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New Members Round Table > GLA Guide for New Members

So you've just joined the Georgia Library Association. Welcome!

...Now what?

Joining GLA means so much more than paying dues once a year and adding another credential to your resume. As the largest professional organization for librarians, media specialists, and library staff in Georgia, GLA offers a variety of programming, resources, and ways to get involved.

How is GLA organized?

GLA is led by an Executive Board made up of elected officers. At the head is the GLA President, who serves a three year term as Vice President, President, and then Past President.

GLA is divided into different divisions representing the different library workers in the state, including divisions for academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, and more. The New Members Round Table is the division for new librarians, new library staff, or simply anyone new to the GLA. Division chairs represent their groups on the Executive Board.

GLA is also divided into a variety of interest groups devoted to different aspects of library work, such as technical services, as well as different topics of interest to library workers, such as library services for persons with disabilities.

Finally, members can volunteer for committees to serve for one year terms. Committees help with everything from gaining new membership and planning the annual conference to maintaining the organization's bylaws.

What does GLA do?
The two official events for GLA are the the new year planning meeting, called GLA Midwinter, and the annual conference, called GaCOMO. The planning meeting is mainly for members to meet with their divisions, interest groups, and committees to make plans for the year. The annual conference is an opportunity for the entire organization to come together for professional development programming and networking events. It's also a lot of fun!

Different divisions and interest groups also have a variety of events throughout the year -- both in person and virtually. The New Members Round Table sponsors events through local groups in the Atlanta area, called Atlanta Emerging Librarians, and a new GLA group based in Savannah.

How do I get involved?
The easiest way to get involved is to join the division or interest group related to your job or passion! Visit the division or interest group page for more information and to learn whom to contact. Even if you can't attend the Midwinter Meeting or the annual conference your first year, many committees have opportunities for virtual work, such as helping select GLA Awards recipients, helping with the Carterette webinar series, or promoting GLA's activities through the Public Relations committee. Finally, join the GLA listserv in order to stay up to date on news, events, and opportunities to get involved.

If you ever have any questions or suggestions, please contact the New Members Roundtable chair. We are here to help!



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