New lecture series honors voices of Augusta’s past
Saving the Voices from Augusta’s Past, a lecture series honoring the digitization of rare Augusta oral histories begins July 9 and will continue into the fall.
The series is a collaborative effort between Augusta State University’s Reese Library, Paine College’s Collins-Callaway Library, and the Augusta Public Library. Each lecture features a foremost expert on Augusta history and will be held at one of the library locations. The lectures will highlight notable Augustans as captured on decades-old audiotapes and will examine issues raised in their personal narratives.
Most of the oral histories were originally captured on audiotape in the early 1970s. Time and technological change left the tapes unusable and the Augusta voices unheard. Digitizing the tapes not only ensures their long-term preservation, but makes them accessible for the first time in years.
Carol Waggoner-Angleton, special collections assistant at Reese Library, expects the lecture series will attract serious researchers to the oral history collections. She also hopes that the lectures will increase public awareness of the preservation challenges archivists and librarians face with new technology.
The project is a collaborative effort led by Waggoner-Angleton; Dottie Demarest, local history librarian at the Augusta Public Library; and Lynn Dennison, director of Collins Callaway Library. It is funded entirely by the Georgia Humanities Council’s From Our Past, In the Present, For the Future grant initiative. The grant supports public programs that explore the traditions, stories, and ideas that shape us—as a people, as communities, and as a society.
The first lecture is scheduled for Monday, July 9. Dr. Peggy Ruth Geren, professor at Augusta State University, will present Projects of Philanthropy in the Post-Civil War South: First Look at 7 p.m. in 170 University Hall. This event and all others in the series are free and open to the public. Information can be found online at http://www.aug.edu/~liblsc/
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Reese Library ranked number 1 in student satisfaction
This year, Reese Library was rated No.1 in student satisfaction among college services. The ranking was based on the ACT Student Opinion survey given to graduating seniors in the ASU Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences each year. Seventy-five percent of surveyed students indicated they had used the library and less than 1 percent (0.6 percent to be exact) indicated dissatisfaction with library facilities or services.
Reese Library will make strides to improve these numbers. Comments and suggestions on ways library facilities or services can be improved are always welcome. They can be submitted through the Reese Library Webpage, Facebook, Twitter, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep your ideas and suggestions coming. We want to maintain this coveted position.
New featured journal program
Reese Library will launch a Featured Journal program this month. The program hopes to highlight a lesser-known journal or publication in the library’s collection. The inaugural feature will be The Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. This title contains articles on:
- The academic and social experience of students
- The transition issues of unique populations such as transfer, non-traditional, and minority students
- Examination of policies and programs that affect first-year and transitional students.
This Journal is currently available in print and online. For more information about this publication or any other in our collection, contact LouAnn Blocker, serials and electronic resources librarian, at email@example.com or 706-667-4907.