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Editors’ Letter

Hello SLA Toronto,

I hope you enjoy the Winter issue of The Courier. This is the first issue for my co-editor, Katie Thomas, and me. We’re excited to be taking on these roles, particularly in this 75th anniversary year!

We have a full slate this issue with our first letter from our President, Bernadette Roca, a spotlight article on SLA Toronto West, a look at Taxonomy Bootcamp, articles from both student groups, and a look ahead at events and features planned in celebration of SLA Toronto’s anniversary. Thank-you to everyone who contributed to this issue.

There are plenty of upcoming events, and great content on the website. We welcome submissions and hope to hear from you with suggestions, ideas, or questions. Please be in touch!

—Catherine MacGregor
Co-editor The Courier

Posted in V52-N2-Winter 2015Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Hello SLA Toronto,

I hope you enjoy this (rather large!) issue of The Courier. We hear not only from our executives, but also from the Solos group, both of our student groups, and the presenters of the “Defining the Resource Specialist” events held for both the Toronto and Toronto West groups.

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed an article to this issue, as well as to everyone who contributed to earlier issues of The Courier in 2014. I’d like to say a special thanks to Kejo and Brian, who kindly agreed to do the write-up of their Resource Specialist presentation. I threw a lot of questions at them for this written, interview-style version of their presentation, and they answered each and every one of them!

This Fall 2014 Issue of The Courier will be my last one as editor, since I will be moving into the role of Technology Director on the SLA Toronto Board. Catherine MacGregor, our 2014 Student-to-Conference Award winner, and Kathryn Ziedenberg, our current People on the Move Column editor, will be moving into the role as your new co-editors. I know they will do an awesome job with The Courier in 2015! If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for The Courier during this transition, or would like to submit an article for an upcoming issue, Catherine and Kathryn would like to hear from you.

I hope to see many of you at the Holiday Social in early December. If I don’t see you there, I hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year, and a relaxing holiday!

—Caroline Chung
Courier Editor

Posted in V52-N1-Fall 2014, Volume 52Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Hello SLA Toronto,

I hope you enjoy reading the Summer Issue of The Courier. We hear from our President and President-elect after they attended the Annual Conference in Vancouver. We also hear about the experience of our Student-to-Conference Award Winner, Catherine MacGregor, and it sounds like she had a fantastic and informative time!

We also hear from Kristina Fry who shares five key points she learned at SLA Toronto’s “What I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago” panel back in May. Being at the very beginning of my own career as an information professional, I found the session very enlightening, and Kristina’s key points are a great recap for those of us who attended, and would be helpful for any recent graduate or new professional who couldn’t make it.

I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage professionals (both new and experienced!) in our SLA Toronto community to share about their experiences through The Courier. This could be what you’ve gained from attending an SLA Toronto event, or what you are learning or observing in the workplace or an educational setting. If you’d like to discuss any ideas, or if you have any general suggestions for The Courier, please always feel free to contact me.

—Caroline Chung
The Courier Editor

Posted in The Courier, V51-N4-Summer 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Hello SLA Toronto,

I am pleased to present the Spring Issue of The Courier. We hear from our President and President-Elect, and from Tara Kutlesa, who shares about her informative evening at Emily Cox’s “Industry Insights” session back in April.

I would like to congratulate Catherine MacGregor on receiving the 2014 Student-to-Conference Award, whose submission statement can be also found in this Issue. As last year’s recipient, it was an incredible opportunity and learning experience to attend the Conference in San Diego, and I know it will be an amazing experience for Catherine too.

There are some great events coming up in Toronto, and of course the Annual Conference in Vancouver. If you would like to share about your experiences at any of these, submissions are always welcome for The Courier. And like usual, please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions or ideas.

Caroline Chung

Posted in The Courier, V51-N3-Spring 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Hello SLA Toronto,

I am happy to present the Winter 2014 issue of The Courier. This is my first issue as editor, and I am very excited to be taking the helm of our quarterly newsletter!

In this issue, we have the first messages from our President and President-Elect, Erin McDonald and Bernadette Roca. We hear from Ulla de Stricker, who attended a lecture by Bruce Rosentein at Rotman’s School of Management back in January. We also hear from Lisa Chen, an MLIS student at UWO who attended the UWO SLA tour of the Ontario Legislature Library, Bennett Jones, and PwC during the reading week break.

We have some great events, information and learning sessions, and webinars coming up, and submissions about your experiences at any of these are always welcome. I would also like to encourage students, recent graduates, and new information professionals to share about anything you are learning, your take-aways from any SLA Toronto events, and your thoughts and ideas as you enter the workplace. I very much look forward to hearing from you, and please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or comments at carolineb (dot) chung (at) gmail (dot) com.

