A survey conducted by SLA and Dow Jones has confirmed what many information professionals suspected: that bad information is bad for business. The survey found that the dangers of unreliable information on the free web include making bad business decisions, missing opportunities, and wasting time double-checking facts.
You can see the press release and the report here: http://www.dowjones.com/pressroom/SMPRs/BadInfoSurvey1.html
Good ammunition for the next person who suggests that there's no need for information professionals in the age of Google!
SLA Europe board members Bethan Ruddock and Laura Woods will both be presenting papers on "Developing Your Skills on a Shoestring" at the New Professionals Conference, organised by CILIP's Career Development Group, to be held on the 5th July at the University of Sheffield. The theme of the conference is "Proving your worth in challenging times". Bethan will also be leading a workshop on using Twitter for professional networking, and Early Career Conference Award winner Chris Rhodes will be chairing a panel discussion on "Attitudes that Add Value".
Back from New Orleans, and sifting through paperwork, ideas, actions and business cards, Sara shares her impressions of her second SLA Conference. There is also a complementary post on Sara's own blog, Uncooked Data and a podcast recorded in situ.
Conference this year was a very different experience from 2009. Attending as president-elect meant I had set duties as well as normal sessions and networking opportunites. Here I will comment on the sessions I attended with the pres-elect role in mind; Uncooked Data will carry reflections on the rest of conference.
On Sunday I attended the Leadership Development session; making new contacts and putting some more faces to names and email addressses.A short blog post can’t really do justice to the full morning of thinking and working, so if you want to know more, do let me know. The session began with an overview of what the ‘new normal’ might look like, drawing on the work from the Pew Internet & American Life project. We also had an overview of the innovations planned for SLA 2011 in Philadelphia.
Following a panel session with the Board of Directors candidates, we were set an exercise relating to the 23 tools that have been developed from the Alignment project. This sparked off a great discussion about effective communication and coaching people to become better communicators.Finally a discussion on vendor-unit relationships suggested some best practice methods of securing partnering arrangements. SLA Europe had a strategy to talk with all the UK/European vendors present in the INFO-EXPO to introduce the Chapter; I tweeted this but did not quite find a gap in the discussion to share it with the room. My take-aways from this session were:
Tuesday saw Kate and I at Chapter Cabinet - another first experience of the way the SLA works. Kate's past work on the SLA Board meant she knew practically everyone and I tried hard not to feel too much like a new girl on my first day at school.
I also attended the (slightly damp) International Reception and Sunday's awards recipients' reception in the (slightly odd) Mardi Gras World.
I've definitely learned and consolidated much more about the SLA, and the HQ staff and Board which will all help for the next couple of years.
We hope you enjoyed hearing the podcasts as they were posted; thanks to Laura for her sterling work in co-ordinating the blogging at a distance, Dennie and Geraldine for their on-the-spot recording.
The innovation and technology conference for information professionals, Internet Librarian International, announces its 2010 programme this week. Taking place in London on 14 & 15 October, a sneak peak at the conference content illustrates plenty of reasons why this is a must-attend event for your diary!
At Internet Librarian International, there's detailed coverage for every type of information environment with over 50 experienced practitioners from around the world - and from all sectors - providing guidance, tips and how-to's for you to take home and implement in your organisation.
Here's a preview of just a few of the topics Internet Librarian International will address this October in London:
Relating value to price and budget - how to justify your department performance
Monitoring and maximising organisational impact - how to measure the success of your activities
Social and mobile tools — how to adopt and customise
Hot topics in innovation — what's trending, and what isn't
Induction, instruction issues — introducing users to your services
Digital services for customer satisfaction — monitoring and improving the impact of digital services
Read the full conference programme here.
Also at Internet Librarian International 2010:
Internet Librarian International's annual Showcase of tools and resources for today's information manager and user, from the world-leading providers featured to the right of this message.
40% discounts for colleagues to attend — plus early bird discounts, selected industry association discounts, and a price freeze on the registration fee for the second year running.
Value Add Expo
FREE entry to co-located Streaming Media Expo, an exhibition of the latest online video tools, technologies and resources for education, business, government, broadcast and entertainment markets.
Check out Internet Librarian International's full conference programme here and register today!
In today's podcast, Geraldine talks to Sara Batts, Jill Strand and Dennie Heye about their experiences at the conference so far, job security, getting noticed in the workplace and aligning with your organisation's goals:
Kate Arnold, SLA Europe President, shares her thoughts on the first few days of the conference
Greetings from New Orleans, I’m sharing my thoughts on conference so far. As always it is an exhilarating experience and it’s been special for those of us involved with SLA Europe for two reasons.
Firstly, SLA Europe is the happening chapter with six award winners in attendance. Congratulations to Bethan Ruddock, Chris Rhodes, David Ogden, Geoff Walton, Loyita Worley and Philip Gatzke.
Secondly, the international session on Monday hosted by SLA Europe, Asian chapter, Australia/New Zealand chapter and Arabian Gulf chapter, was attended by over 70 delegates and the presentations on ‘Information services in transition: a global debate’ proved entertaining and educational.
This year’s conference is a bit different for me as it’s the first time in four years that I’ve been able to be a normal delegate and browse the schedule choosing events that interest me. For the last four years I was on the main SLA Board of Directors which meant I had a multitude of duties during conference from attending division breakfasts, thanking exhibitors, attending board meetings not to mention the usual networking and learning opportunities. Somehow there was never enough time to do these duties and fit in attending sessions. So I’ve had a wonderful time in the last two days attending sessions. I’ve learnt about the basics of computer programming (so will feel more confident when talking with the programmers at work about user interface bugs, APIs and web scraping); the importance of using social media to improve my brand image (using LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs); career agility (networking matters, visibility and helping others and finding someone to help); what the library of the future holds (flexible working conditions, matrix management structures, services measured for their impact using testimonials from users). What will I learn tomorrow as there’s still a day to go?In addition to sessions, conference provides an opportunity for SLA volunteer leadership in the chapters and divisions to meet and discuss issues that concern them as well as getting updates on activities from SLA HQ staff. There are two such meetings that take place at conference: Leadership Development Institute (LDI) and joint cabinet meeting. LDI meeting took place on Sunday and was attended by all the SLA Europe board who are attending conference (Bethan, Geraldine, Kate, Liz, Lyndsay and Sara). There was an interactive session on developing tools for getting across the alignment research and a panel discussion from Board of Directors candidates. The joint cabinet meeting for chapters and divisions takes place on Tuesday evening and Sara Batts and I are attending as President-Elect and President of SLA Europe.