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Posted October 17, 2019

Affordable Learning Georgia, GALILEO Award $337,000 in Grants to Improve Access to No- and Low-Cost Learning Materials

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) recently awarded $337,000 to University System of Georgia faculty to expand access to open educational resources.

ALG is an initiative to promote student success with affordable alternatives to expensive commercial textbooks. It is run by GALILEO, which stands for “GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online,” an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. GALILEO is an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that is not available through free search engines or web directories.

This is the 15th round of awards for ALG’s Textbook Transformation Grants. Fifteen USG institutions submitted 43 proposals. Of these, 29 proposals from 11 USG institutions were awarded grants from $2,800 to$30,000 a piece. Courses that will be impacted by these grants include biology, political science, technology, and more.

“The work of these innovative USG instructors and experts will reduce textbook costs to students throughout the USG, leading to more students having the required materials for a course on day one, therefore increasing equity in the classroom and hopefully contributing to more USG students’ retention, progression, and graduation,” said Jeff Gallant, ALG’s program director.

Since its inception, the grant program has awarded more than $5.2 million in funds to support adoption, adaption and creation of no- or low-cost learning materials in USG courses. To apply for the next round of grants, visit ALG’s website. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13.

To learn more about the projects funded in this round of grants, visit www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/about/r15_grantees

Grant Awardees

• Augusta University - $4,800 (Project Lead: Soma Mukhopadhyay)

• Clayton State University - $10,800 (Project Lead: Rodger Bates)

• East Georgia State College - $25,800 (Project Lead: Brett )

• Fort Valley State University - $4,800 (Project Lead: Patcharin Tragoonsirisak Marion)

• Georgia Gwinnett College - $10,800 (Project Lead: Shuhua Lai)

• Georgia Gwinnett College - $10,800 (Project Lead: Cengiz Gunay)

• Georgia Gwinnett College - $2,800 (Project Lead: Joycelyn Streator)

• Georgia Gwinnett College - $4,800 (Project Lead: Shuting Xu)

• Georgia Gwinnett College - $4,800 (Project Lead: Todd Lindley)

• Georgia Highlands College - $10,800 (Project Lead: Elizabeth Dose)

• Georgia Highlands College - $4,000 (Project Lead: Kimberly Subacz)

• Georgia Highlands College - $4,800 (Project Lead: Camille Pace)

• Georgia State University - $30,000 (Project Lead: Scott Jacques)

• Kennesaw State University - $10,800 (Project Lead: Shane Peterson)

• Kennesaw State University - $30,000 (Project Lead: Hossain Shahriar)

• Kennesaw State University - $25,800 (Project Lead: Tiffani Reardon)

• Kennesaw State University - $30,000 (Project Lead: Rebecca Rutherfoord)

• Kennesaw State University - $10,800 (Project Lead: Daniel Farr)

• Kennesaw State University - $10,800 (Project Lead: Paola Spoletino)

• Kennesaw State University - $4,800 (Project Lead: Lei Li)

• Kennesaw State University - $4,800 (Project Lead: James Rutherford)

• Kennesaw State University - $4,800 (Project Lead: Rebecca Rutherfoord)

• Kennesaw State University - $4,800 (Project Lead: Tiffani Reardon)

• Savannah State University - $8,600 (Project Lead: Samuel Dolo)

• University of West Georgia - $15,800 (Project Lead: Julia Farmer)

• Valdosta State University - $10,800 (Project Lead: Shantanu Chakraborty)

• Valdosta State University - $8,800 (Project Lead: Shafat Mubin)

Posted August 9, 2019

OpenAthens Update (August 2019)

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Thank you for all your hard work, great questions, and patience as we work with OpenAthens and EBSCO to tackle one of our most challenging goals: Make authentication as easy as possible.

Our goal to complete as many higher education institutions as possible before the fall semester was ambitious. We recently completed implementation for six USG institutions over a two-week period, and we continue to gain momentum.

What is taking so long?

There are many moving parts and partnerships in any large-scale systems implementation. With this project, delays generally fall into three categories:

  1. Gaining third party vendor cooperation in the resource activation process
  2. Getting essential information (collections, connections)
  3. Technology troubleshooting

Where are we now?

Implementations are complete for our pilot institutions, and work is underway with the University System of Georgia institutions.

Live with OpenAthens (or very near):

Brief update per library type:

More Need-to-Know Info
Our team is working with EBSCO and OpenAthens soon to set tentative go live dates for the remaining academic institutions. As soon as those dates are set, each institution will be updated. Once we begin public and school library implementations, we will have a much better idea of timelines. For more information, please review the information on the GALILEO OpenAthens Implementation Guide or contact us.

