Posted on December 11, 2013.
Posted originally on LinkedIn by Elizabeth Luebchow User Services Librarian at MCH Corporation (Contractor for AFRL Technical Library)
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of Donna Cromer’s unexpected passing at her home on Friday, Dec 6th.
Donna Cromer was. was a wonderful librarian and colleague. Until her death, she had been a librarian for many years at the UNM Centennial Science and Engineering Library. She was very active in the SLA Rio Grande Chapter and Physics, Astronomy and Math Division of SLA. She served in many capacities within the Rio Grande Chapter including President in 1994 and most recently Secretary from 2010-2011. She was our faithful listserv manager, membership chair and employment chair for many years. Donna was someone you could truly count on to step up and be available whenever you needed assistance. Her presence within our chapter will be sorely missed.
Announcement from UNM:
Donna Elizabeth Cromer, Associate Professor of Librarianship in University Libraries passed away unexpectedly on December 6th. Donna was a long-time reference librarian and subject specialist working in Centennial Science and Engineering Library. She began her career at UNM as an Assistant Professor in November of 1987 after spending two years in the Technical Library, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland, AFB.
Donna was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and completed her Bachelor of University Studies at UNM in 1976. She went on to complete an MA in Linguistics and Master of Library Science degree from the University of Washington both in 1981.She was an active member of the Special Libraries Association and served on many library committees and task forces over the years. She was a well-known resource for the science community within UNM and across the state. A memorial event will be held in the Willard Room in Zimmerman Library on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
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Posted on December 4, 2013.
Attending MLW 2013 in Huntsville? Thinking about what to pack?
To help you decide what to bring, here is a direct quote from RISC Staff, “Huntsville is in the South, but not South Beach.” (Attributed to Gloria Miller)
Well, from the West Coast come some interesting suggestions. “Bring your pashminas; those Workshop rooms can be chilly!” Another comment: “I’m bringing my 60th Anniversary tiara! And of course adding a holiday pin! So 2013!!”
Folks in Huntsville say “layers work best.” You’ll want to go outside in the evenings….Huntsville really puts on a great Tinsel Tree show in the Von Braun Center, Big Park Area.
The Welcome Reception and Sponsor Appreciation in the Info/Expo area is scheduled from 6-8 pm Monday evening, Have some favorite holiday socks, a tie that plays “Jingle Bells” or a great holiday sweater, and don’t forget head gear — wear to the Reception and thank our great sponsors. Holiday hats are good, too! Who doesn’t have a “Santa Hat?” Look for the person with the military-oriented Santa Hat…..if you can notice him. This will take place in the South Hall, Ballrooms 2 & 3.
Are you a First Time Attendee? The Workshop hosts invite you to a special ” Meet and Greet” briefing with the Military Libraries Division Board Members. Learn about how to get the most out of your experience. This will be Monday, 4:30-5:30 pm in the Embassy Suites Bar area. Casual “Holiday wear” is suggested.
The 60th Anniversary Dinner at the US Space and Rocket Center on Tuesday evening, while not REALLY formal (ball gowns and Tuxes - optional) can be a little bit dressy. Diamonds are preferred! Bling, bling!
See you soon in Huntsville!
Sharon Lenius email@example.com
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Posted on December 2, 2013.
#SLAtalk and #UKlibchat are pleased to co-present a Twitter conversation like no other!
Using Twitter, our two groups will explore the challenges and opportunities when it comes to working as an info pro as well as networking with others in our profession across geographic and cultural boundaries.
Use both hashtags of #SLAtalk and #UKlibchat for our conversation.
Tuesday, 3 December from 18.30-20.30 GMT (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST)
What time is that where you are? http://time.is/compare
Important information unique to this session:
Q1 – [18.30-18.45] – What tools or technologies do you use to assist you in today’s global workplace? Describe a success story and share the impact of the project.
Q2 – [18.45-19.00] – Have you successfully performed research using another country’s resources or researched in another language?
Q3 – [19.00-19.15] – Share a challenge caused by working beyond your own borders, and how you overcame it.
Q4 – [19.15-19.30] – What skills do you think make you more successful in working and collaborating in a multinational environment? How can you better network beyond your borders?
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You may also be interested to know that the Diversity Leadership Development Program Committee (DLDP) will host its first webinar on diversity next week – find more details and registration via the link below:
Title: Understanding Diversity and the Culture of Inclusiveness: Why It Matters for Our Profession and the Future of SLA
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
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Posted on November 26, 2013.
|Click to download “The Evolving Value of Information Management”|
The Evolving Value of Information Management is now available, and features commentary from both information professionals (providers) and senior executives who rely on information services (users). The research, conducted by Financial Times in conjunction with SLA, has found clear evidence that executives are more ready than ever to engage with their information functions. However, there is much to improve upon before this engagement becomes commonplace in a wide variety of organizations.
The report is a launching pad for information professionals in all sectors to think critically about opportunities to enhance their services, as well as elevate their individual value as professionals and leaders.
The output of a study stemming from several in-depth interviews with leading information professionals & senior executives, over 1,000 high-quality survey responses from information providers & users, and multiple panel discussions, the report also uncovers five common attributes of the successful information professional in the modern era.
These Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional touch on key characteristics that modern information professionals exhibit in their day-to-day work to contribute directly to organizational success.
