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The Importance of Student Groups and Chapters to Your Graduate School Experience

The Importance of Student Groups and Chapters to Your Graduate School Experience

If you need any more convincing about the usefulness of the newly reduced $10 Special Libraries Association membership opportunity, please read this testimonial.  We also recommend the Hack Library School blog, which is right in your wheelhouse! Whether you’re just starting out with your information pro / librarian professional education or in your fifth year, you’re always thinking about learning, employment, and networking.  Here is our affordable solution. 

https://hacklibraryschool.com/2020/08/17/the-importance-of-student-groups-and-chapters-to-your-graduate-school-experience/

“As I observed in my previous articles from last June and October, as well as this past April, finding, cultivating, and sustaining community is a big part of graduate school. This is even more important now, as we all collectively continue to figure out how to navigate the future our current pandemic is creating for us. Thus, a source of community I have leaned on this past year for support and camaraderie has been the student groups and chapters I am a part of. Having been an online MLIS graduate school from the beginning, I have not had many opportunities to meet other people in my program outside of discussion boards; which largely focus on weekly course-focused topics and often do not encourage more colloquial interactions between students. So, I have tried to take advantage of any and all opportunities to meet people outside of my classes as I did not have the opportunity pre-pandemic to cultivate friendships and professional connections on campus between in-person classes, homework, and other personal obligations.

I have been involved with student groups since my first semester in graduate school; and have been a part of student leadership since the end of my first semester when I was elected to the executive committee of one of my iSchool’s student chapters after seeing and responding to an email sent by my department to students advertising vacancies on the executive committee. So, I have essentially been involved with student groups from the beginning of my graduate school experience; and I am grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded because of them. During my time as a student group member, as well as a student leader, I have been able to not only network, build up my resume, and attend virtual professional conferences like ALA Virtual 2020 and SAA and CoSA’s ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020 free of charge after my department paid for current student leadership to go; but to also cultivate friendships that have been a great source of support to date as attending graduate school during a pandemic has been a unique experience. So, in our difficult times, I would highly recommend all current and prospective students check out their iSchool’s student groups and chapters.

However, I feel I should mention that, while pursuing student leadership positions is a great experience students should consider, you do not need to pursue them to reap benefits from the student groups and chapters you may join. If you do not feel like you have the capacity to assume any more responsibilities currently, please do not let that deter you from joining any of the student groups and chapters your iSchool sponsors as a student member. I, personally, have assumed student leadership positions gradually throughout my graduate school experience to date as I felt I could do them justice; and I currently hold a multitude of different student leadership positions that range from group chair and associate editor to blogging assistant. So, there is no one way you can be a student leader and benefit from the student groups and chapters you are a part of. Additionally, please do not feel like you need to join every single student group and chapter your iSchool sponsors because, honestly, I do not think anyone has the time to be everything to everyone, especially now. I actually left the first executive committee I was elected to at the end of my term and did not seek re-election because I felt that not only did my schedule not really support it, but that my professional interests were better addressed by other student groups and chapters after doing more research on where I saw myself after graduation.

So, I would recommend researching your iSchool’s active student groups and chapters on their website and on department-related social media accounts to see which ones best fit you and your professional interests. Also, watch for announcements from your department about group and chapter events and vacant student leadership positions to find how you may incorporate student group and chapter membership into your graduate school experience and get involved. Lastly, if you do not see yourself reflected in your iSchool’s active student groups and chapters, reach out to your department and see if you can start a new student group or reactivate a dormant group or chapter as you may not be the only student that is not seeing themselves in active student groups and chapters and may be interested in establishing a connection with other students. So, in closing, I truly hope you find the community you may be looking for in your respective iSchool during your graduate school journey, however you may find it.

Cheers,

BY ALYSSA M KEY

Cheers,

 

Stephen

 

Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA

Principal, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.

412-120 Perth Ave.

Toronto, ON

Canada M6P 4E1

stephen.abram@gmail.com

Cel: 416-669-4855

Home: 416-533-4855

Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com

LHC Page: https://stephenslighthouse.com/lighthouse-consulting-inc/

Twitter: @sabram

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.abram.98

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-abram-756220/

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 1:52 pm Category: Uncategorized

LIS Students! The Special Libraries Association needs you. NEW $10US Member Rate for Students

LIS Students!

