We Need Your Haiku!

We are publishing a haiku page on the SLIM-Oregon SCALA Blog, and we want your haiku! Think of a favorite book, write your response to it in a three-line haiku, and share it with the rest of the SLIM haiku enthusiasts. Multiple submissions are welcome. Click on the PDF file link below for more info.

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Society of American Archivists 2008 Conference

by Monique Lloyd

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Society of American Archivists 2008 Annual Conference, Archival R/Evolution and Identities , held August 26-30 in San Francisco . Many of the sessions I attended focused on the issues of diversity, technology, and ethics. One session, chaired by John Fleckner, past president of SAA , and author of Native American Archives: An Introduction , discussed core values, professional identity, and the spiritual impact of what archivists do. I also attended sessions on the impact of technology on ethics; one which examined the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials from different perspectives, and another on archival ethics and social justice. Some of the section and roundtable meetings I attended included College and University Archives, Archives and Archivists of Color, and Native American Archivists. I will be writing more about my impressions about these sessions and meetings on my blog in the coming weeks.

In between attending sessions and meetings, I took full advantage of the services offered by the Career Center, met with Mary Jo Pugh, editor of the American Archivist, to discuss several ideas for possible journal articles, and attended poster sessions. It was delightful to reconnect with people I’d met at conferences I’d previously attended in Baltimore, Albuquerque, and Anchorage, as well as having the opportunity to meet many new people from around the United States. One especially fun evening was spent watching “Archives in the Movies”, a program by Leith Johnson showing 24 film clips showing how archivists were and are portrayed in movies from the 1920’s to the present.

I also took some time to explore San Francisco. I saw dozens of beautifully and intricately carved ivory Japanese figurines in an antique store window display. I also explored several art galleries; my favorite was the Weinstein Gallery which features the work of Marc Chagall. I spent several hours wandering through Britex Fabrics, four stories (!) of fabrics of all kinds–cottons, wools, silks, brocades, lace– trims, ribbons, accessories as well as a collection of over 30,000 different buttons.

I stopped and listened to street musicians and singers, heard people speaking (and sometimes arguing) in languages I didn’t recognize, and generally reveled in the chaos of the crowded streets with tourists (like me!) stopping to take photographs, locals walking quickly as they smoked their cigarettes, police walking, in cars, and on bikes, panhandlers asking for change, a few people who seemed as though they might be both homeless and mentally ill, women beautifully and elegantly dressed in high heels, and construction workers who took the time to look at them appreciatively.

A personal highlight was attending the Awards Ceremony and being acknowledged as one of two recipients of the 2008 Howard T. Pinkett Minority Student Award . This award “recognizes minority graduate students who manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA, and do so through scholastic achievement”. The award provided full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting, as well as related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the SAA Annual Meeting. I was honored to be presented this award and would like to publicly thank Erika Castano, Curator for the Oregon Multicultural Archives at Oregon State University; Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Reference Archivist, Oregon State University and my workplace mentor, and Mary Jo Pugh for nominating me for this award.

Ten Practical Tips for New Library Students

(Many thanks to Monique Lloyd for contributing the following article. The SLIM-OR SCALA Blog welcomes submissions relevant to library and information science. If you would like to submit an article, please attach it to an e-mail and send it to: VintageRedhead22[at]gmail[dot]com. We look forward to your contributions! –Laureen Burger, Web Manager)

by Monique Lloyd (OR-7)

If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities and never give up, you will find a way. ~ Jane Goodall

Here is a list of ten tips I’d like to have had when I began library school.I hope you find some of them useful.Please feel free to add others by using the comment function.

1. Be generous and gracious.

I never lost anything by giving things away. ~ Anonymous

  • If you come across an article on a topic one of your classmates is interested in, email the citation.Do the same with information about scholarships, opportunities for publication or positions in professional organizations, informative blogs, wikis, or book reviews.
  • If you discover a classmate has landed a great job, been given a promotion, awarded a scholarship, or had a paper published, send a congratulatory email.
  • Send handwritten thank you notes from the heart to those who have, in big or small ways, inspired you, encouraged you, and advised you.

