General Library News

Stress-Break Activities Offered to Students During Finals

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 12/01/2023

Finals can be stressful for students, but UGA librarians and staff hope to ease the week with a series of activities and stress-break challenges.

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 4, students can take inspirational notes at the entrances of UGA's busiest study buildings, the Main Library, McBay Science Library, and Miller Learning Center. Each note has a stress break challenge on the back, featuring a five to 15 minute activity, from visiting a meditation app offered free through UGA Well-Being Resources to getting hydrating or stretching. In addition, break stations will be available with activities such as coloring, origami, and poetry, giving students options for breaks even into the late-night hours at the study spots.

The week will also include events to take a break and destress.

Libraries Website Redesign Underscores Access to Resources

Submitted by deborah on Thu, 10/26/2023

The University of Georgia Libraries has launched a website redesign, giving a fresh look and better mobile functionality for patrons and researchers accessing a vast array of electronic academic resources.

The website, located at, includes streamlined menu options and updated homepage design to highlight library hours and services, study space options, and special collections events and exhibits. Most of all, the new design furthers the website’s mission to provide access to the Libraries’ electronic resources, which results in UGA students and faculty conducting as many as 11 million annual database searches and downloading 5.5 million full-text articles annually.

New Agreement Adds to UGA Libraries' Open Access Publishing Offerings

Submitted by deborah on Tue, 10/24/2023

This Open Access Week, UGA Libraries proudly announces a new read and publish agreement with a major academic publisher, covering fees for faculty and students whose articles are published open access with the Association for Computing Machinery.

The deal is one of a growing number of transformative agreements for the University of Georgia Libraries that couples patron access to read academic journals with article processing fees required to publish research in an open access publication.

The addition of the Association for Computing Machinery, which publishes more than 50 peer-reviewed journals devoted to the fields of technology, artificial intelligence, and computing, brings the total number of open access publishing opportunities to more than 1,800.

“Open access publishing unlocks knowledge, and allows researchers to share their work with scholars around the globe,” said Camila Livio, scholarly communications librarian for UGA Libraries.

Applications Sought for Special Collections Libraries Fellows Program 2024

Submitted by deborah on Mon, 10/23/2023

The University of Georgia Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite full-time UGA faculty from all disciplines to apply to participate in the 2024 Special Collections Libraries Faculty Teaching Fellows program. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., January 16, 2024.

Now in its tenth year, the program brings together a select group of UGA faculty to explore archives-based learning as a high-impact active learning practice through intensive workshops with specialists from the University’s three special collections units and representatives from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Seventy-five faculty from across campus have completed the program.

Dance Wrecking Performance at UGA Explores Issues of Racial Justice

Submitted by Camie on Tue, 10/17/2023

The Georgia Review and other University of Georgia partners will host a unique performance experience that explores issues of destruction and racial justice through the medium of dance wrecking.

The free event brings dancers from around the nation to perform My body as the topic coming around again, by choreographer Rebecca Pappas. Attendees are invited to drop by some time between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to follow the choreographic process in action. The performance and conversation begin at 6 p.m., followed by a reception, all slated to be held at the Lamar Dodd School of Art atrium.

Free Screening of Classic Horror Film Planned for Outside UGA Special Collections Libraries

Submitted by Camie on Mon, 10/09/2023

Imagine unearthing something strange from a cold basement. In October, that short description might conjure up a spooky image, although archival work at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries is more enlightening than eerie.

This Halloween season, an event combines the archives with the melodrama during a special screening of a B-horror classic film, along with archival images from the genre preserved within UGA’s Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the nation’s third largest publicly accessible media library.

Community Invited to Free Events Celebrating Archaeology, UGA Athletics History

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 09/21/2023

Athens-area history buffs are invited to dig in to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries archives with two free community events planned for Saturday, Sept. 30.

The day begins with a Local History Expo at the Oconee County Library, featuring mementoes from UGA Athletics history, including items associated with the Georgia vs. Auburn rivalry to correspond to the football game scheduled for that day.