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I want to again thank everyone whose contributions and attendance helped make this year’s GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference another resounding success.

Inadvertently — and much to my chagrin — one key supporter and friend did not receive the credit due her in our conference packet materials. The name of Teresa Pacheco, Electronic Resources Librarian at Gainesville State College, was not included on the 2010 GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee List nor on a similar listing in the 2010 GOLD Annual Report. Below you will find links to the corrected master copies of these documents.

GOLD Update Report_GGAUGC10_Draft

Packet Materials_GGAUGC10_Committee Members

I deeply regret this oversight, and wanted to make you all aware of Teresa’s standing as a valued and trusted member of this committee. In fact, she was the first member to step up and author a 2010 conference musing for this blog!

To err is human, but to persevere in error is only the act of a fool” – Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Philippicoe (XII, 2)

To the future GOLD and GALILEO! And, to Teresa, mea maxima culpa!

–Toni Z.

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of the GOLD/GALILEO Conference Resource Exchange - August 3, 2010 – Gretchen M. Smith, Collection Development Librarian, James Earl Carter Library, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, GA

TIME!

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. — Peter Drucker

As part of the GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference, the annual Resource Exchange helps us all shine on – like the moon, the stars, and the sun.

Everyone today is busy, busy, busy. Especially in libraries, it is important to save time when information is needed. Now you can shine as brightly as anything in the heavens by taking advantage of our network of resources to help make your time more productive. Help others do the same by sharing what you have discovered/created/uncovered, too.

Ralph Waldo Emerson says our best thoughts come from others.  Since childhood we were taught to share. So share with your colleagues from all around the state what has worked in your libraries! If you have a presentation, report, profile, wiki, webpage or any other information you think might be enjoyed or used by others — brag about it!  Bring it to the GOLD/GALILEO Conference and make it a part of the Resource Exchange.

If your project is on paper, bring 10-20 copies with you to the conference, and we’ll have a table available for sharing. If it is an electronic or Web-based project, just write a quick (one page or less) synopsis and bring copies of that! (Just be sure to include the URL.)

If you are too busy, busy, busy and you don’t even have time for that :-) just e-mail the electronic version to me, and I will make it available online after the conference!

Get all the info you need in one (sun)spot – that’s it, that’s all:
http://georgialibraries.org/ggugc2010/resource_exchange.php

See you in Athens on August 13th — and bring your sunglasses!

Gretchen M. Smith
Collection Development Librarian
James Earl Carter Library
Georgia Southwestern State University
gsmith@gsw.edu
(229) 931-2789

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of small public libraries and rural communities – July 26, 2010 – Susan Stephens, Director, Chattooga County Library System, Summerville, GA

“It moves, nevertheless!”

I am not sure why this quote, attributed to Galileo Galilei, strikes such a chord with me or why it makes me think of libraries. I just know it does. Galileo is said to have whispered this after he was forced to recant his position on the earth’s movement around the sun. Perhaps it conjures up perceptions about my own rural county library system – its movement slow and steady, a stationary apparition amidst a whirling nebula of more showy activity. But if I had time-lapse photos of the library system, I could prove it moves.

I could show that users of the library have transformed themselves from a single dominant group whose families have lived in the region since before the Civil War to several multilevel and multicultural groups that include first generation immigrants from Asia, India, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. I could show that computer use has migrated from one barely used word processor to a whole area full of high speed computers with people waiting their turns to access the Internet, search for jobs, continue their education and stay in touch with families and friends around the world. I could show that people who have physically never traveled farther than 10 miles from the county line are traveling the cosmos through the resources offered by PINES, GALILEO, and GOLD. I could demonstrate without question that “it moves, nevertheless!”

The GOLD/GALILEO conference offers a constellation full of opportunities for librarians serving rural Georgia to get ideas on what exactly will make their libraries continue to move. We must remember that rural is not synonymous with insular, and those of us at rural libraries can bring world-class resources to those who will never get to see Atlanta, much less the other side of the world. We must advocate to ensure that rural communities are not undeserved just because their populations are smaller. We must commit ourselves to the knowledge that our library users are different but are never “less.” So mark August 13 on your calendar, and see how your library and community can take its place among the stars and thrive in the 21st century.