2. Network.

The way of the world is meeting people through other people. ~Robert Kerrigan

  • Get business cards printed now with your basic contact information. Keep a half-dozen behind your nametag when you go to a conference and you won’t have to fumble around to find them.
  • Go to as many conferences as you have time and money to attend. Wear something distinctive like a pin, scarf, or tie every day you are there; it will help people remember you.
  • Volunteer.Join roundtables and sections and be an active member.
  • Be bold. Stand up and ask a question or make a comment at a session.
  • Be brave. Go up to someone you admire, offer a brief introduction, compliment or comment on their speech, article, or book, and ask to exchange business cards.

3. Do what works for you.

Know thyself. ~ Socrates

  • Some thrive on stress and others need order and calm.Some like to carefully chunk out small pieces of time to do their assignments while others like to do the research early and then give themselves plenty of time to think before sitting down to write.Some like to work on multiple projects at the same time while others like to concentrate on each individually.Figure out what works for you and then do it.
  • Examine your writing, presentation, and technological skills critically. Highlight your strong areas while working on your weak ones.

4. Life intervenes.

The essence of wise living is anticipating the unanticipated and expecting the unexpected.~Kevin A. Woolsey

  • No matter how well we plan, life happens; someone we love dies, we lose our jobs, we become ill or injured. Sometimes life throws something at us and all we can do is catch it, deal with it, and move on.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Be flexible and adaptable, remain aware of what might go wrong, and try to have backup plans in place.

5. Don’t tell. Show.

What you will do matters.All you need is to do it.~ Judy Grahn

  • Actions count.Go above and beyond what is required or expected.
  • Translate what you know how to do to actual projects.

6. Be professional.

Always dress for your next job.~ Karen Diller

  • The library world is a small one and your reputation is important.Future employers will very likely Google your name to see what they can find out about you. Be careful what you reveal on social networking sites.
  • Be aware of and conform to professional ethical standards. Do your work skillfully and well. Always represent your employer, your fellow workers, and yourself with dignity and respect.

7. Find a mentor.

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight. ~ Anonymous

  • Take advantage of one of the mentoring programs offered by various professional organizations.
  • A mentor can advise and guide you by doing such things as reviewing resumes and cover letters, and providing advice on interviewing, salary expectations, and how to balance work and home.
  • When you are in a position to do so, give back by becoming a mentor to someone else.

8. Take care of yourself.

When your mother asks “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.~ Erma Bombeck

  • Remember all those things your mother told you about eating healthy foods on a regular schedule, exercising, washing your hands often, and getting enough rest?  Well, she was right.  And don’t forget

    to get a flu shot.

  • Don’t neglect your emotional and spiritual health.

9. Set aside time to think and reflect.

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think. ~ Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun)

  • Thinking and reflecting provides an opportunity to integrate new ideas, commonalties, differences, and interrelations.It can include analyzing assumptions, becoming aware of contextual assumptions by realizing our assumptions are created socially and personally in a specific cultural context, imagining alternative ways of thinking, and questioning universal truth claims using reflective skepticism.
  • Consider keeping a weekly personal journal to capture and further examine your reflections.

10. Be aware of available resources and use them.

There are plenty of opportunities out there.You can’t sit back and wait.~ Ellen Metcalf

  • Begin examining resumes of those who have positions similar to one you hope to obtain and note what skills and experiences they have.Look also at job descriptions for positions you hope to apply for when you have earned your degree and note what skills, experience, and attributesemployers are seeking.Make a list and start working towards them.
  • Pay close attention to the techniques used by presenters you enjoy and strive to emulate them. The most compelling presenters have clearly defined goals, demonstrate mastery of content, proceed seamlessly from point to point, recognize various learning styles, and are original and creative. The very best presenters use humor, tell stories to illustrate points, and are passionate about their topic.

2008/2009 SLIM-OR SCALA Officer Descriptions

Here they are the 2008/2009 SLIM-OR officer descriptions.  Please see the side bar for specific date/time/location information for the officer election on August 23, 2008.

