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Field Trip and Concert: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Find a babysitter and join your SLA Georgia colleagues for tour of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including their library, on Saturday, April 23! Buy tickets and stick around a little longer to enjoy the ASO performance with Donald Runnicles conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

Rebecca Beavers, the music librarian for the ASO, will lead the tour starting at 5:50 PM. The tour will include the ASO stage, backstage, and library.  Participants will walk up and down flights of stairs as they are introduced to the performance areas and scope out the behind-the-scenes secrets.  Please RSVP your attendance for this free tour by 2 PM on Friday, April 22.

The ASO is generously making discount tickets available to members (for members and guests) who contact the Group Sales Manager to arrange for ticketing. Discounted tickets must be purchased by 5 PM on Friday, April 22, since the box office is unable to make group sales.  Ticket prices range from $25 for Orchestra seating and $12 for the Balcony.

Traffic in Midtown Atlanta can be tricky, so plan carefully for parking—or just take MARTA. The Arts Center Station is directly behind the Woodruff Arts Center. The ASO provides directions to Atlanta Symphony Hall, as well as information about parking.

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SLA Georgia President Update

The year is off to an exciting start—and we have lots to look forward to, both locally and nationally.

Thanks to everybody who participated in the joint holiday party with the Atlanta Law Libraries Association.  Not only did folks have a great time playing the mix and match party game, our generosity helped the Truancy Intervention Project to provide holiday gifts for 14 kids and to augment gift packages for an additional five.  We had fun, and we did good in the world.  It’s hard to get better than that.

On February 23, SLA Georgia co-hosted a joint happy hour with the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA), Metro-Atlanta Library Association (MALA), and the Georgia Library Association’s Special Libraries Division (GLA-SLD) at Front Page News in Midtown.  Over 25 people from the different groups attended, mixing and mingling and trading stories.  This is the second winter mixer in two years—maybe we have started a new tradition!


The Georgia Library Association (GLA) listserv has had a recent burst of energy as members have discussed pending Georgia House Bill 859, which has been described as the “campus carry bill.”  Coincidentally, the Atlanta Law Libraries Association March meeting is addressing the topic Protecting Ourselves and Our Patrons in the Workplace on March 8.  ALLA has invited an outreach officer from a local police force’s Crime Prevention Unit to come and talk about workplace and personal safety.

ALLA has generously opened attendance to allow both GLA and SLA members to attend.  If you would like to attend, you must RSVP by Friday, March 4.  There is a $10 registration fee that includes lunch.  The registration fee may be paid via check or cash upon arrival at the meeting.  Submitting an RSVP is a promise to pay.

The meeting will be held at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, located at 1422 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA  30309.  Parking is available in the deck attached to the law school.  Classes will be in session, so please be prepared to pay $7.50 for parking.

We are in the weeds planning for the spring business meeting—if you have a topic that you are especially interested in hearing about, or if you would like to recommend a speaker, please let me know!



You can register now to join the March cohort of CCM300 Global Copyright Essentials.  The on-demand course taught by Lesley Ellen Harris is part of SLA’s Certificate in Copyright Management program.  For more information, contact Click University staff at

The office staff has made the transition….  If you’d like to stay abreast of this type of news, I encourage you to join the SLA Governance List,

The SLA Leadership Bootcamp was virtual this year—which means it is available for members to recordings from the comfort of their desktop—or laptop—computers.  If you would like to attend sessions ranged from information about SLA governance to running effective meetings.

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December 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

What a festive year it’s been for SLA Georgia! We began with a (Chinese) New Year’s celebratory mash-up with the Metro-Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and ended with our annual joint holiday party with the Atlanta Law Libraries Association (ALLA). And in between, it’s been a fulfilling year for the Chapter amidst a challenging environment for the association.


SLA Georgia

As I turn over chapter reins to Meg Butler, I wanted to share three lessons I learned this year:

  • There is a FREE lunch, but that does not guarantee meeting attendance. To foster greater participation at our May 19 Spring Meeting, held at Agnes Scott College’s Library, the Chapter offered a complimentary lunch for those who attended. While Meg received valuable feedback for future chapter programs, I thought we’d attract more than the dozen or so who were there.
  • A good topic is still KING. Our October 28 lunch program at Seyfarth, Shaw drew the largest audience this year in spite of rainy weather and the lack of validated parking. Members were interested in hearing Barbara Kahn-Aiken and George Peckham-Rooney talk about their positions as embedded librarians. Thanks again to Bloomberg BNA for providing lunch at this event.
  • Partnerships work. I won’t relist our program and sponsor collaborators this year, but since local librarian groups faced the same challenges, why not tackle them together? Thanks again to our 2015 program partners, sponsors and hosts this year!


SLA News and Reminders





Other News

While there is some uncertainty to SLA’s future, I am sure that information professionals will continue to evolve their roles within their organizations and continue to deliver value in ways not previously thought possible and that we will continue to connect our users, clients and customers with each other. In similar ways, WE will continue building and strengthening OUR professional networks whether in-person at conferences, webinars or social media.

In many ways, it’s not change that we should worry about, but how we react to it. Even if change can be daunting, we should not fear, hide or run away from it. For example, with Big Data receiving so much attention now, I look forward to learning about data management and sharing what I know with colleagues and YOU.

With lots to look forward to in the coming year, Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for a fun, rewarding and productive 2016!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 


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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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