Use both hashtags of #SLAtalk and #UKlibchat for our conversation.
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Posted on December 2, 2013.
Posted on November 26, 2013.
|Click to download “The Evolving Value of Information Management”|
The Evolving Value of Information Management is now available, and features commentary from both information professionals (providers) and senior executives who rely on information services (users). The research, conducted by Financial Times in conjunction with SLA, has found clear evidence that executives are more ready than ever to engage with their information functions. However, there is much to improve upon before this engagement becomes commonplace in a wide variety of organizations.
The report is a launching pad for information professionals in all sectors to think critically about opportunities to enhance their services, as well as elevate their individual value as professionals and leaders.
The output of a study stemming from several in-depth interviews with leading information professionals & senior executives, over 1,000 high-quality survey responses from information providers & users, and multiple panel discussions, the report also uncovers five common attributes of the successful information professional in the modern era.
These Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional touch on key characteristics that modern information professionals exhibit in their day-to-day work to contribute directly to organizational success.
Over the next month and throughout 2014 we will be examining each of the five attributes as well as other components of the report, specifically looking to build on the effort with examples from our members about how they overcame some of these challenges to achieve organization-wide impact. By sharing your own examples, you take stock of attributes you can continue and build upon, as well as have an impact on your peers and the profession.
The research found the following 5 attributes to be essential to the modern information professional:
• #1 – Communicate your value
• #2 – Understand the drivers
• #3 – Manage the process
• #4 – Keep up on technical skills
• #5 – Provide decision-ready information
Stay tuned for our upcoming attribute spotlight series in which we’ll seek examples from our audience, and be sure to download the report if you’ve yet to do so.
Not an SLA member? Join today!
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Posted on October 25, 2013.
|Did you catch the Library 2.013 conference last week?|
“The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS Professionals,” the opening keynote by San José State’s Dr. Sandra Hirsh, outlined some important topics for information professionals.
Dr. Hirsh highlighted trends, skills, and career paths we should be paying attention to. I encourage you to review the recording and slides of this session (and others), but here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to reinvent your info services and boost your career:
What skills are critical for career advancement? How do you provide effective high-level service to your clients and patrons? What external forces will affect your information service operation? Learn the answers to these questions and stay on top of the game.
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Posted on September 27, 2013.
The election for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Board of Directors drew to a close on Wednesday, 25 September, with 25.47% of SLA members casting votes. The voting resulted in 5 members being elected to the association’s 2014 Board of Directors:
* President-Elect: Jill Strand
* Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: James King
* Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Juliane Schneider
* Director: Moy McIntosh
* Director: Bethan Ruddock
The 5 new Board members begin their terms on 1 January 2014, and will attend their first in-person Board meeting at the SLA Leadership Summit <http://www.sla.org/attend/leadership-summit-2014/> , 15-17 January, in Memphis, Tennessee. They will join 10 current members of the SLA Board of Directors <http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/> whose terms continue through 2014.
Read and share the full press release: http://bit.ly/2014BoardElect
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Posted on September 21, 2013.
Volunteering for an SLA committee or council is a great way to build valuable skills while shaping and strengthening SLA.
This year, we have 47 vacancies to fill at both the chair and membership level, in a wide variety of subject areas such as online content, social media, public relations, diversity, bylaws, and more.
We already have many takers. Be sure to add yourself to our list and you will soon be able to add a great line to your resume and many new contacts to your address book.
How to apply:Tell us what contributions you’d like to make at both the association and unit (chapters, divisions and caucuses) levels by completing the volunteer form and indicating the roles in which you’re interested.
The form contains separate sections for committees/councils and units. There is also a comments box, and it would be helpful if you could specify your skills and/or experience (or those you wish to acquire) that are relevant to your choice(s).
Remember, volunteering helps both SLA and you, so sign up today!
All volunteers must be current SLA members. Need to renew or interested in joining? The time is now!
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Posted on September 16, 2013.
Posted on August 13th,2013 by Adrian Shanker
Eight years after the end of World War II, the Military Libraries Division (DMIL) of SLA was founded. Today, the division is about 200 members strong and includes librarians from many different types of military agencies as well as publishers and vendors that serve military libraries.
