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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SLA Board of Directors elections start today...

Sep 7, 2011 by

At the beginning of this year, I was honored to be asked to run as a candidate for a position on the SLA Board of Directors. I’ve been active in SLA since 2000 and I greatly look forward the opportunity to serve on the national level. The elections start today, September 7th, 12:00 a.m. EDT. Each member will receive an email with a link to the ballot (print ballots are also available). Voting will end September 28th, 5:00 p.m. EDT. I’m running for Division Cabinet Chair-Elect, a position that links and represents the Divisions to the Board. I hope, if you are a SLA member, that you will vote for me (although Ann Koopman, my “opponent” is a very worthy person as well) but more importantly, I hope that you will simply… vote. It’s...

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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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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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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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