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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – November 2014

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – November 2014

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Event Recaps

  • Event Recap: Following in the Footsteps of War by Jill Lynch – The DC/SLA Military Libraries Group traveled south to Fredericksburg, Virginia to hear excerpts from Charles A. Clark’s diary of the Battle of Second Fredericksburg. Tom Glad, a librarian at DTIC has a personal connection to the diary of Charles Amory Clark, a Union soldier in the Civil War.
  • Event Recap: Open Data/Open Source: Promoting Social and Economic Good by Leia Dickerson and Marcy Carrel – The DC/SLA International Relations Committee hosted “Open Data/Open Source: Promoting Social and Economic Good,” which included speakers from a research services vendor and an international development organization.
  • Event Recap – Career & Networking Happy Hour at Science Club by Rick Kowalski – There was a crowd of about a dozen DC/SLA members at the Science Club for the Career & Networking Happy Hour organized by the Employment & Career Resources Committee. The event gave me a chance to catch up with a few familiar information professionals and to meet some new people.

President’s Message

  • President’s Message – Letting Go by Chris Vestal, 2014 DC/SLA President – I wanted to share someone very special to me with you all this month. She came into my life 4 years ago almost to the day. My grandmother passed away just weeks before Thanksgiving a few years ago. When she died my grandmother didn’t have money and most of her possessions were things her family had given her. But she did have something really precious, her dog Bridget.

What’s Your Theme?

  • What’s Your Theme? – Pause by Elizabeth Lieutenant – As a student and new professional, I sometimes feel like my life never stops. Although it has certainly been helpful to prioritize my responsibilities, be selective in my pursuits, and always be mindful of goals, I’ve found the best way to achieve balance is by taking the time pause and engage in reflection.
  • What’s Your Theme – Make the connection by Rick Kowalski – My theme as a librarian is inspired in part by my recent obsession with modular synthesizers. At first glance, the synthesizer may look like a mad scientist project or a phone operator’s switchboard, with cables running every which way. I sometimes have to connect dozens of modules to get the desired outcome. And this is not so different from what I do in my professional work.

Announcements

  • Call for proposals! SLA 2015 Contributed Papers – SLA is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented at the 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, to be held June 14-16 in Boston. Paper topics should be related to library science, information management, or other issues pertaining to client service, technology, or administration in special libraries. Paper topics should be relevant to the conference theme, “Be Revolutionary!”

Food for Thought

  • “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” Exhibition at the Library of Congress – Library of
    Congress
  • Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong – Almost everything being said about publishing today is predicated on two facts that are dead wrong. The first is that publishers are somehow being hurt by ebook sales. The second is that independent bookstores are being crushed. – Hugh C. Howey
  • Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age – In his new book, Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free: Laws For The Internet Age, author Cory Doctorow argues that creators can make money even when their content is available online free of charge. For creators to succeed in the digital age, he says, copyright law must be reformed to reflect an age in which tech platforms control content. – NPR
  • Why Libraries [Still] Matter – Despite these appearance, libraries — real ones concerned with guarding and curating knowledge — remain crucial to free and open societies, and not simply because their traditional services within academia, from curation to preservation to research, remain in high demand by scholars. More broadly, they crucially complement the Web in its highest aspirations: to provide unfettered access to knowledge, and to link authors and readers in new ways. – Jonathan Zittrain
  • The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation – Brewster Kahle is a librarian by training and temperament. In the mid-1990s, when many saw the nascent World Wide Web as a place to sell things, he saw it as data that cried out to be preserved and cataloged. The Internet Archive serves from two to three million visitors a day with such tools as the Wayback Machine, which provides snapshots of 435 billion Web pages saved over time. Mr. Kahle has even bigger dreams, however. – New York Times
  • NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports – The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports. – National Technical Information Service

Upcoming DC/SLA Events

Professional Development

​​Chapter eNotes is an e-newsletter from the DC/SLA Chapter.

  • DC/SLA Communications Secretary – Lisa Haakon Pogue; Rick Kowalski, Communications Secretary Elect
  • DC/SLA Communications Team – Carol Abrams, Suzanne Grubb, Rick Kowalski, Jill Lynch, Zeinab A. Mansour, Amber Paranick, Kerry Schork, Megan Smith, Malea Walker, Jan Zastrow

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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – October 2014

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – October 2014

Featured Article

  • Going with the Flow: The Intersection of Information Strategy and Time – It’s pretty common to talk about information services as a flow, dropping metaphors about content streams and information pipelines (or fire hose-strength deluges). But it’s much less common to find librarians grappling with the practicalities of working with a flow-based medium. – Suzanne Grubb

 Event Recaps

President’s Message

What’s Your Theme?

