Peach State Update
Volume 98, Number 4
Peach State Update
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Sharron E. Nidy
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Jane G. Miller
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Deanna Morrow Hall
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Georgia State University
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Table of Contents
|I am a Real Librarian - by Roger Glenn|
|The US Industrial Outlook Reborn|
|LEXIS-NEXIS sponsors operation of SLA Information Resource Center|
|Roster of Officers and Committee Chairs|
|Subscribe to SLA-Georgia Chapter Listserv|
|Submit name and address changes|
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Peach State Update
Roger Glenn, President
As this is to be my last letter to the membership, I thank you again for the honor of being your President. I have enjoyed my term and look forward to continued service to the Chapter and Association in the years to come. It is difficult not to become nostalgic. This has been a very important year for me. I have changed jobs and expect a new addition to the family in mid-May. Being able to serve the Chapter and hopefully help lead us in the right direction has been an experience I shall never forget. I would strongly recommend that any of you who have not been involved with the Association do so at your first opportunity. The Chapter is in need of leaders for the Executive Board and Advisory Councils. If you're interested, please contact Paula or myself. Get involved. Make a difference.
My favorite part of the year is approaching! Not only has the cold gone away and the perennials re-appeared, but the big events of the Chapter and Association year are nearly here. The joint meeting with the CAU Chapter in April...The business meeting in May...And of course the annual conference in June. All of these are events that you should plan to attend if possible.
We work in an industry that continues to change at breakneck speed. Our challenges are significant and numerous, but the opportunity is extraordinary. Never have librarians been in such an ideal position to benefit from the trends in technology. I encourage each of you to renew your commitment to stay current and maintain a leadership role in your organization. Use your peers, vendors, mentors within and outside the industry, continuing education opportunities, and graduate school courses to improve your skills, knowledge and worth to the organization. Librarians need not understand the detail of technology such as XML. Librarians should be the expert at how that technology impacts the world of information (searching, indexing, retrieval, formatting, etc.) We must all work as a team to ensure that we maximize this opportunity and that our collective environment is improved. The strength of our organization is our diversity, the creativity and talent of members, and our unique ability to bring value to nearly any organization. Challenge yourself, challenge others in your profession, and step outside the box every chance you get.
I would be greatly remiss if I did not thank all of those contributors who have made this year so successful. I wish there were a forum to more fully explain the impact that they have had on the organization. Please take time to thank these individuals the next time you communicate with them. My appreciation to all members of the Executive Board and Advisory Councils, in particular Paula Vaccariello (a fantastic program year), Irene McMorland (ending her 2-year tenure as Treasurer), Kay Mowery (Parliamentarian extraordinaire), Deb Robinson and Sally Griffin (Directors who always have sound guidance), Lorrie Burroughs, Deanna Morrow Hall, and Sharron Nidy (Newsletter keeps getting better and better), and Rod Bustos (WebMaster and ListMaster). I would also like to thank all of the vendors who have supported us during the year via meeting sponsorship and newsletter advertising.
I believe that life is defined by those that challenge themselves to do what they think might not be possible. I believe that above all else, people make the biggest difference. Take the challenge. Get involved. Make a difference.
Sharron Nidy, Chairperson
We're delighted to welcome Jane Miller as our new Advertising Editor. Jane will be responsible, not only for administering requests for advertising space, but will also proactively seek new advertisers.
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Barbara Walker, Chairperson
Public access to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Information Bridge is scheduled for April 22, 1998. Access will be through GPO Access at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/. The DOE Information Bridge currently contains more than 23,000 full-text DOE technical reports beginning with January 1996, and is being added to daily. The records are fully searchable and downloadable in TIFF and PDF formats.
Julie Schein, Chairperson
New Members Report
I'd like to welcome all the new members to the Georgia Chapter of SLA and I look forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming meetings. If I've listed your name with no "who I am" blurb beside it, I was unsuccessful in getting information on your background. Please e-mail or fax me information on your title, position responsibilities and library experience so that I can print it in the next newsletter. I would like to have this opportunity to introduce you to the membership. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org; fax (404) 874-0541.
