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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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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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Beyond Borders: Connect and Collaborate Internationally

 #SLAtalk and #UKlibchat are pleased to co-present a Twitter conversation like no other!
 
 
Using Twitter, our two groups will explore the challenges and opportunities when it comes to working as an info pro as well as networking with others in our profession across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Use both hashtags of #SLAtalk and #UKlibchat for our conversation.
 
When:
Tuesday, 3 December from 18.30-20.30 GMT (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST)
What time is that where you are? http://time.is/compare
 
Important information unique to this session:
·         The first hour (18.30-19.30 GMT) will be in the style of #SLAtalk. Check out How to #SLAtalk and the latest #SLAtalk Roundups, as well as #SLAtalk explained via PowToon.
·         The second hour (19.30-20.30 GMT) will be in the style of #UKlibchat. See http://uklibchat.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/3rd-december-2013-agenda-beyond-borders-connect-and-collaborate-internationally/ for full details.
 
Discussion Questions:
 
Q1 – [18.30-18.45] – What tools or technologies do you use to assist you in today’s global workplace? Describe a success story and share the impact of the project.
 
Q2 – [18.45-19.00] – Have you successfully performed research using another country’s resources or researched in another language?
 
Q3 – [19.00-19.15] – Share a challenge caused by working beyond your own borders, and how you overcame it.
 
Q4 – [19.15-19.30] – What skills do you think make you more successful in working and collaborating in a multinational environment? How can you better network beyond your borders?
 
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You may also be interested to know that the Diversity Leadership Development Program Committee (DLDP) will host its first webinar on diversity next week – find more details and registration via the link below:
 
Title:     Understanding Diversity and the Culture of Inclusiveness: Why It Matters for Our Profession and the Future of SLA 
Date:     Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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Building on the SLA & Financial Times Research Report (Download Today!)

 

Cog Apple on WhiteClick 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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SLA Blog: What info pros should be thinking about right now

 

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:

  • Vital skills?  Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies, metadata, website development, digitization, database management, among many others.
  • Job titles and responsibilities?  Digital content management, project management, user experience design, social media management, data analytics.  (From the recently-released Placements & Salaries 2013 report from Library Journal.)
  • Key trends include the transformation of the global information environment with the introduction of new technologies, and changing boundaries between privacy and data protection (see the IFLA Trend Report for more information).
  • What’s important to patrons/clients in academic and special libraries?  E-books, wireless access, medical information, and technical information and training (see Libraries: At the Epicenter of the Digital Disruption).

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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