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The Conference is Here!

Though I missed the SLA annual conferences between 2008 and 2013, I can’t remember a meeting with so much collective anticipation. In case you haven’t shared your feedback yet on the recommendations from consultants Ulla de Stricker and Cindy Shamel, please log in to the SLA site and review it at:

Consultants’ Recommendations Report Summary: Centralize educational, sponsorship and networking opportunities as much as possible so that SLA functions as one association rather than as individual chapters and divisions acting independently most of the time (see Area IV – Key Strategy 1 on p. 5).

There are two proposed recommendations affecting chapter members, listed below with section and page reference numbers. Please note that the recommendations are proposed to be implemented as a package.

Finances – Proposal 7.2.a.2 Terminate annual allotments to units (p. 35)

Chapter Structure – Proposal 6.1.b.2 Encourage struggling chapters to transit to caucus status or to merge with other nearby chapters and enforce reporting requirements for chapters. Large urban areas’ chapters do not have difficulty meeting those requirements. (p. 27)

And in case you missed the SLA Town Hall on Wednesday, May 27, you can listen to a recording (after logging in) or read notes from Emma Davidson, SLA New York President-Elect. Do you have other questions and comments based on the Town Hall?

Since I leave for Boston on Friday, I’d be glad to share SLA Georgia feedback that any of you may have at the annual business meeting on Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 pm. I’d do the same for the proposal from SLA president-elect candidate Dee Magnoni.

If you’re not going to Boston, then join the conference virtually. Use social media to keep up with hot topics and lessons learned. Tracy Maleeff, 2015 Chair of the Annual Conference Advisory and Online Content Advisory Councils will moderate a Twitter chat during the Closing General Session on Tuesday at 4:00 pm which features Kim Dority on her forthcoming book, Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals. For chat details, go to:

And a heads up on THREE upcoming SLA Georgia events:

Saturday, June 13, 2:00 pm: Join Past President Nancy Snell as she talks to potential graduate library school students at the MLS Fair hosted by the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and Georgia Library Association’s New Members Round Table at Oglethorpe University’s Turner Lynch Campus Center, Trustee Room. Let’s spread the word out about SLA!

Wednesday, June 24, 5:30 pm: Attend the third Board meeting of the SLA Georgia Chapter at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Listen to your Board discuss issues facing the chapter. Please email me if you’d like to attend by close of business Wednesday, June 17.

Monday, August 10, 12:30 pm: Learn about the National Parks Service’s Open Parks Network from Chris Vinson of Clemson University who’ll update his presentation from last year’s SLA annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SLA Georgia cohosts this meeting with MALA and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and it takes place at Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University.


With so many opportunities for involvement, no matter which stage you are in your career, we hope you’ll feel reinvigorated and join us to succeed, lead and advance.

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