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14 January 2010

2010 SLA Unconference

Do you have a particular topic you would like to be folded into an unconference session for 2010?

To share time determining what matters most to us, we wanted to offer a way to brainstorm ideas and develop a handful of discussion topics prior to our face-to-face session at the SLA Annual Conference in June! Please share your ideas on our SLA Unconference Wiki's forum (if you do not have an SLA wiki account, please set one up to contribute to the forum). You are welcome to start a new topic and/or comment on an existing topic.

07 December 2009

2010 SLA Annual Conference Call for Papers

SLA Annual Conference Call for Papers
"Entering SLA's Next Century: Let the Good Times Roll"
Success stories in action!

How are you putting your hard work into action? How are you using the long-planned, expertly-vetted, SME-approved technologies in your library? How are your users responding to these new services?

SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at its 2010 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the theme "Entering SLA's Next Century: Let the Good Times Roll!" Accepted papers will also be published on the SLA Web site.

Every SLA member is eligible and encouraged to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel of SLA members in a blind review, and the best will be selected for development into full papers, which are due 7 May 2010.

Requirements for Acceptance
Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, research or other issues related to customer service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Proposals will be judged on their relevance to the conference theme, "Let the Good Times Roll", as well on the strength of the idea, quality of the writing, and potential member interest.

Proposed papers must also meet these requirements:
  • At least one author is a member of SLA.
  • At least one author commits to presenting the paper at the annual conference.
  • The proposal is received by the deadline (18 December 2009)
  • The paper has not been published in or submitted to any other publication or conference planning group.
  • The author (and any co-authors) must be willing to sign a copyright assignment form that will permit SLA to use the paper in various formats.
Full guidelines, including formatting instructions

Deadlines
Submit an abstract of your paper via e-mail to chris.mulready@boeing.com no later than 18 December 2009. Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length, which is roughly one page in 12-point text.

View papers presented at SLA's 2009 Annual Conference.

13 November 2009

SLA's Proposed Name Change: Voting Starts Next Week!

Please cast your vote on SLA’s proposed name change
Linda Galloway, President, UNYSLA

E-voting will open on November 16 and close on December 9. The proposed name, the Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals, was selected to help members communicate their value to their organization and reflect the depth and breadth of Special Librarians’ expertise.

The process of selecting a new name began back in 2007 and was funded by profits from the sale of SLA’s previous headquarters. The alignment project team, lead by Fleishman –Hillard, conducted a comprehensive analysis to help  bring clarity to the core identity of information professionals. After a series of specific alignment initiatives that included a great deal of primary and secondary research, focus group testing, testing of language and ideas that resonated with members and employers and then eliminating names that were currently in use, this name was selected. The Alignment Team looked at many options and selected a name that represents our value, is meaningful internationally and is not currently in use.

Before you cast your ballot, remember that librarians and other information professionals use our knowledge to teach our users to find information on their own; we teach them—share our knowledge so they can learn, find, discover, think, and excel. We may also provide information to our stakeholders – to help them make decisions based on the information provided. Certainly most of us can think of examples where we present information that permits our constituents to make informed decisions based on the strategic knowledge we provide. Please vote for the name change as it represents a chance to convey the value of special librarians and information professionals in a way that makes sense outside the library community.

Janice LaChance has just written an excellent blog post on this topic. Here’s her last paragraph:
“When you cast your vote on the proposed name change, I ask you to consider not whether you like the name Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionals, but whether it does a better job than SLA in conveying your value to organizations that hire people like you.”

Discussions on the proposed name can be found on Twitter (#slaname) and on the SLA wiki.

