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  • Virtual Social Hour - Friday, August 14th @5PM Let's get together to hang out and visit with friends and colleagues who have been missed due to social distancing! This event will be hosted via Zoom and is intended to be a simple social hour for friends ...

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  • Hi, SLA SoCal. In case you missed it, I wanted to bring to your attention the SLA Task Force on Reopening Specialized Libraries Resource List released earlier this week. Does anyone locally have plans for reopening? Will you volunteer as a panelist ...

  • As past-president of the Southern California Community (formerly Chapter), I am responsible to chair nominations for two openings - Vice-President and Secretary - for the 2021 leadership of our Community. JonLuc Christensen will be 2021 President. Full ...

  • Thanks for sharing the info, Shelly! Southern California Community, please join us this Friday!  Don't forget about our summer get-together this Friday! Have you ever used the whiteboard feature in Zoom? Have you ever had to communicate something ...

  • Hi, SLA SoCal. SLA San Diego has a social event coming up, info is below I'll be there, they're lots of fun. Join if you can, and meet some local cohorts! You can also join the San Diego community for free on Connect, and get their updates about events, ...

Announcements

  • President's Message - July 2020

    Hello New Jersey Community, 

    To begin, I am hoping that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and abiding by mandates and recommendations that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. While it’s incredibly unfortunate that we haven’t seen each other face to face, I know that if we all do our part we’ll be able to with each other and those we love soon enough.

    With that said, the high levels of uncertainties have significantly impacted how we move forward with planning the rest of 2020’s events. Our community’s leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the New Jersey SLA 85th Anniversary Celebration. However, the programming committee has already convened to identify ways to celebrate and honor our community's milestone virtually. Other traditional in-person events will likely take place virtually, too. Please reach out to me if you would like to be involved.

    In addition to our community’s event, SLA HQ has also announced that the annual conference, which was first postponed to October, will now be entirely virtual. I encourage you to read SLA’s official statement on the Coronavirus.  

    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

  • Virtual SLA 2020 and 2021 Annual Conferences

    SLA made the following announcement on July 22 (below is an excerpt from an Open Forum message by SLA staff):

    With the COVID-19 pandemic showing signs of renewed strength, SLA has decided not to offer any in-person programming for the 2020 Annual Conference and will instead present the entire conference agenda virtually to ensure the health and safety of our community while also providing accessible, interactive opportunities for learning, networking, and engagement.

    Given the uncertainty surrounding the spread and duration of COVID-19 and the associated impact on the travel and meeting industries, SLA will also present its 2021 Annual Conference in a 100% virtual format.

    The 2022 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from July 29–August 2 and will also feature a virtual component for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please don't hesitate to contact learning@sla.org with your questions. 

Community Blogs

  • Take advantage of Special Libraries Association's Education Division (DEDU)  free "Inside Bytes" webinar on August 14, 1:30 PM EDT. which will discuss Escape rooms.   Breakout EDU is an immersive platform and toolkit that allows educators ...

  • A Conversation about Library Leadership and Technology During the Pandemic By Raymond Pun The role of technology in library leadership is important, now more than ever, particularly during the pandemic. Technology enables library workers to communicate ...

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  • The Joy of Resiliency: Critical Management Competency By Rebecca Jones, MLS, CTPC. I'm amazed that in 2020 people continue to relate to resiliency as the 'ability to bounce back from stresses' and adversity. While I understand people's good intentions ...

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  • Join us for our virtual Summer Social and Not-So-Bored Meeting!  Join in to meet, catch-up, play a game, and hear important announcements.  All this, and on a Friday! Details below.  Connect here on Connect or email   sla.sd.communications@gmail.com ...

  • International Research and Review, Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Announcing  Call for Journal Papers   ALL Scholars and researchers from across disciplines are invited to address issues in international ...