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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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Revised Handbook of Federal Librarianship Now Online

Revised Handbook of Federal Librarianship Now Online

The newest edition of the Handbook of Federal Librarianship is now available on the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) web site.  The handbook is ongoing project of FEDLINK’s Education Working Group whose members are primarily federal librarians and others who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers.  More than 40 federal librarians volunteered and contributed to the latest edition.

 

This third edition is a complete revision and update of the previous edition and features sections on

  • Personnel and Hiring
  • Reference and Referral
  • Collections
  • Federal Depository Library Programs
  • Library Management
  • FEDLINK, and

The updated Resources Section features links to federal resources on a variety of topics including

  • Accessibility
  • Digitization and Preservation
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Maps & Plans
  • Medical Resources
  • Military Resources
  • Professional Reading
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Statistics and Datasets, and
  • Technology

To avoid duplicating information already available elsewhere, the FEDLINK working group identified a large body of existing resources and an extensive existing collection on this topic.  Therefore, this handbook only brief treatment of the main points of a topic with hypertext links to web sites for detailed coverage and references to print publications.  The final selection of the handbook has a comprehensive listing with hypertext links and bibliographic citations in the Resources chapter.

 

To suggest additions or changes to this handbook, please send an email to fliccfpe@loc.gov.

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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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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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CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

CRS Insights: Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (October 1, 2014)

Increased Department of Defense Role in U.S. Ebola Response, CRS Insights (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

On September 16, 2014, President Obama announced a major increase in the U.S. response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted requests to Congress to make excess Overseas Contingency Operations funds appropriated for FY2014 available to support this effort. The requested funds would be used to provide humanitarian assistance, including:

  • transportation of DOD and non-DOD personnel and supplies;
  • coordination of delivery of supplies from both DOD and non-DOD sources such as isolation units,
  • personnel protective equipment, and medical supplies;
  • construction of 17 planned Ebola treatment units;
  • and, training and education in support of sanitation and mortuary affairs functions to limit the spread of the Ebola outbreak.

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From ACRLog: Assisting College Military Veterans in Academic Libraries

From ACRLog: Assisting College Military Veterans in Academic Libraries

ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Alejandro Marquez, Undergraduate Outreach and Instruction Librarian at North Dakota State University.

Student retention has been a big issue here on the North Dakota State University (NDSU) campus. My position was recently created within the library to work as a cooperative liaison with other on-campus support services and entities to address this issue, such as the tutoring center, disability services, and the counseling center, among others. This collaborative environment has sparked a positive conversation in our library that is focused on how to redefine the role of libraries on academic campuses and the integration of new and diverse support service roles.

One specific group that the library is actively seeking to form more diverse relationships with is military veterans. Library services for military veterans provide targeted opportunities for outreach and access to information. However, veterans as a user group are difficult to define as they may have served in Vietnam, during peace time, in the post 9/11 era, or in a number of other distinct situations. Each of these groups brings unique and diverse experiences in terms of age, education, life experience, health, and socioeconomic status. Unlike library services to people of color or older adults, there are no identifying social, ethnic, geographic, cultural, or chronological markers for veterans. Continue Reading

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