Latest News

It’s Gonna Be May

I can't resist a good meme.  Yes, I'm late, but that's the story of my life.  Anyhow, on to the goods.   May is always a busy time for public libraries.  For some of us, activities related to closing out the fiscal year loom ominously around the corner.  Others among us find their hands trembling with […]

Continue Reading

GLEAN Goes Mobile; Oil Change Optional

This past Saturday, I found myself stuck at the car dealership.  My wife’s van was several hundred miles overdue for an oil change, the breaks were squealing, and starting about a month ago, we noticed that the transmission was occasionally hard shifting.  I met with a service advisor upon arrival, and after explaining the situation […]

Continue Reading

A Novella for November

Hello, strangers.  It’s been a while since my last update.   Between any of my four kids getting sick, aggravating my sciatica, and visiting individual library systems to present at staff development days, having a moment to sit down and write has been impossible.  However, I’ve decided to make it a priority today to fill you […]

Continue Reading

Getting Started With GLEAN

Getting Started With GLEAN from Jarrod Turner   This presentation provides an overview to using GLEAN, the Georgia Library Education Access Network, for Georgia's library staff. Learn what you can expect to find in GLEAN, how to use portions of the system to manage your learning, how to contribute to community discussions, and how to […]

Continue Reading

GLEAN for the Masses!

You may have heard the buzz surrounding GLEAN — the Georgia Library Education Access Network — Georgia Public Library Service’s one-stop shop for continuing education and training, launched to public library staff across the state in July and offering self-paced courses, professional development ebooks, instructional videos, library-specific content, and a social networking utility for library […]

Continue Reading

Finally, A Date With Lynda

You know you've been eagerly anticipating this moment with baited breath for several months; now, that moment is almost here. But first, the bad news. The bad news is that I can't promise you a hot date with a woman named Lynda.   The good news, however, is that I can do something even better.  GPLS is going to hook you […]

Continue Reading

In the Future, I Won’t Own My Data, But Robots Will Have Rights

OK, so maybe all of those things won't happen, but according to Stacey Aldrich, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries — and futurist to boot! — these are areas that we library folks should be watching (with the Google Glasses none of us can afford).  I recently had an opportuity to hear the effervescent Aldirch deliver an […]

Continue Reading

Jay Turner Selected for Competitive New American Library Association Leadership Institute

Jay Turner, director of continuing education and training at Georgia Public Library Service is one of only 40 librarians  selected from a highly competitive national pool to participate in Leading to the Future, a new four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders hosted August 12-15, 2013 by the American Library Association (ALA). “I’m […]

Continue Reading

“The Empress Has No Clothes” and Neither Do I

So, I have a confession to make – I play cool on television, but inside, I often feel as though I’m holding my breath, treading lightly where I walk, lest they find out I’m not as put together as I pretend to be.  You know what I’m talking about: that dreaded feeling that many of […]

Continue Reading

Putting Customers First Lasts

Putting Customers First Lasts from Jarrod Turner

Continue Reading