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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – May 2017

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – May 2017

President’s Message

Greetings to everyone in our Chapter and to those who may be interested in becoming members of our Chapter. We’re at the end of spring and there are already many things taking place. Our Chapter Board is focusing on increasing membership this year. As you’re well aware, our Chapter membership has decreased over the years and we want to make an effort to regain some or all of those members. We’re segmenting our efforts to focus on current LIS students, current Chapter members, and those individuals who have not renewed their SLA membership. Our Chapter Board receives membership data from SLA Headquarters so we are able to track our efforts on a regular basis. Over the past few months, we’ve seen a few new memberships, but more would always be better.

We have many Chapter programs coming up over the next few months so I hope that all of you will take advantage of them. Our members work hard to produce these programs and we need to show our support for them. At our last Chapter Board meeting, it was decided that we would make sure that at least one Board member attends each program; “being there” is part of our professional commitment, so please take a look at the upcoming programs and make an effort to support our Chapter and our colleagues.

After our last Chapter Board meeting earlier this month, I was really thrilled to see so many Board members staying later to discuss issues and plans. Our meetings take place at the end of the work day and our meeting didn’t end until almost 7:15pm. Several of our members stayed past the conclusion of the meeting to work for the betterment of our organization. It was extremely gratifying to see the dedication of our Board members in making our Chapter better and stronger. We have a wonderful Chapter Board!

If you’re fortunate enough to be going to the SLA Annual Conference, please let me know so we can find a chance to get together. I know several of our DC colleagues who are going and our Chapter is always a co-sponsor of the East Coast Reception, so please make yourself known if you’re going. Also, if you’re going, please volunteer for SLA opportunities that may arise. It’s good professional development for you and it helps to build the reputation of our DC Chapter.

Let me close by encouraging everyone to be fully engaged with the DC Chapter; give of yourselves and encourage others to join or rejoin SLA. We all know the importance of networking; here’s our chance to make it a reality.

-Blane Dessy, DC/SLA President


Our Events in May

We hope you can come and attend our events in the future, but if you missed them here is a write up of each of them. We hope to see you there for the next ones:

May 16th Happy Hour

Cheers to all that came!

To the first of many happy hours we hope to have this summer, the one at Bar Deco worked out very well. We all enjoyed our libations and food. The price on their Hawaiian beer as well as having funnel cake fries on the menu made it even more enjoyable.

Thanks to Jonathan Fiencke for organizing an opportunity for 10 librarians to come together and have a social happy hour. There were some new librarians who joined us for their first DC/SLA event, as well as members who have been a part of DC/SLA for some time, so we are glad everyone who took part.
May 18 Networking Event
Special Library Association, DC Chapter members and some non-members joined Diane L Cohen at the law firm of Arent Fox, LLP for a fun evening of coaching in the area of networking and just plain getting over ourselves.

We practiced laughing yoga and listened to our breathing – all part of the preparation to relax. Diane led us through this process because people tend to get stressed when we set out to “network” and during interviews. We noted to ourselves in laughter that one can not practice laughter yoga during an interview, but one can listen to one’s own breathing as a technique to relax and take your mind away from itself.

I took away two major points among the numerous ideas presented:

1) One should have a 30 second personal narrative prepared in advance of going out to events at which we present our professional selves.

2) Networking, like riding a scary roller coaster, is an activity that requires proactive movement in events and scenarios. We need to embrace the ride and seek out opportunities.

It was useful event all around – and fun. All learning moments that require systematic or consistent interaction with other people also entail some self analysis. These moments can be challenging for precisely that reason in my humble opinion. But this is how we become better professionals and better people.

If you are interested in joining DC/SLA, please reach out to me to see about how you might get involved at jesse(at)meta21st.com.

Joining DC/SLA is a perfectly good way to engage in the networking process.

