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SLA Leadership Symposium 2018
February 21, 2018, 12:07
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At last I’ve managed to find the time to write about our Leadership Symposium, which took place at the end of last month (January 28-30) in New Orleans. This was exciting to me for a number of reasons, not least of all being that it was my first visit to a city I’ve wanted to experience for ages (and I wrote about that side of it over on my other blog). However, the main source of delight was that this event has been absent from the SLA calendar since 2015, and it was a huge privilege to be a part of the team responsible for bringing it back. (I attended the event in 2015, and found it a tremendous experience, although I’m sad to discover that I appear to have neglected to write about it here.)

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Finding strengths
February 16, 2018, 12:04
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As pre-work for our recent SLA Leadership Symposium (about which a post should follow soon…), we were asked to fill out a questionnaire for the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.

Note to self: next time I embark upon a series of vaguely-related posts, I really should write the main one first… And yes, I did link to the Wikipedia article on StrengthsFinder – it was the first item in my search results that wasn’t basically just a sales pitch.

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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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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




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