Posted on January 6, 2014.
This post is written by Angela J.A. Kent. She was this year’s winner of the Student Stipend Award.
I had the honor and the pleasure of attending the Military Libraries Division‘s Military Libraries Workshop as their Student Stipend Award winner. The workshop touched on a number of issues in librarianship including, Copyright, Big Data, Social Media, and Virtual Libraries. The workshop also featured SLA President, Deb Hunt, and topped off with a 60th Anniversary dinner at Huntsville Alabama’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Most of the presentation slides are now available and are worth reviewing.
This was the top takeaway for me. Although I missed Deb Hunt’s presentation, her point about investing in your own professional development was echoed in each session — including the 2-minute presentations vendors! Marcy Phelps emphasized the importance of branding your value-added research and analysis in big and small ways.
From an organizational standpoint, Jane Killian (from the Defense Forensic Science Center) showed how her virtual library still needed to be supported by physical presence and branding. Jane talked about taking different routes in the office so that she would run into her patrons and have the opportunity to share an article or research topic. And, like any good brander, Jill carries a signature style (a teapot!) that quickly connects her to the library.
For both the professional and the libraries that they represent, it is worth taking the time to think about your professional signature and how you can better brand and market their services. Organizing your professional online presence, then, becomes an important consideration and an issues that was raised in other presentations.
Harnessing (and keeping up with) technology
Steven MacCall’s presentation on social media raised the key points of technology adoption and deployment. And, as is certainly the case for military libraries, this means barriers related to cost and security. To address some of these challenges, the last panel provided lessons learned from their own libraries. Both of these presentations made think about a complementary session from the SLA Annual Conference: Strategic Leveraging of Social Media Content. What I find interesting about social media management is understanding through how the many online applications can (and should) serve different purposes.
Margie Hlava’s presentation on Big Data was representative of the true scope of what it means to try and harness technology. It also spoke directly to the work of librarians: extracting and making sense of data; organizing data through metadata cataloging and taxonomy; and data visualization. Margie touched on a number of key topics important to any library and information professional. It reminded me of a course that I’d been meaning to take over at School of Data: A Gentle Introduction to Extracting Data.
While not quite a featured component to the workshop, Gretchen McCord‘s presentation on copyright was an update on issues that are of personal interest to me. Along the same lines as “keeping up with technology,” information professionals need to keep up with copyright — particularly as they relate to Fair Use and Open Access.
Doing more with less and learning from one another
While certainly not unique to military libraries, the final panel represented just how well military librarians are practicing resiliency and adaptability. Panelists shared lessons learned, best practices, and solutions to overcoming everything from budgetary constraints to security limitations.
Angela is an MSc. MLIS Candidate (The Catholic University of America). She holds a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a B.A. in International Political Economy, and a certificate in Apprenticeship in Teaching (Georgetown University). Her areas of interest include open source intelligence & grey information sources, information policy (open access) intelligence analysis, and international & defense relations. Angela is from Toronto, Canada.
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Posted on December 31, 2013.
Many of the powerpoint slides used during the workshop are now up, posted by Tammy Kirk, on the website linked via the program page at:
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Posted on December 4, 2013.
Attending MLW 2013 in Huntsville? Thinking about what to pack?
To help you decide what to bring, here is a direct quote from RISC Staff, “Huntsville is in the South, but not South Beach.” (Attributed to Gloria Miller)
Well, from the West Coast come some interesting suggestions. “Bring your pashminas; those Workshop rooms can be chilly!” Another comment: “I’m bringing my 60th Anniversary tiara! And of course adding a holiday pin! So 2013!!”
Folks in Huntsville say “layers work best.” You’ll want to go outside in the evenings….Huntsville really puts on a great Tinsel Tree show in the Von Braun Center, Big Park Area.
