The sponsoring organizations for COMO 2015 support the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences as a model for conduct at this conference.

GaCOMO 2015 in Athens, GA

October 7 – 9, 2015
The Classic Center
in Athens, Georgia.

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The 27th annual GaCOMO Library Conference will be held on Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9, 2015.

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We would like to thank our sponsors for all of their support for the 2015 GaCOMO Library Conference!

Diamond ($2,500)

Gold Level ($1,000)

Silver ($500)

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TNT Silver Sponsor

Bronze Level ($100)

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Recorded Books - Bronze

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Keynote Speakers

About Bill Barnes    

bill b&wBill is a native New Yorker who was dragged all around the world by his parents at a very formative age and finally ended up in the wilds of Seattle. He is a trained software designer and very much an untrained cartoonist.



About Gene Ambaum

Gene Ambaum sniffing flowerGene is the pen name of a former public librarian and Staff Development Coordinator from the Seattle area. He loves graphic novels, television shows from his childhood, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. He continues to make the mistake of letting Bill write his bios.

Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes are the creators of the library comic strip Unshelved, which just celebrated its thirteenth anniversary. Gene, author of the kids graphic novel Poopy Claws, is a former public librarian from the Seattle area. Bill, who also created the software comic strip Not Invented Here, is a software designer and technology journalist.                                            Bill by GeneGene by Bill

                     Bill drawn by Gene                                                                                                          Gene drawn by Bill

George Needham

George Needham, 2015George Needham is a librarian as well as a frequent speaker at library events. On October 1, he will assume a new position as the Director of the Delaware County District Library in Delaware, Ohio. From 1999 to 2015, George served as Vice President for Global and Regional Councils at OCLC Online Computer Library Center in Dublin, Ohio. While at OCLC he also had a consulting practice for three years, working primarily with public and state libraries. Starting library work at a very early age, George worked at the branch library in his neighborhood during high school and while earning his BA and MLS degrees from the University at Buffalo, New York. He began his professional career at the Charleston (South Carolina) County Library, and has served as director of the Fairfield County (Ohio) District Library, as Member Services Director of Ohio Library Association, Executive Director of the Public Library Association, and State Librarian of Michigan. George has also written several articles, recorded scores of podcasts, and reviewed hundreds of books, audiobooks, and videos for Library Journal, Booklist, The Columbus Dispatch, and AudioFile.  His sole brush with non-library fame came as a two-time Jeopardy! champion in December, 1994.

Courtney L. Young

CYoung_4246Courtney L. Young was the 2014-2015 American Library Association (ALA) President. She is currently Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny. An active leader in ALA, she has served on the Executive Board (2009-2012), Council (2005-present), and as President of the New Members Round Table (2009-2010). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal “Mover& Shaker”, recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (OH) with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women’s Studies, and Simmons College, where she received her M.S. in Library Science. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to advocacy, academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, leadership, and professional development.

The Georgia COMO Library Conference is sponsored by: 

GLA – Georgia Library Association

GAIT – Georgia Association for Instructional Technology



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