Thursday, May 15, 2008


In February, four “neighborhoods” gathered for networking events. Unfortunately, the Raleigh event was postponed due to too much flu! Charlotte members are considering a networking event later in the year. Here are summaries of the four who met in February.

Chapel Hill: On Thursday, February 21, April Errickson and Debbie Balsamo hosted the Chapel Hill Networking Dinner at the Mediterranean Deli on Franklin Street. The event was attended by 19 people and included many students, including some first semester students and the current President of the UNC's Student SLA Chapter. There was lively discussion as the students shared their plans for the future and heard veteran SLA'ers talk about their experiences.

Durham: On the evening of Tuesday, February 19, Rebecca B. Vargha hosted the Durham Networking Dinner at City Beverage in Durham. There were 17 people present including members, student members, guests and faculty from both UNC-Chapel Hill & North Carolina Central University. The conversation topics ranged from career plans to an overview of current SLA initiatives such the Alignment Project and the Centennial Celebration. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect and meet new colleagues in an informal setting.
RTP: Diana Chilke, Jen Stringer, and Erin Knight hosted the RTP Networking Breakfast at the Radisson Research Triangle Park on Tuesday, February 26th. Fourteen members and guests gathered to enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast and the opportunity to chat and catch up with friends and colleagues.

Triad: Nine Triad area members gathered for a potluck dinner at the home of Mary Schwartz on Friday, February 22nd. Librarians came from Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Students came from UNC-CH and UNC-G. All enjoyed good food, wine, and conversation around the dining table.


Historic Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC was the site for our Annual Awards Banquet on April 22nd. (Click here for pictures). What a fitting site to be reminded of the noble past and exciting future of our profession!

Ann Stringfield received the Meritorious Achievement Award for her notable and enduring contributions to the chapter and to the profession. Dav Robertson remembered Ann’s many contributions to the chapter. Larry Skladanowski remarked on Ann’s professionalism at Lorillard and her service to NC libraries through Infocrofters.

Jamal Cromity received the Horizon Award as a relatively new chapter member who, through work and professional activities, shows promise of becoming an outstanding member of the profession. Debbie Balsamo and Barb LeBlanc noted Jamal’s newly-revised, more appealing and user-friendly chapter website. Although Jamal couldn’t be there to accept his award in person, he sent his thanks.

Guy St. Clair reminded us that special librarians have always been the gatekeepers of our organizations’ knowledge and the importance of growing our impact in this arena. He suggested that we value our “idea people” even when the avalanche of new ideas feels overwhelming; collaborate throughout our organizations, especially with IT; communicate upward; and get familiar with Web 2.0 technologies.

Joanie Olivier conducted a chapter business meeting with reports from our chairpersons.

Thanks again to our generous sponsors who made this evening a truly special occasion -- D&B, Ebsco, Iconitel, Infocrofters, and Inmagic!


On April 3rd, 16 members enjoyed the improv class taught by actor and trainer Greg Hohn. We did five activities: Swapping Corners, Mirror Movement, Rip Van Winkle, Talk Show Guests, and Smith & Sir. After the experience and debriefing, these were the lessons learned by the group:
· Be in the moment
· Trust yourself
· What does confidence look like? Me
· Function outside of a plan
· Give it the gas!
· Focus on your audience
· Practice in a safe place
· Status vs. power
· Task is the same regardless of the audience
· Play a role when stepping outside comfort zone
· Move beyond the fear
· Presentation techniques
· Shift thinking from worst-case scenarios to best-case
· Be aware of self
· It’s better to be good now than perfect later
· Do self-evaluation before or after, not during the process

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Upcoming Events

Members experienced with Web 2.0 technology in special libraries will lead 30-45 minute discussions. There will be 6-8 tables and 4-5 sessions throughout the afternoon so participants can learn about or share their experience with:
· Blogs and wikis
· Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ping
· Flickr
· Online image generators and mash-ups
· RSS and news feeds
· and Technorati
· Library Thing and other book networking sites
· Podcasts
Discussion leaders recruited so far are: Rebecca Vargha, Erin Iannachione, Barb LeBlanc, Jamal Cromity, Sheila Devaney and Josh Wilson. Jamal Cromity will present an overview and wrap-up based on his forthcoming article in Information Outlook.
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd from 1:00 – 4:00
Location: National Humanities Center, RTP
Watch the NCSLA website and discussion list for registration information!

Karin Shank is planning a joint workshop about business information with BLINC (Business Librarianship in North Carolina, Div. of NCLA). Two possible topics are "Market Research on the Cheap", and/or "Finding 'Hidden' Company Information."
Date: September
Location: NC Biotechnology Center, RTP
Watch the chapter website and discussion list for more details!

Let’s celebrate a successful year in NCSLA and welcome our new officers. Dav Robertson, Chair of SLA’s Centennial Commission, will report on the commission’s plans for marking this pivotal milestone in our profession. He’ll have ideas for celebrating as an association, as a chapter, and as librarians across the state.
Date: November or December
Location: Possibly at Maggiano’s at Southpoint Mall in Durham
Watch the chapter website and discussion list for more details!