So far, I think the best thing about which I’ve learned by coming to the SLA Annual Conference is that SLA has an online space where we can play with and learn about all kinds of technology called the Innovation Laboratory. It’s just the thing we need to get our fingertips wet with the latest and greatest. There are learning videos, sandboxes where we can play, and a look at cutting edge technology. Daniel Lee, who like me is a candidate for director, told me a little bit about it during one of the board activities. One of the women who worked on it gave a presentation about it during the Leadership Development Institute Sunday morning.
News Division members Richard Geiger and Regina Avila worked on the 23 Things portion of the new online tools. It’s a 9-step program to help us adjust to different technology.
Yay! What great resources!
Hey LIS graduate students and recent grads interested in news librarianship: want $1500 to help fund your first trip to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference? We members of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award Committee eagerly await your applications! Complete application instructions are at: http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/about/vormelker2008.htm.
- Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association when they apply for the stipend.
- Applicants must be attending their first SLA conference.
- Applicants must be graduate students or December 2007 graduates interested in a career in news librarianship.
- Applications must include:
- a word-processed essay (500-1,000 words) addressing an issue in news librarianship
- a letter of reference from a news librarian, a news editor, or a faculty member
- a resume
- a list of course work undertaken
- a statement of professional goals
- a statement of what the applicant expects to gain from attending the conference
- Applications must be e-mailed no later than Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m.
Yes, it seems like applying for the award is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. The money really helps defray the cost of the conference and the award looks pretty on a resume. Few people apply, so your chances of winning are very good. Past winners include a lot of folks who go on to do great things for news librarianship.
A few SLA News Division members usually turn up at Internet Librarian. Raise your hand if you’re going and keep an eye out for some division members. The conference is from Monday, October 29, through Wednesday, October 31, in Monterey, California. It features a lot of the latest Internet technologies and why librarians should pay attention to them.
The Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is filled with lots of News Division goodness. I’ve spent lots of time in News Division sessions, hanging out in the suite, and catching up with our fellow News Division colleagues.
The Denver Post tour last night was terrific. Their new digs are gorgeous. I think we spent more time talking on the 10th floor balcony than we did touring the library, oohing and aahing over its index cards and old photos. Thanks to our colleagues there for hosting us!
Afterward, I walked up the capitol and stood on any number of steps that might or might not be exactly one mile above sea level.
The Future of News Libraries session yesterday might be my favorite session so far. We’re in times of great change and we need to learn how to adapt and cope. Learning what our colleagues have been through was inspiring. Nora Paul’s review of technology and images was fabulous.
I know quite a few of you are really eager to find out what’s happening at the conference. I’ve got too many balls in the air right now to do an adequate job of covering everything in real time, but I hope to be able to post notes here and on j’s scratchpad eventually.
I’m at Internet Librarian, along with some of our news library colleagues. If you’d like to read along, I’ve been posting notes from the sessions. Some of the rooms have wireless Internet connections, so I’m blogging live when I can.
The News Division suite is in room 1502 of the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Please join us there! Don’t forget to pay your $25 suite fees.
To see what exciting events are happening in the suite, visit the News Division’s conference schedule. If I recall correctly, the suite is open every night, though later on Tuesday because of the banquet. Don’t forget about the fun Silent Auction Monday night and mentor and mentee night on Sunday–a great opportunity to meet some first time conference goers.
Come for the networking, stay for the view! (Don’t forget your camera!)