For the second year, SLA Conference brought its new Fellows and Rising Stars together for a round table session. This year’s theme was the four ‘pillars’ of Future Ready: community, collaboration, alignment and adaptable skills. Each pair of Star & Fellow took one topic, and presented their thoughts and perspectives. Webb Shaw from JJ Keller, sponsors of the Rising Star award ably chaired the session.

Kate and Sara from SLA Europe talked about Community. A few of the questions we answered about the value of community were:

  • Do you have an “expert community?”
  • What method did you use to build it?
  • What about social media?
  • What are the goals of your most important professional community?
  • Have you taken part in a mentoring program, either as a mentor or “mentee”? How has that helped you build community?

Sara takes the floorIt was a fun meeting to take part in. The preparation calls were also interesting, to see the group come together and get a sense of the way the session would pan out. It was particularly nice to get a laugh for one of Sara’s points, and to see a comment being retweeted across the conference, albeit slightly tongue in cheek from some. Other pairings addressed these questions below: what answers would you give, and how would they help you become Future Ready?

Adaptable skills
What are examples of non-tech skills that need to be adaptable?
How do you position yourself and your organization for adaptability?
What do you think is the next adaptation you’ll need to make?

How have you gotten to know your users?
What’s an example of how you deliver information in a way you know to be user-friendly?
Have you identified your organization’s short- and long-term goals? How did you go about it?

How do you coordinate with other dept’s to meet goals of your organization
What is an example of how you use communication and networking with outside groups to build your knowledge base and/or keep it current?

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1 comment on “Rising Stars & Fellows at #SLA2011”

  1. Ned Potter

    Just wanted to go on record as saying my RTing of Sara’s excellent community / collaboration comment was sincere rather than tounge-in-cheek,

    I really enjoyed Sara and Kate’s contribution to this session, it was great.

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