Vision 20/20: Putting Partnerships into Focus


COVID-19 Update (3:30 p.m., March 24, 2020):

The May 2020 GIL Users Group Meeting and pre-conference workshops have been postponed. We are looking to reschedule the event for later this summer, though at this time we do not have a firm date.

We are not canceling the event. However, due to the circumstances, we are considering a virtual conference instead of an in-person event. Over the next two weeks, we will monitor the situation, and determine additional actions.

Refunds: Refunds will be issued to anyone making a request. If you do not request a refund, you will remain registered until we determine whether the conference will be in-person or virtual.

The 20th annual GIL Users Group Meeting (GUGM) is postponed.

The annual event focuses on the future of GIL and honors the dedication to excellence, collaboration and partnerships represented by all GIL users. This year’s theme is Vision 20/20: Putting Partnership into Focus.

The theme centers on the evolution of GIL, while zeroing in on the creativity and excellence needed to propel GIL – and its many partners – forward.

Registration cost

Pre-conference workshops: $13 a person
Conference: $30 a person
Conference + Pre-conference workshop: $43 a person

(Full agenda will be posted soon.)

About GIL

GALILEO Interconnected Libraries, or GIL, is an extension of the GALILEO initiative, funded by the state of Georgia to enhance and expand educational opportunities for residents.

The success that GALILEO has had in leveling information access opportunities for all Georgians extends to University System Libraries through GIL.

It provides students, faculty and staff expanded access to information resources from all University System Libraries.

Date and Location

Summer 2020
Robert F. Hatcher Sr. Conference Center

Middle Georgia State University

Macon, Ga.


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Keynote Speaker

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Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. Previously, he held a variety of positions at Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, Tenn., including as director for innovative technologies and research and as the executive director the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the, an online directory of libraries on the internet. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and he has authored the annual Library Systems Report published in American Libraries since 2014. Library Journal from 2002-2013.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. Additionally, he has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, edited or authored eight books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries published in 2012, and written many articles and book chapters. He regularly teaches workshops and presents at library conferences in the United States and internationally.

Pre-Conference Workshops (concurrent)

Pre-Conference Workshop A

Add OpenRefine to Your Tool Belt

Tricia Clayton, Collection Assessment & Discovery Librarian, Georgia State University

OpenRefine is a free, open source, data manipulation tool that can be used to explore, transform, and extend your data. In the collection assessment, cataloging, and acquisitions projects at Georgia State University, librarians frequently use OpenRefine to clean Alma data and to merge it with data from other sources. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to OpenRefine and learn the fundamentals of working with this tool. Particular attention will be given to practical scenarios in which OpenRefine can be used to work with Alma data.

The agenda will include:

  • Basic introduction and navigation (layout, sorting, undo, exporting)
  • Exploring your data (filters, facets)
  • Transforming your data (built-in transformations, GREL, clustering)
  • Advanced functions (extensions, reconciling)

Participants will need to bring their own laptops. Instructions for installing OpenRefine will be distributed in advance.

Pre-Conference Workshop B

GIL Resource Sharing Best Practices and Discussions

Amy Chew, Interlibrary Loan and Reference Librarian, Valdosta State University

This resource sharing workshop is aimed at those who participate in GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan. The presenter will discuss GIL Express and STAT Courier workflows, statistics, and best practices, as well as the role interlibrary loan (ILL) plays in the GIL Express and courier system. Training will be provided on how to pull GIL Express statistics through ALMA Analytics.

There will be time allotted for discussion and questions on GIL Express and ILL challenges, as well as an opportunity to share differences in our workflows. Additional relevant topics may be brought by the Interlibrary Loan Subcommittee or attendees and news on recent developments (such as GALILEO license terms for ILL in Alma and Primo) will be shared and opened for comment. To suggest discussion topics, please contact the ILL subcommittee chairperson, Amy Chew at

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.

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