The 36th Georgia Student Media Festival (GSMF) will be held on Friday, Apr. 27, at the Clayton County Schools Professional Learning Center in Jonesboro, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
While GSMF is sponsored by the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA) in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Clayton State University Library is, as always, heavily involved in this annual event. Dr. Gordon Baker, dean of Clayton State University Libraries, along with Michelle Lenderman, media coordinator of Bibb County Schools, and Deborah Gray, of the broadcast department of the Gwinnett County Schools, serve as co-chairs of the Festival.
In addition, Heidi Benford, Clayton State Library acquisitions assistant and Jennifer Duke, Clayton State Library administrative assistant, chair the the GSMF Refreshment Committee, and projects for the event are sorted by the members of the Library staff. In part as a result, Clayton State hosts the GSMF Committee meetings throughout the school year.
The projects in question are the winners of local system festivals from across the state in public and private schools. Last year's 1000+ state festival projects represented the work of more than 4000 students in Georgia schools.
In related news from the Clayton State Library, Baker was recently appointed to the steering committee of the International Student Media Festival. He also was just re-elected for an eighth year as chair of the Henry County Library System's Board of Trustees.