Posted on April 14, 2008.
Leadership Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, January 2008
Janice R. LaChance
CEO, Special Libraries Association
SLA exploded out of the starting gate in 2008 with an outstanding Leadership Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. Hundreds of chapter, division, section, caucus and committee leaders took part in this year’s event that focused largely on the future, especially SLA’s upcoming Centennial Celebration in 2009.
I want to thank everyone who took part in the summit and made it such an outstanding success. I would like to thank especially our Cabinet Chairs Libby Trudell and Robyn Frank, as well as our 2007 Cabinet Chairs Anne Caputo and Agnes Mattis and our 2008 Cabinet Chairs-elect Susan Fifer-Canby and Tom Rink.
Also, I would like to say a word of thanks to the SLA Kentucky Chapter, especially Susan Brown and Jan Berry, who did a wonderful job as hosts of this summit, and to my wonderful staff at headquarters for their hard work in preparing for this meeting. Of course, it would have been impossible to hold this event without the support of our terrific sponsors; Dow Jones & Company, our Gold Sponsor for the 2008 Leadership Summit and Thomson Scientific, our Silver Sponsor, as well as our supporting sponsors IEEE, ProQuest and EOS International. Thank you all very much for your generous support. It is appreciated so very, very much.
A centerpiece of this year’s summit and SLA’s activity during 2008 will be the continuing examination of the information profession and of the roles librarians, info pros and the association will play in the future. Working with a well-respected team of research and communications professionals led by the international consulting firm, Fleishman-Hillard in collaboration with futurist Andy Hines of Social Technologies, and Outsell Inc, we will help librarians and info pros align their knowledge, experience and skills with the evolving needs of tomorrow’s organizations. And, we will ensure that SLA continues to provide you with the right tools and the right skills at the right time to be successful in the rapidly changing world of information.
Members taking part in this year’s summit not only had the opportunity to learn valuable skills that will help them in their roles as leaders of the association, they also helped to shape plans for SLA’s Centennial Year and provided valuable feedback on the association’s alignment process.
We heard from a member of SLA’s alignment project team as the Dow Jones sponsored keynote speaker for the summit. Futurist Andy Hines, director of consulting at Social Technologies and the author of several books, has worked with numerous multi-national organizations seeking to identify trends that will have an impact on these companies and not-for-profit organizations in the future. Some of you may have seen Andy recently on the CBS Morning News discussing the ‘Future of Happiness’ study his company conducted for MTV about teen happiness. In Louisville, he talked about global societal trends that are likely to impact librarians and info pros as they perform their jobs in the years ahead and we are very fortunate to have him on our team.
Also joining us in Louisville were members of the Fleishman-Hillard team. David Wickenden, senior vice president and senior partner in charge of Fleishman-Hillard’s Integrated Media Practice led an update on the alignment project and discussed the findings of secondary research the project team has conducted to date. David and his team also talked about the exciting next steps for primary research that will help identify more clearly perceptions and attitudes about info pros and SLA among key audiences, including senior executives responsible for setting budget and hiring priorities that impact librarians and information professionals.
Following remarks by SLA’s 2008 President, Stephen Abram, about his ambitious and exciting goals for the association during his upcoming term, and my discussion of the current state of the association and its accomplishments during 2007, members took part in a freewheeling “table-top” discussion session called “Remembering the Future.” This exciting and innovative exercise organized by Libby and Robyn asked participants to imagine what the profession and the association would look like in the year 2010. It was a lively and spirited discussion that generated many great ideas. We will post these on the SLA Web site as soon as possible and would appreciate your feedback on them. The importance of your views and opinions on the future of the profession and on this examination cannot be overstated.
In a separate brainstorming session, members were asked for their thoughts and suggestions on the best ways to mark SLA’s upcoming centennial. Again, we received many excellent ideas that are being forwarded to the Centennial Commission and to the 2009 Annual Conference planners. This is an important milestone in SLA’s history and we plan to do it up right.
2008 will be an exciting year for SLA. In addition to the Leadership Summit, we are looking forward to another highly successful SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Seattle, Washington (USA) in June. Besides librarians, info pros and their industry partners from throughout the world, we will be joined by Dr. Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist of Google, who will be interviewed by television journalist Charlie Rose during the opening keynote session. We also will hear from Seth Godin, bestselling author and the person BusinessWeek called the “Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age.” I encourage you to begin making plans now to join us in Seattle for North America’s premier information industry conference and INFO-EXPO.
Congrats to Campaign WINNERS!
The 2007 Recruit-a-Member Campaign wrapped up 31 December 2007. SLA members
worked very hard between October and December to recruit new members and it
shows in the numbers. More than 125 new members were recruited during the campaign.
