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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

Events:

 

Communications

 

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
Ernie.M.Evangelista@atl.frb.org 

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