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The Ellis Mount Scholarship Award

The Board of the New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA NY) is pleased to once again offer the Ellis Mount Scholarship to SLA Members enrolled in any New York or New Jersey Library or Information School.

Application period: April 13 to July 30, 2018

Required items: application form, unofficial transcripts, resume, and to answer 3 short essays.

These three short essays should be not more than a paragraph. Applicants have the choice to answer the following questions.

  1. What has inspired you to go into subject librarianship? The subject itself?
  2. Why do you consider yourself a “librarian”?
  3. Where/what would be your dream library/place to work? Why?
  4. Who is your mentor? Tell us about someone who motivates, teaches, or inspires you in this field.
  5. If you could be the personal librarian of one individual, living or dead, who would it be and why?
  6. What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming library science student?

Please review the rules below regarding the scholarship:

  1. Description of the Scholarship Award:
    Scholarship awards are available to SLA NY Chapter members who are enrolled in any NJ/NY library or information school
  2. Application Period: April 13 – July 30, 2018
    No applications will be accepted past the stated deadline.
  3. Guidelines:
    • Applicants must be a member of the SLA NY Chapter.
      (Not a member? Join here (http://www.sla.org/access-membership/join-sla/). Student Membership is only $40)
    • Applicants must submit the following:
      • Application form
      • Unofficial transcripts from  graduate school
      • Resume
      • Three short essays listed in the application form
      • The completed award application form and corresponding documentation is to be submitted online to slanyscholar@gmail.com no later than July 30, 2018.
  4. Conditions of Being Granted a Scholarship Award:
    • All submission requests will be reviewed by the Scholarship Awards Committee of the New York Chapter of SLA.
    • Award recipient will provide proof of completion of the course to the Scholarship Awards Chair of the New York Chapter of SLA.
    • Award recipient will provide an article about the course taken and the benefits gained from taking the course to the Scholarship Awards Chair for review by the Board of the New York Chapter within one month after the course has concluded. The article may be included in Chapter publications or presented at a Chapter meeting.
  5. Announcement of Scholarship Award Winners:
    Award recipient will be announced and the scholarship awarded at the 2018 SLA NY Annual Meeting (date TBD). Award winners are required to attend the Annual Meeting.

The SLA NY Chapter retains the right to use the name and/or any photograph images taken at the Awards presentation to promote and publicize this scholarship program and/or Chapter activities.

Email all materials and questions to slanyscholar@gmail.com.

Complete the 2018 Ellis Mount Scholarship application form now!

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Call for Chapter Award Nominations!

Call for Chapter Award Nominations!

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It’s that time of year – when we recognize leadership and innovation within our community. These prestigious awards acknowledge some the dedicated members of our profession who have provided outstanding contributions to our chapter and profession over the past year.

Submissions should take the form of a brief bio of the nominee, their LinkedIn profile link if available, contact information (email and/or phone number), and a paragraph outlining why they should be considered.

You are welcome to submit yourself, a colleague, a friend for any of the below awards – anyone you think has gone above and beyond!

Submissions should be sent to mailto:SLANYawardsubmissions@gmail.com by October 14th.

DANA GORDON SPECIAL LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Sponsored by BST America

Honors a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the shared purpose and goals of the library profession. Dedicated to projects and programs that enhance library service and strengthen the role and position of the library for their community, college or university, school, company, or corporation. Recognizes individual SLA NY Chapter members who have consistently developed innovative and groundbreaking initiatives in their career as: volunteers of SLA-NY, SLA NY Committees (and all members thereof), academic professionals,  vendors offering trend-setting services or products, professionals in adjunct fields.

THE PRIVCO SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Recognizes knowledge professionals for notable and unique contributions during the previous year. NYC-area website founders and bloggers, curators of distinctive collections, solo librarians, mentors and teachers, conference organizers, and other librarians typically working outside the traditional scope of SLA-NY award consideration. Non-members will be considered for this award.

SLA-NY RISING STAR AWARD

The chapter version of the SLA’s yearly award presented annually to recognize outstanding new members (five years or less) who contribute greatly to the chapter and show exceptional intuition and leadership.

