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September 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Keep Calm and Carry On

With a nod to SLA Georgians Liz Bibby and Irene McMorland, I thought that the British phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On” applied to SLA members everywhere given the challenging times faced by us and our association. With the outbreak of war in late 1939, Britain’s Ministry of Information released morale boosting posters. The first two were “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory” and “Freedom in Peril.” Since the last phrase above was intended for release after a German invasion, this poster was never officially seen in public.


Despite the turbulence occurring at SLA Headquarters, SLA Georgia continues to plan events and strengthen our infrastructure. Last year, we completed our Chapter Handbook and conducted focus group meetings to assess our effectiveness. As a result, we updated our strategic plan, so Thank YOU to past presidents Sarah Mauldin and Nancy Snell who led those efforts.

Our next chapter program is a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 28, at noon at Seyfarth, Shaw in Midtown Atlanta. SLA Georgians Barbara Kahn-Aiken at Coca-Cola and host George Peckham-Rooney will demystify the concept of embedded librarianship and tell us how they’ve put it into practice at their companies. This program is free to SLA Georgia members and $10 for non-members. Though you’ll have to pay for parking if you drive, lunch will be provided by Bloomberg, BNA. So stay tuned for more details and remember that there’s a new SLA caucus on this special interest.

At the Chapter’s Fall Lunch on Wednesday, September 23, 2003 SLA President Cindy Hill reinforced “staying the course.” Cindy shared memories of membership numbers, programs and event planning at the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Chapters where she held numerous offices. She learned that “topics make a difference,” so the Bay area groups are fortunate to be surrounded by technology firms from whom they recruited speakers (Google and Pandora for example). In today’s more hectic business environment, Cindy mentioned that chapter members sometimes meet informally to network with each other (outside Chapter events). With so many changes in the information industry and profession, she praised the current SLA Executive Board for its willingness to face these challenges head on. Since these are our elected officials, Cindy trusted them to act in our best interest. Lastly, she encouraged us to make SLA our professional development priority and to volunteer at the national level.

To complement and supplement Cindy’s call for global SLA participation, do not forget to support SLA Georgia! Past President Nancy Snell, Irene McMorland and Jim Braden are this year’s Nominating Committee, so if they contact you about a chapter office, we hope you’ll respond with a resounding “Yes!” They would not have approached you if they didn’t think you could do a fine job and remember that you’ll be working with the rest of our Board.



SLA election results are in, so congratulations to Dee Magnoni and be sure take Cindy’s advice and respond to our newly elected officers’ call for volunteers!

In case you missed the September 16 #SLAtalk Twitter chat with the Leadership and Management Division, be sure to check out the Storify summary. The next #SLAtalk Twitter chat takes place Thursday, November 12, at 3:00 pm with the Competitive Intelligence Division.

And though temperatures are cooling, it’s never too early to think about the Annual Conference. Bookmark the Philadelphia conference site and visit often for updates!


With so much happening at the local and global levels, it’s difficult to “stay calm and carry on.” Instead, I hope that you’re motivated and excited by the energy and enthusiasm from YOUR fellow SLAers. Don’t remain on the sidelines; PARTICIPATE! We would be glad to have you join us at whatever level you choose to get involved.

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 



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