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Posted March 2, 2016

March is National Reading Month

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March is Reading Month, and GALILEO counts. Read magazines and journals, ebooks, and lots of other great content, or look for your next fiction or nonfiction book to read in NoveList Plus. If you work in a library or media center, use readers’ advisory tools in NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus to help match readers to books. These include Lexile ranges, Accelerated Reader assignments, mood- and subject-matching tools, and lots of tips.

Journals and magazines cover a wide range of content, from camping and bicycling to psychology to science and history for leisure reading. GALILEO databases include titles for children, teens, adults, and everyone in-between.

Remember GALILEO is now device-responsive, making it easy to read articles on tablets and smartphones. Just go to GALILEO and you will be presented with the best interface for your device or computer.

Each community subscribes to at least some ebook that can be read on a reader or device. All GALILEO users have access to the academic collection in ebrary. Higher ed institutions subscribe to ebooks on EBSCOhost. K-12 users have access to a small collection of nonfiction books in SIRS Discoverer. Visit our FAQ on ebooks for more information on devices and reading apps.

Posted February 23, 2016

Government Documents for Research: U.S. Documents Webinar and Georgia Documents Resources

A free ACRL webinar on “Enhancing Research Through Government Documents” is designed to help researchers and librarians to understand and find government documents to aid in research on most topics. The webinar will focus mostly on federal government documents, but don’t forget Georgia researchers have a vast storehouse of state government documents in the Georgia Government Publications database. The GGP includes 70,000 documents produced by Georgia state agencies, including annual reports, books and pamphlets, newsletters, transcripts, and Journals of both the House and Senate through 2010.

ACRL Webinar: Enhancing Research Through Government Documents
March 10, 2:00-3:00 PM
Historic and current U.S. government documents offer researchers an opportunity to gain insight into the laws and regulations that impact individuals across all sectors of society. This webinar provides examples of specific government documents that can be used in various research areas including Native American studies, financial regulation, African American studies, environmental protection, and Women’s studies, with a focus on how understanding the past informs our understanding of the present.

Posted February 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Hank Aaron!

hank aaron “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all-time. Aaron of was born on this day in 1934 in Mobile, Alabama to Estalla and Herbert Aaron. He decided to become a baseball player after seeing Jackie Robinson give a speech during a spring training game he attended in Mobile with his father. Since his high school did not have a baseball team, he decided to play softball. He was offered a contract his junior year for the Negro American League’s Indianapolis Clowns. It wasn’t long before major league scouts noticed him and the Boston Braves bought out contract midway through his first season with the Clowns. After the Atlanta Braves’ starting left fielder, Bobby Thomson, injured his ankle, Aaron was called to fill his spot in the lineup where he hit a home run in his first at-bat. This was the first of many homeruns during his 21-season career with the Atlanta Braves. He set many records during his career including breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record by hitting his 715th on April 8, 1974, at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. He ended his career with 755 home runs. This record stood until 2007.

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Posted February 3, 2016

Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive Enhanced; DjVu No Longer Required


Milledgeville Historic Newspapers 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.

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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 Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive:

The Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to issues from 1808 to 1920 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 49,000 newspaper pages, the website provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. Because Milledgeville served as the state capital from 1804 to 1868, during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods in the state’s history, the site will provide researchers with particular historical insight into Georgia politics during the nineteenth century.

The Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive is a website in the Digital Library of Georgia, a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia.

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 Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), 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 January 27, 2016

GALILEO Resources for African American History Month

Albany Movement Photograph

African American History Month, or Black History Month, starts next week, and GALILEO includes many articles, images, and videos to help Georgia schools and libraries celebrate.

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.

The Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL) offers a variety of primary sources on the Civil Rights Movement, including films clips, images, oral histories, and more.

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.

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