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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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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The CRL and the Linda Hall Library now form Global Resources Partnership...

Apr 4, 2012 by

Interesting bit of news about a new partnership between the Center for Research Libraries and the Linda Hall Library, the independent research library for engineering and science. The objectives of this new partnership is preservation and access. Libraries that are CRL members will have the opportunity to have materials digitized from the predominantly print Hall collections and sent to them by...

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