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DMIL Member Interview with Rebecca Kammerer

1.       How did you get involved in military librarianship?

My husband is active duty military and I have been lucky enough to find work as a librarian on several military posts.

2.       How did you get involved in DMIL?

At the suggestion of my boss, I attended my first MLTW in 2015. While there I was asked to get involved with the division. I thought what a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and learn more about the organization and the people.

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

My first military librarian position was in Germany. What an amazing experience. I was so fortunate to have been able to travel and learn so much about the country and Europe. We had a great post library too! Sadly, Storck Barracks in Illeshiem is now closed.

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

The best experience while in DMIL has been watching MLTW 2017 evolve from just a date to a complete workshop. I’ve had the opportunity to watch and help the development process take place; from discussions on who we should have present at the workshop to the registration process to what to serve for a Networking Breakfast. The commitment of and hard work by the committee has been inspirational.

5.       What positions in DMIL have you held?


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

I would take them to our library and Learning Center of course! As the Home of Army Aviation at Ft. Rucker, AL our Tech Library houses a very unique collection of materials on aviation, military science and military history. The library is connected to the Aviation Learning Center which provides helicopter trainers for our flight students. Sometimes their equipment is even more popular than our materials in the library. 

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

I would recommend ADM Stavridis’ book The Leader’s Bookshelf. I recently read an interview with him about this book and was impressed at how strongly he stressed the importance of professional reading. His suggested readings will be an asset to our existing leadership collection. ADM Stavridis holds a special interest for me as well since I lived at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium while he was SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe).  

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

Right now I’m reading It by Steven King. I want to see the movie but decided to read the book first. The book it partially set in the 1980’s and it’s fun to be reminded of how things were 35 years or so ago – not even a glimmer of the smartphone.

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CID Webinar: Do you consider the human element in automated research? Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:00-1:00 ET.

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You’re Invited!  SLA Competitive Intelligence Division Webinar

How to Incorporate the Human Element in Automated Intelligence Gathering

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:00-1:00 ET

Julie Clegg, CEO
Human-i Intelligence Services Inc. 

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming a reality.  What does this mean for vocations that appear easy to automate but require deep humanity, like investigation, or are optimized by a combination of both human and artificial intelligence?

This presentation will explore research, intelligence and investigation from a human perspective – how we manage issues of ethics and morality, compassion, empathy and cognitive bias in an increasingly automated environment. This webinar will equip those that need to find information with the very best internet-based tools and techniques to do so, combined with the best data processor we have…our brain.


*       Learn how to navigate the technical landscape-learn which tools do what, and how to combine automation with human intelligence gathering
*       Discover pros and cons of artificial intelligence in research and investigation
*       Find tools and techniques to increase productivity online
*       Understand the value of collaboration and mentorship
*       Discover how to maintain relevancy as technology advances

Our Speaker, Julie Clegg:

From the computer screen to the television screen, Julie has crafted her life’s work around investigation, profiling and technology, combining her knowledge of cyber-psychology with two decades of online investigations experience to bring to light those that hide in the digital shadows and cause disruption, distress or terror.

Julie is a former police detective and undercover operator, criminal and geographic profiler, an active search and rescue volunteer, a passionate human rights advocate, a global educator and an avid world traveler.  Along with her trusted team of leading global experts, Julie uses all-source intelligence with a focus on online OSINT, social media intelligence, and ethical and proportionate practices for covert and undercover investigations to solve complex problems for corporations, governments, law enforcement and non-profits worldwide.

In a world of increasingly artificial intelligence, Julie brings human solutions to digital investigations.


Lora Bray
Market Intelligence Analyst
Credit Union National Association
Madison WI

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Applications for the Naval Academy Summer STEM program are now open!

For enterprising younger patrons…

Are you are a student entering 9th-11th grade? Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.

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