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Podcast: SLA conference mix 2

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For the SLA Europe podcast, Dennie Heye asked a variety of SLA members to send clips they recorded at the SLA Conference in Vancouver. This way he received a great collection of recordings: first timer’s impressions, interviews with board members, summaries of meetings, and much more. He will compile several SLA Europe episodes using this clips to give you a unique insight into what was going on at the SLA conference.

In this second episode you’ll hear:

- Lauren Lawler and Lindsay Robinson reflecting on the opening of the SLA annual conference;

- Marie Cannon giving her thoughts about the opening of the SLA annual conference;

- Rosie Hare, Michelle Bond, Sam Wiggins, Ruth Jenkins, Lindsay Robinson and Marie Cannon sharing their comments and take-aways at the end of the conference

You can listen or download the podcast.

Beyond Borders at #SLA2014

Michelle Bond is back again after kindly writing up the ‘Beyond Borders’ session from #SLA2014; a session which Michelle Bondexplored working across different cultures and countries.

True story: before I decided to be a librarian, I was considering doing my masters in cross-cultural communication. I thought it might be a bridge between my itinerant lifestyle and a proper career.

So I was very interested to see this session on the schedule at the conference, and even more interested to see what the panelists had to say about their time working overseas. The panel consisted of SLA Europe President Don Roll; new SLA Fellow Catherine Lavelle-Walsh and Hyoshin Kim from Douglas College with Geraldine Clement-Stoneham acting as moderator.

Taking the form of a Q&A session, the panel had many tips and stories to share about their experiences. There was plenty of laughter as the panelists recounted tales of mishaps and unintentional offenses, which for me shows the most important part of intercultural communication (and a general life tip) – don’t take yourself too seriously! I was also particularly impressed to hear that Don had only spent a total of 2 weeks outside of the US before moving to the UK!

My top 5 tips from the session are:

  1. Do your research before engaging – some cultures have specific customs which you should adhere to. One often used example is of the exchange of business cards in China – this is an important custom and is quite intricate, including ensuring you present the card with two hands and study the card you are given in return.
  2. Body language is just as important as spoken language.
  3. Everyone has an accent – even you! This is also linked to another tip, which is…
  4. Don’t assume your cultural habits are the norm. Don told us that whilst in British meetings there is always the exchange of social niceties before work starts, whilst New Yorkers will generally jump straight into it. Neither is the ‘correct’ way of doing things, it all depends on context.
  5. Vocabulary used is important – remember there are different forms of English and different vocab used across them (think “trousers” vs. “pants”). Also be careful about using humour – British people tend to have a very dry humour which isn’t necessarily appreciated overseas.

Overall I really enjoyed this session; it had lots of tips that rang true to me, having spent a lot of time overseas. It also chimed really well with the ‘Beyond Borders’ theme of the conference, and I hope I added to this by tweeting the session and engaging with various people about the issues raised. It would be great to see this session run again in the UK.

 
 

Event: Competitive Intelligence as a Leadership Tool – Thursday September 11th

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SLA NY, SLA Business & Finance Division, SLA Europe and the SLA Legal Division are pleased to present a competitive intelligence program with a look to the future of your career:

Competitive Intelligence as a Leadership Tool

 

Zena Applebaum, Manager of Intelligence & Intranet at Bennett Jones LLP, will lead a dynamic presentation that will literally cross the pond as members from both the United States and Europe gather via videoconference to discover how competitive intelligence can take the leap from information center to leadership within the organization.

Zena’s presentation will provide attendees with a view of how Competitive Intelligence fits within organizations and how it can transform the role of the Information Professional into that of a trusted and respected leader by exploring both soft and hard skills such as:

  • Consultative Modes – How do you currently provide services? Where do you fit into your organization and where do you want to go? From Fire Fighter to Leader.
  • Understanding Information Processing Patterns of Senior Management – How information professionals can bring CI forward to compliment the profiles and needs of management.
  • Effective and Efficient Analysis Frameworks –  How using the right analysis at the right time can demonstrate an appropriate level of leadership and understanding.
  • The Right Way to Communicate Deliverables – Tying it all together.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Join SLA NY, SLA B&F Division, SLA Europe and the SLA Legal Divsion

Thursday, September 11,  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NY Time and 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. London Time.

 

Breakfast will be served in New York and a light lunch will be served in London.

