2021 Events

It is a challenging time and the Special Libraries Association - New York Community wants to provide you with the learning and social opportunities that you find most useful. The SLA NY Board postponed all our in-person meetings and events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please see the list to the right for
the upcoming virtual events planned for 2021. 


Recurring Events

Managers Round Table Meetings
Organized by Eileen Rourke

Come to the SLA NY Managers Breakfast round table discussion group for chapter members currently in management positions or with supervisory responsibilities. This group will provide an informal network for participants to seek advice and share best practices with their peers. This event occurs every other month. Don't miss the Manager's Roundtable during the SLA Annual Conference. Details coming soon! 


Librarian Roundtable
Organized by Christine Pelosi

This new monthly event will provide a space for members to discuss issues and trends in the library field, as well as ask others about projects, procedures, recommendations, and general advice. 


2021 Events | What You Missed

Juneteenth Event |  A Discussion of Freedom Libraries with author Mike Selby
Organized by Clara Cabrera and Miriam Childs

Mike Selby, author and librarian, leads a discussion on the Freedom Libraries established in the American South during 1964 "Freedom Summer". 

Watch the recording: SLA NY Discussion FreedomLibraries (June 18, 2021) - YouTube

Discover Gloria Anzaldúa with Prof AnaLouise Keating and Jason Baumann of NYPL
Organized by Clara Cabrera

AnaLouise Keating, professor of women's studies at Texas Woman's University, and Jason Baumann, Susan and Douglas Dillon Associate Director for Collection Development and Coordinator of LGBTQ Collections for the New York Public Library, discusses the life and work of Gloria Anzaldúa.

Gloria Anzaldúa, was a self described Feminist Visionary Spiritual activist poet-philosopher fiction writer. As a cultural theorist, she played a major role in shaping contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer theories and identities. Her writing played a vital role in developing an inclusive, multicultural feminist movement.

Watch the event recording: 
Discover Gloria Anzaldúa with Prof AnaLouise Keating and Jason Baumann of NYPL, June 7, 2021 - YouTube


Virtual Tour of the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club Archives
Organized by Alice Griffin

Founded in 1961, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, is a pioneering Off-Off-Broadway theater venue located in the East Village dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The La MaMa Archives collects, preserves, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa and the Off-Off Broadway movement, including photographs, programs, posters, costumes, scripts, film, props, set pieces, puppets, and musical instruments. Archivist Sophie Glidden-Lyon took us through a virtual tour of the Archives space and the treasures it holds.

Read the event recap: https://bit.ly/2T4EUWU


Virtual Tour of the Audubon Bird Murals Project
Organized by Leigh Hallingby

In her popular annual event, Leigh virtually walked us through The Audubon Bird Mural Project, an impressive effort to create murals of over 300 North American birds. Most of the murals are in the Harlem neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights, where John James Audubon (1785-1851) lived the last ten years of his life. All of the birds painted are threatened by climate change. So the Project is designed not only to display the birds’ beauty, but also to make us aware of the challenges that they face.


Libraries as Partners in International Development
Organized by SLA NY and DC SLA, with special shout-out to Rita Ormsby
SLA-D.C. member Jane Kinney Meyers spoke about the Lubuto Library Partners, an organization she founded 16 years ago as a grassroots initiative to build libraries in Lusaka, Zambia. Jane presented Lubuto’s work as it would be presented to international development stakeholders in a way that she hopes colleagues will find useful and relevant to their own work. She also reflected on the uncertainties and challenges brought by the pandemic in a particularly low-resourced environment.

Read the event recap here: https://bit.ly/3xwlhGg


Words on Pictures | Panel Discusses the NYPL Photo Collection
Organized by Victoria North

Anthony Troncale
leads a discussion on the founding of the Picture Collection of the New York Public Library by Romana Javitz. Jessica Cline, Supervising Librarian, Picture Collection NYPL, photo-historian Mary Panzer, and Dr. Diana Kamin, Fordham University, speak about the collection, its history, and how they use it in their work. 

Read the event recap here: https://bit.ly/2UBS3H
Watch the recording here: Words on Pictures, SLA NY Panel Discussion Mary 23, 2021 - YouTube



Recession and its Impact on LIS | What Does the 2008 Great Recession Tell Us About the Global Pandemic & Crisis’ Impact on Librarianship Today?
Organized by Clara Cabrera, Cathrine Hertz-Søndergård, and Amy Stubbing

SLA NY and SLA Europe organized an informal discussion on the impact of past recessions on librarianship. The discussion answered the following questions:

  • How have previous recessions directly impacted librarianship?
  • How did we in the profession fare during the Great Recession and how are things in the current Global Pandemic/Economic Crisis?
  • What is the impact on a librarian career that has these two events to contend with?
  • What future do we see?
Read the discussion recap here: https://bit.ly/3yJu3AW



African American Theatre Dramaturgy and Accessing African American History and Culture
Organized by Clara Cabrera

In February 2021, Clara moderated a discussion with librarian and dramaturg A. J. Muhammad and Cecily Marcus, Principal Investigator, Umbra Research.

A. J. discussed how he uses NYPL collections to assist artists with dramaturgical research, including developing new content across platforms, as well as how a curator preserves and makes African American history in the performance arts accessible.


The Financially Savvy Librarian
Organized by Clara Cabrera and Lisa Lopez

Clara and Lisa gathered an impressive panel of information professionals from different parts of the US, in different stages of their careers, from retired to student librarians. The panel included Leigh Hallingby, Phil Vandermeer, Phillip Cunningham, Alvina Lai, and Marian Ekweogwu. They discussed the issues and milestones they've experienced during their careers and how they planned for them financially. The panelists shared some elements of what worked and what has not.

The panel discussion was followed by invited speaker Penny Wang of Consumer Reports. Penny discussed with Encore member, Rebecca Vargha, her suggestions and ideas on how information professionals might think out their financial planning throughout the stages of their career.


In Celebration of the Women's March | Roundtable Discussion
Organized by Vida Cohen

There was not a Women's March in NYC this year due to the pandemic. We decided to virtually get together for coffee with friends and, perhaps, make some new ones. A very comfortable way to approach topics all of us may have experienced and what may happen in the future.


Toast to the New Year with SLA NY 
Organized by Vida Cohen

Our traditional January "Welcome to the New Year" looked different this year! Friends and colleagues were invited to join us in toasting 2021. Professional and personal experiences of the past year and expectations for the year ahead were shared.