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30 September 2010

Results of SLA Board of Directors vote

 The 2010 election for the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) drew a record turnout, as more than 27 percent of members helped elect five new members to the organization’s governing body.

When the polls closed at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on 29 September, the election results were announced, as follows:

  • President-Elect: Brent Mai
  • Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Ulla de Stricker
  • Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Richard Huffine
  • Directors: Jill Hurst-Wahl and Sara Tompson

The five newly elected board members will begin their terms on the SLA Board of Directors on 1 January 2011 and will participate in their first board meeting during the association’s annual Leadership Summit later that month in Washington, D.C.    (Read the full press release)


Congratulations Jill Hurst-Wahl!
Jill Hurst-Wahl is president of her own consulting firm, Hurst Associates, Ltd., where she works directly with information professionals and their organizations. She previously was a corporate librarian for two organizations, Corning Inc. and Manning & Napier, and since 2001 has been teaching at Syracuse University, where she is now an assistant professor of practice in the university’s School of Information Studies.

Jill is a member of SLA’s Information Outlook Advisory Council and has chaired the Second Life Workgroup (2008) and the Association Networking Committee (2001-2003). In the Upstate New York Chapter, Jill has held several positions, including business manager, president (1998-1999), archivist, and chapter liaison to the Syracuse University student group. Jill is currently a member of the Information Technology Division, the Leadership & Management Division, and the Baseball Caucus and serves the IT Division as its professional development chair.

29 September 2010

Last day to vote for SLA Board of Directors

Today is the last day you can vote for candidates for SLA Board of Directors. We hope you will have a moment to learn more about the candidates (including Upstate NY’s own Jill Hurst-Wahl).

Find out about the candidates:

Polls close at 5:00 E.D.T. 

Vote online!

10 September 2010

Local area meeting: Ithaca, 17 September

All local library employees are invited to come and meet the Ithaca members of the Upstate New York Special Libraries Association (UNYSLA)for networking and drinks. UNYSLA will be buying pizzas, so come early so you don’t miss out!

Date: Friday September 17th
Time: 4:30 pm until ??
Where: The Nines, 311 College Avenue

We hope to see you there!


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08 September 2010

Vote for SLA Board of Directors

The SLA e-vote system for the 2011 SLA Board of Directors Election is now open. You will be able to cast your online ballot through 5:00 p.m. EDT on 29 September 2010.

Voting Instructions:

  1. Go to the SLA evote system at http://www.sla.org/evote
  2. Log in to the system using your SLA UserID and Password
  3. Click on the ballot name -- "2011 SLA Board of Directors Election"
  4. Review the board candidates and positions up for election
  5. At the bottom center of the ballot, click on the "Click to Continue" button 
  6. Review the choices for each position, then check the box for the candidate of your choice 
  7. Click the "Click to Continue" button 
  8. Review your selections, then click the "Vote" button 
  9. You have now completed the voting process. Congratulations!

If you have any questions regarding the election, or would like to request a print ballot, contact the e-vote information center at evote@sla.org or +1.703.647.4950.

We welcome your participation!

01 September 2010

Registration for fall meeting is open!

Registration for the fall UNYSLA meeting, Can’t We All Get Along? Consensus Building and Conflict Management in the Workplace, is now open!  See our events page for more details.


Program Highlights: (detailed program, PDF)

Consensus Decision-Making with Pamela Strausser: Consensus decision-making is believed by many in our culture to be the only way decisions should be made. Sounds good, but there are two problems:

  1. While there is very little consensus on what we mean by consensus
  2. There is almost no consensus on how to achieve it.

This interactive workshop will explore decision-making challenges in our culture and processes to make decisions more effectively.

Effective Ways to Manage Conflict in Organizations with Sue Faerman: This workshop will focus on effective ways to manage conflict in organizations.  First, we will look at why conflict can be a healthy part of organizational decision making and identify situations where a lack of conflict has led to bad decisions.  Next, we will examine a framework that provides suggestions for how conflict can be managed productively in organizations and discuss specific techniques for approaching conflict situations.  Finally, participants will have an opportunity to practice one of the techniques, recognizing that the only way to become proficient at a skill like managing conflict is to practice, practice, practice!

Register online today!

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