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SLA:Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions

SLA:Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions

Are you a forward thinking, good communicator with experience in SLA, or do you know someone who fits this description?  If so, the SLA Nominating Committee is looking for you and your colleagues!  We are providing an opportunity for members to take their leadership skills to the next level.  Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve in one of the following leadership positions:

  • President-elect;
  • Chapter cabinet chair-elect;
  • Division cabinet chair-elect; or
  • Treasurer

The committee is seeking 8 candidates–two for each of the four positions–to stand for election in September 2015 and commence serving in January 2016. Nominations must be received by 15 November 2014. Details about the responsibilities for each position can be found on SLA’s website.

Being a candidate and then a board member is a great responsibility as well as a great opportunity to not only give back to your association but also to gain valuable skills.  Don’t take our word for it, read what a few of our past board members told us about their experiences on the board:

“You’re given an opportunity to improve the working lives of thousands of colleagues and direct the implementation of a budget of millions of dollars.  Not every librarian has that kind of leverage at work and it’s immensely satisfying to know that you’ve made a difference in your profession.” Dan Trefethen, past Treasurer and Director

“I owe my entire career to the connections made through SLA.  It was an honor to serve in a leadership capacity to help others achieve success through affiliation with SLA!” – Brent Mai, past President and Chapter Cabinet Chair

“The most exciting aspect of being active in SLA – and particularly, in serving on the Board of Directors – is having a direct voice in our profession.”  Ann Sweeney, past Director

“Being on the SLA Governing Board was like being in a large amphitheater.  It was a great arena to learn to perform leadership and be seen by a large interested professional audience, in other words, a good place to develop leadership and communication skills with an amazing members’ visibility.”  Jesus Lau, past Director

“Volunteering within SLA has provided me with some great opportunities to grow and develop leadership and other skill sets.  Serving on the Board allows me to “giveback” to the Association that has so freely given to me.”  Tom Rink, President-elect, 2015 and former Division Cabinet Chair

“My career and personal life has been enhanced by my two terms on SLA’s Board of Directors…one as President.  The years of service enhanced my skills of persuasion, delegation, listening, mentoring, speaking, trusting, and admiring the multiple types of information professionals who make up our association and our profession.  I would not have had such a rich and successful professional and personal life without my work for SLA.”  Ethel Salonen, former President and Director

Don’t you want to have a say in who decides the future of our association?  Please nominate yourself or your colleagues who are capable and willing to serve as members of the association’s board. This is an important time for our profession and our association.  Don’t let us down!

To nominate an SLA member for the board, forward the following information to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below:

  • The nominee’s name, address and phone number;
  • The board position for which you are recommending the nominee;
  • A few paragraphs about why you think this person would be an outstanding candidate and board member.

“So, the bottom line? Don’t sell yourself short; buy the ticket, take the ride.  Your mileage may vary, but it is an absolutely thrilling journey.”  Roberto Sarmiento, former Director

Gloria Zamora Chair, SLA Nominating Committee
Sue Henczel
Sharon Lenius
Leslie Reynolds
Anne Barker
Linda Broussard, staff member

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SLA 2015 Call for Volunteers

SLA 2015 Call for Volunteers

Volunteer with SLA!

Help shape the future of SLA. Volunteer now!

As incoming president of SLA, one of my first tasks is to appoint members to SLA’s councils and committees. This year there are vacancies to fill at a variety of levels (chairs and members) and in a range of subject areas (bylaws, diversity, and online content, to name a few). There’s something to appeal to everyone!

Lots of people have told me they’re interested in becoming more involved. Getting involved in SLA leadership can help you develop new skills, build experience for your resume (CV), and make new contacts.

How to apply:  Tell me what contributions you’d like to make at both the association and unit (chapters, divisions and caucuses) levels by completing a volunteer form and indicating the roles in which you’re interested.

There are separate forms for committees/councils and units. Each form provides details on the level and number of vacancies along with links to Web pages for the committees and councils. There is also a comments box, and it would be helpful if you could specify your skills and/or experience (or those you wish to acquire) that are relevant to your choice(s).

The deadline for completing the form is October 17.

What happens next: I’ll be reviewing the forms with the help of a small team of members. During November and December, I’ll be contacting members who completed forms to ask them to take on committee and council roles.

Those who express an interest in volunteering for units will have their details forwarded to the appropriate unit for consideration and response.

Remember: Volunteering helps both SLA and you. Sign up today!

COMMITTEES/COUNCILS        CHAPTERS/DIVISIONS/CAUCUSES

 

Thank you.

Jill Strand
SLA 2015 President

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Military Libraries Workshop

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.

Takeaways
Branding
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.

Copyright
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.

About Angela

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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Links to presentations for MLW2013

 

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:  

http://military.sla.org/mlw2013/military-libraries-workshop-program-2/

 

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Fashionista Recommends – Huntsville Wear

 

Fashionista Recommends….

 

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 leniussa@gmail.com

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Huntsville Events Calendar

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

(Cub reporter?) 

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