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2015 – A New Year

Over the past couple of years, the SLA Georgia board reached out to its members in several ways, all meant to gauge member needs, goals and the perception of the chapter. We met with focus groups, surveyed members outside Atlanta, polled past presidents, and asked for input from our Atlanta-based SLA Fellows.

 

We learned what our members want.

• Networking is key. Our members want networking opportunities, preferably face to face. So we are trying to provide meeting opportunities with various meeting locations and times to provide the chance to do so.
• Education is also key. In 2014, we revived the Fall business meeting with featured speakers and we offered two lunch and learn programs and a webinar series in partnership with other SLA units.
• Knowledge of industry tools also ranks particularly high. We hosted Georgia Tech librarians Crystal Renfro and Mary Axford who spoke on knowledge management tools.

 

We’ve also experienced challenges.

• Our varied membership base has different focuses ranging from academic to corporate to public. That’s a broad spectrum of industry categories that we can’t completely cover every year, but we do try to vary our programs with that in mind.
• We cover a large geographic area with traffic issues that prevents full participation by all members. We moved our programs around metro Atlanta and this year, Patti Schminke from Savannah will join our board to add a non-Atlanta perspective.
• Offering webinars, while a useful tool for education, isn’t an option that our members want, partly because there are just so many available. So, Ernie has recruited Crystal and Mary to serve as regular guest bloggers in 2015 writing about knowledge management tools. We also plan to increase the content and frequency of our blog content.

So this year we’ll continue to incorporate lessons learned in our programming and apply them to the chapter’s strategic plan.

But as always – every year, we do have a core group of members who volunteer their time and effort to serve on the Georgia Board. The new board starts each year in January and it changes just a bit, making it a blend of current members and new ones who bring their ideas and enthusiasm for supporting SLA Georgia.

The 2015 Board:
Ernie Evangelista – President
Meg Butler – President-Elect
Irene McMorland – Secretary
Rebecca Gebhardt – Treasurer
Anne Bao – Director Membership
Lynda Larsen – Director Communications
Patti Schminke – Director at Large
Nancy Snell – Past President

I’m looking forward to working with this board.

Nancy Snell

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