2012 SLA Annual Conference – Chicago...

Aug 2, 2012 by

I just came back from another excellent SLA annual conference in Chicago. I was hoping to cool off but, no luck, it hit the 100 degrees mark while I was there. However, what a beautiful city! I didn’t have much time to visit but enjoyed going up and down Michigan Ave and the view from the Willis (Sears) Tower. An architectural boat cruise should be a must on a future visit. I’ve had the pleasure of moderating a session for the Academic Division entitled “Collections in Transition: E-Books and Collection Development”. Leslie Reynolds of Texas A&M discussed their user-driven acquisitions pilot project focusing on e-books. Rebecca Vargha of UNC-Chapel Hill traced an overview of the changes e-books bring to collection development. Finally, Krista Coulson, of the University of Chicago Press, described the challenges and...

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2012 Joint Spring Conference in Kentucky...

Apr 27, 2012 by

I’ve just returned from the 2012 Annual Joint Spring Conference of the Kentucky Library Association Academic Library Section, Kentucky Library Association Special Library Section and Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter in Jamestown, KY. I had not attended this particular state conference since 2005. It was very nice to talk to past colleagues I had not seen in years. Always taking place in a state park, the bucolic setting creates a more relaxed atmosphere for the attendees. And, I admit, I greatly enjoyed an environment with more relief than the very flat vistas of Central Florida.  However, the speakers are still taking the conference very seriously and do a very professional job of presenting. The theme of the conference was “Become the Library They Need: Understanding User Expectations”. Several sessions thus covered students and/or faculty perceptions,...

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SLA 2011 Annual Conference – short report...

Jul 11, 2011 by

This past June, I attended the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference in Philly. SLA, if you are unfamiliar, is an international association for librarians and information professionals from the corporate, government, association, non-for-profit and academic sectors. I attended the conference as the Chair of the Awards Committee for the Academic Division – this was the first year we presented awards and the committee came up with awards ideas and processes. We had a vendor-sponsored award entitled the Springshare Innovation in Academic Libraries Award, given to UNC Chapel Hill’s University Library, and the Stacey Greenwell Outstanding Division Member Award, given to none other than… Stacey Greenwell. I attended as well as a candidate for Division Cabinet Chair-Elect for the SLA Board of Directors. I had several official functions and events to attend, like the...

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SLA 2011 Candidate Speech – Joint Cabinet Meeting...

Jun 21, 2011 by

At the SLA Annual Conference, candidates for the SLA Board of Directors were asked to answer two questions. The Division and Chapter Cabinet candidates presented their answers at the Joint Cabinet meeting. I’ve published my answers on the SLA Blog today. I’m copying them below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch- Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect Question #1 Tell us about yourself and your primary candidate message Bonsoir, Je m’appelle Catherine Lavallée-Welch et je suis candidate pour la position de Division Cabinet Chair-Elect. I have been active in SLA since 2000, right after starting my first job in the US. I’m a member of the Academic, IT and Sci-Tech divisions and a member of the Baseball Caucus. My home chapter is the Florida and Caribbean Chapter. I’ve held several leadership positions in chapters and divisions, notably as the Chair...

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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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