Archive for the ‘SLA2012’ Category

I’m back!  I had a wonderful time presenting our poster at the Social Sciences section.  I was a little over ambitious, I came with 100 handouts and could have gotten by with 50 but I met many wonderful people and even ran into a librarian from Rutgers, so nice to see someone connected to my program.  My sister went with me to Chicago and we had a great time sight seeing before the conference began.  If you’re interested feel free to look through some photos of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum (natural history), Adler Planetarium, and the Art Institute.   It was my first visit to Chicago and while the humidity was killing me, we were in a very walk-able part of the city.  The walk from the hotel to the convention center was about 2 miles, which is nice in the morning but in midday it could be problematic.  I also caught a terrible cold that would not go away!  I thought I was nearly immune to everything, but apparently that’s only for California bugs, Illinois bugs see me as fair game.  Add to that, when I came back to work our catalog and entire system were down and the ILL system was running slowly because of the file migration.  So I need to travel more to become immune to everything but I can’t travel because work will fall apart without me. 😀  I have finished typing up my notes and finally distributed them to my co-workers, which is how I have time to (finally) post this afternoon).

After going to both ALA and SLA, I’m not sure which one I prefer, they are very different.  I liked the size of SLA it felt much more intimate, there weren’t as many vendors and it was a little more formal.  I participated in the Twitter feeds more (look for the #SLAChicago  tweets for an idea of the conversation) which were either more lively or felt so to me because I’m still getting the hang of Twitter.  ALA has ARCs which are nice (review should be up for another book next week) and a greater variety of panels to attend.  However, I preferred the round table discussions at SLA to the ones at ALA.   Although both ALA and SLA have librarians coming from a highly diverse background I think many of the SLA attendees are in similar situations to each other – eg. many special libraries tend to be smaller so the librarian has to wear more hats and be highly specialized at the same time.   ALA was a little more difficult for me to navigate and network despite the fact that I had a mentor, but I think part of that may be that it was my first national professional conference.

Now that I’m getting a feel for professional development beyond coursework, I look forward to attending both conferences again next year.  I’m applying for the ALA’s Emerging Leader’s program, so please send good thoughts my way and cross your fingers.  SLA is going to be in San Diego.  I should be able to keep up with multiple conferences a year if they keep hosting things in California, but I suppose that wouldn’t be fair.  I am also writing up a presentation proposal for a small seminar in the fall.  I have signed up for a Coursea class on Internet Technology (I was going to take SiFi and Fantasy Lit and Listening to World music as well but I think I may just audit those since my MLIS classes start up again at the start of September and I want to enjoy my last month).  I’ve heard from the Generation Why Librarian that she will be submitting a poster proposal for ASIST and I’ll be helping with that since we’re happy with how our SLA poster turned out.  I spoke with several people about perhaps publishing an article at the poster session so I’ll start on abstracts for that as well.

Thanks for reading and waiting for me to recover.  Next week posts should resume as usual.  I have some great online tools from ALA to cover for you and a book review from one of the advanced readers.  I’ve also recently started chain listening to the History Chicks podcasts so I may have to do another quick picks review on podcasts as well.


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Generation Why Librarian and I are in the home stretch.  Our survey is now closed (thank you to everyone who helped us out by answering!) and I’ve gone through and pulled out our data.  Now we just need to polish it up for our poster and companion website and make everything pretty for the poster session.  I’m going to be busy with finishing this up and packing this week so I may not get in a full post but I will try.

LibrarySherpa. (2012, July 6). Yes to volcano! MT @MMichelleMoore: Explained poster sessions to coworker as like a science fair. Now she’s demanding a volcano #slachicago [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/librarysherpa/status/221238421002268673


Have a great week, see you in Chicago!  Come back next week for SLA notes, pictures from Chicago and a copy of our poster companion site.  I will try to bring a volcano (not sure if I can fly with it, though).

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With some help from Generation Why Librarian, we are now ready to study you like a bug collect responses from any and all MLIS students who would like filling out the survey.

Survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9KXNMF5

There is a brief description of the poster plans in the first question of the survey, but here’s a recap in case you want to skim this post rather than opening  links wily-nilly.  We’re looking at the problem solving techniques and methods used by online MLIS students to collaborate on classwork in groups.  We’re going to take the answers and make a poster to be presented at the SLA annual conference in Chicago in July.

Both of us have completed the Human Subjects Certification Program that Rutgers requires of us. I must say that completing the certification was informative as there was a lot of ground covered.  It makes me feel like a mad scientist to have to be certified to use HUMAN TEST SUBJECTS.  This sounds much cooler than just saying I’m sending out a survey.  I think I need new business cards for SLA that emphasize my new certified status.  Either that or I need my old UCLA department of anthropology t-shirt.  On the front it said “UCLA Department of Anthropology” and on the back it said “We are watching you.”  I will post a picture if I can find it but I think that shirt’s long gone.  😦

Thank you in advance to anyone who fills out our survey.  Please contact me with any questions or feedback, this is the first survey I’ve drafted that wasn’t for a specific class so I am sure there is room for improvement.  And to my Twitter followers, I apologize in advance, you’re going to see this link in my Twitter feed more than once.

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