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Tuesday, 5 December: Exemplary Service

Welcome – Dr. Peter Knight: Army Center of Military History

Dr. Peter Knight

WW1 Website slides






Keynote Speaker – Lee Rainie, Pew Research Center’s Internet Project

Lee Rainie

Our keynote speaker is Mr. Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research Center. Mr. Rainie will present the latest findings from the Pew Research Center about the role of libraries in people’s lives. He will discuss the implications of that research for the future of libraries in three specific ways: The library as a physical space that contains resources; the library (and librarians) as a place where people connect; and the library as a platform for getting patrons to the information and contacts they seek. SLA Competencies: Information and Knowledge
Services; information and knowledge resources; information and knowledge systems and technology; information and data retrieval and analysis; organization of data, information, and knowledge assets. Slides in PDF format



Service and Innovation Panel – Moderated by Brenda Worthington

Our panelists are Ms. Annette Amerman, Branch Head and Historian, Historical Reference Branch, Marine Corps History Division, Marine Corps University and Dr. Erik Villard, Digital Military
Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH). In her talk, “Presenting Marine Corps History Online,” Ms. Amerman will describe how the Marine Corps History Division’s Historical Reference Branch has worked to make online resources available to its patrons. She will discuss some of the challenges and successes that have arisen from providing historical research and reference services through the Web. Dr. Villard, who is also the Army’s principal Vietnam War historian and has developed multiple online historical and museum projects for CMH, will discuss
how he developed the World War I website for the U.S. Army Center of Military History.  VillardWWI Website presentation


Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of OperationsPlanning for Disaster (PDF of slides)

In 2017, numerous large-scale disasters have affected communities in ways that exceed their capacity to respond. Libraries play an increasingly large role in disaster response, and should have plans in place to ensure that they are able to support their communities in times of disaster. This presentation will describe steps that libraries can take to develop Continuity of Operations plans to deal with the new reality in disaster preparedness. The development and maintenance of reallife collaboration between two military libraries, one federal library, and one local hospital library will be explored in the discussion. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge resources; information and data retrieval and analysis.

Siobhan Champ Blackwell & Robin Taylor, Bethesda Medical Libraries Emergency Preparedness Partnership


Presidential End of Term Web Harvest –  PDF of slides Abigail Grotke, Library of Congress

Abigail Grotke

Established in 2008, the End of Term project works to identify, harvest, preserve and provide access to a snapshot of the federal government web presence as a way of both documenting the changes caused by the transition of elected officials in the federal government and providing a broad snapshot of the federal domain once every four years that is replicated among a number of organizations for long-term preservation. A general overview of the End of Term program will be provided, as well as tips on how attendees can help ensure that their sites are preservation-friendly. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and data retrieval and analysis; organization of data, information and knowledge assets.




Military Library 2.0 — 3 Things that PMML Is Doing to Connect Citizens to the Military and How You Can Do It Too –  PDF of Slides, Teri Embrey, Prtizker Military Museum
& Library

Teri Embry

Web and related technologies have allowed libraries to reach beyond their facilities. The Books & Library Services team at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has embraced these technologies to further public engagement. Topics to be discussed include Wikipedia, Wikidata, and editing; photographing the covers of books for the library catalog and other library catalog improvements – including PMML’s Veterans Information Center microsite; and the collection of oral histories. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and knowledge systems and technology; information and data retrieval and analysis; organization of data, information and knowledge assets.




Wednesday, 6 December: Innovation/IT

FEDLINK UpdateFEDLINK and Federal Libraries- PDF of slides FEDLINK Staff

Joe Cappello







FEDRAMP ComplianceSlides in PDF format John Hamilton, FedRAMP

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This session, designed for all attendees, serves as your FedRAMP 101 overview. Mr. Hamilton will cover FedRAMP’s purpose, milestones, what it takes to get authorization, FedRAMP initiatives, and how to use FedRAMP. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge systems and technology; information and knowledge resources.





How to Get Software Approved on the Network – Slides in PDF  Phillip Ip and Molly McManus, US Army Corps of Engineers

Our presenters will address one of the most vexing problems faced by information professionals who work within the confines of U.S. government agency security regulations. Mr. Ip will first describe the process used within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to obtain approval for new software and, second, how approved software is brought online. Mr. McNulty will focus on NDU’s processes and procedures. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge systems and technology.




