightful—engagement can happen. In this program, we discuss this paradigm shift, why it's so necessary, and what it “looks like” in the real world. A brief discussion will follow. All staff are invited. Please feel free to bring lunch. For more information see http://www.dupagepress.com/COD/index.php?id=1644
If you are considering library school, please join us for coffee on Friday, February 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 in SLC 368. I hope that the Valdosta students will join us and tell us all about their newly accredited program. Some of us are getting close to graduation, so I also look forward to sharing our plans for the future. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Anne Marie Hamilton-Brehm at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Spring Break PartySAVE THE DATE! The all-staff Spring Break Party is set for Tuesday, March 11 at Little Kings on Hancock.
UGA Alert Test
A scheduled test of the UGA Alert system will be conducted on Wednesday, February 6 in conjunction with the statewide severe weather drill. This test may cause some disruption to e-mail service, local phone service and cell phone service. Further information on UGA Alert and the severe weather drill may be found at www.osep.uga.edu . For any questions regarding the drill or UGA Alert, please contact the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness at email@example.com or 706-542-5845.
Pursuant to a recommendation from the University of Georgia's (UGA) Emergency Preparedness and Communications Committee (EPCC), faculty, staff and students who had not signed up for UGAAlert had specific contact information recorded in the UGAAlert system. For faculty and staff, the office phone number from their human resources' record and their UGA e-mail address were placed in the system. For students, the phone number listed in their records as their local phone number and their UGA e-mail address were placed in the system. For students, faculty and staff who are already registered in UGAAlert, no changes were made to their contact information. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the accuracy of the information being recorded in the UGAAlert system and to add additional contact numbers or another e-mail address where you would like to be contacted during a campus emergency. Your information may be reviewed in the UGAAlert system at http://ugaalert.uga.edu . You may list up to three phone numbers and two e-mail addresses. A text option is available to those users who wish to provide their cell phone numbers in the UGAAlert system. A list of frequently asked questions about the system can be found at http://ugaalert.uga.edu/faq.html . You will be asked to update your contact information twice a year as part of the UGA MyID password update process.
LSA Flower Sale
LSA is gearing up for the annual Valentine's Day Flower Sale to be held on February 14th! Anyone wishing to donate vases is invited to send them up to the 7th Floor Fine Arts office in the Main Library (attention Mikey Swacha) and they will be put to good use for the sale! Remember, proceeds will go toward your Library Staff Association and its fun activities.
Department News Briefs
Remember to keep your colleagues informed about your department by dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries Organization Chart
The most current Libraries org chart is now available at http://www.libs.uga.edu/humres/ugalibs_org_chart_tabloid.pdf . There is a link to it from the Collections/Departments page at http://www.libs.uga.edu/collections.html
Main Library: Glimpses of Islam. From a collection of the late Dr. B.G. Martin, whose family donated about 2,000 pieces, with about a third being in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman languages.
The books and manuscripts in Dr. Martin's collection came from his trips throughout Africa and from Istanbul, as well as from antiquarian bookstores in London and Paris. Martin earned bachelor's and master's degrees in romance languages from Harvard, then switched his field to Islamic Studies, receiving his doctorate from Princeton in 1958. Following a position with an oil company in South Arabia (Uman), he took a job at Manchester University as temporary lecturer in Persian for two years. Manchester University at that time was a center for the emerging field of African Studies. While at Manchester , Dr. Martin was invited by Thomas Hodgkin to go to the University of Ibadan to help set up a program on Islam in Africa . In 1964, he followed Hodgkin to the University of Ghana at Legon where he helped establish Islamic Studies in the new Institute of African Studies . He traveled all over Nigeria and Ghana interviewing local Muslim scholars and collecting manuscripts for the university library.
Dr. Alan Godlas, Religion, was instrumental in procuring this donation. Yunus Wesley, a former UGA sutdent in religion now pursuing a doctorate, translated the collection and also helped identify and describe the books and photos in the exhibit.
Hargrett Library: “Ink to Paper: The Craft of Printing,” a traveling exhibit of FrankWalsh's historical collection of printed documents.
Russell Library: History Lives in the Russell Library: This exhibit takes visitors on a trip back through many of the key events, perspectives, and people who have shaped the political landscape in Georgia , the nation and the world in the last century. Through original letters, documents, speeches, editorial cartoons, historical film footage, photographs, and artifacts this exhibit provides eyewitness perspectives on prohibition, the Cold War, the Kennedy Assassination, Watergate, segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, campaigning, space exploration and more!
Politics and Domestic Life in the Russell Library: Before the age of career politicians, public servants maintained separate lives from their Washington D.C. alter egos. During breaks from legislation, many returned to their day jobs as farmers, doctors, and lawyers and while away on the nation's business, their wives and children ran these enterprises. The selection of letters and photographs in "Politics and Domestic Life in the Russell Library Collections" highlights the personal side of politics. Virginia Rusk's annual Christmas letters shared feelings of excitement when her husband Dean was named Secretary of State by President John F. Kennedy but also recorded her feelings of shock and dismay two years later after Kennedy's assassination. In 1900, Dudley Mays Hughes lovingly addressed a letter to his niece, nicknamed "Miss Empire State of the South," and told her that "the Senate is hard at work" but he would be home soon. While her husband Herman was in Washington D.C. representing Georgia as a Senator, Betty Talmadge ran Talmadge Country Cured Hams based in their hometown of Lovejoy. In 1960 she submitted a recipe for the 1961 Congressional Club Cookbook for Baked Country Cured Ham, which informed cooks that they could soak the ham in water, wine, ginger ale, orange juice, apple cider, pineapple juice, peach pickle juice, Coca-Cola, or champagne and achieve a delicious meal.
Baldowski cartoon exhibit with a streaking theme, based on the University's affinity for it in '74.