Thursday, October 21, 2010

6 Questions About...John O'Shea

NAME: John O’Shea
POSITION: Special Collections Librarian

How long have you lived in Augusta and how did you come to live there? I have lived in Augusta since the 1970s. I originally transferred and came to Augusta to finish college.

What is the focus of the archives/library/museum where you work? Augusta State University publications and documents, local history including some archival material from Augusta’s early history, genealogy materials and archival collections with a related focus.

What is your favorite thing in your holdings? I have many favorites, but I’d include the maps of the area that give a sense of what Augusta was like from its early history.

What aspect of archival work are you most interested in, especially for the future of the profession? Succinctly, preserving archival materials that are unique, significant and reflect what has happened in the past. Collections that are likely to be beneficial in the future.

What is your favorite bar or restaurant in Augusta and why? My favorite restaurant is the Village Deli on Wrightsboro Road in Daniel Village. It is across from Daniel Field which has a history going back to the early 1900s. The Village Deli has both interesting and eclectic pictures which reflect the history of the immediate area. Obviously I like the food. It’s close to Augusta State. It isn’t as close to the conference. 

What is the one thing that you think all SGA/SCAAers should do or see in Augusta? During the day, I suggest visiting the Augusta Canal Interpretative Center at Enterprise Mill.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

What to See and Where to Visit: A Sampling of Augusta Area Institutions and Attractions for SGA'ers

National Park Service Travel Itinerary for Historic Augusta
This online travel itinerary highlights 39 Augusta sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The website provides descriptions, maps, photographs, visitor information, and links for each place. Five essays interpret important themes including the city’s overall history, historic preservation, the African-American community, and religious institutions.
This is your 1 stop shop for all things historic in Augusta!

Augusta Museum of History and Augusta Visitors Center
Augusta's home for history features a number of permanent exhibitions, including the award-winning Augusta's Story - a 12,000-year journey through local history. The Children's Discovery Gallery offers hands-on activities. An observation gallery allows visitors to see artifact conservation activities and much of the museum's fascinating permanent collection. Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: 1PM-5PM, closed Monday and legal holidays.

Augusta Riverwalk
 Located in downtown Augusta on Reynolds Street between 7th and 10th streets, Riverwalk is an integral part of the downtown Augusta revitalization project. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and historic sites, in the mid 1980's community leaders realized the potential for transforming the riverfront into a thriving business and tourist center. It took an act of Congress to breach the levee, which lines the shores of the Savannah River, and was completed in 1917 to protect the city from flooding. Ground breaking for the project was held in 1986 and today Riverwalk plays host to festivals, concerts, sporting events and holiday celebrations.
Morris Museum of Art
Discover the fascinating story of painting in the South at the Morris Museum of Art, where you'll find more than a dozen galleries devoted to the art and artists of the South. The museum includes antebellum portraits, Civil War illustrations, Southern impressionist paintings, landscapes, contemporary art and more. The museum presents changing exhibitions and educational programs, and features a research library and a museum shop.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Sunday: 12-5PM,  Free tours available every Sunday at 2:30PM.

Augusta State/ U.S. & Confederate Arsenal
The 72-acre former arsenal is now the campus of Augusta State University. The commandant's house (circa 1829), now used for administrative offices, was the boyhood home of poet and novelist Stephen Vincent Benet. The university offers a helpful walking tour brochure on its many historic buildings.

Cedar Grove Cemetery
Land was allotted for Augusta¹s first "Colored Cemetery" in 1820. In continuous use until the 1960s, it is the final resting place of many notable black Augustans. With few tombstones and no record of specific gravesites previous to 1932, the individual histories of many are sadly lost.

Ezekiel Harris House Museum
Built in 1797 by a prominent tobacco merchant, this house is an outstanding example of 18th century architecture. Tuesday-Friday: by appointment, Saturday: 10AM-4:30PM.

Laurel and Hardy Museum, Harlem, GA
The only museum in the United States dedicated to one of the greatest movie comedy teams in history - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy was born in Harlem, GA. The museum is filed with memorabilia from all over the world, to include toys, figurines, posters and lots more. Movies are shown in Babe's Bijou daily. The Harlem Visitors Information Center is housed in the museum.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Georgia Archives Month Begins Today!

October is Georgia Archives Month! Celebrate with events around the state, available on the GAM calendar at

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

6 Questions About...Renee Sharrock

NAME: Renee Sharrock
POSITION: Archives Assistant

How long have you lived in Augusta and how did you come to live there? I grew up in the CSRA - Central Savannah River Area - so I've lived here for 30+ years!