09 November 2009

Librarian's Toolbox: Increase Your Web Presence

By Ruth Williamson

At UNYSLA’s fall meeting, Blake Carver, the Technical Librarian for the New York Power Authority and founder of LISNews.org, gave an informative and interactive presentation on increasing your library’s web presence using free and inexpensive tools. Mr. Carver stated that as librarians we need to understand our web audience and their needs and the tools that can best be used to reach that audience. “Tools are to enhance, not control, what we’re doing. And the best tools don’t control you.” “Tools are to enhance, not control, what we’re doing. And the best tools don’t control you."
-Blake Carver

The goal in using web tools is to make our lives easier. Web tools can be used to enhance our libraries’ connectivity, productivity and presence. Some of these tools are free, but may have backend costs. Mr. Carver asked some librarians what is in their “toolbox” that helps them stay connected, productive and present in their careers and the online community. The results of his mini-survey are as follows:

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19 October 2009

Librarian's Toolbox: LibGuides and Other Tools

by Kim Montenyohl

At UNYSLA’s recent fall meeting, The Librarian’s Toolbox, Christian Miller and Linda Galloway presented an overview of several inexpensive and free online tools that librarians can use to share information and improve collaboration.

They began by discussing LibGuides, an online content management system that allows librarians to create multimedia subject guides. LibGuides are simple to set up and maintain, easy to customize for different groups of patrons, and they enable librarians to combine a wide variety of informational tools within one subject guide, such as RSS feeds, embedded videos, and chat reference features. LibGuides also has an active user community of librarians, so new users can get inspiration for creating their LibGuides by browsing the LibGuides of other libraries. In addition, advice and tips are readily available from Springshare's online discussion forum. Miller and Galloway created a sample LibGuide for their presentation to demonstrate some of these features.

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05 October 2009

Ex Libris Mid-Atlantic User Group Meeting 5&6 November

Ex Libris Mid-Atlantic User Group Meeting
5 & 6 November 2009

The Ex Libris Mid-Atlantic User Group promotes the exchange of ideas and innovation between users of all Ex Libris products (Aleph, Voyager, SFX, MetaLib, DigiTool, Verde, and Primo) in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition, we invite users from any other state or country.

The annual Ex Libris Mid-Atlantic Users Group (EMA) Meeting will be held at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center in Binghamton, New York on November 5th from 9am to November 6th till 2pm, 2009.

Information and registration available on the official conference website

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03 October 2009

Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting on 26 October

Registration for the Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting is now open!

This year's meeting will be held in Ithaca at Cornell University. The program includes topics ranging from public services, reference & outreach to technology, data and open access issues. Come join your colleagues!

In addition to the posters and presentations, there are several tours scheduled around Cornell's campus, including the Lake Source Cooling Facility and the Biofuels Laboratory. A welcoming reception will be held at the Lab of Ornithology on Sunday night before the meeting. If you can't make that, don't worry: join the Lab of O for their Monday Night Seminar!

12 September 2009

Register Today for "The Librarian's Toolbox"

The Upstate New York Chapter of SLA Presents

"The Librarian's Toolbox: Enhance Your Connectivity, Productivity, and Presence."

Friday,25 September

Increasingly, your clientele is accessing information online. You may only know them via email requests or chat or they may have never contacted you at all. You've put together Web pages and guides hoping that they use them and find the information they need, but how can you be sure that you are reaching them?

Join UNYSLA as Blake Carver will show free and inexpensive tools that can be used to increase your Web presence, Linda Galloway & Christian Miller will discuss ways to enhance productivity using a variety of collaborative tools, and Elena MacGurn will guide you through the creation of an outreach strategy to boost your credibility and to ensure that these and other Web tools get in the hands of your patrons.

Register online today!

Program details:
Date: Friday, 25 September 2009
Time: 8:30 - 3:30
Location: Craftsmann Inn, Syracuse, NY (map)

Networking dinner:
Join us for a networking dinner at the Saucy Swan on Thursday 24 September at 6:30. (map)
Please RSVP for the Networking Dinner.

Accommodations:
Overnight accommodations are available at the Craftsman Inn, Fayetteville, NY. Call the Craftsman Inn at 1-800-797-4464 and  reference UNYSLA. Cost is $90 and reservations must be made before 14 September to secure this rate. 


Student Shadows

Download Student Shadow Application (PDF)

Attention students: Are you interested in networking with information professionals? Keen to improve your public speaking skills? Want to add a few lines to your resume?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, consider volunteering as a “student shadow” during our fall UNYSLA Meeting .

Shadows will introduce speakers and sit with them at lunch. The shadow will also write a short article for the UNYSLA newsletter. In addition, your registration fee will be waived. Deadline for application is 16 September.

