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2014 Leadership Summit Report

by Nancy Snell and Ernie Evangelista

On Wednesday, January 15, SLA’s MidSouth Chapter (with 25 members!) welcomed nearly 170 SLA’ers at the 2014 Leadership Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. While Nancy’s a seasoned Summit attendee, this was Ernie’s first official meeting. So, it was an eye-opening experience for him to meet the people (HQ staff and elected officers) who run SLA and hear the issues facing the Association. Here’s our combined conference highlights:

  • 2014 Annual Conference: Takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Sunday, June 9 to Tuesday, June 10.  This three day format will also be used at least through the 2016 annual meeting. And 15 minute Quick Takes will debut in Vancouver!
  • 2014 Fellows: They are Mary Ellen Bates, Tony Landolt, Catherine Lavalle-Welch, Daniel Lee and Leslie Reynolds. (You may remember that Bates spoke to the Chapter and other library groups in Atlanta in March 2011 on the future of the information profession.)
  • 2014 Presidential Theme: “Beyond borders” from Kate Arnold.
  • SLA Membership: Almost 8,000. SLA CEO Janice Lachance stressed that chapter, divisions and members will need to play bigger roles in growing the association. We learned that institutional memberships are available for $750. Under this plan, one person is the “official” member, but up to three can be added so that they can attend SLA meetings at member rates. HQ also plans to release a survey to all members (the first in several years) soon.
  • Name Change: After reviewing member survey results last year on a possible name change, the Board decided NOT to put the issue up for a vote.
  • Business Partners: We were encouraged to think of vendors as business partners reflecting our mutual interdependence on each other.

As Nancy and I listened to presentations on running for the Board, budgets and bookkeeping and heard stories from other chapters on their challenges, we realized that our chapter’s focus groups from last year reflected the same concerns: Finding future leaders, engaging and retaining members and program planning.

So, we returned from Memphis energized by meeting other SLA leaders, former SLA Presidents (Cindy Hill and Rebecca Vargha) and headquarters staff. With our rebranded Lunch and Learn series off the ground, we hope that 2014 will be memorable for the Georgia Chapter, one in which we acted on member feedback and showed LOCAL added value for one’s SLA membership.

Please share your thoughts and comments with us since the Chapter can only be as strong as the collective effort invested by each of us.

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And on a side note, Ernie’s photos from Memphis can be found at:

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