Special Collections database will be unavailable Friday night

October 14, 2014 – 10:40 AM - Jean Cleveland

Beginning on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 11:59PM  EDT to 4:00 AM EDT maintenance will be performed on the database server for UGA’s special collections. This is necessary to apply new updates to the server.

I Love MLC 24/7 Contest

October 9, 2014 – 11:53 AM - caroline

New contest to celebrate going to 24/7! Make a Vine, tweet @MLCUGA with #mlc247. Best one gets a fabulous prize! Take a look at one we made. https://vine.co/v/OmEhEijXu6w

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Russell Library to Host Scholars & Policymakers Symposium Oct. 27-28

October 7, 2014 – 2:26 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

small40RBRLlogoATHENS, GA — The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host a scholars and policymakers symposium to celebrate the Library’s 40th anniversary year on Oct. 27-28, 2014 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Richard Baker, US Senate Historian Emeritus, will kick off the symposium with a keynote address at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 scholars from a number of institutions will participate in panel discussions, highlighting their use of Russell Library collections in recent publications. Presenting scholars will include Chris Manganiello, Jason Sokol, Gregory Mixon, Tammy Ingram, Monica Gisolfi, Michelle Brattain, Thomas Okie, and Ashton Ellett. Panels will be organized around the Russell Library’s six key collecting areas: Politics, Social Relations, Public Good, Environment, Economy, Peace and War.

Featured policymakers will include Chris Carr, Commissioner of Economic Development, Michael Thurmond, former Labor Commissioner and current Superintendent of the DeKalb County School System, Abit Massey of the Georgia Poultry Federation, congressional staffers and others who will join the discussions, building on the historical context of the themes presented and adding commentary on the creation of related public policy and its oversight in light of current events.

The Russell Library, a department within the University of Georgia Libraries, serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1974 through the efforts of the Richard B. Russell Foundation, the Georgia General Assembly, and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the Library’s original mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from 1933 to 1971.

“Our holdings document public policy as the product of public interests and a function of the political process at all levels, and demonstrate the breadth, the diversity—truly, the full spectrum of Georgia’s political and civic life for over a century,” said Russell Library director Sheryl Vogt. “We plan to host a program that focuses on conversations about politics and policy over time.”

The keynote address and all panel sessions for the Scholars and Policymakers Symposium are free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium on the second floor of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For a full schedule of events and speakers, visit rbrl40.weebly.com or contact Jan Hebbard at (706) 542-5788 or russlib@uga.edu.

Overview of Events Open to the Public:
All events will be held in the auditorium (Room 271) of Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Monday, October 27
3:30-4:15 p.m. – Pre-symposium Forum: Genesis and Development of Russell Library

6:00-6:15 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

6:15-7:00 p.m. – Keynote Address “Who the Heck is Walter George?”

8:30-10:00 p.m. — Film screening and panel discussion, Dean Rusk: At the Heartbeat of History

Tuesday, October 28
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00-10:30 a.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Public Good

10:45-12:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Social Relations

1:45-3:15 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Economy

3:30-5:00 p.m. — Panel Session: Politics of Environment

“Student Picks” added to Main Library display; Malcolm Mitchell picks first

September 29, 2014 – 10:06 AM - Amy Watts

Earlier this year, we began a display of “Staff Picks” at the Main Library. Now it’s time for students to weigh in and tell us, and their classmates, what books are good.glasscastle

To help inaugurate “Student Picks” we asked noted book club member and Bulldog football player Malcolm Mitchell to make our first pick. He’s chosen The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In a rather timely coincidence, we received his pick at the beginning of Banned Books Week and Walls’s book is often challenged at libraries, according to data collected by the American Library Association.

If you’d like to recommend a book, please follow Malcolm’s lead and fill out our submission form. The only limitation we have on which book you can pick is that it has to be one we own. (Check our catalog.) But since we have more than four million items in the UGA Libraries, we hope that it won’t be a problem…

Libraries closed on UGA home game day

September 26, 2014 – 5:51 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Saturday, October 4, for the UGA home game vs. Vanderbilt.  The libraries will resume their regular semester hours on Sunday, October 5.

