Have You Taken the GALILEO Survey? Chance to Win an iPad mini 4

survey_ipad_mini_largeYou still have the weekend (11/13-11/15/2015) to submit your survey.  The chances of winning a prize are higher than your lottery chances (about 2200 to 2 right now). Your input is important as each checkbox and comment is evaluated by the GALILEO programmers and Steering Committee.

Visit the GALILEO website to share your ideas on what you like, don’t like and want to see in the future.

Take the survey on your desktop or laptop, or scan the QR code with your mobile phone or tablet. Thanks, and good luck!


Pictures from the History Detective Event

On Friday, October 23rd McCain Library hosted a game called History Detective – The Leighton Edition.  It was a scavenger hunt that lead teams to information about Lord Frederic Leighton and then challenged them to decide if he did in fact deserve to be knighted and to become a Baron.

queenEach team presented their case to Queen Victoria. While Queen Victoria and Lady JLP evaluated the arguments and selected a winner Casey and Rachael described the history of the Lord Leighton painting that hangs in the Main Reading Room of McCain Library.

We are happy to report that all of the teams voted to bestow peerage upon Frederic Leighton and believed him to be the Neil Patrick Harris of his time.  All Scotties may study with pride beneath his painting in the Main Reading Room.

For more pictures from the event visit our Flickr.com site.


History Detective Event : Friday, October 23rd — 6:00pm – 7:30pm in the Main Reading Room

Did Queen Victoria knight a covert serial killer or did Lord Frederic Leighton just like to paint women on the verge of death? Join a time traveling history detective team on Friday, October 23rd in the Main Reading Room of McCain Library from 6:00pm-7:30pm to help Queen Victoria reassess the character and contribution of this seemingly nice guy. Costumes encouraged! Please contact Rachael Scott, rscott@agnesscott.edu, if you want to be a character in the night’s festivities!dectective1

Photos and Favorite Databases from GALILEO’s 20th Birthday

Students and cakeA big sheet cake disappeared on September 21, 2015 as we celebrated 20 years of research benefits from GALILEO, Georgia’s award-winning database platform and virtual library.

About 55 students took a study break for cake or to write love notes to GALILEO on flip charts; 31 answered an iPad survey about their favorite databases and then were entered into a drawing for gift certificates from local Decatur businesses, such as Chick-fil-A, Java Monkey, Raging Burrito and Yogurt Tap.

Survey respondents indicated that 42% use GALILEO once a week while another 20% find its resources helpful once a month; 6.45% use the databases daily; 25.81% use them once a semester and a final 6.45% agreed, “Not often – I should check out these goodies while I have access to them (24/7 from all over the world)!”

Gift Certificate Winners: Jillian Speck, Rainy Norris, Darcy Fahey, Bridgit McGuiness and Andie Sweetman. Not pictured, Yue Wang.

 Waiting in raffle line

Scotties’ top GALILEO database favorites were:

ebooks on EBSCOhost     48.39%

PubMed 41.94%

Tie: Academic Search and Science & Technology Collection 32.26%

Tie: Images and Newspaper Source 29.03%

Students with MRR in background

Flip chart

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Our Virtual Library, GALILEO, Turns 20 Years Old Today!

GAL 20Happy 20th Birthday to Georgia’s award-winning virtual library that includes 300+ databases of journal articles, primary sources, ebooks, newspapers and more. GALILEO has made research much simpler‬ than it was in 1995 or 2005!

Celebrate with us today (9/21) at 4:00 PM with cake and gift certificates to Decatur businesses! Vote for favorite GALILEO databases and learn about the newest additions to the menu.

Here’s a look back over two decades since the Internet came to research in academic libraries in the state: http://about.galileo.usg.edu/timeline/http://bit.ly/1L10IHs

Memorial Arrangements for Carl Beck

Thank you to all who have reached out to share a memory of retired Master Sergeant  Carl Beck, ASC’s “bonus grandpa” to 23 years of Scotties (and faculty and staff), former late night building monitor at McCain Library, WWII D-Day survivor from the 101st Airborne Division and all-around hero.

A memorial service [Carl Beck Funeral Program 2015 9 18] was held:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Clairmont Presbyterian Church, 1994 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, GA  30033

Memorial contributions may be made online or mailed to the Faulkner Fund at the church’s address above.

§  Reception in Milligan Hall and viewing at the church from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

§  Funeral service in the CPC sanctuary, 12:00 -1:00 pm

§  Burial, 1:30 pm, Floral Hills, 3150 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker, GA  30094

§  After Party & Tributes, Mo’s Pizza, 3109 Briarcliff Rd, Atlanta, GA  30329

Even if you did not know Carl, you will smile at the students’ sentiments in this video from his retirement in 2012:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUPnB6dvKOg

Or his interview with the Veterans’ History Project at the Library of Congress:


Hail and farewell, Carl! 034