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March 2014 - Inaugural Issue

Welcome to SLA NY’s Bridge to Excellence

SLAB2E Logo Square XSm Black on whiteWelcome to Bridge to Excellence, the new online quarterly magazine brought to you by SLA New York!

We have an exciting inaugural issue to share with you, featuring a great lineup of contributors and articles which speak to the diversity of talents and interests inherent to our field: a book review of “The World’s Strongest Librarian”; a recap of the 2013 SLA annual meeting; pieces by winners of the Ellis Mount Scholarship; and articles on KM and MOOCs! We think there’s something for everyone here, and we’re just getting started. Continue reading


eLearning with MOOCs

By Kristina Bilello


Working in special libraries often entails more specific support of the organization, which at times falls outside the lines of traditional librarianship. Special librarians may be employed in a wide range of organizations; an advertising company, a historical society, a non-profit organization, an international bank, and many more. Further, the job duties of such professionals might encompass knowledge management, taxonomy, archives, records management, to name just a few examples. Continuing education is frequently a priority in order to stay on top of current trends, especially when one’s library degree is several years old. Within the field of librarianship, webinars and online short courses make this type of education more available than ever before; SLA’s Click University and Library Juice Academy are two such valuable resources. However, there is also value in educating oneself outside the parameters of librarianship—for example, learning courses that are pertinent to the field of an organization can help give you a better understanding of the clients you serve, and an awareness of trends in the field. If your goal is to change jobs in the future, acquiring this additional knowledge can help stand out in relation to other candidates. Continue reading


Book Review: The World’s Strongest Librarian

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
Josh Hanagarne
Gotham, 291 Pages, Hardcover

By Elizabeth Willse

CoverArtEven before Josh Hanagarne completes a Master’s in library science and goes to work in the Salt Lake City Public Library, this memoir is a story of the love of books, reading, and libraries, told with warmth and candor. Each chapter begins with a Dewey Decimal heading, a clever touch that shows Hanagarne’s affection for libraries. Librarians at any stage of their careers will smile at familiar vignettes about working at the circulation and reference desks, dealing with difficult patrons, and being part of the library’s daily routines. Continue reading


Report from San Diego: Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference

By Leigh Hallingby, Head Librarian, Open Society Foundations

SDConventionCtrViewIt was thrilling for members of the Special Libraries Association New York chapter (SLA NY) to begin the SLA 2013 Annual Conference by watching some of our esteemed members being honored by the global association.  Agnes Mattis was inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame to recognize service to the organization or one of its divisions or chapters.  Pam Rollo won the Rose L. Vormelker Award, which is presented to a mid-career member who actively teaches and/or mentors students or working professionals.  Amy Sarola was designated a SLA Rising Star, which recognizes the exceptional promise she has shown as a leader and her contribution to the association and profession. Continue reading


Knowledge Management in Action

SLA NY Knowledge Management Session 3 – December 12, 2013
By Helen Sobolik

Don't_kill_your_reputation,_organize_your_information_-_NARA_-_518156The third session in the SLA New York Chapter Knowledge Management (KM) Series focused on real-world case studies of successful knowledge management programs presented by Alirio Gomez and Sarah Kagen of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Barbara Hirsh of NERA Economic Consulting. The session was a treasure trove of information and best practices for implementing a KM program from start to finish. Continue reading


The Ellis Mount Scholarship Winners

The Ellis Mount Scholarship Award seeks to honor library school students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their studies and in the field of Special Librarianship. Ellis Mount taught at the Columbia University Library School for many years and was a dedicated SLA-NY Chapter Member. He was inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame in 1991. The award is open to all SLA Members enrolled in NY area MLS programs and it reimburses tuition for a one semester course. At semester conclusion,recipients provide an essay about the course taken and the benefits he/she has gained from taking the course. This year’s winners were Cristina Vignone and Rachel Finn.

I invite you to read their essays attached below to get a unique perspective on their course experience. Congratulations Cristina and Rachel!

Robert Drzewicki (Scholarship Awards Chair)



Cristina completed the course: Metadata: Description & Access.







Rachel completed the course: Rare Books and Special Collections.