Libraries, the universe and everything


Alaskan public libraries
September 27, 2017, 11:48
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Whenever I travel I almost invariably spot a library or two along the way, either by accident or design. On a recent trip to Alaska I spotted three public libraries, and was fascinated by all of them in turn. Continue reading

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ICoASL 2017
May 22, 2017, 12:39
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Several months ago I was both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to speak at the 5th International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, particularly when I saw the theme was to be “Curation and Management of Cultural Heritage through Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Digital Society”. I was slightly more apprehensive when I realised that I was the only SLA Board member who was able to attend, so that I would be representing the association as well as presenting my own speech, but in my usual spirit of “say yes and worry about the consequences later”, I happily accepted and began planning the trip.

The conference was being held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which made a splendid excuse for a holiday, as well as enabling a stopover in Singapore, one of my bucket list destinations. I’m going to write more about all of that over on my other blog, and I’ve also submitted a brief account of the conference to the SLA blog (links will be added when these go live), but I wanted to share a more personal record of the experience here.

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A result
October 4, 2016, 15:41
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From a recent SLA press release:

Welcome SLA’s 2018 President, Roberto Sarmiento!

Roberto Sarmiento, head of the Transportation Library and acting director of the Distinctive Collections Workgroup at Northwestern University, was elected by SLA members to serve as the association’s president in 2018.

Roberto has been an SLA member since 1989 and has served in several capacities, including chair of the Transportation Division and the Bylaws Committee. He will join the SLA Board of Directors in 2017 as president-elect, become president in 2018, then serve as past president in 2019.

The following SLA members will join Roberto on the board in 2017:

  • Emma Davidson, Chapter Cabinet Chair-elect;
  • Laura Leavitt, Division Cabinet Chair-elect;
  • Zena Applebaum, Director; and
  • Barbara Kern, Director.

The new board members will serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2017.

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And now for something completely different…

This week I’ve had two new experiences, all in the name of networking – never let anyone tell you librarians don’t like to try new things! I must admit that neither manuscript illumination nor stand-up-paddleboarding were activities I’d previously thought of as options for professional networking, but I had lots of fun trying them both in company with some great groups of people. Continue reading



Board candidate questions #4, a webinar, and some final thoughts
August 25, 2016, 11:26
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As part of the candidacy requirements, we all have to answer four predetermined questions, with answers being posted at regular intervals on the campaign webpage. As this is in a members-only area of the SLA website, I decided to share my answers here as well.

In addition to answering the fourth and final question, posted below, last week I participated in a webinar Q&A with my fellow Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect candidate. We had been sent a list of possible questions in advance, although we weren’t told which would appear on the day, and there was time for questions from the audience at the end. I had given all of our pre-questions quite a lot of thought, and made notes too, but of course answering them live felt very different. Chris and I took it in turns to answer first and in some cases we had almost identical things to say, so responding second required an amount of improv to try to make my thoughts distinct from his, and to bring out different themes. Continue reading



Board candidate questions: #3
August 10, 2016, 11:45
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As part of the candidacy requirements, we all have to answer four predetermined questions, with answers being posted at regular intervals on the campaign webpage. As this is in a members-only area of the SLA website, I decided to share my answers here as well.

Q.3:”SLA is an international organization.  How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?” Continue reading



Board candidate questions: #2
July 21, 2016, 13:18
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As part of the candidacy requirements, we all have to answer four predetermined questions, with answers being posted at regular intervals on the campaign webpage. As this is in a members-only area of the SLA website, I decided to share my answers here as well.

Q.2: “How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally? How do you feel SLA can help members grow into the future?” Continue reading




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