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August 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

A Call to Action

Calling all SLA Georgians! SLA needs YOU, so please respond to this call for action. Here’s what you can do.


SLA’s online polls are open until September 23, so log in and vote at: More information at: To facilitate the voting process, you should have already received an email from SLA with the evoting link above with instructions.

SLA Georgia Past President Nancy Snell, Irene McMorland and Jim Braden are this year’s Nominating Committee, so if they contact you about a chapter office, we hope you’ll respond with a resounding “Yes!” They would not have approached you if they didn’t think you could do a fine job and remember that you’ll be working with the rest of our Board.



There are two chapter in-person events scheduled through October and two other programs to note:

Wednesday, September 23, Noon, Ra Sushi Bar and Restaurant

2003-2004 SLA President and 2014 John Cotton Dana Award Winner Cindy Hill will be our Fall 2015 Lunch Meeting Speaker. With SLA at a crossroads, come hear what Cindy thinks and participate in our discussion of how to keep SLA viable in today’s information environment. Seating is limited and remember that this will be Dutch Treat lunch with salads, bento boxes and vegetarian options available. Our menu will NOT be limited to sushi and the restaurant will validate parking for up to two hours!

Wednesday, October 28, Noon, Lunch and Learn at Seyfarth, Shaw, Midtown Atlanta

You’ve heard the terms, but do you really know what embedded librarians are and what they do? Barbara Kahn-Aiken at Coca-Cola and George Peckham-Rooney at Seyfarth, Shaw will demystify this concept and tell us how they’ve put it into practice! This program is free to SLA Georgia members.

Wednesday, September 15, 3:00 pm ET – Twitter Chat Whether you’re a newly minted info pro or a seasoned veteran, you don’t want to miss the Leadership and Management Division’s Twitter Chat on career development.

Thursday, November 5 – Leveraging Data to Lead Workshop, Laurel, Maryland SLA Maryland Chapter hosts a one day seminar on digital data at the Johns Hopkins University. Reduced program fees expire THIS Friday, September 11, so be sure to register and save money.



With so many communications channels available to SLA members, we hope you’re up to date on news at the global, division and local levels.

The SLA Georgia Board is trying harder than ever to engage with our members. Nearly two-thirds of the Chapter are now subscribed to our web site. And thanks to Communications Director Lynda Larsen, our Facebook page is up and running.

SLA Headquarters and 2015 SLA President Jill Strand shared these other developments:

As library and information centers have closed through the years and our long time members have retired, SLA Georgia’s membership numbers have declined. With this decrease reflected in lower attendance at our programs, the Board is open to changing our programming mix. However, we need your input to guide us. The chapter’s future rests with YOU, so I hope you’ll work with us to keep SLA Georgia relevant to your careers now and in the future.

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July 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

A Lesson from the River 

Specific dates vary, but I learned that the “Dog Days of Summer” run from early July to as late as after Labor Day. According to one web source, this period coincided with the “conjunction of Sirius, “the dog star” and the sun. 

This year, my dog days began by traveling to Boise, Idaho and then to Salmon to begin a six day, five night rafting trip down the Salmon River. It’s been years since I last rafted a river and I was not a Boy Scout growing up. This was an “off the grid” vacation: No Internet connections and no electricity. We slept in tents and our guides cooked meals over camp fires. Despite these rugged conditions and my fear of the unknown (or maybe too much nature?), it was a FANTASTIC trip that I’d do again in a heartbeat! The exhilaration of paddling the rapids and exploring nature’s beauty were so worth the time to get to Idaho. 

A family of five made up the rest of our eight person group and included an nine year old girl on her first river trip. Our lead guide quickly took her under her wing. I watched them work on firm handshakes while locking in eye contact. Our guide encouraged her not to be afraid as she leapt off the boat into the calm waters of the river during an afternoon break. By the end of the trip, our shy city girl looked like she had fins! She personified my lesson learned on this trip: To take chances and step out of our “comfort zones.” 

It’s in this context that I’m asking SLA Georgians to try new things as SLA members. Here’s how. 


Chapter Communications

Last month, we learned that nearly one-third of our members are not subscribed to the Chapter email list and almost all were not subscribed to Chapter web site alerts. To make sure you keep current on news and events, members were subscribed to both communication channels. You have the option to decline subscription confirmations and you can unsubscribe at any time, but the Chapter Board hopes that you won’t. And if you’d really like to interact with the Chapter, consider creating a WordPress account so that you can post comments to our web site! For members reluctant to use social media, this is an easy way for you to dip your toes – the Chapter’s Facebook page is active, so like us and interact with us. I just joined over the weekend! 


