Concurrent Sessions II (1:35 pm - 2:25 pm)

Session II Breakout Programs – 50 Minutes

Participants Choose One from C, D, E or F

C. “Increasing Your Online Magnitude: Stellar Tips for Gaining Usability of Your Library’s Website”

Roy Cummings, Mercer University-Atlanta, Swilley Library

Although teleportation does not yet exist, users no longer have to, nor expect to, come into the physical library to ask questions, search databases or request materials. For this reason, Library Web sites must be crisp, well designed and easy to use. This session will address fundamentals of Web site usability, such as gathering feedback and improving readability, and provide tips for making Web sites more user friendly. The intended audience is Webmasters for small and medium-sized libraries.

D. “Open Access and Scholarly Communications: An Orbital Overview”

Russell Palmer, LYRASIS

Open access resources create a free path to an online universe of previously published scholarly journals and other research materials. These resources have proved very helpful to researchers, students and librarians, especially librarians in reference and interlibrary loan. This session will provide a brief overview of the history of open access, they types of materials available through open access sites and some of the major resources and collections available.

E. “The PINES Decade in Georgia: A Zenith in Resource Sharing”

Elizabeth McKinney, Georgia Public Library Service
Chris Sharp, Georgia Public Library Service

The Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is celebrating its 10th year of service providing free library access to 2.3 million Georgians and millions of dollars in cost savings to the state’s libraries. This groundbreaking program, which began as a Y2K project, has grown into a supernova, serving as a successful model for statewide resource-sharing public library consortia. Evergreen, the open-source integrated library system developed by GPLS for PINES, is now used in hundreds of libraries across the nation and around the globe. This presentation will highlight the significant contributions made by PINES to the Georgia public library community during the past 10 years-and its hopes for eclipsing its past accomplishments with even brighter growth in the decades to come.

F. “Training Showcase – Early Afternoon”

ProQuest for K-12 (Room K)

A look at resources for K-12, including Research Library, ProQuest Newsstand, and SIRS databases.

GALILEO for Library Websites (Room L)

Features tips for library webmasters and contributors to help patrons get the most out of GALILEO.

Designed from a trainer’s approach this session highlights the strategic features, benefits and trends of selected GALILEO databases. Come join these discussions with expert staff from either ProQuest or GALILEO.