Social Media in Libraries: An Interview with the Social Media Managers at the Morgan Library and Museum

by Stella Sigal, MSLIS Candidate and Themis Brown Reading Room Intern at the Morgan Library and Museum

“If it can’t be found on the Internet, it doesn’t exist.” As we move into the Twenty-First century, industries have transitioned to a social media platform to promote their products. With a click of a button, users can easily access information. Traditional cultural institutions, such as the Morgan Library and Museum, have embraced this revolution. Online social media platforms offer institutions an unusual opportunity to interact with patrons outside their physical walls. This facilitates educational dialogue and offers institutions a chance to showcase their programming to a larger audience.

The Morgan’s social media managers, Moriah Shtull and Michelle Perlin, offer their thoughts on promoting the library’s collections and educational programs and its transition to social media.

Q: The Morgan Library and Museum has made its transition to social media. What are some of the benefits?

A: The mission of the Morgan is “to preserve, build, study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity,” and social media presents an unparalleled opportunity for outreach to a global audience. Continue reading


How to Organize a Conference

Behind the Scenes with SLA NY Conference and Expo organizers

By Daniel Barron

Sarah Davis, Vida Cohen, and Rebecca Hahn

Conference organizers Sarah Davis, Vida Cohen, and Rebecca Hahn

An annual conference may look just like the one that occurred twelve months before, but that doesn’t mean it organized itself. An outfit like the Special Libraries Association New York Chapter (SLA NY) relies exclusively on volunteers, and the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at an event like the SLA New York Conference & Expo often means that a fresh group of planners is needed every year.

All three of this year’s principle organizers—Rebecca Hahn (research assistant at the Institute for Agean Prehistory), Sarah Davis (information and research coordinator at Redeemer City to City) and Vida Cohen (independent consultant and long-time SLA NY contributor)—were volunteers at the 2014 conference and were recruited by last year’s organizers, current SLA NY President Marcy Winker and President-Elect Emma Davidson, to run the 2015 event. Continue reading


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


“Seizing Opportunities and Taking On New Challenges” An Interview with Donna Severino, SLA NY Director at Large

By Chris Lillis Meatto

You’ve had a long relationship with SLA NY…could you talk briefly about your service with the organization, some of the roles you’ve had, and some projects that you’ve worked on?

I have been a member of SLA NY since 1990. However, I never had the opportunity to engage fully at the leadership level until 2009. In 2009, I found myself in the same position as many information professionals. It was the height of the economic crisis, and my position was jeopardized. As a result, I engaged with my various professional organizations more frequently, and SLA NY was one of them. I started by joining an SLA NY task force, the Employment Task Force. The Task Force was formed by the 2009 SLA NY President, Michelle Dollinger. Its purpose was to help our members, affected by the economic crisis, to obtain relevant career-related information and the tools to leverage their skills and experience and reinvent themselves in order to fit the roles available in this new information services/management environment.

Michelle was looking for someone to lead the effort, and I raised my hand to play a lead role and quickly expanded the task force, creating a road map to achieve our stated goals and fulfill our mission. In short, we focused the year on programming related to career development and transition. LinkedIn specialists addressed members; career coaches and recruiters discussed resume writing and provided coaching for interviews; a panel of successful information professionals who leveraged their experience to change careers addressed the membership, and there were many other programs along these lines. Continue reading


A Chat with Diversity Committee Chairs Clara Cabrera and Lisa Lopez-Terrones

By Rachel Finn

Difference matters–recognizing, accepting, acknowledging, celebrating–and there is little room in our field, or any other, for that matter, to ignore it. In the spirit of this, SLA NY’s Diversity Committee, co-chaired by Lisa Lopez-Terrones and Clara Cabrera, led chapter efforts to celebrate diversity through a series of events around the city. In the fall of 2013, at the start of their shared tenure, along with other members of the committee, the two surveyed Chapter members in order to gain useful insights for the direction and future planning of the committee. Continue reading