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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

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

February 1, 2016, 13:13
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As I may already have mentioned around here, 2016 is my year as President of SLA New York. Even now, one month in (and following an entire year as President-Elect), I’m still somewhat overwhelmed, both by the responsibility and the by honour of it all. Me, a leader, in New York – surely that’s impossible? My impostor syndrome is being well-and-truly stomped on, however – despite what I might try to convince myself to the contrary, the fact of the matter is that I was asked to take on the position and I am going to do my absolute best to live up to it. To be perfectly honest, I’m excited about the challenge. Continue reading

Welcome to SLA NY 2016
February 1, 2016, 13:12
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My first public duty as Chapter President was to write an introduction for our e-newsletter. Getting this right was really important to me – many of our members don’t know me well (if at all) so I wanted to make sure that they had a clear sense of what I stand for and what I hope to achieve this year. Also, one of my biggest goals for the year is that our actions and processes should be as transparent as possible, and this seemed like a good way to start. I’m reposting it here mainly as a reminder for myself – in it I made a number of promises to the chapter membership and I want to keep myself accountable – and also because it encapsulates my thinking at the start of my presidential year, and I want to be able to look back in 12 months and see if anything changes. Continue reading

A Janus moment
January 22, 2016, 12:28
Filed under: Chartership, CPD, Reflections | Tags: , , , ,

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

Be who you are
September 23, 2015, 16:50
Filed under: Reading | Tags: ,

Catching up on the “to read/watch/listen” heap lurking at the bottom of my inbox, I came across a link to an article by Jeff Haden on “The perfect way to introduce yourself (in any setting)“. (This was shared by Kim Dority in the LIS Career Options LinkedIn group back at the end of July – thanks Kim!) I’m delighted that I did finally read it, as the last few sentences really resonated with me:

When you introduce yourself, be who you are. Embrace the moment and the setting for what it says about you in that setting and not in comparison with titles or accomplishments.

Just be yourself: skills and triumphs and struggles and failures and all.

Always trust that who you are is more than enough.

Because it always is. Continue reading

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