What is the focus of the archives/library/museum where you work? The Historical Collections and Archives of the Greenblatt Library focuses on the history the Medical College of Georgia and the health sciences.

What is your favorite thing in your holdings? 
On display in the Historical Collections and Archives Room is the "Bronchoscopic History and Exhibit" of Dr. Clyde Edison Purcell 
(1872-1948) which features the 146 "foreign bodies" removed by Dr.
Purcell between 1905-1947 in Paducah, Kentucky. Most of the foreign bodies were safety pins, jacks, and coins. Dr. Purcell kept a catalog of the items, dates, patients' ages, instruments used, etc. which is also on display. The exhibit was given to the MCG Library by Dr. Purcell's grandson, Dr. Ewell C. Noel, Jr., a graduate of MCG. Visitors to Historical Collections and Archives are often intrigued with the exhibit.

What aspect of archival work are you most interested in, especially for the future of the profession? Digital collections and their preservation.

What is your favorite bar or restaurant in Augusta and why? Oh my - there's more than one: French Market Grille, T-Bonz Steakhouse, The Partridge Inn Bar & Grill, Boll Weevil Cafe, and across the Savannah River in North Augusta, South Carolina, Manuel's Bread Cafe.

What is the one thing that you think all SGA/SCAAers should do or see in Augusta? After the last session on Friday, eat lunch at the Boll Weevil and from there visit the Morris Museum of Art. If you have time, or would prefer, take a stroll through the Riverwalk Park to the Augusta Museum of History. If you have only the briefest of time for sight-seeing and want to do something memorable - have a photo taken of you with James Brown at his statue on Broad Street. There's the James Brown Cam if you don't have a friend to take the photo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

We've All Got to Eat!

Need a place to eat in during the SGA/SCCAA Annual Meeting in Augusta? Check out this master list of restaurants of all tastes, geographically divided for your convenience!

Augusta Dining Options:

Check out it is the arts/entertainment/restaurant guide for the Augusta metro area.

The Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites also has a visitor's guide available on their website:

Walking distance from the hotel, downtown Augusta area:

209 On the River, at 8th street fountain, Southern food, meat and three, lunch and dinner, live music

Beamies at the River, 865 Reynolds Street, lunch and dinner, seafood, patio, live music
Boll Weevil #10 9th Street, lunch and dinner, know for desserts, Metro’s Best for 2009
Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant and Lounge, 211 10th Street, opens 5pm, Metro’s Best for 2009
Cotton Patch, 816 Cotton Ln., Southern fare, lunch and dinner

Nacho Mamas 976 Broad Street, lunch dinner Mexican food, burritos, Metro’s Best for 2009
The New Moon Café- 1002 Broad Street, coffee bar and café, breakfast and lunch

Metro Coffee House, 1054 Broad Street, all day service, Metro’s Best for 2009

Blue Sky Kitchen, 990 Broad Street, lunch, world cuisine

Pizza Joint 1245 Broad Street, lunch and dinner, Metro’s Best for 2009

Dining options further out:

Surrey Center ( Old Augusta shopping center that has been expanded in recent years. The #1 thing there is the French Market Grille (Louisiana style cuisine, lunch and dinner).(

Also located in this shopping center is Bistro 491 (dinner only) for southern French rustic cuisine

Augusta Exchange shopping area, just off I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway) at Wheeler Road there is a group of chain restaurants: Romano's Macaroni Grill, Chili's, Logan's Road House, Sticky Fingers Rib House, O'Charley's.

Even further out:

Rhinehart's Oyster Bar a real hole in the wall with good seafood (not just oysters). Open lunch and dinner. Metro’s Best for 2009 (

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Georgia Archives Month Event at Georgia Archives

The Georgia Archives is pleased to announce that Documentary Director Ben Loeterman will join them for a Special Edition of Lunch & Learn at the Georgia Archives on Thursday, October 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Please join them to learn about how Mr. Loeterman transforms archival records into “living” documents through film.

His most recent work, The People v. Leo Frank is a 90-minute feature documentary about one of the most complex and compelling criminal cases in American history: the 1913 murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in an Atlanta pencil factory, and the trial and lynching of her accused killer, Leo Frank.  Scholar interviews and major dramatic recreations for The People v. Leo Frank were shot on location in Atlanta. 