President:

Official representative of SCALA in Oregon, call meetings of officers, create agenda for meetings, final authority on all group activities, create and publish content to the blog, liaise with: professional organizations, ESU Faculty, Cohorts and Kansas group. Provide cohesion and direction for all other SCALA officers in Oregon. The president approves all financial transactions of SLIM-OR SCALA funds and acts as a signer on the SLIM-OR SCALA business checking account.

Vice President:

The Vice President shall act as President-elect of the Board and shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the President to perform these duties. The Vice-President shall have any other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The VP is in charge of moderating the SLIM-OR SCALA listserv.

Secretary:

The Secretary shall have overall responsibility for all recordkeeping. The Secretary shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) official recording of the minutes of all proceedings of the Board of Directors and members’ meetings and actions; (b) provision of notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors and members; (c) authentication of the records of the corporation; (d) maintaining current and accurate membership lists; (e) and any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The secretary will be in contact with the webmasters to get information uploaded to the blog so that SCALA members have easy access to the records.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall have overall responsibility for all corporate funds. The Treasurer shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping of full and accurate accounts of all financial records of the corporation; (b) deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors; (c) disbursement of all funds when proper to do so; (d) making financial reports as to the financial condition of the corporation to the Board of Directors; (e) and any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Events Coordinator:

The events coordinator is responsible for facilitating all SLIM-OR SCALA social events. The events coordinator will act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and SLIM-OR SCALA members for the planning and execution of all aspects related to social events.

Web Manager:

The Web Manager is responsible for design, maintenance and upkeep of the SLIM-OR SCALA web presence, including the blog, the internal collaboration wiki and any other web services SLIM-OR SCALA may use (e.g. Flickr, Del.icio.us, LibraryThing, etc.) While not primarily responsible for web content, the web manager will work with the Communications Officer and any other collaborators to facilitate the production of regular content for the SLIM-OR SCALA blog.

Communications Officer:

The Communications officer will manage the content of the SLIM-OR SCALA blog and will create the SLIM-OR SCALA newsletter. This officer will promote SCALA to the Oregon cohort and possibly other distance cohorts. Other responsibilities include; managing all public relations, including member feedback, writing press releases and spearheading campaigns to increase active members of the group.

Thanks to Emily Ford

Emily Ford, OHSU Oregon Health Go Local Project Manager (an MLS librarian), visited SLIM-OR students this past weekend. Oregon Health Go Local (http://www.ohsu.edu/library/golocal/) will be an on-line directory of health related services for the entire state of Oregon. It will be searchable by health condition and integrated with the Medline Plus database. This unique project requires Emily Ford to take on many roles. She has successfully synthesized her outreach, management and technical skills to land as the project manager. It was interesting and informative to hear about Emily’s path to this position and how she hopes to grow this project into a vital community resource. For more information on the project and how to get involved please review the brochure and volunteer job description.

Also a SLIM-OR alumni, Todd Hannon, is the principle investigator of this project. It will be exciting to see this project go live!

Incorporation

We are very proud to announce that SLIM-OR SCALA is now legally registered with the State of Oregon as a Mutual Benefit Nonprofit corporation. This allows us to open a bank account for the organization as well as provides us with a more clear legal and procedural framework to conduct our organization business. Thank you to all of our SCALA officers, especially Crystal Neal, Treasurer, who was a of great assistance in completing this registration process. Special thanks to Perry for her support and agreeing to be a signer on our bank account.

The minutes of our incorporation board meeting are here.

Our newly drafted bylaws are here.

One byproduct of this incorporation is that we now have no members! Before now, we have just considered anyone in the SLIM-Oregon program as a member, but under Oregon State law all members must consent to their membership. Therefore, if you wish to continue to be a member of this organization we will need you to send your full legal name and street address to the corporation’s secretary Candise Branum hermione[dot]danger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Basically, if you become a member you will be able to vote for officers and on any changes to the organizational structure. You will not be required to do anything as a result of your membership, however (no dues, etc.)

