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DLG Announces New Partner Initiatives

2017 March 20
by sheila

DLG has debuted a number of new partner initiatives so far this Spring. First, we’ve has just launched a new listserv, DLG-NEWS. It is one of a number of new initiatives to better communicate with our partners and improve our services. Through the listserv, we’ll be communicating DLG news and updates from DPLA. We’ll also use the listserv to let you know about changes in the field, available grant opportunities, and training events. The listserv will also be a place where you can communicate easily with us and one another. On occasion, we may solicit your feedback on new developments and directions for DLG. Keep an eye out for our new newsletter coming later this Spring. To subscribe, go to

The second of our new communication efforts is the launch of our new quarterly partner newsletter, In it you’ll find news from DPLA and HomePLACE in addition to DLG’s activities. We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Be sure to share your news with us as well so we can include it in our next newsletter (deadline for which is June 1).

Finally, to broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), DLG is soliciting proposals for historic digitization projects costing up to $5000. Project metadata will be included in the DLG portal and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DLG is seeking applications for metadata creation or digitization projects from the permanent holders of the original archival content. Projects may include the reformatting of textual materials (not including newspapers), graphic materials, or audio-visual materials. For textual and graphic materials, digitization and descriptive services will be performed by DLG staff. In the case of audio-visual collections, digitization will be outsourced to a vendor. Partners are responsible for transporting materials to and from the DLG or for costs associated with shipping to and from vendors.

Nominated materials must have clear rights statements and documentation. Any metadata created will be shared under a Creative Commons License Public Domain License (CC0) through the DLG’s portal and the DPLA.

To apply, submit the following to by May 15, 2017:

  • Application form;
  • One letter of reference from a user of the materials describing their historic value and potential for reuse;
  • Five samples images of selected content; and
  • A budget that includes conversion costs, metadata services, and hosting fees based on the DLG Digital Services Cost Recovery for Proposal Development and using the application budget form.

For more details, please see the full announcement,


Anniversary of the University of Georgia Charter

2017 January 23
University of Georgia Charter, 1785

University of Georgia Charter, 1785

The University of Georgia Charter, written by educator, lawyer, and statesman Abraham Baldwin, was adopted 232 years ago this week by the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 27, 1785. The document established the University of Georgia as America’s first public university.

You can read more about the charter and its impact on higher education in a new article published Sunday by UGA Today.

The University of Georgia Charter is displayed each year in the Hargrett Gallery of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on or near when Founders Day is celebrated. This year (2017),  it will be on display from January 23 through Jan. 27.

A history and transcription of the University of Georgia Charter can be found here.