Posted July 3, 2019

From the Director: On the Road to a More User-Friendly GALILEO

Lucy HarrisonAs we enter the third year of our strategic plan, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on what we’ve accomplished this year. I’m thrilled at the progress we’ve been able to make so far, and look forward to working with you to making GALILEO even better next year!

Our in-depth strategic planning in 2017 clearly showed that we needed to focus on developing a more user-friendly experience for the GALILEO portal. A foundational platform for this is OpenAthens, our new authentication model. Most higher-ed libraries will be moved over to OpenAthens this summer, with GPLS following in the fall and early spring, and then K-12 libraries.

We’re looking to take advantage of this and other tools to completely redesign the GALILEO research portal…and as part of that effort, we’ve also put in place a new user-centered and agile design methodology. Our new GALILEO Development Advisory Committee has been hard at work on developing user “personas” that will help guide that development. Soon we’ll be looking to get feedback from you all on what that new design (or designs) might look like…stay tuned!

We also want to ensure that we are providing a robust set of electronic resources that meet the lifelong learning needs of all Georgians. We now have several e-resources advisory groups in place, and after some seriously in-depth evaluation, they recommended some significant changes and improvements this year. We were able to negotiate some great deals, upgrade content for everyone, and switch out some lesser-used resources for content that will better meet your patrons’ needs. This work will continue next year, expanding to the evaluation of open resources, and we’re also planning to implement a new e-resource management tool that we think will help provide an easier and more transparent experience for opt-in licensing.

Following the retirement of Karen Minton, we were fortunate to hire Joy Woodson as our new Assistant Director for Marketing Communications. Joy has quickly come up to speed on what makes Georgia libraries tick, and she is bringing her substantial past experience to bear on developing data-driven marketing and communications strategies. She’ll be working hard to streamline communications and increase our engagement with you all…she’s especially interested in reaching out to K-12 libraries and boosting our partnership work with other library groups. We’ll also be taking a closer look at our training programs this coming year, and hope to update our training portal with some great new content.

Through all our planning and development, we try to keep you – the library staff and the patrons you serve – first and foremost in our minds. As I mentioned above, we’ll soon be reaching out to share our plans for a freshly redesigned GALILEO portal. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming GALILEO Annual Conference, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime if you have other ideas we should look into. In the meantime, we’ll keep moving forward together!

Lucy Harrison is assistant vice chancellor for academic library services and executive director of GALILEO.

Posted July 2, 2019

GALILEO Content Changes for 2019-2020

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Beginning in July, GALILEO users will see several changes to the content/databases available through GALILEO. Although the changes are slated for the beginning of July, some may take place throughout the month.

Keep track of changes by visiting the FY20 Changes Status document. For a detailed summary of your institution’s GALILEO subscription, see the FY20 GALILEO Subscriptions folder. Individual Institutions are grouped by their respective user group’s (GPLS, TCSG, USG, etc.) folder, however Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Independent Schools Association and Georgia Public Library Service are not listed at the institution level.

New Content

WestLaw Campus Research: The USG, TCSG, and various GPALS institutions opted to replace Nexis Uni with WestLawCampus Research. Nexis UNI will remain as an opt-in cost-share resource for various institutions in our AMPALS user group. Here is a breakdown of the WestLaw Campus Research content for subscribing user groups.

PsycARTICLES (EBSCOhost): While this isn’t technically a new resource, PsycARTICLES was previously only available as a cost-share resource. PsycARTICLES will become a USG group resource in FY20.

Content Removal

OCLC WorldCat Discovery: The following suite of OCLC databases will be removed for AMPALS, GPLS, TCSG, and USG on July 1st, 2019. OCLC WorldCat Discovery will continue to be managed centrally for subscribing institutions through GALILEO cost-share. Institutions with local OCLC WMS subscriptions will need to create local GLRI entries for these resources. Please contact GALILEO if you need help with this.

Other Removed Databases:

Posted May 13, 2019

GALILEO Annual Conference Registration is Open

Robert Hatcher Conference Center in Macon

The GALILEO Annual Conference will take place July 11 at Middle Georgia State University in Macon. This year’s theme is Reimagining Services, and sessions will feature discussions centered on how the digital world is transforming the work of today’s library.

The keynote speaker will be Nikhil Deshpande, chief digital officer for the state of Georgia.

This one-day event is an opportunity for all of Georgia’s library community to learn more about GALILEO, touch base with content providers, and network with colleagues across the state.

Registration is free. For updates and to register, visit the conference webpage: https://www.usg.edu/galileo/conference/

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