Bloomberg LP

731 Lexington Avenue

(between 58th and 59th Streets)

New York, NY

Skadden, Arps

40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf

London, E14 5DS

COST:

Members: $30.00

REGISTER:

Register no later than Wednesday, September 3 at

http://slanypublications.org/event-registration/?ee=7

ECCA winner Michelle Bond is back with Part 2 of her #SLA2014 reflections

 
As promised, Michelle is back with her second blog post about the SLA 2014 annual conference in Vancouver. Michelle won one of SLA Europe’s Early Career Conference Awards, in partnership with the Academic Division. To see Michelle’s first post about her conference reflections, click here.

I talked a lot in my previous post about how SLA is all about its members. And the members made the sessions too – so I wanted to write about some of my favourite sessions.

One of the things I really liked about the conference was all the different formats, from longer 2 hour sessions to the 15 minute quick takes to a mini unconference. I managed to attend a mix of session types, along with many of the obligatory social events!

My favourite longer format session was ‘Digital Humanities: What does it really mean for libraries and cultural institutions?’ And I was glad it was good as it had an 8am start the morning after the IT Dance Party! Digital Humanities (DH) is something I’ve heard mentioned a few times over the past few years so I was interested to find out more about what it was and how libraries are involved in it. The session had three speakers from universities in the US and Canada, all of whom had a slightly different take on what constitutes DH and how they were involved in it.

Trish Rosseel from the local University of British Columbia talked about the ways in which UBC library supports DH, primarily through their collections. It was interesting that their completed digital projects have a local Vancouver and British Columbia focus which includes indigenous history (BC is the westernmost province in Canada). Academics at UBC like this as they want to teach local history courses; this in turn benefits the collections as students can get involved in adding value to objects through transcribing and analysing them as well as geotagging. Trish also talked through future services UBC Library are going to offer, including data management for DH files and digital notes management, and the impact this will have on the library in terms of service and space planning. Overall it seems like a very exciting time to be working at UBC Library!

Next up was Amy Buckland from McGill University in Montreal. I really like Amy’s style of presenting – I also saw her doing one of the quick take sessions, and she’s relaxed and funny (see photo). Amy said that McGill’s library has been a key partner in building a centre for DH on campus and showcased some of the projects they’ve been involved in. Unlike UBC they don’t have a local focus – the Ming Qing Women’s Writings project is digitizing poetry from China. However, in common with UBC they are also involving students in projects – for example getting them to proofread as optical reading is only 90% accurate. Amy encouraged us to advocate for the library as the logical home for DH on campus, something that this session convinced me is entirely correct!

Amy's opening slide. We don't envy her 8am start! (ed.)

Amy’s opening slide.
We don’t envy her 8am start! (ed.)

 

The final presenter was Laurie Allen from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Similar to the previous two presenters, Laurie’s institution also gets students involved in projects. She also noted that you can do projects using data from outside your own collections as well as inside; an example of this was the ‘Who Killed Sarah Stout?’ exhibit. Laurie had some great advice for those thinking of getting involved in DH, including that you should just go for it as DH has a hands-on approach!

Some final tips from the session included that you should start small but be public and don’t wait for perfection; be open and honest about expectations and finally to have patience with everyone. I came away from the session no more enlightened about what DH actually is, but certainly enthused and interested to learn more and get involved if possible.

My final highlight was the All-Sciences poster session which, I hear you cry, doesn’t sound all that exciting. But for me this was really interesting as I’ve recently become the sole Science librarian at my university. It was great to meet other Science librarians of all types and hear about what they’re working on with faculty and students. My favourite poster was by the very interesting Dorothy Barr from Harvard University, who uses cockroaches as therapy pets!

Cockroaches as therapy pets?! We've definitely heard everything now!

Cockroaches as therapy pets?! We’ve definitely heard everything now!

 

There’s a definite trend in UK universities to bring animals on to campus during stressful times for students – whether it’s a puppy room or farm animals in the student union. I really liked that Dorothy had taken this idea and adapted it to her environment – the Ernst Mayr Library is at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. I had a fascinating chat to Dorothy in which she told me that she used to be a researcher into this type of cockroach so had a personal interest in them. She said that the cockroaches also act as an engagement point for her and colleagues; the cockroaches attract questions which turns into a way to get to know users and can also lead into a discussion about the user’s needs. Whilst I’d definitely still prefer a puppy room for my library, I really appreciated the way Dorothy had taken an idea and adapted it to her own context.

There are so many other sessions I could rave about, but hopefully this has given you an idea of the diversity of offerings at the SLA conference.

