Since 1952

Archive | Events

SLA-Georgia Spring Meeting & Luncheon June 28th: “Introduction to Linked Data for Librarians”

You’re invited to the Special Libraries Association Georgia Chapter spring meeting and luncheon at the Hudson Grille Midtown on Thursday, June 28th, 11:45am-1:00pm. Our guest speaker, fellow SLA-Georgia member Cliff Landis, will explain what linked data is and how libraries are taking advantage of this technology.

Introduction to Linked Data for Librarians
Linked data is fundamentally changing how people will access information in the future, and you’re already using it! In this session, you’ll see how Google, Wikipedia, and the Library of Congress are using linked data to connect metadata worldwide. Explore how libraries and archives are using linked data to visualize relationships between historical figures and to improve visibility for underrepresented groups. Wrapping up, you will discover how you can make a few small edits to your organization’s website and catalog to improve both findability and outreach using linked data.

Cliff Landis is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Cliff’s research interests include information organization, digitization, linked data, archival technology, metadata, user-centered service, assessment, and the co-evolution of humanity and technology. His website is

Thursday, June 28, 2018
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Hudson Grille Midtown
942 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30309

SLA members:               $10
Non-SLA members:        $15

RSVP by June 25th using this form:

The 2018 SLA-Georgia Spring Luncheon is sponsored by Cadence Group®.

Cadence Group
® is a 25 year information management (IM) firm that helps business and government organizations with physical and digital archives; virtual or physical information center/library management; document management services; records, archive, and information management program development and technology evaluation. Our solutions range from the placement of specialized library staff under your supervision, to project consulting, to the complete administration of your library-related operations. Visit to learn more.

Posted in Events, Events and Announcements, Featured0 Comments

GLASS Atlanta Tour Recap

GLASS Atlanta Tour Recap

SLA-Georgia recently hosted a lunchtime tour of the Atlanta office of Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services. GLASS supports accessible library services in Georgia by promoting the use of assistive technology and by providing accessible reading materials to those who, due to a disability, are unable to read standard print.

At the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library, in downtown Atlanta, GLASS offers numerous services to its patrons. The outreach librarian, Stephanie Irvin, showed us their public computers with custom contrast options, high contrast keyboards and magnifying screens. In addition there is a text-to-voice scanner also available. Stephanie explained that patrons will use this machine to read bills, for example. Their distance services include delivery of braille and audio books. For the latter, they also provide a portable listening device. It has a 29 hour battery life and large buttons making it easy to use and maneuver, and giving it a fun retro look.



A children’s library offers a selection of children’s books in both text and braille, as well as a large interactive board showing the braille alphabet, allowing visitors to create their own braille messages. The children’s collection includes atlases with imprints to demonstrate geography and topography.


Behind the scenes we were shown the Braille printer – it looks like a large version of the old telex machines, and resides in a big enclosed box, to help mask the noise it makes when working. The offices also boast a recording studio where the GLASS staff record audio versions of books by Georgia authors and about local history. They accept volunteers as readers; if you are interested please email Stephanie at


Rebecca G. Brizi
2018 SLA-Georgia President-Elect

Posted in Events, Volunteer Opportunities0 Comments

SLA-Georgia Members Present at the APRA-GA Spring 2018 Conference

SLA-Georgia Members Present at the APRA-GA Spring 2018 Conference


Chapter members Susan Klopper, Director of the Goizueta Business Library at Emory University, and Stephen Sherman, Research and Data Manager at the Southeastern Council of Foundations, recently participated as presenters in the APRA-GA Spring 2018 Conference. The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) includes members across 29 chapters in the U.S., Canada, and Australia who work in areas of fundraising such as prospect development and prospect research, data analytics and data management, annual giving, and major gifts. APRA-GA members work at many of the development offices of local colleges and universities as well as at some of the larger cultural organizations, like the Atlanta Symphony. A number of APRA-GA members identified as having library science or information science degrees, demonstrating yet another potential career path for those in our field.

