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Posted January 12, 2015

GALILEO Resources for Participating in the DuPont Challenge Science Writing Competition

The DuPont Challenge is the acclaimed essay contest that recognizes excellence in science writing. Since Georgia schools integrate writing into the science curriculum, the DuPont Challenge offers a fun opportunity to motivate students and to help teachers promote STEM and writing. Georgia students fortunately have access to reliable, authoritative content in GALILEO to help ground science writing in evidence from texts. Britannica, SIRS Discoverer, and the Discovery search are excellent resources for student research. Britannica is one of the partner companies in the DuPont Challenge for the fourth year in a row.

Who’s Eligible?
Middle- and high-school students in the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Territories are invited to submit essays on a range of science topics. The competition is open now, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

In addition, this year, students in grades K-5 can also participate in creative, inquiry-based explorations with the help and guidance of their teachers. The deadline for the new Elementary Division is March 1, 2015.

The DuPont Challenge winners will be honored at a gala celebration in Orlando, FL., in the spring. The expenses-paid awards trip includes a stay at the Walt Disney World® Resort and a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

How Do We Enter?
The competition is open now. Visit the DuPont Challenge website for details, tips, and information on entering.

Posted September 2, 2014

150th Anniversary of General Sherman Capturing Atlanta

September 2, 1864, marks the 150th anniversary of General William T. Sherman capturing Atlanta where he was quoted famously saying, “Atlanta is ours, and fairly won.”

Read more about the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman’s March to the Sea in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Also, be sure to check out The Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary which details Sherman’s march through Georgia from the point of view of a soldier in the Union Army, and George N. Barnard’s photos of the Sherman Campaign in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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Posted August 22, 2014

Athens Historic Newspapers Archive enhanced; DjVu no longer required

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers. Users are no longer required to download the DjVu plugin to view Athens newspaper pages in this archive.

GALILEO Express Link:
http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=athn

The full announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia is below.

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The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athnewspapers

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed athttp://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

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If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@usg.edu.

Posted August 21, 2014

PINES Kids’ Catalog link can be added to GALILEO Elementary

The PINES staff recently unveiled the new PINES Kids’ Catalog, a colorful, child-friendly interface for the children’s materials in PINES.

We can now add a link to the PINES Kids’ Catalog on the GALILEO Elementary user view for your library or school system.
Here is a preview:
http://www.galileo.usg.edu/kids/gpls-demo/

If you would like to add the PINES Kids’ Catalog to GALILEO Elementary, please use the GALILEO Contact Us form to let us know.

Posted July 2, 2014

50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964 becoming law after a 289-to-125 vote by the House of Representatives. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also provided equal voting rights by lifting prior requirements and procedures and prohibited segregation in places of public accommodation involved interstate commerce.

The image to the right was the front page of Volume 11, Issue 1, of the Southern School News published in July 1964. The Digital Library of Georgia recently added the Southern School News Archive to the Civil Rights Digital Library of Georgia; it will soon be included in the Digital Public Library of America. The Southern School News Archive provides online access to the complete run of the newspaper from 1954 until 1965. You can view the entire July 1964 issue here.

You can read the entire South School News Archive announcement on the Digital Library of Georgia Blog.

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