 

We’ve still got one more post coming up from Michelle, who has kindly written up the conference theme ‘Beyond Borders’ session from SLA 2014. Look out for this post next week! 
 

Event: The Evolving Value of Information Management, Thursday 4th September

SLA Europe in partnership with The Financial Times Presents:

 

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The Evolving Value of Information Management

Five Essential Attributes of the Modern Information Professional

 

Join SLA Europe and The FT for a panel event to discuss the findings of their recent report: The Evolving Value of Information Management

Thursday 4th September 6pm – 9.30pm

Morgan Stanley Auditorium
20 Bank Street, Canary Wharf
London E14 4AD
Nearest stations: Heron Quays (DLR), Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line)

The evening will be opened by a Financial Times senior director. The panel will be chaired by Kate Arnold, SLA President and Information Support Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support.

PANELLISTS:

Janice Lachance: CEO of SLA
Janice Lachance, Chief Executive Officer of SLA (Special Libraries Association) since 2003, leads the global association of 9,000 information professionals and their strategic partners in 75 countries. Her accomplishments include creation of the online Click University, an expanded international public policy program, and a comprehensive research effort to define the value information professionals bring to organisations.

Sarah Fahy: Global Head of Library Services Allen & Overy
Based in London and Belfast, her team provide research, analysis and operational support to the firm’s 44 offices. This centre of expertise complements local teams and ensures a consistent response to firm initiatives and client relationship support.

Stephen Phillips: Global Head of BIS, Analytics and Publishing at Morgan Stanley
These groups are primarily occupied with the discovery, processing and presentation of information on behalf of a wide range of internal clients.  More than 80% of this work is executed offshore in a number of delivery centres supporting their onshore colleagues in the main financial centres around the world.  This blended model has enabled the group to maximise value by delivering the highest quality services at comparatively low cost, and it continues to be refined as the operation evolves.

Networking, drinks and canapés will follow the formalities.

Please register via Eventbrite

Free for SLA members
£15 non-members

Link broken? Try clicking below or copy and paste the link into your browser:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sla-europe-the-evolving-value-of-information-management-tickets-12617432079

 

ECCA Conference reflections from Lindsay Robinson

Time for us to hear from Lindsay Robinson, who received the 2014 Early Career Conference Award that was co-sponsored by the Legal Division. Here are her reflections on attending the conference in Vancouver.

Like many people who apply for the Early Career Conference Award, I sent in my application with a lot of hope but very little expectation that I would be one of the lucky winners plucked from a very competitive field. When I received the email to say that I was going to Vancouver I was completely bowled over, and that feeling of stunned amazement continued all the way through the conference and its aftermath, when I started to reflect on the experience. I’m still not sure I completely believe it happened.

However, thanks to plenty of advice from previous winners, my mentors Sam Wiggins, Marie Cannon, and Lauren Lawler, and the inestimable Tracy Maleeff, I arrived in Vancouver as prepared as I could possibly be, but the scale of the conference was still astonishing. As I later learned nearly 2500 information professionals and exhibitors attended, making this several times larger than any conference I had attended in the UK. But apart from the size and slick organisation of the conference, the thing that impressed me most was the obvious affection and dedication SLA members have for their organisation. This was exemplified in the opening session, in which members were recognised for their service to SLA and the profession, in some cases spanning decades and entire careers. To see how much members have achieved through their working lives, and the degree to which they credit this to being involved with SLA, was a very inspiring way to start the conference.

It was great to meet so many members of SLA Europe, most of whom I only knew from email and Twitter exchanges. Through chatting to them, and attending the Legal Division Board Meeting, and Bloomberg BNA Breakfast & Business Meeting, I got a great insight into how the SLA works at chapter and division level, and again, how invested many SLA members are in their organisation. I was made welcome at every turn and, true to advice I received before the conference, the First Timer ribbon on my conference badge really did prove a great icebreaker at social and networking events. And as Lauren mentioned in her blog post about SLA 2013, the Legal Division ECCA winners have come to be nicknamed ‘Paddington’, and I too received a little bear to take around Vancouver with me.

