by Joy M. Banks
Clockwise from top left: My husband, Jeff, showing his support at the 2016 SLA IT Dance Party; My own personal #teamawesome; Tabby, always willing to help; Enjoying the view from my former office
I had a revelation recently: Sometimes, I impede my own path to success.
I’ve had the great fortune of attending each SLA Annual Meeting since 2010. Each year, I review the conference schedule for sessions relevant to my current position and future goals. That has usually been relatively easy. I started my career as a catalog librarian at a medium sized private college. I later transitioned to a solo librarian overseeing a music library and historical archive in a garden/museum setting. Both were pretty standard positions with clear institutional goals and expectations.
This year was the first year I attended SLA as an independent information professional (IIP), and I found myself at a loss during many time slots, looking for something that seemed relevant to my current career path and goals. Invariably, though, when a time slot had one thing I found interesting, the same time slot held two (or three) things of interest. During one such time slot, I found myself walking what felt like a mile to arrive quite late to a session by Dr. Shelley Reciniello, author of The Conscious Leader. Continue reading
#SLA2016: WORDS OF WISDOM
Let’s Get Social at the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo!
Attending the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia? Interested in some great social opportunities? Here are a few of the many after-hours events planned.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter, these informal pay-your-own-way dinners are a great way to meet new people. Head here for details and registration.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
LMD’s 40th Anniversary Party
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join LMD for food, drinks and fun at Time Restaurant. $20 gets you dinner and 2 drinks. Head here for details and registration.
9 p.m. to Midnight
Sing your heart out, or just come to marvel at SLA’s musical talent.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
East Coast Chapter Reception
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This event is co-sponsored by SLA NY. It will be held at Field House (1150 Filbert Street) and we hope to see you there!
IT Dance Party
9 p.m. to Midnight
Also co-sponsored by SLA NY. Come dance the night away at this unmissable event.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14
6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Philadelphia Chapter, these informal pay-your-own-way dinners will be a great way to close out the conference and say goodbye to all the new people you’ve met. Head here for details and registration.
There are many other great social events planned for SLA 2016; this list is just a quick preview! Check out the full conference schedule here.
3 Reasons You Can’t Miss the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia!
SLA’s Annual Conference is coming up fast. Since it’s in Philadelphia this year, we hope to see lots of New Yorkers there! In case the fantastic program isn’t quite enough to persuade you, we asked a few SLA NY board members why you should attend. Here’s what they had to say:
“Number one reason to attend the conference: expand your network of information professionals. By attending SLA Boston last year, I expanded my network of information professionals in NYC and connected with others who work throughout the US and internationally. I chose to attend professional development sessions that were interactive, allowing for discussion with those sitting near me. I had numerous opportunities to chat with fellow attendees over lunch, coffee or drinks. I even got to network with individuals from other planets—my personal favorite was meeting and dancing with Superman at the superhero-themed IT dance party.”
-Marcy Winkler, Past President
“For me it’s the social sessions and networking; the camaraderie found at SLA is the strongest I’ve seen across association conferences. Attending evening socials as a new librarian introduced me to colleagues across the country who continue to anchor me to the profession. Professional networks are crucial, and they are much more productive (and fun!) when shared among friends.”
-Kelly Johnson, Treasurer
“The best part of the conference is getting people from all different divisions and locations in one place and letting serendipity take over. I enjoy the chance to meet and learn from people who work in different kinds of libraries. When I went to SLA in San Diego, this was especially valuable because I was still in school and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the profession. I got the most fun and the most use out of conversations and workshops that didn’t have anything to do with what I thought I was going to do professionally. I had dinner with taxonomy librarians, breakfast with food and nutrition librarians, and great conversations throughout by seeking out people in all kinds of libraries at different stages of their careers. I’m looking forward to more of the same in Philly…with less jet lag.”
-Elizabeth Willse, 2016 Board Mentee
Learn more about the 2016 Annual Conference here. Early Bird rates end April 30, so register today!