-Jesse Lambertson, DC/SLA President-Elect

 

May 23rd From Belize to Bermuda Travels of a Librarian at the SQCC

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E. L. Doctorow once said, “The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a library card, and a passport” While the second one is obviously the most important, for Mary Berghau Levering the third one has been very helpful in her travels to 163 countries. A librarian who was a senior leader at the Library of Congress from 1966 to 2011, Mary has been involved with many aspects of the library field.

Her travel philosophy can be summarized into two quotes:
“The World is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page”
-St. Augustine
“Don’t tell me how smart you are. Tell me where you have traveled”
-Mohammed

Her first journey was to the South Pacific where she went to countries small and tiny. Whether it was visiting Micronesia, Marshall and Solomon Islands, or scuba diving in Tuvalu she took a first step into her great journeys.

Next she was in the Southern Balkans, visiting countries that are still reeling from the war and recovering from the changes, a few decades is still too short a time frame. Unfortunately her least friendly people were there in Bosnia, but every experience is a learning one.

After that she went to the Amazonian Delta Region where she visited the first of her Guinea countries, Devil’s Island, Guyana with their 877 species of birds, and Suriname.

Then she embarked on a set of two different African trips. First was to East Africa and South Asia taking a loop from Djibouti, Burundi, the Seychelles, Maldives, Kerala, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.And the most recent set of journeys took her to West African nations of Mali, Guinea, Liberia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Algeria, and Western Sahara. One very touching moment was visiting a soccer (football) game played by former child soldiers who are also amputees. They played the game with crutches.

Not all of her adventures were part of grand trips, some were direct trips such as her favorite countries include: New Zealand, Turkey, Costa Rica, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Laos, and even Antarctica (it counts even if it is not a country).

While we all hope we might be able to go to a percent of the countries that she has been to, it is still inspiring of the opportunity to see so much of the world.

I just renewed my passport, where are you going next?

-David Blum, DC/SLA Communications Secretary

 

May 27th Privacy Session

The first rule of Privacy Club is you talk about Privacy Club.

The second rule of Privacy Club is you make sure that others know about Privacy Club.

Or so to say, as Jesse Lambertson (DC/SLA President-Elect) explained in his information session at the Mt. Pleasant Library. As he explained there are a variety of tools and techniques that we can all incorporate into our daily life that makes the balance between technology access and personal security easier.

As privacy is no longer a given due to information collection by both governments and companies, it now falls on the individual to seek out their own privacy.

There are introductory steps such as using Duck-Duck-Go (https://duckduckgo.com/) as your default search engine instead of Google, Yahoo, or Bing. You can make your SMS services go through Signal (https://whispersystems.org/) to ensure that all messages between Signal users are completely encrypted, you can even re-verify phones using QR codes the next time you see each other in person for added benefit.

The next step is ensuring that your passwords are secure, so resources such as Last Pass or 1Pass Password Managers are a good way of putting highly valuable information into a secure lock box, not a list in front of your screen. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are another way of putting even higher security in your browsing habits if you are at a coffee shop or traveling.

On a deeper level, there is the well known TOR Browser and system (https://www.torproject.org). TOR or The Onion Router, is a way of using relay points to mask your searches and internet use. In addition there different operating systems that are also inherently secure due to their make-up. One of them called Qubes, which compartmentalizes your Operating System so that if you are browsing online and are infected with malware, it will only impact that one section you have been using, while a different section with banking or personal details are secure in a different one.

You might ask yourself why be worried about Privacy, but Glenn Greenwald makes a valid point in this Ted Talk that Why Privacy Matters, and the mindset that having nothing to hide is wrong.

-David Blum, DC/SLA Communications Secretary


Upcoming Events

Join us for a GIS Workshop with Samuel Russell
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June 6, 2017 – 6:30-8 pm.
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Room 303.

Register and more information located here: http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=438

If you have any event suggestions to highlight, please use this form to contact the Communication Secretary or the Programming Chair through this portal http://dc.sla.org/about/committees-groups/program-planning-committee/

Keep an eye on our events calendar for other upcoming activities.

 


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