New Members Round Table > GLA Guide for New Members
So you've just joined the Georgia Library Association. Welcome!
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?
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?
If you ever have any questions or suggestions, please contact the New Members Roundtable chair. We are here to help!