Military Librarians Division of the Special Libraries Association
|Volume 43, Number 1||Summer 1998|
Military Librarians Workshop 98 Conference Update
The Military Librarians Workshop 98 will be held November 16th 19th. Conference invitations will not be issued. Please either request a registration form from DTIC or download it from the MLW website after August 31st, at www.dtic.mil/mlw98.
Registration fees can be paid by check or money order only. Purchase orders and credit cards cannot be accepted. Registration fees paid on or before October 9, 1998, qualify for the "Early Bird" rate. All registrations received and paid October 10 or later pay the full rate. No refunds can be issued after October 26.
|Number 1||Early Bird||Full||Daily per day|
|SLA Military Librarians Division members||$190||$205||$90|
|Non-SLA MLD members||$205||$220||$100|
|Retired SLA MLD members||$95||$102||$45|
|Retired non-SLA MLD members||$102||$110||$50|
If you have any special needs to be accommodated, please note the same on the registration form.
The conference hotel is the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria. Conference rate is $124/night, below the per diem. The conference rate is available for the weekend before as well as the weekend after upon request. Please note you are attending MLW to get the conference rate.
Reservations can be made by calling the hotel itself at (703) 683-6000 or by calling Ramadas toll free number (800) 2RA-MADA. Please note, if calling the toll free number, you need to note you want the Ramada Plaza in Old Town since there are two Ramadas in Alexandria. Please request a smoking or non-smoking room when making your reservation.
Barbara J. Fox
Wendy Hill 1998-2000
|Long Range Planning/Strategic Planning
Murray L. Bradley
Military Librarians Workshop
Barbara D. Wrinkle
Career Development/EEO, Affirmative Action
For the 2000 SLA Annual Conference
As out-going Division Chair I want to thank the entire membership for the support I have received, first as acting Chair when Janet Scheitle was not able to continue actively in office and then during my year as Chair.
The officers with whom I served, Janet Scheitle, Past Chair; Tom Rohmiller, Chair Elect; Annette Gohlke, Secretary/Treasurer; and Jane Butler, Director, all have my sincere thanks for their hard work and good advice. I am also grateful to Carolyn Ray, also a former MLD Chair, who was always available to help me through tough times. Tracy Landfried did a remarkable job as Membership Committee Chair, and Elizabeth Bircher's inspired editing of The Military Librarian has been a real boon to the Division.
The Division is now back in compliance with its own bylaws and with SLA. We have a full complement of officers and officer candidates needed to keep moving forward. As an aside, any of you who are interested in assuming an office in the future, or who would like to have more information, please phone me or send me e-mail in my new capacity as Nomination Committee Chair.
The MLD Archives are in the process of changing archivists. Carol Koenig, West Point Library, has done the job of archivist admirably for several years. She has turned the actual archives and the process of maintaining them over to Marlow Peters, Air University. If anyone has materials he/she thinks should be included, please send them to Marlow.
Janet G. Burke
Past Chair, Military Librarians Division
Welcome to the following members who joined MLD this year:
|Defense Nuclear Agency
SLA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN
8 10 June 1998
Reported by Tracy Landfried, MLD Membership Chair
The SLA Annual Conference was held this past June in Indianapolis, IN. Tracy Landfried, MLD Membership Chair, attended the conference and contributed the following three reports on sessions and programs she attended. Other MLD members who attended the conference are encouraged to contribute their reports for inclusion in a later issue of The Military Librarian.
Session Title: How to Effectively Use a Library Committee
Sponsor: Solo Librarians Division
Moderator: Gerry Hurley, SilverPlatter Information, Inc.
Speakers: Marcelle Saint-Arnaud, Frances Drone-Silvers, Sally Henderson, and Mary Eller McMurtrie, solo librarians all.
The consensus of the speakers was that solo librarians need a library committee. The library committee enables them to market to users, non-users and organizational VIPs who never see the library. A good library committee can generate support for services or build a business case for additional funds to support new services, automation, collections or equipment. A library committees support can add credibility to such requests by virtue of its membership or simply because someone other than the librarian is making the request.
To be effective, a library committee needs a charter and/or mission statement. The charter should include the librarys location, use, and the services it provides.
The library committee should function as a knowledge source about the organization and a sounding board for changes or new policies, equipment, and services in the library. Most library committees have some input on the selection of materials. Many are liaisons between the librarian and other workers within the organization. Some help set policy.