COMMITTEE MEMBER AWARD

Recognizes committee members who’ve gone above and beyond the call during the previous year. Volunteering time, research, fundraising, inspiration, event organization, liaising with partner organizations, and overall passion for the work are just a few of the factors to help determine nominees.

DIVERSITY AWARD

Recognizes a librarian who promotes inclusive practices and considers aspects of diversity both inside and outside the workplace. These aspects can include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

2016 Awards Committee

  • Heidi Crowe, Head of Kekst Intelligence, Research & Analysis (KIRA), Kekst
  • Brooke Raymond, Research Librarian, Troutman Sanders
  • Ray Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno

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SLA Connect – SLA’s New Online Community

SLA Connect – SLA’s New Online Community

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SLA Connect is a new online community for SLA members. It’s where we will be sharing New York chapter news and event announcements. If you want to stay in the know, you’ll need to set up email notifications for the New York community.

Here’s how you can do that:

–       Log in with your SLA credentials
–       Select “My Communities” from the Communities drop-down (in the grey navigation bar)
–       Select “New York.” It will appear if you’re a chapter member
–       Click the Settings cog and switch your email notifications to “Daily Digest”

If you’re not a member of the New York chapter, we still want to keep in touch. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or you can join our LinkedIn group. You can also email slanyannouncements@gmail.com  and ask to be added to our Chapter Events Newsletter.

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SLA NY Managers Round Table Discussion Group

SLA NY Managers Round Table Discussion Group

Event organizers: Marcy Winkler

Date of event: Friday June 17th

Time of event : 8-9am

Come to the June SLA NY Managers round table discussion group for chapter members currently in management positions. This group will provide an informal network for participants to seek advice and share best practices with their peers.

Location of event: Financier Patisserie, 35 Cedar Street at 10 Liberty Plaza, between Pearl and William.
Near Fulton Street stops of the A, C and Wall Street stop of the 2, 3,4 or 5 subway lines.

Cost for event is free, but members must pay for their own breakfast.

Register Now!

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The 2016 Ellis Mount Scholarship Award

The 2016 Ellis Mount Scholarship Award

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Organized by the Scholarship Award Committee:
Daniel Barron, Sarah Davis Grover, Megan De Armond, Eric Dillalogue (Chair), and Hannah Sistrunk

Complete the 2016 Ellis Mount Scholarship application form here: http://bit.ly/slany-scholarship-2016

The Board of the New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-NY) is pleased to once again offer the Ellis Mount Scholarship to SLA-NY Members enrolled in a Library and Information Management School.

This scholarship is in memory of our dear friend, colleague, and mentor, Ellis Mount (1921-2012). Ellis Mount was a former SLA-NY Chapter Member and an astute Professor at Columbia’s School of Library Service from 1964-1989. Ellis earned his Doctorate of Library Science at Columbia in 1979. During his career, he served as the Editor of the Sci-Tech Division of the SLA Newsletter and he was the recipient of the following SLA Awards – The Sci-Tech Division Achievement Award (1984), John Cotton Dana Award (1984), and SLA’s Hall of Fame (1991). Professor Mount was an author, co-author, and editor of many major works relating to the profession and he served as a consultant to libraries around the globe.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international association of library and information services professionals offering members a variety of resources, such as professional development programs, career services, and an annual conference. SLA’s vision is to be known as the leading organization in the information industry, a catalyst in the development of the information economy, and a strategic partner in the emerging information society. The New York Chapter of SLA (SLA-NY) reflects the Big Apple’s prominence in communications, education, finance, healthcare, publishing, and the arts. The Chapter’s members work in a broad spectrum of New York metropolitan area-based businesses and nonprofit institutions. With 900 members, SLA-NY is one of the largest of the Association’s 56 chapters. The large size and great diversity of the New York Chapter make it a unique networking resource for its members.

Please review the rules below regarding the scholarship:

1) Description of the Scholarship Award

Scholarship awards are available to SLA-NY Chapter members who are enrolled in a Library and Information Management School.

The scholarship award recipient will receive an award of $1000 to use toward his/her library school tuition or associated costs during the 2016-17 academic year. The recipient will also be provided with free registration to the 2016 SLA-NY Conference & Expo.

