DC AREA LIBRARIANS: The DC/SLA 2013 Holiday Party Annual Meeting is coming up on December 2nd. It should be a fun and festive event. As the current DC/SLA President, I want to encourage you to attend. I hope to see you there!
Here's all the info:
DC/SLA has had a fabulous 2013! Celebrate all our success this year and register today for the DC/SLA Holiday Party Annual Meeting!
Sponsored by Leadership Directories, TRAK Records, Safari Books Online, and LexisNexis.
There'll be lots of time for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones while we enjoy fantastic food and drink at the beautiful University Club of Washington, DC. During a brief business meeting, DC/SLA President Marie Kaddell will recognize all that we've accomplished this year, we'll thank the 2013 Board for all that they've done and welcome the 2014 Board, and we'll recognize our outstanding membership with awards!
But that’s not all! Since this year our focus is on Community and Fundamentals we’ll also be hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries. They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes. Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities.
DATE: Monday, December 2, 2012
TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: The University Club of Washington, DCMetro: Farragut North (red line) and Farragut West (orange and blue lines) More Information about the Book Drive:
Topics of Interest:
1. Children's literature
2. Fiction - Westerns
3. American Indian/Native American literature - Fiction and Non-fiction
4. Non-fiction - related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)
We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't worry if you can't make it to the event you can still participate in the book drive by purchasing books for the US Tribal Library Wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/2U8Y8XF8BPVNI
The future is not guaranteed for individual librarians, libraries or the organizations they serve. Special librarians in particular have learned this lesson better than most in recent years. That is why it is critical to develop a systematic, organized approach to how you view the future, and how you will create a better tomorrow for you, your library and your organization. Librarians and all information professionals can benefit from Peter Drucker’s approach to the future, which can be a powerful framework for how you can view your professional future and that of your library, and its role in the larger future of your organization.
Drucker had a major following in the library world during his career of 70 plus years, as a writer, management consultant and professor. He delivered the keynote address to the 2002 Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association in Los Angeles. His views on the future helped guide him to great achievements, including writing more than 40 books, and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush, shortly after the keynote at SLA. Drucker remained active until late in life, when he died at 95 in 2005.
Drucker believed that while you can’t predict the future, you can plan, work and make decisions in the present moment that will create the future. Here are five crucial areas to consider in creating a forward-focused approach to the future success of your library:
Mindset: As you work, plan, study and research, keep the future in mind, even if it is in the back of your mind. How will seemingly small decisions affect the future for you personally, your library and your organization?
Creation: While aware that the future is unpredictable, and carries inevitable risk, what can you do to create an improved tomorrow?
Present Moment: The accumulation of your plans, activities, thinking, planning and working alone or with others, carried out in the present, has significant potential effects for the near-term and long-term future.
Change: People and organizations should be organized for ongoing change, as difficult as that may be.
Remove and Improve: As an approach to creating mental and physical space so the future can properly unfold, Drucker advocated the paired use of systematic abandonment and kaizen. The former asks you to end activities that are no longer useful; and the latter requires continuous, ongoing improvement of the activities worthy of keeping, eventually leading to innovation.
In considering the above areas of the future, you have great opportunities for professional self-development, improving your library, and helping to create a better future for your organization. For instance, one of Drucker’s long-held ideas was “the future that has already happened.” This can be interpreted a number of ways, but one interpretation is that you consider the coming, perhaps inevitable, effects of trends or events that have already happened. What are these events or trends, how can you find out about them and what do they mean for your organization’s future?
Position yourself as an expert on the future. Librarians and other information professionals can provide a valuable service to their organization by uncovering these trends and events, and helping to determine their meaning. Fortunately, this plays to the strengths of the profession: intellectual curiosity and the ability to find and communicate relevant, valuable information.
This can be accomplished in many ways, and no doubt some libraries are already engaged in activities of this nature. Along with regular, focused literature searching and perhaps competitive intelligence programs, taking advantage of human intelligence can provide a powerful way to determine the future that has already happened. Drucker regularly talked with, and met in groups with members of his high-level professional network. Librarians and information professionals can do something similar, by engaging in areas that many may be already doing: meeting at work, on a lunch hour or another time frame, in configurations such as book groups, discussion groups, roundtables, brown bag events or journal clubs.
