Issue 3

September 2014 - SLA NY Conference & Expo

Practical Project Management for Information Professionals

By Emma Davidson

Project management is one of those things that we all seem expected to do, but how often do you get taught the skills you need to succeed?

It just so happens that we have a fantastic panel lined up to discuss project management for library and information professionals. Beginning at 1:30pm, delegates will hear from a diverse range of speakers from different types of libraries as well as project management specialists:

ProjectManagementPanelMitch Brodsky, Project Manager at the New York Philharmonic

Clara Cabrera, Research & Reference Specialist – Team Lead at WilmerHale (Panel Chair)

Mimi B. Rosenfeld, Program Manager, Outreach Communications at Project Management Institute, NYC Chapter

Eric Stedfeld, Project Manager/Systems Analyst at NYU

Jennifer Vinopal, Project Manager, Digital Library Technology Services at NYU

Robert Drzewicki, Gartner

To give you a sneak preview of what our panelists think about some of the issues involved in successful project management, we sent them a few questions to answer. Read on to find out what they think about getting library staff involved in project work, the challenges of communication, and why librarians should develop project management skills. Continue reading


Mentoring: The road to professional development and success

By Stephanie Gross

My perspective on professional development is that one can almost never get too much. Successful professionals understand that achieving a college diploma is only the beginning of one’s career. I have been involved with mentoring for the past six years through both local and national library groups and one of the main goals I hope to achieve through mentoring is that my mentee develop an increased appreciation of career development and continuing education in the library field.  Oftentimes I’ve found that this has been a rather hard sell. People wonder “How will I make the time?” “How will I afford the tuition?” I explain that it is an investment that almost always bears fruit. For example, one mentee took on added training in the summer and won both a challenge grant and a promotion at her current place of work. Continue reading


SLA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver: Metrics, Media, Museums, and More

By Leigh Hallingby, Head Librarian, Open Society Foundations

Digital OrcaVancouver is a most appealing conference venue, and the Western Canada Chapter of SLA were gracious hosts who made all of us Americans “from abroad” feel really welcome.  In fact, right after I arrived in Vancouver on Saturday, June 7, I took immediate advantage of an SLA-sponsored tour of the University of British Columbia’s famous Museum of Anthropology, which I had signed up for in advance.  It was a gorgeous sunny day in the upper 60’s (basically the same weather we had all week). I was thrilled to hit the ground running and to see the famous totem poles, house posts, and carved figures from several Northwest Coast nations, among many other treasures. Continue reading


SLA NY Conference & Expo: benefits for students

By Sarah Davis

After a year of library school at Pratt Institute, I have learned that professional development is an important component of my education. My undergraduate studies were in liberal arts, and finding a job afterwards was more of a pleasant afterthought rather than the goal of the degree. A Masters in Library Science is a much different experience. The whole program—my classes, extracurricular activities, and projects—is geared towards helping me learn the skills needed to secure a job in the library field of my choosing. Continue reading


SLA NY Conference & Expo: a mid-career professional’s perspective

By Jeanine McPartlin

I have recently become involved in conference planning with SLA NY and LLAGNY (Law Library Association of Greater New York). As a member of the LLAGNY Education Committee, I assisted with organizing the conference we held this past January. Some of my responsibilities included scheduling speakers, researching topics by reading industry journals and attending the conference to troubleshoot with technical issues. I have worked in both legal and corporate research jobs and found that skills in both environments are not mutually exclusive because information needs may overlap. For instance, a law firm library may want SEC filings, and a corporate library may want to track down a docket from the Delaware Chancery Court. Continue reading


Tech Tools on the Cheap: Freeware at NYU’s Digital Studio

By Michelle Pronovost

NYU’s Digital Studio, located in Bobst Library, is a specialized Mac lab where students and faculty can digitize, edit, compress, and transcode video, audio and graphics. A report of the past Academic Year showed that three of the Studio’s top ten applications happen to be free, and additional favorites are open source and freeware as well. While free software is great for a library’s budget, these applications often are valued by our clients and by us because they also perform well. Here are a number of free programs the Studio uses daily and the features that make them stand out from their proprietary counterparts: Continue reading

Ellen Mehling, Marvin Brown, and Susan Murphy

Personal Presentation and Self-marketing: Spotlight on Our Experts Ellen Mehling, Marvin Brown, and Susan Murphy

Personal Presentation and Self-marketing: Spotlight on Our Experts Ellen Mehling, Marvin Brown, and Susan Murphy
By Rebecca Hahn

One of the many exciting programs at the inaugural SLA NY Conference and Expo is the event on personal presentation and self marketing, part of the professional development track. This program is especially interactive as it consists of three concurrent expert-led discussion groups. After the discussions conclude, there will be time for an exchange of best practices. The event will be moderated by our keynote speaker SLA President Elect Jill Strand, and the discussions will be led by Ellen Mehling, Marvin Brown, and Susan Murphy. Continue reading


President’s Letter

Nick CollisonDear Members,

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. Continue reading


Networking Like a Pro at the SLA Expo

By Elizabeth Willse

We’re counting down the days until the SLA NY Conference and Expo.

Throughout the panels and exhibits scheduled for the day, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking. No matter where you are in your career, whether you need a library job, or are attending the Expo for insights to use in your current position, we hope you’ll take full advantage of the opportunity to network. To that end, here are a few useful tips and tricks that have worked for me: Continue reading