2020 President's Message

Dear Chapter Members and Friends,

The start of the year is a traditional time for new resolutions. As we enter the first full week of 2020 you may be thinking that this is the year to expand your professional network, work on your professional development, or become more involved in your professional association. As a member of SLA you have the opportunity to do all these things and more. Here is an update about your local chapter’s new board and the program of events we have planned for the coming year.

Welcome our new Board for 2020
  • President - Victoria North
  • Past President - Stacie Calabrese
  • Treasurer - Cynthia Schwartz
  • Secretary - Alice Griffin
  • Program Events Coordinator - Clara Cabrera
See our Chapter website for Board member bios.

Some of the events we are planning in 2020
  • Women's March - January 18th. RSVP now! 
  • Quarterly Managers round table meetings (the 1st will be on Feb 7th)
  • Theatre Outing - Fire This Time Festival (Sunday Feb 2nd - first 5 SLA members will get tix for free, tix price $20)
  • A viewing of the documentary on the life of Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am (Friday evening Feb 28th & Sunday afternoon March 1st)
  • Exploring the U.S. Census: Your Guide to America’s Data (Feb or March)
  • Our annual Karaoke HerStory (March)
  • Panel on Artificial Intelligence AI (March)
  • Early Career panel (April 3rd)
  • Look the Part - panel event discussing authenticity, individuality, and the right to self-expression in the office/stacks/archive (April)
  • Get the Part - panel event that provides a guide as to what skill/talent to bring to get that job/promotion (May)
  • A Feminist Walking Tour through Harlem (May or June)
  • Ways to improve your public speaking skills (May or June)
  • A summer tour of Central Park
  • Social Media Research (Fall)
Registration details will be distributed nearer the time via the NY Chapter Newsletter, Connect, and social media.

Leadership Symposium
The 2020 SLA Leadership Symposium will take place at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in the Washington DC Metro Area from
January 18 to 20. It will provide SLA members with relevant quality educational leadership training, in conjunction with volunteer training. Register here.

Annual Conference
We hope to see as many of you as possible at this year’s annual conference in Charlotte, from June 6 - 9. The theme is Driving Forward. Financial assistance for attendance may be available, more details to follow later in the year.

Have your say
We would love to get your feedback on what you want from your membership of the New York Chapter and the sort of events you are interested in attending. When you have time please complete this short survey.

A call for volunteers
If you would like to get more involved with your local chapter we are always looking for volunteers to join the Board, help organize events, manage the website, promote and market the Association, and help recruit new members. If you are interested, please contact Victoria North at vnorth63@gmail.com.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive New Year.

Victoria North
SLA New York Chapter President