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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.  


08 July 2010

SLA Announces Networking Programs

The SLA First Five Years Advisory Council is pleased to announce the launch of our networking programs.  We have 4 programs:
Visit http://www.sla.org/content/membership/firstfive.cfm to listen to our programs.  Check back often for new programs.
Two ways to get involved:
  1. Create an Advisory Board member dedicated to the first 5 professionals.  If your unit already has one, please get in touch with any First 5 Advisory Council member.
  2. Join the Facebook and LinkedIn Groups:
On our Facebook page "SLA First Five Years":
  • You'll find recommended resources related to the webinars under the "Notes" tab
  • Become a fan and get updates when the committee or fans share other good resources
  • Contribute your own comments and recommendations
  • Post your chapter/division events on the wall to spread the word about SLA services for new professionals

Use the LinkedIn Group "SLA First Five years":

  • Post questions to get career and professional advice from experienced members and fellow new professionals
  • Develop your network of SLA colleagues
  • Discuss issues facing new information professionals
If you're a more experienced professional, you can help to support new information professionals in SLA by joining the LinkedIn group and answering questions or providing advice.
If you are not sure if you are new or experienced we have created a Top 10 list to help you decide.
  1. You graduated from iSchool instead of GSLIS ­ it sounds like it was inspired by Apple rather than a sneeze.
  2. You're suddenly very protective of ALA accreditation when you're job hunting even though you barely thought about it when you were doing your degree.
  3. You are still recovering from the shock of the rise in membership dues of the associations you joined while in school.
  4. You live in initials and when your school changes its name you check out the initials first - SLIS, SLAIS, FLS, FLIS, FI, DLIS, FIMS, iSchool, etc. and make up your mind on that. Then you find some dirty expression to remember the initials by like FCUK or French Connection UK.
  5. You know what it means to say U of Tee, Pitt, Chapel Hill, U Dub, Uber Champagne, iSchool, LIS, etc.
  6. You struggle with the equality of librarians, archivists, records managers, teacher-librarians, etc. - not that there's anything wrong with that!
  7. You belong to at least 4 associations and see the same people at each meeting and can barely tell them apart but can't possibly drop one.
  8. You are more comfortable building a website than a taxonomy.
  9. You are struggling with the competing demands of building a wardrobe, buying furniture and maintaining a social life.
AND finally, the number one way to tell if you are new or experienced....
You graduated within the last 5 years.

08 February 2010

Student Stipends to Attend SLA Annual

Students, want to go to SLA annual in New Orleans, but your budget is pretty tight?

The Business & Finance Division offers professional grant awards and student stipend awards to help cover expenses at the 2010 SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, 13-16 June 2010. The Division will award student stipends and professional grants for a total of up to six $1,500 awards.

See the application materials for eligibility requirements.

Deadline: 1 March 2010

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

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.

30 June 2009

Posters from SLA B&F Division

The Business & Finance Division of SLA poster session materials are now available online. The topic was "Business Information Literacy."

There were 20 submissions from institutions like University of Calgary, UC-Berkeley, Cornell, Michigan State, Stanford University and the firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. See what your colleagues have been doing to promote business information literacy!

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