Candi Boyd - South Cobb Library
Steve Bromberg - Federal Deposit Insurance Co.
Cathy Carpenter is planning quit her current job to attend Clark Atlanta this summer. She currently works for Asset Management Consultants as an assistant to a certified financial planner. Her administrative duties include providing information on insurance products, choosing appropriate investments and projecting retirement and estate plans.
Donna Conti - Career Resources Inc. New York
Sherryl Decker - EPA Superfund
Nancy Dobkin - Williamsville, New York
Arthur Gunn - Clark Univ. School of Library & Info Sciences
JoAnn Hanna is a Junior Practice Coordinator and Information Specialist for McKinsey & Company's Pulp and Paper Practice. Among other duties, she manages her group's information request work flow and is currently coordinating the integration of information centers in three different countries into a virtual library. JoAnn is currently completing her MLS at Clark Atlanta. Prior to McKinsey, JoAnn was a Public Relations Coordinator for Martin Marietta and before that she taught third grade.
Dawn L. Holcombe - Cox Enterprises
Jennie King - Director of Research, Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She is responsible for research on individuals, corporations or foundations who are funding prospects for the organization. Formerly, she was Director of Research for the Carter Center.
Karen Malone - Clark Univ. School of Library & Info Sciences
Rita Treadwell - Just took a job as a research assistant at Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan. Rita is an attorney who is currently in library school at Clark Atlanta and will finish this spring. She previously worked for the Cadence Group as a library assistant at Solvay Pharmaceuticals.
Alice Hart Wertheim - Reference librarian at the Atlanta Journal Constitution's News Research Services. In previous incarnations, she has been a school media specialist, storyteller for book fair company, a law librarian, and worked in community college and metropolitan libraries. She has 3 teenagers and is married to an attorney. She got her MLS at Louisiana State University in a time before desktop computers!
Deborah Broocker, Student Liaison
Mentor-Mentee Profile: Nancy Bryant/ Angela Pope
Our mentor-mentee project is alive and moving forward. In an attempt to provide SLA members with additional insight into what this arrangement is about and its benefits for both participating parties, I will be planning to profile librarian-student pairs for upcoming issues of the Peach State Update. Perhaps this will lure some of you publicity hounds into the limelight of good works. (Actually, I have always had a Barbara Walters complex and enjoy interviewing people.)
About three months ago, I asked my "former" (she still is, but doesn’t know it) mentor, Nancy Bryant, if she would come out from underneath her workload to mentor another student. She cheerfully accepted, and since February has been in contact with Angela Pope, who is a student at the Clark Atlanta School of Library and Information Studies. During our telephone interview, Angela told me that she is getting ready to graduate in June, and that she and Nancy have met once and have spoken over the telephone. Angela is very enthusiastic about her match for several reasons. She told me that Nancy is very accessible and interested in her professional development. Nancy has been advising Angela on how to fine-tune her resume, and how to establish a web page on the Internet. Angela considers this to be practical help that will give her a professional head start during her upcoming search for employment. She also likes having a mentor, because in her words, it is "not academic theory, but real life (information)." Having a mentor also provides at least one good contact out there in the professional world. Angela, who was a sociology major in college, is aspiring to be a mentor herself when the opportunity arises. She has become an advocate of joining professional organizations, and recognizes the unique value of establishing personal professional relationships and networking.
Angela is Nancy Bryant's third mentee. Nancy believes that mentoring rounds out her professional experience, keeps her in touch with the educational process of librarians, and in tune with current professional trends. Since Nancy also can credit herself with being a professionally trained musician, I am glad that she feels "in tune" with things!
For more information on this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please contact me, Deborah Broocker, at 404-252-3645, or Dr. Ismail Abdullahi at Clark Atlanta University, 404-880-6009.
I AM A REAL LIBRARIAN
Roger A. Glenn, Director, Corporate Sales & Marketing, RoweCom
I remember the first time I saw that little swoosh. Odd looking I thought. Standing in front of the display, looking at the latest sneakers. I wanted the coolest ones. Those that made me jump higher...run faster. I'd never seen that swoosh before, so I didn't buy a pair of shoes with it, even though they looked to be about the same.
