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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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Your 2014 year in blogging

Your 2014 year in blogging

This is the annual report for the Military Libraries Division blog.  It is generated by Jetpack.  It includes:

  • Posting Patterns.
  • Posts with most views.
  • “How did they find this blog”
  • “Where did they come from?”
  • “Who were they?”

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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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SLA Blog: What info pros should be thinking about right now


Did you catch the Library 2.013 conference last week?

“The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS Professionals,” the opening keynote by San José State’s Dr. Sandra Hirsh, outlined some important topics for information professionals.

Dr. Hirsh highlighted trends, skills, and career paths we should be paying attention to.  I encourage you to review the recording and slides of this session (and others), but here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to reinvent your info services and boost your career:

  • Vital skills?  Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies, metadata, website development, digitization, database management, among many others.
  • Job titles and responsibilities?  Digital content management, project management, user experience design, social media management, data analytics.  (From the recently-released Placements & Salaries 2013 report from Library Journal.)
  • Key trends include the transformation of the global information environment with the introduction of new technologies, and changing boundaries between privacy and data protection (see the IFLA Trend Report for more information).
  • What’s important to patrons/clients in academic and special libraries?  E-books, wireless access, medical information, and technical information and training (see Libraries: At the Epicenter of the Digital Disruption).

What skills are critical for career advancement?  How do you provide effective high-level service to your clients and patrons?  What external forces will affect your information service operation?  Learn the answers to these questions and stay on top of the game.

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