Register now

To the future, GOLD and GALILEO!

Susan

Susan Stephens
Director
Chattooga County Library System
360 Farrar Drive
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-1806 (voice)
706-857-7841 (fax)

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
http://www.georgialibraries.org

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of large public libraries – July 21, 2010 – Deborah Mack, Electronic Resources Librarian, Atlanta Fulton Public Library System, Atlanta, GA

Hello friends,
I’m writing to share a few orbital observations from a fellow procurer librarian.

A significant virtual audience exists outside the public library galaxy, and our goal is to tap into that base. Public Librarians are grappling with the needs of patrons who no longer physically visit the library. Figuring out the best mixture of formats — “downloadables,” CDs, DVDs, etc. — to acquire for this audience is no small feat.  Sessions such as “Increasing your online magnitude…” will make for lively discussions on how to reach the virtual audience through Web site usability fundamentals. The if-you-build-it-they-will-come concept does not hold true here, with Google lurking on the faint outskirts of our galaxy. Hearing the collective voice of our patrons and gathering feedback from them is essential. Why fly to the moon and beyond only to miss the thrill of dancing among the stars?

Does growing-up mean we can’t ever grow back down?

Public Librarians will also look forward to hearing nuggets from “When Generation Y Asks ‘Y Not,’” which promises vital insight on a sometimes misunderstood young audience that is dramatically influenced by Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools. If the public library does not cooperate creatively with this group’s expectations, Generation Y may stop asking altogether, turning bright futures into black holes – devoid of critical thinking skills. We must not forget this generation of future stakeholders, and now is the time to shine a light on a segment of library users whose needs are sometimes as hazy as the Oort Cloud!

Is there a pay-off to heeding this field-of-dreams-type virtual voice?

I can’t predict if large public libraries will experience a heaven-feels-just-like-Iowa euphony but one thing is for certain: This year’s GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference will help us (hyper)drive the e-revolution in libraries!

Why not beat the path of the earlybird and save some green by registering by August 2nd?

- Or –

Pull a believer’s ease-his-pain response by contributing to our Resource Exchange!

Thrive GOLD and GALILEO! “Cent’anni” (A hundred years [of good health / luck]) (Italy) — DB

Debora S. Mack
Electronic Resources Librarian
Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Sq.
Atlanta, GA. 30303
Telephone: 404-730-1971
EFax: 404-224-1190
Email: debora.mack@fultoncountyga.gov
www.afpls.org

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of large academic libraries – July 15, 2010 – Denita Hampton, Coordinator, Access & Media Services, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Wow! Has it really been 21 stellar years?  That’s an affirmative – Georgia library collaboration has come of age. GOLD began providing statewide electronic ILL in 1989, GIL brought universal borrowing to the USG libraries in 2005 and GALILEO (15) and PINES (10) are celebrating milestone birthdays!

Georgia academic libraries have endured a long, lean year of decreased budgets, staff downsizing and fewer resources. But that hasn’t made us mean or a machine – times may be tough but through creative relationships with GALILEO, GIL, GOLD and PINES we still meet many of the diverse needs of our users. Collaborative sharing and sage use of technology helps us, in the words of John Lennon, “all shine on – like the moon, the stars and the sun!”

Our prime directive mandates that we provide borderless, transparent, unlimited and easy access to knowledge for our students, but attaining this goal or helping students be universally self sufficient in obtaining that may raise a few questions.

What new databases can we acquire?

The GOLD/GALILEO Conference this year will offer the annual training showcase, which this year will include white-hot sessions on “GALILEO for Library Websites” and “ProQuest 5000”!

How can academic libraries provide a better user experience?

Learn several ways to strengthen your library’s “Force” by attending our “When Generation Y asks ‘Y Not?’” session!

What’s free for my institution?

Attend the “Open Access and Scholarly Communications” session, and a galaxy of options will be illuminated!

Join in this spectacular celebration of collaboration by attending the 21st GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Conference on August 13 in Athens. The conference promises to shine brightly for academic libraries! Please visit our Web site for more information, including registration and session information.

