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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.


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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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September 2015 SLA Georgia President Update

Keep Calm and Carry On

With a nod to SLA Georgians Liz Bibby and Irene McMorland, I thought that the British phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On” applied to SLA members everywhere given the challenging times faced by us and our association. With the outbreak of war in late 1939, Britain’s Ministry of Information released morale boosting posters. The first two were “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory” and “Freedom in Peril.” Since the last phrase above was intended for release after a German invasion, this poster was never officially seen in public.


Despite the turbulence occurring at SLA Headquarters, SLA Georgia continues to plan events and strengthen our infrastructure. Last year, we completed our Chapter Handbook and conducted focus group meetings to assess our effectiveness. As a result, we updated our strategic plan, so Thank YOU to past presidents Sarah Mauldin and Nancy Snell who led those efforts.

Our next chapter program is a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 28, at noon at Seyfarth, Shaw in Midtown Atlanta. SLA Georgians Barbara Kahn-Aiken at Coca-Cola and host George Peckham-Rooney will demystify the concept of embedded librarianship and tell us how they’ve put it into practice at their companies. This program is free to SLA Georgia members and $10 for non-members. Though you’ll have to pay for parking if you drive, lunch will be provided by Bloomberg, BNA. So stay tuned for more details and remember that there’s a new SLA caucus on this special interest.

At the Chapter’s Fall Lunch on Wednesday, September 23, 2003 SLA President Cindy Hill reinforced “staying the course.” Cindy shared memories of membership numbers, programs and event planning at the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Chapters where she held numerous offices. She learned that “topics make a difference,” so the Bay area groups are fortunate to be surrounded by technology firms from whom they recruited speakers (Google and Pandora for example). In today’s more hectic business environment, Cindy mentioned that chapter members sometimes meet informally to network with each other (outside Chapter events). With so many changes in the information industry and profession, she praised the current SLA Executive Board for its willingness to face these challenges head on. Since these are our elected officials, Cindy trusted them to act in our best interest. Lastly, she encouraged us to make SLA our professional development priority and to volunteer at the national level.

To complement and supplement Cindy’s call for global SLA participation, do not forget to support 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.



SLA election results are in, so congratulations to Dee Magnoni and be sure take Cindy’s advice and respond to our newly elected officers’ call for volunteers!

In case you missed the September 16 #SLAtalk Twitter chat with the Leadership and Management Division, be sure to check out the Storify summary. The next #SLAtalk Twitter chat takes place Thursday, November 12, at 3:00 pm with the Competitive Intelligence Division.

And though temperatures are cooling, it’s never too early to think about the Annual Conference. Bookmark the Philadelphia conference site and visit often for updates!


With so much happening at the local and global levels, it’s difficult to “stay calm and carry on.” Instead, I hope that you’re motivated and excited by the energy and enthusiasm from YOUR fellow SLAers. Don’t remain on the sidelines; PARTICIPATE! We would be glad to have you join us at whatever level you choose to get involved.

Ernie Evangelista
2015 SLA Georgia President 



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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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