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Posted April 8, 2020


Updated 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 21:

Events: The GIL Users Group Meeting (GUGM) and the GALILEO Annual Conference have both been canceled. Although there will be no in-person conferences, GALILEO plans to host webinars featuring some of the originally planned sessions throughout the summer and fall.

Updated 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8:

GIL Express: GIL Express, a resource-sharing service offered at all libraries within the University System of Georgia, is currently on hold. We will update universities when it is available again.

GALILEO Hours: Working from home has been extended for GALILEO staff until at least April 30. All GALILEO staff are accessible via the contact us form.

Updated 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24:

GALILEO Hours: GALILEO staff will continue to work remotely through at least April 5. All GALILEO staff are accessible via the contact us form.

GALILEO Upcoming Events: The May 2020 GIL Users Group Meeting and pre-conference workshops have been postponed. We are looking to reschedule the event for later this summer. For updates and information on refunds, please visit the conference website:

Updated 5:13 p.m., Wednesday, March 18:

All GALILEO updates related to COVID-19 will be posted here.

Keep Teaching USG: Affordable Learning Georgia worked with the University System of Georgia to complete a guide for all faculty and instructors on transitioning to teach virtually. Visit this page for helpful resources on virtual lab resources, alternatives to proctored exams, OER search tools and more. Additionally, the guide provides various institution-specific information for faculty and students. Visit, Keep Teaching USG.

GALILEO at Home: With all Georgia schools closed and many public libraries closing, as well, we have two helpful LibGuides on accessing GALILEO while at home: one for students and parents and one for public library patrons.

Accessing Vendor Resources: We contacted all of our vendors who provide content to GALILEO, and we are pulling together a list of their responses (summarized) regarding access and additional resources during this health emergency. Visit:

Updated 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 16:

GALILEO Hours: GALILEO, Georgia’s Virtual Library, remains open during this COVID-19 health emergency. However, effective March 16, all GALILEO employees who can work remotely will do so, based on the advisement of the University System of Georgia (USG). Employees are expected to resume in-office hours on March 30. Additionally, we are suspending all non-essential travel, including conferences, trainings, and site visits during this two-week time, and we will transition any required in-person meetings to an electronic format or postponement.

GALILEO Upcoming Events: The GIL Users Group Meeting and pre-conference sessions on May 13-14 and the GALILEO Annual Conference on June 18 are currently continuing as scheduled. Registration is open for both events. If the events are canceled, refunds will be issued. Please check each conference website for updates.

Affordable Learning Georgia Deadlines: The deadline has been extended to April 20 for round 17 of ALG’s Textbook Transformation Grants. This is to accommodate the two-week closure of USG institutions. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s selection on (or by) May 8.  On June 1, ALG will host a virtual kick-off meeting. Additional details will be sent to those affected. For faculty and instructors submitting their final grant reports for spring 2020, the deadline has been extended to June 12. 

Due to the nature of this evolving emergency, we may adjust our plans as developments dictate. We are remaining in communication with USG leaders, who are consulting constantly with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. 

Thank you for your patience during this time.