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Looking Back, Looking Forward

As we welcome 2017, I wanted to pause ever so briefly to reflect on the past year for our chapter. We’ve had fantastic turnout for our programs, but especially for our May meeting, the fall program at Gensler, and our most recent holiday party with the Atlanta Law Libraries Association. It’s only thanks to the volunteer efforts of the SLA-Georgia board, our members, and partnering organizations that we’re able to accomplish so much, so thank you to everyone for your hard work!

 

I am truly astonished by the variety of roles that information professionals fulfill just within our region. The value of SLA lies in the relationships that we are able to form with other members in our profession, especially those whom we might not otherwise connect with through more traditional industry associations. In the past year, we’ve been fortunate to host programs and tours with organizations as wide-ranging as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Coca-Cola, and Gensler. We’ll look to highlight the work of members at more unique organizations in the coming year through our series of brown bag lunches, educational programs, and special tours. The wonderful thing about the three programs above is that they were all initiated by our members. If you have an idea for a program, please let us know!

 

We also plan to continue to work with other professional groups such as the Society of Georgia Archivists, Metro-Atlanta Library Association, and Georgia Library Association to host joint networking and educational events like our recent tours of the Delta Flight Museum and Archives and the GSU Libraries CURVE lab. Partnerships and collaboration help us to spread the word about SLA and gain insight from those who work in related fields. Keep an eye out for information on another joint networking event in early spring.

 

I wish I could say that after such a busy year we’ll be easing into 2017, but with the ALA Midwinter meeting coming to Atlanta in just a few weeks, we’ll be kicking off the new year with a flurry of activity. As you may have already seen, we’ll be hosting incoming SLA President Dee Magnoni for a special talk on the future of the association on January 23rd at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in downtown Atlanta. We hope to see everyone there for an interactive discussion! We’ll also be co-hosting a series of library and archive tours around town with the Georgia Library Association to shine a spotlight on the many new and unique institutions here in Atlanta. These tours will be open to conference attendees and SLA or GLA members alike, so we welcome you to join us. If you missed any of our informative tours this past year, you’ll have a second chance to see some of the places we’ve visited – such as GSU’s CURVE lab and Gensler.

 

I’m excited about what 2017 has to offer and I look forward to working with the chapter board to plan some exciting programs for the coming year. Finally, lest I forget, start planning your trip to Phoenix for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference, June 16-20th. I was inspired by what I learned in Philadelphia this past year and certainly recommend it for everyone who can attend. Early bird registration is already available, so make it a resolution to book your spot now!

 

Stephen Sherman

2017 SLA-Georgia President

scs@foundationcenter.org

 

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