Getting Money Smart at the Library

Money Smart Week (MSW) began with approximately 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to improve personal financial literacy in 2001. Zach S. Henderson Library participated in the fifteenth (its third) annual Money Smart Week in April with two panel events geared toward student financial success.

The first panel, “The Empty Wallet Diaries: Everyday Stories and Practical Advice from the Inside,” consisted of upper classmen (and library student employees) Nigel Brown, Keyani Loftin, Joshua Johnson, and Miranda Swaim and was designed as an informal discussion for younger students to gain valuable insight from those who have gone before. The panelists shared everything they had learned, and everything they wish they had known, regarding budgeting, savings, banking, credit, debt, and student loans while attending college.  The student audience was also given an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Documents Library Technical Assistant, Monica Van Wagenen served as moderator and shared savvy shopper tips throughout the event. Subway and Coke donated refreshments.

The second panel, “You and Your Money: Who’s Using Who,” consisted of local experts in finance – bankers Shante Clesca, Shonda Wilkerson, and Coulten Hauser from Wells Fargo, Molly Sisson from Synovus Securities at Sea Island Bank, and Georgia Southern finance professor, Dr. Allissa Lee. This panel served to formally advise students of the need to take control of their finances now as they are starting out on their own. All of the panelists emphasized the need for students to educate themselves about how their financial choices regarding debt, credit, and savings will not only affect them now but far into the future.  It is a huge misconception among underclassmen students that they will make a fortune right out of college, so they can spend today, borrowing from themselves tomorrow. Quite the contrary, the students learned that it is never too early to invest in their own retirement.

The feedback was very positive and indicated that students are eager to learn about finances but might not know how or where to look for guidance on how to create successful financial futures. Money Smart Week provides the opportunity to have these vital discussions.

Due to the enthusiastic feedback, the Money Smart week team at the library has decided to do similar events for next year, with the addition of an event for faculty, staff, friends of the library, and the general community. We hope to see you there!

Great job and special thanks to Monica Van Wagenen, Jessica Williams, Jermaine Bryant, and Lori Gwinett.

Photos of the event are available using the Google Drive links below:

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New Integrated Library System

Next week, on May 26th, our institution will implement a new Integrated Library System (ILS).  We are very excited to reach this milestone.   We expect this effort to provide a richer experience for all of our patrons.  However, in the week leading up to our cutover, those requesting access to materials will experience changes to familiar processes.  If you encounter any difficulties or concerns during this period, please reach out to our library in the following manners:

By live chat via Ask a Librarian at

By phone at (912) 478-5645

The most immediate effect of this project will be a new interface to our catalog.  At go-live, at 7amon May 26th and will be redirected to our new catalog interface. GIL-Express borrowing will resume at that time.

Patrons will be able to use their MyGeorgiaSouthern account for signing into our new catalog interface

We are extremely excited to provide this new experience to our patrons.  Please be patient during our cutover activities as well as during our initial go-live period.  While there will likely be some issues, we have plans in place to resolve items as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for your patience  on this endeavor.

Reminder: Farm to Table 6/8 & Menu


 On Thursday, June 8, Pamela Bauer Mueller, Georgia Author of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009, will be the featured speaker at the annual Farm-to-Table fundraising dinner on behalf of the University’s Zach S. Henderson Library. This year the event will be held at the Forest Heights Country Club, beginning at 6:30 pm, featuring a menu by Chef Kevin Case using ingredients purchased at the Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market.  Dr. Michael Braz will once again provide musical entertainment during the pre-dinner cocktail mingling.

Pamela Bauer Mueller is an award-winning author of books for children and adults who makes her home on Jekyll Island on the Southeast Georgia coast. Over the last decade, she has written and published eight books of fiction and won three Georgia Author of the Year Awards. She received a B.A. in Spanish at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She was briefly a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines, married a Mexico City architect and lived there for 18 years. She taught Spanish to corporate executives, worked as a commercial model and an actress in both Mexican and American movies (“Caveman,” “Under Fire”, “Volunteers” among others). She later became a U.S. Customs Agent in San Diego before moving to Vancouver where she began her writing career and moved with her husband to the Georgia coast. Her first three published books, the “Kiska Trilogy,” focused on a wonderful cat named Kiska whose journey paralleled that of its author, from Mexico to San Diego to Canada to the southeastern United States. That trilogy for young readers includes “The Bumpedy Road” (1999), “Rain City Cats” (2000) and “Eight Paws to Georgia.” Since then her books include “Hello, Goodbye, I Love You” (2003) and “Aloha Crossing” (2008), both inspirational stories about guide dogs. Also, “Neptune’s Honor” (2005), about an antebellum era Sea Island slave; “An Angry Drum Echoed” (2007), a look at Indians living in coastal Georgia during colonial times; and “Splendid Isolation” (2010), a novelized look back at the wealthy elite who once vacationed at Jekyll Island.

The Zach S. Henderson Library Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner raises money to strengthen the scholarly collections and services of southeast Georgia’s premier academic library. The dinner supports local agriculture by creating gourmet delicacies using ingredients purchased at the Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market. Chef Case’s tentative menu is as follows:

1st Course

Local Garden Salad with Pecan Goat Cheese Fritters and Georgia Oysters, Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

2nd Course

Sweet Team Glazed Smoked Pork Belly with Tasso Ham Spoon Bread and Crispy Vidalia Onions

3rd Course

Cornmeal Dusted Fried Tilefish with Chow Chow and Tomato Jam

4th Course

Grilled Strip Steak with Boiled Peanut Succotash and Demi-Glace

5th Course

Roasted Peaches in Tuile Cookie and Housemade Ice Cream

Please note: The menu is subject to change at Chef’s discretion based on weather and harvest availability. 

Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $75 apiece and may be purchased by contacting the Dean of the Library’s office at 912-478-5115. Tickets may also be purchased online at  The deadline to purchase tickets is June 3rd.


GIL Express Suspended Friday, 5/5-5/26

Due to our implementation of a new GIL Find Experience, there will be a halt to GIL Express from May 5th at 4:00PM until May 26th.  GIL Express is a service offered at all libraries within the University System of Georgia.  The service is an innovative resource sharing initiative that allows students, faculty, and staff access to all eligible circulating material at all USG libraries.  If you need materials that you would normally request from GIL Express, you can request these materials via Zach S. Henderson’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.  Please contact Interlibrary Loan Librarian Fred Smith to place a request  at

More information about the new GIL Find Experience is available here.


Affordable Learning Georgia Videos

Are you interested in learning more about what Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) offers students?  The UGA (University of Georgia) Center for Teaching and Learning interviewed three students about how the open educational resources (OERs) that ALG provides have benefited them in their academic careers.  The interviews are available on YouTube at

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