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DMIL Member Interview With Gloria Miller

DMIL Member Interview With Gloria Miller


1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?

While I was in Library School at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Library Director at Keesler Air Force Base opened created a “Librarian Trainee” spot for two students to share one position (alternating semesters). I was hired as a GS-7. This was similar to an Intern position. Once I graduated, I was placed into a full time position at Columbus Air Force Base. I’ve worked for DOD my entire career.

2. How did you get involved in DMIL?

I started attending MLW in 1998, but it wasn’t until a few years later when my kids were out of school that I was interested in becoming involved. That’s when I joined SLA & DMIL.

3. What has been your best experience working for the military?

I tell people I’ve worked in 5 different states, all with the same employer. I can also say I’m purple—I’ve worked for the Air Force, Navy, and now the Army. I’ve helped a medical researcher who was developing a protocol on how to treat brown recluse spider bites using hyperbaric oxygenation. I worked with a Special Operations officer writing a paper for Air Command & Staff College while he was in Afghanistan (the books came back with sand inside, but otherwise fine).

4. What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

All the friends I’ve made through the years. I also enjoyed being Treasurer. It’s not as hard as being a workshop chair!

5. What positions in DMIL have you held?

Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chair, Past Chair, MLW Chair

6. If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?

Huntsville is Rocket City, so the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is on my list for visitors. It’s a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, and has an original Saturn V rocket from the Apollo program.

7. Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?

I’m currently going through a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly on Licensing Digital Content. There are a lot of issues that we will have to deal with.

8. If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I first read them in High School, and I’ve reread them every 10 years or so.

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DMIL Member Interview With Christine Marshall, DMIL Director for the 2014 SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver

DMIL Member Interview With Christine Marshall, DMIL Director for the 2014 SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver

1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?

I completed a four month co-op work term at a defence library during my MLIS. The nature of the work both intrigued me and fascinated me. The work term led to a job offer and the rest is history. I enjoy the variety that working in a military setting provides.

2. How did you get involved in DMIL?

I first found out about DMIL when I joined SLA. As I was about to start my first job as a librarian, working for the military, it seemed logical to join DMIL. A couple of years later I attended MLW in 2010 and loved my experience meeting with other librarians who support military and defence. I was working alone as an embedded librarian so it was rejuvenating to connect with others in my position and share experiences and best practices.

3. How did you become DMIL Director for the SLA Conference in
Vancouver? What experiences from the conference were most memorable for you?

At MLW 2011 in Norfolk, VA I was asked if I might be interested in taking this position due to the fact that I am Canadian and the conference was being held in Canada.

What I found the most memorable from the conference in Vancouver was the level of enthusiasm and respect that SLA attendees had towards DMIL and its activities. The networking breakfasts were well attended. At the Open House, being defeated by the puzzle was also memorable, everyone really did try their best.

4. What was the most fun place you visited in Vancouver?

A tricky question! Being in the city and seeing the mountains was incredible for me, as I grew up on the East Coast and have not been exposed to any mountain ranges such as those seen in Vancouver. I was also lucky enough to take a float plane ride to Victoria, which was a unique and fun experience.

5. If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it

“Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton. I have a little one at home and we are reading this one often. Reading it makes me giggle and reminds me to take time to laugh.

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DMIL Member Interview With Sharon Lenius 01/31/2015

DMIL Member Interview With Sharon Lenius 01/31/2015

1) How did you get involved in military librarianship?
When I was in Graduate School at Indiana University, Bloomington, I asked my advisor what kind of library positions would take me overseas. Well the answer was working for DoD overseas in their base libraries. A recruiter for the Army Library Program came to campus and I interviewed and was offered a job in Germany. I was in charge of three (3) libraries, one for only two weeks and then the US Military Districts in Germany “reorganized” and the one fell under a different jurisdiction. That was my first experience of “reorg” a common phenomenon of large organizations.

2) How did you get involved in DMIL?
My colleague urged me to join SLA but I was a staunch ALAer, until I realized that the Military Libraries Division had a Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the local DC Chapter. So I first joined SLA in 1990. This Military Libraries Group (MLG) was just the place for me to make the kinds of contacts I needed to assist me on the job. I found I enjoyed the programs and the networking. And, when the MLG asked me to volunteer for their programming efforts I found I enjoyed working for/with the group. So the experience of being invited to programs, though not a member drew me in, it was the contacts that convinced me to join SLA. Writing this, I realize that was twenty-five years ago! What a great decision!

