The Georgia Library Association offers support for a wide variety of interest groups that advocate for many causes. Consider joining any of the groups listed below and if you are interested in filling an officer’s position or launching a new group, contact the GLA Interest Group Council.

Interest Group Council

Chair:
Emily Thornton, Brenau University
ethornton@brenau.edu

Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Tamika Barnes, GSU Perimeter College
tbarnes24@gsu.edu

Contact Interest Group Council at interestgroups@georgialibraryassociation.org

Black Caucus (GLA-BC)

Chair:
Angiah Davis
Gordon State College
adavis1@gordonstate.edu

Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Priscilla Dickerson
Auburn Avenue Research Library
priscilla.dickerson@fultoncountyga.gov

Secretary:
Angela Dixon
Georgia State University
adixon50@gsu.edu

Contact GLA-BC at blackcaucus@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The Georgia Library Associations’ Black Caucus (GLA-BC) will provide leadership and advocacy, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion of library services in all communities. It will serve as a forum for collaborative endeavors and creative exchange of ideas. This network of professionals seeks to cultivate this broad spectrum through information and resource sharing, learning and developmental programs, events, activities, and channels of communication throughout the state of Georgia and nationally.

Minutes
December 13, 2019

Circulation & Access Services

Chair:
Kara Mullen
Georgia State University
kmullen@gsu.edu

Vice Chair:
Chris Sharpe
Kennesaw State University
csharpe@kennesaw.edu

Secretary:
Jessica Garner
Georgia Southern University
jgarner@georgiasouthern.edu

Contact Circulation & Access Services Interest Group at circulation@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The object of the Circulation and Access Services Interest Group is to promote the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues relating to circulation and access service operations within the Georgia Library Association network of various libraries.

Minutes
January 10, 2020

Collection Development

Chair:
Allison Reuter
Georgia College
allison.reuter@gcsu.edu

Vice Chair:
Ashley Carroll
University of West Georgia
amccarle@westga.edu

Secretary:
Tiffany Little
Georgia Public Library Service
tlittle@georgialibraries.org

Contact Collection Development Interest Group at collectiondevelopment@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Collection Development Interest Group is to promote the discussion and exchange of ideas related to library collection development. This includes collection management, selection tools and processes, and collection development policies. Other possible topics of discussion include collection assessment and evaluation, fiscal management and budgeting, and preservation of materials.

Statement of Criteria for Membership
The group is open to anyone with an interest in issues related to library collection development.

To subscribe to the Collection Development Interest Group listserv, please visit:
http://list.georgialibraries.org/mailman/listinfo/glacolldev-l

Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2020
October 10, 2019
October 4, 2018
January 19, 2018
October 7, 2016

Distance Learning

Email GLIG officers

Chair
Samantha Paul
Valdosta State University
sepaul@valdosta.edu

Vice-Chair
Florence Tang
Mercer University
tang_fy@mercer.edu

Secretary
Mary Ann Cullen
Georgia State University
mcullen@gsu.edu

Statement of Purpose

The Distance Learning Interest Group is for GLA members interested in the challenges of providing library services to distance learners.  Our focus is on the kinds of support we, as library staff, can supply to users virtually, remotely, or off-campus.  This includes traditional distance learners, students taking hybrid classes, or any other user accessing library services remotely.

All GLA members are welcome, regardless of role in the library or type of library.

To join DLIG, select Distance Learning in your profile in the GLA Membership Portal.

Events

Subscribe to DLIG Forum to get notice of upcoming events.

Distance Librarianship Under Duress (Poster presentation 7-10-2020)
3D IL: Providing Information Literacy Learning Opportunities for Distance Learners Across Time, Space and Mode
(Dana Longley webinar 9-18-2019)
Collaborative Design Thinking: How to Strategically Leverage Shrinking Resources to Build Online Learning Experiences
(Joelle Pitts webinar 4-9-2018)

Minutes
January 10, 2020
October 10, 2019
January 11, 2019
October 4, 2018
January 19, 2018
October 5, 2017
December 14, 2016

Genealogy & Local History

Chair:
VACANT

Vice Chair:
VACANT

Secretary:
VACANT

This group is currently inactive because it lacks a chair. If you’d like to chair the group, contact Interest Group Council chair at interestgroups@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the interest group is to exchange ideas and information about the use and accessibility of library genealogy, local history and archival materials. Specific interests include the management of digitization projects and born-digital collections, collections management and preservation, reference and research services, archival processing, programming, and project grant funding.

