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  • Don't Forget: November Networking

    Don't forget to join us this Wednesday, November 17th for a Carolina Community networking hour at 4:30 PM Eastern time. Come by for the full hour or drop in when you can! We'd love to see you!

    Instructions to join:
    Join us for a CSLA networking event on November 17th at 4:30 PM (EST)!


    Special Libraries Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     

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  • 2021 SLA Texas Chapter Annual Meeting 10/29

    Please join the SLA Texas Community for its half-day annual meeting with a keynote on leading with empathy and compassion, a panel discussion with library leaders including current SLA President Tara Murray Grove, and a lively round of lightning talks. This event is free, and all are welcome!

    MEETING AGENDA
    1:00 - 1:05 pm: Sign in and Welcome

    1:10 - 1:50 pm: Keynote “Leading with Empathy and Compassion” -- Zachary Chance Medlin, Texas A&M University
    Moderator: Tina Budzise-Weaver

    Join this interactive discussion to delve into what’s at the heart of being an empathetic and compassionate leader in Libraries. Together we will explore current topics, ideas, and share our recent experiences in order to learn from one another.

    2:00 - 2:50 pm: Panel Discussion: Library Leadership
    Moderator: Dianna Kim

    Panel:
    Tara Murray Grove, SLA President
    Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, Director of Texas Woman’s University, School of Library and Information Studies
    Karen P. Horan, Library Director, McAllen Public Library

    The last few years have been quite challenging globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tertiary institutions have had to scramble to transition to emergency remote teaching to deliver instructions in a virtual environment. Libraries and information centers were impacted greatly as service models also had to be altered immediately. Library Dean and Directors had to not only cater for the changing services but also the challenges imposed on their faculty and staff whose lives and work environment had been completely disrupted and upended. This required leadership with empathy and compassion. The panelists made up of library leaders will discuss how they led their institutions and organization through this changing phase of life at the workplace and at home.

    3:00 - 4:00 pm: Presentations and Lightning Talks
    Moderator: Valerie Florez

    Hillary Veeder, Head, Architecture Library, Texas Tech University
    For anyone who has ever worked in a branch library environment, a major benefit it affords is the close proximity to colleagues, patrons, and the physical collection. When the shift to a work from home environment occurred in the spring and summer of 2020, the implications for the known, traditional services as well as the self-understanding of day-to-day work expectations and tasks was altered. The importance of communication, planning – both internally within the Library and larger TTU Libraries, and coordination with the College to manage expectations for building access and occupation policies, all came into sharp focus and required thoughtful and empathetic management.

    Adrian Shapiro, Digital Librarian, Texas Women's University, and Lead Convener, Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Virtual Conference
    The Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Conference has been held for the past 9 years, inviting library professionals from the Cross Timbers region to share their expertise and experience. After planning the traditional in-person event for 2020 for several months, things changed abruptly! With the conference scheduled for August of 2020, there was just enough time for the CTLC planning committee to transition the conference from in-person to virtual when the pandemic began. This was a first for all involved and it did not come without challenges! But, the conference was ultimately a success, and with that experience, the 2021 conference was again held virtually and with great success. In this presentation, Adrian will discuss the methods and processes used to transition the in-person conference to virtual, how the planning committee worked to refine and improve the second virtual conference, and the importance of shared leadership.

    Mea Warren, STEM Librarian Liaison Services University of Houston
    In spring 2020, US universities were forced to transition to online learning and libraries were challenged to continue supporting their campuses in a completely online environment. The Liaison Services Department at the University of Houston first took a collaborative approach to this challenge, gathering ideas and suggestions into a best practices document for online outreach. Second, members investigated a variety of tools as they worked remotely, ultimately selecting tools to successfully support the university community via online outreach. This presentation based on the article “Staying Connected: Best Practices for Online Marketing and Outreach” describes a case study covering the process of creating best practices and investigating communications tools, which could be useful for academic libraries seeking new ways to do outreach in a constantly changing environment.

     

    Speaker information including bio (3-4 sentences)

    Tara Murray Grove is the Librarian for Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State. She previously served as the Director of Information Services and Librarian for the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the world’s largest library dedicated to stamp collecting and postal history, where she oversaw the renovation of new space for the library and developed the library’s first digital collections. She also previously served as the Information Core Director for Penn State’s Population Research Institute and has experience in public and corporate libraries. She has an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in German Studies from Bard College. Tara was recognized as a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association in 2017 and is currently President of SLA.

    Karen P. Horan holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and earned her Master’s in Library Science at St. John's University in Queens, NY. She has been with the City of McAllen since 2006, and has been a Branch Manager and Assistant Director of Public Services. She became the Library Director of the international and national award-winning McAllen Public Library in 2012 and oversees operations of three dynamic locations. She has 3 grown children, 2 cats, and 1 foster kitten.

    Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng is Professor and Director of Texas Woman’s University, School of Library and Information Studies. She teaches the foundations of information, organization of knowledge, marketing and advocacy, and community engagement. Dr. Jeng has numerous scholarly publications and presentations and is a recipient of four federally funded grant projects to the total of more than two million dollars. She served on the governing Council of the American Library Association, and was the President of Texas Library Association, 2017-2018. Dr. Jeng is a frequent speaker on topics including library advocacy, diversity, leadership development, and community-based librarianship, and is an active community volunteer with the United Way of Denton County.

    Zachary Chance Medlin is the Learning and Student Engagement Librarian at Texas A&M University. His professional areas of interest include critical librarianship, outreach and engagement, and instruction. He earned his Master of Information from Rutgers University and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.

    Adrian Shapiro is the Digital Projects Librarian at the Texas Woman’s University Libraries, where she manages the institutional repository, The Repository@TWU, and assists faculty and students in scholarly communication services. In 2020 and 2021, Adrian acted as Chair of the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative Conference, transitioning the event from in-person to virtual in response to the pandemic.

    Hillary Veeder is an Associate Librarian and the Head of the Architecture Library, a branch of the Texas Tech University Libraries. She has been with the TTU Libraries since 2013 and previously held the position of Public Services Librarian. In her position she is responsible for the administration, development, and leadership of the Architecture Library, which includes the supervision of two faculty librarians and supervisory oversight of one-full time staff member and six to seven student assistants. She received her M.L.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington and B.A. in History of Art from IUB.

    Mea Warren is the Assistant Department Head for Teaching and Learning at the University of Houston Libraries, where she was formerly the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Librarian. In her role she primarily manages relationships between the libraries and various units on campus, integrating information literacy concepts into areas like residential life, career services, and athletics. She is an SLA Rising Star and ALA Emerging Leader who received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her MLS from UNC Chapel Hill.

  • Halloween Happy Hour!

    If you know me, you know I love Halloween! And whether you do or don't love the spookiest time of year, you should join the Carolinas Community on Wednesday, October 27th at 5:00PM EST!

    Online Instructions:
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    Login: Special Libraries Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: CSLA Halloween Happy Hour Time: Oct 27, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91734010605 Meeting ID: 917 3401 0605 Passcode: 991146 One tap mobile +13017158592,,91734010605# US (Washington DC) +13126266799,,91734010605# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tac
    A very adorable invitatation to CSLA's Halloween Happy Hour, October 27th at 5PM EST
  • Share your Solo Success Stories - October 21st!

    Save the date for a virtual round table presentation of tales of professional victory, both small and large – on October 21, from 11:30 to 12:30 (ET) we will be hosting Solo Success Stories, and we would love to see you there.

    Attendees are welcome from all communities, but we are seeking Solo presenters to share recent accomplishments. We are looking for 5-10 minute presentations that can cover any aspect of being a solo info pro. Project management, vendor negotiations, complex research, technology implementation, virtual collaboration… the possibilities are endless, because Solos do it all.

    If you are interested in presenting (or if you have questions), please contact @Julie Snyder, @Hildy Dworkin, @Robin Dodge through Connect.​​​
  • Speakers Needed!

    Three SLA Communities (New Jersey; Leadership and Management Development; Pharmaceutical Health Technology) are organizing an event set for mid-October- to bring together our membership and reckon with the changes we all experienced (and are still experiencing) because of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

    The Programming Committees are looking for 3 speakers to talk about their experiences as librarians during the pandemic, and be part of an open Q&A with attendees. Tell your story!

    • Did your professional life change a lot, or a little?
    • How prepared was your organization?
    • What shock waves did it send through your industry?
    • Did you leave your job, or get a new one?
    • Have things gone back to "normal"? (Do you want them to?)

    If you are interested, please contact NJ Programming Chair- Emma Moore ( emoore@ias.edu ) by August 6th.

  • SLA Members - Let's Engage

    As the Director of Engagement, it's important to hear from members regarding any concerns you may have regarding your membership. Any member is invited to set up a 15 minute coffee with me to discuss anything you'd like!

    Thank you,

    Jordan

  • NJSLA Annual Conference Award - Submissions due by July 15, 2021

    Awards of NJSLA

    Rosemary Allen Little Award / Frank H. Spaulding Award

    Each year alternating between the Little and Spaulding Awards, $1000 will be awarded to help defray expenses in attendance to the Annual SLA Conference.

    These awards were created to honor two individuals who dedicated themselves to the tenets of special libraries.

    Rosemary Allen Little worked at the Firestone Library, Princeton University for 40 years, earning the respect and admiration of both faculty and students. She was President of the Princeton-Trenton chapter of SLA (now merged with the New Jersey chapter) in 1978-79.

    Frank Spaulding had a distinguished career at Bell Labs, NJ. He was president of the New Jersey SLA chapter in 1977-78 and President of the Special Libraries Association in 1986-87. He was recognized universally for his outstanding dedication to the library field.

    ELIGIBILITY

    • Resident of New Jersey or employed in New Jersey or attending graduate school in New Jersey
    • Employment for no more than 5 years in a traditional or non-traditional information workplace or seeking employment in a traditional or non-traditional information workplace
    • Master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA accredited graduate school including online enrollment or enrollment in such a program which could be online

    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Current resume including up-to-date contact information.

