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February 2017 SLA-Georgia Chapter Updates

Happy February! We’ve had a busy start to the year with the ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta just a couple weeks ago. Our chapter was able to host current SLA President Dee Magnoni on January 23rd at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and we had an engaging discussion about her vision for the association and goals for her term in leadership. We even had a few SLA members from out-of-state join us, and it was great to meet some new faces. If you weren’t able to join us, look for a recap from Dee soon on SLA Connect and we’ll re-post it to the Georgia chapter blog.


Meanwhile, there have been a number of items passed along from headquarters that I want to make sure everyone is aware of.


  1. SLA Board of Directors issues statement in response to recent executive order on immigration:


“The Special Libraries Association is committed to the fair and equal participation and treatment of all citizens and especially the free flow of information, ideas, and people. Restricting the ability of talented individuals to travel to professional meetings, collaborate on projects, share ideas and information, and advance the interests of the global information industry run counter to these values and do as much or more harm to those who impose such restrictions as those who are targeted by them.


SLA supports our international members in their professional growth and development and values their inclusion in activities and events. SLA will continue to advocate for members seeking visas to attend our annual conference and other events that require them to travel, and affirms our commitment to providing a safe and equal space for professional participation for all of our members, partners, and event attendees.


Collaboration and partnering are core values that have helped make SLA the foremost global association for innovative information professionals for more than 100 years. SLA and its members—indeed, all individuals and organizations that work with information—benefit when people and their skills and ideas are allowed to move freely and make connections that transcend barriers.”


Everyone is encouraged to offer your comments or follow the discussion on this issue at SLA Connect.


  1. SLA Career Center Task Force seeks input on redesign of jobs portal:


The SLA Career Center Task Force is working to ensure that the SLA Career Center offers the utmost value to members who are in situations like these.


The Career Center Task Force is examining the current value of the SLA Career Center in order to strategically plan how the association supports members in their career transitions and professional development. The task force has dedicated time to study industry best practices and conduct a market analysis, and have compiled a list of the most common career resources.


We ask that you rate career resources according to their value to you and how likely you would be to use them. As we collect these responses from SLA members, the task force will be using this feedback to prioritize the services that will be offered at the relaunch of the Career Center in the latter half of 2017.


Please take a moment to complete the survey by February 17th.


  1. Your monthly reminder that the SLA 2017 Annual Conference is June 16–20th (Friday–Tuesday) in Phoenix, Arizona.

We had a chance to hear about some of the changes for the 2017 conference first-hand from Dee Magnoni:

  • Each educational session will be mapped to one of five thematic Learning Streams:
    • Career Development
    • Data Management and Curation
    • Intellectual Property
    • Leadership
    • Metrics, Analytics, and Assessment
  • Sessions will also be categorized according to three levels (Fundamental, Intermediate, and Master Class) to help you determine the appropriate learning content for your career level.
  • Options for unwinding will include Main Street SLA and The Park, two perfect settings to recharge and get in some all-important downtime with colleagues. Main Street SLA serves as the conference’s hub and is a place for building connections, exchanging ideas, and learning more about SLA and its community and units. The Park is a recreation area where you can let loose, put your feet up, and chat with other attendees.
  • The 2017 conference will also feature wellness activities like yoga to keep your mind and body active and energized during the conference.


Early bird rates end March 15th, so register now!




Stephen Sherman
2017 SLA-Georgia President

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