Breakout Sessions

Army University and the Mission of the Library Enterprise DivisionPrezi Slides Enterprise Division – Joyce Greene, Army University Library

Joyce Greene

Ms. Greene brings us a brief introduction to the Army University for those who are unfamiliar with its vision and goals, followed by an overview of the
Library Enterprise Division. She will explore and answer these questions: (1) How was the role and value of Army Libraries and Librarians viewed in the early development stages of Army University? (2) How did it evolve into establishment of a Library Enterprise Division? SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and knowledge resources.




Sci/Tech:Who We Are & What We Do – Round Table Discussion with all Services Librarians

Ideas at Your Fingertips – Sharon Lenius, Retired Army Librarian

How often have you felt that your organization keeps doing the same thing, offering the same services, the same way, year after year? Want to break out of that rut? Follow the Workshop Themes as Sharon Lenius, 2012 SLA Hall of Fame recipient, leads us through a mini-workshop on finding and acting on new ideas to benefit our clientele, our agencies, and our psyches. Special Guest Cameo by Kathy Dempsey, an Information Today, Inc., Editor. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and data retrieval and analysis.



Horizon Scanning Reports – Bibliometrics – Michelle Burwinkel, Air Force Research Laboratory Library

Learn how our presenter, Michelle Burwinkel, along with her colleague, Carol Read, developed a large topic search into a scanning horizon report using supporting analytics and bibliometrics from popular commercial databases. SLA Competencies: Information and data retrieval and analysis; organization of data, information and knowledge assets.

burwinkel-Horizon Scanning Reports



Using Assessment to Tell the Story of Library Services – Heather Seminelli, US Military Academy Library

Collecting metrics should be more than an exercise. By evaluating what is being collected and why, a feedback loop is created to inform decisions to improve library services and to tell the story of the library. In this presentation, I will share how we are evaluating what we collect and why at USMA Library, and lessons learned from this process. SLA Competencies: Information and
knowledge services; information and data retrieval and analysis.

OSD TechSight – Dr. Ryan Zelnio, Associate Director for Tech Watch/Horizon Scans, and Dr. Artjay Javier, S&T Analyst (Contractor), Office
of Net Technical Assessment, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research
and Engineering.

Drs. Zelnio and Javier will demonstrate TechSight, a cloud-based analytics platform supporting the analysis of science and technology literature for the purpose of assessment of emerging and disruptive technologies. TechSight is accessible to all DoD employees and DoD contractors supporting a DoD project. The demonstration will cover basic use cases for the TechSight platform as well as intermediate training on developing queries and dashboard elements. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and data retrieval and analysis.

Contract Management using OneNote – Amanda Lousley, USAF Fairchild Research Information Center

Save time and make accessing your contract information more efficient. OneNote is a remarkable tool to be used to organize contracts and licensing agreements, allowing for all of the information to be stored in one place. OneNote also has the ability to upload PDFs, Word documents, and other forms of information, straight from a person’s email to the sub-folder without having to save it to another drive or their desktop. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge systems and technology; information and data retrieval and analysis; organization of data, information, and knowledge assets.

LousleyOneNote Slides PDF

Speaker: Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, COL (Retired) – Director, Uniformed
Services University, Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM)






Thursday, 7 December: Leadership and Management

Trends and Tools: Relevant trends from the greater library field –  PDF of slides, handout    Teresa DeVoe,IMLS

Every year the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funds thousands of library projects throughout the U.S., including some of the most innovative work in the field. This session will point to the top trends and tools that are emerging from grant-funded work in public, state, and academic libraries, among others. Learn how libraries are reinventing themselves as centers of learning, crowdsourcing hubs, and facilitators of community conversations. While military libraries are generally ineligible for these grants, you’ll gain a broader perspective of the field at large, and you might even leave with ideas that work in your library. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and knowledge resources.



Pushing Paper in a Digital Age – Ronald Joe, US Army Special Operations Command

This intriguing presentation focuses on innovative methods for delivering information and effecting outreach while expanding our own self-imposed “boxes.” SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services.




Library Leadership Panel – Moderated by Gail Nicula, Old Dominion University






Our panelists are Ed Burgess, Faith Kanno, Amy Loughran, and Carol Ramkey. One of the most tangible benefits of a workshop like MLTW is the opportunity to meet and learn from leaders with
experiences in a wide range of libraries. With leadership positions at the Army Command and General Staff College, the Marine Corps University, the Pentagon Library, and the Defense Technical Information Center, these four library leaders will respond to your questions on mentoring staff, career advancement, briefing senior officials, counseling poor performers and training future military library leaders. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and knowledge resources; information ethics.