Saturday, October 4 – Closed

Sunday, October 5 – 1PM to 2AM

Annual Parthemos Lecture Hosted at Special Collections

September 26, 2014 – 3:30 PM - Richard B. Russell Library

David MayhewThe Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia will host its annual Parthemos Lecture on October 15th from 3:30-5:00 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271. This year’s invited speaker is Dr. David Mayhew.

Mayhew is one of the world’s leading authorities on Congress and American party politics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, which is one of the most widely read and cited books in political science. His other award-winning books include Divided We Govern (2005) and Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitution (2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies, and has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2004.

For more information about the event contact John Maltese at 706-542-2057

Small Spaces, Big Ideas Design Contest

September 23, 2014 – 11:38 AM - Amy Watts

Both the Main and Science Libraries buildings have seen considerable renovations in recent years. However, there are still some spots we think could use some improving. We want to know what YOU would do with the spaces, given the chance.

The Spaces


The Big Ideas

We want you to show us what you’d do with the space. Lighting, furniture, wall coverings, floor coverings, decorations – all these and more are fair game.

And did we mention the prizes? First place: $100, Second place: $50, Third place: $25, AND every entry will also qualify the entrant for a random drawing for a $25 gift card to the UGA Bookstore.

Entries will be accepted until October 31, 2014.

Visit the contest web page for more details…

Banned Books Week, Sept 21-27

September 22, 2014 – 4:15 PM - Amy Watts

bannedbooksThe Main Library, Science Library, and the Curriculum Materials Library in Aderhold are all hosting displays this week of  Banned or Challenged books to celebrate Banned Book Week. Each book, while wrapped, has a label with a brief description of its plot/content, its publication date, and whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. The tag also tells you where, when, and why it was banned or challenged. We’ve included books banned around the world, historically and presently. The CML in Aderhold will have an extra display consisting specifically of children’s books that have been banned or challenged.

So stop by and pick up a book someone, somewhere thought you shouldn’t be allowed to read.

From the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Read the ALA proclamation regarding Banned Books Week.


Main and Science Libraries Closed Saturday

September 19, 2014 – 2:01 PM - maryp

The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Saturday, September 20, for the UGA home game day. The libraries will open with their regular semester hours on Sunday, September 21.

Saturday, September 20 – Closed

Sunday, September 21 – 1PM to 2AM


Athens Science Cafe to Discuss Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Oct. 22

September 18, 2014 – 11:30 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

scicafe-logoATHENS, GA – University of Georgia foods and nutrition professor Caree Cotwright will speak about nutrition and childhood obesity at the October meeting of the Athens Science Café on Oct. 22 at Chase Street Elementary School. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will start at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Science cafes are informal meetings commonly held in coffee shops, pubs or community centers where people have an opportunity to learn from and interact with a scientist. Unlike traditional lectures, science cafes involve more open discussion and debate among the audience.

For this event, organizers of the Athens Science Café decided to branch out from their traditional downtown venues. “While we typically hold our cafes at bars and coffeehouses, we welcome the occasional opportunity to develop community partnerships,” said ASC representative Stephanie Pearl. “ASC is excited about partnering with the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Clarke County School District for this edition of the cafe.”

On Sep. 26 the Russell Library, a political archives at the University of Georgia, will open the new exhibition, “Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch” examining the complicated history of the National School Lunch Program. “We approached the organizers of Athens Science Café about developing an event connected to the issues explored in this exhibit,” said lead curator Jan Levinson. “It seemed only fitting that a discussion about childhood nutrition should take place in one of our local schools.”

The event will take place in the cafeteria of Chase Street Elementary School. Cotwright will give a short introductory talk before leading an informal discussion among participants about nutrition and innovative interventions to combat the problem of childhood obesity. Healthy snacks will be generously provided by Heirloom Café and Fresh Market.

For more information about this event visit the Athens Science Café website at http://athenssciencecafe.wordpress.com or follow @AthScieCafe on Twitter. For more information about the new exhibit “Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch” visit the Russell Library’s website at http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell or follow @RussellLibrary on Twitter.

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