Monday, January 4, 2016

Registration is Open for the GLA 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 22, 2016 at the Downs Continuing Education Center at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.

There is a registration fee of $40, which will include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch buffet. 

Registration forms must be received by Wednesday, January 13, 2016 to confirm your lunch reservation.

Registration and the continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 am followed at 9:00 am by the opening session and business meeting.  The featured speaker during the opening session will be State Archivist Christopher Davidson who will provide an update on the Georgia Archives.  The morning program will be rounded out with meetings of GLA Divisions, Interest Groups and Committees.  The meeting will close at 2:30 pm following brief reports from the chairs of Divisions, Interest Groups and Committees about what was accomplished during the day.   Members of the GLA Executive Board will meet from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm. If chairs of Committees or Interest Groups have business that needs to be brought to the Executive Board for discussion, they are welcome to stay for the Executive Board meeting.

The Mid-Winter meeting is an important event on the GLA calendar.  It is an opportunity for Divisions and Interest Groups to meet and make plans for the year as well as to discuss program ideas for the Conference in the fall.  It will be the first (and in many cases the only) opportunity for committees to meet face to face and plan the work of the year.  Members who have not been assigned to a committee but would like to volunteer may choose to join one of the committees that still need members.  Others may choose to participate in the meetings of the conference planning committees as these groups brainstorm on ideas for both the conference in October and GLA’s participation in the ALA Midwinter meeting that will be held in Atlanta in January 2017.

One of the most important outcomes of the Mid-Winter Planning Meeting is the networking that takes place among GLA members.  Providing opportunities for you to meet and network with colleagues from all parts of the state is one of the most valuable benefits of your GLA membership.  I hope that you will take advantage of that benefit and join me and the other members of the Executive Board at the Annual Mid-Winter Planning meeting on January 22nd.  If you are unable to attend the meeting please reach out to members of the Executive Board or the Chairs of the various groups to find other ways to become involved in the organization.   We value your participation and want to help you find ways to be more engaged in the work of the Association. 

Cathy Jeffrey
2016 GLA President

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