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Board candidate questions: #2
July 21, 2016, 13:18
Filed under: SLA | Tags: ,

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
Filed under: SLA | Tags: ,

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
Filed under: CPD, SLA | Tags: ,

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



How to talk to vendors at conferences, even when you’re not planning to buy anything.
July 21, 2016, 11:56
Filed under: Reflections | Tags: , ,

When I started attending library conferences, one of my greatest misconceptions was that you had to be a content-buyer in order to talk to vendors in the expo. As a lowly team-member with no budget of my own, I didn’t see what I could possibly achieve from such interactions. Happily, I soon realised the error of my ways, and at my last conference I had a brilliant time talking to vendors. In terms of my position (and my purchasing power) nothing has actually changed, just my perspective. To remind myself of this, and in case this might be helpful to anyone else, I thought I would write about it whilst the experience was still reasonably fresh in my mind.

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#SLA2016 takeaways
July 18, 2016, 13:05
Filed under: CPD, Events, Reflections | Tags: , , ,

SLA 2016 was an excellent conference. My experience was a little different this year as I was wearing several different hats: an attendee, a chapter president and a board candidate. I’ll blog about the latter separately, but here I wanted to capture some of the things which resonated most strongly with me as an attendee (and, perhaps coincidentally, as a leader).

For a conference which didn’t have explicit themes or tracks, it was remarkable how the same points kept appearing in different contexts. The two which I encountered most frequently were ‘understanding yourself’ and ‘learning is leading’. Continue reading




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