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SLA Academic Division statement on SLA Annual 2018 and North Carolina

8 Apr
The SLA Academic Division is grateful to SLA Board President Tom Rink for his statement condemning North Carolina’s recent passage of HB2, a law that discriminates against LGBT people. We also stand with the New York and Philadelphia Chapters of SLA in calling for immediate negotiations to change the location of the SLA Annual Conference in 2018 from Charlotte, NC.
This law runs counter to the principles of our Association, our Division, and our profession, and as such it would be irresponsible for our Association to hold our annual conference in North Carolina while said law stands. SLA’s Board has shown itself capable of taking decisive action in the past year, no matter the difficulty, and this should be no exception.
Jim DelRosso
Chair, SLA Academic Division

To be forged anew in the forthcoming fires of the Fortnight of Leadership

21 Dec

I’m coming up for air, baby.

It’s a sign of just what this semester’s been like that it’s taken me a full month to post about my recent election as President-Elect of the Upstate New York Chapter of the special Libraries Association. (In case they haven’t updated it by the time you click: yes, the election is actually done.) My term doesn’t officially start until January, but I’m already getting down to business: specifically, making arrangements to travel to the SLA Leadership Summit in Atlanta in January, and finding space and speakers for the April Chapter meetings.

Prez-elect is a one year gig, but it also involves spending 2013 as President, and 2014 as Past President. I’m looking forward to this; my involvement in UNYSLA, taken with my place on the SLA Academic Division Board, indicates that I made the right call backing SLA with my membership dues. I have a feeling the next three years will be highly educational, and not just because I’m on board for three straight Leadership Summits.

This year’s Summit comes hard on the heels of the week I’ll spend out in Trumansburg, NY, for a Cornell-sponsored leadership shindig. I’m a bit apprehensive about that one: not just because of an additional hour’s drive every day in central NY in January, but also because it’ll involve things like my first real 360-degree eval. I tapped about thirty folks for that one, so it should be interesting.

The whole thing’s gotten me thinking about leadership in libraries again, and specifically leadership in my current position. I’m worried that some or all of this stuff will end up conflating leadership with management, and while I’m sure my managerial skills could use work I’d prefer these events give me what it says on the tin. I’m the head of digital projects group, chair of a committee, I push the occasional project, et cetera and so forth… but I’m not sure that makes me a leader, though. Not sure these events will clear up the ambiguity, either.

But I guess we can hope, yeah?

In any case, I’m off on Winter Break starting tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, enough stuff will be squared away that I won’t have to bring nearly as much work home as I did over Thanksgiving. But even if I do, I still can’t feel other than blessed: 2011’s been a rough year for many, and I seem to be coming out of it with more than I probably deserve.

Happy holidays, all. And if, as seems likely, I don’t post again in the next week, Happy 2012.

More CiL2011 stuff

22 Feb

This time, over at the SLA Academic Division blog.

Transforming Spaces

21 Jan

I’d thought about posting about this article here, but I decided it fit to damned nicely over at the SLA Academic Division blog. So check it out there, and maybe I’ll throw together a political rant here to keep y’all entertained.

A bit of Wikileaks follow-up

6 Dec

Here’s some more information on the Wikileaks cables issue I ranted about on Friday. I posted it over at SLA Academic because, seriously, if you’re an academic librarian working with a program that trains up future diplomats or analysts, this is something you need to know.

Can I just say how thrilled I am that our government is so dedicated the locking the doors of empty barns that it’s willing to limit itself to hiring only those applicants who’ve proven willing to remain ignorant of material available to analysts in Russia, Iran, and the rest of the world? Or maybe just to those who are willing to pretend that said material is still secret in some way that actually means something.