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:
Mary Ann Cullen, Georgia State University
mcullen@gsu.edu

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

Black Caucus (GLA-BC)

Chair:
Tamika Barnes
Georgia State University
tbarnes24@gsu.edu

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

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

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.

Collection Development

Chair:
Joan Merijanian
Sequoyah Regional Library System
merijanianj@seqlib.org

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

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

Circulation & Access Services

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

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

Secretary:
Toby Mayfield
Athens-Clarke County Library
tmayfield@athenslibrary.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

Distance Learning

Chair
Emily Thorton
Brenau University
ethornton@brenau.edu

Vice-Chair
Samantha Paul
Valdosta State University
sepaul@valdosta.edu

Secretary
Florence Tang
Mercer University
tang_fy@mercer.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 subscribe to the Distance Learning Interest Group listserv, please visit:
http://list.georgialibraries.org/mailman/listinfo/gladistancelearning-l

Distance Learning Interest Group Events
3D IL: Providing Information Literacy Learning Opportunities for Distance Learners Across Time, Space and Mode
Presented by Dana Longley, Assistant Director for Library Instruction and Information Literacy at State University of New York (SUNY), Empire State College
Collaborative Design Thinking: How to Strategically Leverage Shrinking Resources to Build Online Learning Experiences (Archive)
Presented by Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian/Associate Professor at Kansas State University

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

Gender and 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

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.

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 Mary Ann Cullen, Interest Group Council chair at mcullen@gsu.edu

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.

If you would like to join this group, please complete this form.

Minutes
October 7, 2016

Documents
Genealogy and Local History Interest Group Bylaws

Government Information

Chair:
Alison Cook
Columbus State University
cook_alison@columbusstate.edu

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

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

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

Information Technology

Chair:
Thomas Waters
Brenau University
twaters1@brenau.edu

Vice-Chair/Secretary:
Tobias Croom
Clayton County Library System
Tobias.Croom@claytoncountyga.gov

Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Information Technology Interest Group is to collect and disseminate information in the general area of library automation. Specific interests include the following: electronic data processing, telecommunications, cable communications, systems analysis, and the evaluation of computer hardware and software. The interest group will serve both an educational and clearinghouse function.

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

Resources
Link to IT Resources

Interlibrary Loan

Chair:
Ann Fuller
Georgia Southern University
aofuller@georgiasouthern.edu

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

Secretary:
Christopher Andrews
University of North Georgia
Christopher.Andrews@ung.edu

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

Intellectual Freedom

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

Vice-Chair:
VACANT

Secretary:
Mary Young
Uncle Remus Regional Library System
mary@uncleremus.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.

Library Services for Persons with Disabilities

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

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
Vanessa Garofalo
Oxford College of Emory University
vanessa.garofalo@emory.edu

Secretary:
Priscilla Dickerson
Auburn Avenue Research Library
pagrad2002@gmail.com

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.

Professional & Continuing Education

Chair:
Angela Glowcheski
Sequoyah Regional Library
glowcheskia@seqlib.org

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect:
Rebecca Ballard
Athens Regional Library System
rballard@athenslibrary.org

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

PACE Events
ACRL and Information Literacy: Bringing the “Framework” Into Focus Event

Minutes
January 19, 2018
October 5, 2017
December 14, 2016

Research and Assessment Interest Group

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

Vice-Chair:
Christina Holm
Kennesaw State University
cholm1@kennesaw.edu

Secretary-Treasurer:
Lamonica Sanford
Georgia College and State University
lamonica.sanford@gcsu.edu

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

Events and 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

Reference and Instructional Services Interest Group

Chair:
Teresa Nesbitt
University of North Georgia
Teresa.Nesbitt@ung.edu

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

Secretary:
Catherine Bowers
Valdosta State University
csbowers@valdosta.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.

Space Planning & Facilities

Chair:
Yadira Payne
Woodworth Consolidated Library
yadira.v.payne.naf@mail.mil

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
VACANT

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

Chair:
Linh Uong
University of North Georgia
Linh.Uong@ung.edu

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

Secretary:
Rebecca Hunnicutt
Georgia Southern University
rhunnicutt@georgiasouthern.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)

Webinars
Linked Data for the Real World (May 19, 2020)