Susan’s presentation was entitled “Business Research Survival Toolkit: Earning Your Mini MBA in Business Intelligence.” Rather than focusing on specific resources, this presentation stepped back and considered a more strategic, even holistic approach to undertaking research.  This was a presentation more about behaviors, proposing that conducting good business research is as much about what you do offline to prepare as what happens once you may think you know where you are headed.  The audience was challenged to think about their information journeys and whether they were driven by logic or gut; by perception of facts; by assumptions or evidence. The presentation also encouraged audience members to be mindful of credibility and bias, to consider using proxies for hard to find data, to understand the methodology behind data, to not let assumptions get in the way of new discovery, and to be prepared for surprises and seize on these as opportunities rather than be intimidated.

The second half of the presentation focused on Google, and how to apply your offline mental roadmap to bring organization, focus, and intent to its vast sea of information. The presentation explored some of Google’s power search functions (e.g. phrases, site:; inurl:; filetype:, etc) and tricks (e.g. fewer but the right keywords; word order; trigger words; reworking word order and terminology, etc.) as very useful tools for empowering the researcher to challenge the blind trust often placed in Google to deliver the best, the most appropriate, and more credible results.  But the real power of using these Google search strategies draws from the researcher’s understanding of different types of information, who owns and publishes that information, how and for what purposes it is published, what you can expect to find, and all of the factors which enable that offline mental roadmap that is so critical to a successful research undertaking.

Stephen served on a panel entitled “Foundations, Family Offices and Donor-Advised Funds: A Philanthropy Perspective,” along with representative from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Wellspring Associates, a wealth advisory firm. This panel looked at the trends in giving from three different forms of philanthropic vehicles – private foundations, donor-advised funds, and family offices. The session included an overview of the current data on each and explored the ways in which fundraisers could research the donors behind each form of giving. A common theme was noted among all three that every donor or family has specific giving interests and ways of supporting their selected causes. It is up to prospectors to research those individuals and find the best leads for their organizations’ fundraising needs.

Posted in Events, Member News0 Comments

June 13th MLA Webinar: Add Project Management to Your Librarian Toolkit!

June MLA Webinar: Add Project Management to Your Librarian Toolkit!

Plan to Succeed: The Basics of Library Project Management
Wednesday, June 13, 1:00pm–2:30pm, Central Time.

Whatever our job description, we all sometimes find ourselves thrust into managing projects, large and small. Plan to Succeed: The Basics of Library Project Management gives you an overview of basic project management tools and skills that will help you succeed at any project you are charged with leading. You’ll learn how to build and manage successful project teams, choose project management tools, avoid common pitfalls, and more!

Register here

Gary Wasdin, a senior consultant with DeEtta Jones and Associates, brings more than two decades of experience in libraries, nonprofits, and corporations as a transformational leader with expertise in staff development, organizational health, and project management.



​very popular​

Systematic Review Webinar Series is now available in recordings as a Special Offer!

All 2018 MLA Webinars

Posted in Events, Events and Announcements0 Comments

Noble Learning Resource Center Brownbag luncheon April 24th

Please join SLA-Georgia on Tuesday, April 24th, 11:30-12:30, for a brown bag luncheon at the Noble Learning Resource Center.

Shepherd Center’s library, the Noble Learning Resource Center (NLRC), is open to all patients, their family members and visitors, as well as to community members with questions related to Shepherd Center’s areas of expertise. An experienced librarian is available to help with medical research. The Center offers specialized information on spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, post-polio and other neuromuscular disorders.  The library is funded by donations through the Shepherd Center Foundation.

The NLRC provides the following resources and services:

  • Access to consumer and clinical medical books, both hard copy and electronic. Books are available for check out to hospital staff and patients/families.
  • Access to medical databases. Employee access is provided through the intranet. Patients/families can use these databases on the library computers.
  • Contact the librarian to request a literature search, or if you need assistance in obtaining specific articles.
  • Computers in the library have access to the internet and are for patients/families.

To RSVP, please contact Dr. Clara R. Williams at or 404-797- 5730. Programs are free for SLA-Georgia members, students, and retirees; $5 for non-members (payable by cash or check).

Parking & Address:
Free parking is available in the Shepherd Parking deck.  The address is 2020 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.  We are also on the MARTA 110 bus line. There is a stop in front of the building.  More detailed directions are on our website:

Posted in Events, Events and Announcements0 Comments

Subscribe to SLA Georgia via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1 other subscriber