The speakers set out the criteria they think are important for a strong, functional, helpful library committee:
In summary, the speakers felt it was worth the time and effort needed to set up a library committee.
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Session Title: Speaking to Your Public: Effective Communication with an Audience
Sponsor: Library Management Division Consulting Section
Moderator: Mary K. Dzurinko, M.K. Dzurinko Associates and Maryland SLA Chapter Director
Speakers: Claire Hart, Dow Jones Interactive; David Lantz, Toastmasters International; and Roger Harvey, local Indianapolis TV station reporter
Dzurinko open the session by noting that public speaking is most peoples number one feara full two places ahead of death!
Hart, although not a professional speaker herself, discussed lessons on public speaking she learned from Dorothy Sarnoffs Speech Dynamics class. Sarnoff identifies four "vibes" of a commanding speaker, which Hart presented as joy and ease; sincerity, credibility and concern; enthusiasm, energy and intensity; and authority. Hart also recommended Sarnoffs book, Never Be Nervous Again.
Lanz described and demonstrated the S.O.F.T.E.N. approach to public speaking: Smile, Open posture, Forward lean, Territory, Eye contact, and Nod the head.
Harvey presented the following as a means for "Winning Over an Audience in Eight Steps:"
The speakers insights are helpful to anyone who has to speak to an audience, whether briefing a Commander on budget requirements or speaking at a conference.
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Session Title: SLA Competencies: Personal Benchmarks and Organizational Standards
Moderator: Esther Bierbaum, Museums, Arts & Humanities Division Chair
Speakers: Lynda Moulton, SLA; Tom Rohmiller, our own incoming MDL Chair; and Frank Spaulding, SLA Fellow
Moulton served on the original committee that created Competencies for Special Librarians in the 21st Century (hereafter referred to as Competencies), and she explained its history and development. It arose from a sense that Special Librariansparticularly corporate and government librarians--require personal and professional competencies above and beyond those required for successful public and academic librarianship. Because corporate and agency librarians must keep informed about the operational aspects of their businesss or agencys operations and long and short-term goals, special librarians must be able to "see the big picture" and "seek new business."
Moulton suggested evaluating ones personal and professional skills against those enumerated in Competencies. Managers should use them to evaluate skills of existing staff as well as guidelines for hiring. Because core librarian competencies of collection development, organizing and packaging information, subject expertise, and knowledge of information resources are all covered in Competencies, Moulton advised using the document to "sell" yourself and your skills to your employers.
Moulton also stressed the need for special librarians to serve as adjunct faculty, board or council members.
Rohmiller, Library Team Leader, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, discussed the application of Competencies in the Air Force Information Systems Command, which oversees all Air Force libraries, and the Air Force Library and Information System (AFLIS), which oversees the MWR Air Force base libraries worldwide. AFLIS centrally procures core collection materials to set a minimum standard for professional continuing education for Air Force base librarians.
Rohmiller described the library contracting out process currently underway in the Air Force. He drew parallels between a contracts description of services and performance standards for successful bidders and the Competencies list of core abilities and skills that special librarians need to possess to do their job effectively.
Finally, he showed how the both elements of and standards of performance from the Competencies document are being incorporated into annual performance and training plans at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Other federal sector librarians are using SLAs competencies to create Individual Training Plans (ITPs) for federal and military librarians.
Spaulding, former SLA president and a fellow of the Association, discussed the Competencies document as it relates to the 57 ALA-accredited graduate library science programs in the United States. He urged working professionals to become involved in graduate education programs by teaching about special librarianship as adjunct faculty, urging their alma mater to update its curriculum for special librarianship, and by following the Graduate Education Caucus. He lamented a dearth of continuing education programs offered by graduate schools in library science and noted that local, regional and annual SLA-affiliated conferences and self-study are the only venues for professional CE for many special librarians.
MLW PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE
Printed copies of the 40th and 41st Annual Military Librarians Workshop proceedings are now available
Change and Continuity in Librarianship: Approaching the Twenty-First Century
Proceedings: Military Librarians Workshop 96 40th Annual Military Librarians Workshop,
US Naval Academy Nimitz Library, Annapolis, MD 20-22 Nov 96
Edited by Dr. Richard Werking, Librarian/Associate Dean for Information, USNA
Prominent speakers included Walt Crawford of RLG, Dr. Keith Swigger of Texas Woman's University, and Wayne Kelley, Superintendent of Documents.
