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Virtual Summer 2020 Meeting – Save the Date

Tuesday, July 14th: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming virtual summer meeting. Agenda overview is below. Please check the GHSLA listserv for a meeting invite.


Agenda Items:

Welcome New Members
Shannon Glover, GHSLA President

Planting the Seed for Change
Emily Lawson, GHSLA President-Elect/Program Chair

Coping with Crisis: Shhh…Time to Listen
Guest Speaker: Chaplin Michael Fogas
Staff Support Liaison, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

DEI Discussion
Lead by GHSLA Executive Team Members

Business Meeting
Emily Lawson

Wrap-up
Shannon Glover

GHSLA Statement of Solidarity

Words alone cannot honestly express the hurt and pain we are feeling during this moment in our history.  Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA) stands in solidarity with its membership, the community, and our professional organizations condemning acts of violence, discrimination, racism, and social injustices against People of Color. We unequivocally support #BlackLivesMatter and recognize that advocacy, accountability, and an actionable plan can lead to long-lasting change.

Like many, we have spent the past few days overwhelmed by media coverage of the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  Their untimely deaths due to police brutality have led to protests, uncomfortable, yet long-needed conversations and to new civil rights movements.  We fully acknowledge the emotional toll and resounding societal impact of these traumas in the midst of the global COVID-19 outbreak, a pandemic that disproportionately impacts the African American community at alarming rates.

GHSLA encourages our members to actively participate in promoting a culture of change by engaging in peaceful demonstrations of protest, forums, and crucial conversations with colleagues, family, and friends to evoke transformation. We stand firm in our commitment to abolish systemic injustices, implicit bias, or micro-aggressions against our Black communities.  We recognize that the catalyst of current events is born out of cumulative and sustained impacts of racism in this nation.

It is important that GHSLA be accountable. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative has been regretfully absent from our association and it is our duty to encourage and stand for our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues and friends.

Moving forward as an organization, we will work with our professional and community partners to:

  • Listen and hear the concerns of our BIPOC members, so that a strategic plan is created that is inclusive and supportive in real, actionable ways
  • Provide leadership/professional development opportunities and career support, especially for new BIPOC librarians and library students
  • Foster a community that addresses the mental health, growth and well-being of our members
  • Combat health disparities and information inequities by assisting our membership with education, conversation, and support
  • Establish a DEI Taskforce for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Hate and racism have no place in our society.  All people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic, or national origin should be treated with respect and not deprived of civil liberties.

To our members of Color, we acknowledge your pain and heartbreak.  Your professional organization is here for you in whatever you need.  To be a true ally in action, not just words, we must advocate for and amplify BIPOC voices and show in real ways how we recognize the harms done and make long-lasting amends.

GHSLA Executive Committee

Election Results and Officers for 2020

Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2020/2021 officer election. The results are below.

Immediate Past President: Kimberly Powell
Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

President: Shannon Glover
Northeast Georgia Health System

President-Elect/Program Chair: Emily Lawson
Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

Secretary: Lachelle Smith
Augusta University

Treasurer: Kate Daniels
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Web Communications Coordinator: Carolann Curry
Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon

2020 GHSLA Annual Meeting Postponed Until March 2021

The executive committee initially planned to move the March meeting to June 2020, but due to the current environment and the uncertainty of what the rest of the year will bring, we’ve decided to postpone the conference until March 2021. The 2020 meeting agenda will still be in place, barring any issues with speaker/presenter availability.

The 2021 meeting will be held in-person at Hotel Indigo – Vinings and the finalized dates will be forthcoming.

All registration fees paid for this year’s meeting will be transferred to next year’s meeting. If you require a refund, please contact emily.lawson@emory.edu to request one.

Please note: There will still be two more GHSLA regularly-scheduled meetings for 2020. The first will be held virtually in June. The meeting agenda will be sent out in May.

POSTPONED GHSLA Annual Meeting

The GHSLA Spring Meeting planned for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 IS POSTPONED.

In recognition of the evolving policies, institutional recommendations, and travel restrictions the GHSLA executive board and Planning Committee have decided to postpone the Spring GHSLA meeting.

We are currently working with the hosting hotel to identify available dates for a Summer meeting.  For those that reserved a hotel room, you have until Saturday March 14th at 6pm to cancel without penalty.  We currently have inquires out to see if this window can be extended. For those with room reservations, I would encourage you to contact the hotel directly at 1-770-4325555| Email Hotel

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns.  We will share any additional information as it becomes available.

We thank you all for your understanding and flexibility,

~Kim Powell, GHSLA President