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Take the DLG’s Social Media Survey

2015 January 12
by Mandy Mastrovita

The Digital Library of Georgia is conducting a social media survey, which is now available at

https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wVNKzX2WtX7Opn

(Click on the link; it should bring you directly to the survey)

If you would like to be included in a raffle for a University of Georgia Press book as a reward for taking the survey, send an email to mastrovi@uga.edu with a brief message letting us know that you have participated.

A winner will be selected at random from all raffle participants and may select one of the following University of Georgia Press books:

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, by Chris Fuhrman
Who Runs Georgia? by Calvin Kytle and James A. MacKay
Major Butler’s Legacy: Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family, by Malcolm Bell, Jr.
Cornerstones of Georgia History: Documents That Formed the State, edited by Thomas A. Scott
The Selected Letters of Mary Moody Emerson, edited by Nancy Craig Simmons
To Redeem the Soul of America: The Southern Leadership Conference & Martin Luther King, Jr., by Adam Fairclough

 

Thank you for taking the survey and for keeping the Digital Library of Georgia updated on the ways that we can best reach you!

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The Public Library Partnerships Project

2014 December 16
by Emily Corbin

Public Library Partnerships Project

In April 2014 the Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP) launched its first one-day workshop. Since then the project has continued to mature and affect public libraries across the country.

Four Digital Public Library hubs are spearheading this project for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These hubs include Digital Commonwealth, Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), Minnesota Digital Library, and Mountain West Digital Library. All four of these hubs have hosted multiple one-day workshops to teach public librarians the fundamentals of digitization and to connect participants to resources for further assistance.

The goal of the PLPP, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to train public librarians in digital technologies, and to digitize their content so that more people can have access to their archival materials. Ultimately the PLPP will produce two online exhibits per hub. The digitized content from public libraries in the area will provide visual context for these exhibits. This will be a way to globally showcase the materials kept in public libraries around the country.

The Role of the Digital Library of Georgia

As a DPLA hub, the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) plays a major role in training librarians around the state and digitizing their local content.

The DLG has already hosted three workshops for librarians. The first workshop was held in Macon, the second in Savannah, and the third in Augusta, Georgia. A total of 45 librarians attended these conferences where they learned digitization techniques and best practices.

Since these trainings the DLG has been planning and performing site-visits to libraries around the state. At these visits staff from the DLG pick up suitable materials for the PLPP project and bring them back to be digitized at the DLG office. So far, the DLG has completed 7 site-visits and come away with a total of 1715 objects to be digitized. Additionally, digitization has just begun on the first collection.

What’s Next…

The DLG will continue site-visits through early 2015 and digitization will continue through the spring of next year.  Once the digitization has been completed the DLG will begin collaborating with public librarians to create two online exhibits that showcase the materials. These exhibits will be completed by October of 2015. The DPLA will host these online exhibits, which librarians can link to from their own public library website. The ultimate goal of this project is to publicize the valuable archival collections held by public librarians around the country through these online exhibits.

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