Vice Chair / Chair Elect
Laura Burtle, MSLS, JD
Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian
Georgia State University Library
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Laura Burtle is an Associate Dean in the Georgia State University Library, with responsibility for the areas of Collections & Discovery, Resource Acquisitions, Digital Library Services, and Scholarly Communications. She was chair of the Constitution & Bylaws committee in 2022 and the Handbook committee in 2021. She was the Georgia Library Association President in 2020. Before that, she developed and maintained the Georgia Library Association Website between 1997 and 2010. She was a Georgia Library Quarterly Editorial Board member from 1997-2012. She has presented at more than a dozen Georgia Library conferences.
She has worked at Odum Library, Valdosta State University, for 17 years and has participated in GLA’s Government Information Interest Group, as well as the ACRL Instruction and Literature in English sections. Since 2017 she has taught the Academic Libraries course for VSU’s MLIS program. In her academic library and university service work, she is often responsible for taking and distributing minutes. She enjoys writing and welcomes the opportunity to serve as Secretary for GLA’s Academic Library Division.
Eli Arnold, Oglethorpe University
Since 2017, Eli Arnold has served as university librarian and director of the Philip Weltner Library at Oglethorpe University where he manages all aspects of the library and archives. Previously a reference and instruction librarian at Oglethorpe, Eli began his career at the Horace W. Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in archaeology from Oglethorpe and a Master of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. He chairs the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education Library Council and sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Georgia Library Quarterly. Previously, he was treasurer of the Georgia Library Association. Eli presents locally, nationally, and internationally on information literacy, the role of archives and primary sources in library instruction, and Oglethorpe University-related history.
Kim Copenhaver, Emory Libraries
Kim Copenhaver currently serves as the Director of Access Services at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University. She is interested in leveraging her experience as a former member of the ACRL Board (term ending June 2023) to advocate for GLA members as the ACRL Chapters Council Representative for the Academic Library Division of GLA. She believes that her recent experience addressing issues affecting academic librarianship on a national level and the relationships formed with the ACRL Executive Committee will position her well to represent GLA/ALD as the ACRL Chapters Council Representative. She has served previously as the ACRL Chapters Council Representative on behalf of the Florida Chapter of ACRL and understands the importance of maintaining robust communication between ACRL and the state chapter to ensure alignment with national initiatives and support for issues facing academic libraries/librarians within the state.
Andrea Stanfield, University of West Georgia
Andrea Stanfield has worked in academic libraries for 14 years and currently serves as the Dean of Libraries at University of West Georgia. She has published and presented at various conferences, including ACRL, on topics from training students for peer reference activities and using active learning in information literacy instruction. Her current research interest is examining how libraries can function as learning organizations in order to continuously evolve academic libraries to meet the needs of students and other researchers. She currently serves as Vice Chair of GLA’s Professional and Continuing Education Interest Group.
Angela Stanley is Assistant State Librarian for Innovation and Collaboration for the Georgia Public Library Service and brings extensive advocacy and facilitation experience on behalf of libraries, archives, and their many crucial community services. She has served GLA in a number of capacities through the years, as Chair of the Genealogy and Local History Interest Group, member of the Public Library Division, member of the Advocacy Division and its previous incarnations, and long-time participant in GLA’s print distribution at the Capitol. As 2020 President of the Society of Georgia Archivists she made lasting strides toward stronger collaboration between Georgia’s professional GLAM associations, including GLA. In 2018, Angela was part of the state library team that received an Award for Advocacy from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council for publication of the Georgia’s Treasures booklet. Angela is a Certified Archivist and librarian; holds her MLIS from Queens College, City University of New York; and her BA from Fordham University.
Angela Cortellino is the Executive Director for the Sequoyah Regional Library System. She has worked in public libraries for 14 years. Angela has served the Advocacy Committee Chair for the Georgia Library Association 2020-2022 and served as the Advocacy Division Secretary in 2023. In January 2022, she stepped into the Georgia Chapter ALA Councilor position, representing GLA on a national level.