Minutes
October 7, 2016

Documents
Genealogy and Local History Interest Group Bylaws

Gender & Sexuality Diversities

Chair
Robert J. Taylor
Valdosta State University
rngriggs@valdosta.edu

Vice-Chair
Jessica Callaway
jesslcall@icloud.com

Secretary
Jennifer Griffin
Jennifer.Griffin@gsw.edu

Contact Gender and Sexuality Diversities Interest Group at gsdig@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the GLA Gender and Sexuality Diversities Interest Group is to advocate for and advance the voices of LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic and more) individuals in Georgia libraries through networking and collaboration. Specific topics of the Interest Group include outreach, programming, resource sharing, community building, and access to resources. In addition, it will also facilitate collaborative programming for the annual Georgia Libraries Conference on topics such as inclusive programs, collection development, supporting your LGBTQIA+ colleagues, current issues, and more.

All GLA members are welcome.

Government Information

Chair:
Tim Daniels
University of North Georgia
timothy.daniels@ung.edu

Vice Chair:
Kathy Piselli
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Kathy.Piselli@fultoncountyga.gov

Secretary:
Laurie Aycock
Kennesaw State University
laurie.aycock@kennesaw.edu

Contact Government Information Interest Group at govinfo@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Government Information Interest Group is to promote the use and accessibility of federal, state, and local documents as well as foreign and international documents and to provide support, information-sharing, and instruction for government documents at all levels.

Minutes
January 8, 2021
October 10, 2019
January 11, 2019
October 4, 2018
October 5, 2017
December 14, 2016
October 7, 2016

Information Technology

Chair:
Natarsha Miller
Cobb County School District
natarshamiller@gmail.com

Vice-Chair/Secretary:
Ashley Carroll
University of West Georgia
amccarle@westga.edu

Contact Information Technology Interest Group at technology@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Information Technology Interest Group is to collect and disseminate information on technologies in library and information environments. The interest group will serve both an educational and clearinghouse function. It will plan and support state-wide meetings and seminars dealing with information technology. It will also seek to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information and the discussion of common problems through publications and special workshops.

Minutes
December 14, 2016
January 22, 2016
February 4, 2005
January 11, 2002

Resources
Link to IT Resources

Intellectual Freedom

Chair:
John Mack Freeman
Gwinnett County Public Library
johnmackfreeman@gmail.com

Vice-Chair:
VACANT

Secretary:
VACANT

Contact Intellectual Freedom Interest Group at intellectualfreedom@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Intellectual Freedom Interest Group is to increase awareness of intellectual freedom and social responsibility issues among the librarians and all citizens of Georgia. The group educates the members of GLA and supports efforts to combat censorship in all forms.

Interlibrary Loan

Contact Interlibrary Loan Interest Group at interlibraryloan@georgialibraryassociation.org

Chair:
Natalie Logue
Georgia Southern University
nlogue@georgiasouthern.edu

Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Amy Chew
Valdosta State University
amy.k.chew@gmail.com

Secretary:
Sarah Ziegler
Live Oak Public Libraries
szeigler78@gmail.com

Statement of Purpose
The objectives of the Interlibrary Loan Interest Group are to promote and facilitate the necessary and appropriate discussion and joint decision making which is essential to maintaining and increasing cooperation between libraries of all types.

Georgia Interlibrary Loan Code 2016

Leadership and Management

Chair

Tim Daniels
University of North Georgia
Timothy.Daniels@ung.edu

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Leadership & Management Interest Group shall be the education, development, and support of current and emerging leaders and managers in all types of libraries across Georgia.

Library Services for Persons with Disabilities

Chair:
Vanessa Garofalo
Oxford College of Emory University
vanessa.garofalo@emory.edu

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Chaundria Campos
Georgia State University
cwynn8@gsu.edu

Secretary:
Asha Hagood
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)
ahagood@georgialibraries.org

Content Curator:
Will Smith
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)
wsmith@georgialibraries.org

Contact Library Services for Persons with Disabilities Interest Group at lspd@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The objectives of the Library Services for Persons with Disabilities Interest Group shall be:

(1) to promote an integrated library experience utilizing assistive technology to ease the access of information for persons with aural, mobility, neurological or visual disabilities, whether permanent or temporary;
(2) to foster cooperation and collaboration with community partners;
(3) to provide educational resources and information about new programs and policies affecting Georgia residents with disabilities.

Minutes
October 28, 2020
September 23, 2020
May 27, 2020
April 29, 2020
February 28, 2020
January 29, 2020

Professional & Continuing Education

Chair:
Rebecca Ballard
Athens Regional Library System
rballard@athenslibrary.org

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect:
Kara Rumble
Sequoyah Regional Library System
rumblek@seqlib.org

Secretary:
Heather Salters
DeKalb County Public Library
saltersh@dekalblibrary.org

Contact PACE at pace@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group (PACE) is to advance the interests of librarianship through initial and continuing professional education of Georgia librarians.