The Special Libraries Association needs you.  We have recently reduced the cost of an SLA student membership to $10US (from $50US) and extended the eligibility for student membership to 5 years from 3 years to make it more affordable and flexible for your needs.  Library and information professional Students are a key part of SLA’s future.

This e-mail is to encourage your membership now as you strike out on your professional career path and to work with your Canadian network of students and colleagues in the SLA Canada Community.

SLA Student Member Benefits

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Heading for a future as an information professional? You need the SLA EDGE. In today’s business world, your career development requires the support of the global network that can only be found at SLA.  SLA members span the breadth of the information industry, from traditional librarians to taxonomists, data scientists to competitive intelligence specialists, and knowledge managers to research directors. What began as a profession that collected and managed information for business organizations has evolved to provide a growing suite of services that help organizations assess their environments, analyze available intelligence, and make informed decisions. Join SLA and continue to innovate, develop, and lead in the information field.

As a student member of SLA, take advantage of:

JOIN ONLINE NOW!

“As a student, I found my first full-time job opportunity through the job postings section of the SLA website. At the time, I didn’t think much of SLA. I didn’t know the difference between the various LIS organizations that I was introduced to as a student. As a young professional, I attend the Annual Conference in Philadelphia in 2016 to learn more about the LIS profession as well as to meet other LIS students, professionals, and vendors. Through this conference, I found my professional safe space to learn and grow as a librarian in the SLA Philadelphia Chapter, a unit in which members value community outreach, networking, professional development, mentorship, and good food. Each year since, I have attended the Annual Conference and set professional goals for myself to learn soft skills such as leadership and project management as well as learn about various types of subject-based jobs within the LIS profession in academia, industry, and government. When I compare SLA to other LIS organizations, I have come to realize that SLA is a big organization full of professionals willing to connect with young professionals and students in meaningful ways. If you’re a student or professional looking to learn about various LIS careers and meet people in those careers, I recommend that you join SLA and get to know its members locally, via SLAConnect, and at the Annual Conference.”

We look forward to engaging with you!

 

Cheers,

Stephen and Craig

SLA Canada Student Group Liaisons

 

Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA

Principal, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.

412-120 Perth Ave.

Toronto, ON

Canada M6P 4E1

 

stephen.abram@gmail.com

Cel: 416-669-4855

Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com

LHC Page: https://stephenslighthouse.com/lighthouse-consulting-inc/

Twitter: @sabram

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.abram.98

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-abram-756220/

 

Craig Wingrove

Director, Global Information Procurement & Access – Knowledge@BCG

T +1 212 446 3256

M +1 917 757 9270

 

 

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 1:51 pm Category: Uncategorized

SLA Canada Student Chapter local leaders and faculty liaisons

Greetings SLA Canada Student Chapter local leaders and faculty liaisons:

First off, we are introducing ourselves as the SLA Canada Board Members who have taken on the responsibility for communicating with our student chapters in Canada

Secondly, we are connecting you all up!  You will note that you are all copied on this e-mail (at least the folks we’re aware of) as well as listed below.  Please send us any corrections, updates, or additional student group contacts like communications or programming chairs.

Lastly, we would be grateful if you would:

  • Copy us on any useful communications with your fellow students.
  • Forward any ‘missives’ from us to your fellow students. We plan to promote various free SLA Canada Community programs and opportunities to you.
  • Expand our membership.  SLA recently reduced the cost for student memberships to $10US from $50US.  Also, SLA has extended the eligibility for the student rate from 3 years to 5 years. This is in recognition that you are our SLA’s future.  You will soon receive a promotion e-mail of the new rate from us to pass on to your fellow students.  Note that SLA membership is open globally to all types of information professionals and not just librarians.
  • Lastly, you can expect to receive the following in the next few days.
    • An article to share on the benefits of association membership for students written by a student.
    • A list of useful SLA Canada Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and Networking opportunities for learning, engaging, and seeking employment to share.
    • And a list of technology supports that SLA Canada can provide to you to access, to assist at no charge, for your programming and communications needs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us or SLA International too:

