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SLA Georgia Chapter 2015 Spring Luncheon Report

By Deanna Hall 

President Ernie Evangelista hosted the Chapter’s annual spring luncheon on May 19 at the McCain Library at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Former president Casey Long, who is employed at the Library, was co-host. The opportunity to see the Library was almost worth the trip by itself! The architectural style of the original building, constructed in 1938, is “collegiate gothic” (think Cambridge and Oxford Universities) and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The lunch was free (a catered box lunch) as an experiment to determine whether more members would attend.

Ten SLA members attended. During the lunch, the question arose as to how many members are currently in the Georgia Chapter. Membership Chair Anne Bao reported that the number is a little more than 80. Consequently, the attendance represented somewhat more than 10% of the membership, which is typical. It is evident that the Georgia Chapter is a microcosm of the national membership: a substantial percentage of its membership consisting of retirees.

President Ernie Evangelista commented on the report SLA: Succeed. Lead. Advance submitted by Ulla de Stricker and Shamel Information to the SLA Board on 15 May 2015. He encouraged everyone to attend the Town Hall meeting on 27 May and to ask questions about the report’s recommendations. He particularly drew our attention to Section 6.1.b Recommendations for Chapters, especially the possibility of the Georgia Chapter transitioning to caucus status, or merging with the Alabama Chapter.

President-Elect Meg Butler used the luncheon as an opportunity to poll the attendees on the following three questions: significant issues your workplace library is facing; personal professional goals for the year; and goals for involvement with SLA.

She will use the answers to these questions to craft her program next year when she is President. As Ernie stated in his invitation to the luncheon: “Here’s a deal you can’t refuse: Eat for free while ensuring the relevance of SLA!”

Check out our Flickr album for event photos.


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