Being a media specialist has interestingly, bookended her teaching career. In the mid 90s, she served two years as an elementary school library media specialist in Florida. She returned to the media center as a high school library media specialist in 2018. In the interim she taught drama, French, a senior capstone course and a gifted program for all students. She is always looking for ways to be involved in her community whether that be in her neighborhood in Valdosta or her collegiate circle. Last year she volunteered to serve as the Southern Region Coordinator for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
Em Farmer is currently the library technical assistant at the Dunwoody campus of Georgia State University. Previously, she was a student assistant at the Philip Weltner Library at Oglethorpe University. She’s in her third semester of receiving a MLIS through Valdosta State University. She is currently a member of GLA’s Scholarship Committee and the Gender and Sexuality Diversities Interest Group. At GSU, she is a member of the Library Staff Committee. She is still new to the library world and would appreciate the opportunity to help other new GLA members adapt and find their home in GLA. She is an extroverted person who enjoys teaching and helping others; she believes this is what would help her recruit new members to the association. She would love to do more for GLA, as well as for those who are also new to the library world.
Femi Jayeola (Fem-ee Jah-Yay-O- la) is a newcomer to GLA and a recent addition to the KSU library team, where she brings her energy and extensive teaching skills to prepare students for personal and professional success. She is running for the Secretary position of New Members Roundtable because she would like the opportunity to promote connection and community among Georgia’s library professionals and hopes to encourage diverse recruitment to the library association. She has experience drafting meeting records, leading outreach initiatives, and building relationships with students and colleagues. She has previously taught varying populations of students during her time as a law library paraprofessional, school librarian, and community college librarian. She enjoys collaborating with others and wants to ensure that all new GLA members feel welcomed and supported as they become acquainted with the association divisions, duties, and by-laws.
Lori Fatzinger is currently a Library Associate at the Gwinnett County Public Library. She started her library career working at GCSU library as an Undergrad. After graduation, she started working at her current job with the Gwinnett County Public Library. She has been there for the past 4 years. She received an MLIS from San Jose State University in January 2022 with a focus in children’s librarianship and cataloging. She currently plans programming for ages 5 and up but focuses mainly on early elementary. Outside of work, she enjoys crocheting, baking and spending time with her dog.
Stephen Houser was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Georgia College for his undergraduate degree in English and Valdosta State for his Master’s in Information and Library Science. He was named the 2019 GPLS Georgia Public Librarian of the Year. He was also recognized in Georgia Trend’s 2020 40 Under 40 issue, the first public librarian included in this list. He lives in Carrollton with his wife and two children, and has been Director of the West Georgia Regional Library System since February 2021. His state-wide service to public libraries has included Chair of the Georgia Download Destination, Member of the PINES Executive Committee, Chair of the Regents Public Library Advisory Council, and as facilitator for both the Society of Georgia Archivists and the Georgia Library Association’s respective strategic plans.
Kimberly Snoddy-George is a Fulton County Library System Branch Group Administrator. She brings over ten years of public library management experience and twenty years of law and corporate library experience. Currently Kimberly provides administrative oversight of 8 of 34 branches, assists with developing system-wide programming, manages Courier Services, and is a Human Resources and American with Disabilities Act Liaison. In the past, she served on ALA’s Library Leadership & Management Mentoring Committee, matching mentors and mentee librarians. Kimberly participated in the 2019 Pinnacle Institute and holds a certificate from the University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Certified Public Manager® Program. Her GLA experience includes Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee. Kimberly is a Certified Paralegal and librarian; holds a MLIS degree from Clark-Atlanta University; and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
School Library Media Division
Vice Chair / Chair Elect
Ifeude Hill, Decatur High School
Ifeude Hill is a certified school librarian and Instructional technologist and serves as the Decatur High School Librarian and district lead librarian for the City Schools of Decatur.
Ifeude has a long history of grant writing and collaborative community engagement. Ifeude’s work is centered around securing innovative literacy, cultural and technology funding, and resources for the students, parents, and staff she serves. In addition to receiving several local and state grants, Ifeude was the 2017 Dekalb County Teacher Librarian of the year. In 2018-2019 Ifeude was awarded the ALA Great Stories Club “Deeper than our skin” Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) book club and Racial Healing Practitioner training grants. Ifeude served as a co-chair for the Metro Area Georgia Library Media Association from 2020-2022 and currently serves on the GALILEO Development Advisory Committee.
