It has been 6 months since I became President of SLA NY. Looking back at our achievements and what the Chapter has provided to its members in this short time has been truly outstanding. Your Board and Advisory Council have worked extremely hard to provide a combination of educational and social events, and, behind the scenes, have been new and innovative initiatives to increase membership, tailor programming to meet the needs of our diverse membership base, and adding increased value to your membership.
Our focus is and has and always been the needs of our members, and I do hope that this is reflected through some of the exciting programs and events we have created. I am very proud of our new publication, B2E, and its Editorial Board (Rachel Finn, Chris Lillis Meatto and Helen Sobolik). This has proved to be a great new resource for our members, and the work has just begun. I would encourage you to take some time to read this great publication. It is informative, fresh and looks at different perspectives of our community and the challenges we face today.
I’m also extremely proud of our upcoming One Day Conference and Expo. This event and program of educational tracks has been an ambitious undertaking for the Chapter, and our Expo Committee has come up trumps with an exciting program for today’s information professionals. Our keynote Speaker, Jill Strand – incoming SLA President – will kick off this exciting event. After a day of education and networking, we will be hosting a cocktail reception for you to relax and unwind. Spaces are now becoming limited, and I would highly recommend that you reserve your space now.
The Chapter has always been cutting edge, and I would like to mention one event that proves that we are innovative, creative and are truly international. The New York Chapter is hosting an event that will provide a live video link to the SLA European Chapter. We are collaborating with the Business and Finance Division, as well as Legal Division, and the European Chapter.
Our speaker Zena Appelbaum, is a dynamic speaker who will present a Competitive Intelligence (CI) topic with a twist – how CI can be used as a leadership tool. It is a presentation not to be missed.
Following on from our very successful Knowledge Management Series, in collaboration with LLAGNY and SLA’s KM Division, this Fall we will bring you a series of structured Project Management sessions. In collaboration with LLAGNY, the sessions will be designed to help you in your everyday work life – learn the basics, brush up on your PM skills or add another skill set to your resume. The Project Management Series will have something for everyone. Sessions will be held in October, November and December. Details will be out soon.
Thanks to our 2014 Nominations Committee, I am very pleased to announce that we now have the SLATE in order, and this will be announced to the Membership during the first week of September. I am also pleased to announce that we will be following through with another two Board mentees who will work with the Board and, hopefully, take up leadership roles within the Chapter and the organization as a whole. This initiative has proved, yet again, that within the Chapter we want to encourage new leadership, follow through on our commitments to encourage change, and above all have a diverse leadership program in place.
In October for our Annual Meeting, which will be generously hosted by Bloomberg BNA, will be a time to reflect on our achievement’s for the year, introduce our new incoming Board members, and to announce some new directives that will enhance our membership, and ensure that SLA New York is at the forefront of the information community.
Finally, there are too many people who I would like to thank for making the past 6 months possible, and the next 6 months even more rewarding, but here are just a few, Donna Severino, Pam Rollo and Agnes Mattis for keeping me grounded and and generously allowed me to bounce ideas off of them to formulate a big picture approach that, I hope, will serve the Chapter well now and in the years ahead..
I would also like to acknowledge some key committee members who tirelessly work on your behalf, Rachel Finn, Chris Lillis Meatto and Helen Sobolik from B2E, Susan Hoover from Job Blog, Dorothy Nelsen-Gille & Heidi Crowe from Breakfast/Luncheon Committee, and Louise Masarof, Archives.
And last but not least, I would like to thank all of our business sponsors without who many of our events would not take place.
Nick Collison, President
SLA New York Chapter