Posted on August 3, 2008.
SLA Toronto Chapter extends congratulations to President Daniel P. Lee, who received a 2008 Diversity Leadership Development Program Award at the recent SLA Annual Conference in Seattle, WA (see SLA’s pre-conference announcement of award winners below,)
SLA Announces Recipients of 2008 Diversity Leadership Development Program Award Sponsored by EBSCO
Five SLA Members to Be Honored at SLA Annual Conference and INFO- EXPO in Seattle
Alexandria, Virginia USA, 27 May 2008 – The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP), in conjunction with EBSCO, the sponsor of the awards, today announced the five SLA members who will be honored in June as recipients of the 2008 DLDP Awards. The 2008 DLDP Awards include a US$ 1,000 cash prize, as well as complimentary registration for the 2008 SLA Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO, to be held 15-18 June in Seattle.
The DLDP Award program was developed by SLA to help accelerate the advancement and visibility of members who represent the diversity of the association by mentoring them for greater leadership opportunities.
SLA defines diversity as, “a reality created by individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences.” The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.
Recipients must have an interest and potential for leadership with SLA, have been a member of SLA for at least one year, and have between three and ten years of professional library and information experience.
Candidates for the DLDP awards were reviewed and considered by the DLDP Committee, chaired this year by Dr. Stephanie Tolson, and confirmed by the SLA Board of Directors.
“Each and every one of these honorees is exceptionally deserving of this recognition,” said Janice R. Lachance, SLA chief executive officer. “Their contributions to the association and to the information profession have helped SLA continue to grow into one of the most diverse and inclusive organizations in the field of information management today. I congratulate all of these award recipients and thank them for their continued dedication to SLA and the profession.”
A very important part of the DLDP is the assigning of a mentor to each of the recipients. DLDP mentors play a very special role in the career development of each recipient. The mentors are seasoned information professionals who meet with recipients to give advice on career direction, building a portfolio of skills, and leadership opportunities in SLA and how to obtain those roles.
The 2008 recipients of the Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) Award are:
Dr. Prakriti R. Goswami, Director, National Social Science Document Center, New Delhi, India
Jasmine Griffiths, Knowledge Services Organization, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tampa, Fla.
Daniel P. Lee, Research Librarian, Navigator Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
Winter S. Shanck, Archivist, Reference Library/Tape Archive, Thirteen/WNET, New York City
Bing Wang, Chemical Information Librarian, Library and Information Center, Georgia Tech Library & Information Center, Atlanta
DLDP Award recipients are showcased at the SLA Awards Ceremony and Reception on 15 June, as well as the DLDP Breakfast on 16 June, and presented at the Opening Session during the 2008 SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO.
SLA Announces (June 10, 2008): The SLA Innovation Laboratory, a place to explore
Be a lab rat!
The SLA Innovation Laboratory is designed to be a place where you can play, learn, and discover uses for the latest emerging technologies. It’s a unique resource exclusively for SLA members to discover, and get comfortable with, new technologies. The Laboratory offers a wide variety of Web 2.0 software learning tools to help you become more business savvy and technologically adept.
The SLA Innovation Lab also provides tools to SLA units (chapters, divisions, committees, councils, caucuses, task forces, etc.) to build and implement useful services for members. The initiative adds deep value to acquiring and retaining SLA membership.
Join us in the Laboratory
SLA has a long tradition of successful education initiatives. Learning opportunities abound, but the SLA Innovation Laboratory differs from traditional continuous learning in that it does not necessarily require a course, conference or event. It is something members — you — do for yourself, independently or in small groups. By offering the SLA Innovation Laboratory for members to discover, play, and learn, we have the framework for 24/7 independent learning opportunities. This is an expansion of SLA’s learning programs, and is designed for you to invest the time and have fun learning.
So, join us in the laboratory! Enter your SLA userID and password and you’re on your way to becoming an Innovation Lab Rat!
Harvard University Adopts Open Access Requirement for Faculty
The Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to give the university a worldwide license to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available and to exercise the copyright in the articles, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit. Harvard will take advantage of the license by hosting the Arts and Sciences faculty’s scholarly articles in an open access repository, making them available worldwide for free.