Food for Thought

Upcoming DC/SLA Events

Professional Development

​​Chapter eNotes is an e-newsletter from the DC/SLA Chapter.

  • DC/SLA Communications Secretary – Lisa Haakon Pogue; Rick Kowalski, Communications Secretary Elect
  • DC/SLA Communications Team – Suzanne Grubb, Jill Lynch, Zeinab A. Mansour, Amber Paranick, Megan Smith, Malea Walker, Jan Zastrow

DC/SLA Social Media Directory

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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – September 2014

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – September 2014

Featured Article

Announcements

  • DC/SLA Board of Directors Election – This is your chance to weigh in on who you want leading our Community! This year the election will run through 11:59pm EST on September 29.

Event Recaps

President’s Message

What’s Your Theme?

Food for Thought

Upcoming DC/SLA Events

Professional Development

​​Chapter eNotes is an e-newsletter from the DC/SLA Chapter.

  • DC/SLA Communications Secretary – Lisa Haakon Pogue
  • DC/SLA Communications Team – Suzanne Grubb, Jill Lynch, Zeinab A. Mansour, Amber Paranick, Megan Smith, Malea Walker, Jan Zastrow

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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes  August 2014

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes August 2014

Food for Thought

Special Libraries in the News

President’s Message

  • Learn New Tricks! By Chris Vestal, DC/SLA President – I’ve learned to do things a certain way and I normally keep doing them that same way. But with all the disruptions going on in our profession we can’t afford to react out of habit. We have to be willing to adapt and learn new tricks.

What’s Your Theme?

  • What’s Your Theme? Positivity and Enthusiasm FTW! by Naomi House, MLIS – Positivity and Enthusiasm for the win is what it stands for and something I strive for daily in my work with INALJ, my consulting work and in presentations and panels.
  • What’s Your Theme? Flexibility by Gretchen Sauvey – The only constant throughout all of this has been the need to be flexible and to adapt to whatever changes come my way. Libraries today are successful when they adapt to their patrons’ and organizations’ changing needs.

Event Recaps

 

Upcoming DC/SLA Events

Professional Development

​​Chapter eNotes is an e-newsletter from the DC/SLA Chapter.

  • DC/SLA Communications Secretary – Lisa Haakon Pogue
  • DC/SLA Communications Team – Suzanne Grubb, Jill Lynch, Zeinab A. Mansour, Amber Paranick, Megan Smith, Malea Walker, Jan Zastrow

DC/SLA Social Media Directory

 

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DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – July 2014

DC/SLA Chapter eNotes – July 2014

Food for Thought

  • The Big Data Landscape: A Field Guide for the Rest of Us by Suzanne Grubb – For those of us that have no need or resources to start wrangling massive data sets in our small libraries — here’s a quick look at some important big data trends to keep an eye on.
  • More Food for Thought

o   More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries – Library Journal

o   Librarian Nancy Pearl Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading – NPR

o   Library of Congress to Display Interviews With Blacks, Noted and Unsung – New York Times

o   The contributed papers from SLA 2014 Annual Conference are now available.

Announcements

President’s Message

  • Focus on the PositivebyChris Vestal, DC/SLA President – In general I try to stay positive but sometimes it’s hard, especially if I’m working on a project with someone where there’s bad feelings between us.

Event Recaps

 

What’s Your Theme? By candidates for SLA President-Elect

  • Move Forward By Jim DelRosso – When I was in college, my grandfather — the original Jim DelRosso — would send me notes in the mail, usually with a bit of cash.* Most of these notes were short but heartfelt words of encouragement, the most common of which were simply, “Move forward.”
  • Service Before Self! By Tom Rink – My dad was fond of cautioning my brothers and me about the inherent pitfalls of thinking too highly of ourselves. We were constantly being reminded about the consequences of walking around with a big “M-E” etched on our chests and that we needed to focus more on the needs of others. Humility and being of service to others were virtues that were stressed early and often in our lives.

Upcoming DC/SLA Events

Professional Development

​​Chapter eNotes is an e-newsletter from the DC/SLA Chapter.

  • DC/SLA Communications Secretary – Lisa Haakon Pogue
  • DC/SLA Communications Team – Suzanne Grubb, Jill Lynch, Zeinab A. Mansour , Amber Paranick, Megan Smith, Malea Walker, Jan Zastrow

DC/SLA Social Media Directory

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