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DMIL Member Interview With Gloria Miller

DMIL Member Interview With Gloria Miller

1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?

While I was in Library School at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Library Director at Keesler Air Force Base opened created a “Librarian Trainee” spot for two students to share one position (alternating semesters). I was hired as a GS-7. This was similar to an Intern position. Once I graduated, I was placed into a full time position at Columbus Air Force Base. I’ve worked for DOD my entire career.

2. How did you get involved in DMIL?

I started attending MLW in 1998, but it wasn’t until a few years later when my kids were out of school that I was interested in becoming involved. That’s when I joined SLA & DMIL.

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

I tell people I’ve worked in 5 different states, all with the same employer. I can also say I’m purple—I’ve worked for the Air Force, Navy, and now the Army. I’ve helped a medical researcher who was developing a protocol on how to treat brown recluse spider bites using hyperbaric oxygenation. I worked with a Special Operations officer writing a paper for Air Command & Staff College while he was in Afghanistan (the books came back with sand inside, but otherwise fine).

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

All the friends I’ve made through the years. I also enjoyed being Treasurer. It’s not as hard as being a workshop chair!

5. What positions in DMIL have you held?

Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Chair, Past Chair, MLW Chair

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

Huntsville is Rocket City, so the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is on my list for visitors. It’s a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, and has an original Saturn V rocket from the Apollo program.

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

I’m currently going through a special issue of Information Standards Quarterly on Licensing Digital Content. There are a lot of issues that we will have to deal with.

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

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I first read them in High School, and I’ve reread them every 10 years or so.

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DMIL Member Interview With Sharon Lenius 01/31/2015

DMIL Member Interview With Sharon Lenius 01/31/2015

1) How did you get involved in military librarianship?
When I was in Graduate School at Indiana University, Bloomington, I asked my advisor what kind of library positions would take me overseas. Well the answer was working for DoD overseas in their base libraries. A recruiter for the Army Library Program came to campus and I interviewed and was offered a job in Germany. I was in charge of three (3) libraries, one for only two weeks and then the US Military Districts in Germany “reorganized” and the one fell under a different jurisdiction. That was my first experience of “reorg” a common phenomenon of large organizations.

2) How did you get involved in DMIL?
My colleague urged me to join SLA but I was a staunch ALAer, until I realized that the Military Libraries Division had a Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the local DC Chapter. So I first joined SLA in 1990. This Military Libraries Group (MLG) was just the place for me to make the kinds of contacts I needed to assist me on the job. I found I enjoyed the programs and the networking. And, when the MLG asked me to volunteer for their programming efforts I found I enjoyed working for/with the group. So the experience of being invited to programs, though not a member drew me in, it was the contacts that convinced me to join SLA. Writing this, I realize that was twenty-five years ago! What a great decision!

3) What has been your best experience working for the military?
Working overseas in a Base Library atmosphere, I felt offering the American Public Library experience to the soldiers and especially to the young children was so valuable. Collaborating with the various Wives’ Clubs to supply more Children’s Material provided lessons in fund raising, leadership, communications and volunteer management that have stood me in “good stead” throughout my career. As a special librarian in a technology library, providing the right resources, timely advice and possibilities of real dollar savings proved the worth of the library and staff.

4) What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?
Working with other professional librarians who want to help Military Libraries make a difference.

5) What positions in DMIL have you held?
Within DMIL I have been Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair, and Secretary and worked on the Resource Committee.

6) If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?
Since I am in the Washington DC area I would recommend three places that reflect American History. All are, however, a little off the beaten path. One would be Gunston Hall, home of American statesman, George Mason. It is located in Fairfax County not far from Mt Vernon. Another favorite location is from the Civil War era, President Lincoln’s Cottage located on the grounds of the Soldiers Home in Washington, DC. Lincoln spent a portion of each year, mainly the summer months at the Cottage. My final recommendation would be the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport. This annex to the Museum on the Mall displays thousands of aviation and space artifacts.

7) Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly interesting. What makes it worthwhile?
“When Books Went to War: the Stories that Helped US Win World War II” by Moly Guptill Manning, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. This book tells the story of Americans response to the Nazi book-burning. Working together, publishers, librarians and the US Government supplied G.I.’s with reading material that led to the rise of the paperback book and contemporary legacy, the Army Paperback Book Kits. These materials support deployed Soldiers of today in remote locations through regular monthly deliveries of paperback book kits, small MP3 players containing an audio book and other materials. Kits contain about 25 paperback books and are specially selected to match the interests of Soldiers.

8) If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?
As a Science Fiction fan I would like to introduce you to the sub-genre of Space Opera and an S-F classic novel by James H. Schmitz, “The Witches of Karres.” This novel features well-developed characters, a mix of fantasy and science fiction and is “laugh-out-loud” hilarious in many places as the befuddled Captain Pausert deals with what he thinks of as three ordinary young girls (in reality very powerful young witches) enslaved during a raid on an Imperial planet. Adventures abound!