Sponsorship Inquiries

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for this fall meeting? Contact Charles Lyons, the Upstate New York Chapter Chair of Vendor Relations for rates and more information.

08 September 2009

The Librarian's Toolbox: Early Bird Registration Ends Friday!

The Librarian's Toolbox: Enhance Your Connectivity, Productivity, and Presence

Increasingly, your clientele is accessing information online. You may only know them via email requests or chat or they may have never contacted you at all. You've put together Web pages and guides hoping that they use them and find the information they need, but how can you be sure that you are reaching them?

Join UNYSLA as Blake Carver will show free and inexpensive tools that can be used to increase your Web presence, Linda Galloway & Christian Miller will discuss ways to enhance productivity using a variety of collaborative tools, and Elena MacGurn will guide you through the creation of an outreach strategy to boost your credibility and to ensure that these and other Web tools get in the hands of your patrons.

Early bird registration ends Friday 11 September.
See event details and register online.



Program details:
Date: Friday, 25 September 2009
Time: 8:30 - 3:30
Location: Craftsmann Inn, Syracuse, NY (map)

Networking dinner:
Join us for a networking dinner at the Saucy Swan on Thursday 24 September at 6:30. (map)
Please RSVP for the Networking Dinner.

Accommodations:
Overnight accommodations are available at the Craftsman Inn, Fayetteville, NY. Call the Craftsman Inn at 1-800-797-4464 and  reference UNYSLA. Cost is $90 and reservations must be made before 14 September to secure this rate. 

Early bird registration ends 11 September. Register online today!


Student Shadows

Download Student Shadow Application (PDF)

Attention students: Are you interested in networking with information professionals? Keen to improve your public speaking skills? Want to add a few lines to your resume?

If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, consider volunteering as a “student shadow” during our fall UNYSLA Meeting.

Sponsorship Inquiries

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for this fall meeting? Contact Charles Lyons, the Upstate New York Chapter Chair of Vendor Relations for rates and more information.

02 September 2009

The Librarian's Toolbox: Presence with Elena MacGurn

The Power of Inbound Outreach: Effective Tools & Strategies for Information Professionals

Every minute of every day, we are proving ourselves - to our patrons, our organizations, ourselves. This rapidly increasing demand to communicate our value comes with a lot of power. From outreach goals to campaign analysis, this session will equip you with strategies of closed-loop marketing. We will get tactical and share a number of online and desktop tools to boost credibility, relevancy and findability of your content.

Your homework: think about what your outreach aims to accomplish.


Early bird registration for the UNYSLA fall meeting, The Librarian's Toolbox, ends 11 September.
Register online today!


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Outreach for information professionals presented by Elena MacGurn, Research & Outreach Specialist at Cornell University.

Elena MacGurn is a Research and Outreach Specialist at the Johnson Graduate School of Management Library at Cornell University. Her professional background includes over six years of corporate experience managing marketing programs for enterprise brands in the online security, content delivery, education and online advertising space. Elena’s consulting engagements resulted in published research for companies such as Cisco and Salesforce.com.
 
Elena received her Master’s of Business Administration from the San Francisco State University in California. She is a graduate of the Rockhurst University Continuing Education Program and a former Editor-in-Chief for PRSA Informer. 

31 August 2009

The Librarian's Toolbox: Productivity with Linda Galloway and Christian Miller


Linda Galloway of SUNY-ESF and Christian Miller of Cornell will discuss ways to enhance productivity using a variety of collaborative tools. Their talk will include a discussion of LibGuides - a content management and knowledge sharing tool that can be used to reach both staff and students; Google apps - used to communicate and collaborate easily online and other productivity tools to help share and organize information.

Early bird registration for the UNYSLA fall meeting, The Librarian's Toolbox, ends 11 September.
Register online today!


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Knowledge sharing with LibGuides presented by Christian Miller of Cornell and Linda Galloway of SUNY ESF.

Christian Miller is the Reference, Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at the Martin P. Catherwood Library in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. The Catherwood Library is renowned as one of the top libraries in the world collecting information on work and workplace issues and his interests include the library as a workplace. He also serves on numerous campus-wide library committees and is the current Treasurer of the Upstate New York chapter of SLA.

