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Posted June 12, 2015

Turner Scrapbook Collection Added to Digital Library of Georgia

Turner Scrapbook Collection The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) recently added their first Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP) collection, the Turner Scrapbook Collection. The Turner Scrapbook Collection is made available courtesy of the Newton County Library System (NCLS). PLPP is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and allows the Digital Library of Georgia to assist public libraries with making their cultural heritage available online by providing digital skills training and resources.

You can read more about the Turner Scrapbook Collection and Public Library Partnerships Project in the original Digital Library of Georgia announcement.

Are photos are from the Turner Scrapbook Collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Posted June 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Rebecca Latimer Felton!

Rebecca Latimer Felton

Rebecca Latimer Felton was born on this day in 1835. She became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate on November 21, 1922; however, she started her political career behind the scenes. Her husband, William Felton, served in Georgia’s 7th congressional district. Rebecca Felton served as his campaign manager and also refined her husband’s speeches and wrote several articles on his behalf. The couple purchased a Cartersville newspaper, which she ran and used to promote her husband.

After her husband’s retirement, she used her speeches and writing to advocate against the convict lease system, a system which allowed private companies to use convicts for cheap labor, and woman suffrage. She became the South’s best known and most effective advocate of woman suffrage; and prompted Corra Harris to write a book entitled The Co-Citizens, which features a protagonist who is loosely based on Felton.

In 1899, Felton began writing “The County Home” for the Atlanta Journal. She wrote the edition for over two decades. In 1922, Governor Thomas Hardwick appointed Felton to the U.S. Senate after the death of Senator Thomas E. Watson; she was eighty-seven years old. She was appointed temporarily until the special election could be held, thus she only served for twenty-four hours.

Image of Rebecca Latimer Felton is from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Posted June 4, 2015

FY2016 Changes

We are pleased to announce the following changes for FY16 (July 2015-June 2016) in GALILEO.

Georgia Public Libraries
Adding: Mango Languages
Canceling: RB Test Prep

Technical College System of Georgia
Adding: LearningExpress Library and Films on Demand Nursing Video Collection

USG ProQuest Participants, AMPALS, GPALS, and TCSG
In honor of the GALILEO 20th birthday, ProQuest is upgrading the current ProQuest 5000 package to the ProQuest Central package. In addition, ProQuest will add ProQuest Environmental Collection, and LION Complete will replace ProQuest Learning: Literature (formerly LION Reference Edition).

Databases in the ProQuest Central package (some are in the current ProQuest 5000 package; new resources are indicated):
Accounting & Tax Periodicals
Banking Information Source
Canadian Newsstand Complete (new)
Career and Technical Education
CBCA Complete (new)
Hoover’s Company Records
OxResearch (part of ABI Complete) (new)
Pharmaceutical News Index
ProQuest Asian Business and Reference
ProQuest Biology Journals (new)
ProQuest Computing
ProQuest Criminal Justice (new)
ProQuest Education Journals
ProQuest European Business
ProQuest Family Health (new)
ProQuest Health and Medical Complete (new)
ProQuest Health Management (new)
ProQuest Military Collection
ProQuest Newsstand
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source (new for AMPALS and GPALS)
ProQuest Political Science (new)
ProQuest Psychology Journals (new)
ProQuest Religion
ProQuest Science Journals (new)
ProQuest Social Science Journals
ProQuest Sociology (new)
ProQuest Telecommunications
Research Library
Snapshot Series (new)

Institution Changes
* Southern Regional Technical College is a consolidation of Moultrie Technical College and Southwest Georgia Technical College
* Bauder College (GPALS) will no longer participate in GALILEO
* Middle Georgia State College will be renamed Middle Georgia State University
* Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College consolidation effective in 2016

We are working with vendors to make changes in a timely manner, but some changes may take place before others.

Thank you for your support over the past year, and we look forward to serving you in this next year.

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 June 2, 2015

EBSCO Explora is now live!

Explora screenshot

EBSCO Explora, a new interface for schools and public libraries, is now live. Explora is designed to support student research and classroom instruction with reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Here are the Express Links for you to use on your library or media center website:
Explora for Elementary:
Explora for Middle School:
Explora for High School:
Explora for Public Libraries:

See the GALILEO Training page for upcoming sessions on Explora.

Please note that links to Searchasaurus: Primary/Elementary, Searchasaurus: Middle Search Plus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center will no longer work. You will need to remove those from your websites and subject guides.

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 May 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Henry Grady!

Henry Grady

On this day in 1850, Henry W. Grady was born in Athens, Georgia. Grady was the managing editor of the Atlanta Constitution in the 1880s and a proponent of the New South. He published an article titled “The New South” in the Atlanta Daily Herald on March 14, 1874. Grady’s New South advocated unity between the South and North and promoted the advancement of industry in Atlanta. Grady’s campaigning worked and partnerships with the North increased investment in Atlanta industry. One example is the cotton expositions Atlanta hosted in 1881, 1887, and 1895. These events brought in millions of investment dollars to Atlanta. Grady also lobbied to establish the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta after proclaiming the superiority of Atlanta over other smaller cities in Georgia. As you can imagine, these claims did not make the other cities happy. While Grady’s New South was not universally accepted, Grady attempted to attach northern interests to Atlanta until his abrupt death from pneumonia on December 23, 1889.

We are still reminded of Henry Grady in our everyday lives. The Georgia county of Grady was named after him in 1905, as is Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta which opened on June 1, 1892.

Read the original article “The New South” in the Atlanta Daily Herald in the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive from the Digital Library of Georgia.

Images are from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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