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Elvis Was in the Building

Today is the LAST DAY to vote for the "Elvis" booktruck entered by Serials in the annual Booktruck Contest! He is a finalist in another contest sponsored by Demco!! You can vote for Elvis by going to the contest page- he's number 2 in the list -- at: www.demco.com " Priscilla" (Sarah Schuibbeo) is Elvis' muse, but the entire Serials department contributed to this entry, sure to be an award winner! Voting ends today, February 29. Be sure and check out some of the other entries as inspiration for your department's contribution this year's parade. Congratulations to Serials!

A Spirited Spell-off!

The* Spirited Spell-off Spectacle, a fund-raiser spelling bee sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council*, will be this Saturday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at the Athens Technical College Auditorium. Funds raised at the spelling bee are used in various ways to support the work of literacy providers in Athens.

Ten teams are competing this year for the spell-off honors, including Thesaurus Rex (Sarah Schuibbeo, serials, Amber Prentiss, reference, and Abby Griner, Russell) representing the UGA Libraries!


Abby seems to have a case of narcolepsy, Amber is practicing the art of deception and Sarah is meticulous in her studying up for the Bee.

Judges for the event are The Honorable Patricia Barron, The Honorable David Sweat and the Honorable Susan Tate.

Tickets $5 at door. At the bee, you can purchase chances for fantastic raffle prizes, and a reception will follow the event. This year even the audience can get in on the spelling competition -- there will be rounds to challenge your internal spell-check, and good spellers will be entered into a special raffle. There are approximately 12,000 adults in the Athens area who have reading and computational skills at or below a third-grade level. This is a real scourge in our community and a contributor to the high poverty rate, which limits the employment opportunities for many Athens residents, which in turn affects the prosperity of the wider community.

LSA is sponsoring Thesaurus Rex and held a bake sale to raise funds to benefit the Literacy Council.


Kat Leache (CML) manned the baked goods table at Science. The sale raised more than $300 for the cause. LSA's annual Valentine's Day Flower Sale raised nearly $400 to support LSA's activities for staff.

Spring Break Party

SAVE THE DATE! The all-staff Spring Break Party is set for Tuesday, March 11 at Little Kings on Hancock. RSVP to libnews@uga.edu by March 6!


Sheila McAlister (DLG) and Chloe Graham (daughter of Toby and Suzanne) enjoy building sand castles at last year's Spring Break Party.

Department News Briefs

Remember to keep your colleagues informed about your department by dropping a line to libnews@uga.edu.

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: Coming in March: Selections from the Lucy Hargrett Draper Collection

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.