Student Community Association Liaison:

Laura Leavitt Walesby

SLA New Professionals Advisory Council (SNPAC) Chair, 2020-2022

Head, Gast Business Library

Michigan State University Libraries

leavitt9@msu.edu

T: 517-614-4803

 

Staff Liaison:

Mike Rosenberg

Director, Membership Engagement

7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300

McLean, VA 22102 USA

T: +1 (703) 442-2081

F: +1 (703) 506-3266

W: www.sla.org

 

We look forward to engaging with you!

 

Cheers,

Stephen and Craig

 

Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA

Principal, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.

412-120 Perth Ave.

Toronto, ON

Canada M6P 4E1

 

stephen.abram@gmail.com

Cel: 416-669-4855

Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com

LHC Page: https://stephenslighthouse.com/lighthouse-consulting-inc/

Twitter: @sabram

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.abram.98

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-abram-756220/

 

Craig Wingrove

Director, Global Information Procurement & Access – Knowledge@BCG

T +1 212 446 3256

M +1 917 757 9270

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 1:50 pm Category: Uncategorized

SLA Canada: Communities, Blogs and Links for LIS Students to Build the PLN (Personal Learning Network)

SLA Canada Student Leaders;

Please share with your networks.

You’ve likely already started your professional network as you make choices to connect with fellow students, professors, and information pros on various social media and networking platforms.  That’s wonderful and these networks will stand you in good stead for a lifetime of being an InfoPro.  It’s called the practice of librarianship for a reason . . . professions really require lifelong learning, experience, and networking  We can’t know it all – even if we want to! Your degree is really a lead-off or finitesimal degree – just another step on your professional career path.

As a member of SLA you have access to a very wide range of Communities in all types of libraries internationally.  If you’re not a member you can find out more here:

Student Member Benefits

https://www.sla.org/access-membership/student-member-benefits/

SLA Membership Application

(Just $10US *NEW RATE)

https://hq.sla.org/cgi-bin/memberdll.dll/info?wrp=membershipapp.htm

Some SLA Canada social networking opportunities include:

LinkedIn SLA Canada Community on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12435141/

Facebook – SLA Canada https://www.facebook.com/SLACanadaChapter/

Facebook – International Special Libraries Association (SLA) https://www.facebook.com/slahq/?ref=br_rs

Facebook – SLA Toronto Students https://www.facebook.com/SLATSG/

Instagram – SLA_InfoPros

There is an unlimited plethora of SLA communities to join to help your career, network, and learning.  If you don’t see one that matches your interests you are free to create one within the SLA!

SLA Communities fall into about 7 broad categories – Students, Geographic, Advocacy/Networking, Subject, and Competencies. All of these are driven by the member participants and they are what you make of them.  Our experience is that our fellow members are incredibly helpful and insightful.  Feel free to lurk, participate, and learn.

The Big One

SLA International Open Forum  

Students & New Professionals

New Professionals Community 
SLA Students  SLA Student Members Connect Here!
The New Professionals Community is a space to discuss the unique concerns of information professionals new to the field or new to their position (generally considered within the first five years of employment). It is a place to ask questions, share best practices, connect with like-minded problem solvers, and send current awareness notices to the community. Topics include orientation, training, mentoring, and community building. The Library space can also be a repository for documentation related to these concerns. Everyone with an interest in these topics, regardless of length of service in their position or career, is welcome to join the community and post.

Geographic: Canada

SLA Canada  Canadian Chapter/Section Canadienne

We never know where your travel or work dreams will take you but these communities are ways to get a flavour of library employment and networking locally.  (And just as an aside, your accredited Canadian library degree has special professional work status under the USMCA Treaty (formerly NAFTA).