You can also live up to your new sleek image by contributing material to the resource exchange.  Click here to find out how.

Health and long life to you GOLD and GALILEO! — Denita

Denita Hampton
Coordinator, Access & Media Services
Georgia State University Library
(404) 413-2822
dahampton@gsu.edu

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of small academic libraries – July 7, 2010 – Shaundra Walker, Head of Reference, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Does the thought of a new academic year make you a little nervous?  Are you interested in providing better services to the students, faculty and staff on your campus?  Is your professional development budget strapped?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider the benefits of attending the 21st GOLD/GALILEO User’s Group Conference!

Scheduled for Friday, August 13 in Athens, the conference is now in its 21st year. I’ve been attending since 2002, and I have never been disappointed. Although the users of academic libraries have changed over those years (think Beloit College Mindset List! Compare the 2002 list to the 2010 list), the GOLD/GALILEO User’s Group Meeting has remained a shining star that has consistently evolved to meet the shifting needs of librarians and support staff members.

If you’ve never attended the conference, it’s a great place to learn about new ideas, as well as to see how other libraries have met the challenges that daily face us. In this time of shrinking budgets and increasing demands from our users, collaboration and learning among libraries have become increasingly important. For veteran attendees and first-timers alike, this meeting is a great place to learn and share — and a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state.

Consider attending this “coming of age” party for Georgia library collaboration. It’s the big 21 and we’re always transitioning! Remember our inklings about the hidden web around 2002:

“The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.” — Tim Berners-Lee  (British Physicist of the World Wide Web (WWW). b.1955)

Register here and come be part of what’s new!

Best,
Shaundra

Shaundra Walker
Head of Reference
H.A. Hunt Memorial Library
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
478.825.6764

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P(404)235.7129
F(404)235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

Journal entry from a GOLD/GALILEO Users Group Advisory Committee Representative – Conference Musings – On behalf of special libraries and K-12 – July 2, 2010 – Teresa Pacheco, Electronic Resources Librarian, Gainesville State College, Oakwood, GA

What do you do when your special or school library is asked to “deliver the moon”?

Special libraries face special challenges: How do we connect with other librarians around the state when we are finding it increasingly necessary to prove our own worth to the communities of users we serve? School libraries find themselves in the same circumstances as school systems around the state struggling with ways to make little ends meet. Budget cuts, layoffs and cancellations of resources make it ever more difficult to provide high-quality services to our patrons. But what if library collaboration is our chance to face up to hard economic times and face down “sun, moon and stars-type requests”? Shouldn’t we seize that opportunity?

The GOLD/GALILEO users conference this year offers several sessions that will be particularly relevant to special and school librarians:

Tom Sanville, the Keynote Speaker, brings a special level of expertise to the meaning of collaboration. Not only was Tom the 2007 recipient of the Professional Achievement Award for the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, he has recently left the well-known consortium OhioLink to join LYRASIS as its director of licensing and strategic partnerships.

Breakout sessions this year include ways to maximize the readability of your Web site, how to find open (and free!) access to resources – and how to use them, a session on grant planning and dealing with free government publications. These are just a few highlights from what promises to be a rewarding, inexpensive, one-day conference full of workshops and many opportunities to meet and collaborate with your colleagues from around the state.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the 15th Birthday celebration of GALILEO, one of the FIRST online collaborative virtual libraries in the country.

Examine all the breakout sessions we have to offer!

See you at the meeting. Salute! — Teresa

“If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s the father of cooperation. And we’re cooperating like never before.” — John Ashcroft

“If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.” — Unknown source

Teresa Pacheco, Assistant Professor
Electronic Resources Librarian
Gainesville State College/Library
Office 106
3820 Mundy Mill Road
Oakwood, GA  30566
678.717.3658 (ext. 3658)
tpacheco@gsc.edu

Toni Zimmerman
Director, Resource Sharing & Interlibrary Cooperation
Georgia Public Library Service
A Unit of the BOR Univ System of GA
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
P (404) 235.7129
F(404) 235.7201
tzimmerman@georgialibraries.org
www.georgialibraries.org

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