A few years later, that little swoosh was still around. A few more shoes in that display had it, and I began thinking this was for real. A few more years and I had difficulty remembering not seeing a display full of swooshes. Now what was it about that little swoosh that it had become the symbol of excellence? Was it the design or the color? Perhaps some deep-seated psychological reaction that the shape invoked. Hmmm...What was it? The more I ponder, the better I think I understand.
It was the kid out of North Carolina that dared to do everything his way - a good bit different than anyone else had ever done it. A good bit better than anyone thought possible. Today, his fans and his profession are delighted. The same fans that buy the shoes and define his existence.
It was the kid who became the youngest to win the Master's. He dared to say that he could beat anyone if he played his best game and didn't care that many thought his skin was the wrong color. His fans and his profession are delighted. The same ones that buy the golf clubs and perpetuate his legend.
It was a host of athletes (a collection of firsts and of dreamers) who were a little different and never hesitated to risk. Who never asked 'what if I fail?'. The customers ... they are delighted and they walk around wearing that little swoosh on their shoes.
The future of the librarian is much like the future of anyone else. What will be, will be. WRONG! Anything in life can be approached like a chore. Laundry can be a chore. Wash, dry, fold, put away. OR it can be a passion. Hand wash carefully, using variations of temperature depending upon the fabric and color. Line dry or tumble on gentle, frequently checking the progress to make sure everything is just perfect. Hang when needed, fold with precision. Information is just like laundry. It is the extraordinaire that makes it special - a product of passion. A product of art. A product of love.
Being a librarian can be a chore. One can take that learned in school and apply it well. One can be competent in traditional skills, respected, and know the science. OR being a librarian can be a passion. I believe it must be.
Overall, the 90s were not friendly to the profession. The recession of the late 80s negatively impacted almost all librarians. Budgets shrank, influence diminished and many corporate libraries were eliminated. If the trends of the late 80s and early 90s had continued, the profession might well be in a sorry state indeed. However, something remarkable happened. A thing called the Internet caught on even more than that little swoosh did. While the Bulls won six championships and attracted millions of fans, the Internet attracted nearly anyone and everyone as a fan. Every aspect of life is now permeated by it. And what was good for the profession was that librarians understood it. Many in the profession understood what it was, what it would do, and how it could be best utilized. That knowledge was power. And it still is.
However, there is enormous competition in the industry. The librarian needs to make it clear that they are not a programmer, not a numbers cruncher, not an application creator, and not an analyst. A librarian is an expert at managing, organizing and creating solutions for the judicious application and use of information. They best facilitate an understanding of information and help users apply it in the creation of knowledge. Not just a lot of data as the amount of information in the world doubles every couple of years, but the true capture of the best of that data, organized effectively so that any subject is better understood by having that particular data. The comprehension and application of that data or information is Knowledge. And knowledge will continue to be power.
Now is the time for librarians to re-catalogue into three areas; 1) Enduring Techniques/Skills, 2) Useful Today But Subject To Rapid Change, and 3) Worthless Theory Created By Those Analyzing The Past Rather Than Looking To The Future.
Now is the time for librarians to build attractive web-sites that are an effective communication tool. It is the time to partner with vendors to promote the best in breed of today's information products. It is the time for librarians to become the 'Champion of Knowledge' and to constantly remind executive management that the library is creating value, increasing profits, increasing the effectiveness of others, avoiding costly bad decisions, validating profitable good decisions, and generally being the gatekeeper of quality information.
It's time to leave the confines of the physical library behind and create a virtual center that reaches every nook and cranny of the organization. Let the physical be the storefront. It's time for the librarian to look the IT Director in the eye and share a dose of reality. Customer delight will occur if the IMAGE of the profession is fundamentally changed.
As with every profession, there are good librarians and there are some not-so-good librarians. The strong will thrive. The weak will cease to exist. A hard but simple reality. It's time for every librarian to hear the call to arms and realize the impact they make on their organization and patrons will manifest not only in their own well being but also that of every other librarian and the entire community. Someday, librarians will be viewed as experts in the way that attorneys or physicians are viewed as experts in their field. Its time to do something that many don't think we can do. It's time for us to aim for something that may seem too difficult to reach. It's time to do more than people think is possible.