 

Paddington at Vancouver Public Library

Paddington at Vancouver Public Library

 

The schedule was jam-packed with interesting sessions, so choosing which ones to attend was very difficult, though keeping up with the #sla2014 hashtag on Twitter helped alleviate my fear of missing out. I also took full advantage of the freedom to leave sessions partway through – utterly frowned upon in the UK, but an accepted part of conference-going in North America – and hopped from room to room until I found something of interest. I will talk more about a presentation I particularly enjoyed below, but I wanted to mention the program of ‘Quick Take’ sessions which were new for the 2014 conference, and were a fantastic idea. With a simple screen, lectern, and group of chairs set up in the space outside the main ballroom, speakers had 15 minutes to give a quick talk on a particular subject (examples include altmetrics, Big Data, and how to create a great LinkedIn profile). I thought this was a fantastic idea, perfect for filling a small gap in your conference schedule, and the punchy format always left me feeling inspired to investigate the topic further. Lots of attendees must have shared this view, as the Quick Takes will be running again at the Boston conference in 2015.

As for the longer sessions I attended, it’s difficult to choose which to write about! I really enjoyed ‘Social Media For Everyone and Every Library: Hot to Use New Apps and Tools in Innovative Ways’, given by Cheryl Yanek. It was in many ways an extremely practical talk, discussing the pros, cons and uses of various tools, and giving advice on developing a social media strategy. Some of Cheryl’s advice really stuck with me, in particular her encouragement to ‘plan to fail’ because being personal, authentic and engaging with a social media audience (which is, she said, crucial to a successful strategy) involves a certain amount of risk that some within that audience will dislike some of your posts. This is not to say that criticism shouldn’t be taken seriously, but that instead of playing it completely safe and thereby boring our audience, we should accept that some missteps will occur. From my own use of social media, and particularly Twitter, I know that the institutional and corporate accounts I continue to follow are those which appear to show something of the person behind it, rather than an anodyne account auto-tweeting the company’s press releases. As people who deal with disseminating information, I think it’s easy for librarians to see this as the sole use of social media platforms, when perhaps a more informal, personal approach would help us reach our users better.

I mentioned it briefly before, but I can’t overstate the importance of the plentiful social and networking events which were available every night. As a rather reserved introvert I was hesitant about this aspect of the conference, but armed with my business cards and under strict instructions to hand out as many as possible, I found it much easier than expected. The Fellows & First Timers Meet was held on the night before the conference opened, and was a great opportunity to meet (as the conference planner put it) ‘the makers and shakers of SLA’. The following night I watched fellow ECCA winner and secret superstar Rosie Hare bring the house down at the karaoke party, and on Monday night I had three events in a row to attend! These receptions and open houses brought me into contact with people from all over the world, and from very different types of information work, and were a huge part of making the conference so valuable and enjoyable for me.

SLA 2014 in Vancouver was a phenomenal experience which has already benefited me enormously, and will continue to do so as I reflect further on the things I learned, and become more involved with SLA. I would like to thank SLA Europe and the Legal Division for giving me this great opportunity, and everyone who gave their time, help and advice to make my first SLA conference so unforgettable.

ECCA winner Michelle Bond’s conference reflections: Part 1

Michelle is the recipient of this year’s Early Career Conference Award in partnership with the Academic Division and got to attend the SLA 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver. This post is the first part of Michelle’s conference reflections, so look out for part two over the next few weeks!

It’s all about the members

 

SLA Conference Lanyards

SLA Conference Lanyards

 

As I walked into the opening reception of SLA 2014 with my Academic Division mentor, people were holding hands and chanting. I thought perhaps we’d walked into the wrong place, or that SLA definitely wasn’t going to be for me. When I realised that this wasn’t a religious ceremony, but a First Nations elder welcoming us to his land, I was both relieved and excited – a conference that pays respect to the local indigenous people is a conference I want to be a part of.

From this beginning, SLA totally sucked me in over the next 3 days – I am now a full-blown cheerleader for the association, having been welcomed by so many of its members. Even before the conference started the welcoming began – from SLA Europe members, past ECCAs, Academic Division and the amazing Tracy Maleeff. Everybody wanted to help; everybody wanted us to get the most out of the conference.

The very first day, before the conference even officially started, I had breakfast with my mentor from Academic Division, Marlo Young. It was a really nice way to kick off my experience, to know that someone was there for me if it all got a bit too much. Marlo also talked to me about Academic Division and how I could get involved in its activities, which provided a nice frame for me to view their meetings through.