Geographic: US Communities

Alabama  
Arizona  
Carolinas Chapter – Open Community   
Central Ohio   
Cincinnati   
Cleveland   
Fairfield County  
Georgia
Hawaiian-Pacific  
Hudson Valley   
Illinois: Open Community   
Indiana   
Iowa   
Kansas/Western Missouri   
Kentucky – Open Community   
Louisiana/Southern Mississippi   
Maryland – Open Community   
Michigan   
Mid-South  
Minnesota  
Nebraska  
New England Chapter  
New Jersey – Open Community   
New York – Upstate   
New York   
Oklahoma   
Oregon  
Pacific Northwest Chapter- Open Community   
Philadelphia Chapter – Open Community   
Pittsburgh  
Rhode Island   
Rio Grande  
Rocky Mountain   
Route 66 Chapter   
San Diego   
San Francisco Bay Area   
Sierra Nevada   
Southern California  
St. Louis Metro Area   
Tennessee Valley  
Texas   
Virginia   
Washington, DC – Open Community   
Wisconsin  

Geographic: International Communities

Arabian Gulf  
Asian Chapter   
Australia and New Zealand – Open Community   
Europe  
Florida & Caribbean   
SLA Canada  Canadian Chapter/Section Canadienne
Sub-Saharan Africa 

Advocacy/Networking

Diversity Inclusion Community & Equity   
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issues Caucus The GLBT Caucus community is limited to its members
Public Policy Task Force  
Working Parents and Caregivers Group  

Subject Specialty Communities 

Academic Division – Open Community
Architecture, Building Engineering, Construction & Design (DENG)  
Association Information Services Caucus  
Biomedical & Life Sciences – Open Community   
Business and Finance   
Chemistry – Open Community   
Education   
Engineering Community- Open Community   
Environment & Resource Management  
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition  
Government Information   
Information Technology   
Insurance & Employee Benefits   
Legal   
Materials Research & Manufacturing (DCHE)  
Medical Devices & Diagnostics Section (DPHT)  
Medical Section of DBIO  
Military Libraries Division – Open Community   
Natural History Caucus  
News  & Media
Petroleum & Energy Resources  
Pharmaceutical & Health Technology   
Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics   
Science-Technology – Open Community   
Social Sciences & Humanities – Open Community  
Solo Librarians   
Transportation: Open Community   

Competencies and Professional Development/Networking

Archival and Preservation Caucus  
Competitive Intelligence – Open Community   
Data   
Design & User Experience  
Digital Asset Management Section of DITE  
DLMD Consulting Section of the Leadership & Management Division
DLMD Marketing Section  Marketing Section of Leadership & Management Division
Economic Development + Empowerment + Entrepreneurship (EDEE)   
Embedded Librarians Caucus Open Community 
Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Advisory Council  
Information Futurists Caucus  
Int’l Information Exchange Caucus  
Knowledge Management Community  
Leadership and Management Development Community   
SLA Cataloging Community  
Taxonomy – Open Community   

Networking and Fun

Baseball Caucus   (and other sports!)
Encore Caucus: Retired Members
Feline Friendly CatChat An Open Community for all interested in sharing pictures and stories about their cats (or other pets – all are welcome!)

Guidance for New Professional and Students

By now you might be feeling a little overwhelmed.  That’s fine, you have years of ‘practice’ to get better every day as an information professional.  Here’s three simple tips:

1, Join any groups, networks, or communities that pique your interest.  Stay a while or forever.  Leave if they’re not meeting your short or long-term needs.

  1. Decide what you’re passionate about in the field or society and go All-In.
  2. Use the tools that make scanning the news and professional blogs, forums,  and communities easier.  I (Stephen) use a free tool called Feedly (http://www.feedly.com).  It allows me to keep a tab open in my browser or use their app to follow hundreds of sites to read or scan and keep up-to-date.  I can organize it around my priorities – personally and professionally.

Here’s a few lists to start with.  You can search for lists of librarians in your interest areas who blog, tweet, write, and more too.

The Top 50 Librarian Blogs

https://librarylearn.org/top-librarian-blogs/

Top 60 Librarian Blogs and Websites for Librarians in 2020

https://blog.feedspot.com/library_blogs/

Top 25 Librarian Bloggers (By the Numbers)

https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/top-25-librarian-bloggers-by-the-numbers/

100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future

https://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/100-best-blogs-for-librarians-of-the-future/

20 Library & Librarian Blogs You Must Follow

https://edtechreview.in/news/2075-library-librarian-blogs-you-must-follow

We look forward to engaging with you!

