The newly branded Georgia Libraries Conference (GLC) will be held October 4–6 in Columbus, Georgia. The Conference Committee is working hard to create a fabulous conference that maintains some of our most valued traditions while also incorporating new events.
To help celebrate this inaugural year of GLC, the conference theme is “Different by Design.”

So what’s different this year? 

Edutainment with Authors.  Drop-in on this session to be both entertained and educated by local authors. Grab a snack, and learn and laugh with a scheduled lineup of informative conversations and presentations. A mock radio show will be included, too! GLA’s Public Library Division has not only redesigned the annual author event but also expanded it by hosting an “Authors’ Table” in the Exhibit Hall throughout the conference. Check it out!

All Conference Reception. This year’s reception will allow conference attendees to meet and mingle with incoming GLA officers. The awards ceremony will be held in a space adjacent to the reception area. Conference attendees can attend the ceremony to cheer for awards recipients and continue enjoying reception food and drink.

Murder Mystery Night. A new, more interactive format for Wednesday evening entertainment so that we can spend time networking and solving a mystery with our colleagues. Carol Stanley and the Murder Mystery Night Team met recently to read through the script. This is going to be good! Refreshments served.

LitLab = Library IT Lab. Come take a look at the latest technology in use at libraries across Georgia! Hosted by the Georgia Public Library, this hands-on lab will have something for everyone, from novice to techie.  From Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, and Cloud Computing to Makerspace tech like Makey Makeys and Raspberry Pi, familiarize yourself with technology you may want to explore for your libraries, either for loan, for buildouts or programming.

 

Tools for Life

Tools for Life, the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program, is a program of AMAC Accessibility at Georgia Tech. Tools for Life (TFL) helps to provide more options for greater freedom by increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play independently in communities of their choice.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit the TFL Assistive Technology Solutions Lab at the 2017 Georgia Libraries Conference! The AT Lab provides a range of assistive technologies for you to learn about and demo. The Tools for Life team will be in the AT Lab throughout the conference to answer your questions and help provide solutions on assistive technology.

Storytelling Lunch with Local Historians. Did you know the biggest Confederate port was completely landlocked? What works of iron were cast in your presentation rooms when the facility was the Columbus Iron Works? Do ghosts haunt the Trade Center today? Learn from the locals. Added bonus: food costs are significantly lower in Columbus, so the price for the luncheon will drop significantly. We are also getting the top of the line buffet. Come hungry and ready to learn!

And some things will remain the same. Foremost is the commitment to providing excellent conference content and continuing education opportunities. This year’s conference will feature ten concurrent sessions over three days with speakers from a broad range of libraries and backgrounds. There are more programs for public libraries offered this year than ever before.

The Conference Advisory Task Force will be soliciting your input after the conference.  Please share your thoughts on conference “hits” or “misses” so that we can continue to provide you with an excellent and fun learning and networking opportunity.