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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

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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, 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!

Posted November 18, 2015

November is National Native American Heritage Month

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November is National Native American Heritage Month, “a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people,” according to the National Congress of American Indians. The Digital Library of Georgia’s DLG Blog entry on Native American Heritage Month describes and links to important and intriguing primary source documents related to the land grant lottery system, in which Cherokee land was given to white Georgia farmers, and the relocation of the Cherokee. The post also includes links to articles in the New Georgia Encyclopedia on the Georgia land lottery system and the Cherokee Removal.

Posts in the DLG blog help bring to the surface some of the million digital objects in more than 200 collections that make up the Digital Library of Georgia. Posts include announcements of new resources, event commemorations, and descriptive information that helps guide the user through the deep content that makes up the DLG.

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