Members and friends of SLA Toronto,
Welcome to the first issue of The Courier for 2008.
First things first. It is my pleasure to present your new Executive Board:
Joy Shanfield – President Elect
Claire Lysnes – Membership Chair
Britta J. Charbonneau – Director
Jan Moffatt – Secretary
Faye Mitchell – Treasurer
As many of you know, volunteering for SLA is a rewarding experience. It can also be an invisible one as well. With that in mind, I want to be the first to recognize the above mentioned volunteers for committing their time and energy to advancing the mission and values of our Chapter and our Association.
I also want to thank the Chapter’s Advisory Board (http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/advisory.asp) for all their hard work delivering The Courier, planning events, maintaining the discussion list, managing the Archives, the career guidance program, awards, and furthering relations with partners and library schools.
I would also like to thank Past President Pam Casey and her Executive Board for their tireless efforts last year on behalf of the Chapter.
Goals for 2008
As President, I have set out three goals for myself this year:
- to increase the Chapter’s membership;
- to focus on the needs of students and new information professionals as they start their careers as information professionals; and
- to continue our partnerships with non-library groups and associations.
Our membership numbers have steadily declined over the years. This has had real implications for us in terms of the numbers of volunteers we can recruit, as well as the dollars we receive as our allotment from SLA to support our programs and scholarships. Claire Lysnes has developed a plan that I think will not only help us to attract more members, but also encourage our current members to retain their membership. It never hurts to refresh yourself on the benefits of your SLA membership: http://www.sla.org/content/membership/mbrbenefits/index.cfm
Student Sponsorship Fund
I am very excited to announce that the Chapter has established a Student Sponsorship Fund to offset the costs associated with allowing all students to attend SLA Toronto events for FREE. For many years, SLA Toronto has had strong ties with the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, and Seneca College. We hope that by allowing all students to attend our events for free, they will quickly realize the benefits of active participation in professional associations as well as learning from our programs. The Student Sponsorship Fund also provides our members with an opportunity to support students while lowering the Chapter’s administrative overhead. It is, in our minds, a win-win situation, not only for our members, but also for the students who are the future of our profession.
We are still in the process of finalizing the events calendar for 2008; however, we have many ideas for educational, intriguing and fun events this year:
- Partners in Technology Roundtable: in late winter or spring, which will provide an insider’s view of the R&D side of our partners products and service
- Joint event in the Spring with the Canadian Public Relations Society on media monitoring and management
- Joint social event with other library associations to celebrate International Special Librarians Day in April
- Cross border shopping or vineyard bus tour in the Fall
- A selection of Click U Live virtual seminars
- A screening of the film, “The Hollywood Librarian”
- Library tours
The Chapter’s sub-groups will also be planning events, so check the events calendar regularly. Or, better yet, add the RSS feed to your reader:
SLA Toronto Upcoming Events RSS Feed
100 Years of SLA
In 2009, it will be SLA’s 100th anniversary. In preparation for this outstanding accomplishment, we will begin to republish a selection of classic Courier articles from the Chapter’s Archives going back to the 1940s.
We look forward to an exciting year of networking, learning, advocacy, and fun. The Executive Board welcomes your feedback as to how SLA Toronto can continue to deliver superior member value to you.
Daniel P. Lee, MLIS
President, SLA Toronto Chapter