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January 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Hello SLA Georgians,

Get ready for a productive and rewarding year in which our chapter provides grass roots value for your SLA membership!

Starting with this message, I’ll reach out to you monthly via listserv email with information on Georgia chapter members and activities and news at the national, chapter and local levels.


SLA Leadership Summit and SLA HQ News

Five chapter members attended the Summit in Baltimore last week:

  • Meg Butler as SLA Georgia President-Elect
  • John Cruickshank as Food, Agriculture and Nutrition (FAN) Division Chair-Elect
  • Ann Cullen as Business and Finance Division Chair
  • Ernie Evangelista as SLA Georgia President
  • Rebecca Gebhardt as SLA Georgia Treasurer

Note too that former SLA Georgia President Gail Stahl is serving as Business and Finance Division Treasurer this year.

A big theme at this year’s Summit was STRATEGIC PLANNING. Past President Nancy Snell will lead our chapter’s strategic planning efforts this year which will incorporate values of the information professional, SLA and the member experience. For more on SLA’s 2015-16 strategic priorities, go to:

At the Summit, we learned that Interim Executives Cindy Shamel and Ulla de Stricker were selected from proposals received last year. Many members encouraged continued transparency and disclosure of this type of information from the SLA Board to keep members engaged.

For more on the Summit, consider participating in a Twitter Chat TOMORROW, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Details at:


SLA Annual Conference

The 2015 annual conference takes place in Boston June 14-16. Go to: for details. Housing registration opens Monday, February 2!

For any Braves fans out there, Atlanta will be playing the Red Sox Tuesday, June 16. The New England Chapter’s raffling tickets for the game so take advantage of this sweet $5 deal. Details and a link to purchase raffle tix at:


SLA Georgia

Our Chapter Board’s first meeting is Wednesday, February 4, at 5:30 pm at the Atlanta Fulton Public Library’s Peachtree Branch at 1315 Peachtree Street, NE (corner of 16 and Peachtree Streets). We’ll discuss goals and projects for this year, so let me know if you’d like to join us.

In the meantime, did you know that SLA Fellow and Georgia Chapter member Liz Bibby retired as director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta last December? For more, go to:

And if you can’t keep up with SLA webinars and other programs, be sure to use SLA’s calendar: Think of it as your one stop shop for finding and registering for SLA in-person and virtual programs.

Check out the SLA Georgia site for member news and profiles as well as local event announcements and subsequent reports.

This year, we’ll continue our Lunch and Learn programs and our Fall business lunch will feature a former SLA President!


Other chapter reminders:

  • Please complete the feedback form on your personal knowledge management topic preferences:
  • Join us for our first 2015 chapter event: A joint Happy Hour with the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) on Wednesday, February 25. Save the date and we’ll share details soon!

Whether at the Chapter, Division or national level, SLA can only be as strong as its members want it to be. So, in that spirit, please use the contact information below to share any questions, feedback or concerns about SLA with me.


Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President



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