Lunch & Learn is a free lecture series sponsored by the Friends of Georgia Archives and History.  Bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.  For more information, please call 678-364-3730.

Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

6 Questions About...Carol Waggoner-Angleton

NAME: Carol Waggoner-Angleton
POSITION: Special Collections Assistant
INSTITUTION: Reese Library Augusta State University

How long have you lived in Augusta and how did you come to live there?  I’ve lived in Augusta for seven years.  This turned out to be my husband’s last Air Force assignment and we like it so much we decided to stay put a while.

What is the focus of the archives/library/museum where you work?  Reese Library Special Collections focuses on the history of the University, the history of Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and the history of Georgia.  We no longer collect actively in Genealogy but maintain the sources we do have.

What is your favorite thing in your holdings?  That is like asking me who my favorite child is.  For a taste of the materials we hold, see our presentations for past Archives Months at

What aspect of archival work are you most interested in, especially for the future of the profession?  My primary interest is in access and description.  If materials are not used for research, they remain lost treasures and research needs are not served without adequate access and description.  That said, I’m also a believer in the “good enough” record.

What is your favorite bar or restaurant in Augusta and why?  My favorite restaurant in Augusta is the Pizza Joint.  They have a fabulous veggie calzone and they are well within anyone’s budget.

What is the one thing that you think all SGA/SCAAers should do or see in Augusta?  My Special Collections department of course!  No seriously, the Woodrow Wilson House.  And everybody should touch the Haunted Pillar.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Georgia Archives Month Proclamation

On September 9, 2010, Governor Sonny Perdue issued a proclamation designating October as the 11th Georgia Archives Month.  Several institutions across the state are hosting events encouraging people to “Travel Back in Time,” the theme for this year’s celebration.

A complete listing of events is listed on the SGA web site at

It is not too late to plan something special for your institution and call attention to the work that you do.  If you need advice or have any questions, contact Bridget Lerette,, (404-978-2772) or Elaine DeNiro,, (770-594-6405). 

*Photo by Alana Joyner. Additional photographs are available.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Georgia Archives Month event at Clayton State

In celebration of Georgia Archives Month, the Masters of Archival Science program at Clayton State University will be hosting speaker Jason R. Baron, Esq., on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 6:30.

Mr. Baron will speak on the topic "What Do I Do With a Billion Emails?: The Future of Information Retrieval in E-Discovery."

For more information on the event, contact Richard Pearce-Moses at

For more information on Mr. Baron, visit

To learn more about Georgia Archives Month, visit

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Register Now for the SGA Annual Meeting Workshops

This year the SGA Annual Meeting will offer two educational workshops, including one for free!

Workshop 1: Description and Discovery

Workshop 2: Grant Basics for Your Institution (FREE)

Spaces are limited so register today!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

SGA/SCAA Joint Annual Meeting!

Are you ready for the SGA/SCAA Annual Meeting in Augusta?

This year's meeting will be held October 28-29, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia, in collaboration with the South Carolina Archival Association, with two workshops held on October 27.

Over the next few weeks, your SGA Outreach Committee will be sharing interviews with Augusta archivists, profiles of Augusta institutions and history, as well as details on great restaurants, bars and must sees for the meeting. Keep an eye on the SGA blog and Facebook page for more details.

Register for the meeting today!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Care and Identification of Photographs Week in Savannah

Our own Savannah, Ga. is included in this year's "Care and Identification of Photographs Week". This four day workshop is a hands on introduction to the preservation of photographs. Details below.

New York: September 27-30, 2010 (Hosted by METRO: Metropolitan New York
Library Council)
San Francisco: October 18-21, 2010 (Hosted by SF Camerawork)
Savannah: November 4-7, 2010 (Hosted by the Coastal Heritage Society)
REGISTER NOW: (link to New York/METRO registration)
Registration Includes:
* 4-day workshop
* 280-page color notebook (printed on HP Indigo Digital Press)
* 60x LED handheld microscope

Georgia Archives Month Proclamation Signing

The Governor will be signing the Georgia Archives Month proclamation on September 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the State Capitol in the Governor’s Office. It would be nice to have a large turnout of SGA members at the signing. Hope to see you there! Please contact Christine Wiseman with any questions.

You can find directions to the capitol and parking information on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. The signing will take place in suite 203 of the capitol. We advise that you arrive 10 minutes early to your photo and allow for a maximum of one hour time.

