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Posted January 27, 2016
GALILEO Resources for African American History Month
Start by entering a person or event associated with African American history in the Discover GALILEO search box. Examples include Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurtson, Civil Rights Movement, Selma Montgomery March, Harlem Renaissance, African American arts. You may even want to try “celebrate black history” for articles to help you come up with new ideas.
For a look at the history of African Americans in Georgia, the Digital Library of Georgia offers historical images (Vanishing Georgia in particular), newspapers, and more. You can browse by your county or by subject (such as Peoples and Cultures) to see collections. Several collections of note are “Integrated in All Respects”: Ed Friend’s Highlander Folk School Films and the Politics of Segregation; Community Art in Atlanta, 1977-1987: Jim Alexander’s Photographs of the Neighborhood Arts Center from the Auburn Avenue Research Library; and The Blues, Black Vaudeville, and the Silver Screen, 1912-1930s. See this DLG Blog post for links to more collections.
For the institutions that purchase it, Encyclopædia Britannica offers authoritative information on famous African Americans and historical events. Don’t miss the spotlight on Black History because Britannica has pulled together a nice collection of biographies, documents, multimedia, a timeline, learning activities, and more.
NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus offer book recommendations for all ages. Search for “African Americans” to see books, lists, and articles related to this topic, or check out the Advanced Search where you can limit your search to books written by African American authors (Hint: Leave the search box blank and choose African-American in the Author’s Cultural Identity field to see a list of books by African American authors). Be sure to click on the “Lists and Articles” tab in your search for supplemental bibliographies and readers’ advisory articles on the topic.
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 1, 2015
Announcing Mobile GALILEO
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 www.galileo.usg.edu, 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!