Read the press release.
Read the news story.
International Special Librarians Day (ISLD) – 2009
Some may be wondering now … what ever happened to International Special Librarians Day (ISLD)? Why haven’t I heard anything about it for a few years?
ISLD was put on hiatus in 2006 while the SLA Public Relations Advisory Council assessed its effectiveness in educating the public about special librarians and information professionals and the value you bring to organizations.
Over the course of 2007, the PRAC aspired to create an event that would replace ISLD, as well as recognize and showcase the specialized skills and the value that info pros bring to an enterprise.
After looking at the issues that are important to clients and the business community in today’s information economy, the PRAC determined that there is very little knowledge out there focused on what SLA members do every day … search, gather, and share information in an ethical manner.
Do CEOs and executives realize that their resident special librarian or info pro is providing additional value by protecting their organization from scandal, litigation, or worse? Not typically. And sadly, it is often only when it is too late that matters of information ethics (or the lack thereof) are brought to their attention.
With a desire to change this unfortunate reality, a decision was made to replace ISLD with a new, more engaging and informative day of education and celebration in April 2009. (drum roll, please…)
Mark your calendars: Information Ethics Day will be held 17 April 2009.
At the start of this year, your SLA Chapter or Division appointed an SLA Ethics Ambassador, and rest assured they are already working behind the scenes to prepare for the official launch of Information Ethics Day in 2009 during SLA’s Centennial Celebration.
Are you interested in shaping this effort or learning more about ethics? Most SLA units will hold town hall meetings about information ethics over the coming months, and the ambassadors will be gathering stories and feedback from members as part of SLA’s Global Conversation on the topic this year.
Contact your unit’s ethics ambassador, president or chair to get involved NOW!
Outraged SLA Members Act to Restore Abortion to Federal Health Database
SLA member Gail L. Sorrough was shocked to learn on 31 March that that the administrator of the reproductive-health database Popline (Population Information Online) had placed the search word “abortion” on its stop list or file of blocked terms.
After finding that a routine Popline search on the word “abortion” retrieved fewer citations at the end of March than it had in January, librarian Gloria Won, who works with Gail at the Medical Center of the University of San Francisco, e-mailed database officials to ask about the discrepancy.
To her shock, Popline’s Database Manager/Administrator informed them, “We recently made all abortion terms stop words. As a federally funded project, we decided this was best for now.”
Outraged, Gloria and Gail alerted the SLA community, talked about it on discussion lists, and notified medical librarians of the decision, and soon word had spread to the blogosphere and the mainstream consumer news media.
The result? A short five days later the dean of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health announced that he was reversing the decision.
Read the full story in American Libraries.
Social networking for SLA on Facebook
Note: You must have a Facebook profile to view pages and participate in the groups linked to below.
Many SLA Units have created SLA Groups on Facebook and are already doing a great job of utilizing this great tool to keep in touch with each other as well network and share SLA information.
SLA Headquarters wants to say a big THANK YOU to Stacey Greenwell who is the fabulous SLA member from Kentucky keeping all of the SLA Members on Facebook linked through this group!
Right now there are just over 800 members of the SLA Members on Facebook group, and we know there are more of you out there, so PLEASE come on in and join the group! Take a look at the other members- maybe you find an old friend to reconnect with, maybe your SLA chapter or division has created a group as well. (If not, maybe you could start one?)
The possibilities are endless!
SLA HQ wants to encourage all of you members out there who haven’t yet tried this super fun and very personalized networking tool- to give it a whirl!!
Playing around on Facebook is really quite easy (and addictive!) and has the capacity to open your network to hundreds more people and groups that can assist you in your personal and professional life.
Build your own Wikipedia
The technology popularized by Wikipedia can help companies gather and manage their own collective knowledge. CIO Magazine published, on May 1, 2008, an update to the interesting article by Margaret Locher on the subject: How to Build Your Own Wikipedia.
Thomson Corporation Acquires Reuters
The Thomson Corporation announced on 17 April that it has completed its acquisition of Reuters Group PLC, forming Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare, and media markets. The newly merged Thomson Reuters has more than 50,000 employees with operations in 93 countries on six continents. Read the press release.