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UGA celebrates inaugural GIS Day, Nov. 16

Submitted by amywatts on Sat, 11/05/2016

The University of Georgia will host its first GIS Day at UGA to showcase how students and faculty use geographic information system (GIS) technology to visualize, analyze and interpret data in teaching, research and outreach  Nov. 16 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library

The event will feature a drone demonstration, lightening talks on real-world GIS applications, UGA Map and Government Information Library tours, information on internship opportunities, and booths highlighting projects from diverse departments and organizations around campus. Light snacks and interactive activities will also be provided.

GIS refers to software that captures, analyzes, displays and shares spatial or geographical data. Through maps, spatial modeling, and other applications, GIS provides critical information for public health, government planning, neighborhood real estate, national defense, business, transportation and many more fields.

Fall Exhibits Reception at UGA Special Collections promises history, drama

Submitted by amywatts on Wed, 11/02/2016

Three governors of Georgia

The Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia will host a reception celebrating new exhibitions on display Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts Festival, the event will include light refreshments, live music, and an interactive student performance. The reception is free and open to the public.

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Nov 7

Submitted by amywatts on Wed, 10/26/2016

Five new members, including the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Nov. 7 at the University of Georgia Libraries.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. This year’s honorees include humorist Roy Blount Jr., novelist Brainard Cheney, social activist Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, short-story writer James Alan McPherson and journalist Bill Shipp.

“The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events are always a highlight of the year for the UGA Libraries,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We consider it a privilege to recognize the contributions of Georgia writers to the world of literature and beyond.”

Panel commemorates 50th anniversary of Foxfire this Wednesday

Submitted by amywatts on Mon, 10/24/2016

In honor of its 50th anniversary, a panel will discuss “Foxfire at Fifty: Stories of Culture” on Oct. 26, at 11:15 a.m. at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The panel is sponsored by the Office of Outreach, Engagement, and Service in the College of Education; Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the Special Collections Libraries.

“The Foxfire Magazine” is a bi-annual publication written by students at Rabun Gap High School in Tiger, Georgia, about the community, culture and citizens in southern Appalachia. The magazine was created 50 years ago to engage English students in writing about subjects of interest to them. Over the years, Foxfire has expanded to include a book collection of anthologies and a museum, as well.

Fun Family Folk Day, Nov 5

Submitted by amywatts on Thu, 10/13/2016

Family Folk Day is scheduled for Nov. 5 from 1- 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Hawk Proof Rooster, an old-time string duo who sings and plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar and mandolin, will provide the music for the event.

A variety of textile crafts including knit, crochet, spinning, and weaving  will be demonstrated, along  with woodturning  and folk art by Tex Crawford.

The Athens- Clarke County Solid Waste recycling division will lead a no-sew craft, making tote bags out of recycled t-shirts. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite t-shirt for the activity.

North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive expanded

Submitted by amywatts on Wed, 10/05/2016

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the expansion of the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive:

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to fifteen newspaper titles published in nine North Georgia cities (Canton, Cassville, Cedartown, Clayton, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1928. Consisting of over 63,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.

"Fall Symposium on the Book" next week

Submitted by amywatts on Fri, 09/30/2016

The Fall Symposium on the Book will be held next Wednesday and Thursday at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.

The plenary talk by Professor and medievalist Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina) will be Wednesday Oct. 5, at 4:30pm:. Professor Gwara will be presenting his paper, “Unscrambling Ege: Educator, Bibliophile … Villain?” (Otto Ege was an educator, a bookseller, and a breaker of medieval books.) Q&A to follow. Professor Gwara is a generous and engaging presenter.

On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9:30am there will be a faculty panel featuring talks by UGA professors Mario Erasmo (Classics) on Arcadia, Cynthia Turner Camp (English) on teaching in the archives, and Miriam Jacobson (English) on Renaissance editions of Ovid. All three of these faculty members are doing exciting work right now. Come take the opportunity to learn about it! Coffee and treats served.

MLA Handbook 8th edition now available

Submitted by amywatts on Fri, 09/30/2016

Do you need to use the new 8th edition of the MLA Handbook? The UGA Libraries have a quick help sheet, and the MLA and Purdue OWL sites provide more detailed instruction.

If those sites don’t have the example you need, copies of the complete handbook are at the Reference Desks in the Main Library, Science Library, and Miller Learning Center (3rd floor). Or, as always, ask a librarian for help!

Lecture to Offer Insight, Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election

Submitted by amywatts on Tue, 09/27/2016

Visiting political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck will shed light on the 2016 presidential election during a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

This election cycle has confounded pundits and political observers alike. How did Donald Trump win the Republican nomination? How did Bernie Sanders mount such an unexpected challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary? As Election Day draws near, the race remains close and both sides are maintaining a rigorous campaign schedule. Sides and Vavreck will offer insights on their method for analyzing what will move voters come November.