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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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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



#SLA2016 takeaways
July 18, 2016, 13:05
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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



A Janus moment
January 22, 2016, 12:28
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In preparing my 2015 CPD list and statement for revalidation I’ve been looking back over my professional goals for 2015, and am pleased to note that I didn’t actually do too badly at achieving them. (I also managed to log over 120 hours of CPD activities, and I’m quite sure that isn’t actually the full total – no wonder I never seem to have any free time!) Continue reading



Community conversation on communication
July 27, 2015, 17:53
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For this year’s event program, SLA NY’s Professional Development Chair, Tom Nielsen, came up with a new idea – “Community Conversations”. These would involve short presentations by a panel of speakers, followed by facilitated discussion and Q&A, with some time for general networking before and after. Continue reading



Be bold, be brief and be gone
July 13, 2015, 09:00
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Reposted from the SLA LMD blog, my write-up of one of LMD’s #SLA2015 conference sessions: Continue reading



#SLA2015
July 1, 2015, 16:54
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Friday June 12th saw me heading up to Boston on a Greyhound bus for SLA’s 2015 conference. After the conference in Vancouver last year I had a much better idea of what to expect, and it being on my ‘home’ coast meant that I knew a lot more people who were going to be there, so it was much less of an intimidating prospect, although I was probably just as excited to be there. Before it all began I spent a very pleasant afternoon exploring central Boston (having visited there previously I didn’t give myself much time for sight-seeing), followed by a lovely dinner with friends, and then jumped into the action rather earlier than I usually prefer to be up and about on a Saturday morning.  Continue reading




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