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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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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



#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



Cultural Diversity and Working in a Global Information Environment: Keys to Success for the Information Professional
July 28, 2015, 14:48
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Reposted from the SLA LMD blog, my write-up of another LMD #SLA2015 conference session:

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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



Using Competitive Intelligence to build Leadership Capacity
November 13, 2014, 11:13
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It’s amazing what surfaces when you move house, isn’t it? Both packing and unpacking seem to throw up their share of surprises, things misplaced or simply forgotten. In this case, a post-move sort-out produced my notes from an SLA event I attended two months ago (just before the whole moving process began), and which I must admit I had completely forgotten about! Re-reading the points I had jotted down, I was reminded just how interesting I found the session, so I wanted to record the details here before I forget all about it once again. Continue reading



SLA NY Conference and Expo, September 18th 2014
November 7, 2014, 12:00
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Well over a month after the event, it is high time I blogged about the SLA NY Conference. Given the amount of my time and energy the planning and preparations for the event took up, and the fact that I moved apartments the week after, it has been rather nice to take a break from it all, but September 18th is rapidly receding into the distant past, and I wanted to capture a few thoughts before it got away entirely. Continue reading




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