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2014 Spring Lunch and Business Meeting Report

by Ernie Evangelista, 2014 SLA Georgia President-Elect

On Tuesday, May 20, 16 SLA Georgia members attended the chapter’s annual business meeting and spring luncheon at Brio Tuscan Grille in Buckhead. In between our two course Italian meal, President Nancy Snell reported on the association and our chapter. And after lunch, Dr. Alex Cummings, our featured speaker from Georgia State University spoke on “the politics of intellectual property in postwar America.”

Nancy highlighted key issues and events facing SLA in 2014:

  • The SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis, Tennessee in January and a subsequent report on ideas to restructure SLA units. Because the Georgia Chapter consists of nearly 100 members, we do not need to consider restructuring.
  • The upcoming annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada reflects SLA President Kate Arnold’s theme for the year, “Beyond Borders.” As Information and Support Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support in London, England, Kate personifies her theme. In the January/February 2014 issue of Information Outlook, she called on members to be more inclusive in the ways we work, think and behave.
  • The chapter’s sponsorship of the Solo Librarians webinar series led by Pat Wagner of Siera. The next two sessions take place on Tuesday, September 23 and November 18 and cost $5 each for chapter members. For additional information, go to: http://georgia.sla1.org/2014/02/everyday-leadership-webinar-march-11-2014/
  • Other upcoming chapter events include an evening mixer and our September election.

Historian Alex Cummings traced key events since the Korean War that shaped the current state of intellectual property in this country:

  • The advertising industry driving, in part, the “information revolution” in the 1960s;
  • Passage of the Sound Recording Act in 1971;
  • Media conglomerate consolidation as part of the “New Economy” in the 1990s;
  • A new definition of “public interest” as a result of the Great Recession in 2008.

The first point resonated with SLA Georgia Chapter Communications Director Lynda Larsen who noted that Madison Avenue coined the phrase, “Information Society.” Julie Schein, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, marveled at how technology continues to affect copyright violation as demonstrated by the marketplace for “used” MP3 files.

As a result of these developments, copyright, patents and trademarks all fall under the umbrella of intellectual property today. Dr. Cummings’s remarks reflected research from his book, Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century. For more, go to: http://amzn.to/1wNSLKY

We appreciated Dr. Cummings speaking to us and thanks to those who attended the event. Photos can be found at this Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sla-ga/sets/72157643919163823/

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