Linda Galloway is a reference and instruction librarian at the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Her focus is on information literacy instruction and reference services to the Environmental and Forest Biology Department.   She also works for the Office of Research Programs and is library liaison to the Dean of Research.  As part of her duties to this office, Linda monitors, evaluates and promotes external funding opportunities to the campus community.

Linda received her MSLIS from Syracuse University and has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Long Island University.  Before “seeing the light” and becoming a librarian, Linda worked as a chemist in a biogeochemistry lab at SUNY-ESF. She is the President of the Upstate New York Chapter of the SLA. Linda is also President of the Pi Lambda Sigma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu and active in the State University of New York Librarians’ Association. 

28 August 2009

The Librarian's Toolbox: Connectivity with Blake Carver

The librarian's toolbox has never been bigger, or more powerful.

Surprisingly affordable (or even free) Online tools in all shapes and sizes are available to every library and librarian. These tools provide leverage for professional and personal growth. Blake Carver will be covering tools available for free from big name providers (Google) as well as from some smaller companies for a small fee (DropBox). He will also cover open source tools freely available (Drupal, Wordpress, Mediawiki, bbPress) that can be installed on most web servers to help expand your presence on the internet. Finally Blake will touch on ways to integrate social media streams (Twitter, Facebook, FreindFeed) together to monitor the discussions online that matter.


Together these tools should allow you and your library to...
  1. Be more productive
  2. Increase your visibility in the profession
  3. Connect you to others when you need help/ideas
Early bird registration for the UNYSLA fall meeting, The Librarian's Toolbox, ends 11 September.
Register online today!


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Featured speaker Blake Carver, Librarian at the New York Power Authority and founder of LISHost and LISNews.

Blake Carver received an MLS from SUNY Buffalo in 1998. He spent his formative years at Bryant & Stratton's Southtowns Campus, working as the librarian and an instructor in the computer science program. During the .com boom he spent a brief time working outside the library world as a programmer at a .com startup in downtown Buffalo. When the .com bubble burst he made a quick return to being a boring librarian at Ohio State University, where he was the Web Librarian. He returned to Western New York in 2003 to get married and started his career in special libraries as the Technical Librarian for the New York Power Authority, where he is still happily employed. In his spare time he runs LISNews.org, LISHost.org and tries to manage a wife and 3 kids under the age of four.

24 August 2009

Early Bird Registration for Fall Meeting Open!

"The Librarian's Toolbox: Enhance Your Connectivity, Productivity, and Presence."

Increasingly, your clientele is accessing information online. You may only know them via email requests or chat or they may have never contacted you at all. You've put together Web pages and guides hoping that they use them and find the information they need, but how can you be sure that you are reaching them?

Join UNYSLA as Blake Carver will show free and inexpensive tools that can be used to increase your Web presence, Linda Galloway and Christian Miller will discuss ways to enhance productivity using a variety of collaborative tools, and Elena MacGurn will guide you through the creation of an outreach strategy to boost your credibility and to ensure that these and other Web tools get in the hands of your patrons.



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30 July 2009

Save the Date for "The Librarian's Toolbox"

On Friday, 25 September plan to join Upstate New York SLA for “The Librarians’ Toolbox: Enhance your Connectivity, Productivity and Presence.” 

  • Blake Carver, Librarian at the New York Power Authority and founder of LISHost and LISNews, will be our featured speaker.
  • Christian Miller of Cornell and Linda Galloway of SUNY ESF will talk about knowledge sharing through LibGuides.
  • Elena MacGurn, Research & Outreach Specialist of Cornell, will discuss marketing and publicity topics.

The event will be held at the Craftsman Inn, in Syracuse, NY. Registration materials will be available online soon.

29 July 2009

Nominations for UNYSLA Executive Board (Deadline 12 August)

The Upstate NY Chapter of SLA is seeking candidates for the UNYSLA Executive Board. Candidates, once elected, will assume office on January 1, 2010. 


Positions Available:

  • President-Elect (1-year term; 3-year commitment - The President-elect position will serve on the Executive Board for three years.  Year one is President-elect, then s/he assumes the position of President in year two, and in year three becomes Past President.)
  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Director, Membership & Recruitment (2-year term)


How to nominate someone:

Please contact Mary Beth Bobish, Chair of the Nominating Committee, by August 12th, if you would like to nominate someone. Self-nominations are welcome!