Here are the details:

1. You will not be excluded from participating in any SCALA event as a non-member. However, if you wish to participate in any member elections you must consent to be a member. Under Oregon State law we must keep a roster of all members including a street address. This roster is part of the corporation’s public record and is open to the public. In order for someone to view or records they must request to do so. Your address will not be posted to any website.

2. As a member you are entitled to participate in annual elections. Each fall we will hold an election for the next term’s SCALA officers. Also, as a member, your votes are required in order for us to make changes to our Bylaws. If you are not a member you will not be entitled to a vote on these matters.

3. As a member of the public you are entitled to view or organization records. This includes our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, member roster, meeting minutes (from this date forward), and financial records. Please send a request to view these records to the corporation secretary Candise Branum at hermione[dot]danger[at]gmail[dot]com. Please note that our Bylaws will be the only document posted on our blog http://www.esuscalaor.wordpress.com. If you wish to view any other record please contact Candise.

SLA Conference report from April

April Younglove reports from SLA:


On Tuesday night I returned from the Special Libraries Association convention in Seattle. I had two simple goals:

  1. To accept my scholarship award.
  2. To get through the entire conference without paying for any of my own food.

I am happy to report that I was wildly successful in both ventures. I did not need to purchase so much as a soda at the convention. There were plenty of opportunities to stop by division breakfasts, attend vendor lunches and hit the many nightly receptions. Before I left, I told my husband about my aspirations. He said with concern, “But what about networking? What about professional development? Shouldn’t you focus on those goals?”

The secret genius of my original goals, I later discovered at the convention, is that they actually caused me to do far more networking and professional development than I might have otherwise. Getting an award became a natural conversation starter, and by forcing myself to find out where the food was, I had to sit at tables with strangers and meet them. I had to attend events sponsored by divisions like the agricultural division and the military division that I never would even have dreamed of attending otherwise, had it not been for my personal scavenger hunt.

I met and talked with librarians and information professionals from all over the world and from many different organizations. A few of the organizations represented by those I met personally included:

  • Liblime
  • Rolls Royce
  • UNESCO
  • The Getty
  • Kraft Foods
  • The ARMY
  • IEEE
  • The Presidio of San Francisco
  • The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • NBC

Many other information professionals simply worked for themselves. I was so busy going from event to event and seeking the holy grail of a completely gratis convention that I didn’t even have time attend a reception at the Pacific Science Center and the Space Needle. There was so much networking and professional development going on that I even missed out on a behind the scenes trip to the Seattle Art Museum.

What I learned as a first timer at an SLA convention:

  • SLA is truly international and is strongly represented in the UK, India and much of Asia.
  • SLA Chapters are regional groups. SLA Divisions are groups with a common interest.
  • My SLA membership includes access to dozens of free professional tutorials via the Innovation Lab (http://www.sla.org/innovate/) and will soon grant me free access to Adobe software. You should take advantage of these benefits if you are a member!
  • SLA is hungry for Gen Xers and Millennials and spends a lot of time, effort, and money trying to attract students and young professionals. I got three separate job offers at the convention!
  • Vendors don’t actually know how to answer any of your questions, so you should just take a flier and enjoy the free ice cream/blinky pen/stuffed flying monkey.

Valuable tips that I learned from the sessions I attended:

  • Find a person with a job you aspire to have. Ask that person to email you his or her resume. This way you get to see what a successful resume for the job you want looks like.
  • On a similar note, ask to job shadow a professional for a day. Most people are flattered and very few people say no.
  • The traditional corporate librarian title and job is disappearing. Apply for positions that include the phrase “knowledge management” in the job description.
  • Law librarians are increasingly being called upon to do business research, so if you want to do business research consider getting a job in a law library.
  • Visual literacy skills are transferable to many areas outside of art museums. For instance: training doctors to read medical images.
  • Attitude and aptitude are more important than experience and subject matter mastery.
  • Vinton G. Cerf, one of the creators of the Internet and the acting vice president of Google feels awkward on Second Life too.

I posted a Flickr set with some pictures of my SLA 2008 adventure: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aprily/sets/72157605686742697/

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