The results of the SLA Board of Directors election are in, and I want to congratulate Tom Rink on being elected to the office of President-Elect. Tom was a great candidate, and I know he’ll be an exemplary President-Elect and President for SLA. And I want to congratulate everyone else who’ll be joining the Board come January: Kim Silk (chapter cabinet chair-elect), Ruth Kneale (division cabinet chair-elect), Kevin Adams (director), and Catherine Lavallee-Welch (director).
Also, I salute Valerie Perry, Elaine Lasda Bergman, Dr. Saif Al-Jabari, and David Cappoli for stepping up and running for office. SLA is a stronger organization for their dedication and enthusiasm, and I know they will keep working to make the Association better. We truly had an excellent slate of candidates this time year.
For me, being nominated was a great experience, and a profound honor. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet so many SLA members over the past six months, and speak with so many of you about the issues that are important to you.
Three items of note:
First, there’s a little more than 24 hours left in the SLA Board of Directors election. If you can vote and haven’t yet, do so! If you have, thanks for stepping up to make the Association stronger. And in case anyone’s new to this blog, I am running for President-Elect, so please throw some consideration my way.
Second, I wrote a long post over at Cornell University Library’s Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services blog about the Repository Executive Group. (For those of you who prefer brevity, I posted in the CUL DSPS blog about RepoExec.*) Chairing that committee made up a large part of my fellowship work, and I cover a lot of what we did in that post.
Finally, if you haven’t been following the #teamharpy case, I recommend checking out the blog that nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey have set up, which both explains the case and lets you donate to their defense. Also very much worth highlighting is their call for witnesses. It is a deeply messed up situation that they’re in, and I admire their actions and their courage. They have my support, and deserve yours.
So, that’s what’s up. A lot going on, and in less than 36 hours I’m going to find out a lot more about my next three years. Be well, folks.
* Though, if you prefer breveity, you probably won’t like the post.
The moment of truth has arrived, for values of “moment” that include “three weeks”. The SLA Board of Directors election has begun. Voting will remain open until September 24.
It has been an amazing few months. My thanks to all of you who took the time to talk to me about why SLA is important to you, and what you want to see from the Association and its leaders in the months and years to come. Thank you to the New York and Washington, DC chapters for inviting me to meet with your members. And thank you to all my fellow candidates for being willing to step forward and take on the responsibility for leadership in SLA. Also, a very special thanks to my fellow candidate for President-Elect, Tom Rink: this is the kind of process that could get unpleasant, but Tom has always been wonderful to work (and network) with.
In all seriousness, there is an excellent slate of candidates. As I’ve said a number of times, my background is in public policy, so what’s important to me is that members log on and vote. I’ve tried to spend these last months sharing my vision for SLA, and if you share that vision, then I’d be honored if you’d consider voting for me for President-Elect.
Thank you all! Now go out and vote.
The election for the SLA Board of Directors commences tomorrow, and there are a couple more posts for interested members to check out.
First, the fine people at SLA Europe sent Tom and I four very fun questions, and the answers are posted on their blog. The questions were:
- Where would you go in Europe if given the chance and an unlimited budget?
- You run into yourself in the street one day and it turns out you’re not an information professional! (Oh no!) What does your alternate universe self do?
- What are your go-to five apps or tools?
- What technical advancement would you tell your 15 year old self about if you had the chance?
Seriously: alternate universes and time travel. Check it out.
Also, in case you missed it, a recording of the Q&A webinar Tom and I did a few weeks back has been posted to our candidate pages.
The election begins tomorrow. More thoughts on that, then.
The candidate Q&A post for August is up over at the SLA website:
SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?
This is one of the most important questions that SLA currently faces; our status as an international association sets us apart from many of our peer organizations, and allows us the opportunity to move forward and learn from one another in truly unique ways. We must, from our leadership on down, take advantage of these opportunities.
See the rest here.
The recording of the DC Chapter of SLA’s Conference Recap event has been posted, including presentations from me and Tom Rink on our visions for SLA:
My speech starts at around the 2:00 mark. I’ve previously posted the text I was working from.
Please check out the whole thing! It was a great event.
In preparation for our visit, the DC Chapter of SLA asked Tom and me to write posts about our personal theme. Those posts are now up, and mine can be found here.
I chose “Move Forward” as my personal theme, for reasons that are probably clear to anyone who read my last post. (I almost chose, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” but while I definitely believe that, “Move Forward” has a much stronger personal resonance. Again, that shouldn’t surprise anyone who read my last post.)
While I covered similar ground in the speech, I do feel this post stands well on its own. So please do check it out.