The idea is that these meetings should be future-focused. Discussions can center around books, articles or related areas that are in some way future-themed, or could have an effect on the future. You might also tap into the insights and resources of such organizations as the World Future Society and the Institute for the Future. Even if the highest-ranking people in your organization do not attend these meetings, brief and focused reports could be supplied to them, and perhaps eventually they will start attending. This not only demonstrates that you are concerned with doing something about the future of your organization, but it is a great opportunity for personal learning and networking.
A key differentiating factor for you over other professionals is your access to and deep knowledge about databases and related online sources that others are clueless about. How can you use these sources to greatest advantage in determining ways you and your organization can create the future?
Now is the perfect time to understand your role in creating the future of your library and your organization, and how it will change, evolve and improve.
Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of Leader to Leader, a publication of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Leader to Leader Institute and earlier the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management), and Jossey-Bass. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward-Focused Mindset (McGraw-Hill, November, 2013). He worked as a librarian and writer for USA TODAY from 1987-2008, and since 1996 he has been an adjunct professor in library and information science at The Catholic University of America. Learn more about Bruce, and contact him at www.brucerosenstein.com.
Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis Senior Information Professional Consultant for government librarians, invites you to join her for November 2013 monthly online Info Break especially for military librarians.
In this Info Break, Marie will cover:
• New LexisNexis content and resources • Conference and Program Highlights - Different Hats - Librarians in the Federal Government (DC/SLA and SLA DGI) • Government Info Pro Spotlight - Making Time for Gratitude • Best Practices for Government Libraries Focus - Veterans History Project: Preserving Veterans Memories • Top library and technology webinar picks for December
DATE: Monday, November 25th, 2013
The Info Break sessions run under 30 minutes.
CLICK HERE FOR THE 9:30 AM EST INFO BREAK: Click here!
CLICK HERE FOR THE 11:00 AM EST INFO BREAK: Click here!
*The call in number for the Info Breaks is: 1-855-733-3266.
Attendee access code: 711 620 2745
I look forward to seeing you online on November 25th!
This is the time of year my decorating efforts get a real workout. I just packed up my array of light-up Halloween pumpkins and assorted scary decorations and switched everything up for Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I like doing all this is that it reminds me to stop and give some thought to the significance of each season, each holiday. In November, it’s kind of a no-brainer to consider those things for which we are appreciative. Still, we’re all busy. It’s hard to stop and take the time for active gratefulness. We have to find a way to do it though because it’s probably one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. It can change our perspective, state of mind, and attitude.
Here’s a few interesting resources to help you ponder gratitude and appreciation:
George Franchois, Director, U.S. Department of the Interior Library, extends an invitation to an upcoming free Department of the Interior Library Training Session: "Useful Federal Resources on the Web."
If you haven't attending a DOI Library training session, this is your chance!
Here's the info:
Hi Everyone -
I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to the Department of the Interior Library on Wednesday, November 20th from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm for a training session entitled "Useful Federal Resources on the Web," part of our series of free Training Sessions at the DOI Library..
While the Internet can be a great resource for federal documents, it is often difficult to know what trustworthy sites to go in order to find the official materials that you are looking for. Many websites proclaiming themselves to be an authoritative source for federal government information actually have out of date or just factually incorrect information. Finding those that are relevant and reliable can often be a difficult task. Join Interior Library Head of Reference Services Jennifer Klang on this tour of valuable and reliable sources of federal information on the Internet. Websites from the Library of Congress, the Government Printing Office, the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Census Bureau will be among those featured in this course. Designed for both the beginning and advanced searcher, attendees will learn about resources for scientific reports, legislative documents, statistical information, Native American documents, and other useful items.
All that are interested are invited. The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington. Space is limited so please go to the following link to register: Registration Link.
Unfortunately, this class will not be offered remotely via webinar.
Veterans Day is November 11th in the U.S. Originally called Armistice Day, it was established to honor veterans of World War I but now honors all American veterans. Because the specific date, November 11, 1918 is considered the end of World War I, the holiday is celebrated on the actual day of the week upon which November 11th falls each year to preserve the historic significance of the date.
Here's a little more background on this holiday:
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" [History of Veterans Day, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.]
Kaddell, LexisNexis Senior Information Professional Consultant, invites you to
join her for the November edition of the Government
Info Pro Smart Learning webinar series for government librarians.
and her featured guest speaker, Adam Dietz, LexisNexis Senior Government Consultant, for the November
2013 session: Legislative History Research – What’s New… and Old?
