Speaking at SLA

May 27, 2014 by

I’m fortunate enough to be participating in two panels this year at the Annual Conference. The newly minted Fellows and Rising Stars are again this year putting up a Roundtable. I’ve paired up with Rising Star (and Europe Chapter President-Elect) Samuel Wiggins. In our portion of the panel, we’ll be especially focusing on information services as a profession without barriers/borders and its implications for SLA as an international organization. As we prepared, it was very interesting exchanging with Sam about the international nature of SLA and about workplace barriers for new and young professionals. It gave me new insights. I’ve been also very honored to be asked to participate in a second panel at SLA. A speaker regretfully cannot make it to Vancouver and the session moderator, Geraldine Clement-Stoneham, asked me to step in. The...

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Question #1 Why SLA

May 14, 2014 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors will be asked to answer questions on the SLA Blog until election time. My response to Question #1 has been published, along with those of my fellow candidates. I’m copying it below. Question #1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?    While I held unconventional jobs as an information professional in my native Canada, somewhat bizarrely, I didn’t join SLA until I became an academic librarian in 2000.   I had recently moved to the U.S. and began working in Kentucky. Invited by members of the local chapter, I attended one of their social events. The enthusiasm and camaraderie shown by the members was contagious; I was hooked. By the end of the evening,...

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Candidate Bio

May 7, 2014 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors were asked to provide a bio for the SLA website.  I’m copying mine below. With over 20 years’ experience as a librarian and information professional in Canada, Europe and the US, it’s no wonder Catherine Lavallée-Welch values SLA’s international reach and diverse mix of professionals and environments.   After earning her MBSI (MLIS) from the Université de Montréal, Catherine developed Internet projects for the non-profit, co-op and higher education sectors in her native province of Québec, Canada, and in French-speaking areas of Europe. As an entrepreneur, Catherine also created an information services co-operative in the burgeoning Internet marketplace. Moving to the United States in 2000, Catherine honed her academic librarian skills at the University of Louisville, KY, and created the first library on the campus of the...

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One year

Apr 20, 2014 by

The last year has been eventful for me professionally. After spending eight years in Florida, I moved to the upper Midwest to a new position as Director of Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, in the city of the same name. Here, I have the privilege of leading a very talented staff through various projects like a strategic plan, remodelings and the continuous conversion of the library into a 21st-century, user-focused organization. I was also accepted in this year’s Leading Change Institute, organized annually by CLIR and EDUCAUSE. This is a great opportunity for leadership skills development and I can’t wait to attend this June. In January, at the SLA Leadership Summit, I had the great honor of being awarded the title of Fellow of SLA. This award is given to no...

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Registration is open to SLA 2014 Annual Conference...

Mar 18, 2014 by

Registration is at http://www.sla.org/attend/2014-annual-conference/register/ . The online planner is at http://www.sla.org/2014-online-planner/. Early bird ends on April 11, 2014 and I do get to get going myself to register. All other travel plans are set though...

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