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November 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Gracias, Gracie, Merci, Arigato, Salamat po

Whether in Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese or Filipino (the native language of the Philippines where I was born), this month’s message is about being grateful. With the Thanksgiving holiday and the end of the year upon us, I’d like to acknowledge the people and organizations who supported SLA Georgia in 2015.


But first, SLA News

At the Global/National Level: In case you weren’t aware of it, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) has proposed a merger with SLA. As part of the email discussion around this topic, 2015 Chapter Cabinet Chair James King shared these thoughts:

“Any actions taken in executive session are reported in the following open session meeting and agendas, meeting minutes and board documents are all posted on the Board of Directors page at: Information, FAQs and links to relevant documentation about important topics we’ve been deliberating are shared via the Key Board Initiatives page at:

As yet another path for improving transparency and communication, we are also starting a series of Web Chats which will allow all members to learn more about the current topics being addressed by the Board.  Our first Web Chat will be held on Friday, November 20, at 2:00 ET.  You can start sending in your questions now to”
And on the heels of our October 28 lunch program on embedded librarians, SLA’s Embedded Librarian Caucus presents its first webinar for FREE on Tuesday, December 15, at 1:00 pm ET. Advanced registration required, so complete the form at:


At the Chapter Level: Please vote using the link provided by Past President Nancy Snell in an email message sent to current members. Elections end on Friday, November 20.

The Chapter’s last Board meeting takes place on Monday, December 7, at 5:30 at Kurt, Salmon. Current and newly elected officers will review the past year and start thinking about 2016, so please email Nancy at if you’d like to join us!

And be sure to save Tuesday night, December 8 for the Chapter’s joint holiday soiree with the Atlanta Law Libraries Association (ALLA). Details forthcoming …


On to the “Thank Yous”

Program Presenters, Hosts and Planners

The Chapter presented ten programs this year including our upcoming holiday party. Danke (Thank you in German) to:

Clara Williams who coordinated our Lunch and Learn programs this year and hosts:

Clara at the Art Institute of Atlanta;

Jane Killian at the Defense Forensic Science Center at Fort Gillem;

Stephen Sherman at the Foundation Center.

Other speakers included Chris Vinson who spoke on the Open Parks Network, a digital archives collaborative project between Clemson University and the National Parks Service; 2003-2004 SLA President Cindy Hill of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, our Fall Lunch speaker and Barbara Kahn-Aiken of the Coca Cola Company and George Peckam-Rooney of Seyfarth, Shaw, our October 28 speakers on embedded librarianship. Extra kudos to George for hosting this meeting.


Program Partners and Sponsors

The Chapter continued and increased collaborations with other library groups. Thanks to our local library group partners:

Atlanta Law Libraries Association (ALLA): Joint holiday party (save the date – Tuesday, December 8!);

Metro-Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA): More on that in next month’s newsletter, but thanks to MALA President John Stephens and SGA Leaders Sarah Quigley and Brittany Parris in the meantime!


And Xiexie (Thank you in Mandarin Chinese) to these program sponsors:

Emily Halvey of Crawford Media Services, Inc. and Costco Wholesale for sponsoring our August 10 Chris Vinson program;

Patrick Riendeau and Charlotte Brathwaite of Bloomberg BNA for providing lunch at our October 28 embedded librarians program;

Wendy Maines of Thomson Reuters West for continuing to sponsor our holiday party. This year, it will be joined by Priory Solutions.


Last, But Not Least

Though the Chapter Board met as a group six times this year, everyone contributed extra time for “behind the scenes” efforts such as getting all members subscribed to the Chapter web site.

Obrigado (Thank you in Portuguese):

Meg Butler (Georgia State University Law Library), President-Elect, who gathered feedback for future programming at our Spring Lunch and planned the holiday party.

Nancy Snell (Kurt Salmon), Past President, who updated the Chapter’s strategic plan with members Ian Franklin and Jane Killian, represented the Chapter at a library school fair in June and chaired the Nominations Committee working with Irene McMorland and Jim Braden.

Irene McMorland (Interactive College of Technology), Secretary, who captured Board meeting highlights and served on the Nominations Committee.

Rebecca Gebhardt (Linex Systems), Treasurer, who ensured that we spent our funds wisely, coordinated program registrations, contributed insights for vendor sponsorships and shared takeaways from the Annual Conference and SLA New York Expo in September.

Anne Bao, Membership Director, who updated our “Welcome” email message for new members and established a connection for a future SLA Georgia field trip.

Lynda Larsen (Foundation Center Library), Communications Director, who completed the Chapter’s social media policy with input from George Peckham-Rooney and continues to maintain our Facebook page.

Patti Schminke (Hunter, Maclean), Director At Large, in Savannah, who gathered special librarians there for feedback on possible participation in Chapter activities.

Rod Bustos (Georgia Regents University), Webmaster, who continued to manage our web site and email list.

With everyone working full-time jobs, I hope that Board members found their SLA work to be rewarding. With them, I learned what it takes to work as a team to achieve common goals.


Besides the 24 people named above, let me add to that list the organizations and families of our Chapter Board whose support I’m sure is appreciated and valued by us all. As you can see, it does “take a village” to present our programs.

Lastly, I thank those of you reading this message for your time and attention. I hope this inspires YOU to not only continue supporting the Chapter through program attendance or posting a comment to our Facebook page or web site, but to host a future program or even speak at one yourself.

So no more what the language, spasibo (Thank you in Russian) and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!


Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President

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