How do you find a committee report for the Securities and
Exchange Act of 1934, a hearing transcript exploring the upcoming introduction
of the National Labor Relations Act, or Congressional Record debate on the Social
Security Act? The complex federal legislative process makes Legislative Intent
and History Research complicated. Its difficulty is compounded by lack of
access to easily searchable historic material. Build your understanding of how
to successfully navigate the ins and outs of Legislative Intent and History
This session will look at
legislative information, including both “current awareness” material as well as
historic documents – all from 1789 forward. Specifically, we will cover:
histories and bill tracking reports, and how to use them to identify the
documents you need to answer your legislative intent questions
the full text of
Statutes at Large, so that you can read them as passed, as well as the Statutes
atLarge Table, so that you may see them in
context in the United States Code
Congressional documents including committee reports, the Congressional Record,
and hearings, which are often the best sources for explaining the meaning of,
and the intent behind, the statutes that matter to you.
join the Tuesday, November 12th 3:00 PM EST
webinar: Click here!
(Meeting Number: 742 597 136)
The call in number is: 1-855-733-3266.
Attendee access code: 711 620 2745
join the Thursday, November 14th 12 PM EST webinar: Click here!
(Meeting Number: 743 844 523)
The call in number for both sessions is: 1-855-733-3266.
access code: 711 620 2745
forward to seeing you online for the November 2013 Government Info Pro
Smart Learning webinar!
Lexis Advance Voted Best Online Legal Research Provider in Annual The Legal Intelligencer “Best Of” Reader Survey
LexisNexis solutions garner six wins overall with Lexis Advance, Lexis Advance HD iPad app, Time Matters, Firm Manager and Litigation Tools
October 23, 2013 — NEW YORK – LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced today that Lexis Advance, the company’s primary online legal research solution, has been voted the best online legal research provider in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Best Of 2013” survey of Pennsylvania legal professionals. The recognition is one of six category wins for LexisNexis solutions in this year’s survey.
Lexis Advance®, the next-generation legal research service from LexisNexis, transforms the way legal professionals conduct research, providing them with cutting-edge information, workflow and analytical tools. The Legal Intelligencer readers ranked Lexis Advance as the winner in both the “Legal Research (Online Research Provider)” and “Legal Research (Legal Research iPad Application)” categories.
LexisNexis® Time Matters® also earned top honors in each of the “Technology (Time & Billing)” and “Technology (Case Management Solutions)” categories. The client, matter and document management software helps law firms optimize the efficiency of their business, increase client service levels and establish a competitive position.
Additionally, poll respondents gave LexisNexis a top rating in the “Litigation Services (Electronic Discovery)” category. The LexisNexis Litigation solutions portfolio increases customers’ control of the e-discovery process with seamlessly integrated solutions for early data assessment, processing, review and chain of custody. Supporting the most critical phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, LexisNexis® Early Data Analyzer, LAW PreDiscovery™, Concordance®, Concordance® Evolution, CaseMap®,TextMap® and Sanction® work together for complete support of litigation management and can be offered in a hosted environment for the flexibility and support any case demands.
Finally, readers voted LexisNexis® Firm Manager as the best solution in the “Technology (Docketing & Calendaring” category. The cloud-based legal practice management application, created specifically for solo practitioners and small law practices, helps to keep law practices organized, on task and on budget – from any location at any time. Firm Manager is currently in public beta – at no cost – until December 2013.
According to The Legal Intelligencer, their online ballot was sent out via e-mail to subscribers and the results are based on votes cast by hundreds of readers over several weeks in August 2013. Only votes cast by verified subscribers were counted in the final tally. Results were published in the October 22 edition of the The Legal Intelligencer, an ALM publication.
Metrics are an important aspect of capturing ROI for the library. If you have an interest in metrics, this webinar from SLA's IT Division and Legal Division will be of interest. Here's the webinar description:
We often hear how
important it is to quantify the return on investment (ROI) of our library,
information center, or research services. But how do we start to measure our
value beyond just visitor count or number of research questions answered? We
have put together an exciting and informative webinar for the benefit of all
it is important to collect metrics
Understanding your organizational audience
Tools and approaches to collecting metrics
to implementing metrics
your value through metrics
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Time: 12 pm – 1 pm EDT (What time is that where you are? http://time.is/compare) Cost: Free to SLA Members