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Posted May 25, 2017

Registration Open for GALILEO Annual Conference

Conference logo

GALILEO and Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) are pleased to present the second GALILEO Annual Conference on Friday, June 16th. This one-day event is an opportunity for all of Georgia’s library community to learn more about GALILEO, touch base with content providers, and network with colleagues across the state. The conference will take place at the Middle Georgia State University, Macon campus. Seats are capped at 250, so register soon.

This year’s theme, Moving Forward Together, will lay out the groundwork for GALILEO’s future. GALILEO has spent the last year working with and listening to stakeholders and representatives from libraries in Georgia to develop a new strategic plan that will take GALILEO into the next 10-15 years. In addition to all the learning opportunities, you’ll have a chance to share your thoughts on the new vision and direction for GALILEO at this conference.

Session topics have been planned to meet the interests of the different kinds of libraries participating in GALILEO, including academic, K-12, and public. This conference is free and lunch is included.

GALILEO Annual Conference website

Posted March 2, 2017

March is Women’s History Month

League of Women Voters Poster

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are a few resources in GALILEO to help you find the stories of women throughout history.

Start by looking for a woman in the Discover GALILEO search box. Try finding Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Sally Ride, Coretta Scott King, Sonia Sotomayor, Jane Goodall, and others. For some major events in women’s history, look for women’s rights, women suffrage, women work*, feminism, or other topics of interest. Tip: If you are getting a lot of book reviews in the results, use Limit by Type to remove Reviews (click Show More to see all types, click Name, then uncheck Reviews).

For institutions that purchase it, Encyclopædia Britannica offers a spotlight on women, Women’s History at a Glance. For speeches, letters, and other primary source documents, search for women in Annals of American History to see a letter from Horace Greeley on women’s rights or a declaration of rights for women from Susan B. Anthony.

NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus offer book recommendations for all ages. Search terms may include “women scientists,”women’s power,”women in history,” and really, “women” and anything.

Interested in important women in Georgia? Take a look at the results list in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. You can read about interesting women like Mary Musgrove, Hazel Raines, Rosalyn Carter, Alice Walker, and many more fascinating women. The Digital Library of Georgia offers many historical images and documents related to women, and it also includes two collections focused on women’s history, For Our Mutual Benefit: The Athens Woman’s Club and Social Reform, 1899-1920 and Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project Collection.

Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.

Posted September 21, 2016

Happy 21st Birthday, GALILEO!

GALILEO 21st Birthday

Before there was Blogger, before YouTube, before MySpace, even before Google, there was GALILEO. The GALILEO website went live on September 21, 1995, opening up a world of reliable, authoritative information for Georgians. Visit A Vision for One Statewide Library to read about the origins of the GALILEO initiative. The GALILEO Scrapbook documents GALILEO’s history with images and milestones of nearly two decades

What was your first research project using GALILEO? Were you looking for information on animals and their habitats, for peer-reviewed articles for a research paper, for authoritative information on cancer research, for ancestors to fill out your family tree? What did the GALILEO environment look like then? Check out the video and timeline to tweak your memory.

20th Birthday Video
GALILEO Timeline

Posted September 20, 2016

GALILEO is Ready for COMO

Classic Center

COMO is only two weeks away, and we’re getting excited to see you. Come by booth #74 to catch up on what’s going on the GALILEO world. We also hope to see you at the GALILEO concurrent sessions and in the preconference.

The GALILEO preconference is scheduled on Wednesday morning, October 5th, at the Classic Center. Each year, the GALILEO preconference includes concurrent sessions on topics different from those GALILEO staff present at the main COMO conference.

GALILEO Preconference Presentations

Registration for the preconference is available within the COMO registration. If you are interested in attending only the preconference, or if you are already registered for COMO and want to add the preconference, just select “Preconference Workshops Only” in the “Choose Conference Length” box.

GALILEO Concurrent Sessions

See you in Athens!

Posted April 8, 2016

GALILEO Resources for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and if you’re looking for resources to create a display, host an event, or find some other way to explore poetry or share poetry with others, GALILEO has a few resources that can help.

From the ancients to recent Pulitzer Prize winners, patrons can find poetry criticism, poet biographies, full-text poems, and more in Literary Reference Center. And if you can’t remember what iamb or dactyl means, Literary Reference Center also includes a literary glossary for that.

For a broader search, just type a poet’s name, a type of poetry, or the words, poet* or poetry criticism, into the Discover GALILEO search box to find articles and more.

For institutions that purchase it, Encyclopædia Britannica includes a great article about poetry with links to famous poets. If you’re interested in poetry in other languages, take a look at the foreign language encyclopedias in Global Reference Center.

Find plenty of interesting Georgia poets in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Click Topics > Arts & Literature > Literature > Poetry to see Georgia poets and journals.

If you work with children and teens, you can find activities and lesson plans in ERIC. Search for “poetry and activity” and limit by grade level in Advanced Search. Check both ERIC@eric.ed.gov and ERIC@EBSCOhost – each may have different items in full text. Professional Development Collection also includes research articles and practical guidance for the teaching of poetry. Just search for poetry study, poetry slams, or a favorite poetry-related term or type of poetry, such as haiku.

Students of all ages (yes, even the grown-ups!) can write a poem about their own hometown and create a digital story to share their personal narratives in the activities outlined by the Where I’m From in GALILEO lesson plan. See the GALILEO site for the lesson plan, poem template, GPS alignments, guides to resources and tools, and an example video and poster.

Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.

Image from Encyclopædia Britannica

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