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Your 2014 year in blogging

Your 2014 year in blogging

This is the annual report for the Military Libraries Division blog.  It is generated by Jetpack.  It includes:

  • Posting Patterns.
  • Posts with most views.
  • “How did they find this blog”
  • “Where did they come from?”
  • “Who were they?”

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Interview With Lily McGovern, DMIL Chair 09/30/2014

Interview With Lily McGovern, DMIL Chair 09/30/2014

1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?

I was a military wife and knew there were libraries on all military posts so it seemed a good fit to work in a system that would give me job opportunities wherever we live. I also knew that as a federal employee I could more easily apply for jobs in other government agencies to increase chances for a job as moved from place to place.lily

2. How did you get involved in DMIL?

Military Libraries Workshop. It showed me that this organization is focused on military libraries, a good means of keeping up with what is happening and networking with military focused librarians. My boss suggested I attend it and I was so impressed that I joined SLA and MLD (as it was known then).

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

The best experiences for me as a reference librarian are when someone comes to me saying I need this bit of information and I’ve tried but haven’t found it or I don’t know where to start. I find great satisfaction in teaching this person better skills for finding information relevant to their needs. In some instances I feel like a champ for finding that answer that calls on all my professional knowledge and use of many resources including subject experts. When I find that information the seeker couldn’t possible have found on their own it’s great. Having a general officer tell you thanks for the facts he used in a well received speech or being acknowledged by an author in a military book make my list of bests.

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

I don’t have a single experience but rather experiences involving new librarians who may not have ever known there are military libraries. Some have sought out DMIL activities at SLA conferences or local events to get advice on applying for jobs with military libraries. Some come to sessions of interest and discover DMIL sponsored the program. I’ve also met LIS students when I’ve participated in career events to expose students to job opportunities. I’m impressed with the new members of our profession and happy to see them apply their talents and energy to move our libraries forward. They are the future of our profession.

5. What do you want DMIL to accomplish while you are DMIL Chair?

I would like our division to look realistically at our membership, our budget and programming to determine a sustainable path forward. If membership is down and attendance at MLTW and SLA annual are down, what do we need to do to provide value to our members? Where should we invest our time and efforts to ensure our division is meeting the needs of our members? I believe virtual programs need to be offered in conjunction or in addition to programs as we currently provide them. We need to figure out the best means that will be accessible to our members. We can survey our members on this but my gut instinct is that we need to address the military libraries training needs that aren’t met by educational institutions or other organizations.

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MLTW 2015 Theme Military Libraries-A Capital Idea

MLTW will be held at the Double Tree Hotel Crystal City (Arlington, VA) Dec 6-9, 2015 . We have a theme, now we need a logo.  All division members are welcomed to enter a logo, to by Sep 28th at 3:00 p.m. EST. The creator of the logo selected will receive a token of appreciation.

Our committees need you to help make the Workshop a success.

We have 2 immediate Needs- The Local Arrangements committee needs an individual knowledgeable in Audio Visual Presentation Methods and equipment in the greater DC area to evaluate the AV contract, and work with AV personnel during the workshop.  Interested Individuals should contact Sharon Lenius (Local Arrangements Chair) at

We also need a Publicity Committee Chair and members.  If you like to write and work with people this is the committee for you!  You do not need to live in the DC area for this committee, as most work is done online.  If you are interested in the Publicity Committee, please contact

Amy Tursky at

All of our committees need additional members:

Local Arrangements needs members in the DC area to help with food and exhibits. Contact Sharon Lenius at for more info.

Resources-help with exhibitors and finances.  Contact Wendy Hill at

Programs-help select and plan what our programs will be.  Contact Greta Marlatt at

Registration contact  Annette  Sheppard at

Amy Tursky

MLTW 2015 Chair

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Share Your Research at SLA 2015

Share Your Research at SLA 2015

Intrigued by any of these topics? How about citation metrics, knowledge audits, or mobile technology?

Each year, SLA members share their research and scholarship on these and other subjects by presenting contributed papers at the SLA Annual Conference. The contributed paper sessions are among the most popular events at the conference, and with good reason—they provide in-depth knowledge about issues that are of current interest to information professionals around the globe.

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, to be held June 14-16 in Boston. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should be relevant to the conference theme, “Be Revolutionary!”

A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, potential member interest, and relevancy to the conference theme.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

  • At least one author must be a member of SLA.
  • At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2015 Annual Conference.
  • The proposal must be submitted by the deadline (1 December 2014).
  • The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must sign a copyright assignment form that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Deadlines are as follows:

1 December 2014: Applicants submit their proposals in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type.

19 December 2014: Applicants are notified of the review panel’s decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.

28 April 2015: Authors submit their papers and signed copyright assignment forms.

14-16 June 2015: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations of their papers during 90-minute sessions.

To learn more, read the 2014 contributed papers or contact Leslie Reynolds.

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