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Not the CIA: Competitive Intelligence and Analysis in the Real World

Join us March 28, 2014, at the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, for a full day of presentations on competitive intelligence (CI) as it relates to businesses, law firms, and academia.

Visit our Events page for all the details and to register for this exciting event!


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Now accepting nominations for UNYSLA’s Chapter Merit Award

Applications are now being accepted until October 25th for this year’s chapter merit award.

The Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement and service to SLA and the Chapter and honors chapter members with a record of distinguished service in the organization and the association.

Please see our awards page for more detailed information and to submit a nomination.

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2012 UNYSLA Award Winners

2012 UNYSLA Award Winners

UNYSLA recently announced this year’s Chapter Member Merit Award and Student Merit Award recipients at the annual Fall Meeting in Fayetteville, NY.

Linda Galloway recieves Chapter Merit AwardLinda Galloway received the Chapter Merit Award for her record of distinguished service and outstanding achievement to the Upstate New York SLA Chapter as well as the national SLA organization. Linda joined SLA and UNYSLA in 2003 and has held several UNYSLA board positions including Secretary, President-Elect, President, Past-President, and Vendor Relations Chair. During her time as President-Elect in 2008, Linda planned the spring and fall annual meetings on digital rights management and interactive technologies, respectively, and has since continued to be a valuable resource for event planning. Her time as president saw the creation of new policies and the revision of UNYSLA’s best practices governing document. At the national level, Linda has presented at several SLA Annual Conferences. Linda is currently the biology, chemistry and forensic sciences librarian at Syracuse University Library and is active in the Pi Lambda Sigma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu.

Esther Jackson Recieves AwardEsther Marie Jackson received the Student Merit Award for increasing SLA student involvement, expanding professional development opportunities, and expanding the profile of the SLA Student Group at the University at Buffalo (UB). As President of the UB SLA Student Group, Esther has shown leadership through outreach and programming, including re-designing the group’s website to create a more professional image, podcasting group meetings to be more accessible to distance members, and planning local library tours and a public speaking workshop. Esther has also increased collaboration with other student groups on campus to create a more cohesive social media presence and activities calendar. Through these efforts, membership and interest in the SLA Student Group at UB has grown tremendously in the last year. Esther also attended the Spring 2012 UNYSLA meeting as a student shadow and plans on receiving her LIS degree in December 2012. In addition to her SLA activities, she currently serves on UB’s LIS Advisory Board and works for UB’s ILL Lending Department and Preservation Department.

Congratulations to both members for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

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The Joys of UNYSLA Service – View from Virginia Young

The Joys of UNYSLA Service – View from Virginia Young

When did you first volunteer to help out?
Late last summer, 2011, I knew I would be expected to become more active in professional groups when I became full time faculty in October. Professional organization activity is one of the tenure requirements.

Why did you get involved with UNYSLA?
I was encouraged by the President to become involved because the organization was unique.

Was there anything that surprised you about your experience?
No – the group is welcoming and there isn’t pressure to do more than is comfortable.

What would you say to people who are not sure if they should get involved?
I think if someone has made the decision to join SLA, they would really enjoy the personal connections of the local group. To make those connections, volunteering is a great opportunity to learn what goes on at the local level and to slowly get to know the members.

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SLA webinar – Partnering for Program Content

Both chapter and division program planners will benefit from these tips for

  • discovering good content,
  • not “going it alone,”
  • sharing the wealth after the event, and
  • creating valuable sessions.

Register now for “Partnering for Program Content” on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.


This is a free program for leadership development, open to all SLA members.  Presented by: Carolyn Sosnowski, SLA’s Director of Education and Information Services, with the assistance of Linda Broussard, SLA CFO.

Brought to you by your Cabinet leadership team.

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2012 Nominations for student merit awards Deadline October 5th

2012 Nominations for student merit awards Deadline October 5th

The UNYSLA Student Merit Award provides a $100 each year to an LIS student who is active in SLA or their student group. Nominations for the award will be accepted until October 5th.  The criteria are as follows:

Purpose of the Award: The UNYSLA Student Merit Award seeks to recognize and reward the active participation of student SLA members through their involvement in their Student Group activities.

Eligibility for Nominations: Any chapter member may nominate a student for the Merit Award.

Eligibility to receive the award: Any SLA member who is also enrolled in a masters or PhD level library or information studies program.

Award criteria: Award criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • increased SLA student memberships
  • expanded professional development opportunities both formal and informal;
  • raised the profile of the SLA Student Group in their own school; on their own campus; or in the professional community;
  • brought educators and practicing special librarians together;
  • increased or enhanced the profile of special librarianship and/or the SLA within their academic or broader community.

Nominations will be ranked based upon clearly stated and documented quantitative and qualitative evidence. Be sure to clearly state the category of nomination and address the award criteria listed above.

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Blog posts from the SLA Board of Director candidates

Biographies of all of the candidates can be found at

The election runs Sept. 5 – 26.  Votes are cast online, unless a paper ballot has been requested.

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CI webinar free to SLA members

Join Sean Campbell, Co-Owner of Cascade Insights, guest speaker for our next CI Division’s webinar, on Tuesday, June 5th at 1 pm EST. This session is FREE to all SLA members.
Sponsored by: Aurora WDC and Cascade Insights.

Topic: Going Beyond Google: Gathering Internet Intelligence

Knowing a competitor’s strategies, in advance, can be the difference between success and failure, and yet members of business leadership teams, marketers, and sales teams are stretched too thin just “doing their job” to spend much time really analyzing the competition. During this session we’ll show you how can make the most of open source intelligence (OSINT) assets.

Take Aways:

  • 20+ free Web tools for Competitive Intelligence
  • Best practices for searching the deep web
  • Multiple examples of how these tools have been used in competitive intelligence projects
  • Guidance as to how you should rank and prioritize open source intelligence sources

To register:

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Get Involved with UNYSLA

There are several ways to get involved including conference planning, board positions, networking events, and so much more! Send inquiries to anyone listed on our About page, or fill out our Contact Us form.

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