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  • Sla Wsu June09 Presentation

    1. 1. SLA@WSU CONVERSATIONS WITH PROFESSIONALS EVENT Sophia Guevara, MLIS Wayne State University | June 19, 2009
    2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>What is the SLA? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1909 in the state of New York and is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide.” – SLA Association Profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who does the Michigan Chapter represent? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Michigan Chapter’s geographic area encompasses the Michigan, Northwestern Ohio, and Southwestern Ontario. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Currently have 243 members </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. HOW DID I GET STARTED WITH THE CHAPTER? <ul><li>Joined as a professional in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteered as Diversity Chair in 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Held a special librarianship information session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started writing articles for the Bulletin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>President-Elect/Program Chair in 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned programs for the chapter with the help of my programming committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued writing for the Bulletin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>President of Chapter in 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend Leadership and Annual Conference to learn and implement leadership lessons and provide updates about activities of national organization </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. GOING BEYOND THE STATE CHAPTER <ul><li>Joined several divisions (extra chapters/divisions/caucuses are $18 each) </li></ul><ul><li>Have become most active with the IT Division – Past Section Chair and 2010 Division Program Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Started collaborating with other professionals to write articles for SLA’s Information Outlook and became involved in co-presenting with fellow librarians </li></ul>
    5. 5. HOW HAS MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE SLA BENEFITED ME? <ul><li>By becoming involved , I have learned: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership skills and the importance of negotiation and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved my presentation and communication skills by writing for both the Bulletin and Information Outlook and presenting at SLA conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By interacting with other professionals, I keep up-to-date on my profession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed my project and time management skills by planning activities for both the Michigan chapter and the IT Division </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made connections that have helped me further my career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example – Current position as a research librarian </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. WHY SHOULD YOU CONTINUE TO BE AN SLA MEMBER AS A PROFESSIONAL? <ul><li>Excellent networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up-to-date on the information field </li></ul><ul><li>Keep aware of topics of interest at the local and national levels </li></ul><ul><li>Develop yourself with the various opportunities to share what you know </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss topics of interest with fellow members </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED NOW? <ul><li>Start writing for the Bulletin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit a quality student paper or a book review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Laura Berdish ( [email_address] ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer for next year’s chapter program planning committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attend conferences when possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Become a student volunteer at the next conference in order to attend some sessions for free </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. CONCLUSION <ul><li>As a special information professional, it is important to connect with others through professional organizations such as the SLA </li></ul><ul><li>Choose to improve the value you receive through your SLA membership by becoming an active member! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>