Collaborative Communities


We invite you to attend the 18th annual GIL Users Group Meeting (GUGM), Friday, May 18th, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the UGA campus in Athens. There will also be a pre-conference workshop offered the afternoon of Thursday, May 17: “Cataloging in Alma/Primo: A Year Later”. The conference is moving from Macon to Athens this year to allow a larger number of attendees to participate.

GALILEO Interconnected Libraries, or GIL, is an extension of the GALILEO initiative, funded by the Governor and the General Assembly of the state of Georgia, to enhance and expand educational opportunities for the citizens of Georgia. The success GALILEO has had in leveling the information access opportunities for the citizens of Georgia extend to University System Libraries through GIL by providing students, faculty and staff expanded access to the information resources of the University System Libraries.

This year’s GIL Users Group Meeting occurs a year after the 2017 Alma implementation and will return to the open-proposal format practiced until 2015. This year’s agenda will reflect the GIL community’s interests and best practices in sessions carefully selected from proposals. Session strands include Access, Acquisitions, Cataloging, Fulfillment, OPAC, and Special Collections.

GIL users are dedicated to excellence, using their creativity to solve problems and address user needs. The GUGM 2018 theme, Collaborative Communities, recognizes this flexibility and resourcefulness, and encourages the USG community to come together to share unique approaches to working in a collaborative, and continually changing environment.


Date and Location

May 18, 2018
UGA Center for Continuing Education
Athens, GA


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Register by Mail or Fax: Download registration form

Related Information

Program Contact:

Karen Minton

Registration Contact:

The Georgia Center
(706) 542-7493

Special Needs: If you require special services, email Nette Penn by May 10, 2018.

Keynote Speaker

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The Value of a Growth Mindset Whilst Deluged By Information

The value of possessing a growth mindset is being promoted on a variety of fronts. In this presentation, Trudi Jacobson will consider how changes in both the information environment and libraries as workplaces emphasize the importance of such a mindset. She will reflect on evolving literacy frameworks that both exemplify and stimulate growth mindsets.

Trudi Jacobson, MLS, MA, is the Head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, and holds the rank of Distinguished Librarian. She has been deeply involved with information literacy throughout her career, and thrives on finding new and engaging ways to teach students, both within courses and through less formal means. With Tom Mackey, she originated the metaliteracy framework to emphasize the metacognitive learner as producer and participant in dynamic information environments. Metaliteracy was first proposed in “Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy” (C & RL, 2011), and further explored in two books, Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners (2014) and Metaliteracy in Practice (2016). She co-chaired the Association of College & Research Libraries Task Force that created the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, is a member of the Editorial Board of Communications in Information Literacy, and freelances as the acquisitions editor for Rowman & Littlefield’s Innovations in Information Literacy series. Trudi, who has published extensively, was the 2009 recipient of the national ACRL Instruction Section Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.


Cataloging in Alma: A Year Later

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: UGA Center for Continuing Education, Room R

Registration is limited and required. See registration form.

The cataloging preconference aimed at USG catalogers who have been working in Alma for the past year and designed to be a place for USG catalogers to get together, share common workflow practices, and have questions answered. Some familiarity is assumed, and more advanced cataloging concepts and techniques will be covered.

An Ex Libris representative will be available for Q and A.

Cataloging Preconference Workshop Schedule

Call for Proposals

We are no longer taking submissions for the GUGM 2018 Call for Proposal.


Time Title Presenter/Co-Presenter(s)
8:30-9:30 Check-in
9:00-9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:45-10:30 Keynote Address
10:30-11:00 Morning Break
10:45-11:30 Concurrent Sessions
11:30-12:45 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Concurrent Sessions
2:00-2:45 Concurrent Sessions
2:45-3:15 Afternoon Break
3:15-4:00 Committee Meetings

Georgia Center Conference Hotel

A block of rooms is being held at the conference venue's hotel for conference attendees with rooms starting at $101 per night while available.

The room rate includes complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property, one parking pass per room, per night (allowing in and out privileges), and access to complimentary shuttle van service available to transport hotel guests locally, based on availability. Hotel reservations may be made using the online or mail/fax registration forms.

Visit Athens Area Hotels for more lodging options. Note that special conference pricing is not available at the hotels listed on this website. ×