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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




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SLA Georgia May Meeting

by Margaret (Meg) Butler


You have seen the save the date! You have seen the call for presenters!

The wait is over!

The SLA GA Chapter May Meeting will happen Tuesday, May 24, doors open at 11:45, program beginning at noon.

Please join your fellow SLA Georgia members at Hudson Grille in midtown for a great lunch and some rapid fire learning opportunities!

Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, will talk about using free and low cost tools to turn data into visualizations to help you help stakeholders understand what the Library does.

John Cruickshank, librarian at University of Georgia Extension, will answer the reference question that took him from Fairmont, Griffin to Athens, Greece.  What began as a simple reference question about a local African-American high school has evolved into a research collaboration with anthropologists, food activists, oral history librarians, communication scientists and now urban planners in Athens, Greece.

Ericka Loze-Hudson, Director of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) HQ
Library, Ft Benning (HOOAH), an Army Librarian for over 36 years will discuss her role as the

director of the MCoE HQ Donovan Research Library and its unique collection.

Carey Huddlestun, Assistant Professor Librarian, will address the joys and frustrations of being a librarian at Kennesaw State University’s Performing Arts Library (PAL), a subject specific library in close physical proximity to the college and departments it serves.

John Jackson, Business Research Librarian, will present several sources that he uses at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan to help attorneys and the Business Development department understand client businesses and other companies and industries.

Meg Butler, Associate Director for Public Services at Georgia State University College of Law Library, will explain the trending interest in mindfulness and share resources that librarians or their library users may find helpful or interesting if they want to learn more.

Jonathan Germann, Digital Services Librarian at Georgia State University College of Law Library, will explain how the internet is ‘just’ an API: an overview on how simple scripts can leverage the world’s largest dataset.





Where:            Hudston Grille, Midtown, 942 Peachtree St. NE

When:              May 24, 2016, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Who:                SLA Members: $10; All others: $15

Menu:              You will order from a selection of options including vegetarian choices.

As with the holiday party, there will be door prizes awarded—please join us!  Please RSVP by May 17 so we can plan our door prizes!

Also, please join us in thanking our sponsor LexisNexis for their generous support!


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2016 SLA Georgia Board

The election results are in.


Our 2016 Georgia SLA Board will be:

President:                        Meg Butler (Georgia State University Law Library)

President- elect:              Stephen Sherman (Foundation Center Library)

Past President:                Ernie Evangelista (Federal Reserve Bank)

Secretary:                        Jane Killian (Defense Forensic Science Center at Fort Gillem)

Treasurer:                        Rebecca Gebhardt (Linex Systems)

Membership:                    Anne Bao

Communications:             George Peckham-Rooney (Seyfarth, Shaw)

Director at large:              Patti Schminke  (Hunter, Maclean)


Thanks to Jim Braden, Irene McMorland and Nancy Snell for serving on the nominations committee.

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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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October 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Turn! Turn! Turn!

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven;
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, a time to reap;
A time to kill, and a time to heal”

I learned recently that this song, performed by the Byrds, contains lyrics adapted by Pete Seeger from the Bible’s third chapter from the Book of Ecclesiastes. It certainly fits our change of seasons, from the hot and humid days of summer to the cooler temperatures of autumn, from the lush leaves on trees to barren branches and fallen limbs.

With the holidays almost here, we push ourselves to complete work assignments and projects. So, as we distribute leftover Halloween candy and begin to plan Thanksgiving menus, this newsletter reports on SLA Georgia activities and reminds members of upcoming events.


SLA Georgia News


Other SLA News

  • The next SLA Board meeting takes place Tuesday, November 10, at 3:00 pm ET. Read minutes and upcoming meeting agendas, after signing in, at the SLA Board page.
  • The New York Chapter is cosponsoring the webinar, “How to Manage Your Local Node in a Global Workplace,” on Thursday, November 12, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET. For more event information and registration, go to:
  • If you couldn’t join SLAers in Boston, then here’s a chance to experience the best of the conference. Register for SLA’s Virtual Conference on November 12 which features three standout Annual Conference sessions: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Strategies, Advice and Perspectives from Senior Leaders and Analytical Tools That Deliver Value.
  • With a new year around the corner, incoming President Tom Rink’s looking for YOUR help, so advanced thanks for completing the 2016 SLA Volunteer Form.


Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President


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