The Governor's photographer will be taking photos. They are free of charge and you will be able to download them from the Governor's website. If you have any further questions regarding the actual photos, you may contact the Governor's photographer, Alana Joyner. Her email address is

Image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stabilization and Recovery of Damaged Records

Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations

August 19, 2010

Secretary of State Kemp Announces Contract to Assist with Vital Records Recovery Following Disasters

Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today announced that his office has signed a contract that will assist state and local agencies, public libraries, and public and private universities by stabilizing and recovering vital documents in the event of disasters. The statewide contract for Stabilization and Recovery of Damaged Records was created in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services to protect documents and records including deeds, mortgages, court records, adoption records, marriage and birth records, and many others that Georgians depend on to protect their health, property, and civil rights.

“When a disaster strikes a courthouse or any building which stores our vital records, the consequences for Georgians can be catastrophic,” said Secretary Kemp. “This new contract will provide every state agency, local government, and public library with qualified vendors to recover damaged records after a fire, flood, or other disaster.”

According to David Carmicheal, director of the Secretary of State’s Archives Division, the first forty-eight hours after a disaster are critical.

Carmichael stated, “Most disasters create some sort of water damage, and during the first 48 hours mold can form on records, hard drives can rust, and book covers warp. This contract will ensure that a qualified recovery expert responds quickly so that essential records can be rescued.”

Vendors will be able to pack materials and remove them from the disaster area, freeze records to stop deterioration, and recover damaged paper, hard drives, photographs, and more. Records that have been damaged in a disaster are fragile and easily destroyed during the recovery. The new contract ensures that whoever does the recovery work has been prequalified by the state archives as competent to do the work.

In addition, the new contract ensures that recovery work will be done at prices that were established before the disaster. “A court clerk standing knee-deep in water doesn’t have time to negotiate the best price,” says Carmicheal. This contract sets the prices for recovery work and eliminates the prospect of prices rising as the result of a widespread disaster. It will protect the records of state agencies, local governments, public libraries, public and private universities, and some not-for-profit organizations.

For additional information, please visit the Secretary of State’s Archives Division at or call 678-364-3700.

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SGA Archivist

The SGA Nominating Committee would like to thank everyone who has come forward to run for the open elected positions on the SGA Board for 2011. We now have a full slate of candidates for every position, except that we still have one opening on the ballot for SGA Archivist.

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for this position. We would like to particularly encourage those of you who are new to SGA to run, especially if you are in the early years of your career. Running for office and (if you're elected) serving on the SGA Board is a great way to become involved in our state organization. The basic duties for Archivist are outlined on the website. The term is two years (2011 and 2012).

If you would like to put your name forward for this position, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please send a quick email to Christine de Catanzaro by the end of this week.

Monday, August 02, 2010


Attending SAA this year? Come out and show your support for SGA at the SGA Happy Hour and Office Hours.

SGA Happy Hour: Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30pm, at Murphy's of DC

SGA Office Hours: Friday, August 13 at 11:00am, in the Exhibition Hall (during the vendor brunch)

We'll see you in DC!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

SGA Warm Springs tour

On June 4th SGA members traveled to Warm Springs for a special tour. See the photographs on the SGA Flickr photostream!

This tour was brought to you by the SGA Membership Committee. Don't forget to look out for coming events for SGA members.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NHPRC Reauthorization Needs Your Help Now!

NHPRC reauthorization passed the Senate (S. 2872) on July 12, but has not passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (H. 5616). It is vital that they pass together, which means that the House version must pass before the first week of August!

Please consider contacting the members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee TODAY and urge them to support the passage of  H. 5616!

Advice on how to do this, from SAA:

All Members of Congress can be reached via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Letters, e-mails, and phone calls from constituents within each member's district are most effective, but so are contacts by individual members of national, state, regional, and local organizations. A list of the House Committee members, with direct links to their office websites and phone numbers, is available on the National Coalition for History website as is a briefing paper with information to assist in making your case for NHPRC.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The SGA-SCAA Annual Meeting is Here!

Join us for the 2010 Society of Georgia Archivists-South Carolina Archival Association Joint Annual Meeting to be held at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites on October 28-29, with pre-conference workshop on October 27. Our keynote speakers will be Kathleen Roe and Richard Pearce-Moses. Don't miss the educational and networking opportunities and register today! Registration closes September 28, 2010.

*Image courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.

SGA Members in SAA Elections

The following SGA members are running for leadership positions in SAA. Please consider showing your support for our colleagues.

