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Posted January 6, 2016

2016 Edition of Statistical Abstract of the United States Available

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States and is available to all GALILEO users. The online edition includes over 1400 individually indexed tables that are searchable, browsable, and downloadable into Excel.

Sample reference questions that can be answered with Statistical Abstract of the United States:
* In the future will more men or women live to be 100?
* What state awards the largest number of science and engineering degrees?
* What states generate and receive the most hazardous waste?
* Who goes to the vet more often – cat owners or dog owners?
* Is the homeless population increasing or decreasing?

Resources to help users and library staff
* Quick Start LibGuide with promotional materials, recorded webinars, and useful guides to using the database
* GALILEO webinars on Statistical Abstract of the U.S. scheduled in February and March

Express Link for Statistical Abstract of the United States:

Posted December 9, 2015

DLG and Georgia Archives Named Best Genealogy Websites

Family Tree Magazine has included the Digital Library of Georgia and the Georgia Archives in its “75 Best Websites for US State Genealogy Research in 2015.” “If your ancestors hailed from the Peach State, you can cover a lot of ground here with a single search” the article says of the DLG. It highlights the depth of content and search tools that make the DLG a great genealogy research site. The Virtual Vault at the Georgia Archives is praised as a place to find colonial wills, Confederate pension applications, death certificates (1914-1927), and other state records.

The article points out that “the increasing digitization of state records has made competition fierce for our annual 75 Best State Websites list.” Digitized collections have changed the nature of genealogy research from “traveling to state capitals around the country, borrowing microfilms or ordering photocopies” to clicking to access a record for much of the items needed to continue the family tree search.

Congratulations to the people at the DLG and Georgia Archives!

Posted December 3, 2015

Southern Israelite Archive Enhanced; DjVu No Longer Required

Southern Israelite Archive is now compatible with all current browsers. Users are no longer required to download the DjVu plugin to view newspaper pages in this archive.

GALILEO Express Link:

The full announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia is below.


The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Southern Israelite Archive:

The Southern Israelite Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to issues from 1929 to 1986 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 48,000 newspaper pages, the website provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

Rabbi H. Cerf Straus established the Southern Israelite as a temple bulletin in Augusta in 1925. The publication was so popular, he expanded it into a monthly newspaper. Later in the decade, Straus sold the paper to Herman Dessauer and Sara B. Simmons, who moved the paper to Atlanta, where it began circulating state-wide and eventually throughout the South. In 1930, M. Stephen Schiffer, a former employee of the Atlanta Georgian, took over as sole owner of the Southern Israelite. Even in these earliest years, the paper not only covered the news of the southern Jewry, but also the issues that involved Jewish populations throughout the nation and world, including the Holocaust and later the creation of the Jewish state of Israel.

In October of 1934, the Southern Israelite began publishing a four page weekly edition, supplemented by its established monthly magazine edition. Ownership of the paper was turned over to a corporation headed by Israelite editor Adolph Rosenberg in 1951, while the paper continued its mission as the voice of the Jewish community in Atlanta. In October of 1958, the paper was at the forefront of the coverage of the Temple bombing in Atlanta, giving its readers a unique first hand perspective. The monthly edition of the paper was discontinued in 1973 in favor of its increasingly growing weekly edition. In 1987, the paper changed its name from the Southern Israelite to the Atlanta Jewish Times and guaranteed at least thirty-two page issues moving forward. The paper is today owned by Jewish Renaissance Media and continues as a weekly publication with a readership of over 25,000.

The Southern Israelite Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization was made possible by the Cuba Archives of the Breman Museum and the generosity of the Srochi family of Atlanta.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1843-1942), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1850-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at


If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at or 1-888-875-3697.

Posted December 1, 2015

Announcing Mobile GALILEO

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Today’s happy news is GALILEO is now compatible with mobile devices. GALILEO has been displaying many mobile-friendly database interfaces for a while, but the main GALILEO portal wasn’t optimized for mobile devices. Over the past few months, the GALILEO staff have been working on a mobile user view, with refinements based on testing librarians’ feedback.

Just go to, and if you are on a mobile device, GALILEO will now recognize your device and present you with a homepage optimized for your screen or a mobile login screen. Once logged in, you will see the Discover search box and links to just a few databases that are optimized for mobile access. The database selection varies based on your community and institution: K-12, public library, or higher ed.

While various database interfaces will be slimmed down in the mobile view, most functionality is still available, including folder and personal account features, search options, results limiters, multi-media files, read-aloud/audio players, and other features, depending on offerings of the particular database. In the coming months, the database lists will include Films on Demand (for subscribing institutions) and NoveList Plus (for all institutions).

Scroll down the homepage to see a link to the full GALILEO site, where all your resources are available, although many will not be optimized for your device. You will also find a built-in contact form to send GALILEO your comments, issues, and suggestions.

Please take a look and share with your patrons, students, faculty, and staff.

Posted November 26, 2015

This Day in Georgia History: November 26, 1941

On this day in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving Day the next-to-last Thursday in November. Prior to the bill, Thanksgiving had always been the last Thursday in November since President Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863. Not all States complied, and after a joint resolution of Congress, Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1942 designating the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

GALILEO would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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