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Posted January 21, 2014

GeorgiaInfo Features New Interface and Site Organization

GeorgiaInfo, the online almanac for the state of Georgia, boasts a graphically rich new interface and new site organization to optimize intuitive navigation. GeorgiaInfo is valuable as a ready reference resource for all things Georgia and is rich in information to support the K-12 Georgia studies curriculum. It provides historical and current information on Georgia’s economy, geography, government, military, people, sports, tourism, wildlife, and other topics. GeorgiaInfo also features current and historical maps, as well as city and county information with statistics, courthouse pictures, historical markers, and more. Popular features Include This Day in Georgia History and This Day in Georgia Civil War History. Please see the redesign announcement from GeorgiaInfo below and visit the new site today. GeorgiaInfo is a part of the Digital Library of Georgia.

ANNOUNCEMENT Jan. 15, 2014

GeorgiaInfo, state’s online almanac, launches redesigned website

ATHENS, Ga – GeorgiaInfo, the state’s online almanac based at the University of Georgia, is launching a redesigned website Jan. 21.

GeorgiaInfo is part of the Digital Library of Georgia, and is hosted by GALILEO and the University of Georgia Libraries. GeorgiaInfo was created in 1996 by the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In 2008 the site became a part of the Digital Library of Georgia and GALILEO, the state’s virtual library.

“GeorgiaInfo is complementary to resources like the award-winning New Georgia Encyclopedia and the millions of primary resources included in our Digital Library of Georgia,” said Merryll Penson, executive director of library services with the University System’s Office of Information and Instructional Technology. Having this information in a new format will be very beneficial to our GALILEO users, particularly those in 8th grade social studies.”

The purpose of the makeover is two-fold:
“The redesigned site contains the information from the previous site, but in an updated, more visually appealing format. It also is designed to work well with the technology available today – GeorgiaInfo should display equally well on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, or phones,” said Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia.

The new site is highlighted by a revolving photo gallery on the home page; it will feature six rotating images showing the beauty of Georgia. The images will be changed regularly.

Navigation throughout the site is by “topics” and “features” listed on drop-down menus at the top of each page – each of these links will take the reader to a page with information about a specific aspect of Georgia – history, maps, counties, wildlife, etc. There are 15 topics and 12 features, plus pages with basic information about Georgia and recent updates to the site. There is also a search function available on the navigation bar at the top of each page.

The four columns below the photo gallery on the home page will highlight some of the most heavily used or timely topics. These topics will change occasionally, but all of the site information will remain available at all times – through the navigation bar.

“Some of GeorgiaInfo’s most popular features have always been This Day in Georgia History and This Day in Georgia Civil War History. Both of these features – with the same information in a new format – are located at the bottom of the home page, and are also listed under features in the navigation bar,” McAlister said.

http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/

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Posted January 15, 2014

GALILEO Resources for Black History Month

Black History Month will soon be here, 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.

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 and NoveList K-8 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.). Check out the Teaching with Books section on the right of the main page in NoveList K-8 to see award lists (including the Coretta Scott King Awards), BookTalks, Book Discussion Guides, Picture Book Extenders, and more.

For a closer look at these resources, see the archive of the GALILEO Black History Month Resources webinar.

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

Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Julian Wasser from Encyclopædia Britannica

Posted November 13, 2013

GALILEO Libguides

GALILEO would like to invite you to check out our new Libguides site, setup especially to make it easier for GALILEO libraries that use Libguides to include GALILEO content. Libguides is a content management system built specifically for librarians and can easily be used to create content, embed multimedia, and share library resources. Libguides also provides a flexible and easy to use interface from which librarians can create customized pages or “guides” that contain correlated resources to a specific subject area or class. Once the guide has been created, librarians have full control and can update content with ease. All content can also be easily shared using integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, and RSS Feeds.

GALILEO’s Libguides page has taken all resources available through GALILEO, and sorted them into easy to navigate guides which are then separated into thirteen subject guides. This creates a streamlined portal that faculty and students can use to quickly find resources they can use for their research. We have also included an embedded Discover GALILEO search, so you can search GALILEO straight from Libguides. Another great feature of Libguides is the ability to easily copy guides from other library’s Libguides into your Libguides. If you already have Libguides, and would like to adopt the layout or any guides within GALILEO Libguides into your own, feel free to do so.

GALILEO’s Libguides can be found at: http://libguides.galileo.usg.edu

If you have any questions please contact us using the GALILEO Contact Us form.

Posted October 22, 2013

Upcoming Enhancements to EBSCO

On, or after, October 29, 2013, EBSCO will be releasing several updates and enhancements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record pages within EBSCOhost. These updates provide a more visually appealing and intuitive interface and are a part of a continued efforts to improve the EBSCO search experience based on customer feedback and requests.

Search Box area
* The “Add a Row” has been replaced with +/-.
* The “Clear” button has been removed in favor of an “x” on the right side of the Find field when a single Find field is displayed.

Search Results
* Updated styling, including the font, allows for additional display space.
* Streamlined layout relocates the number of records returned by the search to directly above the Results List and page navigation to the bottom below the results.
* Selecting a Limiter, such as Full Text, will immediately update the Results List without the need to click an “Update” button.
* The “Preview” and “Folder” icons move to align together to the right side of the column, maintaining a consistent location. Publication type icons now appear below the title.
* Preview hover is now centered inside the screen.
* Expand/Collapse controls move to the outside corners (includes right column).

EBSCO Discovery Service
* Catalog and institutional repository links now appear in the Full Text link area.
* Publisher names will be displayed, in lieu of Source.

EBSCO eBooks
* Addition of access to relevant eBook pages from the Search Results list for titles in your collection.

EBSCO provides an example image of how these changes may appear.

These enhancements will occur with a scheduled software update on or after October 29, 2013. All EBSCOhost products and services will be available during the software update.

If you have any questions, need more information or wish to provide feedback to EBSCO, please use the GALILEO Contact Us form or contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@usg.edu or 1-888-875-3697.

Posted October 8, 2013

Celebrate Georgia Archives

October is Georgia Archives Month, a way to celebrate the value of Georgia’s historical records, publicize the many ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records. You can read more about this celebration and related events in October is Georgia Archives Month from ajc.com.

Check out the Virtual Vault at the Georgia Archives or the Digital Library of Georgia to see images, maps, manuscripts, government records, and more from the people, places, and events that made Georgia what it is today. Check out these tips on how to find images and documents and historical newspapers as well as records from your county in the Digital Library of Georgia.

If you would like to see Georgia historical records in person, you can visit an archives near you to see what treasures they may hold. ArchiveGrid will allow you to expand your search for archival collections to the world.

To find even more historical documents, see the Archives and Primary Sources section of GALILEO Scholar.

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