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April 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Spring Awakening

Winter’s over! Or so we’d like to think based on the following:

  • On March 7, we “sprung forward” and advanced our clocks an hour for daylight savings time.
  • Plant life is renewing with leaves budding in our trees and flowers popping out of the ground.
  • We remember the importance of the environment and sustainability on Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22.
  • Many college students, especially those from northern regions, are trekking to Florida beaches and other hot spots for semester break.
  • And for sports fans, baseball season has begun and golf’s first major tournament of the year, the Master’s, started today in Augusta, Georgia.

Spring’s here, so as you emerge from winter doldrums, catch up on SLA news and events.


SLA Georgia News

SLA Georgia continues to host professional development and networking programs this year. We kicked off our Lunch and Learn programs at the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA) on March 18 and at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) at the Gillem Enclave on April 1. Thanks to our respective hosts, Dr. Clara Williams and Jane Killian who is our April featured member. Be sure to register for our next lunch on Monday, April 27 at the Foundation Center, spot-lighted by the Georgia Libraries Association (GLA) in January. Remember that you can easily get there from the Peachtree Center MARTA train and Atlanta Streetcar stations, so save time and parking fees.

You’re also invited to attend our next Chapter Board meeting on Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. If you’d like to join us, let me know by end of day Wednesday, April 22 so that you can be registered as a Bank guest. Our remaining 2015 Board meetings take place on June 24, August 19, September 16 and December 9.

Our annual Spring Lunch takes place Tuesday, May 19, at noon at Agnes Scott College’s McCain Library, Room 211. This year, no guest speaker; “Just Us,” an opportunity for SLA Georgians to talk to each other about our careers, our profession, SLA and SLA Georgia. And while economists claim that “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” this one will be. So, RSVP by cob Friday, May 1. If you can’t join us, we’re planning a virtual meeting later this year so that members throughout the Peach State can attend.

And in case you missed it, twenty info pros and their guests from the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA), Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and SLA Georgia, enjoyed tasty food and drink at our Happy Hour Mash Up on Wednesday, March 11 at Makan Restaurant and Bar in Decatur.  Save Monday, August 10 on your calendars for our next joint event with them – Chris Vinson on the Open Parks Network digital archive!


SLA News

Annual Conference: SLA is gearing up for the Annual Conference. Early registration closes April 17, so plan to join chapter members Liz Bibby, Ann Cullen, John Cruickshank, Rebecca Gebhardt, Kim Rosas, Patti Schminke, Gail Stahl and others in Boston. If funding is an issue, note that several divisions and chapters are offering travel awards, but hurry to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines!

Information Outlook: The January / February 2015 issue is online. Be sure to login and check out articles on “Forging a New Identity for Your Library.”

Strategic Priorities: 2015 SLA President Jill Strand blogged about two of SLA’s three strategic priorities this year: The value of the information professional and value of SLA. I’m sure she’ll reinforce her suggestion to “lean into the curve” when she covers the value of the SLA member experience.

In the meantime, check the SLA Calendar for division and chapter web events such as a FREE webinar hosted by SLA’s Transportation Division on Wednesday, May 20, at 1:00 pm ET, “The Final Frontier: Library Life In a Post e-Book World.”

I hope you’ll find time this spring to add SLA Georgia events to your list of activities. If none of our programs appeal to you, let us know what YOU are interested in. We can’t act on information we do not know. So, enjoy the warmer temperatures and we look forward to seeing you soon especially at our free Tuesday, May 19 Chapter lunch!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 


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