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Posted July 8, 2020

GALILEO to Launch Website Redesign July 21

On July 21, GALILEO will launch the first phase of a massive redesign project for its research portal.

This first phase will change the way the GALILEO Search homepage looks, as well as upgrade how users find resources and databases. Highlights include:

A redesigned GALILEO department website will launch in two weeks, as well. You will see a new homepage highlighting GALILEO’s three programs, a staff page with photos, as well as a new community section for department news, helpful articles and user-generated content.

Once the websites relaunch, a short survey will be available to get feedback. The second phase will include additional refinements and new functionality and will roll out in 2021.

Read more from this month’s quarterly e-newsletter.

Posted July 7, 2020

ALG Reaches 1 Million Downloads of Open Educational Resources

Affordable Learning Georgia has surpassed 1 million downloads of full-text open educational resources — more than half of which occurred in the past year.

The materials are housed inside GALILEO Open Learning Materials, the University System of Georgia’s home for open educational resources (OER). The milestone comes just four years since the hub became available.

The top 10 downloads include a mix of textbooks and ancillary materials created by grantees and ALG’s publishing partner, the University of North Georgia Press. The top three are:

Open educational resources are any teaching, learning, and research resources free to access and contain permissions to revise, remix, redistribute, retain, and reuse them. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support instruction.

Replacing the use of commercial textbooks in the classroom with OER can save students hundreds of dollars per enrolled course. To date, ALG’s grant programs, including its partnership with eCore, have saved students an estimated $82.5 million.

Posted May 20, 2020

GALILEO 2020 Conference: Virtual Sessions

Beginning in May, GALILEO will offer most of its annual conference sessions as virtual options for the public.

Originally scheduled for June 18, the in-person event was canceled, but the team wanted to ensure the GALILEO community still had access to training from our presenters and product vendors.

In May, representatives of products available through GALILEO (Mango, ProQuest and EBSCO to name a few) will offer training. Then in June, GALILEO staff and other partners lead virtual sessions on accessibility, GALILEO’s redesign, Digital Library of Georgia, and more.

We will offer certificates of participation–with the hours noted for each session–to each virtual attendee. Although the sessions will be recorded, we will not offer certificates for viewing them at a later date.

See the schedules in brief below.




MAY SESSIONS (remaining)

May 21:


June 4:

June 5

June 11:

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June 18:

June 19:

Posted May 19, 2020

Affordable Learning Georgia Awards $251,000 in Grants to Expand Learning Alternatives

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) recently awarded more than $251,000 to University System of Georgia faculty and instructors to expand online learning alternatives. These grants will save students an estimated $1.3 million in the cost of course materials.

Award amounts ranged from $2,400 to $30,000 apiece. Georgia Gwinnett College garnered the highest award total with $66,600 in grants for three projects. University of West Georgia saw the highest number of projects awarded at five with a total of $65,600 in grants.

“At a time when alternative instruction is taking a leading role as universities move many courses online, Affordable Learning Georgia is pleased to be able to increase access to open educational resources,” said Jeff Gallant, program director.

“ALG aims to encourage and support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open and affordable course materials for students across the University System of Georgia while keeping the unique expertise and academic freedom of USG faculty in mind.”

ALG awarded funding for 22 proposals—on topics including organic chemistry, information security and more—from seven USG institutions. Thirteen of the projects are considered large-scale projects, and nine are mini-grant projects. This is the 17th round of awards for ALG’s Textbook Transformation Grants.

An initiative of GALILEO and the University System of Georgia, ALG promotes student success by increasing the availability of affordable alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks. Since its inception, the grant program has awarded more than $5.8 million.

To read more about the round 17 grantees, visit:

Round 17 Grant Awardees

Clayton State University

Georgia Gwinnett College

Georgia Highlands College

Georgia State University

Kennesaw State University

Savannah State University

University of West Georgia

Posted April 21, 2020

100,000 New Pages in Georgia Historic Newspapers

Digital Library of Georgia will soon begin work to digitize an additional 110,000 pages of Georgia historic newspaper, increasing the number of pages freely available through Georgia Historic Newspapers to almost 2 million.

A second round of funding from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is making the additional work possible. An advisory board of academics, librarians, archivists and journalists selected the additional newspaper content, which focuses on the Progressive Era, a period in the U.S. from 1890 to 1920.

The new digital content journeys through the New South, Populist, and Suffrage movements, including the 1906 Atlanta race riot, the notorious murder trial of Leo Frank, and the Cotton States Exhibition held at what is now Piedmont Park.

Two African-American newspapers, a set of populist newspapers edited by Tom Watson, and a World War I military camp publication are among the new resources. Users will begin to see the new content in the winter.

Read more from this month’s quarterly e-newsletter.

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