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Sheila McAlister new Director of the Digital Library of Georgia

2014 January 10
by Mandy Mastrovita

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila McAlister as Director of the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia, where she will direct state-wide efforts to create online access to key resources on Georgia’s history and culture.

From 2001 to 2013, McAlister directed metadata and project management for the DLG; in recent years, her role in overall leadership expanded significantly.

McAlister has presented nationally on digital libraries and archival description, acted as a digital library consultant, and reviewed grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Historic Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. She currently serves as the Digital Public Library of America’s service hub director for Georgia. A certified archivist, she has fulfilled leadership roles in the Society of Georgia Archivists as its president and as a member of the editorial board of Provenance and in the Society of American Archivists as a past chair and steering committee member of the Preservation section. She played key roles in the development of the Civil Rights Digital Library and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ (ASERL) Civil War portal.

McAlister has a B.S. in French from Georgetown University, a M.A. in Medieval and Byzantine Studies from Catholic University of America, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina.

Please join us in congratulating Sheila!

The Vienna News

2013 December 11
by Donnie Summerlin

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the addition of the Vienna News to the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive:

Vienna News, November 24, 1908

Vienna News, November 24, 1908

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to sixteen newspaper titles published in ten south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta, Vienna, and Waycross) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 148,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. 

The archive includes the 
Vienna News (1902-1918), in addition to the titles previously available in the archive: Albany Herald (1892-1893, 1900-1901, 1906), Albany News (1867-1892), Albany Patriot (1845-1866), Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921), Bainbridge Democrat (1872-1909), Bainbridge Search Light/Post-Search Light (1901-1922), Brunswick Advertiser/Advertiser and Appeal (1875-1889), Cuthbert Appeal (1866-1886), Sumter Republican (1870-1885), Tifton Gazette (1892-1919), Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922),Valdosta Times (1908-1912), Waycross Headlight (1884-1887), Waycross Herald (1892-1914), and Waycross Journal (1901-1914).

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through the generosity of Randy Sullivan.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the 
Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at