Monday, November 25, 2013

Registration is open for Georgia Library Association's Annual Mid-Winter Planning Meeting.

Dear GLA Members,

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Georgia Library Association's Annual Mid-Winter Planning Meeting on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Downs Continuing Education Center at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

This 2014 kick-off meeting is an important event for all GLA members, especially those interested in influencing COMO 2014 which is to be held October 1-3 in Augusta. There are changes in the makeup of COMO for 2014; GLMA has elected to have a separate summer institute rather than partnering with GLA and GAIT for the fall conference. Since GAIT was in charge of the over- all conference for 2013, this year GLA will have the major responsibility in overall planning. We are fortunate to have the Southeastern Library Association (SELA) joining us once again for COMO 2014. So now is the time for GLA to focus, fine tune, and forge ahead to make this a COMO to remember for its excellence! Let's make sure Georgia stands out in a good way – across libraries in our region and nationally!

Before and during the Mid-Winter Planning Meeting, you will have the opportunity to commit to Committees, direct your Divisions and show interest in Interest Groups. January 17 is the perfect opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends from all over Georgia as we launch the year.

Mathew Hauer, who leads the Applied Demography Program in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, will be our keynote speaker. His past work experience includes the U.S. Census Bureau and the Atlanta Regional Commission. He will talk with us about changes in Georgia's population, giving us important information that can help us as we plan for Georgia's future libraries--and library services--for all our citizens in every type of library. His dynamic and interesting presentations have been enthusiastically received by conference attendees from Callaway Gardens to South Korea.

The meeting will be held from 9:00am to 2:15pm. There is a registration fee of $35, which will include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch buffet. Registration forms must be received by Friday, January 3, 2014 to confirm your lunch reservation. The breakfast and registration period runs until 9:45am when the business meeting gets under way. Members of the GLA Board will meet from 2:30pm to 3:30pm after the planning meeting concludes. Chairs of committees, division and IG leaders are encouraged to stay for the Board meeting to give brief updates on the day's sessions.

Whether or not you are able to attend, please return your Committee Preference form by January 3rd to tell me how you would like to serve GLA. Although you may miss out on a day of social networking the traditional way, know that your involvement is still much needed and wanted. Committees will meet electronically, and if the need arises will meet again in person to complete tasks, so don't feel like you'll miss out on everything. I look forward to collaborating with you this year. Share your ideas for an even greater GLA!

Susan Morris
2014 GLA President

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