Laurel Bowen, University Archivist, Georgia State University is running for Steering Committee of SAA's Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable

Courtney Chartier, Assistant Head, Archives Research Center, Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library is running for Steering Committee of the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable

Laura Starratt, Circulation Clerk, Athens Public Library is running for Steering Committee of the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable

Elizabeth Russey Roke, Manuscript Archivist, Emory University Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library is running for Chair of Manuscript Repositories Section

Renna Tuten, Archivist, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia is running for a spot on the Steering Committee of the Manuscripts Section


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Job opening: Contract Processing Archivist Georgia Historical Society

The Georgia Historical Society seeks a Contract Processing Archivist to "accession, arrange, and describe archival collections at the basic level, assist with research services in the Georgia Historical Society Library and Archives, and other duties as assigned."

See the full job description at

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red Alert: Support NHPRC Reauthorization by This Wednesday!

Below you will find the text of an email from SAA Headquarters. Please read it and consider lending a hand in the battle to reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Georgia is a state represented by a member of the Subcommittee to reauthorize NHPRC! Please consider faxing a letter of support to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R, GA). Contact information and tips on how to write a letter can be found below.

You live in a state represented by a member of the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and the National Archives – and we need your help! 
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is due for reauthorization in Congress this year – a year in which fiscal issues are being hotly debated and very serious situations are developing for such essential programs as NHPRC.
On Thursday, July 1, at 2:30 Eastern time, the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and the National Archives will mark up (i.e., vote on) H.R. 5616, an amended bill that is now more similar to the comparable Senate bill (S. 2872).  The Senate bill still calls for reauthorization of NHPRC at only $10 million (the same level of authorization that has existed since 1991!).  The new version of the House bill calls for reauthorization at $20 million – a more appropriate level. 
The important next step in this process is to make sure that the subcommittee – on July 1 – votes to approve the version containing the $20 million authorization.  Frankly, there are some strong anti-spending voices on the subcommittee – so it is critical that we let Chairman Lacy Clay (D-MO) know that the archives, history, and genealogy community wants to see this bill passed. 
If you live or work in the district represented by a member of the subcommittee, including Chairman Clay, please fax a message of support for NHPRC reauthorization at $20 million – no later than Wednesday evening! 
Members are:
Carolyn Maloney (D, NY)
Steve Driehaus (D, OH)
Henry Cuellar (D, TX)
Judy Chu (D, CA)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D, DC)
Danny Davis (D, IL)
John Mica (R, FL)
Patrick McHenry (R, NC)
Lynn Westmoreland (R, GA)
Jason Chaffetz (R, UT)
Call or send faxes to:  Chairman William Lacy Clay, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and the National Archives, B-349C Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC  20515; Fax:  202-225-4784 or  Email:  Send as a pdf to
Important Points to Stress in Your Letter:
  • H.R. 5616 (new version of H.R. 1556) calls for reauthorizing the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at the funding level of $20 million. It is scheduled to be marked up on Thursday, July 1, at 2:30 pm ET.
  • NHPRC is the only federal agency that provides grants specifically for archives, which it does through competitive grants for projects with a national scope and a modest state/national partnership grant category for grants to states.
  • NHPRC is a good investment of federal dollars.  All grants must provide a 50% cost share in local funds.  NHPRC grants often serve as “seed money” to start archives programs or additional archival activities.  Many institutions then continue to support the program with their own dollars after the grant period.
  • NHPRC stimulates jobs in the archives and records management profession.  Historical records projects are “jobs heavy.”  On the average, 75% of NHPRC funds for projects are used to pay for staff.
  • Provide information about why NHPRC is important to your region/state/institution, or tell a personal story about your use of a record or its importance to you.
Here’s an example of a compelling story about the good that NHPRC has done:

The City of Seattle (Washington) in 1985 and 1986 received two NHPRC grants (one-year outright and a second-year matching) totaling $58,065 to collect preserve and make available the City’s archival records.  The grant funded one position, but more importantly served as seed money for the creation of a permanent archives program.  Today, the Seattle Municipal Archives is a fully funded program with five permanent professional staff, several student workers, volunteers, and interns, and an annual personnel budget of approximately $500,000.  The Archives manages 10,000 linear feet of textual records, nearly 1.5 visual images, and a variety of other formats.  Its web site includes a wide range of indexes, over 130,000 photographs, and educational materials including exhibits and digital materials organized in topics for use in the classroom.  Archives staff, through effective advocacy, was largely responsible for the City creating a records management program in 2001.  In 2009, the Archives received a second NHPRC grant ($106,480) to catalog, index, and make available a huge backlog of unprocessed records, including nearly 2000 linear feet of records.  This grant has allowed the hiring of an additional professional archivist for two years whose sole job is to work on this backlog.

