Event Forecast

The Colleague Connection Committee Takes a New Approach

By Emily Drew and Eric Dillalogue

 

SLA NY’s Chapter President Marcy Winkler wrote in the previous issue of B2E that one of her goals for this year “is to create an environment where all SLA NY members are open to learning from each other.” The SLA NY Colleague Connection Committee (formerly The Mentorship Committee) – consisting of Donna Severino (Chair), Zachary Leader, Linda Ronan, and the authors – has heeded that call to action as we implement new approaches to our program, making it more beneficial to all members.

Short-term, we are looking at a two-pronged approach to what we can offer our members: a new one-on-one program called The Colleague Connection and a more flexible way to connect via Power Networking. These are designed to offer new opportunities for members to connect, no matter if you are a student, just starting your career, or a veteran in the field. There is always room to learn from your colleagues and we hope to provide the structure and support to make it happen. Our long-term goals include creating an online space for connecting with members and a robust student program based on internships at local companies and institutions.

Program Launch: The Colleague Connection Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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2014 Conference/Expo Preview: SLA President-Elect Jill Strand Keynote Address: “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our Profession & Association”

By Wendy Ball

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

An important part of the role of SLA President is to assess annually the ever-changing environment in which the SLA functions and to approve the association’s strategy in relation to it.

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As President-Elect Jill Strand prepares to take over in in January 2015, she continues to study the evolving nature of the jobs and professionals that make up the world of library and information science and services, paying special attention to the role of SLA within that context. In her keynote speech at SLA NY’s inaugural conference and expo, entitled “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our Profession and Association,” Strand will explore key highlights and findings from the recent IFLA Trend Report and SLA/Financial Times Survey, framing her talk in terms of SLA national’s involvement in the continuously developing field and what that means for local chapters.

The day-long event, to be held at Baruch College’s Vertical Campus on September 18th, will serve as a great opportunity for members and non-members in the New York metro area to take part in intensive professional development and convivial networking while hearing SLA national leadership’s thoughts and observations up-close. Continue reading

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2014 Conference/Expo Preview: INALJ and You

By Elizabeth Willse

This is one of three articles previewing SLA NY’s September 18th Conference and Expo at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. The other two can be found here and here. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found hereFollow @SLANewYork and #SLANY for news and updates!

What social media tools are the most effective in a job search? How can library job seekers use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr to make important networking connections and cultivate a savvy online presence to move their job search forward? How can social media tools help librarians with professional development and industry research? LIS job seekers from recent graduates to seasoned LIS professionals are undoubtedly asking the same questions. Continue reading

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