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  • 1.  LMD Sessions at the 2023 MLA/SLA Annual Conference

    Posted 05-03-2023 11:44
    Edited by Dan Bostrom 05-03-2023 14:40

    The Leadership & Management Development (LMD) community of SLA has a reputation for delivery outstanding conference sessions and this year is no different. 

    You're invited to an LMD session at the 2023 MLA/SLA Annual Conference! Below is a full schedule of in-person and online sessions. We hope you'll join us! 

    In-person sessions

    Information Leadership in 2030: What's Next for Info Pros

    SLA Education Session 25

    Wednesday, May 17, 2023

    3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

    Speakers: Leslie Reynolds, Dr. Stephanie Rollins

    We know that the pandemic threw a lot of management teams for a loop in 2020. But what will 2024 look like? And what is beyond?  How will leadership teams need to shift in terms of style and tone? 

    Join our team of panelists to look into the crystal ball in terms of information leadership. What are the trends and how will leaders need to adapt?

    In this presentation, panelists will address topics like content buying, marketing, managing teams, and investing in sustainability. 

    Defining Your Library Value: Successes & Failures

    Professionalism & Leadership Immersion 2

    Thursday, May 18, 2023

    1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Speakers: John DiGilio, Gabi Hysong

    It's crunch time: your boss wants you to prepare a report and/or presentation on what value your library/information center brings to the organization. What do you do? Do you prepare a bunch of charts and throw some numbers around? Do you quickly gather some testimonials and hope the qualitative thing works?

    Defining your value in the library relies so much on knowing what will resonate with administrators. Creating a tailored appeal can make all the difference. 

    In this deep dive into defining value in the information field, presenters will talk about their successes and failures in making that case. What has worked? What hasn't? What will they try the next time they get called into this same meeting? 

    Attendees will hear real-life examples of defining library value. This session will also help create best practices around tactics like report writing, determing ROI, and how to become a better advocate for your services. 

    Using Social Media to Manage Your Career

    SLA Education Session 23

    Thursday, May 18, 2023

    3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

    Speaker: Leigh Bush

    What does social media have to do with your career in the information field? A lot more than you'd think! Your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles tell a story about you as a professional. They can also send a signal to your current employers, future employers, and coworkers. Make sure you're managing your profiles effectively.

    In this session, attendees will learn how to use social media to create your personal brand. This session will cover the best ways to build your network, find and follow potential employers, and strike a balance between personal and professional. 

    New Day, New Project: Juggling Multiple Projects in the Information Field

    SLA Education Session 30

    Friday, May 19, 2023

    9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

    Speaker: Janel Kinlaw

    Just when you thought you were getting into the groove on a project, a new one gets dumped in your lap! The thing that they don't tell you in library school is how many projects you'll be juggling at one time! So what are the keys to managing multiple projects in an information professional role? How are information professionals supposed to prioritize and keep new projects moving? <o:p></o:p>

    This session will build off of popular LMD project management sessions from past conferences. Participants will gain key insights into tips like managing project timelines, delegating responsibilities, and tracking progress. The session will also cover organizational skills and tools for supporting you in your project management approach. 

    Online sessions

    Equity & Leadership in Specialized Libraries

    Speakers: Arnetta Giradeau, Nabi Hasan, Natasha Johnson

    Specialized library leaders face a choice in the modern workplace: develop a culture of equitable practices for workers or face irrelevancy. As a leader, you are accountable for ensuring that all staff feel free from inequities. But how do managers and directors in the specialized library field effectively communicate equitable relationships with staff?

    In this session, participants will learn about policies and practices that are inclusive and give a voice to employees who need it the most. They will also gain key insights into communication methods and opportunities that may enhance the experience for all workers. 

    Strategizing for Leadership in the Information Field

    Speaker: Susan Klopper

    You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. -Ken Kesey

    Having a vision matters! Visionary leaders can help transform an organization. Managers who present a strategic vision for their employees can make their organizations a better, more exciting place to work. How are you sharpening your strategic leadership skills? 

    Attendees will learn tips on strategizing for leadership. This session will help you develop a strategic plan for offering exciting products and services that make a difference. 

    The New Rules for Job Searching in the Information Field

    Speaker: Lisa Dubler

    Remote work? New terminology? Group interviews? You need a lot more than a resume to get a job these days: you need a plan! There are a lot of jobs out there, but they all they look different and the hiring process feels like an endless set of speed bumps. Job seekers in the information field have so much to navigate!

    In this session, participants will get the new rules for job searching. Explore tips on building your network, creating a professional statement, and rehearsing your interview answers. Learn what it takes to get your dream job in the modern information field. 

    Dan Bostrom
    Member Engagement Manager
    Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

  • 2.  RE: LMD Sessions at the 2023 MLA/SLA Annual Conference

    Posted 05-03-2023 20:50
    Hello Dan - Thank you for highlighting the LMD sessions at our annual meeting.

    I'm new to SLA, so am not certain how the papers are organized into Divisions. I do have a contributed paper on the preliminary program. It's the last one listed (see snip below) "Team-Building..."

    I am certainly not raising any sort of issue, just wanted you to know.

    And...I have a list of topics in a draft email to you for the SLA Midwest meeting. I would like to run those ideas by you, so that you might give me input about what might appeal to SLA Midwest.  

    Early in my professional career, I was a medical librarian, then directed a federal clearinghouse. Organizational Development and Training was my focus in the most recent decade, in a federal statistical agency. My hope is that I can return to my special/medical library roots and support libraries with my organizational development skills. I look forward to attending the annual meeting and learning what issues our profession is facing.

    Thanks much,

  • 3.  RE: LMD Sessions at the 2023 MLA/SLA Annual Conference

    Posted 05-04-2023 08:58

    Hi Susan,

    That's great! Congratulations on your contributed paper! I'm happy to see LMD members get their work showcased at the conference. We're happy to help promote any of the work of our members. If you ever have contributions that you'd like promoted, please send them to myself, dan.bostrom@railslibraries.org or LMD Communications chair, Jennifer Evert, jevert@amfin.com.

    Also, please send me some topics for the Midwest Symposium! We're very excited about this event. I would love to hear ideas that you might have for it. Thanks!


    Dan Bostrom
    Member Engagement Manager
    Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)

  • 4.  RE: LMD Sessions at the 2023 MLA/SLA Annual Conference

    Posted 05-04-2023 10:11
    Thanks dan