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SLA Pooled Resources Initiative

SLA members have skills and expertise in a variety of areas, and traditionally you have shared them liberally–in conference sessions, unit Webinars, Information Outlook articles, and so on. Now you can maximize your impact by contributing to a pool of educational content that will benefit current and future SLA members.

The SLA Pooled Resources Initiative (PRI), which was announced on December 4 in an e-mail message to all SLA members, is soliciting proposals for creating and delivering educational content. Since that e-mail was sent, several members have asked questions about the request for proposals. This message will attempt to address some of the issues that have been raised.

  • Can I charge a fee for my work? The RFP stipulates that proposers should indicate their fee (if any) for creating and delivering the content and any updates. Proposers are invited to consider other means of payment, such as exchanging content for recognition or visibility (as negotiated). Business partners may wish to sponsor the development of content by underwriting developers’ fees or by delivering content directly.
  • Must the proposed content be new? No, we are soliciting both new content as well as existing content from units whose members may already have created successful programs. Such content deserves wider distribution to all SLA members.
  • Developing a quality Webinar, conference session, or course program requires extensive expertise. Why should I give away information and skills that have taken me years to acquire and perfect? All too often, good educational content is delivered once to a limited audience, then lost after delivery only to be re-invented by others later. With the PRI, we are attempting to harness the talent and creativity of members into a more organized process that will allow the content to become part of an educational pool for re-use. This will maximize the return on investment for everyone who contributes and reduce the inefficiency inherent in multiple units developing the same program.

Bottom line: It’s all about value for you and your fellow SLA members. Leveraging the collective expertise and innovation of SLA members will result in a growing pool of quality content for every SLA member to access over time. Think about it: Don’t you have a session or Webinar in you–one that could benefit SLA members and look good on your résumé as well?

Proposals and additional questions about the Pooled Resources Initiative should be submitted to SLA Board Member Juliane Schneider at


Tom Rink
2016 SLA President

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Nominations open for 2015 Distinguished Service Award — Due by 5 Oct 2015

Nominations open for 2015 Distinguished Service Award — Due by 5 Oct 2015

This award recognizes a Military Libraries Division member for outstanding and sustained service to DMIL.  It was first awarded in December 1999 at the MLD Workshop in Williamsburg, VA.  The award consists of a certificate of achievement and/or a presentation gift.  Nominees must be members of the Military Libraries Division.  Membership eligibility of the nominees will be verified.  Awards are presented annually at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference and/or at the Military Libraries Workshop Business Meeting.

To apply for this award, see instructions on the 2015DMIL-DistinguishedServiceNomination .image

Due by 5 Oct. 2015

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Once an Eagle – a book review

Once an Eagle (1968) is a war novel by American author Anton Myrer. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Once an Eagle has been a favorite of American military men and women since its writing. The novel tells the story of Sam Damon, career Army officer, from his initial enlistment to his rise to general officer rank. Myrer wrote his novel to warn against ambition without principle and the military-industrial complex. Sam Damon and Courtney Massengale are the vehicles for this warning. Damon is an honorable soldier who rises in rank by success in field command. He is a soldier of character with his men’s welfare in mind. Massengale has no honor and rises in rank through staff positions by cunning and political connections. He is driven by lust for power and cares nothing for the welfare of soldiers. A television mini-series based on the book was aired on NBC in 1976, with actor Sam Elliott portraying Sam Damon. The book appears on the Commandant’s required reading list for all First Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps, and frequently serves as a text for cadets in leadership classes at West Point.

via Once An Eagle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I just finished the audio book described above.  It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  One interesting thing is that the Wikipedia editors and the quotes they include all call it a war novel.  It is an anti-war novel in my mind.  It shows that the true soldier does not want war but would prefer to avoid it if possible but once committed to war will fight with honor.  It is on most of the reading lists of the various military services.  I strongly suggest you read it or listen to the audio book.  I did not want it to end.


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