    Concise paragraph to include the following:

    • Why you want to attend the SLA Annual Conference
    • How you will apply conference take-aways to membership and subsequent leadership roles in NJSLA

    Submission materials are due by July 15, 2021 and sent to Louise Deis: lfdeis@princeton.edu

    Members of the Awards Committee may contact applicant to obtain further information. Any questions may be sent to the above email address.

    GRANTEE EXPECTATIONS

    • The grantee is expected to join the NJSLA chapter for 2021 and to volunteer for a chapter committee for a minimum of one calendar year
    • Receipt of this award is contingent upon the grantee’s submission of proof of registration for the August 2021 Conference

    Printed copy of this document

  • KYSLA Speaker Series

    KYSLA Speaker Series—Rebecca Jones

    When: May 14, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIucO2hrjsjH9Ksk-pMwGciYf8XmjTPuyYQ

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Rebecca Jones focuses on planning, problem-solving, organizational design, and leadership coaching. A highly sought-after facilitator, Rebecca’s reputation for designing consultative, participatory sessions that result in workable solutions has been proven while serving clients in Canada and the US in the library, non-profit and corporate sectors.

    Rebecca has led and facilitated over 100 planning and organizational design projects with clients from small, volunteer-run non-profits to large research university libraries. Rebecca also teaches professional development courses for the Southern Ontario Library Services’ Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL), is program lead of BC InterLINK’s Library Leadership Excellence and Development Institute (LLEAD) and was a Mentor for the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute.

    Prior to founding Dysart & Jones with her business partner Jane Dysart in 1992, Rebecca spent 8 years as Manager, Information Services, Records Management and Technology Training with Imperial Oil Ltd.

    One of Rebecca’s distinctive approaches is to maintain what she calls the “organizational edge” by joining organizations as an employee. This allows her to live the operational and organizational realities of her clients and factor these realities into her consulting work.

    She was honored to be the Director of Branch and Neighborhood Services at Brampton Library from 2015 to 2018 and the Director of the Professional Learning Centre at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information (iSchool) from 2004 to 2008.

    Rebecca holds an MLS, is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association, a recipient of the Dow Jones Leadership Award, and received Ontario’s Public Librarian of the Year Award and Canada’s Award for Outstanding Service to Librarianship in 2015.

  • Join Our SLA Sierra Nevada Community

    Hello SLA Members, 
    Feel free to attend our Community meeting on March 11, 2021.
    Meet the community members and learn about our community and the type of programs we host. 

    When- March 11, 2021 [5:00 PM PT]


    https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/95160382202
    Meeting ID: 951 6038 2202
    Passcode: 603616

  • Your SLA New England 2021 board

    2021 SLA NE Board:

    • President – Edee Edwards
    • President-elect – Kathy Berger
    • Past President – Kayleigh Bohemier
    • Secretary – Melissa Gough
    • Treasurer – Joan Cunningham
    • Communications – Gauri Govil
    • Programming Chairs – Khalilah Gambrell and Ann Cullen
    • Archivist – Susan McGovern
    • Student Relations Chair – Kelli Costello
  • NJSLA President's Message - January 2021

    Hello New Jersey SLA Community,

    Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has stayed healthy and happy during this very isolated holiday season. I’m sure a lot of you are looking forward to having 2020 behind you; it was an incredibly challenging year for all of us. Even though 2021 may feel a lot like last year, let’s hope that it’s a better one for all of us. 

    For some community news, I will continue as your president. Being that the first half of last year put mostly everything on hold and caused a lot of our (personal and professional) goals to shift, I volunteered to continue in this role. I feel that we’ve found a bit of rhythm with our virtual planning and operations and I’m looking forward to implementing what we’ve learned not only through 2021 but also in a post-Covid-restricted world. In other SLA news, I encourage you all to read the most recent president’s message from Tara Murray Grove. For our NJSLA community, we have taken the steps to close out our bank account at the end of last year. This requirement is part of the larger association restructuring. Additionally, with gathering restrictions still in place, our community has decided to plan for virtual events for the foreseeable future. Please let us know if you would like to get involved in any community event planning. 

    Finally, I’d like to introduce our board members and community leaders for this upcoming year. 

    • President: Angela Pagliaro 
    • Vice President/Program Chair: Emma C. Moore
    • Secretary: Anya Bartelmann 
    • Past President/Nominating Chair: Janet Cooper Weiss 
    • Director of Communications - Anitha Steventon 
    • Webmaster - Jeanne Mauriello 
    • Membership Chair - Tammy Marshall 
    • Archivist - Louise Deiss

    We have leadership openings for our employment chair and our award chair. If you would like to learn more about the responsibilities of these chairs or if you would like to find ways to get involved with the community at large, please reach out.  Again, thank you all so much for your patience and continued support to this community. 

    The more we as a community and as New Jerseyans keep doing our part, the closer we are to being able to celebrate being together again. If there are any resources you need, I encourage you to review the New Jersey COVID-19 site. You can also find someone to talk to by dialing 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. 

    Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home when you can, 

    Angela Pagliaro