The Welcome Reception and Sponsor Appreciation in the Info/Expo area is scheduled from 6-8 pm Monday evening, Have some favorite holiday socks, a tie that plays “Jingle Bells” or a great holiday sweater, and don’t forget head gear — wear to the Reception and thank our great sponsors. Holiday hats are good, too! Who doesn’t have a “Santa Hat?” Look for the person with the military-oriented Santa Hat…..if you can notice him. This will take place in the South Hall, Ballrooms 2 & 3.
Are you a First Time Attendee? The Workshop hosts invite you to a special ” Meet and Greet” briefing with the Military Libraries Division Board Members. Learn about how to get the most out of your experience. This will be Monday, 4:30-5:30 pm in the Embassy Suites Bar area. Casual “Holiday wear” is suggested.
The 60th Anniversary Dinner at the US Space and Rocket Center on Tuesday evening, while not REALLY formal (ball gowns and Tuxes – optional) can be a little bit dressy. Diamonds are preferred! Bling, bling!
See you soon in Huntsville!
Sharon Lenius email@example.com
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Posted on December 2, 2013.
Those of you coming to MLW in Huntsville will be interested in checking out the city’s events calendar, http://ourvalleyevents.com/ .
There’s so much on tap that one may wish to extend your stay to take in some of the events. (The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) is center stage for several events.
Among the events, various venues, which might appeal to MLW attendees are:
- Sat., 7 Dec US Army Four Star Jazz Orchestra and Rocket City Jazz Orchestra concert, Atrium of HMCPL, 915 Monroe St., 1900-2100.
- Sat., 7 Dec – Sun., 8 Dec Southerland Station, 402B Governors Drive SW Trains, incl. antique trains, Lego train club, antique erector sets. 1300-1700.
- Sun., 8 Dec 200 area craftspeople showcase a large variety of crafts, Von Braun Center, South Hall, 1200-1700.
And the list goes on, and on…..but I’ll let you explore the user-friendly events calendar for things like Harry Potter’s World Exhibit, the Festival of Wreaths, Donato Giancola’s “From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond” for sci/fi aficionados, and “Da Vinci, the Genius” exhibit, to name a few.
Plenty of good shopping as well as tons of restaurants (love German food? Find it here) in Rocket City. Remember a dine-around is on tap for Sunday evening, so plan to meet up in the hotel’s lobby/bar, 1800.
Sharon Lee Butcher, MLS, MSO
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Posted on November 21, 2013.
Colleagues, The word for the day is NOW. Sign up NOW for the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) 2013 to be held Dec 9-11 in Huntsville, AL at the Embassy Suites Hotel. This Hotel is connected to the Workshop Site at the Von Braun Center (VBC) via a Skywalk. (Think daily exercise.)
Here’s where to BEGIN your hotel reservation and MLW Registration:
1. Hotel Reservation at Embassy Suites, Huntsville: Please call the Hotel – TEL: 1-256-539-7373 The Booking Code for the favorable rate is “MLW.” Occasionally the hotel will send you into the 800 number….not to panic. They do recognize the MLW code. The hotel rate is $88 per night + taxes.
N.B.: This rate is available through Nov 22. So reserve NOW.
2. Military Libraries Workshop 2013 Registration: Use this link or go to the DMIL Home Page and click on the Yellow Banner Ad
http://military.sla.org/mlw2013/ Click on “Register Now!” If you have last minute arrangements, you CAN register on site, at the VBC, South Hall, Ballrooms 1-3 on Monday, Dec 9th.
While you are on the MLW Website, be sure to check out the program of seminars that will add to your Professional Development and look at the listing of Sponsors you will meet at the Info/Expo. There are some very good opportunities for additional training at the Pre-Workshop – a Four Hour Session – DTIC Mini Boot Camp (contact DTIC to pre-register), and in the afternoon hear updates from OCLC, DTIC and FEDLINK…..all at no additional cost!
To top it off, the Military Libraries Division of SLA is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a Dinner at the US Space and Rocket Center. This Dinner is included in the registration. So join your colleagues in saluting the 60 years that the Military Libraries Division has served the professional needs of military librarians and staffs, worldwide. Back in 1953 I was a 7th Grader……ooops, I’ve already told that story.
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