What’s in a Word

I spotted the observation around the time of the millennium.  A pundit wrote that communication is becoming less dependent on language. More communication was observed via the use of pictographs, or hieroglyphics.  These days, the emoji is as ubiquitous as its population is increasing.  A check of my phone (an Apple) showed 91 emoji*  variations…

Hubbard and Beard Scholarships – It’s Time to Apply

From Scott Pieper, Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair The application period for the Beard and Hubbard Scholarships is now open! The Hubbard Scholarship is a one-time $3,000 award presented each year with the purpose of recruiting excellent librarians for Georgia by providing financial assistance toward completion of a Master’s degree in library science. It is made possible by the…

The GLA 2021 Awards – Call for Nominations

The Georgia Library Association Awards Committee seeks nominations from special, school, public and academic librarians in Georgia for the 2021 GLA Awards. Winners will be recognized at the 2021 Georgia Libraries Annual Conference (formerly COMO). GLA has a variety of awards to celebrate individual or team contributions to libraries or to a supported state organization.…

Open Education Week – Virtual Webinars

You are invited to participate in Open Education Week by attending the virtual webinars during the week of March 1-5. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage you to share this information with interested faculty, students, and librarians. 45 minute webinars – just right for lunchtime. The Kennesaw State University libraries have assembled and will host this…

Prioritize Library Workers in Vaccination Plans

Georgia Library Association Calls on the Georgia Department of Health to Prioritize Librarians and Library Workers in Vaccination Plans GLA urges the Department of Health to recognize that public and academic libraries perform regular and necessary “frontline services” every day. All library workers, staff, and librarians are therefore in a high-risk group. Including librarians and…

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2020 Georgia Public Library Awards

Georgia Public Library Service is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Georgia Public Library Awards, which honor the people and places that have made a profound difference in their communities through public libraries. The Cherokee Regional Library System has been awarded Library of the Year. Marquita Gooch-Voyd, assistant director of Clayton County Library System is Librarian…

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Starring a Dictionary – Sort of

Even today, one of the largest physical books in a library is the all-purpose reference dictionary. Often out of date, it sits open to the page of the last user’s search.  At one library I managed, this dictionary was vintage enough that the word “internet” didn’t exist.  However, the words “perspicacious” and “femur” (with line…