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Read the March-April Issue of Information Outlook

Ensuring user access. Incorporating e-books. Improving user experience. Managing copyright and fair use. These are but a few of the challenges facing today’s librarians and information professionals. But one challenge seems to rise above all of the others: proving value.

The March-April issue of Information Outlook magazine addresses two aspects of this challenge—correlating research productivity and learning outcomes with library and information center usage. In “Studying Your Users to Improve Services,” Jenny Taylor, a librarian at the University of Illinois, describes the results of a project she led that studied how employees at Dow Chemical conduct research. Megan Oakleaf, an associate professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, discusses the skills librarians need to identify and leverage associations between library usage and improved academic outcomes in her article, “Correlating Library Services, Expertise, and Resources with Student Learning.”

Both authors have valuable and somewhat unexpected lessons to share. Taylor, for example, devotes several paragraphs to explaining how researchers like to be trained to use search tools, while Oakleaf cautions that librarians do more harm than good by trying to prove that library instruction causes students to earn higher grades.

In her “Info Business” column, Debbie Schachter picks up where Taylor and Oakleaf leave off by borrowing from academic models to show how learning can be measured in corporate training environments. Identifying the expected outcomes of such training and surveying students before and after the training takes place are, she writes, essential first steps in measuring value.

These articles, the SLA member interview with Barbara Burton, a new column by SLA Fellows and Rising Stars, and more are available in the March-April issue. Read it now!

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May 14 – Book & Author Dinner: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

It is not often that the Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA sponsors a Book and Author Dinner, however the topic of this event is too important not to share with the greater DC Library Community.

Book and Author Dinner

Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

Join the Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA for a Book and Author Dinner on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Hear Kayla Williams , former U.S. Army Sergeant and Arabic Linguist, speak about her most recent book , “Plenty of Time When We Get Home, “ the story of a journey from trauma to healing after her husband Brian McGough sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in Iraq and subsequently developed post-traumatic stress disorder. Kayla is also the author of “Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U. S. Army” with Michael Staub.

WHO’S INVITED: Friends and Colleagues of DC/SLA and other Interested Parties

WHAT: Book and Author Dinner, featuring Kayla Williams….MLG’s first in a long time. Bring your copies of either of Kayla’s books for signing. Sorry none available at this Dinner.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking/Registration; Dinner 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro, 1118 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 , 703-566-2760

DIRECTIONS: METRO, King St on Blue/Yellow lines, 5 blocks walk or take FREE Old Town Trolley

REGISTRATION: Please RSVP below by Monday, May 12 NOON

COST: $32.00 per person


  1. Chicken Francois with lemon/butter/wine sauce with pasta
  2. Eggplant Parmesan with pasta


p>All meals served with salad, bread/butter, coffee or iced tea and baklava for dessert.

POINT OF CONTACT: Jill Lynch – jill.a.lynch

CLICK here to Register:

** Attendance is limited so reserve & pay early.**

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SLA Candidates for 2015 Board of Directors – Meet at DMIL Breakfasts

Colleagues, The Military Libraries Division provides an opportunity for members and guests to visit with SLA 2015 Board Candidates at our two Networking Breakfasts, Monday, Jun 9 7:30 – 9 a.m. & Tuesday, Jun 10 – 7:30 – 9 a.m. during the SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Students are especially invited to attend…..after all it is a FREE Breakfast!

Exact room location in the Conference Center TBD.

SLA Announces Candidates for 2015 Board of Directors

April 10, 2014 | Categories: Candidates, Featured, News, SLA Board Updates

The Special Libraries Association’s Nominating Committee has identified 10 candidates to stand for election to 5 positions on the 2015 SLA Board of Directors. The candidates will serve three-year terms on the board if elected. The election will be held electronically in September 2014.

For President-Elect:

  • Jim DelRosso, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, New York
  • Tom Rink, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky

For Director (2 positions)

  • Kevin Adams, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
  • Elaine Lasda Bergman, State University of New York at Albany Libraries, Albany, New York
  • Catherine Lavallée-Welch, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Library, La Crosse, Wisconsin

The Nominating Committee is responsible for soliciting candidates from SLA’s membership and compiling a group that has compelling talent supported by tangible accomplishments, is professionally diverse, and provides regionally balanced representation to the international association.

For more information about SLA’s governance practices and leadership, please visit the Board of Directors section of our Website.

Sharon Lenius

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DMIL programming at SLA 2014

Are you ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver?

March 7th 2014

June is approaching quickly and now is the time to start planning. Here is a brief overview of DMIL’s programming at this years annual conference in Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia!

 Sunday, June 8th 2014

The Evolving Information Professional:  Changing Roles, New Opportunities.

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Government Information Division and co-hosted by the Knowledge Management Division, the Petroleum & Energy Resources Division, the Museums, Arts & Humanities Division, and the Military Libraries Division

The definition and role of a librarian has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. At the same time, new information-related fields have emerged, offering new opportunities. Our panel will look at where these changes have taken us professionally and where they see them leading us in the future. 

How Not to Run a Meeting: Facilitation Skills 101 for Librarians

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

Presented by the Military Libraries Division and co-hosted by the Petroleum & Energy Resources Division

 Why Facilitation Matters: A Comedy of (Meeting) Errors. Remember the best (and worst) meetings you’ve ever attended? This humorous set of interactive skits will show you why some meetings and events are truly awful, and why the best ones are often the ones that are most skilfully (and sometimes very subtly) facilitated. Our speaker Dave Pollard retired from paid work in 2010, after 35 years as an advisor to small enterprises, with a focus on sustainability, innovation, and understanding complexity.   

Monday June 9th

Military Libraries Division Networking Breakfast

7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

 The Military Libraries Division invites all interested attendees to join us for a breakfast buffet paired with good conversation and excellent company. Meet Division members and learn about the various services provided to the military by our librarians. 

Finding Those Who Don’t Want to Be Found Using Social Media and Other Cyber Tools

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Presented by the Social Science Division – Public Policy Section, co-hosted: Military Libraries Division and Competitive Intelligence Division

 We have all seen the crime shows where with a few clicks using social media—a key piece of evidence in finding someone who doesn’t want to be found turns up, but how hard is this to do in real life?  Come find out from one of the principals of a leading investigative agency in Canada!  Our speaker will discuss how they use social media and other cyber tools to discover this type of information.  Emphasis will be placed on resources, tips and techniques that you can add to your research toolkit.

 Tuesday June 10th

Military Libraries Division Networking Breakfast

7:30 to 9:00 a.m. 

The Military Libraries Division invites all  interested attendees to join us for a breakfast buffet paired with good conversation and excellent company. Meet Division members and learn about the various services provided to the military by our librarians.

Military Libraries Division Open House

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Always a popular event – Please join the Military Libraries Division for an evening of fun! Take the opportunity to unwind, meet Division members and work on  our customary puzzle. One of the last events of the conference. 

For registration and hotel information click here. Early bird registration closes on April 11th! 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Christine Marshall
SLA DMIL – Director – 2014 Conference Planner

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Links to presentations for MLW2013


Many of the powerpoint slides used during the workshop are now up, posted by Tammy Kirk, on the website linked via the program page at:


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