Quarterly Update from SGA President, Cathy Miller

Greetings SGA members! I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate to you all about what the SGA Board has been doing in the first few months of 2022. We’ve had our fair share of Google Workspace related issues, one of which resulted in emails that were meant to go only to the SGA Board being directed to all SGA members. The Board worked diligently to communicate to the membership via the listserv about this issue. Thankfully, whatever the problem was evidently remedied itself and you are all saved from receiving emails related to votes on administrative handbook changes.

Big news to come out from January to April is that SGA no longer has a P.O. Box address! The P.O. Box has historically caused issues for the Board and upset the flow of certain operations. In place of the P.O. Box, the SGA Treasurer will be assuming the responsibility of having mail directed to their home address or opening a temporary P.O. Box for the term in which they serve as treasurer. The Board hopes that this new approach to mailing results in less issues overall with receiving checks in a timely manner. Information regarding the current treasurer’s mailing address has been communicated to members via the SGA listserv. You can also email Josh Kitchens, our treasurer, at treasurer@soga.org and he can provide you with the current mailing address. 

In other news, the call for proposals for the annual meeting this October has been announced by the Annual Meeting Program Committee. I encourage you all to review the CFP and consider submitting a session or poster proposal. For our student members, I encourage you to consider a poster or paper/presentation submission. Last year we held our first student research showcase. It would be wonderful to be able to again highlight the work of up-and-coming professionals in the information science field. The Program Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to connect individuals seeking ideas and/or collaborators for session and poster proposals. While the spreadsheet is not monitored by SGA or the Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process, it can be a quick way to share session ideas and connect interested parties. I encourage you to add your session proposal ideas to the aforementioned spreadsheet. 

Thanks to SGA members’ feedback, the Board is also proceeding to work with the Georgia Library Association (GLA) to discuss the potential for planning a joint conference in 2023 or 2024. As planning talks with GLA become more concrete, I can assure you that pertinent information will be communicated to members accordingly. 

Also, a big thank you to those members who acted on the advocacy call that came out in early April regarding House Bill 1084. Since that advocacy call, the bill was passed by the Georgia Senate and recently signed into law by Governor Kemp. The Board is currently discussing the formation of a statement to be released regarding this action. 

That hits the highlights as to current work of the SGA Board that members might find of interest. Board members will continue to keep you apprised of upcoming activities via the listserv, so stay tuned! And as always, thank you for your continued support and commitment to SGA.

A President in our Midst documentary will air on Tuesday, September 21st at 7 pm

A President in our Midst will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Tuesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. This compelling new documentary describes the mutual benefits that the friendship provided to both the President and the people of Georgia. 

Historic photos from the Little White House, Roosevelt Warm Springs Archives, the FDR Library, and archives across Georgia are featured in the documentary.  Additionally rare film footage from the Brown Media Archives at UGA Libraries and footage from the FDR Library are used.

In January, 2019, author and screenwriter Kaye Minchew of LaGrange and executive producer Dan White of Yatesville and Atlanta approached Georgia Public Broadcasting with a proposal to create a documentary about FDR’s life in Georgia based on Minchew’s book, A President in our Midst. With the assurance of a broadcast platform, efforts began to secure the financing and technical resources necessary to complete the film.

In January of 2020, Georgia Humanities agreed to be the official sponsor of the documentary and Georgia State University TV agreed to provide the technical expertise necessary to create the film. Filming began in September, 2020, in locations throughout Georgia.  LaGrange, Gainesville, Athens, Atlanta, Warm Springs, Thomaston, Barnesville as well as Harris, Meriwether and Upson County are all featured in the film. Using drone photography and location shooting, combined with archival photos and historical film clips, A President in Our Midst brings to viewers a contemporary image of life during the period 1921 to 1945.

Financing for the film was privately raised through public donations. In addition, the combined talents of over 70 Georgians helped create the finished product. Carol Howington Cain, James Fowler and Bill Murray are featured performers in the documentary. Oral history narratives from a variety of Georgians whose lives and institutions were profoundly shaped by FDR and the New Deal in Georgia are also featured. This most consequential of stories will be presented to a new generation of Georgians. 

The documentary recently received two awards from the Southern Film Festival, held in LaGrange. The documentary was named the best feature documentary and received the People’s Choice Award.  

Press Release: The Jewish Community of Atlanta (Arcadia, 2021)

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is proud to announce the publication of a new book on the history of Jewish Atlanta. Images of America: The Jewish Community of Atlanta, authored by the museum’s own Senior Director of Archives, Jeremy Katz, released by Arcadia Publishing on January 25th, 2021.

Courtesy of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and available wherever books are sold

Utilizing the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman as the main source of images, the book illustrates through 200 images the visionary leaders in the Jewish community that helped Atlanta evolve from a sleepy, backwater, 19th-century frontier railroad town into the 21st-century international metropolis we know today. It also chronicles the dark episodes of blatant antisemitism that traumatized the community and had national implications, such as the lynching of Leo M. Frank, The Temple Bombing, and the deliberate expulsion of Jewish students from Emory University Dental School.

The book is part of a larger initiative to make the archives at the Breman more accessible than ever before. In addition to the book, the museum recently soft-launched a Google Arts & Culture page that features an online exhibition and 100 high-resolution images of historic photographs, documents, and objects. To explore the page, please visit https://bit.ly/3e4X5Aj. The full launch of the page, which will feature hundreds more artifacts and several additional online exhibitions, will come alongside a larger city-wide rollout showcasing the Breman together with many of Atlanta’s prestigious museums and arts institutions.

Another major facet of this larger initiative is a complete overhaul of the museum’s collection catalog to industry leading systems. This 21st century upgrade puts the Breman on par with leading archival institutions around the country. To explore the new and innovative oral history catalog, please visit: http://bit.ly/37Gkw2e.

In addition to these exciting projects, the archives at the Breman is also presenting virtual programs that are attracting on average 250 participants per event. For more information about upcoming events, please visit: https://www.thebreman.org/Events.

About the Author

Jeremy Katz holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Wright State University as well as a certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Archives at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The images featured in this book have been carefully curated from the photography collections in the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum, the largest repository for Jewish research in the American South.

ISBN: 978-1-4671-0585-9
Price: $21.99
Available wherever books are sold or online at https://bit.ly/3bF8k4M.