DLG Earns an Emmy!

Have you been following the Digital Library of Georgia on their blog, Twitter feed or Facebook page? If so, then you already know that the Civil Rights Digital Library (UGA) was honored this past week with a regional Emmy award for the film "Andrew Young Presents: How We Got Over"

Catch the whole story, including a list of the archivists who were honored, at the DLG blog.


Georgia Archives Month Update: Get Your Flyer!

Flyers for the 2010 Georgia Archives Month are available for download at the Society of Georgia Archivists website: Download here.

Don't forget to print your flyer and post it around your workplace. It's an easy way for you to contribute to the promotion of this Georgia Archives event.

If you are planning an event for GAM, be sure to visit the website or contact co-chairs Bridget Lerette or Elaine DeNiro.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Job opening: Digital Projects Librarian, Digital Library of Georgia

POSITION:              Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist

DEPARTMENT:      Digital Library of Georgia


The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist is responsible for metadata and authority control, student hiring and supervision, quality control, and other duties related to the development of digital resources for Digital Library of Georgia initiatives including but not limited to the federally supported Civil Rights Digital Library and the forthcoming ASERL Civil War era digital library portal being created through a partnership with 32 Southeastern research libraries. The Digital Projects Librarian/Archivist reports to the Associate Director of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) and works as a member of the DLG's Metadata and Site Development unit.

The award-winning Digital Library of Georgia is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries. The DLG works together with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of cultural heritage to provide access to the cultural and historical resources of the state of Georgia. This primary mission is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These may include materials such as original manuscripts, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers, primary source materials on microfilm, audio, video, and other formats. Each project is made available freely to the public as part of GALILEO.


Describes digital objects using national and local standards. This includes the application of AACR2 and the Dublin Core metadata standard. The Digital Library of Georgia uses Library of Congress Subject Headings as its subject vocabulary and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus for genre terms.

Engages in authority work to provide intellectual control over the application of subject headings, personal names, corporate names, and place names as a component of the metadata process. The Digital Library of Georgia uses a local database for controlling personal, corporate and place names in conjunction with the Library of Congress Authority File.

Proofs the work of student employees to maintain a high level of quality for the resources generated. Participates in the hire and supervision of student employees engaged in data entry and other tasks associated with the creation of digital resources.

Participates in planning for digital projects and communicates with Digital Library of Georgia and GALILEO (the statewide virtual library) personnel to coordinate work effort.

Generates content for and provides input into Web site design, including the development of contextual and other resources that supplement digitized collections.  DLG employs formal academic prose in its projects under the guidelines of the Chicago Manual.

Measures outputs by generating and collecting statistics.

Contributes to the mission of the Digital Library of Georgia by participating in the development and evaluation of policies and services, assessing user needs and satisfaction with learning outcomes, serving on appropriate committees, and maintaining an awareness of changes in allied departments.

Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities such as conferences, workshops, and committee work; by conducting research or writing for publication; or by engaging in other creative and learning activities.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via the Library listserv, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings, and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains awareness and acts upon changes and needs in the organization by assuming similar duties and responsibilities.


ALA-accredited approved MLS, or relevant Master's degree (ACA certification expected in 5 years for continued employment).  Knowledge of AACR2, LCSH, Dublin Core metadata standard and familiarity with MARC; Familiarity with HTML or XML; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment; Experience creating metadata or catalog records, or describing archival materials preferred; Digital library experience preferred; Degree in history, public history or American studies preferred.


UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission and a relocation allowance; 21 days annual leave, 12 paid holidays. Information about Athens:

Salary:  entry-level minimum $38,000; commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their letters of application, complete résumés, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references by July 23, 2010, to:  Jan D. Hudson (, Human Resources Department, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641.  Electronic applications are preferred. 

The University of Georgia Libraries values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority candidates.  The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

New blog: Digital Library of Georgia

Check out the new Digital Library of Georgia blog today!

The DLG also has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, so get up to date on DLG news using your favorite social media.

