Posted on October 19, 2011.
So many firsts! My first trip to Philadelphia, my first national professional conference, and now my first blog post.
When I graduated with my MLS a little more than one year ago, I realized how little I knew about the world of library and information science outside of academic and public libraries. What else is out there, and where do I even begin to look? Lucky for me, several of my coworkers suggested I look into the Special Libraries Association. This turned out to be excellent advice, and shortly after joining SLA, I heard about the VASLA Susan Adkins travel grant. I was thrilled that my grant application was accepted, and I was able to attend the 2011 SLA annual conference in Philadelphia.
Starting with the Dine Around group on Saturday night and continuing through four days of information sessions, I met SLA Fellows, former SLA presidents, and chapter presidents. I attended sessions on topics from mobile apps to how to get published. I also attended social events hosted by the Competitive Intelligence division and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
In a nutshell, the conference was invaluable and overwhelming. I came away with a much wider and deeper professional network (shout out to several California law librarians), an appreciation for the diversity of career options, and a fantastic sense of camaraderie. I feel welcomed into the world of librarians and information professionals. Thank you, VASLA, for the opportunity to to experience so many firsts!
Links to presentations or speakers’ websites for several of the sessions I attended follow.
So They Say You Have To Publish – http://librarywriting.blogspot.com
Design Thinking For Better Libraries – http://stevenbell.info/index.htm
60 Apps in 60 Minutes – http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com/60-apps-in-60-minutes-sla2011/
2011 Adkins Travel Award Recipient
Posted in Meetings and Events, People
Posted on February 22, 2011.
VASLA Membership Director Greg Stoner of Williams Mullen in Richmond has been published in the February 2011 issue of Virginia Lawyer. Greg wrote the current entry in the publications recurring column, Law Libraries. You can download the article here:
or view the homepage of Virginia Lawyer. Congratulations, Greg.
Posted in News, People
Posted on July 30, 2010.
SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation’s largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2010, SunTrust had total assets of $170.7 billion and total deposits of $118.7 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking services. There are approximately 28,263 full-time equivalent employees working at SunTrust.
The SunTrust Information Center supports the mission of the bank which is to help people and institutions prosper by providing financial services that meet the needs, exceed the expectations, and enhance the lives of our clients, communities, colleagues, and ultimately our shareholders. We do this by supporting any SunTrust teammate that may need information in a variety of formats. Much of our work involves electronic research and distribution. These days we rarely meet the teammate for whom we are working, since e-mail is our main form of communication and distribution. However, we do maintain a core collection of books and periodicals which are used regularly. Over the years our staff grew from three to four employees, and then shrunk to two employees. Yet our output continues to increase every year. As the electronic databases improve and our skills improve as well, we maintain a level of service that is appreciated by our teammates.
Information Center Average Monthly Statistics
Six Months ending June 2010
Books & specific articles requested: 3,755
Research requests: 647
Average daily transactions: 222
Sue Miller, manager of the Information Center has 35 years of service at the bank and all of it has been spent in the Information Center. I have 30 years of service at the bank of which 24 years have been in the Information Center.
Posted in People
Posted on February 25, 2010.
Be sure to check out the January/February 2010 issue of Information Outlook, where VASLA member Jill Heinze has an article on “Leveraging Internal Partnerships for Library Success.” Jill is a research analyst in the Marketing Department at Affinion Loyalty Group in Richmond, VA, and a member of SLA’s Competitive Intelligence Division.
Posted in News, People
Posted on January 13, 2010.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory Library is a private library supporting the scientific and engineering staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). NRAO is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. The Library, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, operates within the scientific division of the Observatory. We are three professional librarians who support reference inquiries, provide statistical publication data, and maintain the world’s largest concentrated collection of radio astronomy materials. While the Library operates during normal business hours, Eastern Time, the extensive electronic resources we provide augment the support needs of NRAO’s four-sites that span multiple time zones.
The NRAO Library has three key roles within the organization: providing NRAO staff with the materials and resources they require, supporting the publication of scientists who use NRAO instruments, and providing support to other agencies and communities that work closely with NRAO. The Library maintains a wide array of periodicals, mostly in electronic forms. We acquire hundreds of new monograph titles annually in support of the continued development of our premier radio astronomy collection. We also provide case by case access to materials we do not own or subscribe to regularly. The Library manages page charges for scientists who have used NRAO instruments in their research. We maintain databases of all papers and theses that use our instruments or are written by our staff in direct support of our budget; scholarly work documents that our instruments have utility to the astronomical community. Finally, we actively support the international radio astronomy community via ILLs of our fine collection and host data valuable to communities larger than NRAO, such as the terahertz research community.
My role within the library is divided equally between the traditional duties of a librarian who supports public services and the daily tasks of a web developer and database technician. I manage our bindery activities, the journal collection, share circulation duties, and recently took on the ILLs. I am the webmaster for the online hosting of conference proceedings for the annual International Symposium of Space Terahertz Technology and as such designed and now maintain a web front end and supporting database that ties engineers from that community to digitized versions of 20 years of individual articles and proceedings. I am excited about the next feature that will be added to this service, a faceted search index powered by the open source software called Blacklight
, developed in part by UVA. I also enjoy the varied opportunities and growth the NRAO Library offers me.
Posted in People
Posted on September 17, 2009.
Catch SMR International’s latest e-Profile on Virginia librarian Ken Winter: Ken Winter at VDOT: KM/Knowledge Services = Innovation, Opportunity, and Influence
Ken Winter is Director of Library and Information Services for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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