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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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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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 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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