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Air Force secretary: Airstrikes are working

The Secretary of the Air Forces speaks about the aid to Iraq and also gives mention to Rome Labs. She came to visit yesterday.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/air-force-secretary--airstrikes-are-working-318035523693

Air Force secretary: Airstrikes are working

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James joins Morning Joe to discuss the impact airstrikes in Northern…

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Air Force Library Funding & Future USAF Plans

Recent action by ALA via the Federal/Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT):

From ALA Documents:

Resolution to Support Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD43): passed

Resolved that the American Library Association, of behalf of its members:

  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs; and
  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that align them directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.

And then there was this recent article …..  the question remains, how to get from here to there without vital information.

Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility’

 

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/395/3673244/Air-Force-pins-its-future-on-strategic-agility

 

Via Sharon Lenius.

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REMINDER! Meet the Candidates for Cabinet-Elect!

Hello all,

Don’t forget, August 6 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific time, we will have an hour-long webinar in order to meet the 2015 candidates for SLA Division Cabinet-Elect and Chapter Cabinet-Elect:

For Division Cabinet-Elect:

  • Ruth Kneale
  • Valerie Perry

For Chapter Cabinet-Elect:

  • David Cappoli
  • Kim Silk

Sign up here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/183796481 and mark your calendars! And of course, please distribute to your members.

Best,

Kama Siegel

2014 Chapter Cabinet Chair

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Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Opportunity for Students (Deadline 22 July 2014)

The following is an interview with Nancy Faget, Federal Librarian at the Army Research Laboratory, about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship. More information can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs/ Deadline for this year is July 22nd.

For more information, please read below.

1) What is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship? How did VSFS eInternships come about?

A few years ago, the State Department noticed that there were thousands of students volunteering to do projects. The students were quite talented and interested in contributing to State Department to convey their message around the world. Bridget Roddy now runs the VSFS program hundreds of projects available at multiple agencies. (See their video.)

From my perspective as a military librarian, I was interested in a large pool of candidates who might have language skills and interest in science research. VSFS seemed a good way to get the word out about our projects for academic credit.

There are more virtual jobs being offered in Federal government. For example: Take a look at the virtual teachers that DoD Education Activity are hiring

2) What kinds of projects have participants been responsible for? Are links to these past projects available online?

I’ve sponsored virtual internships for a number of years now by advertising them through the library schools. It was great to see that the VSFS program allowed me to advertise internships there, too.

Some projects were similar to the ones I was doing at my military library (Army Research Laboratory) like this one for the Buenos Aires embassy (“Increase awareness of U.S. initiatives in science, technology, and innovation by finding open source materials to highlight on the embassy’s Virtual Science Corner website”). It seemed like a good idea to post my project there so we’ll see who applies there and who emails me directly to apply.

A full list of projects from past students and available for future students can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs . Apply for one of the 2014-15 projects by July 22nd!

 3) Who is eligible for the VSFS eInternship? How do students apply?

U.S. citizens who are enrolled undergrad, grad, or post grad student can apply. Students pick the projects they want to apply to by submitting application via USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373688600
4) Who do eInterns work with? How do they telecommute?

Each person with a project who seeks a student must define how the student will work with them. In our case, I provide access to commercial databases, web based training, collaboration via phone/email, and mentoring along the way as the work product develops. Additionally, I think it important to teach the student about Federal librarianship, help them network within the community, and promote their work.   Sometimes I have one student in a semester, sometimes more working on a project as a team. The students finished that project with a webinar and a presentation at an annual conference on their work.

5) Have former eInterns found positions in government? What kinds of opportunities can a VSFS eIntership provide?

I can speak about my former virtual interns. One University of Maryland virtual intern entered Federal government as a contractor, and now she works as a Federal employee at the NIST library. One University of Washington virtual intern works at the U.S. GPO.   One former VSFS student is coming to work for me in a few weeks in our new Library Fellows program. It looks great on a resume when you have completed a project for a Federal agency.

The student projects have provided great benefit to our library. One student project resulted in our getting an additional $187,000 in funding. One student project resulted in a better engagement strategy when our scientists met with the Italian delegation. If anyone wants to speak with me or a former intern, just email me at nancy.g.faget.civ@mail.mil.

6) Is there any advice that you would give to someone applying for the VSFS eInternship, in terms of applying to be an eIntern and in terms of having a successful internship?

You’ll have to be a self-starter to be successful in a virtual internship. It’s an opportunity to help solve real world problems, so take it seriously. Have faith that the work you do enhances your resumes, increases your experiences, and helps the Federal government. All that while earning credit? What an opportunity!

If you were approaching someone to offer you a virtual internship (and yes, you can suggest one to a military librarian), please do so early enough that the paperwork can be properly filed with your school so that you do earn academic credit. All of the VSFS State Department opportunities can allow you to earn academic credit, so ASK. You are a professional working on behalf of the Federal government, so put your best foot forward.

You’re proactive, or you wouldn’t apply for such a program. Network, learn, and leverage the opportunity as much as you can.

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Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

The Philadelphia Chapter has an upcoming program that is available as an onsite and virtual program.

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Onsite:

Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

When: Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 5: 30 -7:30pm Where: General Electric (GE) Betz facility: 4636 Somerton Road, Trevose, PA 19053 The SLA Philadelphia and Princeton-Trenton chapters will be hosting a Career Workshop on starting an information consulting business. This will be an onsite program with webcasting option. We will have 3 panelists discussing “Career Workshop: Information Consulting as a Career.” There will be time for networking and light refreshments before the presentation. For more information and to register click here

 Virtual only:

Webcast: Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

Here is an opportunity to participate in a live webcast, “Information Consulting as a Career.”  It will take place on Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 6:00-7:30pm Eastern.

For more information and to register click here and then as a Webcast participant select “Webcast” from the Membership status drop down menu.

Access information to the webinar will be given to the registrant via email.

Marrette Pearsall

SLA Philadelphia, President-elect and programming chair

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