Over the next month and throughout 2014 we will be examining each of the five attributes as well as other components of the report, specifically looking to build on the effort with examples from our members about how they overcame some of these challenges to achieve organization-wide impact. By sharing your own examples, you take stock of attributes you can continue and build upon, as well as have an impact on your peers and the profession.
The research found the following 5 attributes to be essential to the modern information professional:
• #1 – Communicate your value
• #2 – Understand the drivers
• #3 – Manage the process
• #4 – Keep up on technical skills
• #5 – Provide decision-ready information
Stay tuned for our upcoming attribute spotlight series in which we’ll seek examples from our audience, and be sure to download the report if you’ve yet to do so.
Not an SLA member? Join today!
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Posted on November 21, 2013.
Colleagues, The word for the day is NOW. Sign up NOW for the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) 2013 to be held Dec 9-11 in Huntsville, AL at the Embassy Suites Hotel. This Hotel is connected to the Workshop Site at the Von Braun Center (VBC) via a Skywalk. (Think daily exercise.)
Here’s where to BEGIN your hotel reservation and MLW Registration:
1. Hotel Reservation at Embassy Suites, Huntsville: Please call the Hotel - TEL: 1-256-539-7373 The Booking Code for the favorable rate is “MLW.” Occasionally the hotel will send you into the 800 number….not to panic. They do recognize the MLW code. The hotel rate is $88 per night + taxes.
N.B.: This rate is available through Nov 22. So reserve NOW.
2. Military Libraries Workshop 2013 Registration: Use this link or go to the DMIL Home Page and click on the Yellow Banner Ad
http://military.sla.org/mlw2013/ Click on “Register Now!” If you have last minute arrangements, you CAN register on site, at the VBC, South Hall, Ballrooms 1-3 on Monday, Dec 9th.
While you are on the MLW Website, be sure to check out the program of seminars that will add to your Professional Development and look at the listing of Sponsors you will meet at the Info/Expo. There are some very good opportunities for additional training at the Pre-Workshop - a Four Hour Session – DTIC Mini Boot Camp (contact DTIC to pre-register), and in the afternoon hear updates from OCLC, DTIC and FEDLINK…..all at no additional cost!
To top it off, the Military Libraries Division of SLA is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a Dinner at the US Space and Rocket Center. This Dinner is included in the registration. So join your colleagues in saluting the 60 years that the Military Libraries Division has served the professional needs of military librarians and staffs, worldwide. Back in 1953 I was a 7th Grader……ooops, I’ve already told that story.
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Posted on November 18, 2013.
|As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.|
GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.
“The publication and dissemination of the Warren Commission Report is an example of how GPO has adapted to technological changes during the last half century,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO’s presses first printed the report in 1964. Through partnerships with the Library of Congress and the Lauinger Library, GPO is now able to make the report available digitally on the anniversary of this tragic event.”
The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.
Link to Warren Commission Report: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf
GPO’s Federal Digital System: www.fdsys.gov
Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm
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Posted on November 15, 2013.
|In a landmark copyright case, a judge has ruled Google’s massive book scanning project for its search engine fair use.|
Posted in Links of Interest, News, Web/Tech
Posted on November 14, 2013.
Remember, the deadline to reserve a hotel room at the conference rate is 22 Nov.
If you have trouble with the 800 number, you can call the hotel directly at 256-539-7373.
Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/embassy-suites-huntsville-hotel-and-spa-HSVESES/index.html
Be sure to mention “MLW” to get the conference rate of $88 plus tax.
Gloria Miller, MLS
Chair, 2013 Military Libraries Workshop
Special Libraries Association-Military Libraries Division
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Posted on October 29, 2013.
Dear MLD Members,
It is that time of year again — your chance to elect MLD board members whose terms will begin on January 1, 2014. There are five positions to be filled and we have a wonderful slate of candidates. You can browse through the ballot to review the candidate biographies, then go back to enter your vote. Just don’t click the “Done” button until you have completed the survey.
Please vote soon! You will find the ballot at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MLD2014BoardElection
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about SurveyMonkey.
Many thanks to all who volunteered to run in this election and to the nominating committee as well.
Director, Technical Library, Code 4L6100D
Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
1 Administration Circle Stop 6203
China Lake, CA 93555-6100
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Posted on October 20, 2013.
Hello SLA Military Libraries Division members,
In light of the current fiscal realities, the MLD Board has approved a stipend for attendance at the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW) for this year for current SLA Military Libraries Division members.
The stipend will cover:
1.) travel expenses up to $500,
2.) full waiver of the MLW registration fee, and
3.) up to 3 nights of your hotel room at the conference rate, taxes included (restricted to the conference hotel -
Embassy Suites, 800 Monroe St. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801;
( http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alabama/embassy-suites-huntsville-hotel-and-spa-HSVESES/index.html ). The stipend will not cover any extras you order in your hotel room (i.e., room service, etc.).
Please check with your supervisor and/or ethics department about the possibility of applying for the stipend. Each branch or organization will have different rules/regulations on the subject.
Applications are due to me (email@example.com) by 26 November and will be taken in the order they are received. If we receive more than 40 applications the additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
Please see attached for the application document ( MLW 2013 – Stipend Application ) . You will need to sign the document in person at MLW, so you may leave that area of the form blank.
- Phillip Elam, MLD Treasurer
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