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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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Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver – Webinar

The SLA Baseball Caucus, along with the Western Canada Chapter and the Business & Finance Division are excited to announce this free webinar to help you get ready for SLA 2014.

Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver

Join us for this webinar on May 14, 2014, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Reserve your webinar seat now at:

So you’re packing your bags and heading to Vancouver for SLA. Not sure what to do, what to expect, or what to wear? Wondering how far your hotel is from the convention center? What do you REALLY need to know that won’t be found in the conference planner? What’s a rookie to do???

You certainly don’t want to strike out alone. Let us help you take the "Hollywood North" like a pro! The Baseball Caucus, along with the Western Canada Chapter and the Business & Finance Division, will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 14, at 2 pm EDT to get you ready for the upcoming conference. Veterans of past conferences and your Western Canada hosts – the folks who REALLY know Vancouver – will be on-hand to answer your questions and help you hit a home run at the SLA conference.

Title: Get Ready for SLA 2014 in Vancouver

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

For more information about this webinar, contact Jeff Graveline( jgraveli ), Laura Leavitt ( leavitt9 ) or Tony Landolt ( tlandolt ).

Best regards,

Jeff Graveline

Director/Professional Development

SLA Business & Finance Division

Laura Leavitt


SLA Business & Finance Division

Tony Landolt


SLA Baseball Caucus

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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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SLA 2014: Don’t Get Left Behind!

The world is changing FAST, don’t get left behind. Innovation is moving our field into amazing uncharted territories. Are you aware of all the amazing innovations happening today and how they could dramatically affect your career? The SLA 2014 Annual Conference is fast approaching. Join us and be a part of the future of your field in information, research and technology and more! Don’t let this once in a year opportunity pass you by!

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And don’t forget REGISTER NOW and SAVE BIG! Our Early Bird Registration ends in just 8 days!

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