By Molly Kuramoto
Words from Outside New York contributor
At the Mid-Winter Meeting of the SLA Kentucky Chapter, one of the topics of discussion was the status of the Kentucky Student Chapter. In recent years, membership in the student chapter gradually declined until it became inactive. As the librarians of the Kentucky Chapter try to re-establish an active student chapter, they will face an increasingly common challenge: a growing number of distance-learning students.
A Conversation with Davis Erin Anderson and Raymond Pun
Davis Erin Anderson and Raymond Pun are co-editors of the upcoming volume titled Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library to be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2016. This conversation piece explores how they both decided to work on this edited volume that is focused on library career transitions. They will also share some insights they found in the chapters that were submitted for this volume.
Hello Ray! Thanks for conversing with me regarding our project to edit and publish a book featuring stories from librarians who are making transitions within the field. I remember when you and I met for coffee in June 2014 to talk about partnering on this project. How did you conceive of this project in the first place? We know from our publishers that a book of this nature hasn’t been produced before; how did the idea come to you? Continue reading
Conflict First Aid: What to Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
By Pat Wagner
One of the practical principles of human behavior that I try to remember in tough times is that there are significant differences between the “right” ways to manage unhealthy conflict in the workplace and the “real” ways.
The “right” ways are what the verifiable research informs us to do because these work most of the time with most people in most situations. These include the textbook models with 47 steps and exhaustive questionnaires to probe one’s personality, techniques garnered from published theses, and ideas gleaned from the latest pop psychology books. It is important to learn how to implement these models and tactics correctly, particularly for those times when one has the time and resources to follow the rules. They often contain the foundations of principles that they can be applied in many situations. Continue reading
By Emma Davidson
As a child, I never really liked playing with sand. Its lack of structure annoyed me, it irritated my skin, and of course you never knew what unpleasant surprises might be lurking below the surface. All that notwithstanding, thanks to SLA NY I’m currently adding the crenellations to the most commodious castle I’ve ever built, and I’m certainly not ready to give up my spot in the sand.
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