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Overcoming the Skills Gap — Slides from SLA2016

Tue. June 14| 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Convention Center, Room 204-B

This session will address some ways that we as information professionals continually need to refresh our skills and learn new ones to position ourselves in the marketplace and the changing technological environment. Topics will include a discussion on how we train for new challenges rather than addressing specific skillsets and a discussion of competencies for librarians. Although envisioned as a session for seasoned librarians, those entering the profession will be faced with this challenge in due course. All are welcome. This session presented by DMIL, DTAX, and DGI, will focus on addressing this ongoing challenge.

Presented by: Military Libraries Division, Government Information Division, Taxonomy Division

Session Type: Educational Programs

Session Sponsor

EBSCO Information Services


Lillian Gassie
Assistant Director, Knowledge Services Group, Congressional Research Service
Meg Tulloch
FEDLINK Executive Director, Library of Congress
Brian McCann
Black & Veatch


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Free Webinar: Gender Inclusivity in Special Libraries – June 23, 2016


Travis Wagner, an advocate for LGBTQI+ inclusivity within cultural institutions, will discuss how to expand beyond written policies of inclusion and actually enact practices that are more engaging and inherently inclusive in nature.

Speaker information

Travis Wagner

Travis Wagner holds a B.A. in History from Augusta State University (GA) and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina (USC). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Library and Information Science at USC. He has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC and is a teaching assistant and lecturer within that department.

Travis works as a consultant to multiple community archives, specifically honing in on preserving and digitizing fragile audio-visual materials. His research interests relate to the role that language-based access plays concerning content creation and distribution within moving image archives, giving specific consideration for how this affects context and interpretation of visual information.

Travis is involved in local efforts within South Carolina to advocate for LGBTQI+ inclusivity, and is currently President-Elect of the South Carolina chapter of SLA.

Sponsor information

The South Carolina chapter of SLA is making this webinar available for free, for up to 500 attendees.


Thursday, July 14, 2016
2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Eve Ross, SCSLA


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Free Webinar from the Special Libraries Association’s Pharmaceutical & Health Technology (PHT) Division: “There’s An API For That! Understanding how Application Programming Interfaces Benefit Your End-Users”. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT

“There’s An API For That! Understanding how Application Programming Interfaces Benefit Your End-Users”
Wednesday, July 13, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Register online at:

(NOTE: Registration is open to all. Webinar will be recorded and made available to all registrants).
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


The Special Libraries Association’s Pharmaceutical & Health Technology (PHT) Division will present a complimentary webinar, “There’s An API For That! Understanding how Application Programming Interfaces Benefit Your End-Users,” on Wednesday, July 13, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT.

Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs for short, are everywhere. In fact, if you use a computer or smartphone, you likely use them multiple times a day. Understanding APIs has become crucial in the business world – specifically the information industry – as organizations look for simpler, quicker and more flexible ways to help their end-users access content.

This webinar is designed to help SLA members and other information professionals understand what APIs are and how they can benefit their organizations and end users.

Join two experts from the ProQuest Dialog product management team (who just launched an API in 2015) for an educational presentation on APIs. This session will cover API basics, share several examples of how they work, and explain the info pro’s role in implementing APIs to enable seamless access to information.

About the presenters:

Brian Dufek is a senior product manager for ProQuest Dialog and an expert in search technology. Brian plays a key role in the day-to-day development and maintenance of ProQuest Dialog, and was also instrumental in the 2013 migration from Dialog Classic.

Bill Kivett is director of product management for ProQuest Dialog and Pi2. With more than 16 years of experience in technology and product management, Bill has expertise in APIs, authentication, and linking.

Register online at:

Contact  with questions.

Thank you and please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues and other chapters and divisions.

Sean Smith (PHT Webinar and PR Chair)
VP of Marketing, InfoDesk

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