 

Cheers,

 

Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA

CEO, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.

412-120 Perth Ave.

Toronto, ON

Canada M6P 4E1

 

stephen.abram@gmail.com

Cel: 416-669-4855

Blog: http://www.StephensLighthouse.com

LHC Page: https://stephenslighthouse.com/lighthouse-consulting-inc/

Twitter: @sabram

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.abram.98

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-abram-756220/

 

Craig Wingrove

Director, Global Information Procurement & Access – Knowledge@BCG

T +1 212 446 3256

M +1 917 757 9270

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 1:36 pm Category: Uncategorized

Holiday Zoom Backgrounds and How to change your Zoom background

Looking for a cool Zoom background for your holiday socials? (see below for a few links to seasonal backgrounds)

I am personally looking forward to the SLA Canada Zooming all the Way Holiday Social.

It’s easy:

Here’s what you need to know about customizing your background.

“How to change your Zoom background on the desktop app

https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-change-your-zoom-background

Before joining a meeting:

  1. Download the Zoom app for Mac or Windows
  2. Open the app and sign in.
  3. Click your profile picture, then click on Settings.
  4. In the left menu bar, click on the Virtual Background tab (if you don’t see this tab, log in to the Zoom website, go to Settings and toggle on Virtual Background).
  5. In the Virtual Background tab, select one of Zoom’s defaults or upload your own image.
  6. If you have a green screen set-up, you can select that option.
  7. To add your own image or video, click the + icon to upload from your computer.

After joining a meeting:

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  1. At the bottom of the client, click the up arrow next to Stop Video.
  2. Select Change Virtual Background.
  3. In the Virtual Background tab, select one of Zoom’s defaults or upload your own image.
  4. If you have a green screen set-up, you can select that option.
  5. To add your own image or video, click the + icon to upload from your computer.

How to change your Zoom background on the mobile app

  1. Download the Zoom app for iOS to your iPhone or iPad
  2. Open the app, sign in and join a meeting.
  3. Tap the three dots at the bottom right to open the More menu.
  4. Tap Virtual Background.
  5. Select one of Zoom’s defaults or upload your own. “

50 Festive Christmas Zoom Backgrounds

Looking for a festive Zoom background? A Christmas desktop or mobile wallpaper?

Whether you’re celebrating a virtual Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year, or even a combination, we’ve got a holiday-themed background in here for you!

https://www.thebash.com/articles/christmas-zoom-backgrounds

10 Holiday Zoom Backgrounds To Celebrate The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

 

 

 

 

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 12:40 pm Category: Uncategorized

ECONOMIST: Ten trends to watch in the coming year 2021

Ten trends to watch in the coming year

A letter from Tom Standage, editor of “The World in 2021”

https://www.economist.com/the-world-ahead/2020/11/16/ten-trends-to-watch-in-the-coming-year

“1 Fights over vaccines.

2 A mixed economic recovery.

3 Patching up the new world disorder.

4 More US-China tensions.

5 Companies on the front line.

6 After the tech-celeration.

7 A less footloose world. Tourism will shrink and change shape

8 An opportunity on climate change.

9 The year of déjà vu.

10 A wake-up call for other risks.

The coming year promises to be particularly unpredictable, given the interactions between the pandemic, an uneven economic recovery and fractious geopolitics. This annual will, we hope, help you improve your odds as you navigate the risks and opportunities ahead.”

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

“All anecdote and no data”

“All anecdote and no data”

Seth Godin wisdom:

“That’s a criticism, of course. A report, study or testimony that’s all anecdote with no data carries little in the way of actionable information.

On the other hand, if you want to change people’s minds, “all data and no anecdote” isn’t going to get you very far.

We act on what we understand, we understand what fits into our worldview and we remember what we act on.”

Posted on: December 1, 2020, 6:49 am Category: Uncategorized