Buffet Lunch & DMIL Business Meeting, with 2017 SLA President-Elect,
Roberto Sarmiento, in Ballroom C –

SLA’s Leadership, Membership and the Power of One. Leadership within SLA’s organizational context has many meanings and inter-relationships. Mr. Sarmiento will touch on how leadership
is practiced at all levels of our association, what we ought to do to make it work and the one thing that he believes makes a difference in SLA’s success. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information ethics.

Roberto Sarmiento


Roberto Sarmiento MLTW Presentation





Contract Management – Mike Gruenberg, President, Gruenberg Consulting,

In this session Mr. Gruenberg, the author of Buying and Selling Information, will discuss how to be better prepared to negotiate with vendors. This is a “must attend,” fast-paced, and high-energy
session! SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and


Military Librarians Checklist, Final Draft – Gloria Miller, U.S. Army Materiel Command

Military Librarians Checklist – PDF file

In 2015, MLTW attendees helped to create the initial draft of the “Military Librarian’s Checklist,” which contains DOD and Service-specific references to help new and transferred DOD Librarians better understand the military library environment. At this session, attendees will have an opportunity to review, discuss, and revise the final draft of the document prior to distribution. SLA Competencies: Information and knowledge services; information and knowledge resources; information ethics.

Ms. Miller was not able, due to circumstances outside her control, to attend MLTW 2017 and debut the checklist. We are, however, more than happy to share it on the DMIL website. Thank you Gloria for all your hard work. We greatly appreciate it.


Wrap Up of MLTW 2017; Preview of MLTW 2019 – 

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Foreign Trade Data for Librarians, No. 7. o Foreign Trade Data for Librarians, No. 7. Sept. 26, 2017 2:00 -3:00 pm

From SLA Connect

On Sept. 26, 2:00 – 3:00 EDT I will present a webinar about the features of the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division website –

This webinar will be “Foreign Trade Data for Librarians, No. 7”.  Your viewing of my six previous foreign trade data webinars has been good:  1,167 attendees through August 29.  I invite you to register and watch.

Among the website’s features we will look at are these –

*         The FT900 report, U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services. This is a monthly report. The press release that accompanies this report is always reported on by national news sources. The FT900 reports export, import, and trade balance data, with data for good and services by selected countries and world areas. Goods are reported in both current and chained (100=2009, aka “Real” goods) dollars; data is both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted. There are also separate tables on trade in all petroleum products, crude oil, and motor vehicles. Let me recommend that you watch this webinar if for no other reason than to learn about the FT900.

*         Trade highlights, monthly and annual, with our top trading partners.

*         Trade balance by countries, but also by such categories as “NAFTA,” “CAFTA,” “OPEC” and “European Union”.

*         Trade exports and imports by states, D.C.,  and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

*         Related Party Trade – this is import or export trade between two businesses in which one of the businesses owns at least 10% of the other business.

*         We’ll finish by looking at other features of this website such as Foreign Trade Regulations, FTR Letters, trade reference codes, and trade guides.

Register for this workshop here –

Steve Beleu, Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries Got a question about this webinar? Send it to

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Show Me the Numbers: Storytelling with Data and Visualizations – Thursday, October 12, 2017

From SLA Connect

Show Me the Numbers: Storytelling with Data and Visualizations

Thursday, October 12, 2017
University of Maryland, College Park

A one-day conference presented by:

The Maryland Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and the University of Maryland Libraries

We live in an age of Big Data. If we are going to understand our complex world, one powerful way is to graph it. Scholarly and consumer content is made more easily available by packaging it in graphs, infographics, and other visualizations. Show Me the Numbers: Storytelling with Data and Visualizations will bring together librarians and information professionals, spanning markets and disciplines, who will share their insights, experiences, and best practices.

Program presentations include:

Opening Keynote: From numbers to words to visuals: Storytelling your research, Ya-Ling Lu, Informationist, National Institutes of Health Library.

A Tale of Two Repositories: How Data Sources Affect Data Narratives, David Durden, Data Services Librarian for Digital Programs and Initiatives and Joseph Koivisto, Systems Librarian with the Consortial Library Applications Support Team at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Reading Between the Lines: A Bibliometric Approach to ILL Data at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Brynne Norton, Information Services Team Lead at the NASA Goddard Library (contracted by the Cadence Group).

Closing Keynote: Show Me a Story: Data Storytelling Using Familiar Tools, Sally Gore, Medical School Research Evaluation Analyst,  Center for Clinical & Translational Science, University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

An Industry Panel discussion on trends and innovations and an Industry Showcase round out the program.  And a networking reception ends the day!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and hosts the Conference is being provided at no cost to attendees!

Register today@

Full conference program and logistics are available at:


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