Life is not defined by those who do that which they are capable or well-prepared to do. It is defined by those who dare to attempt what they are unlikely to achieve. Those who dream to do what no one else believes they can. Excellence is the combination of passion and willpower. It is about believing in something and never accepting failure. It is about love.
Dare to dream. Dare to risk. Delight your customer, and be a real librarian.
[Submitted to the Arizona Chapter of SLA as an entry in a contest celebrating their 20th anniversary.]
U.S. INDUSTRIAL OUTLOOK REBORN
U.S. Industrial Outlook, an annual publication of the Department of Commerce [--] was discontinued in 1995.
Now it's back and better than ever, thanks to an innovative partnership brokered by Commerce's National Technical Information Service. NTIS, explains its director, Donald R. Johnson, used its unique joint-venture authority to bring together the International Trade Administration and the McGraw-Hill Companies' DRI and Standard & Poor's divisions. Both organizations contributed their expertise to researching and writing "U.S. Industry & Trade Outlook 1998."
This 650-page volume includes reviews and forecasts for 50 industrial sectors ranging from metals and industrial minerals mining (chapter 1) to education and training services (chapter 50). [--] For each sector, the outlook identifies global and domestic industry trends, factors affecting future growth, and global market prospects. It provides data on import and export volumes, sales, shipments, and the names and phone numbers of the analysts who prepared each chapter.
Hard copies of the Outlook (NTIS order number PB97-165443INQ), are available for $69.95, plus $4.00 shipping and handling, by calling (800) 553-()847. A CD-ROM version, PB97-503601INQ, is also available for $125.
[Excerpted from Chemical & Engineering News, Dec. 8, 1997, p. 16]
LEXIS-NEXIS Sponsors Operation of Special Libraries Association Information Resource Center
DAYTON, OH, September 2, 1997 - LEXIS-NEXIS will provide financial support to the Special Libraries Association (SLA) to enhance the operation of the Association's Information Resource Center (IRC).
"This exclusive sponsorship offers a significant opportunity for LEXIS-NEXIS to help the SLA enter a new age in library management and technology," said Mary Marshall, director of the information professional segment at LEXIS-NEXIS. "The IRC will be moving to provide access to information in an electronic format and LEXIS-NEXIS will be the association's partner in this pursuit of removing geographic limits to access to information."
LEXIS-NEXIS will provide the SLA with funds, over a two-year period, to help transform its IRC into a virtual library. Part of these funds will cover the IRC's use of the LEXIS-NEXIS online service and current awareness products such as LEXIS-NEXIS Tracker.
Tracker gives professionals a competitive edge by delivering a daily source of targeted, up-to-date information for decision-making into their e-mall inboxes. Many Trackers are compiled from thousands of regional, national, and international newspapers, magazines, trade
journals and business publications of the LEXIS-NEXIS online service. Federal bill tracking, state and federal case law, patents and information from the Federal Register are also available via Tracker. The tables of contents of individual publications can also be supplied electronically.
The IRC has already used some of the funds to update computer equipment, and to improve information services, records management and archival procedures. "SLA's partnership with LEXIS-NEXIS allows the Association to take bold steps towards becoming a virtual organization," noted SLA Executive Director David Bender, Ph.D. "Information services are available to members and non-members through SLA's Web site, and vital news and trends are provided to the Association staff proactively and electronically through our Information Resources Center."
LEXIS-NEXIS, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is the world's leading provider of enhanced information services and management tools. The company's mission is to help legal, business and government professionals collect, manage and use information more productively. LEXIS-NEXIS is a division of Reed Elsevier Inc., and a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group (www.reed-elsevier.com), one of the world's leading publishing and information businesses. Reed Elsevier has annual sales of approximately $5 billion and 25,000 employees. It is owned equally by Reed International P.L.C. (NYSE: RUK) and Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENIL).
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