By Deena Adelman, DC/SLA President
Spring is here, the cherry blossoms will be arriving soon, and DC/SLA programming is in full bloom!
Winter provided us with an opportunity for introspection, and spring is a great time to put our realizations and plans into motion. If career development and connections are part of your goals, I encourage you to take advantage of SLA’s World of Possibilities as Rick Kowalski talks about in his reflection. And as Laura Choyce offers in her Warming Up reflection, warmer weather presents a great opportunity to reinvigorate your involvement with DC/SLA.
This Saturday DC/SLA is co-sponsoring the Maryland Chapter’s Job Search Workshop. On-site participation has reached capacity but spots are still available for the webcast or post-workshop resume review. Join us next Wednesday for Happy Hour at Capitol City Brewing Company downtown. On March 31st, members will have the opportunity to learn about techniques and resources available for overcoming skills gaps in the 75th Jubilee program Skills Gaps – What’s an Info Pro To Do? Enjoy the outdoors with the Military Librarians Group on a tour of Mount Vernon on April 18th and join community volunteers at a Free Minds Write Night on April 21st. We will kick off May with a viewing and discussion of TED Talks selected by DC/SLA Past Presidents.
I am always amazed by the extent of programming DC/SLA provides and by the amount of time DC/SLA volunteers devote to planning and implementing events. Please consider helping out with program planning or other DC/SLA activities, such as assisting with managing the chapter archives and providing career development resources. You will not only lighten the load for current volunteers but will gain valuable experience and connections. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Kelly for more information about volunteer opportunities.
Don’t forget to sign up to become a Jubilee VIP! This unique opportunity is a way to celebrate DC/SLA’s 75th anniversary and covers admission to most of DC/SLA programs this year. Becoming a Jubilee VIP also provides you with a discounted guest pass to the 75th Jubilee Gala which will take place in the fall. We will be announcing the date soon.
The SLA Annual Conference in Boston is just a few months away, so remember to register and make your travel and hotel reservations if you haven’t already. DC/SLA is offering a $1500 award to support a chapter member’s attendance at the conference. For more information, see: http://dc.sla.org/awards/annual-conference-stipend/.
As we begin this new season, I hope you will all find an extra spring in your step to help you in succeeding in your personal and professional endeavors.