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 March 2017

News and Updates

Top 50 GALILEO Searches for February 2017     View larger image
GALILEO users were busy last month using the Discover search. Many of the topics suggest it's that time of the semester when research papers or projects are due. Here's hoping everyone got an A+!
GALILEO Users' Top eBook Views in the EBSCO Public Library Collection for Last Quarter
  1. Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey by Jennifer Eaton Gökmen; Anastasia M. Ashman
  2. Foodways (from The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture) by John T. Edge
  3. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood
  4. Mary McLeod Bethune: A Life of Resourcefulness (Pull Ahead Books: Biographies) by Kristin Sterling
  5. Encyclopedia of Play in Today’s Society by Rodney P. Carlisle
  6. Othello: Character Studies (Continuum Character Studies) by Nick Potter
  7. Standardized Testing in Schools (Essential Viewpoints) by Holly Dolezalek; Robyn lea Sayre
  8. The Causes of the American Revolution (Understanding the American Revolution) by John Perritan
  9. Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Leader by Kristine Carlson Asselin
  10. Georgia: The Peach State (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring the States) by Lisa Owings
The inaugural DLG partner newsletter is now available with news from DPLA, HomePLACE, and of course, Digital Library of Georgia information. Don't miss the top news story about a new subgranting program aimed at broadening participation in the DLG with grants for digitization projects. You'll also want to visit their blog.
Affordable Learning Georgia is focusing on OER awareness and education during Open Education Week 2017 beginning March 27th. ALG will host a series of free instructional web events on open educational resources and ALG programs: 

Introduction to Accessible OER: Monday, March 27, 12:00pm
Katie Bridges, Instructional Designer at Georgia Highlands College, will take you through the easiest ways to make your created open educational resources accessible to all learners.

Introduction to Open Licensing: Wednesday, March 29, 12:00pm
Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian and ALG Library Coordinator for Georgia State University, will introduce you to how open licenses work and why they are important for sharing your educational resources. 

Introduction to Affordable Learning Georgia: Thursday, March 30, 11:00am
Interested in applying for a Textbook Transformation Grant? How does ALG work together with eCore? What is Affordable Learning Georgia, anyway? Jeff Gallant, Program Manager for Affordable Learning Georgia, will introduce you to ALG's programs, answer any questions you have about the initiative, and provide advice on getting started in making your course's resources more affordable. 

Tips and Tricks

Search Tip: Locating Research Starters in the Discover GALILEO Search

Even experienced researchers sometimes need a catalyst or a refresher to help them get grounded in a topic. Research Starters (RS) is a feature in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) that provides links to citable, authoritative summary articles for many popular topics. Generally, the Research Starter articles feature a well written overview of the topic or issue, definitions for principal terms used in the article, and a lengthy bibliography of resources on the topic for further research and study.

Research Starters will sometimes appear before other results after a keyword search on a hot topic, for example, global warming:

The RS articles provide links to related RS articles, so that researchers can investigate other aspects of the topic. This feature will also prove helpful to  students struggling to narrow their topics. For example, the Global Warming RS above links to related RS articles on global warming theories, pollution, and bleaching of the coral reefs and more: 

Subject librarians, those who build LibGuides or other resource pages, and faculty members using an LMS can add a permanent link to the RS articles by using the permalink feature under “Tools” to the right of the citation. To view the RS articles in GALILEO, go to the advanced search and search research starter in the source field:

To learn more, visit the EBSCO Research Starter site, and view the RS tutorial

Webinars and Training

Spend Quality Professional Development Time with GALILEO Webinars

GALILEO continues to work with our vendor partners to provide live online training sessions. These sessions are a great opportunity to get more familiar with a database, learn some helpful tips and tricks to improve your reference and research skills, and to ask any questions you have for our vendor partners. 

Most of the sessions we offer are recorded, so go ahead and register even if you are not able to attend the live session.  After you view a recording, don’t hesitate to contact GALILEO staff or the trainer directly. The recorded sessions are added to the GALILEO training website, too, so take a look at the Archived Webinars page and explore! 

Here are some of our featured sessions for spring. For a full list, check out the GALILEO Training Page

March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM 
Nexis UNI and Nexis: Introduction and Overview (Academic Libraries)

April 18, 1:00-2:00 PM 
Ancestry Library Edition Introduction (Public Libraries) 

May 2, 3:00-4:00 PM 
EBSCO eBook K-12 Collections

Out and About

A Visit to an Exemplary Media Center
Valerie Bryan and Renee Tehrani stand in front of their e-Book display at the Wheeler High School media center. Congratulations on being named a 2016 Judy Serritella Georgia Exemplary Library Media Program. Wheeler, one of the first K-12 institutions to use GALILEO express links on their website, still get users painlessly to content. The students there are big users of their eBook collections, thanks to the ways these great librarians make access easy. Read about it on their blog.
Teachers at Houston County visited the GALILEO exhibit booth at the Georgia Middle School Association Conference in Valdosta in February 2017. 

From the Executive Director

Lucy Harrison is the Executive Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor of GALILEO and the Board of Regents. 
As spring approaches, so does the end of the fiscal year! Just as a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, so do the thoughts of GALILEO staff turn to e-resource renewals, resource fees, and invoicing.  While we are in the process of hiring a dedicated Acquisitions and E-Resources Coordinator, that person is not yet in place, so I will be managing the process this spring. For those of you involved in e-resource licensing through GALILEO, I’d ask that you pay special attention this year to what works well, and what doesn’t. Once the new person is on board and we are safely past the Alma implementation, we’ll be looking at ways to streamline and automate the workflow moving forward. We hope to have pricing for the statewide, consortial, and opt-in databases finalized by late April. 

We’re also finishing up our statewide listening sessions that were the first step in strategic planning. If you participated in one of those sessions, thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm. They’ve been very informative, and a lot of fun! If you couldn’t make it to one of those sessions, we are still on track to share what we’ve learned at the GALILEO User Group Meeting on Friday, June 16, at Middle Georgia State University. We’ll be looking to gather additional feedback on a draft vision and high-level strategic goals. Look for registration details for that meeting to come out very soon!
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