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Share Your Research at SLA 2015

Intrigued by any of these topics? How about citation metrics, knowledge audits, or mobile technology?

Each year, SLA members share their research and scholarship on these and other subjects by presenting contributed papers at the SLA Annual Conference. The contributed paper sessions are among the most popular events at the conference, and with good reason—they provide in-depth knowledge about issues that are of current interest to information professionals around the globe.

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, to be held June 14-16 in Boston. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should be relevant to the conference theme, “Be Revolutionary!”

A panel of SLA members will conduct a blind review of the proposals, and the strongest proposals will be selected for development into papers. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the ideas, quality of the writing, potential member interest, and relevancy to the conference theme.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:

  • At least one author must be a member of SLA.
  • At least one author must commit to presenting the paper at the 2015 Annual Conference.
  • The proposal must be submitted by the deadline (1 December 2014).
  • The paper must not have been published in, or submitted to, any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must sign a copyright assignment form that permits SLA to use the paper in various formats.

Deadlines are as follows:

1 December 2014: Applicants submit their proposals in abstract form. Abstracts should be single-spaced Word documents (or plain text) between 250 and 300 words in length, or roughly one page in 12-point type.

19 December 2014: Applicants are notified of the review panel’s decisions, and those with the strongest proposals are invited to develop them into full papers.

28 April 2015: Authors submit their papers and signed copyright assignment forms.

14-16 June 2015: Authors deliver 15-minute presentations of their papers during 90-minute sessions.

To learn more, read the 2014 contributed papers or contact Leslie Reynolds.

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Webinar: Fifteen Reasons to Quit Your Special or Solo Library Job

SLA NY and the Solo Librarians Division is pleased to present a webinar with veteran library trainer Pat Wagner of Siera: Learn. Teach. Inspire. (sieralearn.com).  Registration is now open, please see the event details and registration URL below.

Fifteen Reasons to Quit Your Special or Solo Library Job (or Ask Someone Else to Leave)

Presented by: Pat Wagner Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

Program Description

Are you trying to decide if the situation at work is serious enough to start your job-hunt, or are you a member of a department with questions about a co-worker’s chronic negative behaviors? The stereotypical “dysfunctional workplace” is about what people say and do every day, and how words and behaviors impact others. From chronic headaches to feelings of benign contempt towards the people in charge, learn the flags that might indicate change is warranted.

Agenda

  • Introduction: The Line In The Sand: Take Responsibility For Your Life
  • The Key Idea: Why Leaving Can Be The Better Choice For You And Your Workplace

  • Why It Is Not Just About Them: How Do Good People Become Toxic?

  • Fifteen Reasons: Do You Recognize Yourself In Any Of These Examples?

  • Which Reasons Are Most Critical?

  • Prepare An Exit Strategy

  • How To Keep From Bringing Old Habits To The New Job

Outcomes

  • Identify specific behaviors that might need addressing in co-workers.
  • Evaluate your own impact on your workplace culture.

  • Establish a plan: Always looking for your next workplace.

  • Speaker

    Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. She is a frequent speaker at national library conferences and SLA, AALL, and MLA chapter meetings around the US and Canada. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

    Webinar Fees

    $5 – Members of Solo Division and SLA NY

    $5 – Members of DC, New England, Illinois and Georgia Chapters and Leadership and Management Division

    $10 – SLA Members

    $20 – Non-members

    Registration

    Register in two easy steps:

    1.  Register and pay the webinar fee below using your credit card or Paypal account at:

    http://slanypublications.org/event-registration/?ee=5

    2.  You must then reserve your space at the webinar using the URL sent to you in your confirmation email.

    Can’t make it in person?  All paid registrants will receive the webinar recording.

    Send any questions to Solo Division Past Chair Tom Nielsen at: tnielsen@metro.org.

    And mark your calendar for the next webinar:

    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 5 to 6 pm ET

    Solo Project Management:  When You are the Whole Team

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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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    One Week Left to Apply for this US$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

    Know A Student Studying Library Information Sciences?
    One Week Left to Apply for this US$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity!

    ProQuest is proud to present the Roger K. Summit Scholarship; open to all LIS students worldwide. The award is the equivalent of US$5,000 and is presented at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference or at a regional location in proximity to the winner.

    Applicants must be students who are currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program. The scholarship recipient, who must have demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services, is selected based upon the following criteria:

    • Academic achievement
    • Demonstrated interest in electronic information services, based on course work, research, and experience
    • Faculty recommendations

    The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by ProQuest, was established to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit, the founder of Dialog*, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.

    Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2014. To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, click here.

    If you are an LIS instructor, please share this information with your students!

    *ProQuest Dialog

    Download the Scholarship Application Today!

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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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