Gina L. Martin, MLIS joined Georgia Public Library Service in November 2020 as the Outreach Manager for the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Prior to joining GPLS, Gina worked for the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, GA as a Public Services Librarian and initiated the library’s community outreach program. Gina has over 20 years of experience in Librarianship having worked in corporate, non-profit, healthcare and public libraries. She is a member of the American Library Association and Georgia Library Association and served on the GLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Gina believes that her role as a Librarian includes connecting people to resources whenever possible. She uses her skill set and experience to serve her community through her memberships in The Junior League of Atlanta and The Links Incorporated where she actively commits to providing over 100 hours of community service a year. On a personal note, Gina enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book on the beach, cooking for friends and family and a good belly laugh.
Rosalind K. Lett currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Infopreneurs, LLC a Research, Coaching & Training Consulting Group, specializing in Grant/Proposal Writing Strategy. She is the former Director of the Clayton County Library System where she introduced new initiatives, such as Learning Spaces and Community-based workforce development programs, such as Interplay Learning. Her library expertise stems from 20 plus years of serving as the Director of Library Services for Medical Libraries in Georgia and Tennessee and 10+ years directing Public Libraries in Alabama & Georgia. Her experience also includes over 20+ years of library consulting expertise both domestically and internationally. Her consulting work includes library strategic planning in Doha, Qatar for Weill Connell University.
Her focus is on helping libraries find and receive needed funding to support community-centric projects that improve workforce development, and literacy (financial, health, information ,& digital). Rosalind received her B.S. degree in Life Sciences from Alabama A & M University, her M.S.L.S. degree in Library and Information Sciences from Atlanta University, and her Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University with emphasis in international Business and Global Management. Rosalind is an alumnae of Leadership Clayton and Leadership Dekalb. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2011. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Library Foundation of Clayton County, Inc. She also serves on the Clayton Health District, Community Action Network. She represents Georgia on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Regional Advisory Board on Consumer Health. She is a past board member and secretary of the Medical Libraries Association (MLA) Board of Directors. She served as former Chair of several groups that include; the Georgia Library Association Public Libraries Division, the Georgia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, the Southern Chapter of the Medical Libraries Association, the Georgia Health Sciences Libraries Association and the Atlanta Health Science Libraries Consortium. Rosalind’s passion is supporting libraries to enhance their value proposition to their communities.
An avid and eclectic reader since the age of four, Sarah Trowbridge worked for theaters, newspapers, and nonprofits before finally finding her calling as a librarian. In the course of nearly 16 years at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, Georgia, she learned that the best parts of library work involve helping people make meaningful connections with stories, with information, and with one another. In November 2021, Sarah joined Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) as an outreach librarian. As part of the GLS outreach team, she works with library staff and other professionals throughout the state to educate, empower, and remove barriers to reading for Georgians who find standard print inaccessible.
Tim Daniels is the Head of Technical Services at the University of North Georgia Libraries. He has worked in academic, public, and special libraries. He has served on the Georgia Libraries Conference Planning Committee for the last three years as the Chair for Vendor Relations. He has also served as Chair and Vice Chair for the Government Information Interest Group and is currently the Chair of the Leadership and Management Interest Group. He is presently enrolled at Valdosta State University, pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership, focusing on Higher Education. His research interests include Management and leadership development programs for academic librarians, managing organizational change, staff development and core competencies, data governance in higher education, and technology in higher education. Tim is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Leslie Drost is the First-Year Experience Librarian at Kennesaw State University. She is the First-Year Experience Librarian at Kennesaw State University where she is the liaison with and manages programs for First-Year Composition, Humanities, and Education.
At KSU she currently serves as Chair of the Library Faculty Council and has served on the Library Faculty Organization and Governance Committee that revised the college-level bylaws and created bylaws for the newly formed department level.
Within the Georgia Library Association, Leslie is currently serving as Chair for the Research and Assessment Interest Group, has chaired for the Reference and Instruction Services Interest Group, and served for two years as secretary for the Marketing & Branding Committee.