Question #5 SLA Reaching Out Internationally...

Jul 26, 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 #5 today. I’m copying it below. Catherine Lavallée-Welch- Candidate, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect Question #5 SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside of North America? The SLA members outside North America represent an incredible opportunity for the association for growth and diversity. But it’s not a one-way street, our international members must find value in their membership; if not, they will leave the association. Serving our international members is difficult; being a member of the quite unique Florida & Caribbean Chapter, I’m well-placed to see how tough it is to reach our own members who cover one US state and some other 25 nations...

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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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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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