GALILEO Planet News
Posted June 2, 2010
Research Your Family History in GALILEO
Public libraries in Georgia offer several online resources through GALILEO for researchers interested in their ancestry. Since all Georgia citizens have access to GALILEO through their public library, every person in Georgia has these genealogy resources at his or her fingertips.
HeritageQuest Online includes census records, local histories, family histories, and more.
Ancestry Library Edition includes military, immigration, census, court, birth, marriage, and death records as well as maps, images, obituaries, and much more. (This database is only available in the library due to licensing restrictions from the vendor.)
The Digital Library of Georgia includes over a million digital items on Georgia’s history and culture, including digitized books, photographs, newspapers, maps (including the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps), and more.
Find additional resources in the Genealogy subject area in GALILEO.
Check with your local public library to see what additional genealogy resources they may offer.
Posted June 1, 2010
GALILEO Activities: ELUNA 2010
Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) was recently held in Fort Worth, Texas. Staff members from GALILEO Support Services and GIL as well as library staff from many University System of Georgia institutions attended the conference to learn about what is coming in the future from Ex Libris.
Posted May 27, 2010
Find John F. Kennedy in GALILEO
John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, and served as the nation’s 35th president from 1961-1963. If you’re interested in learning more about him, GALILEO has quite a few resources. (Note: Some links may not work off site. Click the database name for access.)
Annals of American History includes speeches and reports by the late president, including audio versions of his televised address during the Cuban Missile Crisis and his inaugural address from which we have his famous quote, “And so, my fellow Americans — ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
A search for John F. Kennedy in History Reference Center and the same search in World History Collection include images, biographical information, and articles, including one about Kennedy’s challenge to the nation to put a man on the moon.
The Civil Rights Digital Library includes images, video clips, and more about John F. Kennedy during the Civil Rights Movement.
Image from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Posted May 27, 2010
Next Generation Libraries Focus of GUGM 2010
The annual GIL User Group Meeting (GUGM), held online on May 20, included presentations on cataloging, circulation trends, new discovery tools, and optimizing GALILEO on library websites, all topics that supported the theme “The Show Must Go On: Strategic Transitions for the Next Generation Library.” Speaking of libraries in his keynote address, Curt Carver, University System of Georgia CIO and Vice Chancellor for the Office of Information and Instructional Technology, said, “It’s a role Google will never fill. It’s not about doing searches. It’s about that personal connection and understanding the constituents better than anyone else, and that’s what these local libraries provide.” Carver also spoke on support for USG and public libraries as outlined in the OIIT Strategic Plan. The 380 participants at GUGM 2010 represented USG libraries, as well as some private academic and public libraries.
Posted May 26, 2010
What Makes It a Vidalia Onion?
Image from the New Georgia Encyclopedia