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23 February 2011

President's Report: 2011 SLA Leadership Summit

By UNYSLA President, Amelia Birdsall

I left this year’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.  feeling great.  Three days in the company of smart, dedicated and fun information professionals left me feeling reinvigorated, and eager to get things done in our Upstate New York Chapter.  I spent much of the train ride home writing to-do lists and circling things in my notes, ready to get to work. 

This feeling isn’t a new one for me.   I usually feel this way when I leave an UNYSLA event.  No matter what our topic, at the end of the day I have new ideas to bring back to my office, and renewed energy about our profession.  Spending time with my SLA colleagues empowers me to think about my job and my professional life differently. 

The research shows that the more you put into your involvement in a volunteer-based organization, the more you get out of it.  With that in mind, I’d like to encourage you all to step-up your UNYSLA involvement this year.  Consider running for an elected position for 2012.  Join the board as a local area meeting planner or mentoring chair.  Or participate on one of several committees, like communications, vendor relations or membership.  Don’t feel that you have time for an official position?  Consider taking on a short term task, like coordinating carpooling to the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia or researching virtual meeting tools.   It’s time to revisit the kinds of programs and educational opportunities the Chapter provides.   Contribute to the chapter by providing your ideas on types and topics of programs you’d like to see.   Invest you energy into your local chapter, and I bet you’ll be rewarded with more energy in return. 

A few highlights from the Leadership Summit:

  • Web changes aplenty:  Expect to see some major revisions to SLA.org, putting resources you need and use right up front.  There will also be changes to unit (Chapter & Division) webpages.  An SLA committee has created a Wordpress template to unify the unit pages and make us look like we’re all part of the same organization!
  • Philadelphia 2011 is going to be pretty cool.  Not only is it super-close for our Upstate New Yorkers, keynote speakers Thomas Friedman and James Kane should be great.  If you haven’t heard of him, Kane is an expert on loyalty, and will also be working with one lucky chapter on a loyalty-related project.  
  • SLA President Cindy Romaine’s Future Ready 365 blog is dynamic and exciting.  We’re all invited to share a post on how we’re “future ready,”  preparing ourselves for what’s next in the information world.  It’s alignment in action.  

 

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