Welcome to our summer edition of The Courier. My warmest wishes for you, your friends, and your families this season as you enjoy some well deserved down time.
The 2012 SLA Conference and Info-Expo took place in Chicago, Illinois July 15 to 18. As per usual, there was a strong cohort from Toronto’s Chapter present. Chicago was an exciting city to reunite with colleagues and make new connections. Kudos are due to Richard Matiachuk and our colleagues in SLA Western Canada for hosting a fantastic Canadian Reception. On behalf of the Toronto attendees, a warm thank you to the SLA’s partner CEDROM SNI for their generous participation in the event.
It was wonderful to meet and chat with this year’s Infomart Student-to-Conference winners Heather Buchansky and Stacey Nordlund. Thank you again to our generous and dynamic sponsors at Infomart. Don’t forget to check out Infomart’s blog for interesting posts on content management as well as a few guest posts from our members.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce a couple of new members of the executive and advisory boards.
In June 2012, Bernadette Roca assumed the position of Programming Director. Bernadette is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s iSchool and is currently a media librarian at CBC and a records management consultant. Previously, Bernadette was the Toronto Chapter’s New Information Professional Coordinator, coordinating a series of professional development sessions led by Ulla de Stricker. Bernadette’s dedication, talent, and enthusiasm will be a substantial asset to the Toronto Chapter this fall.
Taking Bernadette’s place as New Information Professional Coordinator on the advisory board is Samhita Gupta. Samhita is a member of the 2012 iSchool graduating class and has recently completed a practicum with the Bora Laskin Law Library.
We are thrilled to welcome both Bernadette and Samhita into their new roles.
Also on the list of announcements, Melissa Pengilly —SLA Toronto’s in-house creative designer extraordinaire—has fashioned a new Facebook logo for the Chapter. Check it out and be sure to like SLA Toronto on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @slatoronto.
We recently wrapped up an exciting spring programming line up. The Chapter’s Toronto West and Solo Groups were also busy with a speed networking event and a LibGuides webinar, respectively. On June 12 the Chapter hosted a webinar introducing 2012 SLA Presdident-Elect candidates Kate Arnold and Juanita Richardson. June also focused on skills development with a Legal Research workshop hosted by Wendy Reynolds of the Ontario Legislative Library, followed by a session on Government Documents hosted by the University of Toronto’s Mike McCaffrey.
The Chapter is working on an exciting programming docket for the fall. A few highlights include the Summer Social on August 23, the Annual General Meeting will take place on November 6, and the Joint Holiday Social is scheduled for December 6. I’m also excited to announce that in addition to the Faculty of Information’s Alumni Association and the Toronto Special Libraries and Information Services Network, we will be teaming up with the Toronto Health Libraries Association for the holiday festivities. The more the merrier!
In true fall fashion we will also have a number of seminars scheduled. Access Copyright’s Rob Weisberg, Manager of Corporate and Government Licensing, is leading a seminar in the fall titled: Critical Copyright Issues For Corporate Librarians And Information Professionals. On October 9, SLA Toronto is once again teaming up with the Strategic and Competitive Information Professionals (SCIP) for a session on What Makes a CI Unit Work with Michel Bernaiche. Bernaiche is the current director of Program Development at Aurora WDC.
Please watch your email and the Chapter’s Events page for further programming announcements. Also, we want to ensure that our programming is meeting the needs of our membership. If you have any ideas for the winter and into 2013, we welcome your input. We hope to reunite with many members and welcome the new ones after the summer cools off.
See you in September!
— Laura Warner
SLA Toronto’s President