Ms. Julie Walker
Georgia Public Library Services
1800 Century Place
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
State library website:
“Providing adequate bandwidth, tech support, pre-literacy initiatives, and continuing education for staff are major priorities. We’ll fund new technology initiatives to assist local libraries, and create online learning modules for children to complement our partnership with the Department of Early Care and Learning.”
--Julie Walker, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service
Read the Georgia Public Library Service Interview with IMLS.
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
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The Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) is the online service for 285 Georgia libraries with patrons in all 149 counties and nearly three million PINES library cardholders. PINES creates a borderless library that offers equal access to information for all Georgians. Patrons with PINES cards enjoy the benefits of a shared collection of 10 million books that can be delivered to their home library free of charge. The statistics show the program’s popularity and usability: In FY 2008, PINES had 456,452 hits. In FY 2011, there were 707,694 hits. PINES operational costs are less than $2 million each year. It would cost approximately $20 million to replace PINES with individual automation systems for the current member library system and the Georgia Public Library Service, and approximately $5 million per year to maintain those systems.
IMLS Funds: $843,778
This statewide project’s purpose was to develop and implement a coordinated program of strategic partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide free materials and programming for public libraries. It addressed learning and awareness of the environment, the natural world, the arts, planning for higher education, and other topics of mutual interest. Over the last few years, this initiative has resulted in materials and programs at the libraries with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, Zoo Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers, the Georgia Path2College 529 Plan, the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Center for the Book, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, the VSA Arts of Georgia, and the Georgia GoFish Education Center. Programs that offer free passes to library patrons for visits to many of these facilities and in-library programs have been very popular with Georgians.
IMLS Funds: $51,398
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Gerogia's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 861KB). View all states' plans.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Support PRIME Time Family Reading Time for 150 low-literacy families as a means of building literacy and encouraging the families to use all the free resources our libraries have for them.
Coordinate the annual statewide Summer Reading Program for children, from birth to 17 years, and their families.
Make PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) the focal point for “PINES U,” a one-stop training solution for PINES patrons that will include a combination of self-paced online tutorials, synchronous online training sessions, lecture videos, and online documentation for learning how to use the Evergreen software in PINES (“Evergreen” is our open source integrated library system (ILS) software program).
General Services and Initiatives
Fund a subscription to Web Dewey for all public libraries to maintain current cataloging standards throughout the state. This product provides access to the Dewey Decimal Classification System and mapping between call numbers and subject headings.
Include a year’s subscription to the Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit to support cataloging standards and patron access to collections.
Access to E-Resources
In order to enhance the Evergreen software and/or its functionality and meet the demand of library users, develop a mobile app that will allow users to search the catalog, place holds, renew materials, and authenticate their PINES library card so that a physical card is not required at checkout.
Offer a discovery layer to all public libraries to generate a single point of access to the full library collections across purchased, licensed, and digital materials. A single search box will be offered alongside a range of other navigation features.
Continue our courier service to all regional headquarters libraries to enable resource sharing throughout the state.
Host an extreme learning lab for library staff that focuses on emerging technologies, tech trends that library staff needs to know about, and a review of tech essentials for all public service staff. This will be a three-day conference that blends dynamic presentations from thought leaders in public and private industry with hands-on, experiential learning.
Make PINES the focal point for “PINES U,” a one-stop training solution for PINES library staff that will include a combination of self-paced online tutorials, synchronous online training sessions, lecture videos, and online documentation for learning how to use the Evergreen software in PINES.
Ensure the state Children’s Services Division plans and implements continuing education opportunities for public library staff.
Select librarians to participate in the Public Library Institute’s Program for New and Creative Leadership (PINNACLE) for in-person and online training and programs. PINNACLE is a ten-month program.
Provide WebJunction access to staff for the organization’s wealth of programs, services, and courses that improve their quality of library service for the public.
Support a biannual Virtual Library Staff Development Day as a platform for sharing best practices and library collaborations.
Marketing and Market Research
Work closely with the Georgia Library Learning Online (GALILEO) staff on initiatives to improve the visibility, usability, and popularity of the GALILEO databases.
Develop and implement a coordinated program of strategic partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide free materials and programming for public libraries.
Develop a proposal for a next-generation broadband network to address the needs for increased bandwidth in Georgia’s public libraries.
Purchase access to the Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC’s) group cataloging services for efficiency.
Build a model for IT support across the state in the form of contractors/part-time employees—a tech geek squad for planning, assessing information systems, and staff training.
Continue building strategic relationships with local businesses and organizations to bring free materials and programming to our public libraries. Libraries will promote reading and learning about the environment, the natural world, the arts, planning for higher education, and other areas of mutual interest.
Special Services for Special Needs
Assist outreach and advisory centers for the visually impaired and physically handicapped to ensure that eligible patrons, their caregivers, public library staff, medical professionals, and public school teachers are aware of and have access to the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) programs.
Furnish accessible equipment and software to make all resources and programs available to library users with disabilities.
At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Georgia's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,826KB). View all states' evaluations.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Georgia's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 373KB).