Thinking back, it also highlights how much SLA is about its members. As many people said to me, starting with Marlo, there is always an opportunity to get involved with SLA. Whether you’re a student, new librarian or an experienced professional, there’s something for you to do. And in return, members of SLA are honoured at every opportunity. It was amazing – at every turn there were awards and recognition for every kind of member. From the opening ceremony with its video clips and voiceovers announcing new Fellows, Rising Stars and Hall of Famers to individual division award ceremonies and receptions, it really felt as if members are at the heart of SLA.

 

SLA Europe Members outside the Vancouver Convention Centre with the beautiful backdrop of North Vancouver.

SLA Europe Members outside the Vancouver Convention Centre with the beautiful backdrop of North Vancouver.

 

SLA is really about networking and I met a lot of great people (including the aforementioned amazing Tracy). Everyone I met was so enthusiastic, so generous, and so keen to improve the conference and the association that it was hard not to get swept up in it. It was an incredible opportunity to learn from others what kind of librarian, and what kind of SLA member I want to be.

In amongst all this enthusing about SLA, I did also attend some sessions, a couple of which I’ll be reflecting on in my second post.

 

SLA Europe Summer Soiree 2014

Laura Williams is currently a Media Manager at the BBC in MediaCityUK, Salford, working as a archive and information professional within TV production. Laura has been an SLA member for several years, winning an Early Career Conference Award in 2013, and then joining the Early Career and Awards committee. She kindly agreed to provide us with a write-up of the SLA Europe Summer Soiree, held at Barber-Surgeon’s Hall. 

On arriving at Euston station from stereotypically drizzly Manchester, I was greeted by gloriously hot sunny London summer weather for the annual SLA Europe Summer Soiree event. Perfect conditions for an event at a venue with spectacular gardens to allow everyone to make the most of the beautiful summers evening. The event was held at Barber-Surgeon’s Hall located in The City of London, with the aforementioned gardens featuring London Wall at its perimeter. Thankfully I had taken note of the weather forecast and dressed appropriately for the heat.

Upon arriving a glass of wine was soon in hand and I was ushered into the main reception room, The Great Hall.  It is a magnificent oak panelled room, and the space is dominated by a Holbein painting of Henry VIII uniting the Barbers’ and Surgeons’ Companies. I received a brief art history lesson over wine from other attendees which was useful as I wouldn’t have realised the significant value of the painting otherwise.  As I don’t often get chance to attend SLA Europe events since moving back to the North, attending the Summer Soiree is my annual opportunity to catch up with all those who I normally only converse with by email or social media. It is always great to get such a fantastic opportunity to share stories and hear about people’s lives face to face. I was pleased to see the rest of the Early Career Awards Committee for a good catch up early on in the evening.  The evening also proved an excellent opportunity for meeting new faces, and getting to know other SLA Europe members.

SLA Europe President, Don Roll opened the event, gathering everyone together to thank event sponsors Dow Jones and Integreon, and to welcome everyone present.  Overall it was a splendid setting for much drinking, eating and lively conversation. A lovely selection of canapés was making its way round the room throughout the evening, with particular excitement at the appearance of dark chocolate covered honeycomb as one of the sweet options.  As always, I had a great time at the Summer Soiree, and was glad I could stay in London overnight to make the most of the evenings opportunities for excellent conversations with a great community of professionals.

 

Don Roll addressing the party-goers at Barber-Surgeon's Hall, from SLA Europe's Flickr Photostream.

Don Roll addressing the party-goers at Barber-Surgeon’s Hall, from SLA Europe’s Flickr Photostream.

ECCA winner Rosie Hare’s conference reflections: Part 2

Rosie Hare is the recipient of one of our 2014 Early Career Conference Awards in partnership with the Leadership and Management Division, and got to attend the SLA 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver. Rosie Hare
This post is the second of a two part blog post on Rosie’s SLA conference reflections and you can find the first post here.

As promised, I’m back with a second blog post about SLA 2014, this time focusing on a particular session I attended at the conference that really inspired me. The session was called ‘Leadership in a Time of Disruption: Reconnecting Intellect and Practice’ and was delivered by Christina Neigel from the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. I daresay that from attending her session, looking at her blog and finding out that she’s currently working on a doctorate on how leadership is conceived in LIS using post structuralist feminist theory, Christina can definitely be classed as Someone Who Knows What They Are Talking About when it comes to management and leadership. A blog post written by Christina on the same topic can be found here, for those who are interested in reading more.

Before I continue, I should probably add a disclaimer that the ideas discussed in Christina’s session come from the perspective of working in the academic library sector, and the majority of my experience comes from working in academic libraries too. Therefore, some of the points raised may not feel completely relevant to those working in very different and specialist library sectors, but I hope you will find it an interesting read nonetheless.