Chapter Events

Two of three upcoming chapter programs were suggested by members, so we hope you’ll attend. 

Monday, August 10, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Lupton Hall, Oglethorpe University

Chris Vinson, Head of Library Technology at Clemson University, will update his 2014 SLA Annual Conference presentation on the Open Parks Network, a digital initiative. Thanks to Crawford Media, we’ll end the program with a reception, so we hope you’ll stay and network with members of the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and Metro-Atlanta Library Association (MALA), our co-hosts. Please register by cob Tuesday, August 4! 

Wednesday, September 23, Noon – 1:00 pm, Midtown Atlanta

Save this date! 2003-2004 SLA President Cindy Hill will be our Fall 2015 Lunch Speaker. With SLA at a crossroads, come hear what Cindy thinks and participate in our discussion of how to keep SLA viable in today’s information environment.  

Wednesday, October 28, Noon – 1:00 pm, Seyfarth, Shaw, Midtown Atlanta

You’ve heard the terms, but do you really know what embedded librarians are and what they do? Members Barbara Kahn-Aiken at Coca-Cola and George Peckham-Rooney at Seyfarth, Shaw will demystify this concept and tell us how they’ve put it into practice! You’re welcome to bring lunch to this FREE program for SLA Georgia members!


While we can’t guarantee that these SLA Georgia experiences will be adrenaline rushes like Class IV rapids, we hope you’ll step outside your personal and professional “comfort zones” to take advantage of these learning and networking opportunities.  


Other SLA News

SLA Election: Ensure that your voice is heard. Before voting in the SLA election, share your questions and concerns with candidates by posting them on this Google form. 

Consultant Recommendations: What an exciting time to be an SLA member! If you haven’t already done so, take time to review the Board-Revised Recommendations received from its consultants as well as the Road Map for the Future of SLA 


Lastly, there’s great rafting in north Georgia and North Carolina, so let me know if you’re up for paddling down a river sometime!



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June 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

What a revolutionary SLA annual meeting! For those of you who could not join John Cruickshank, Ann Cullen, Rebecca Gebhardt, Kim Rosas, Patti Schminke, Ilene Strongin-Garry, Gail Stahl and me in Boston, stay tuned for a post on key lessons learned. To see what you missed, check out the chapter’s Flickr album at:

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that on Monday, June 15, during the joint cabinet meeting, the SLA Board voted to extend the period for receiving member comments on the Succeed. Lead. Advance. recommendations report to 11:59 pm, Tuesday, June 23. 

Please email your questions and feedback on the report to 

This is also a LAST CALL for anyone interested in attending the SLA Georgia Chapter Board meeting next Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Thank you!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 




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May 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Boston Bound 

Are you packed and ready for the annual SLA Conference in Boston? Have you selected which sessions to attend or mapped your route through the Info Expo?

My first trip to Beantown took place many, many years ago. My sister, aunt, great-aunt and I traveled by Greyhound bus from New York. My two most vivid memories of that trip were a group photograph in front of the Harvard University gates and the butterfly collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I returned several times since then and relished tasty memories of eating and drinking at Anthony’s Pier 4, No Name Restaurant and Harpoon Brewery when the waterfront area was a little rougher. If you’ll be joining SLA Georgians Ann Cullen, John Cruickshank, Patti Schminke, Rebecca Gebhardt and others in Boston, be sure to check out the New England chapter’s guide to the city.

It’s fitting that the 2015 SLA Annual Conference theme is “Be Revolutionary!” since Boston is considered the birthplace of the American Revolution. I’m sure that the association’s future will be a hot topic because SLA President Jill Strand recently shared a report on new directions for SLA recommended by interim directors and consultants Ulla de Stricker and Cindy Shamel. (To view the report, you’ll have to log in with your SLA user ID and password.) One change that I’m already aware of is that SLA’s Leadership Summit will go on hiatus in 2016 while that event is under review.

And whether or not you’ll be in Boston next month, here’s the latest news from SLA Georgia:

  • SLA Georgia webmaster Rod Bustos updated our site format for mobile devices. Check it out on your phones and tablets.
  • SLA Georgia began a programming partnership with the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA) and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) this year with a joint Happy Hour. Mark your calendars for Monday, August 10 for our next event — An update on the National Parks Service’s digital initiative from Chris Vinson.
  • Thank you to Dr. Clara Williams, Jane Killian and Stephen Sherman who hosted Lunch and Learn programs in March and April respectively at the Art Institute of Atlanta, the Defense Forensic Science Center and the Foundation Center.
  • A member joined our open Board meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Wednesday, April 29. We’ll meet again on June 24, August 19, September 16 and December 9.
  • Former Chapter President Casey Long hosted the Chapter’s Spring Lunch at the McCain Library at Agnes Scott College on Tuesday, May 19. Ten members enjoyed a complimentary lunch and discussed ways that the Chapter could support future professional development goals.