AD Number: A352039
Vision 2000: Strategies for a New Millennium, Proceedings: Military Librarians Workshop
41st Annual Military Librarians Workshop, Wright Patterson AFB, OH 18-20 Nov 98
AD Number: ADA349711
Order copies through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS): tel. #
5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161, or via the Internet at http://www.ntis.gov/ordering.htm
You may also order through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): tel. # 1-800-CAL-DTIC (1-800-225-3842)
8725 John J. Kingman Road, Suite 0944, FT. Belvoir, VA 22060-6218, or via the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/docorderform.html
For those who would prefer not to purchase a copy of the MLW 97 proceedings, Internet access to the presentations and briefing slides can still be found at the Special Librarians Association Web/Military Librarians Division athttp://www.sla.org/division/dmil/mlw97
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In conjunction with the 42nd Annual Military Librarians Workshop, FEDLINK is sponsoring two sessions on acquisitions and procurement.
The pre-conference workshop, Basic Acquisition of Library Materials, will be held on Monday, November 16. It presents basic information on acquiring and processing materials in the most efficient and cost-effective manner with an emphasis on:
The responsibility of library acquisitions personnel is to obtain books, serials, electronic, and other informational materials needed by their libraries at the best price with the best service and in the most efficient processing of materials by the library. In this class you will learn the basic information needed to acquire and process these materials for your libraries in the fastest possible time with the least possible cost.
The post-conference workshop, Advanced Acquisitions/Procurement, will be held on Friday, November 20. This workshop applies traditional acquisitions in a federal government context with a focus on:
Librarians who purchase information for the Federal Government need to know how to fit the traditional practices of library acquisitions into the framework of government finance and procurement rules. Building on a librarian's basic understanding of the acquisitions process and the publishing industry, this advanced workshop will address the special terminology, processes, and restrictions that federal
librarians must incorporate into their regular way of operating.
Both workshops will run from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m, with registration beginning at 8:30am.
Registration fees are $100 for one workshop or $150 for both workshops, to be paid from your FEDLINK training account.
To register, please note the class(es) you will take on the MLW form AND contact Milt McGee at FEDLINK to register with him and arrange for payment. Milt can be reached at (202) 707-4800 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DTIC is offering free DROLS training for a maximum of thirteen individuals on Friday, 11/20. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis through your MLW registration form.
Note the Friday, November 20, FEDLINK and DTIC classes conflict with each other. Please register for only one, if interested.
For questions on the registration process only, please contact Suzanne Lanterman at (703) 767-9180; DSN 427-9180; email email@example.com.
For questions on workshop content, please contact Carol Jacobson at (703) 767-9167; DSN 427-9167; email firstname.lastname@example.org or Gerri Shane at (703) 767-9108; DSN 427-9108; email email@example.com.
Updates to the MLW preliminary agenda
Monday Optional FEDLINK training, see above. Following the opening reception at the hotel, the following restaurants will be the sites of Dutch treat dinners:
Carlyle Grande Café American
East Wind Restaurant Vietnamese
Bilbo Baggins vegetarian
Le Gaulois French
Gadsbys Tavern Colonial Amer.
Cajun Bankok fusion
Sign up for the restaurant of your choice at the registration desk.
Tuesday Brigadier General Donald L. Scott, Deputy Librarian of Congress, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will address our theme of "Managing the Digital Library."
Dinner is at the Torpedo Factory, a former World War II torpedo factory converted to artists studio. Its on the waterfront and amidst other shops and restaurants. It promises to be an evening you wont want to miss!
EBSCO Federal Government Division
6800 Versar Center, Suite 131
Springfield, VA 22151-4177
Wednesday The afternoon tour of the American Memory/Library of Congress Bicentennial preview exhibits, followed by tea at LC, is limited to 150 persons. If you wish to attend this session, you must register for it.
Wednesdays dinner is on your own.
Thursday The afternoon brings the opportunity to register for one of two optional tours. Space is limited for each tour, please note your preference on your MLW registration form. You may choose between the following.
CIA limited to 45 people, US citizens only, must have a social security number for clearance.
Friday Optional FEDLINK or DTIC training, see above.
The Military Librarian - Summer 1998
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