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Oglethorpe Library Brown Bag Luncheon February 14th

Please join Eli Arnold, Library Director at Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, as he hosts a brown bag luncheon highlighting the library.


Date & Time:
February 14th, 12:00-1:00

Juvenile Reading Room
4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

Dashboard parking passes will be provided for all attendees.   With the pass, parking anywhere is fine (there is new building construction going on). There are also guest lots near the back of library and across on the side — (Philip Weltner Library) back of campus.

Free to attend

Contact Dr. Clara Williams,
Attendance is limited to the first 18 RSVPS

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Happy 2019 GA SLAers!

Welcome to another great year of events, connections, and learning.

Let’s start with the main news: our next event is on Thursday, February 14th at noon, when Eli Arnold, Library Director at Oglethorpe Library,  will be hosting a tour and brown bag lunch. Please join us by RSVPing via email to Clara Williams:

We hope to see many of you there.

Here is a bit of what you can expect this year: see below for

  1. Connecting with Members,
  2. 2019 Leadership,
  3. Events

Connecting with Members

All members, though spread throughout the state, have direct access to one another through the SLA Connect site. Log in with your SLA credentials, and add SLA Georgia to your communities. Be sure to activate email notifications so you never miss any member and event news.

Explore the other available communities as well – one of the perks of SLA is its international membership, and connectivity is a key mission of the association. Use these forums to learn, debate, connect, and mingle virtually with several thousand special librarians.

Also, bookmark the SLA Georgia website for direct access to officers, updates, photos, and more.

Your 2019 Leadership

Now would be a good time to introduce myself: my name is Rebecca Brizi and I am your 2019 chapter president. I have been involved with SLA for almost 10 years, and prior to this I was treasurer of the GA chapter.

See a full list of officers here, and feel free to reach out to us with questions or comments. Meet Grace Holloway, our president elect; John Cruickshank, Immediate Past President; Toby Lyles as our secretary; Jonathan Germann as our treasurer; Laura Ten Pas, Director and Communications Chair; Nikita Hines as our Director and Membership Chair; and Jim Braden, Director, At-Large.


Our regularly scheduled events will include:

  1. A spring lunch & learn, a sit down lunch with official chapter updates and communications, as well as networking opportunities
  2. A fall lunch & learn, similar in format to the spring event.
  3. A holiday party in December, for networking with each other and other librarian associations locally.

In addition, look out for those Connect notices to hear about any additional events, cross-promotion with other associations, and news updates from SLA Central.

On that note: SLA Central will host the first of three live webchats on 28th February at 2PM eastern. All members are invited to participate, so mark the time in your calendar and look out for the registration link in Connect.

Thank you

Finally, I must thank you all for your continued commitment to SLA. Whether you can attend our events regularly in person, or follow us from afar, the association’s mission of learning, advocacy, and networking connections invites you to take advantage of these opportunities and participate in the community.

Once again, my name is Rebecca and I encourage you to contact me with any questions you have about our events or chapter, as well as about SLA in general, or if you need assistance with Connect or any of our other tools.

Let’s make this a great SLA year!


Best regards,

Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi

Rebecca Brizi
(404) 908-2895

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Position Opening: Knowledge Management Specialist I, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has a job opening for a Knowledge Management Specialist I. In addition to the skills listed in the posting, we are looking for someone who has an interest in emerging technologies, familiarity with programming languages such as R, Python, SAS, MATLAB, SQL as well as experience with data analytics and visualization.

The posting is below.  You can apply at The job number is 258043


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Job Title: Digital Initiative Librarian

Position Summary:

In additional to the skills listed below, we are seeking candidates with an interest in emerging technologies, familiarity with programming languages such as R, Python, SAS, MATLAB and SQL, as well as experience with data analytics and visualization.

Under limited supervision, responsible for the daily operations, technical services, and administrative functions of the Knowledge Center. Assists with the maintenance of library specific systems that customers use to access self-service tools. Conducts customer support interactions, analyzes trends in customer inquiries, and contributes to the development of recommendations to solve problems or improve services. Develops, documents, and follows efficient processes so that materials can be quickly and easily accessed. Participates in the provision of research services. Must exemplify standards for customer service, responsiveness, team and client collaboration, and work quality.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducts basic research in response to internal bank requests and reference needs for phone and web public inquiries, referring them for in-depth research services when needed. Assists and fulfills customer requests for articles, archives, Interlibrary Loans (ILL) & approves new monograph acquisitions. May perform due diligence searches and other delegated research requests, and participate in daily news production rotation.
  • Manages and updates electronic journals; manages the local aspects of our cataloging consortium participation, maintains serials management system; communicates and monitors subscription changes to vendors and adjusts system records accordingly. Maintains and organizes all physical collections, mail, and support for effective and efficient services. Processes and maintains routed materials for customers.
  • Creates content for the unit’s web pages, including on-line tutorials and/or other interactive web tools for customers, working in collaboration with KIM colleagues.
  • Assists in the daily operation of the archives in accordance with current archival standards and the established archive policies and procedures. Provides information or materials in response to customer requests, and monitors approved access to the collection. Assists in creating descriptive finding aids.
  • Contributes to communications plans in support of department initiatives.
  • Contributes to metric reporting with usage statistics from various sources. Develops mechanisms to gather customer feedback and monitor effectiveness of products and services and adjusts accordingly.
  • Responsible for the expansion of skills and continuous improvement. Pursues training in an effort to remain current and proficient in areas of expertise. Maintains current awareness on emerging technologies, library and archival standards, and Federal Reserve System trends as they pertain to information services, delivery, resources and management.

Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred (MLS or MLIS)

Less than two years


Functional Knowledge Preferences

Knowledge Areas:

  • Current library technologies
  • Current archival standards


Technical Skills:

  • Automated library systems
  • Electronic Resource
  • Management Systems, HTML, SharePoint


Certifications/Licenses (preferred)

  • American Library Association accredited degree


Individual Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness
  • Problem Solving
  • Action-Oriented
  • Collaborates
  • Communicates Effectively


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, performance standards or requirements, efforts, skills or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, rush jobs, change in workload or technological developments).



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In Remembrance, Robert Aaron

Long-time SLA Georgia member Rob Aaron died on December 26, 2018. Raised in Calhoun, Rob graduated from Emory University, earning both a BA with Honors in Political Science and a Masters in Library Science. He was an active member of the library community, working as a reference librarian at Georgia State University and the Atlanta Journal/Constitution before founding AaronSmith Associates, Inc, in 1981, an innovative research company specializing in the then arcane field of online research.

AaronSmith tackled a variety of unusual tasks, from supplying the factoids for CNN Headline News, producing analytical news coverage comparisons for such companies as Coca-Cola and UPS and producing fast-turnaround, in-depth research for the PR departments of Atlanta’s leading companies.

The company also participated in the early information economy with the sale of full-text database software that ran on a TRS-80 computer and the development of prototype online publishing, including a Georgia legislative news service and the first online offering of the Atlanta Journal Constitution movie reviews.

Rob also enjoyed teaching reference at the Clark Atlanta University library school and later was a researcher at the local public radio station, WABE. At the time of his death, Rob was a reference librarian with Georgia Gwinnett College.

He was also an active member of the Atlanta musical community, singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw and as a staff singer for various Atlanta faith communities. His special joy was singing with the acclaimed Atlanta Singers from their debut in 1976 to April of 2016. He also sang with Atlanta Chamber Singers, another highly regarded local ensemble.

Rob will be much missed at St. Luke’s Episcopal, his church home for 40 years, where he served in the choir, as a member of the television crew, and as a member of the ringing band of St. Luke’s change ringing bells. He married his beloved wife, Judith, at St. Luke’s in 1981 in an innovative music-crammed service that was not only one of the first video-recorded weddings in Atlanta, but, at 90 minutes, also one of the longest.

Rob’s kindness and dependability enhanced every rehearsal and committee meeting. From too-well-worn stories shared with the “poker buddies” from Calhoun to the latest political insights, Rob cheered and entertained his fellow-travelers. His charm, wide-ranging intelligence, and elfin wit will be sorely missed by his friends and co-workers, but most of all by his family.

He is survived by his wife Judith, his daughter Rachel, her husband Travis, and his grandson Nathan. He was a loving and supportive father, a beloved grandfather, and the dearest and best of companions to his wife. Rob was the son of R.T. and Sarah Frances Aaron, deceased, of Calhoun, Georgia.

The funeral service was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta on Wednesday, January 9th. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, memo: Rob Aaron Music Fund, or to the Training and Counseling Center,, 98 Currier Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden Brown Bag Luncheon January 25th

Please join Dr. Clara Williams, librarian at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, for a tour of its Sheffield Library, on January 25th from 11:00am-12:30pm. The Orchid Library is closed at this time, due to construction of the new Conservatory, and will not be toured.  Together, the Sheffield Botanical Library and Orchid Reference Library collections include more than 11,408 books and 162  periodicals. Attendees will also be able to tour the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

For more information about the libraries, please visit:


Date & Time:
January 25th, 11:00-12:30

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Meet Clara in the lobby directly behind the admissions window booths.

$5 for carpool, $10 for single drivers

Free to attend (Garden admittance fee is waived)

Contact Dr. Clara Williams,
Attendance is limited to the first 12 RSVPS


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