Since all SLA units will be affected by which consultant recommendations are adopted, rest assured that the Georgia Chapter has NO plans for drastic changes. We plan to continue offering local value to SLA Georgians through in-person social and learning programs. Jill’s message to SLA members listed five ways for SLA members to share feedback on the new directions report. Feel free to send your thoughts on the report or any other SLA matters to me via email ( As I mentioned during our Tuesday lunch, this is OUR chapter and OUR association, so I hope to hear from as many of you as possible.

The Atlanta Braves are playing the Boston Red Sox June 15-18, during the conference. While I won’t be able to attend a game (Go Braves!), I plan to enjoy some delicious cannolis in the North End before leaving town. Anyone have any recommendations? Or better yet, who’d like to explore the Italian bakeries with me? It’ll be wicked awesome!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 


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April 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Spring Awakening

Winter’s over! Or so we’d like to think based on the following:

  • On March 7, we “sprung forward” and advanced our clocks an hour for daylight savings time.
  • Plant life is renewing with leaves budding in our trees and flowers popping out of the ground.
  • We remember the importance of the environment and sustainability on Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22.
  • Many college students, especially those from northern regions, are trekking to Florida beaches and other hot spots for semester break.
  • And for sports fans, baseball season has begun and golf’s first major tournament of the year, the Master’s, started today in Augusta, Georgia.

Spring’s here, so as you emerge from winter doldrums, catch up on SLA news and events.


SLA Georgia News

SLA Georgia continues to host professional development and networking programs this year. We kicked off our Lunch and Learn programs at the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA) on March 18 and at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) at the Gillem Enclave on April 1. Thanks to our respective hosts, Dr. Clara Williams and Jane Killian who is our April featured member. Be sure to register for our next lunch on Monday, April 27 at the Foundation Center, spot-lighted by the Georgia Libraries Association (GLA) in January. Remember that you can easily get there from the Peachtree Center MARTA train and Atlanta Streetcar stations, so save time and parking fees.

You’re also invited to attend our next Chapter Board meeting on Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. If you’d like to join us, let me know by end of day Wednesday, April 22 so that you can be registered as a Bank guest. Our remaining 2015 Board meetings take place on June 24, August 19, September 16 and December 9.

Our annual Spring Lunch takes place Tuesday, May 19, at noon at Agnes Scott College’s McCain Library, Room 211. This year, no guest speaker; “Just Us,” an opportunity for SLA Georgians to talk to each other about our careers, our profession, SLA and SLA Georgia. And while economists claim that “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” this one will be. So, RSVP by cob Friday, May 1. If you can’t join us, we’re planning a virtual meeting later this year so that members throughout the Peach State can attend.

And in case you missed it, twenty info pros and their guests from the Metro Atlanta Library Association (MALA), Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) and SLA Georgia, enjoyed tasty food and drink at our Happy Hour Mash Up on Wednesday, March 11 at Makan Restaurant and Bar in Decatur.  Save Monday, August 10 on your calendars for our next joint event with them – Chris Vinson on the Open Parks Network digital archive!


SLA News

Annual Conference: SLA is gearing up for the Annual Conference. Early registration closes April 17, so plan to join chapter members Liz Bibby, Ann Cullen, John Cruickshank, Rebecca Gebhardt, Kim Rosas, Patti Schminke, Gail Stahl and others in Boston. If funding is an issue, note that several divisions and chapters are offering travel awards, but hurry to make sure you don’t miss any deadlines!

Information Outlook: The January / February 2015 issue is online. Be sure to login and check out articles on “Forging a New Identity for Your Library.”

Strategic Priorities: 2015 SLA President Jill Strand blogged about two of SLA’s three strategic priorities this year: The value of the information professional and value of SLA. I’m sure she’ll reinforce her suggestion to “lean into the curve” when she covers the value of the SLA member experience.

In the meantime, check the SLA Calendar for division and chapter web events such as a FREE webinar hosted by SLA’s Transportation Division on Wednesday, May 20, at 1:00 pm ET, “The Final Frontier: Library Life In a Post e-Book World.”

I hope you’ll find time this spring to add SLA Georgia events to your list of activities. If none of our programs appeal to you, let us know what YOU are interested in. We can’t act on information we do not know. So, enjoy the warmer temperatures and we look forward to seeing you soon especially at our free Tuesday, May 19 Chapter lunch!

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 


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