3) What has been your best experience working for the military?
Working overseas in a Base Library atmosphere, I felt offering the American Public Library experience to the soldiers and especially to the young children was so valuable. Collaborating with the various Wives’ Clubs to supply more Children’s Material provided lessons in fund raising, leadership, communications and volunteer management that have stood me in “good stead” throughout my career. As a special librarian in a technology library, providing the right resources, timely advice and possibilities of real dollar savings proved the worth of the library and staff.

4) What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?
Working with other professional librarians who want to help Military Libraries make a difference.

5) What positions in DMIL have you held?
Within DMIL I have been Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair, and Secretary and worked on the Resource Committee.

6) If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?
Since I am in the Washington DC area I would recommend three places that reflect American History. All are, however, a little off the beaten path. One would be Gunston Hall, home of American statesman, George Mason. It is located in Fairfax County not far from Mt Vernon. Another favorite location is from the Civil War era, President Lincoln’s Cottage located on the grounds of the Soldiers Home in Washington, DC. Lincoln spent a portion of each year, mainly the summer months at the Cottage. My final recommendation would be the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport. This annex to the Museum on the Mall displays thousands of aviation and space artifacts.

7) Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly interesting. What makes it worthwhile?
“When Books Went to War: the Stories that Helped US Win World War II” by Moly Guptill Manning, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. This book tells the story of Americans response to the Nazi book-burning. Working together, publishers, librarians and the US Government supplied G.I.’s with reading material that led to the rise of the paperback book and contemporary legacy, the Army Paperback Book Kits. These materials support deployed Soldiers of today in remote locations through regular monthly deliveries of paperback book kits, small MP3 players containing an audio book and other materials. Kits contain about 25 paperback books and are specially selected to match the interests of Soldiers.

8) If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?
As a Science Fiction fan I would like to introduce you to the sub-genre of Space Opera and an S-F classic novel by James H. Schmitz, “The Witches of Karres.” This novel features well-developed characters, a mix of fantasy and science fiction and is “laugh-out-loud” hilarious in many places as the befuddled Captain Pausert deals with what he thinks of as three ordinary young girls (in reality very powerful young witches) enslaved during a raid on an Imperial planet. Adventures abound!

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MLTW 2015 – Arlington, Va. Dec 6 – 9, 2015

MLTW 2015 – Arlington, Va. Dec 6 – 9, 2015

The Military Libraries Training Workshop (MLTW) 2015 will be Dec 6-9, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Arlington, VA.  The theme,   “Military Libraries…..A Capital Idea” reflects the value military libraries and their staffs bring to the DoD Community.   This variety of specialized libraries supports a military force that is ready, resilient and reliable…..the “3 r’s.”

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Share Your Research at SLA 2015

Share Your Research at SLA 2015

Intrigued by any of these topics? How about citation metrics, knowledge audits, or mobile technology?

Each year, SLA members share their research and scholarship on these and other subjects by presenting contributed papers at the SLA Annual Conference. The contributed paper sessions are among the most popular events at the conference, and with good reason—they provide in-depth knowledge about issues that are of current interest to information professionals around the globe.

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, to be held June 14-16 in Boston. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should be relevant to the conference theme, “Be Revolutionary!”

A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, potential member interest, and relevancy to the conference theme.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

  • At least one author must be a member of SLA.
  • At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2015 Annual Conference.
  • The proposal must be submitted by the deadline (1 December 2014).
  • The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must sign a copyright assignment form that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Deadlines are as follows:

1 December 2014: Applicants submit their proposals in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type.

19 December 2014: Applicants are notified of the review panel’s decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.

28 April 2015: Authors submit their papers and signed copyright assignment forms.

14-16 June 2015: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations of their papers during 90-minute sessions.

To learn more, read the 2014 contributed papers or contact Leslie Reynolds.

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Oyster Books: Worth the Price of Admission?

Oyster is a new IOS app being hailed as the Netflix for books. It involves paying a monthly subscription fee of $9.95 per month to gain unlimited access to over 100,000 eBook titles.  The service is only available on an Apple iPhone or iPad.  An Android app may be released in the future, but no release date has been announced.

The service launched on September 5, 2013 to a start-up company based in New York. Currently there are 8 employees, none of which are librarians.

This new service has over 100,000 books from a small handful of publishers, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman and Smashwords. They are adding new titles frequently.

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