2) Application Period

April 20, 2016 – July 31, 2016
No applications will be accepted past the stated deadline.

3) Guidelines

Applicants must be a member of the SLA-NY Chapter. (Not a member? Join here – http://www.sla.org/access-membership/join-sla/. Student membership is only $40.)

Applicants must submit the following:
– application form (http://bit.ly/slany-scholarship-2016)
– resume
– unofficial transcripts
– 500-750 word essay on the topic: “Tell us about your ideal library job and how a professional organization like SLA would benefit you in the role”

The application form can be completed online. The resume and essay should be submitted via email to slanyscholar@gmail.com no later than July 31, 2016.

4) Conditions of Being Granted a Scholarship Award

All submission requests will be reviewed by the Scholarship Award Committee of the New York Chapter of SLA.

The award will be presented at the SLA-NY Annual Awards Meeting (Fall 2016) and attendance is required. The recipient will provide an article to the SLA-NY chapter publication, Bridge to Excellence (B2E), or present at a chapter meeting on a relevant topic related to their education or work experience.

5) Announcement of Scholarship Award Winners

The award recipient will be contacted via email and, once the scholarship is accepted, will be announced on the SLA-NY website and at the 2016 SLA-NY Annual Awards Meeting (date tbd).

The SLA-NY Chapter retains the right to use the name and/or any photograph images taken at the Awards presentation to promote and publicize this scholarship program and/or Chapter activities.

Email all materials and questions to slanyscholar@gmail.com.

Complete the 2016 Ellis Mount Scholarship application form here: http://bit.ly/slany-scholarship-2016

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SLA NY leadership statement regarding moving SLA 2018 from North Carolina

SLA NY leadership statement regarding moving SLA 2018 from North Carolina

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Dear Board Members,

Following last week’s open board meeting, the NY chapter wishes to thank the SLA Board for its careful consideration of all the ramifications regarding moving SLA 2018. It is wonderful to see a range of possible responses by SLA to the law in North Carolina discussed and considered thoughtfully. In the end, the SLA Board will need to make a decision based on the best information available by the voting deadline, an important component of which will be a dollar amount representing the total forecasted loss of members and exhibitors if SLA holds its 2018 conference in North Carolina. The immediate loss of $60,000 needs to be weighed against this potential loss quantified by SLA’s staff and we are confident you will consider this in your decision.

Moreover, we think that the SLA Board needs to return to what the point of the SLA conference actually is.

In addition to being a major revenue generator for the association (which may be jeopardized by remaining in North Carolina for reasons discussed elsewhere), it is our understanding that the purpose of SLA’s conference is to bring members together in a safe and productive space for a time of learning and networking.

At present North Carolina simply doesn’t work for this. A significant minority of our members may be actively threatened by visiting that state, as whatever affirmative action SLA chooses to support within the confines of the conference venue, they have little or no control over what happens outside. Still more members may be prohibited from attending by their workplace’s policies, and others will choose to stay away because of their strong personal feelings about the issue. This isn’t a good situation for anyone.

The concept of combating discrimination by “moving toward it with compassionate presence” (from the South Carolina’s board statement published to the leadership list) is a possible choice that individuals can make, but we don’t believe that this choice under the unique circumstances presented here is either the fiscally prudent one when weighing the possible financial loss to SLA in 2018 nor does it take into account the dangers potentially facing members who protest in this way.

As was mentioned on the April 13th SLA Board call, SLA members are not freedom fighters. This is a conference, not a protest march. We would encourage SLA to consider how to support members who live and work under such abhorrent legislation, but we don’t believe that the conference is the appropriate vehicle for achieving this.

In summary, we urge the SLA Board when considering all the options regarding the location of SLA 2018, to weigh the immediate loss of $60,000 against a potential far greater loss in 2018, as well as the safety of all SLA members.

We also hope that the SLA Board will look for an alternate 2018 conference location that North Carolina and South Carolina chapter members will be able to travel to quickly and easily so that as many SLA members as possible will be able to attend SLA  2018.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Board of the NY Chapter by,

Emma Davidson, President

Nicole Dupras, President-Elect

Marcy Winkler, Past President

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