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Going to the SLA Annual Conference?

Don’t forget about the many “ticketed” events outside the core conference. Many of these include networking/division breakfasts as well as a Business Libraries tour.

Boston Business Libraries Tour

Wed., June 17th, 2015, 8am-3:30pm [Program Code: 1679]
In this tour we will visit and learn about four major business libraries in the city of Boston.  It will include the Pardee library at Boston University, the Kirstein Business Library as part of the Boston Public Library which is currently undergoing an exciting renovation, Dewey Library at MIT and Baker Library at the Harvard Business School.  Before visiting Baker Library we will take a break in Harvard Square for lunch.  Bus pick-up and drop off will be at the headquarters conference hotel.
Coordinators:  Kathy Berger, Boston University and Ann Cullen, Emory University
Hosting Units:  Business & Finance and Competitive Intelligence Divisions
Ticket Cost: $25 member/$30 nonmember/$20 retired & student members (payable during Registration)

View the full conference schedule on SLA’s website.

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All Sciences Poster Session for SLA 2015

The All Sciences Poster Session review committee is now accepting submissions for early approval. Because we know many of you rely on presenting at All Sciences to help you get funding to attend the conference, this year we will be reviewing poster submissions in December. We will inform those who have been accepted by the end of the year so they can take advantage of early bird pricing on registration.

Please send your submissions to allsciencespostersession2015@gmail.com by the end of December 20th. In your e-mail, please include your name, institution, email address, Division(s) affiliation, poster title, and poster abstract (250 words or less).

Any SLA member is welcome to submit an abstract. Your submission MUST include the objective and methods sections of the structured abstract. The objective section (for which you may substitute the research question) may not exceed 60 words, and the methods section (which may include brief descriptions of the population and expected results) may not exceed 140 words. We do not require results and conclusions at this point, although you must be able to present them on the final poster.

If you are not ready to submit now, the final deadline will be at the end of March 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Thomsett-Scott at bethts007@gmail.com.

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Webinar: Knowledge management, a profession in transformation

4:30 am EST (A wee bit early in the morning. You can download the FT report from the SLA site.)

Join the Financial Times for a webinar featuring the special report commissioned with the Special Libraries Association (SLA) titled ‘The Evolving Value of Information Management’ which reveals the contrasting challenges between information users and providers.

49% of information users expect the level of engagement between knowledge providers and senior management to increase in the next three years; while only 34% say knowledge providersadd “a lot of value”

Title: Knowledge management, a profession in transformation

Date: 12th December 2014

Time: 5:30 pm Singapore/ 4:30 am EST

Key Speakers: Simon Lord, Head of B2B Marketing, Financial Times and Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur ,University Librarian, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Register now (by emailing the organizer)

The FT team will be hosting a complimentary webinar in association with the Asian SLA chapter. It will be presented by Simon Lord and Dr. Gaur covering the report findings that reveal disparities in the perceived value of information services as well as provide an actionable framework for the continuing success of the knowledge function.
The report is based on insights from over 850 respondents, both from senior executives and information professionals.

About the speakers

Simon Lord, Head of B2B Marketing, Financial Times
Simon has a wealth of working experience in senior marketing roles with companies like IBM, Mysis, marketing agencies and in his current role is responsible for business-to-business marketing at the Financial Times.

Dr. Ramesh C. Gaur, University Librarian, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Gaur, a Fulbright Scholar, has made significant contributions to the many editorial bodies he is a part of, been awarded for excellence as a librarian, authored and edited 5 books, and currently is leading a project under the “Center for Excellence on Digital Preservation” of NDPP.

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People Who Need People: Honing Your Interpersonal Skills – #SLAtalk twitter chat

#SLAtalk – People Who Need People: Honing Your Interpersonal Skills

Be one of the luckiest people in the world and join us on Tuesday, December 9th at 3:00 pm ET for an #SLAtalk Twitter chat session all about finding and strengthening your interpersonal skills.

Check back here for our discussion questions and more information.

Tuesday, December 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

How to #SLAtalk: https://www.sla.org/slatalk-plus-slatalk-archives/

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Ensuring a Smooth Progression to New Operational Leadership

Blog Post from SLA President Kate Arnold

Ensuring a Smooth Progression to New Operational Leadership

Yesterday, we announced the departure of Janice Lachance as SLA’s CEO. The SLA Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a smooth progression to new operational leadership, and in keeping with that goal I formed a Transition Committee earlier this year. The members of the committee are Jill Strand, our president-elect; John DiGilio, SLA’s treasurer; Tara Murray and Debbie Schachter, members of the board; and Bill Noorlander, a member of SLA’s Finance Committee.

Read full Blog Post: http://bit.ly/SmoothProgression

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SLA and Janice R. Lachance announce Lachance’s departure as CEO

After 11 years of leading the staff of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Janice R. Lachance will be stepping down as the association’s chief executive officer at the conclusion of her contract at year end. SLA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Doug Newcomb and SLA Chief Financial Officer Linda Broussard will serve as co-acting chief executive officers.

“Janice has headed SLA during a period of dynamic change within the information profession,” said SLA President Kate Arnold. “On behalf of the Board, I thank her for her years of service to SLA.”

Lachance is receiving the title of CEO Emeritus and will continue to provide special advice and counsel to SLA as it transitions to new leadership and beyond.

For more information, see http://bit.ly/sla-ceo

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Today’s the deadline for SLA 2015 Contributed Papers Proposals

SLA’s last call for for contributed paper proposals:

15 Minutes of Fame, a Lasting Contribution

Andy Warhol famously (pardon the pun) said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” But what does 15 minutes of fame really get you, other than a few more “likes” on Facebook and some selfies with total strangers?

On the other hand, if you spend 15 minutes presenting a contributed paper at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference, you can earn the gratitude of your peers, the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a lasting contribution to research in your field, and, possibly, free registration to the SLA 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. But you must act now—proposals for contributed papers are due Monday, December 1.

To learn more about the requirements for presenting a contributed paper, click here. To read papers contributed at recent SLA Annual Conferences or to get a sense of the kinds of topics the papers address, click here.

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2015 SLA Board of Directors

The results are in. Check out the 2015 Online Voting Results on www.sla.org

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