Candidates must be members of SLA and the Chapter.

Thank you in advance for your nominations. 

Nominating Committee, Upstate New York Chapter of SLA

Mary Beth Bobish, Chair
Elizabeth Brown
Rachele Petrella

22 June 2009

Local Area Meeting: Rochester

When:

Wednesday, 1 July 2009
12:00 noon

Where:

Flaherty's Three Flags Inn
1200 Bay Road (just off of Empire Blvd.)
Webster, NY

Contact:

Join UNYSLA for a networking lunch in the Rochester area on July 1st at Noon at Flaherty's Three Flags Inn. Please RSVP to Euan Morton, Local Area Meetings Coordinator, Rochester, if you can make it.


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04 June 2009

Tips for Making the Most of an SLA Conference

Attending SLA's annual conference in Washington, D.C. this year? Here are some helpful hints for 'newbies' from the SLA's LDI (Leadership Development Institute.)

Prior to Conference:

  • Attend LDI. You will develop leadership skills for use both in SLA and on the job; you'll learn valuable information about SLA to use during your time as a unit leader; and you'll make connections with other leaders that will be invaluable for years to come.
  • Go through the Online Planner and make a schedule for yourself or print out descriptions of all of the sessions you might wish to attend, then hone down to a day-by-day agenda—including alternatives, just in case.
  • Have at least two sessions chosen for every time slot. That way, if you get to one and the room is overflowing or the topic isn't what you thought it would be, you can make the most of your time by heading to your second choice.
  • Use the calendar SLA provides to document your activities.
  • Try to attend a few sessions outside of your area of specialty.

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21 May 2009

Spring meeting report part III: Career Paths as Information Professionals

Panel Discussion: Career Paths as Information Professionals
By Margaret K. Swanson

During the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Library Association’s meeting held on the 24th of April 2009 in the Standish Room of the Science Library at SUNY Albany, an energizing panel consisting of Polly Farrington, Euan Morton, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Ruth Wolfish recounted their personal adventures along the career paths they have embraced and answered career-related questions posed by the audience.

Panelists from left to right: Jill Hurst-Wahl, Polly Farrington, Euan Morton, Christian Miller (moderator), and Ruth Wolfish. Panel2

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18 May 2009

Spring meeting report part II: Career building in the present economy

Noah Simon: Career Building in the Present Economy
by Bradley Shipps

Noah Simon, Assistant Director of Career Services at SUNY Albany, presented the second session of UNYSLA's spring meeting focusing on taking a long-term view of building your career. Whether we are currently job hunting or not, the present state of the economy is a wake-up call that we must all become more active managers of our careers. By devoting just 2% of our workweek to ongoing career development, we can gain the skills necessary to recover from career setbacks and weather future recessions.

Do you have a plan to handle an unexpected job loss? This is the question Noah posed to the audience which he then followed by offering advice on these key areas of career management:
  • Establish networks
  • Develop transferable skills
  • Keep your resume current
Noah
Noah Simon has nearly 12 years experience in the career services industry working with students and alumni, entry- and executive-level job seekers, and relocating spouses of corporate employees..

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10 May 2009

Spring meeting report part I: Librarian Career and Skill Building in this Economy

Rachel Singer Gordon: Librarian Career and Skill Building in this Economy
by Rachel Meier

Rachel Singer Gordon, creator and webmaster of LISjobs, opened the UNYSLA spring conference with her presentation “Librarian Career and Skill Building in this Economy.”

Rachel outlined strategies and ideas for information professionals to further build their careers and skill sets. While it would be impossible to pass on all of the information in her talk, I would like to highlight a few gems such as her twelve R’s, the discussion of continuing education, and being proactive in your career.

Rachel began with her twelve R’s of career and skill building: Refocus, Recognize (be proactive), Reinvest, Resume, Relocate, Resources, Reconnect, Ready, Rethink, Reframe, Resilience, and Realize.

Rachel
Rachel Singer Gordon is the creator of LISjobs.com and the editor of Info Career Trends, a bimonthly professional development publication.

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