GALILEO: A Vision for One Statewide Library
Williams, Jayne H~Potter, William Gray
Copyright (c) 1998 Educause
Abstract: In August, 1994, the new Chancellor of the University System of Georgia asked his advisory staff to brainstorm in response to the question, "If you had $20 million, how would you spend it?" As a result of that question and an already established PeachNet, the telecommunications network for education in Georgia, GALILEO was officially launched at University System of Georgia institutions on September 21, 1995. This presentation focuses on: History of GALILEO; Services to be rendered; Necessary and desirable databases; University System server sites; Hardware and software selection; Help Desk Activities. In a two-year period, GALILEO services have expanded beyond the initial 34 University System libraries to include technical schools, K-12 schools, two consortia of private colleges, and public libraries. Staffing has increased four fold.