Request for Continuing Education Credits for GLA Sponsored Events – Complete this form as a GLA Division, Committee or Interest Group to receive a GLA certificate for continuing education credits. If you have any questions, send an email to pace@georgialibraryassociation.org.

Minutes
January 08, 2021
January 10, 2020
January 19, 2018
October 5, 2017
December 14, 2016

Reference & Instructional Services

Contact RISIG at risig@georgialibraryassociation.org

Chair:
Leslie Drost
Kennesaw State University
ldrost@kennesaw.edu

Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Catherine Bowers
Valdosta State University
csbowers@valdosta.edu

Secretary:
Sheeji Kathuria
GSU Perimeter College-Alpharetta
skathuria1@gsu.edu

Statement of Purpose
Sponsoring programs and projects closely related to the work of reference librarians. This interest group aims to advance the informational, bibliographical, instructional, and research services in all types of libraries and at all levels within the State of Georgia.

Historical Perspective
Before the emergence of solid Internet communication, reference, and research, the Reference Services Interest Group contributed to libraries in Georgia through print mediums, for example, in a publication called BRIGHT IDEAS.

Research & Assessment

Chair:
Michael Holt
Valdosta State University
moholt@valdosta.edu

Vice-Chair:
Manda Sexton
Kennesaw State University
asexto16@kennesaw.edu

Secretary-Treasurer:
Danielle Costello
Valdosta State University
drcostel@valdosta.edu

Minutes:
December 14, 2016
October 7, 2016
January 22, 2016

Contact Research and Assessment Interest Group at assessment@georgialibraryassociation.org

Events and Presentations

March 26th 2021 RAIG virtual meeting presentations

April 26th 2019 RAIG meeting
Developing Assessment Skills When You Have No Idea What To Do Presented by Catherine Bowers, Valdosta State University
Building Meaningful Partnerships With Schools
Presented by Don Giacomini, Gwinnett Public Library System
Honed Outreach: Leveraging Your Library’s Social Media Presence
Presented by Abbie Holmes, Middle Georgia State University
Library Spelling Bees as Outreach
Presented by Leticia Stinson, Fulton County Library System

Avoiding Research Pitfalls
Presented by Dr. Michael Gibbons, Middle Georgia State University, March 9, 2017

Removing Barriers to One-Shot Assessment
Presented by Amy Fyn, Margaret Fain, Coastal Carolina University, October 6, 2016

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this interest group is to foster the skills, knowledge, and experience of members and others in the practices of 1) library assessment and 2) library and information science research.

These two practices seek to positively affect library practices and outcomes by promoting research-based decision making in individual libraries and in the profession as a whole. Members share a common interest in the techniques of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

By joining together, our members further their common interests and goals by exchanging ideas and information, collaborating on projects, and creating learning opportunities for themselves and others.

RAIG Bylaws

Any GLA members who are interested in LIS research and/or library assessment may sign up for our mailing list at http://list.georgialibraries.org/mailman/listinfo/glaraig-l

Space Planning & Facilities

Chair:
Rodney McElveen
Santilla Regional Library
mcelveenr@srlsys.org

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
VACANT

Contact Space Planning and Facilities Interest Group at facilities@georgialibraryassociation.org

Statement of Purpose
For anyone involved with or working on library facility issues such as refurbishing, remodeling, renovation, moving, sustainability, and new building construction. Other topics of interest might include anything from space planning to daily maintenance and repair issues. The group will be a resource to share information relevant to all types of libraries, and possibly suggest topics of interest for GLA Conference presentations.

Minutes
January 11, 2019
October 5, 2017

Technical Services

Technical Services Interest Group

Contact TSIG at technicalservices@georgialibraryassociation.org

Chair:
Rachel Evans
UGA Law Library
rsevans@uga.edu

Vice Chair/Chair Elect:
Rebecca Hunnicutt
Georgia Southern University
rhunnicutt@georgiasouthern.edu

Secretary:
Kat Greer
Agnes Scott College
kgreer@agnesscott.edu

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of Technical Services Interest Group is “to contribute to library service in Georgia through encouragement and promotion of activities in the fields of acquisitions, cataloging, classification, electronic resources management, library systems, serials, and related fields, and through cooperation with the Georgia Library Association. This interest group is organized as one of the regional groups of the ALA Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Division. Any member of the Georgia Library Association engaged or interested in the work of acquisitions, cataloging, classification, electronic resources management, library systems, serials, and related fields in the state of Georgia may become a member of this interest group.” (GLA Handbook, Nov. 2014, p. 79)