• Posted in: New England Chapter

    This year’s annual conference is fast approaching and as always, the New England chapter has a talented group presenting in Cleveland. To get folks ready for the conference, we are hosting a Lightning Talks: SLA Conference Preview. Several chapter members who are presenting at this year’s conference will give quick previews of their sessions at this webinar. Date/Time:   Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT Please register for this webinar at:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/245376209344347148 Presenters Cynthia Cheng Correia Mary Chitty Heather Hedden Brandy King Lauren Merrill Ethel Salonen Andy Shimp Donna Thompson Questions or comments? Please contact, Marie Nardi - SLA New England Programming Committe

  • Posted in: New England Chapter

    Meeting Type: Board Meeting Chapter Name: SLA-NE Date, Time, and Place: Friday, February 22, 2019; 12-1pm; virtual Name of the convening officer and secretary (or their substitutes), and if an executive board meeting, the names of those present: Caren Torrey Kayleigh Bohemier Joy McNally Brandow Kelly Bunting Dana Eckstein Berkowitz Katie Glasoe Jill Aberdale Bob Kowalski Ann Cohen Meeting called to order at 12:09 p.m. by Caren Torrey. Agenda: Approve November 2018 Meeting Minutes - Kelly Bunting Katie Glasoe moved to approve November 2018 meeting minutes, Kelly Bunting seconded, the motion passed, and the November 2018 minutes were approved. Review Board Structure Last year leadership moved towards flatter board structure. Caren reviewed 2018 structure and showed proposed 2019 structure, which is not yet approved. All proposed changes should be sent to Caren, and the board plans to approve at the March meeting. Recruiting volunteers We are missing volunteers for a variety of positions. Webmaster & SLA Connect Administrator - Empty. Previously two separate positions, but with the migration, it was proposed that they be combined into one position. Employment Chair - Marge LaCoutre is the current person posting jobs. She does so on the website, but not Connect. With the shut down of the site coming up, what should this role look like? In the past, this was someone working with programming to showcase employment opportunities. Programming Chair - Ann Cohen will step into Co-Chair position, Khalilah Gambrell will Co-Chair. Ann can only assist if she is Co-Chair, wants to ensure we are still providing opportunities for people to interact in person. Dine Around Coordinator - Donna may take on this role. Caren will set up meeting for programming chairs and dine around coordinator to connect. Kayleigh mentioned that membership ...

  • Posted in: New England Chapter

    Kelly Potter is the recipient of this year's James M. Matarazzo Student S tipend  Award. In her essay, Kelly, clearly outlined her passion for special  libraries, particularly in the corporate space,  and provided clear goals for attending this year's conference.    Kelly is in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Simmons University, with an expected graduation date of May 2019. She is currently the Digital Librarian Intern at AiROXS, and the Library Intern at America's Test Kitchen.  Kelly holds a leadership role as Secretary of SLA@Simmons.  Congratulations, Kelly! We are excited for you to attend this year's SLA Annual Conference in Cleveland,

  • Posted in: New England Chapter

    SLA New England & SLA@Simmons Dine-Around: Wednesday, April 10 at the Smoke Shop BBQ in Seaport Get to know your fellow and future fellow information professionals!  Join SLA New England and SLA@Simmons students for a casual after-work cocktail and BBQ and some friendly conversation and networking at the Smoke Shop BBQ in Seaport. Date: Wednesday, April 10th Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: The Smoke Shop BBQ, 343 Congress St., Boston, 02210 https://thesmokeshopbbq.com/ Public transportation: Subway/Bus - any line to downtown or South Station will bring you within a 10-15 minute walk Cost: Only what you eat and drink. Appetizers are on us! RSVP by Friday, April 5th at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ sla-neslasimmons-dine-around- tickets-59113729757 Contact: Jill Aberdale - jillian.aberdale@gmail.c

  • SLA Leadership Symposium

    Posted in: New England Chapter

    SLA Leadership Symposium Originally Posted on 20 February 2019. Recently President Elect Kayleigh Bohémier attended the SLA Leadership Symposium in New Orleans. Read about her experience below! As I traveled to the airport the day before the SLA Leadership Symposium, I had many nebulous questions and only a few goals: I wanted to know what was expected of unit leaders from SLA and to network with colleagues and fellow SLA volunteers in person. The next day, Dana Eckstein Berkowitz, Michael Sholinbeck (one of the DICE co-conveners), and I encountered one another in the lobby. We were all interested in seeing the Voodoo Museum, and we had a bit of downtime before we needed to be anywhere. The Voodoo Museum is small, with about two rooms of space and a gift shop. From the mobile web site, it wasn’t obvious that it was an active sacred site, so if you have the opportunity to go, I recommend making sure you have a few dollar bills and coins. We walked back through the French Quarter, which has classic architecture similar to other former French colony cities like Montréal. That night, there was an opening reception where many of us took photos with Mardi Gras beads and masks. After the reception, I tried my first Escape Room with some colleagues in the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division. There was a sports game that day, so we made our way past overflowing bars and street parties until we reached the location. We solved the puzzle well within our time, and I am pleased to report that you’re not   actually   locked into a room — they have to leave a door accessible to comply with safety regulations. On Monday morning, leadership consultant Jon Hockman began the program with a presentation and guided prompts to help us clarify why we were there and what we wanted out of the experience. This was great for tackling my nebulous and vague ideas, and it forced me to think hard about what I needed out of the program to be an effective leader. In ...

  • Posted in: New England Chapter

    We are looking for nominations for the following Chapter Awards that honor the best and brightest in our chapter.   Chapter Achievement Award: Recognizing a chapter member for outstanding committee work, performance in office, or execution of event-related duties during this program year. Distinguished Service Award: Recognizing a chapter member for a sustained record of supporting chapter activities over the years. These may be for service on one or more committees, by holding various offices, or for managing different events, that when considered cumulatively have notably furthered the life of the chapter. Special Recognition Award: Conferred on longstanding chapter members as they cap their careers and approach a well-deserved retirement, in recognition of what they have done or meant to the chapter. Want to nominate someone? Please use this form to submit nominations https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/slaneawards2018 by December 7th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Eckstein Berkowitz at dana.ecks AT gmail.com Regards, Awards Committee: Dana Eckstein Berkowitz, Caren Torrey, Maureen Duga


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