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.
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By Stephanie L. Gross, MATESOL, MSLIS (Pratt Institute)
When I met Emily in the fall of 2013, I was struck by her youth as well as her maturity. Having mentored a number of library students, recent grads and librarians in transition, I knew that working with Emily would be a gratifying experience. What I didn’t know at the time was that the short-term mentorship would indeed morph into that of a long-term collegial relationship. Was it that Emily graduated from my alma mater Pratt Institute that facilitated the transition from guide to peer? Perhaps. Emily has told me that just having someone to talk to as she pursued her quest for promotion at NYPL helped her stay the course. I discovered that by asking her questions and listening to her answers I gained an insight into the mind of one who is experiencing the 21st century employment “revolution”. My/our decision to extend the 3-month commitment has been based on the acknowledgement that there is much value to be had in maintaining a collegial dialog between professionals from different fields and generations. I should mention that Emily is a public librarian while I am an academic one. Although neither of us is currently involved in special libraries, we have found that SLA meets the highest standard of both professionalism and collegiality. I am proud to have been a part of what is to become The Colleague Connection and urge all who are able to consider donating a few hours of their time to this worthy endeavor. It is one that will continue to enhance and strengthen not only librarians and their institutions but our stakeholders as well. I congratulate Emily and SLA-NY on their steadfast loyalty to the principles of professional development and continuing education. Much success in future!!
SLA NY Power Networking
By Esther Marie Jackson
I’m already gearing up for the SLA NY Power Networking event on May 7th, and in the spirit of that event, here are some quick-fire reasons why I’m attending.
- I’m new to NYC, and I want to meet other librarians
- I’m new to NYC, and I want to meet other New Yorkers (Can I call myself that if I’ve only been here three months?)
- I’m a new library professional, and I’d like to meet both seasoned pros, and library students
- I like small talk
- I like networking
- I like appetizers
I also like that this event, although clearly professional in nature, seems like it will be a lot of fun. What better way to avoid awkwardly standing in a corner at an event than to be forced (encouraged?) to chat with a wide range of people in a short amount of time?
I hope to meet you there!