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A Landmark Day for Civil Rights

June 19, 2014

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On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger stood on the balcony of a house in Galveston, Texas, and read out the text of General Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas of the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. Annual celebration of Juneteenth (a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”) began the next year; although celebration of […]

The Consequences of Snow Days

February 14, 2014

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We’ve gotten through another bout with snow, and K-12 students have missed another several days of school. In Georgia, as in many states, the minimum length of the school year is set by statute at 180 days. Although some wiggle room is built into the school calendars, when snow days start to add up, school districts […]

Your Lottery Winner: Anonymous

December 18, 2013

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It’s been all over the news today: one of the winning Mega Millions tickets was sold in Buckhead. And now we know the Georgia winner’s name and where she lives, because Georgia is in the majority of states in requiring that the names of lottery winners be public. In a minority of states the winner […]

The Librarians Who Stare at Books

December 5, 2013

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While you’e staring at your outlines, study aids, casebooks, or computer screens, you may have recently noticed an odd sight: library employees staring very, very hard at shelves. We’re not doing this to prank you, or as a part of some incredibly boring performance art piece. What we’re doing is something called “shelf reading.” Shelf […]

Listening to the Law (or Other Things)

October 25, 2013

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By now you’ve probably seen a sign or a post somewhere, and you know that we have access to AudioCaseFiles so that you can listen to cases rather than reading them. But what if you want to listen to something else? That’s where podcasts come in. And while there are a lot of podcasts out […]

30 Years of Banned Books Week

September 27, 2013

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September 22-28, 2013 is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by highlighting attempts to suppress books.  In recognition of this anniversary, the American Libraries Association has put together a timeline of books either banned or challenged during the 30 years that Banned Books Week has been […]

A Key Day for Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2013

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On September 13, 2007, an event over two decades in the making happened: the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 143 countries voted in favor of the Declaration; although the United States voted against it, the U.S. has since voiced its support for the Declaration. The Declaration addresses […]

Talk Back to Us

June 27, 2013

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Just a little programming update: you can now leave comments on the blog! We know we’ve been talking to you for a while, and now you have the opportunity to talk back to us! We just ask that, before leaving a comment, you please review our comment policy.

Keeping up with the Justices

June 17, 2013

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It’s mid-June, which means that things are starting to heat up in the Supreme Court. As you probably know, the Supreme Court has a history of releasing their most controversial/high-profile opinions at the end of the term, which is generally in late June. The Court has already moved to announcing opinions twice a week, on […]

Toward Better Googling

May 9, 2013

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There’s this idea floating around that, as librarians, we’re supposed to tell you not to “just Google it.” But the reality is that, well, that works sometimes. The problem that many people have with finding information on Google, though, is that they don’t know all of the different tricks you can use to make your Google […]

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