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Military Librarians Training Workshop (MLTW) 2017 Programming Committee Is Looking for Volunteers

Military Librarians Training Workshop (MLTW) 2017 Programming Committee Is Looking for Volunteers

The Programming Committee of the Military Librarians Training Workshop (MLTW) 2017 is looking for volunteers.

MLTW is the major training opportunity provided by the Military Libraries Division (DMIL) of SLA. You may remember it under its former name, the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW).

The Programming Committee is responsible for ensuring that MLTW sessions are pertinent and worthwhile. We are actively looking to expand the representation of different kinds of Military Librarians on the Programming Committee. Technical, MWR, Medical, and Academic Librarians from every branch of the Military are welcome.

MLTW 2017 will be at the DoubleTree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia from Tuesday, December 5th through Thursday, December 7th, 2017.

Please respond to Travis Ferrell by Friday, December 09, 2016 if you are interested. The e-mail to use is travisferrell@hotmail.com

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For DMIL Members: Please take the DMIL/MLTW Survey

For DMIL Members: Please take the DMIL/MLTW Survey

Greetings to the members of the SLA Military Libraries Division, from Michael Moore, Strategic Planning committee chair and acting Membership committee chair:

Thank you for choosing to be a member of the Military Libraries Division (DMIL)!  I benefit from my membership in DMIL by learning about the diverse military libraries across the USA and around the world, and by finding out about success stories other DMIL members have shared. I expect that DMIL has provided value to you, and I hope that the officers and members of DMIL can work together to provide increased value to you in the future.

With the help of DMIL Chair-Elect Rebecca Kammerer, former Membership Committee Chair Jill Lynch, and with the advice of DMIL officers and members over the course of my time as a DMIL Board member, I have created a survey to help understand the value you see in DMIL, and the value you want to get from DMIL.

Here is the link to the DMIL/MLTW Survey in the DMIL members only part of SLA Connect (SLA Connect login required):

http://connect.sla.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread/?GroupId=187&MessageKey=652f36b0-076b-449a-bffc-27a6b98d63cd&CommunityKey=e5a06368-85fb-4a51-8f9d-667e650c9563&tab=digestviewer#bm0

The results of this survey will help DMIL officers and members plan programming, identify priorities, and plan for the future of the Division.

It should take about five minutes, though I hope you will take the time to think about the open-ended questions and tell us what you want and what you need.

We will be starting to mine your answers as they arrive, and the survey will be open through November 28.

Thank you – for contributing to the value of this survey by filling it out, and for contributing to the value of DMIL by participating!

Michael F. Moore

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DMIL Member Interview with Tammy T. Lowery

DMIL Member Interview with Tammy T. Lowery

How did you get involved in military librarianship? 

I got involved with military librarianship by landing my first professional position–as director of Maxwell/Gunter Base Libraries at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL.

How did you get involved in DMIL?  

A few years later after some job and life changes, I joined the Air Combat Command Information Research Service Center at Langley, AFB in Virginia.  That December, I attended the MLW in Monterey, CA.  Listening to dedicated DMIL members speak, I thought, hey, I need to be involved, too.

What has been your best experience working for the military?

I love being an Army Civilian for the potential it offers to work in any state and many countries overseas while staying with the same “company” so to speak.

I enjoy the diverse workforce.  I’ve interacted with over the years especially at the Presidio of Monterey.

I equated working for the Defense Language Institute there to having a world tour come to me.  I doubt I’ll work amongst a more richly diverse group of professionals ever again.  I cherish the many lessons I learned and the cultures to which I was introduced.

What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

Best experience  of DMIL is continuing to learn from my dynamic colleagues who keep me inspired through their commitment to the profession.  Enormous effort goes into  making MLTW’s happen and they are so important in terms of networking and shared problem solving.

Now that I am working in the equal employment opportunity career field, I appreciate the value of DMIL even more–there’s no equivalent for army EEO specialists, but the same need for networking and shared problem solving exists.

What positions in DMIL have you held? 

I’ve enjoyed being part of the Resources Committee for several years and look forward to many more!  I’ve also served as Membership Chair and Student Liaison.

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

I’m currently at Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.  Tooele is pretty small but the landscape is spectacular and one has to see the Great Salt Lake. When I was at the Presidio, I’d usually take visitors to see the Berlin Wall monument.  A family donated three panels of the wall for DLI to display on its grounds.  It’s a must see!

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

I recommend Marshall Breeding’s Library Systems Report 2016.  So much information there about trends and who is doing or is no longer doing what.  I recommend reading Mr. Breeding’s report every year for its thorough to-the-point coverage.

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

Since we’re nearing the holidays, for fun I recommend Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Yes, it’s a short story nestled in various Capote collections–go ahead and read the rest of the compilation.  Proud to promote a fellow native Alabamian!

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