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DMIL Member With Christine Marshall, DMIL Director for the 2014 SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver

DMIL Member With Christine Marshall, DMIL Director for the 2014 SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver

1. How did you get involved in military librarianship?

I completed a four month co-op work term at a defence library during my MLIS. The nature of the work both intrigued me and fascinated me. The work term led to a job offer and the rest is history. I enjoy the variety that working in a military setting provides.

2. How did you get involved in DMIL?

I first found out about DMIL when I joined SLA. As I was about to start my first job as a librarian, working for the military, it seemed logical to join DMIL. A couple of years later I attended MLW in 2010 and loved my experience meeting with other librarians who support military and defence. I was working alone as an embedded librarian so it was rejuvenating to connect with others in my position and share experiences and best practices.

3. How did you become DMIL Director for the SLA Conference in
Vancouver? What experiences from the conference were most memorable for you?

At MLW 2011 in Norfolk, VA I was asked if I might be interested in taking this position due to the fact that I am Canadian and the conference was being held in Canada.

What I found the most memorable from the conference in Vancouver was the level of enthusiasm and respect that SLA attendees had towards DMIL and its activities. The networking breakfasts were well attended. At the Open House, being defeated by the puzzle was also memorable, everyone really did try their best.

4. What was the most fun place you visited in Vancouver?

A tricky question! Being in the city and seeing the mountains was incredible for me, as I grew up on the East Coast and have not been exposed to any mountain ranges such as those seen in Vancouver. I was also lucky enough to take a float plane ride to Victoria, which was a unique and fun experience.

5. If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it

“Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton. I have a little one at home and we are reading this one often. Reading it makes me giggle and reminds me to take time to laugh.

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Read the 2014 Contributed Papers for SLA 2014!

How do journalists verify the information they get through social media, and what role can information professionals play in this process? Can embedding a library hackfest into a first-year computer science course be an effective method of providing information literacy instruction and advocating for open access? What difference do professional associations supporting the library and information profession make to the members of the profession, to the employers of those members, and to the profession itself?

These and other interesting questions were addressed by SLA members who presented “contributed papers” at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. A total of 12 such papers were presented, four on each day of the conference. The contributed papers emerged from a process that began in October 2013, when a call for abstracts was posted on the SLA blog and on discussion lists. Roughly two dozen abstracts were submitted; from among these, 12 were selected to be developed into full papers.

The abstracts and papers were evaluated by a team of SLA members: Stacey Greenwell (chair), Joe Anteau, Giovanna Badia, Juanita Richardson, and Erin Waltz. The team members ultimately selected Organizing and Embedding a Library Hackfest into a First-Year Course, by Sarah Shuja of York University in Toronto, as the best contributed paper. Sarah will receive a free registration to the SLA 2015 Annual Conference in Boston, and she will be the subject of the “SLA Member Interview” in the September-October 2014 issue of Information Outlook.

Click here to read the 2014 contributed papers.

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Government Info Pro

60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes Program Handout at #SLA2014

Posted: 06 Jul 2014 11:38 AM PDT

#SLA2014 George Franchois at SLA DGI 2014 Business Meeting

SLA DGI Chair, George Franchois, introduces the 60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes Program

This year, Chris Vestal, LexisNexis Government Consultant, and I (Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis Senior Information Professional Consultant) presented a 60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes session at the Division of Government Information (DGI) Business Meeting/60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes session at the 2014 SLA Conference #sla2014 in Vancouver, B.C.

Here is the handout with a list of our 60 sites: Download SLA 2014 – 60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes PDF.

On Twitter, find Chris at @Guybrarian1 and me at @libraryfocus.

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SLA 2014: All Sciences poster gallery ready for viewing

If you missed the All Sciences poster session at this year’s SLA conference, you have a second chance to see the research of your fellow science librarians. The gallery is viewable at for your entertainment and enlightenment.

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SLA2014: Links to Posts about SLA2014

Below are links to various blogs and websites where SLA, attendees of SLA2014, and others have written about the conference:


This post will be updated as I locate more posts.  Official coverage of the conference is lacking.

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SLA 2014: Conference Write-ups from SLA First Five Years Blog

Conference Write-ups –

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SLA Annual Session Write-ups by Early Career Professionals

Did you miss out on SLA Annual 2014? Or maybe you couldn’t make it to all of the sessions you’d hoped to? Never fear, FFY is here! We’ve asked a few SLA members in their first five years of the … Continue reading

Tour of TRIUMF, UBC, Museum of Anthropology, & Irving K Barber Learning Centre

This is a write-up by Sue Wainscott of a post-conference tour coordinated by the Sci-Tech Division at SLA Annual 2014 on Wednesday, June 11. For more session write-ups, click here. The Science and Technology Division hosted an all-day tour of … Continue reading

Digital Government Strategy: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve Our Constituencies

This is a write-up by Angela J.A. Kent of a session held at SLA Annual 2014 on Tuesday June 10 2:00 PM,  presented by the Environment & Resource Management Division, Government Information Division, and Taxonomy Division. For more session write-ups, … Continue reading

Working Across Cultures

This is a write-up by Marie Grace Cannon of a session at SLA Annual 2014, on Tuesday June 10 11:00AM, presented by the Europe Chapter. For more session write-ups, click here. The speakers for this session were Hyoshin Kim (Douglas College), … Continue reading

State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum

This is a write-up by Sue Wainscott of a session presented by the Social Sciences Division at SLA Annual 2014 on Monday June 9 4:00 PM. For more session write-ups, click here. Presenters Bernadette Bartlett, Library of Michigan; Kris Kasianovitz, … Continue reading

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