Military libraries have always worked with a unique set of challenges, including the need for highlighting technical and foreign publications often within strict budget constraints, a need for online access with multi-site licenses (which is often more expensive than simply purchasing a single print subscription) and the reality that many military libraries are managed by solo librarians rather than a library team. Budget is another major concern. “Military Libraries: Their Roles and Importance,” a 2006 report published by the Military Family Research Institute, noted that “librarians cited funding as the biggest concern for delivery of quality library services.”
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Military Libraries Division, we spoke with Division Chair Michael F. Moore:
What are the unique challenges that military librarians deal with?
One of the unique challenges that military librarians work with is the variety of needs of the military with librarianship. There are many different needs that are filled by military librarians. We are often wearing different hats and, when we get together, the conversations run the gamut because we all do so many different types of jobs. SLA has many different divisions, most of which are based in different fields, but the Military Libraries Division is different in that we have lots of fields with one type of customer.
Another challenge military libraries have is the need in the military for the restriction of information. Getting the clearances we need to provide the research the military requires is an important task many military libraries are engaged with. It’s one of those more obvious concerns but, several years ago, we had a challenge when thumb drives were banned by the military. Military libraries had to deal with this. How do we get documents to people who are behind a certain firewall and can’t use thumb drives to transfer data? It’s a challenge we are aware of because it’s something we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
The military imposes other security-related restrictions, too – for example, on software that we can use. When we are trying to share information through webinars or meetings, we often times find that some of our members can use one meeting program or another, but not everyone can use the same program – which is a challenge.
Finally, when the person in charge changes every three years or less, military librarians have to continue to justify their value, and people move in and out of military bases very frequently. Often many people who become decision makers on bases aren’t familiar with the value of military libraries and librarians. We have to constantly remind them that without military librarians, their research and information needs go unfulfilled.
What’s different between military libraries and civilian libraries?
There are really more similarities than differences. Within the Military Libraries Division, we have people who fill every type of library job including medical librarians, law librarians, academic and research librarians and base librarians which are similar to public librarians. We have all of these types of librarians in the military. The difference is really that we have a very specific customer base that we are serving, and we need to work within the military hierarchy.
Can you describe the value that military librarians bring to the country’s military effort?
There are so many different values that we bring. I remember one of the librarians at the Marine Corps University who taught officers how to do research. We remind our end users that they wouldn’t go into a battle unprepared – similarly, they need to make sure they have the research and information they need.
If the military didn’t have military librarians, they would need to hire people to do the job. The work of military intelligence, the work of services to military families, the work is there whether there are military librarians or not – and military librarians are the best people to fill these jobs.
What is the social network for military librarians (LinkedIn, blog, Facebook?) and how would you characterize it now and for the future?
The Military Libraries Division has the divisional mailing list, and that’s really the most active social network that we use. We are also active through LinkedIn and Twitter, and there’s a lot of discussion that SLA has on Twitter, but a lot of the connections on work-related things happen on the division mailing list.
Many military libraries also provide resources to military families; can you talk a little bit about that?
Most military bases have multiple libraries, including a technical or research library for the military itself and then a base library to serve the spouses and children who are on the base. It feels a lot like a public library, offering a “third space” for the community – a space where military families can get together outside of home or school. These libraries help people find jobs, help people find interesting books to read, help people with homework. It’s very much like a public library serving people on the given base.
Looking to the future, what do you hope for 15 years from now, at the 75th anniversary of the Military Libraries Division?
My hopes include passing the Military Libraries Division on to the next generation of military librarians who can continue the great work that is going on. I am cognizant of the pendulum swing of funding, and I hope that in 15 years we will be on the upswing, with a lot more people being hired. That’s my personal hope for the future. I have a strong expectation that military librarians will be at the forefront of the changes in technology that we are going to see in the next 15 years. We’re going to see even more changes in the next 15 years, and military librarians are the best people to keep up with the changes and to help people manage those changes in technology – helping people to keep a hold on the information they need, no matter how it is presented.
Posted on September 11, 2013.
ALL SLA Members are welcome to ATTEND & PARTICIPATE in an informal Chapter Cabinet session. (Yes, this is a change from the original announcement.)
Cabinet representatives and attending members will discuss a variety of possible chapter structure options to take back to the SLA Board for consideration. This is an opportunity to re-envision SLA’s support to members, especially those members in areas not served by a local chapter.
Chapter Cabinet Discussion: Chapter Structure
Tuesday, September 17
2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Register now: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/664956433
Free and open to all SLA members: Chapter Cabinet membership is NOT required for attendance. All attendees may speak and participate in this informal discussion.
