Question #4: SLA and Professional Growth...

May 31, 2011 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors will be asked to answer questions on the SLA Blog until election time. I’ve published my answer to Question #4 today. I’m copying it below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch – Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect Question #4 How has your work with SLA over the years helped you grow in the profession? In a previous post, I explained how I joined SLA when I moved, not just to a new city but to a new country. Joining my local chapter immediately helped me develop a new network of information professionals. Local chapter events and the annual conference became an integral part of my professional development activities. As my involvement grew from the chapter to the division level, my network grew exponentially as well. The diversity of my colleagues in expertise,...

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Question #3: Adopting and Adapting New Technology...

May 17, 2011 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors will be asked to answer questions on the SLA Blog until election time. I’ve published my answer to Question #3 today. I’m copying it below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch- Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect – Question #3 What is the newest “techie” gadget that you have/would like to have, and how do/would you use it to improve the work relationship that you have with your primary clientele? One gadget? That’s like asking to pick one book to take to a deserted isle. After all, who would expect a past IT Division Chair not to have a special fondness for technology gadgetry? My latest personal purchase was a wireless keyboard/hardcover for my iPad 2. No more two-finger pecking for me. But that’s just for my convenience. For my library’s users, I...

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Question #2: Why SLA?

May 2, 2011 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors will be asked to answer questions on the SLA Blog until election time. I’ve published my answer to Question #2 today. I’m copying it below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch- Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect – Question #2 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 US 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, I...

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Attending SLA 2011?

Apr 28, 2011 by

If you are, like me, attending the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia in June, you can use this button to let the world...

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Question #1: Nontraditional career paths...

Apr 21, 2011 by

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors will be asked to answer questions on the SLA Blog until election time. I’ve published my answer to Question #1 today. I’m copying it below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch- Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect – Question #1 What sort of advice would you give to professionals in their first library-related position who might be interested in nontraditional career paths? Here is what I would say to new colleagues that want a nontraditional career: Explore your options, continue professional development long past college and connect with professionals already working in your particular field of interest. Well-established, “traditional” support organizations still benefit those following nontraditional career paths. With a varied coterie of information professionals, SLA is the best choice for individuals in search of different challenges and horizons. With SLA, members can...

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Springshare Innovation in Academic Libraries Award...

Feb 10, 2011 by

Note, this is kind of biased, as I currently serve as Chair of the Awards Committee for the SLA Academic Division, but what can I say, it’s an exciting new award for academic libraries! The SLA Academic Division has announced the Springshare Innovation in Academic Libraries Award. It recognizes a new program or service that demonstrates an innovative approach to academic librarianship. The winning library will receive $500, courtesy of Springshare, creator of LibGuides. Nominated libraries do not have to have a SLA or an SLA-Academic Division member on staff. The deadline is April 1st 2011. For the full details on how to submit, see the Division’s...

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