Category Archives: SLA

Connect and collaborate internationally with #SLAtalk & #UKlibchat tomorrow

#SLAtalk and #UKlibchat are pleased to co-present a Twitter conversation like no other!

Beyond Borders: Connect and Collaborate Internationally

Using Twitter, our two groups will explore the challenges and opportunities when it comes to working as an info pro as well as networking with others in our profession across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Use both hashtags of #SLAtalk and #UKlibchat for our conversation.

Tuesday, 3 December from 18.30-20.30 GMT (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST / 10:30 am – 12:30 pm PST)
What time is that where you are?

Important information unique to this session:
• The first hour (18.30-19.30 GMT) will be in the style of #SLAtalk. Check out How to #SLAtalk and the latest #SLAtalk Roundups, as well as #SLAtalk explained via PowToon.
• The second hour (19.30-20.30 GMT) will be in the style of #UKlibchat. See for full details.

Discussion Questions:

Q1 – [18.30-18.45] – What tools or technologies do you use to assist you in today’s global workplace? Describe a success story and share the impact of the project.

Q2 – [18.45-19.00] – Have you successfully performed research using another country’s resources or researched in another language?

Q3 – [19.00-19.15] – Share a challenge caused by working beyond your own borders, and how you overcame it.

Q4 – [19.15-19.30] – What skills do you think make you more successful in working and collaborating in a multinational environment? How can you better network beyond your borders?

The questions after 19.30 are up to you; head over to the #UKlibchat agenda doc to tell us what you’d like to talk about!

SLA Twitter sessions on May 14th – #SLAtalk concerning collaboration

#SLAtalk – Collaboration – Better…Stronger…Faster

2 choices on Tuesday, May 14th:

Session #1 at 17:30 UTC (1:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Pacific)
Great Britain/United Kingdom is one hour ahead of UTC during summer.

Session #2 at 03:00 UTC (11:00 p.m. Eastern / 8:00 p.m. Pacific)
[Wednesday, 15 May – 13:00 Canberra / 11:00 Perth / 08:30 New Delhi]

Connect, Collaborate and Strategize at the 2013 SLA Conference

The theme for the 2013 SLA Conference in San Diego is “Connect, Collaborate and Strategize: Making the Most of Opportunities & Collaborations.”  I’ll bet you a nickel that they will have more than just a couple of sessions dealing with collaboration.

“Connect, Collaborate and Strategize”

This is the theme for the SLA Conference in June of 2013 in San Diego, CA.

This Plan is Our Plan: Connect, Collaborate and Strategize for a Better SLA Annual Conference.

Plans for SLA 2013 in San Diego are shaping up. The 2013 event reflects exciting new features that YOU, the members of SLA, have called for in recent surveys, discussions on the leadership list, recommendations to the 2011 CE task force, and conference attendee feedback.  The San Diego conference will be more focused, more flexible, and support more collaboration among units.

SLA Conference – Collaborative Insights Panel

This session is sponsored by 4 SLA divisions.  The Collaborative Insights panel at SLA in Chicago promises to educate and entertain!  “Audience participation encouraged and appreciated – bring your problems, issues and questions and collaborate with the panel to find new ideas to take back to work.”

A collaborative session co-developed by the CI, KM, BF and Pharma divisions.  As competitive intelligence and information management evolve, collaboration can lead to better results.  Speakers will address how to develop insights through collaboration from different perspectives.

Online & Cloud Collaboration Tools

Connie Crosby and Kathie Sullivan presented “Let’s Work Together: Online + Cloud Collaboration Tools” on September 15, 2011 at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SLA Third Thursday Virtual Lunch.

Here is their presentation on SlideShare.

Collaborative Librarianship Advisory Board member named Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Jesus Lau. He “was recently named Librarian of the Year” at the 25th Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Librarian collaboration with chemistry faculty

This paper was presented at the recent SLA Conference in Philadelphia.

Aiding Undergraduate Students in Understanding the Scientific Research Process through Collaboration of Chemistry Faculty and the Science Librarian” by Lutishoor Salisbury, M.Sc. and Gwendolyn Mattice, Ph.D.

This paper reports on the successes of a collaborative effort between science faculty and a science librarian at the University of Arkansas in order to help freshman chemistry students increase their information literacy skills to the point that it motivated them to pursue scientific research projects. The results of a follow-up survey to identify whether this collaborative arrangement helped the students in their subsequent engagement in research work are presented.

Is the information profession fragmented?

Nicola Franklin notes in her article for Information Outlook, “The Collaboration of the Information Professions,” (subscription required) that “the various information professions appear to be fragmented.  Are efforts to bring them together misguided, or long overdue?”

One of her colleagues, Mark Field, started this discussion topic, the Fragmentation Death of the Information Professions in a private CILIP (UK) LinkedIn group back in 2010.  He defined specialist information workers as including information scientists, librarians, records managers, archivists, and information architects, and more.  This post attracted over 180 comments, and it is clear that the topic is on the minds of many in the information industry.

In short, two meetings were convened to discuss the matter.  Suzanne Burge and Nicola Franklin blog about the two meetings.

Thinking of federal and special libraries

Collaboration requires, by definition, more than one person on a project. Why don’t we branch out and make that other person (or other people) librarians from different types of libraries? Kendra K. Levine, in a recent blog post, writes passionately about the fact that federal and special libraries seem to be off of many librarians’ radar. She points to a FriendFeed discussion where a question was asked about Federal libraries and no responses were forthcoming. The point of her article is that we (meaning public and academic librarians, of course…) don’t think of special librarians; not their needs or their unique skills and resources. Those skills and resources could be a big help to your next collaborative project, so consider what a federal or special librarian could do for you!