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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To find even more historical documents, see the Archives and Primary Sources section of GALILEO Scholar.
Posted October 5, 2013
Government Resources in GALILEO Affected by the Shutdown
This is a summary of the government resources listed in GALILEO that are affected by the shutdown.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) - CGP is available. However, no content will be added or updated.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - The CDC site is available, but it is not being updated.
Census Data (from U.S. Census Bureau) - census.gov sites, services, and online survey collection requests are not available until further notice. This affects census.gov and American Factfinder; see a full list at census.gov. An alternative resource is Statistical Abstract of the United States, which is available from ProQuest through GALILEO to all GALILEO institutions.
ERIC (at eric.ed.gov) - The ERIC site is not available.
ERIC (at EBSCOhost) - Citations are available, but links to full text at the ERIC site are not accessible.
FDsys - From the site: “Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services will be limited to documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act. The remaining collections on FDsys are not being updated and will resume after funding is restored.”
Kids.gov - The site is available, but it may not be up to date.
MedlinePlus - This site is available, but information may not be up to date.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) - Information on the site is accessible, but it may not be up to date.
TOXNET - This site is available, but information may not be up to date.
Find updates on the government shutdown at usa.gov.
For assistance with research and possible alternative sources of information, please contact your local public library or your college or university library.
Posted September 24, 2013
Banned Books Week 2013
Banned Books Week is an opportunity to celebrate our freedom to read and our First Amendment rights by focusing on the benefits of having free access to information and the freedom to express ideas and how attempts to censorship can detract from these freedoms. The American Library Association provides a calendar of events for this week-long celebration, and the Office of Intellectual Freedom provides a 50 State Salute to Banned Book Week featuring videos from each state to demonstrate how they celebrate the freedom to read.
If you’re wondering which books have been banned or challenged over the years or are looking for books to help you to celebrate your freedom to read, explore the 30 Years of Liberating Literature Timeline and the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade lists from the American Library Association. If you’re curious about classics that have been banned or challenged, ALA provides a list for the classics as well.
Posted September 21, 2013
Happy 18th Birthday, GALILEO!
On September 21, 1995, GALILEO brought index searching and full-text retrieval to the University System of Georgia libraries, students, faculty, and staff. GALILEO has grown and changed a great deal in the last 18 years, and you can see some of these changes in the GALILEO Scrapbook. For more background history, see the Vision for One Statewide Library and Early History of GALILEO under About GALILEO.
Posted September 13, 2013
GALILEO Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, will be starting soon. If you’re looking for resources to celebrate this month, GALILEO offers quite a few.
To find a great list of books to read, search for Hispanic Americans in NoveList or NoveList K-8. There’s also an article for elementary level reading, Exploring Hispanic Heritage in Children’s Literature, that provides great recommendations for books set in Latin America or books portraying Hispanic culture. For a list of Hispanic American authors, to go the Advanced Search in NoveList, leave the search box blank, but limit the search to Hispanic American authors using the Author’s Cultural Identity.
For a variety of articles and other resources, search Discover GALILEO for Hispanic Americans or Latin Americans or for a famous person, place, or event.
For the institutions that purchase Britannica, it includes a spotlight, Hispanic Heritage in the Americas, which offers profiles of Latin American countries, biographies of famous Hispanic American figures, an overview of the culture and history of Latin America, historical documents, multimedia, editorially-selected websites, and learning activities for ages 10 and up.
Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.