Dear Members and Friends of SLA Toronto,
Happy Spring! It is hard to believe we are already in the second quarter of the year. Before I get into things, I need to thank my Executive Board. These talented professionals have devoted their precious free time to the Chapter and its endeavors and I think we have seen some great progress and leadership as a result. I am grateful for their support, innovative ideas, and ability to guide the Advisory Board. Thank you, ladies!
Let me highlight a few of our accomplishments to date:
- The Solos and New Information Professionals groups are continuing to find a sizable audience, with several meetings hosted already this year. The Toronto West group is finding its footing, having issued a survey to the membership to determine the needs of our members working or living in the west end of Toronto. Look for them to start programming events soon.
- We had our first Social of the year, generously sponsored by Carswell, on May 19 and this year we are taking a bit of a different approach by using the occasion to welcome new members who joined the Chapter in the past year. Would you believe there are over 90 new members?! New members will be personally greeted at the event and introduced around, while all members will receive a complimentary drink.
- Our Alignment Ambassadors continue to ‘spread the word’, with Kim Silk and Rebecca Jones hosting an Alignment Session at Kim’s work, the Martin Prosperity Institute at MARS. Look for Kim and Rebecca to continue the Alignment discussions after conference in our new
- Dine-Around series! Stealing a successful idea from the SLA Leadership Summit, our dine-arounds bring a small group of members together over food and good conversation focused on a relevant and timely issue of interest to information professionals.
- Joint-events with CASLIS Toronto and Knowledge Workers Toronto encouraging networking across the broader Toronto information professional community.
- The University of Western Ontario SLA Student Group has fully taken off under the leadership of Erin McDonald, with lots of interest from the student body and interesting events exposing students to the different career opportunities available to them upon graduation.
- Shelley McBride, our Membership Director, has helped to introduce some new benefits to the membership, including electronic access to the 2009 Salary Survey. She is also leading a campaign to reach out to non-members of the Discussion List to encourage them to join SLA.
I would like to do one last reminder to members to inform me if they will be attending the 2010 SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans from June 14-16. Visit the SLA 2010 conference page for more details about the conference. I am pulling together a list of Toronto Chapter members in order to share with those who are attending. Hope to see you there, and don’t forget to purchase a ticket for the Canadian Reception, hosted by the Eastern Canada Chapter!
SLA Toronto would like to acknowledge the generous support from our Partners, without which many of our events and programs would not be possible. This year, our sponsors are CEDROM-SNi, FPinfomart, and Carswell.
FPinfomart is sponsoring the 2010 Student-to-Conference Award and I am proud to announce Elysia Guzik and Shannon McMillan as this year’s award recipients! Elysia and Shannon were selected by the Executive Board on the strength of their resumes and submitted statements about what they expect to gain from attending conference. Both will receive $1,500 grants to attend the SLA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June. Please look for their winning essays in this issue of the Courier, and join me in congratulating Elysia and Shannon!
Please see the Partners page of the SLA Toronto Chapter website for more information about these partners and the resources and services they offer, and consider them as you are reassessing your organization’s services and subscriptions. Look also for the Vendor’s Corner article from Carswell in this issue of the Courier. Thank you to Pam Casey, our Partner Relations Chair, for ensuring our Partners receive the full benefits of their relationship with the Chapter.
Another congratulation is in order for our Alignment Ambassador, Rebecca Jones, who has been named a SLA Fellow, in recognition of exemplifying leadership in her career as an information professional. We are so excited for you, Rebecca!
I look forward to seeing you, our member, at an upcoming SLA Toronto event and to getting to know you better. Note that the Chapter takes a break over the summer months, but please do keep your ideas and feedback coming, and stay tuned for details of the summer social.