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Interview with Dr. Shaundra Walker By By Melissa Fraser-Arnott “Give yourself opportunities” – this is the motto that has guided Dr. Shaundra Walker’s career. In this interview, Dr. Walker discusses her leadership journey and offers advice for librarians on developing professionally. She offers insights on leading change, building mutually beneficial connections, incorporating assessment into library practices, and continuously seeking opportunities to learn and grow. You have been recognized as a community builder and were awarded the 2020 DEMCO Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in part because of your work in developing ...
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As SLA's community for leadership & management development, LMD has always had great leaders! That tradition continues today and will continue in the future with leaders like Kelly Irving! Kelly is the President-Elect of LMD and today's next board member profiled. For Kelly's complete bio, please scroll down to the bottom of this post. What is your current role in the workplace? I am an Associate Director of Consulting Services with Iconitel Consulting Services in Cary, NC. Why or how did you become a librarian/info pro? I have worked in the public, private and non-profits sectors where consuming data was a large part of my job. I joined Iconitel ...
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Mentoring Lessons from the ViMLoC Mentorship Program By Melissa Fraser-Arnott Mentoring relationships are a powerful resource for personal and professional growth. Mentorship can be empowering and impactful for new, mid-career, and experienced librarians and information professionals seeking to grow either as a mentor or a mentee. These relationships can be particularly valuable for visible minority librarians. The Leadership and Management Development Community Marketing Section connected with the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network mentorship program coordinators Yanli Li, Valentina Ly, and Xuemei Li about developing a successful mentoring ...
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Spring is nearly here and we're excited to bring you another LMD board profile. Chrissy Geluk is the LMD Webmaster, a role that she handles with grace and humor!  What is your current role in the workplace? I am the Principal at Librarian At Your Service LLC, an information services company I founded in July 2015. As the company name may imply, my line of services align with data, tech & sciences through searches & analyses, content development and training. Love being an #infopreneur! Why or how did you become a librarian/info pro? It's the love of "data" and the "joy" of making sense from it that propelled me into the world of information ...
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Happy Friday! Today, we interviewed  Penny Leach, Content Buying Section Co-Chair .   Penny and Co-Chair Joy Brandow McNally have big plans for the section! For Penny's complete bio, please scroll to the end. What is your current role in the workplace? Currently I am Head of Business Information Services (BIS) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) . Headquartered in London, the EBRD is a multilateral investment bank, investing in 38 economies across three continents. Most recently the focus has been on countering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on those economies; strategically we aim to become a majority green bank ...
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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to explore our Meet the LMD Board series. Today, we interviewed Leigh Milligan, Professional Development Committee Chair . Leigh is also a member of the LMD Communication Team where she runs the LMD Twitter account! For her complete bio, please scroll to the end. What is your current role in the workplace? I am a librarian at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia in the patient resource center. The resource center is available to patients, their family and staff physical therapists, nurses and doctors. The resource center works like a public library, we have a small collection of books and DVDS ...
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Liaison Librarians as Library Marketers: Interview with Karen Doster-Greenleaf and Amy Stalker By Melissa Fraser-Arnett How do librarians build a strategic and tailored marketing program? Karen Doster-Greenleaf and Amy Stalker published an article in Marketing Libraries Journal in 2018 entitled “ Hooking Your Audience: Tailored Instruction Marketing ” about their experiences adapting a liaison librarian program at Georgia State University to develop a tailored library promotion program. LMD’s Marketing Section interviewed Karen and Amy to learn more about their experiences and to get an update on their marketing efforts since the launch of this strategic ...
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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to explore our Meet the LMD Board series. Today, we interviewed a familiar face, Géraldine Clément-Stoneham , Senior Advisor. Geraldine is our fourth  member interviewed. For her complete bio, please scroll to the end.  What is your current role in the workplace? I am the the Head of Knowledge Management and Scholarly Communication for the Medical Research Council, which is a part of the national research funder UK Research and Innovation. I have quite a wide portfolio of responsibilities and a team of seven, which makes the job interesting, but also very difficult to describe succinctly! I cover six key ...
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Video Marketing for Libraries: A Tool to Connect and Communicate By Melissa Fraser-Arnott Libraries need to compete for their users’ attention in a noisy digital world. They need to inform and connect with their communities in memorable ways. A well-developed promotional video can help libraries to reach their target audiences in the digital world. There are many free or low-cost tools available online to meet library’s technical video creation needs, removing cost and technical barriers to video production. The differentiating factor in creating a compelling library promotion video is communication planning. Robin O’Hanlon has co-authored a book and articles ...
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Growing a Social Media Presence: A Conversation with Memo Cordova and Elizabeth Ramsey By Melissa Fraser-Arnott Libraries need to engage with our target audiences in their physical and virtual environments. For many of our audiences, social media networks are a vital source of information, entertainment, and connection. If we want to reach these audiences, we need to engage over social media. But how can libraries develop a social media presence? Jose Guillermo “Memo” Cordova Silva and Elizabeth Ramsey are Associate Professors and Librarians at Boise State University's Albertsons Library. Memo and Elizabeth lead the Albertsons Library’s social media strategy, ...