So, why is this session the one that seems to have stuck with me the most? When I was listening to Christina talk I found myself agreeing with pretty much everything she was saying and felt like a lot of the issues she raised were applicable in our workplaces, and in society generally, here across the pond too. The session opened with the assertion that leadership is an “essentially contested concept” (Dowding, 2011) and it is crucial that we consider different perspectives and not just accept current management and leadership practices as definitive. Christina also discussed how the dominant neoliberal culture in the West has created societal structures that favour those who come from privileged backgrounds, and we are effectively trapped into a culture of inequality that many now see as ‘natural’. It leaves us in a position where we are only able to adapt to change from one perspective and, in my view, this only serves to increase the inequalities in society.

“Our culture has become dominated by the language of austerity. It is increasingly difficult for us to imagine ourselves operating in any other way other than as economic entities.” (Neigel, 2014)

As a new professional and a young person, the idea that neoliberalism is embedded so far into everything in our culture distresses me and I don’t like it. I believe there are other ways to do things that will benefit our society in a much more healthy and democratic way. But what on Earth does all of this have to do with my career, SLA and the Library and Information sector generally? In the blog post that inspired Christina’s session she states:

“One of the limits of leadership is that it continues to operate in the library field in a hierarchical fashion that is often position-based.” (Neigel, 2014)

This made me think and I realised that I, myself, have contributed to this culture by not doing things or speaking up at work, at conferences or in sessions at Library Camps because I felt like my opinion wouldn’t be seen as important enough. I’m just a lowly Library Assistant, what do I know? Who will value my opinion if I am at the bottom rung of the ladder? Surely this only means that I am absolving myself of any responsibility to have some say in the direction of my profession and leaving it up to the privileged few to steer the course.

Christina then went on to discuss ideas around distributed leadership and how we should strive for a collective responsibility and flexibility, rather than focusing on our individual careers, and how this can help us address the pressing issues facing our profession. The American Library Association’s Core Values include things such as ‘democracy’, ‘intellectual freedom’ and ‘social responsibility’ and CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base has ‘Ethics and Values’ right at its core. It can be difficult to speak up or fight for what we believe is right if we are waiting on one leader, one ‘hero’ or even one organisation in the profession to take the lead. The hierarchy of many workplaces may mean that even the library manager or director feels unable to speak out, as they are trapped within the structures of a much bigger institution. If we use the talents and voices of the collective, I believe that we can achieve so much more and become more powerful to be able to defend our services against public sector cuts, outsourcing and the stripping away of a democratic and equal society.

“There is simply more force to defend democracy and intellectual freedom if the profession is able to call upon the diverse knowledge, interest and expertise of all of its members.  Without it, we are not much of a profession at all.” (Neigel 2014)

That conference session, above all of the others, is the one that I enjoyed the most and got the most out of. It was amazing to be in a room with so many like-minded people and to hear someone with such passion and knowledge speak about something they really care about. I would just like to say a huge thank you to Christina Neigel for a fantastic session and again to SLA Europe and the Leadership and Management Division for giving me the opportunity to attend the conference so I could share my experience with everyone else. Until next time!

References:
Dowding, K. (Ed.). (2011). Essentially contested concept.  In the Encyclopedia of Power. doi: http://dx.doi.org.proxy.ufv.ca:2048/10.4135/9781412994088.n123
Neigel, C. (2014, Apr. 20) Leadership & Privilege. [blog post]. Retrieved from: http://libitufv.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/leadership-privilege.html

Podcast: SLA Conference 2014 Mix – Part 1

For the SLA Europe podcast, Dennie Heye asked a variety of SLA members to send clips they recorded at the SLA Conference in Vancouver. This way he received a great collection of recordings: first timer’s impressions, interviews with board members, summaries of meetings, and much more. He will compile several SLA Europe episodes using this clips to give you a unique insight into what was going on at the SLA conference.

In this episode you’ll here:

  • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham interviewing Jill Strand (president elect)
  • Rosie Hare – SLA Europe Early Career Conference award winner giving her first impressions of the conference
  • Geraldine Clement-Stoneham interviewing Khalilah Gambrell (responsible for user experience at EBSCO)
  • David Cappoli – brief summary of the open SLA board meeting
  • Marlene Vogelsang – looking forward to the SLA conference

You can find the podcast episode for streaming or downloading here

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