The winners of the campaign were announced and presented with their awards at
the 2008 Leadership Summit. Click here to see the top recruiters and units at
Rather than recommending a specific title this month, I encourage you to check
out SLA’s Leadership and Management Library at Click University if you have
not done so already. Nearly 1,000 titles are available free online to members
through SLA’s partnership with ebrary. This searchable library gives you access
to a wide array of business titles that can be extremely helpful in solving
an immediate business challenge or simply improving your management and leadership
IQ. I am confident you will be impressed with what you find: http://www.clickuniversity.com/
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.- John F. Kennedy
SLA: Knowledge to Go Green
Headquarters recently announced that SLA will join the fight for a cleaner,
greener earth. “The time for all organizations to be thinking this way has come,
and with the global warming and other environmental crisis becoming an increased
concern for our members, SLA is ready to step up and do the best that we can
do to make a difference,” said SLA CEO Janice R. Lachance. “As an international
organization with over 11,000 members, working together, we can certainly have
more of a positive impact on the future of the environment.” Read the press
release at http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/pressroom/pressrelease/08pr/pr2801.cfm
Send Your Green Ideas to Information Outlook
SLA’s magazine is starting a monthly listing of ideas members have used to save
energy, save resources, reduce carbon emissions, etc., in their workplaces.
The ideas don’t have to be limited to savings in the information department;
they can extend to the entire organization. Please let us know what you’re doing.
Send a brief note to John Adams, SLA’s publications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, June 2008
Seattle: Annual Conference and Housing Registration now OPEN!
Maximize your membership benefits by signing up early for SLA 2008 Annual Conference
and INFO-EXPO (http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2008/registration/index.cfm)
and save US$ 300 off the regular member onsite registration amount. Register
today at http://registration.expoexchange.com/ShowSLA081/Default.aspx!
As always, hotel rooms are sure to fill up quickly so make sure you reserve
your space today in one of the conference hotels through the official SLA Housing
Want to know which companies are exhibiting in Seattle? Visit the Virtual INFO-EXPO
Center – http://www.sla.org/veh08.
2008 Click U Live! @ Annual Conference
Craft your own impact strategy at SLA’s Click University pre-conference, hands-on
seminars and tutorials, and get noticed when you get back to the office. Register
early…so your program will not be cancelled! Early Bird registration ends
1 April. Learn more at http://sla.learn.com/learncenter.asp?page=63.
SLA Historical Resources for 2009 Centennial
As we are moving into the new year, many chapters and divisions may be working
on their own celebrations of the 2009 SLA centennial. SLA has its own association
history section on its Web site (http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/AssnProfile/History/index.cfm).
If you have any questions about the information on the site, please contact
John Latham at email@example.com. If you
have questions about centennial celebrations please contact the Centennial Commission
Find the right job in the information industry. Search for jobs in SLA’s Career
Seeking Qualified Candidates? Post employment opportunities to SLA’s Career
SLA Virtual Advisors provides you with 24/7 e-mail access to career advice and
guidance from experienced information professionals willing to volunteer their
time to help you! Whether you’re trying to figure out your next career move
or are moving to another part of the world, Virtual Advisors gives you insights
you need to get ahead. Log in to Virtual Advisors at http://careercenter.sla.org/website/12242/advisory/index.cfm.
To help you advance in your career, SLA has formed a partnership with career coach Marshall Brown & Associates. Whether you are seeking to transition into a new position today or thinking about it for tomorrow, Marshall Brown & Associates can assist you. Marshall has been SLA’s featured career coach at several conferences and has had numerous articles published in Information Outlook.
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Presenter: Marshall Brown, Marshall Brown & Associates
Career Smarts: Q & A with Kim Dority
Information careers can be rewarding, exciting, well-paying, and, occasionally, really confusing. Should you take that new job, or stay put? Ask for that raise, or hope someone else offers? Hope the downsizing doesn’t hit you, or start working on your exit strategy now?
SLA member Kim Dority, author of Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide
for Librarians and Other Information Professionals, has written and presented
extensively on being an information professional, and is now answering career
questions on an individual basis for SLA members grappling with these and other
career questions. Send Kim your question at http://www.sla.org/content/jobs/qaform.cfm
Check out what’s happening at Click University (http://sla.learn.com/learncenter.asp?page=200).
This online learning system is an exclusive SLA member benefit and is the foundation
for all of SLA’s educational and professional development programs. Please log
in when prompted.
CLICK U Live!
Missed a LIVE! Seminar? You can still purchase a Replay! Go to http://sla.learn.com/learncenter.asp?page=23
for more information.
2008 Click U Live! Course Schedule
Start planning your next semester today! Take a moment to check out what is
happening on campus this year: the 2008 Click U Live! Schedule can be found
SLA wants to thank you for your past support of Click U Live! programs with a special offer. When you purchase a package of six or more 2008 programs, you will receive a 15% discount for each program. The regular price for each webinar is US$ 129.00; with the 15% savings, each program will cost US$ 109.65. On six programs, you’ll save US$ 116.00!
Remember, you can purchase programs for yourself or for your chapter or other group…all for the same price.