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As LMD heads into a new year, we are thrilled to introduce you to our leadership team! Today, we interviewed Anna Meyer, 2021 LMD Program Planning Committee Chair . Anna is our third board member interviewed. For her complete bio, please scroll to the end.  What is your current role in the workplace? I'm the Media Monitoring and Web Services Administrator for Enbridge Gas Inc., an Ontario-based natural gas utility. Why or how did you become a librarian/info pro? I started my library career as a student assistant in our local public library at the age of 15 when the circulation librarian offered me an application. I visited the library on a ...
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Happy 2021! As LMD heads into a new year, we are thrilled to introduce you to our leadership team! Today, we interviewed  Jennifer Evans, LMD Secretary . Jennifer is our second board member interviewed. For her complete bio, please scroll to the end.  What is your current role in the workplace? I am a Senior Electronic Resources Librarian, at SAS Institute in Cary, NC (USA). Since starting in 2010, my role affords me the opportunity to provide research assistance to SAS employees from various departments and countries. I assist in the management of the Library’s Online Tools, ensuring company-wide access through account creation and maintenance. ...
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On Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: An Interview with Co-Editors Shannon D. Jones and Beverly Murphy By Ray Pun In this interview, co-editors Shannon D. Jones and Beverly Murphy share their experiences and thoughts on their edited book Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success . This interview was conducted by Ray Pun, an SLA LMD member. Ray: Congrats on your book: Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries: A Call to Action and Strategies for Success (2019) ! Thank you for speaking with me! I’m curious, can you tell us how this book came about? Shannon : Thanks for the invitation and the opportunity to discuss ...
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Happy 2021! As LMD heads into a new year, we are thrilled to introduce you to our leadership team! Today, we interviewed Joanie Olivier , LMD President. This is is the first  post in a series of blog posts about the LMD Board of Directors. For Joanie's complete bio, please scroll to the end.  What is your current role in the workplace? I work as a Research Sourcing Consultant in helping organizations procure, track, report and manage Research Portfolios across the enterprise. We apply a strong focus on the overall ecosystem to ensure best in class solutions as well a balance . We also have a proactive responsibility to reduce risk for our clients through ...
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Applying a Disciplined Brand Approach: An Interview with Spenser Thompson By Melissa Fraser-Arnott Spenser Thompson, MLIS. Discovering your library’s brand is a key component of developing your library marketing strategy. Spenser Thompson, MLIS published an article entitled “ A Disciplined Brand Approach to Marketing Libraries ” in 2018 in the Marketing Libraries Journal . This article defines brand and outlines a process through which Libraries can define their brand and use that branding to create a focused marketing program. We interviewed Spenser to learn more about his approach. He has worked for a for-profit library software company in marketing, ...
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LMD is proud to have a part in the 2020 SLA Annual Conference . Below is a list of LMD sessions scheduled for the upcoming virtual event. Both of these sessions are live. LMD will also have some standalone events coming in November and December. Please keep an eye out for more information about these events! Agile Working and Knowing How to Set Boundaries Wednesday, October 14 1:15-1:45 pm EST Moderator: Bethany Herman , Reference and Instruction Librarian, Houston Community College Speakers: Alicia Biggers , Information Services, Albemarle Corporation; Jamie Luedtke , Manager of Knowledge Management and Standards Development, Association for ...
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Social Media Strategies and Online Engagements: An Interview with Author Paul Signorelli By Raymond Pun Today, social media plays an important role in disseminating information and communicating with various stakeholders around the world at lightning speed. We also know that there are some challenges with social media related to spreading disinformation and misinformation, trolling, etc. How do sort this out as information seekers, creators and professionals? What are the latest thoughts on social media for our work? In this interview piece, I speak with author Paul Signorelli about his upcoming new book called Change the World Using Social Media to get ...
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Regaining Stability in an Organization Rocked By Change: Melding an Academic Library into a Museum and Archive by Greta Braungard ***The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.*** The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) is a senior service graduate-level institution that conducts research, develops strategic leaders, and educates the future leaders of the Army in both resident and distance programs, awarding a Master of Strategic Studies. In 2013, the U.S. Army War College realigned the USAWC academic library, from the ...
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Leadership Lessons from a SLA Community President By Leigh Milligan My name is Leigh Milligan and I have been the president of the SLA Philadelphia Community for the last two years. Being the president of SLA Philly has been such a fulfilling experience for me, gaining networking connections from all the communities throughout SLA as well as gaining the leadership experience I need to excel at my job. I am happy to share my experience, what I have learned and tips and tricks for future leaders. Becoming president of the Philadelphia chapter came at the best time for me. I was just promoted to Team Lead at my job and was taking on leadership training so both ...
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Leadership Interview with Dr. Heather Lank By Melissa Fraser-Arnott “Accept challenges outside your area of expertise, even if you are not sure that you are ready for them.” That is the advice of Dr. Heather Lank to aspiring leaders and future managers in the information sector. Dr. Lank is Parliamentary Librarian of Canada’s Library of Parliament. The Library of Parliament was created in 1867 at the time of Confederation. While its legislative basis can be found in the 1871 Library of Parliament Act, the Library’s collection pre-dates Confederation, with the legislative libraries of the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada being unified in 1841. The Library ...
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