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Posted on September 10, 2013.
SLA Board of Directors Meeting
14 August 2013
1. Call to Order and Welcome President Deb Hunt called the meeting to order at 1:01 pm EDT.
Deb Hunt, Kate Arnold, Brent Mai, Hal Kirkwood, John DiGilio, Marilyn Bromley, Kama Siegel, Ann Koopman, Tara Murray, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Sara Tompson, Debbie Schachter, Richard Huffine, Ulla de Stricker
Candidates: Juliane Schneider, Tony Landolt, Bethan Ruddock, Jill Strand, Valerie Perry, Valerie Ryder, Leslie Reynolds, Moy McIntosh
Guest: Bill Noorlander
Staff: Linda Broussard, Natasha Kenner
Not Available: Janice Lachance, Pam Enrici, James King
3. Consent Agenda
3.1 OM0613-A04 June 8 Open Session Board Meeting Minutes
3.2 OM0713-A01 July 10 Open Session Board Meeting Minutes
4. Adoption of Agenda
The agenda was approved.
5. Remarks of the President
Hunt expressed her thanks to everyone involved in the Board candidate webinars, saying that they had been fantastic so far. Her quote for the meeting is: “Eat the elephant one bite at a time, keeping your focus on the future while building on the past.”
6. Old Business
6.1 Conference Re-envisioning TF Update (Kirkwood/Arnold
Arnold reported that the results of the post-conference survey, sent to attendees and non-attendees, have been received and are being analyzed. The task force is still on target to report to the board in November.
6.2 OM0813-B01 Revenue Brainstorming Task Force Report (DiGilio/Noorlander)
Guest Bill Noorlander reported on the work of the task force. It was formed in April 2013, with a good diversity of members by type of library and country. They have talked by phone or in-person four or five times. It was realized at the beginning that the issue could not be looked at in isolation as it impacted a number of other SLA efforts and discussions. After developing a list of 40-50 ideas, those with the most potential were organized into five common themes. In addition, TF members talked to other organizations like SLA as part of their work.
The five themes are: non-dues membership fees, organized fund raising campaigns, new products for members and the marketplace, supplier/vendor support and funding, and a review of SLA real estate.
After board discussion, it was agreed that we need to prioritize the themes, as it’s not possible to work on all of them at the same time. Hunt asked each board member to send their thoughts and ideas to treasurer DiGilio by Friday (8/16/2013) noon Central time.
6.3 Joint Cabinet Online Meetings Report (Schachter/Koopman)
The report for this agenda item is OM0813-A04 under agenda item 6.4 below. Koopman and Schachter thanked all for their efforts in ensuring two successful Joint Cabinet meetings via webinar. Having a parliamentarian was very helpful and should be considered for future Joint Cabinet meetings. A good cross section of all units participated in the webinars, with good engagement by a majority. It is clear that the process of holding Cabinet meetings using GoToMeeting, while not completely frustration-free (at least this first time) is viable for the future.
All cabinet chairs were involved in preparing the report, which was written by Division Cabinet Past-Chair Richard Huffine. Since the two cabinets approved slightly different motions, the report’s recommendation seeks to achieve a middle ground between the two motions.
After discussion, the recommendation was amended to remove the phrase “at the October Board meeting” in the penultimate sentence, and to change the date in the last sentence to “November 1, 2013.” The amended recommendation was approved unanimously. Hunt appointed three board members and suggested three Cabinet members to work with PRAC to develop draft survey questions.
6.4 OM0813-A04 Discussion of Joint Cabinet Motions (Hunt)
[see above, agenda item 6.3]
7. New Business
7.1 OM0813-A03 Proposed Language for Division Virtual Business Meetings (Koopman)
Koopman explained the need to revise text from the Model Division Governing Document, the Conference Guidelines, and the Recommended Practices for Divisions to allow divisions to hold their annual business meeting outside of Annual Conference, e.g. using GoToMeeting. Broussard advised that individual unit governing documents would not need to be changed; this change in our policy can be used to automatically update any/all of the unit documents that currently specify election periods (not all do).
The motion to adopt the recommendation was approved unanimously.
7.2 OM0813-A01 Proposed Language for Changes in Cabinet Officer Job Desc/Practices (Schachter/Koopman)
Schachter reported on the proposed revision of Cabinet officer job descriptions to reflect the additional responsibility of working with HQ staff and individual units on compliance with SLA reporting requirements. The revision also helped straighten out some confusion with regard to Cabinet roles.
