Libraries, the universe and everything


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



Board candidate questions: #1
July 21, 2016, 13:14
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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.1:”When did you first join SLA?  What made you decide to join then and why do you still belong today?” Continue reading



Board Candidate bio
July 21, 2016, 13:13
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Having accepted the nomination and agreed to run as a candidate for the SLA Board this year, we were asked to provide some biographical information for the campaign website. In the end these were quite heavily edited (at least, mine was!), and whilst I was happy to approve the shortened version I was still pleased with what I’d written so I thought I’d share it here in its entirety. Continue reading



Candidate for SLA Board
July 21, 2016, 13:11
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I have been shockingly slow in blogging about this, I think in part because I’m still trying to get my head around it: this year I am running as one of the candidates for SLA’s Board of Directors. If elected, I will serve the Chapter Cabinet for three consecutive years, as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair respectively. Continue reading




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