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May 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Boston Bound 

Are you packed and ready for the annual SLA Conference in Boston? Have you selected which sessions to attend or mapped your route through the Info Expo?

My first trip to Beantown took place many, many years ago. My sister, aunt, great-aunt and I traveled by Greyhound bus from New York. My two most vivid memories of that trip were a group photograph in front of the Harvard University gates and the butterfly collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I returned several times since then and relished tasty memories of eating and drinking at Anthony’s Pier 4, No Name Restaurant and Harpoon Brewery when the waterfront area was a little rougher. If you’ll be joining SLA Georgians Ann Cullen, John Cruickshank, Patti Schminke, Rebecca Gebhardt and others in Boston, be sure to check out the New England chapter’s guide to the city.

It’s fitting that the 2015 SLA Annual Conference theme is “Be Revolutionary!” since Boston is considered the birthplace of the American Revolution. I’m sure that the association’s future will be a hot topic because SLA President Jill Strand recently shared a report on new directions for SLA recommended by interim directors and consultants Ulla de Stricker and Cindy Shamel. (To view the report, you’ll have to log in with your SLA user ID and password.) One change that I’m already aware of is that SLA’s Leadership Summit will go on hiatus in 2016 while that event is under review.

And whether or not you’ll be in Boston next month, here’s the latest news from SLA Georgia:

  • SLA Georgia webmaster Rod Bustos updated our site format for mobile devices. Check it out on your phones and tablets.
  • SLA Georgia began a programming partnership with the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) this year with a joint Happy Hour. Mark your calendars for Monday, August 10 for our next event — An update on the National Parks Service’s digital initiative from Chris Vinson.
  • Thank you to Dr. Clara Williams, Jane Killian and Stephen Sherman who hosted Lunch and Learn programs in March and April respectively at the Art Institute of Atlanta, the Defense Forensic Science Center and the Foundation Center.
  • A member joined our open Board meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Wednesday, April 29. We’ll meet again on June 24, August 19, September 16 and December 9.
  • Former Chapter President Casey Long hosted the Chapter’s Spring Lunch at the McCain Library at Agnes Scott College on Tuesday, May 19. Ten members enjoyed a complimentary lunch and discussed ways that the Chapter could support future professional development goals.

Since all SLA units will be affected by which consultant recommendations are adopted, rest assured that the Georgia Chapter has NO plans for drastic changes. We plan to continue offering local value to SLA Georgians through in-person social and learning programs. Jill’s message to SLA members listed five ways for SLA members to share feedback on the new directions report. Feel free to send your thoughts on the report or any other SLA matters to me via email ( As I mentioned during our Tuesday lunch, this is OUR chapter and OUR association, so I hope to hear from as many of you as possible.

The Atlanta Braves are playing the Boston Red Sox June 15-18, during the conference. While I won’t be able to attend a game (Go Braves!), I plan to enjoy some delicious cannolis in the North End before leaving town. Anyone have any recommendations? Or better yet, who’d like to explore the Italian bakeries with me? It’ll be wicked awesome!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 


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