The motion to adopt the recommendation was approved unanimously.
7.3 OM0813-A02 Proposed Language on Date of Unit Elections for Smooth Transition and Summit Attendance (Schachter/Koopman)
Koopman explained that this document, revising the Recommended Practices for Divisions and Chapters, recommends that units hold their officer elections no later than October 1. This would ensure a smooth transition from one unit board to the next, and also provide time for new officers to prepare for Leadership Summit. Both Recommended Practices documents are being revised and will be on the SLA website soon.
Arnold made a motion to amend the date in the section II charts (page 1 and 2) to “no later than October 1.” Motion was seconded; approved unanimously.
7.4 OM0813-A05 Repair of HVAC system and Capital Campaign (DiGilio)
DiGilio reported on the state of the HQ HVAC system. It is outdated, degrading and operating at a fraction of its former capacity. This summer, HQ staff have dealt daily with temperatures of over 80 degrees, water leaks and general uncomfortableness. The building pipes and roof will also need repairing as part of necessary work. Bids from four contractors for repair work have been received.
After a lengthy discussion of many possible options, DiGilio moved that the Board of Directors direct SLA staff to gather bids for the work, have a building inspection and appraisal done by a real estate professional, and report back to the board in September. The motion passed. Hunt will schedule a board conference call in early September, prior to our monthly meeting on September 11.
8. Program Updates and Reports
9.1 Visits if any (Hunt, Arnold, Lachance)
Arnold made a visit to the Minnesota chapter as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations. Twenty past- presidents of the chapter attended the anniversary dinner. Hurst-Wahl reported that she will be speaking to the Hudson Valley chapter in September; she is also their liaison.
10. Adjournment and Departure of Candidates
The meeting was adjourned by President Hunt at 2:57 pm EDT.
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Posted on September 5, 2013.
Workshop to Help Information Professionals Support C-Suite Execs
Seminar is First of Two Stemming from SLA-Drexel Partnership
Alexandria, Va., September 4th, 2013 – Information professionals looking for insights on how to maximize their value to busy executives will find plenty of them in a day-long educational program sponsored by SLA and Drexel University.
The program, the first of a two-part series resulting from a partnership between SLA and Drexel University, is titled Supporting the C-Suite and will feature leading Drexel faculty members. The workshop which is free for SLA members will be held Thursday, October 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST at Drexel’s main campus (Rush 014, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). The workshop will also be broadcasted virtually (via WebEx) to benefit SLA’s diverse international membership.
“SLA consistently seeks to provide the support and learning tools our members can utilize to become more strategic, indispensable arms of their organizations,” said SLA CEO Janice Lachance. “And this partnership is more than a step in the right direction. It allows us to team up with a leading educational institution in our field to have a tangible and ongoing impact on the careers of information professionals throughout the world.”
The SLA-Drexel partnership includes a limited number of free SLA memberships for Drexel students as well as free registration for an early-2014 workshop in Washington, D.C.
The program will comprise two seminars and one panel as well as networking breaks for practicing information professionals. The seminars will be led by leading Drexel faculty members and a practicing librarian who have made an impact in a variety of different fields.
Lisl Zach, Ph.D., is an associate teaching professor focusing on the nature of information use in organizations. Dr. Zach has carried out numerous user needs assessments, task analyses, benchmarking studies, and program evaluations and has developed a deep understanding of data collection, analysis, and presentation. Dr. Zach will be presenting a seminar as part of the workshop and drawing upon her personal expertise in various fields.
Lori Richards is an assistant professor whose areas of expertise include information governance under emerging technologies, cloud computing, and electronic records management. Lori will be presenting a seminar that will provide actionable examples of how information professionals can have an impact that reaches the executives of their organizations.
Tim Siftar, the liaison librarian for Education and Information Sciences & Technology, enhances the use of Drexel University Libraries’ resources for students and faculty by teaching group and one-on-one sessions on the identification and selection of the libraries’ resources. Tim will be moderating a panel of local information professionals speaking about their roles guiding sound decision-making within their organizations.
To RSVP for the first seminar, contact SLA.
About Drexel University
Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is the nation’s 15th largest private university and is ranked among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program and translational research initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.drexel.edu.
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit www.sla.org.