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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, https://www.trainingandcounselingcenter.org/, 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: https://atlantabg.org/classes-education/libraries/

 

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

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

Parking:
$5 for carpool, $10 for single drivers

Cost:
Free to attend (Garden admittance fee is waived)

RSVP:
Contact Dr. Clara Williams, cwilliams@atlantabg.org
Attendance is limited to the first 12 RSVPS

 

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ALLA-SLA Holiday Party December 4th, 2018

ALLA-SLA HOLIDAY PARTY 2018

 

Mark your calendars – it’s almost time to make holiday memories with your favorites! We’re bringing you the holiday party to top all other holiday parties this season!

Join us on Tuesday, December 4th, for delicious food, drinks, good fun, and an opportunity to catch up with your ALLA and SLA-Georgia colleagues. The 2018 holiday party will be hosted at Fado Irish Pub in Midtown, from 6:00-8:00pm. Thank you for a wonderful year, and we look forward to celebrating with you on December 4th!

***PLEASE REGISTER HERE BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD***

WHEN:

Tuesday, December 4th.

Registration begins at 5:45 PM, party ends (but the fun never stops) at 8:00 PM

WHAT:

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, beer, wine, games, enough fun to keep you joyful through all of 2019

WHERE:

Fado Irish Peach, 933 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

PARKING:

Two-hour parking validation will be available for the parking deck for the Metropolis located behind the building, which can be accessed from 8th Street.

COST:

ALLA/SLA Members ($15) and friends ($20); Instructions for PayPal payments are on the registration form below. Checks will also be accepted at the event.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PARTNERSHIP:

We will also be continuing our partnership with the Georgia Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) to provide holiday gifts to children and families involved in their program. Please look for a follow-up e-mail with a  list of suggested toys.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any question please contact
Avery Le (ALLA Vice-President) at avery.le@emory.edu or
Rebecca Gebhardt Brizi (SLA-GA President-Elect) at  rgbrizi@gmail.com

 

This party is made possible by our friends at Thomson Reuters and TRG – we appreciate your sponsorship!

 

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Registration Reminder for SLA-Georgia Fall Luncheon: “Stress & Workplace Performance” with Dr. Jill Wener

The SLA-Georgia Chapter Fall meeting and luncheon at the Hudson Grille Midtown is coming up on Tuesday, October 23rd, 11:45am-1:00pm. Be sure to register at the link below.

Want to know more about why you react the way you do in stressful moments? Looking for a few short and easy ways to manage your stress? Interested in meditation but not sure where or how to get started? Look no further! Our guest speaker, Dr. Jill Wener, will explain how stress and tension impact your work environment, and what you can do about it.

In this interactive session, you will learn how your body processes stress, using the framework of Adaptation Energy and you will learn several easy-to-do techniques to reduce stress and maximize health and wellbeing.

Dr. Jill Wener practiced hospital-based Internal Medicine for 10 years in Chicago before changing careers to become a stress-reduction expert and Conscious Health Meditation instructor. Jill has presented on the science of stress for medical and non-medical audiences across the country.

When:
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Where:
Hudson Grille Midtown
942 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309

Cost:
SLA members: $10
Non-SLA members: $15

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SLA-Georgia Fall Luncheon: “Stress & Workplace Performance” with Dr. Jill Wener

You’re invited to the SLA-Georgia Chapter Fall meeting and luncheon at the Hudson Grille Midtown on Tuesday, October 23rd, 11:45am-1:00pm. Our guest speaker, Dr. Jill Wener, will explain how stress and tension impact your work environment, and what you can do about it.

Improve your productivity and work relationships with the appropriate stress management techniques. Want to know more about why you react the way you do in stressful moments? Looking for a few short and easy ways to manage your stress? Interested in meditation but not sure where or how to get started? Look no further!

Dr. Jill Wener practiced hospital-based Internal Medicine for 10 years in Chicago before changing careers to become a stress-reduction expert and Conscious Health Meditation instructor. Jill has presented on the science of stress for medical and non-medical audiences across the country. In this interactive session, you will learn how your body processes stress, using the framework of Adaptation Energy and you will learn several easy-to-do techniques to reduce stress and maximize health and wellbeing.

When:
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Where:
Hudson Grille Midtown
942 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309

Cost:
SLA members: $10
Non-SLA members: $15

 

 

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