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ARLIS/NA conference 2018el399

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:14:02 +0000

Over the past couple of years I’ve enjoyed attending various events organised by the New York chapter of ARLIS, but I have never been able to justify going to their association conference. However, when I saw that this year’s was going to be held here in New York I jumped at the chance, and bought […]

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SLA Leadership Symposium 2018el399img_2221-e1518804363208.jpgimg_2225img_2229-e1518804236258.jpg

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:07:55 +0000

At last I’ve managed to find the time to write about our Leadership Symposium, which took place at the end of last month (January 28-30) in New Orleans. This was exciting to me for a number of reasons, not least of all being that it was my first visit to a city I’ve wanted to […]

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Finding strengthsel399

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:04:16 +0000

As pre-work for our recent SLA Leadership Symposium (about which a post should follow soon…), we were asked to fill out a questionnaire for the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Note to self: next time I embark upon a series of vaguely-related posts, I really should write the main one first… And yes, I did link to […]

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Thinking about change managementel399

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:10:21 +0000

Isn’t it interesting how things bounce off each other? Or, more specifically, when something you’re thinking about causes you to notice other instances of that same thing all over the place? (I have a feeling there’s actually a term to define it, but I don’t remember what it is – let me know if you […]

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Something newel399

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:00:26 +0000

OK, this is just shameful… I knew I had a draft blog post (about business books I’d read) lurking in the background, but when I went to refer to it I found this one which I drafted back in August 2017. I have no idea why I didn’t post it at the time, it seems […]

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Reflecting on reflectingel399

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:02:43 +0000

A glance at the (lack of) frequency of my posts here lately would lead any sensible person to wonder whether I had given up reflection altogether, but happily nothing could be further from the truth. To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure where this post is going, so feel free to click away now… […]

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Alaskan public librariesel399P1130911.JPGP1140121.JPG

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:48:11 +0000

Whenever I travel I almost invariably spot a library or two along the way, either by accident or design. On a recent trip to Alaska I spotted three public libraries, and was fascinated by all of them in turn. Haines library had a totem pole outside, which is a new one for me, and a […]

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ICoASL 2017el399lunchtime fun on our cultural visits day

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:39:46 +0000

Several months ago I was both surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to speak at the 5th International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, particularly when I saw the theme was to be “Curation and Management of Cultural Heritage through Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities for the Digital Society”. I was slightly more apprehensive when I realised […]

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A resultel399

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:41:20 +0000

From a recent SLA press release: Welcome SLA’s 2018 President, Roberto Sarmiento! SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 | CATEGORIES: NEWS, SLA BOARD UPDATES Roberto Sarmiento, head of the Transportation Library and acting director of the Distinctive Collections Workgroup at Northwestern University, was elected by SLA members to serve as the association’s president in 2018. Roberto has been […]

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And now for something completely different…el399T

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:27:53 +0000

This week I’ve had two new experiences, all in the name of networking – never let anyone tell you librarians don’t like to try new things! I must admit that neither manuscript illumination nor stand-up-paddleboarding were activities I’d previously thought of as options for professional networking, but I had lots of fun trying them both in company with some great groups […]

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