Monday, June 14, 2010

SGA Members Testify Before Congress

On June 9, 2010, SGA members Kaye Minchew and Karen Jefferson testified before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives at a hearing entitled "Strengthening the National Historical Publications and Records Commission". A webcast of the hearing is available on the website of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

SGA Fellow Kaye Minchew is the Executive Director of the Troup County Historical Society and Archives. Karen Jefferson is Records Manager at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. Ms. Minchew appeared as a representative of the National Association of Government Archivists & Records Administrators, on whose Board she has served for many years. Ms. Jefferson appeared as an experienced archivist and records manager to specifically discuss the work of State Historical Records Advisory Boards, in particular, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB). The prepared testimony of both Ms. Minchew and Ms. Jefferson is available online.

Please join me in congratulating our colleagues on this accomplishment. Both Ms. Minchew and Ms. Jefferson are long term members on SGA with recognition on a national level and a demonstrated dedication to the advocacy of archival enterprise.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Georgia Archives Month: How Will You Celebrate?

In October, Georgia will celebrate its 11th archives celebration -- Georgia Archives Month. This year's theme is “Travel Back in Time.”  There’s plenty of time to plan special events such as exhibits, tours, lectures, workshops, collection viewings, etc.  For information and ideas, visit our web site at  It includes lists of events held in past years as well as an event guide to assist with planning.

The purpose of Archives Month is to celebrate the value of Georgia’s historical records, publicize the many ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records. This is the ideal time to call attention to your organization or local government, and its work in preserving Georgia’s documentary heritage.

We encourage you to think of ways in which your organization or local government can celebrate Archives Month in your community.  If you are planning an event, please email and we will add your event to the upcoming 2010 Archives Month web site.

If you have any questions, please view our web site at or contact Bridget Lerette,, 404-978-2772; or Elaine DeNiro,, 770-594-6405). Thank you. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

PAHR Introduced to the Senate

Posted on behalf of the Joint Task Force on PAHR:

S. 3227, "A bill to authorize the Archivist of the United States to make grants to States for the preservation and dissemination of historical records," was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch and Carl Levin (with six original co-sponsors) on April 19 and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

This bill is identical to that introduced in the House by Congressman Maurice Hinchey--H.R. 2256.  We have an incredible opportunity to get action in both the House and the Senate THIS SPRING AND SUMMER.  We need to act now before the attention of Congress is diverted by the November elections.  So it is critical that you work with your constituents to tell your senators now why PAHR is important to you, your organization, and your researchers.  See the attached Action Alert for more details, and please distribute it or some version thereof as widely as you can.  

We have the potential by the end of this summer to have this legislation enacted in the House and the Senate.  But just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire archival, history, library and genealogical community to pass PAHR. We need your help now and through the next two or three months to make this a reality.  Please do your part to bring this to a vote in Congress--every letter, every phone call, every visit matters.  

Many, many thanks for all the work that has gone into PAHR so far, and for all you can do in the next months. We can make this change happen--and we look forward to celebrating the passage of PAHR this year!

Please contact us if you have questions or ideas, or need any help with your efforts. 

Council of State Archivists: Kathleen Roe, David Carmicheal, Karl Niederer, Vicki Walch
Society of American Archivists: Brenda Lawson, Steven Hensen,  Ben Primer, Nancy Beaumont
National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators: Tracey Berezansky, Jelain Chubb

Learn more about PAHR and how to contact the Task Force at

Last Week for SGA Fellow Nominations!

Fellows nominations are due by this Friday, April 30th!

Any SGA member in good standing is welcome to nominate someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our society and our profession.

For your convenience, the revised procedures and nomination form are linked from the home page of the SGA website.

Please send your completed nomination forms to Christine de Catanzaro by the end of business on Friday.

Make sure that SGA hears from you!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Provenance Seeks Reviewers

Provenance: The Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, a peer reviewed academic publication, seeks book reviewers for the 2010 issue.

If interested, please contact the Provenance Reviews editor, Jennifer Welch for more details:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nominate a SGA Fellow Today!

Don't forget that nominations are now open for SGA Fellows for 2010. SGA members and current Fellows are welcome to nominate someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our society and our profession. The procedures and nomination form are available on the SGA website.

Nominations are due to Christine de Catanzaro, Chair of the Nominating Committee ( by the end of this month. Don't miss this opportunity to recognize someone who has contributed significantly to SGA and the archival profession!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

SGA Web Site: Pardon Our Progress

Over the course of the year, the SGA Web Site Redesign & Redevelopment Ad Hoc Committee will be making changes to the Web site based on membership feedback and committee assessment. While most of the changes will be gradual, please pardon any "hiccups" along the way. Your patience is appreciated.

Please contact the Web Manager at with any questions or additional suggestions.

