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

DC/SLA Communications Secretary – David Blum

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DC/SLA Recognizes Alicia Pappas & Lois Ireland at Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

DC/SLA Recognizes Alicia Pappas & Lois Ireland at Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

By Kari Anderson, Awards Committee

Over 50 DC/SLA members gathered at the CEB Waterview last Thursday to catch up with old friends and to celebrate another great year in the world of special libraries.

The food was fantastic and the view of the city from CEB was magnificent, but the real highlight of the evening was when the group honored two of its most outstanding members.

The Member of the Year Award is given to a chapter member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the chapter, public service activities, assistance in professional development promotion of special librarianship or publication of a professional paper.

The Awards Committee presented the 2016 Member of the Year award to Alicia Pappas for her outstanding contributions to the chapter. It can best be described as jumping in with both feet and making a splash. A member of the chapter since 2012, Alicia became membership director for the 2014 association year, focused on raising awareness of the value of SLA membership not only to the library community but also to the people we work with daily. During her tenure, DC/SLA certainly held its own as one of the largest chapters in the association. As a member of the 75th Jubilee Task Force she organized the gala, not a small task. She is currently serving as the chapter treasurer, which is no small commitment in any circumstance but particularly so for a chapter as large and active as ours is. She believes in seeking out ways to give back to the community by sharing her knowledge and passions, well and truly demonstrated by her service to the chapter and the profession.

The Board of Directors Award is given to an individual or group who may or may not be a member of the D.C. Chapter in recognition of special achievement or contribution to the field of special librarianship.

How do you define “special achievement” in a group of already special achievers? The committee is delighted to recognize Lois Ireland for just that. She has worn a number of hats within the chapter, all of which served particularly well to advance recognition of the value of special librarians and librarianship. In addition to serving as a chapter director, she was chapter president for the 2012 association year – this is a three-year commitment, so you really have to mean it, and the president-elect was responsible for all of the chapter’s events throughout the year. As chapter president, she focused on applying her skills making connections to how people, members and nonmembers alike, connected with the association and with each other. Demonstrating real dedication to the chapter by her willingness to do it again, she is currently the program director. Throughout, she has recognized and emphasized the incredible value and importance of volunteering her skills and services. This spirit of giving back is well demonstrated by her service to the chapter, the association and the profession, and for this we are delighted to recognize Lois with the Board of Directors award.

Photos from the holiday event:
2016 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

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Recap: Third Annual Battle of the Librarians Trivia Night

Recap: Third Annual Battle of the Librarians Trivia Night

By Emily Florio

Members of LLSDC, DC/SLA and DCLA showed their trivia smarts at the Third Annual Battle of the Librarians held October 25th at Hill Country. The teams definitely showcased our profession through their team names: Make Librarians Great Again, Book Vixens, Plato’s Stepchildren and Dewey Decimal’s Damsels. The various trivia rounds included current events, audio and images, Halloween questions and much more. All teams put in a great effort and Team Dewey had a come from behind victory to win.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made it another fun event!

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A Day at the Zoo

A Day at the Zoo

Last weekend, a group of DC/SLA members braved the District heat and visited the National Zoo. While the crowds made it difficult to get a glimpse of baby panda Bei Bei, the DC/SLAers got to meet a Great Ape zookeeper, watched the elephants get trained, and saw the Sloth Bear enrichment demonstration.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the zoo!

Here are a few pics from the event. Stay tuned for other DC/SLA events on the calendar or on SLA Connect.

 

2016 Summer National Zoo Outing

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DC/SLA Members Sweep Medals At Museum Scavenger Hunt

DC/SLA Members Sweep Medals At Museum Scavenger Hunt

By Lois Ireland, DC/SLA Program Director

Eight DC/SLA members took on a different challenge recently, as they put their heads together to solve a murder.

Well, OK, it was a pretend murder but the search to uncover who dunnit required attention to detail, an ability to detect patterns in disparate things and good-natured teamwork – sounds like a typical librarian job description!

We joined a larger group at the National Gallery of Art (West) and listened as Sharlette from Watson Adventures described how a museum curator had been found in his office. Our job, she told us, was to use the clues he’d left behind to suss out the murderer and the motive. The group divided into 8 teams of 4 people, and set off through the galleries, finding answers hidden in the artwork.  The 20 clues involved word play, a little history, a keen eye and some quick thinking to come up with the answers. Our 2 librarian teams, “Better Than Google” and “The Late and the Lost,” finished the search with a comfortable margin on the clock.  When the score sheets were tallied, the DC/SLA  teams were tied for first place. “The Late and the Lost” edged past “Better Than Google” after a tie-breaker question.

With congratulations all-round and medals to prove ourselves worthy of Nancy Drew’s admiration, the triumphant teams retired to Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza for a celebratory dine-around. The decision was unanimous – this was a very fun way to explore the gallery and see the artwork in a different way. Watson Adventures also runs other scavenger hunts – check out their website. http://www.watsonadventures.com/public/location/washington-dc/

DC/SLA Scavenger Hunt Teams:

Better Than Google

  • Beth Kirton-Crane                                                                            
  • Kate McNamara                                                                               
  • Cheri Widowski                                                                                
  • Susan Wright                                                      

The Late & The Lost

  • Johnna Childs
  • Lois Ireland
  • Becky Steindorf
  • Amy Taylor

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Photos – the winner’s medal; attendees – Cheri Widowski, Susan Wright, Beth Kirton-Crane, Kate McNamara, Becky Steindorf, Lois Ireland, Johnna Childs, Amy Taylor

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