Message from the President:
Hello All – As we move into April, I wanted to take a minute to applaud our recent Library Journal 2013 Movers & Shakers.
It’s excited to see two of our DC SLA members on the 2013 Movers & Shakers list. It doesn’t surprise me though. Hannah and Naomi regularly inspire me with their professional activity, their energy and diligence, and their vision. I know I am not alone in this.
One of the great things about DC SLA is that we have the opportunity to have members like Hannah and Naomi in our midst. They are remarkable professionals. Like Hannah and Naomi, each of us strives to develop a path that helps us build and grown our own personal brand of being a remarkable professional. Naomi and Hannah have shown us two impressive ways to build those pathways to remarkable. Now, how can we take what they’ve shared with us through their actions and efforts and use it to enhance and refine our own paths? How do we make our own path clearer, better, stronger?
One of the answers is this: Take advantage of the most extraordinary professional resources available to you – each other.
We are fortunate to have a large, diverse, and active membership to support each other, learn from each other, and inspire each other. Connect with your colleagues. Participate as a DC SLA volunteer. Attend a Chapter program. Join us at a Chapter event. Plug in virtually through our new webinars or via our social media channels. Find a way to develop and grow professionally through your DC SLA membership. You don’t have to take huge actions to make a difference for yourself or others. I’m a big believe in baby steps to get to your goal.
So however you’re going to do it, this month, think about actions you are going to take as an information professional and a member of the DC SLA Chapter to be remarkable over the next year and what your path to getting there is going to look like. How are you going to learn, how are you going to teach, how are you going to expand your network? How are you going to make a difference both personally and professionally to yourself and in turn, your DC SLA colleagues (and beyond)?
There are some great opportunities to learn and connect coming up in April and early May:
- Writing Series: How to Write to Develop a Professional Brand with speakers: Naomi House, Reference Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian Census Bureau Library and Editor/Founder/Publisher of I Need a Library Job; Liba Tomas, Senior Recruiter for NPR, will talk about leveraging writing on LinkedIn to develop your brand; and Amy Fenning, Senior Brand Marketing Manager with LexisNexis, will discuss best practices for your brand when writing on Twitter. Brown Bag Lunch In Person Viewing – http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=
227 and virtual viewing – http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee= 228
- Joint Spring Workshop 2013 – Strategic Communication: Technology, Generations, and Cultures – http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=
- Legislative History Research 101 – Sponsored by LexisNexis with Department of the Interior Law Librarian, Maureen Booth. Brown Bag Lunch In Person – http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=
225 and virtual viewing – http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee= 226
Enjoy the spring flowers!
Marie Kaddell, M.L.S., M.S., M.B.A.
Senior Information Professional Consultant
Past Chair, SLA Division of Government Information