Earn Your MLIS in Georgia

The University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences is beginning a new cohort in September 2010 in Georgia.  Through this outstanding program, students can earn a master’s degree by participating in two four-day institutes to be held in Atlanta, GA – August 13 - 16, 2010 and January 7-9, 2011 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center.  YES!!! UNT will bring its ALA accredited Master’s program and popular online format back to Georgia beginning Fall 2010.  

You can earn your Master’s by participating in two four-day Web Institutes and complete the rest of your degree online!  The Web Institute portion of the Master’s program includes an orientation, technology training, and instruction in the Master’s program core courses, as well as time to socialize with your Institute classmates and faculty.  Students will enroll in the University of North Texas, Department of Library and Information Sciences blended learning program, a 36 credit-hour program combining: distance learning (on-line) courses delivered via the Web (at least two courses per semester for six academic semesters) in addition to the two intensive in-person four-day Web Institutes. 

Information Sessions
Come find out more about the UNT/LIS graduate program at information sessions to be held in your area.  There will be information sessions on the following days in North Atlanta, Athens, August, Columbus, and Macon from April 13 - 17:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
12:00pm – 2:00pm
University of Georgia Libraries Administrative Offices Conference/Meeting Room 320 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Athens Regional Library System
Bogart Library – Small Conference Room
200 South Burson Avenue
Bogart, GA 30622
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
11:30am – 1:30 pm
Chattahoochee Valley Library System
North Columbus Branch Library
Small Conference Room
5689 Armour Road
Columbus , Georgia 31909
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
4pm – 6pm
Middle Georgia Regional -Washington Memorial Library
Board/Meeting Room
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, Georgia  31201
Thursday, April 15, 2010
10:00am – 1:00 pm
Paine College
Collins Callaway Library –Room 106
1235 Fifteenth Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Augusta State University
Jaguar Student Center in the  Coffeehouse
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Thursday, April 15, 2010
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Wallace Branch Library 1237 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901
Friday, April 16, 2010
10:00am – Noon
Atlanta Fulton Public Library – Ocee Branch Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd.
Johns Creek GA 30005-4601
Friday, April 16, 2010
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Hall County Library System
Sprout Springs Branch
Meeting Room B
6488 Spout Springs Rd.
Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542

Information About Applying to the UNT/LIS Master’s Degree Program
For directions and more information about the University of North Texas Graduate School and Department of Library and Information Sciences application process go to the webpage –  Information about the master’s program and application process to UNT are located on the LIS webpage. You will find information about the program, information sessions, the application, and information about how to apply for admission to the University and to the master’s program. Be sure to review the Master's Admission Checklist page on the UNT/SLIS homepage at   The Master's Admission Checklist will give you step by step instructions on the application process for the Univ. of North Texas. 

The Checklist is where you begin the application process.  You should review the application instructions and start collecting supporting materials to submit with your application.
A.     The UNT - Toulouse School of Graduate Studies is the first school that you must submit an application and be admitted in order to qualify for evaluation for the IMLS scholarship. 
• The directions for applying to the Graduate School are located at:
• The online application to Graduate School is at: 
• Complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended must be submitted to:
Toulouse School of Graduate Studies
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 305459
Denton, TX 76203-5459
• Official score reports from either the Graduate Record Examination – (The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481) or the Miller's Analogies Test – must be submitted to the Graduate School.
Information about GRE and MAT testing centers as well as practice materials is available at:
GRE:  (Test sites are available in South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana)
MAT:  (Testing sites are available in South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho)
If a test date for one of the entrance exams is not available in your area, you can be admitted as a “non-degree seeking student and submit your test score before the completion of your first semester of courses. 
B.     The UNT – Department of Library and Information Sciences application is at:  The application to SLIS cannot be completed online - you must fill it out online, print it out, and send it.
·       You must submit three recommendation forms.  Letters should be from former professors or others who can evaluate your academic qualifications and from job supervisors who can assess your potential for success as an information professional.  The forms are located at 
C.     You will need to submit a one-to-two-page essay stating your purpose and goals in applying to our program.  In your statement, include the nature of your interest, how you became interested in the field, your short- and long-term goals, the strengths that you would bring to the information profession, and how the UNT program will help meet your career and educational objectives.
For more information about the master’s degree program, information feel free to contact either:

Dr. Yvonne Chandler – via email at or by phone at 940-565-3777   Charlotte Thomas – via email at or by phone at 940-369-7275.