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5 ways to make your network a vibrant glitter ball of awesome

{Pamela Slim Newsletter} 5 ways to make your network a vibrant glitter ball of awesome

“Here are 5 things I have done to build and activate my network that you can use to build yours.

5 ways to make your network a vibrant glitter ball of awesome

  1. Learn about their strategic priorities and see how you can help 

    Every time I visit a new place or organization, I ask them “What are your top 3 priorities this year, and what kind of help do you need to complete  them?” Gathering this information will help you know exactly the kinds of ideas, resources and people you might share with organizations and groups in your network.  

  2. Look for natural allies and connect them 

    Related to point #1, if you learn that a person or group in your network has a particular priority, and someone else in your network shares that same priority (or has resources or funds to support it!), make a connection. A simple email will do, like “Tim, I know you are working on increasing the diversity of your tech workforce this year. I just met Kimberly in New York, who runs a job board for African American and Latino engineers. You two should connect!”

  3. Share photos and stories from your network on social media.

    I cannot tall you how many times I have received emails from people in my social communities who tell me “Thank you for sharing the world of XYZ organization, I had no idea they were in my area!” or “I first learned about X person through a post you shared on Twitter. We met in person, and we are now doing a project together!”  When you share the images and stories of those in your network, you open up all kinds of unexpected connections and opportunities. (You now know one ulterior motive for sharing the names and URLs of the groups that I visited these past few months in this article. Maybe you didn’t know about them, and maybe there are some mutual opportunities for you to explore!)

  4. Mind the gap

    As a longtime training and development nerd, I was always trained to look for the gap between current and desired behavior, then to build a solution to close the gap. Use this lens to look for business opportunities, events, products, solutions and people to aid your networks. Here in Phoenix, after the economic crash in 2008, we had a huge gap for people who had been laid off, and the skills, connections and personal branding they needed to get new jobs. So our local community, spearheaded by Susan Baier, organized Laid Off Camp AZ, where we gathered volunteers from across our business community to spend a day helping our laid off friends rework their résumés, update LinkedIn profiles, hone interviewing skills and learn about freelancing and small business. 

  5. Make things happen for your friends.

    While at South by Southwest, hanging out in the PayPal Social Media Lounge, I saw my friend Ramon Ray, founder of Smart Hustle Magazine and Business Development manager for Infusionsoft. I was not there for 10 minutes before Ramon motioned over for me to meet his friend who was doing a video series for Cox Communications. “You should interview Pam!” Ramon said, and before I knew it, I was in the hallway, being interviewed for a Cox Business feature for their blog. I was so appreciative of that opportunity, and it made me want to reciprocate right away for Ramon.

Amplifying and connecting your networks has so many benefits. Personally, it will help you solve problems faster, get things done, receive many opportunities and feel strong and supported.


On a bigger scale, it is the thing that will fuel our economy, create jobs, increase innovation, solve big social challenges and feed our collective spirits.”



Posted on: April 1, 2015, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

The Right Way to Disagree With Your Boss

The Right Way to Disagree With Your Boss

Disagreeing with your boss is awkward, but expressing that divergent viewpoint is important in your professional growth as well as the forward progress of your company. Social scientist Joseph Grenny shares with Harvard Business Reviewhow to express disagreement with your superior without coming across as a jackass:

Discuss intent before content. When the boss gets defensive, it’s… because she believes your dissent is a threat to her goals. Defenses are far less often provoked by actual content than they are by perceived intent. You can be far more candid about your view if you frame it in the context of a mutual purpose that the boss already cares about. If you fail to do this, the boss may believe your disagreement signals a lack of commitment to her interests.

Show respect before dissent. Most of us assume that if you want to be respectful, you have to dilute your disagreement, and if you want to be honest, you’re going to have to hurt some feelings. But this is a false dichotomy. You must find a way to assure your boss that you respect her and her position. When that sense of respect is secure, you can venture into expressing your views openly and honestly.”


Posted on: April 1, 2015, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

ACRL releases “New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary”

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has released New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary, authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University; Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist at OCLC; and Barbara Fister, Academic Librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College. The publication also includes an introduction by Nancy H. Allen, Dean and Director at the University of Denver; and an afterward by Lizabeth Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington in Seattle.

ACRL commissioned this series of twenty essays by three librarians from different sectors of the profession for its 75th anniversary to look at the changing nature of academic libraries. ACRL members provided commentary on the draft of the report, much of which was incorporated into the final work. The essays, now freely available on the ACRL website, include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty. The collection includes the authors’ thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians.

The authors will discuss the essays at the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon during the ACRL 75th Anniversary Invited Panel on 26 March from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 251/258. Join them and moderator Chuck Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources, for a lively conversation about what new roles academic librarians might take on to shape a sustainable higher education landscape, informed and enriched by enduring library values.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. Learn more about ACRL’s history and anniversary celebration events on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.”

116 Page PDF:


Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized

ACRL Publishes 2015 Environmental Scan, Full Text Available Online

ACRL Publishes 2015 Environmental Scan, Full Text Available Online

The 2015 environmental scan by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) was made available online in the past day.

From the ACRL Blog:

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries.

One year ago (March 2014) the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee published “Top Trends in Academic Libraries,” published in College and Research Libraries News.

From the Introduction:

The environmental scan provides an overview of the current environment for academic libraries rather than an exhaustive examination. The current scan addresses topics related to higher education in general and their resulting impact on library collections and access, research data services, discovery services, library facilities, scholarly communication, and the library’s influence on student success.

Major Sections of the Scan Include:

  • Higher Education Environment
  • Library Collections & Acquisitions
  • Research Data Services
  • Library Facilities
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Library Impact on Student Success

Direct to Full Text of 2015 Environmental Scan (32 pages; PDF)

Quick Comment and a Few Questions from Gary Price, infoDOCKET Founder/Editor

Two issues that I think should have been at least touched on in this scan because they are part of the current environment.

  • Privacy of library users as well as privacy relating to research data.
  • Marketing and discovery of library services and resources. In other words, it’s wonderful to have great resources for all to use, an ambitious staff, and, for example, being doing impressive digitization work. However, who are we doing all of this for? Are they aware of what we have to offer? How can we make them aware? As I’ve said before, providing a great library in terms of staff and resources is not a field of dreams. Building it does not guarantee people will come (or virtually visit on the Internet) and use it. Finally, are we also developing resources that might be of value by the general public as well as students and faculty? Is this group aware of what we are offering? Would increasing awareness and usage also help with sustainability of these projects? Would it also assist with the overall.”


Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Social is the Future of Customer Experience 95

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Social is the Future of Customer Experience

Sprinklr Divisible Final


Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group

For the children’s librarians out there:

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group



Posted on: March 30, 2015, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

4 Ways Librarians Can Help College-Bound Students to Succeed

4 Ways Librarians Can Help College-Bound Students to Succeed


Posted on: March 30, 2015, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized