My SLA Annual Conference

Jun 19, 2014 by

This was a momentous annual conference. I arrived in Vancouver, BC late Friday night after a memorable week spent in DC at the Leading Change Institute. The last, and only, time I set foot in Vancouver, was 30 years-plus ago. The city of course changed a lot since then but it is as stunningly beautiful as I remember it. My conference started with the best badge ever. My badge reflected my candidacy as a SLA board candidate, my new Fellow of SLA award and the two sessions in which I spoke. I also added my brand new Leading Change Institute and Fellow pins and a maple leaf since the conference took place in my home country. Saturday started with the candidates’ breakfast in President Kate Arnold’s suite and the open Board of Directors meeting. I...

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Question #2

Jun 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 2 has been published, along with those of my fellow candidates. I’m copying it below. Question 2: What changes, if any, do we need to make to keep annual conference as a vibrant, well attended event?  I’ve had to opportunity to read the very detailed report by the Conference Re-envisioning Task Force. This committee can only be commended for the tremendous amount of work they put in surveying members and partners, analyzing data and making recommendations. I’ve attended the Annual Conference since Nashville, in 2004. I’ve always enjoyed my experience. I generally come back exhausted but invigorated. And I’ve met new people with unique jobs and interesting points of view. Here...

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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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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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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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Registration now open for SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis...

Nov 10, 2013 by

Registration is now open to attend the SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis, TN, January 15-17 2014. The Leadership Summit is geared toward leadership skills building for SLA units leaders. It’s also the occasion for SLA and units to conduct association business. You don’t have to be an association leader to attend though. It’s open to all members and would be very relevant to those members interested in unit leadership. It is also possible to register for the 2014 SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver, next June. If you register before December 2013, you’ll benefit by paying the 2013...

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