Posted on January 22, 2006.
Happy New Year. I hope that the holiday time has brought everyone happiness and good cheer. Now that 2006 is upon us, it is time to start a brand new year with an overview of what SLA has been working on.
1. Gayle Gossen Appointed to Chair SLA Task Force
President Pam Rollo has completed appointments to six new task forces. Gayle Gossen, a past president (as Gayle Kiss) of the Toronto chapter, has been appointed to chair the Chapter Modeling Task Force. This task force will investigate what members love about chapters and how SLA can make chapter experience a rewarding one. It will investigate ways to make chapters agile and flexible, and will suggest a number of meeting models from which chapters can choose. Pam Casey of our chapter has also been asked to serve on this taskforce. Congratulations Gayle and Pam.
The Chapter Modeling Task Force has created a blog to solicit ideas from the membership. Your contribution is welcome. For more information please go to http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/slachaptermodeling/
Here is a listing of the other task forces and their chairs:
- Alliances & Partners – Anne Caputo & Willem Noorlander
- Executive Growth – Pamela Clark
- New Visions – Amy Disch
- Recognition – Bill Fisher
- Research Now – Robyn Frank
Two previous task forces are continuing:
- Professional Value – Ethel Salonen
- Natural Disasters – Dave Robertson
2. Daniel Lee Appointed to SLA Task Force
Daniel Lee, who is presently serving as Public Relations Chair of the Toronto chapter, has been appointed to the New Visions Task Force. This task force, chaired by Amy Disch, will identify the environmental conditions that are impacting new entrants to the profession. It will concentrate on the future challenges to the profession and investigate the factors that place certain people at the vanguard of the profession. The emphasis here is on skills and not necessarily technology. The task force will make recommendations for recruiting and retaining new entrants to the profession and the association. Those of us who have been fortunate to work with Daniel know that he will bring very good ideas and dedication to this task force. Congratulations!
3. Janice Lachance Appointed to IFLA Panel
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is conducting a review of its business processes, particularly relating to advocacy. Secretary General Peter Johan Lor has appointed SLA Executive Director Janice R. Lachance to sit on the panel that will review and comment on the report before it is presented to the IFLA Governing Board.
4. Check this out at Click University!
Were you unable to attend some of the CE sessions at Conference? Whether you were unable to attend the conference, or there were too many excellent sessions going on at the same time, here is your chance to take advantage of some of the best sessions. Cost $149 per session.
- Making It Count – Communicating the Value of Special Libraries & Information Centers – Eileen Abels and Lisl Zach
- How to Make Fear User-Friendly – Michael Clarkson
- Digital Library Collections and Services – Roy Tennant
5. Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: Strategies for Effective Leadership
SLA Leadership Summit
January 18 – 21, 2006
Houston, TX USA
Start 2006 by honing your leadership skills at the SLA Leadership Summit at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, Texas USA, January 18 – 21, 2006. Join information professionals from multiple geographic areas and disciplines in a journey you won’t soon forget.
This unique leadership development program will provide both substantive content AND time for individual reflection. Seize this opportunity to step back from your day-to-day routine and engage in group learning and skill-building exercises guaranteed to push your thinking and advance your leadership skills.
6. Member Profiles
Information Outlook® is planning a series of articles that will profile an information professional in every issue, starting in January or February.
We’re looking for people who are doing interesting work — or who might have something interesting in his or her background. For example, the June 2005 issue of the magazine featured info pro who also owns a bookstore in Toronto.
The only restrictions: They should have interesting stories to tell, and they must be SLA members.
You probably know people who would make a good profile in Information Outlook. If you do, SLA’s publications director, John T. Adams III, wants to hear from you. You can e-mail him at email@example.com. Include a sentence or two about why you think we should write about why you are suggesting them — plus their contact information.
7. SLA Salary Calculator
SLA’s latest salary calculator is now available.
The salary calculator is available online for those of you who purchased the 2005 SLA Annual Salary Survey & Workplace Study. Usernames and passwords were emailed to survey purchasers on Monday, 5 December. (If you bought the survey but haven’t received your username or password, please check your email spam filter.)
SLA has developed the interactive Salary Calculator to analyze salaries based on characteristics such as responsibility, title, budget size, experience, employees supervised, and location. The online tool provides more ways of slicing the information than a two-dimensional analysis in printed form. First set up in 2004, the calculator has been found to be a valuable addition to the annual salary survey. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Sosnowski.
8. Award Nomination Deadline
The deadline for 2006 SLA Awards & Honors nominations is four weeks away – Wednesday, 4 January. This year, you can submit nominations online, rather than mailing them. For the 58th consecutive year, SLA is seeking its “information stars” – information professionals who have exhibited stellar performance – for the 2006 Class of SLA Awards & Honors Recipients. Here’s how it works:
- 9 November 2005 – Call for Nominations is disseminated.
- 4 January 2006 – Nominations in 13 of 14 categories are due.
- 17 January – Awards Committee meets in Houston prior to Leadership Summit; makes selections in 12 of 14 categories.
- Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) Committee meets and makes selections.
- Late January-Early February – President Pam Rollo notifies individual winners.
- Early-Mid February – SLA Press Release announces 2006 Awards & Honors Recipients
- 6 May – Nominations for Student & Academic Relations Committee (SARC) Merit Awards (Chapter/Division and Student Group) are due; committee subsequently meets and makes selections.
- 11 June – Awards & Honors Recipients are honored at Opening General Session of SLA 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 13 June – Recipients are celebrated at Awards & Honors Reception aboard U.S.S. Constellation anchored in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. (Ticketed event – $50)
- Detailed info regarding categories, criteria, and eligibility is available
- For the first time, nominations can be submitted via the Internet. Simply complete the electronic nomination form available at www.sla.org/awards; attach supporting documentation; and click “Submit.”
Separate nomination forms are required for DLDP and SARC.