— Caroline Chung

 

Posted in The Courier, V51-N2-Winter 2014, Volume 51Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Welcome to the fall issue of The Courier! As always, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed articles for this issue.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this—my last—issue of The Courier! I have enjoyed working on each of the eight issues I had a hand in editing and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my co-editors Yannet Lanthrop and Heather Buchansky; guest editor, Samhita Gupta; and finally, everyone who has contributed articles over the past two years. All these amazing contributions helped make The Courier great.

On that note, please join me in welcoming incoming editor Caroline Chung. I have every confidence she will take the reigns and lead The Courier to new heights!

Please remember, submissions are always welcome. From now on you can send your comments, ideas, and/or suggestions to:

Caroline Chung
carolineb (dot) chung (at) gmail (dot) com

Best,

Kelly Butler
kelly (at) kllybtlr (dot) com

Posted in The Courier, V51-N1-Fall 2013, Volume 51Comments (0)

Editors’ Letter

Welcome to the summer issue of The Courier! As always, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed articles for this issue.

In addition to the recurring columns, this issue also features an article by Zachery Osborne who shares his experience organizing a cataloguing “flash mob” at the Weston Family Library, housed in the Toronto Botanical Gardens, and an article by Emmeline Hobbs describes the Sunlight Foundation’s churnalism tool.

Wrapping up the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO Expo, SLA Toronto Student-to-Conference Award Winner Caroline Chung shares her experiences as a first-timer, Larry Guthrie writes about his experience attending Steve Bolinger’s SLA session on organizing labour unions; and Hyun-Duck Chung writes from the perspective of a conference presenter and attendee.

We are looking for volunteers to review Lesley Ellen Harris’ latest book, Canadian Copyright Law, Fourth Edition. If you are interested please let Kelly know at your earliest convenience.

We hope you enjoy this issue of The Courier. Please remember, submissions are always welcome. You can send your comments, ideas, and/or suggestions to:

Kelly Butler
kelly (at) kllybtlr (dot) com

Heather Buchansky
heather (dot) buchansky (at) gmail (dot) com

Posted in The Courier, V50-N4-Summer 2013Comments (0)

Editors’ Letter

Welcome to the spring 2013 issue of The Courier! As always, many thanks to our contributors for their articles.

As mentioned in the President’s Letter and Board Watch column, the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO is just around the corner. If you’re off to San Diego, be sure to pass on a congrats to the following Toronto members: Martha Foote, who is being recognized as an SLA Fellow; Susan Morley, recipient of the 2013 SLA Engineering of the Year award; and Caroline Chung, this year’s Student-to-Conference award winner. Caroline’s award-winning submission is included in this issue as well.

There have been a number of great events organized over the past couple months, including (but certainly not limited to!) the Professional Development Series with Ulla de Stricker and the Statistics Bootcamp with Mike McCaffrey. Bernadette Roca and Katie Thomas have submitted a recap of these fantastic and informative events.

There are a number of upcoming events in the SLA Toronto calendar, such as the Canadian Business Information 101 workshop on June 18th, and an Article Club meet-up on June 25th . If you are planning to attend any of these events, please consider sharing your experiences in The Courier. Submissions to the newsletter are welcome at any time, as are comments and queries. Please send them to:

Kelly Butler
kelly (at) kllybtlr (dot) com

Heather Buchansky
heather (dot) buchansky (at) gmail (dot) com

Posted in The Courier, V50-N3-Spring 2013Comments (0)

Editor’s Letter

Welcome to the winter 2013 issue of The Courier! If you are looking for some travel ideas for the upcoming year, perhaps some of the articles in this issue will provide some inspiration. Our feature article, by Crystal Sharp, recaps her travels to two very different, but equally fascinating, libraries in India­—the MCubed Library in Mumbai and the Learning Resource Centre at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. If you prefer to stay closer to home, Gillian Clinton reviews the tour she received during her recent visit to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Or perhaps you will want to save up your vacation days for a trip to sunny San Diego in June to attend the SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO!

Included in this issue is a report from Amra Porobic, chair of SLA Toronto Solo Librarians’ subgroup, which provides an overview of all the insightful discussions, meetings, and resources available to Toronto solos that came about in 2012. Be sure to check out the SLA wiki to view the presentations mentioned by Amra as well—the wiki is a veritable wealth of knowledge!

As always, many thanks to our contributors for their articles. We genuinely hope you enjoy this issue. Submissions to The Courier are always welcome; please send comments, ideas, or suggestions directly to:

Kelly Butler
kelly (at) kllybtlr (dot) com

Heather Buchansky
heather (dot) buchansky (at) gmail.com

Posted in The Courier, V50-N2-Winter 2013, Volume 50Comments (0)

Editors’ Letter

Welcome to the fall 2012 issue of The Courier! As always, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed articles to this issue.

As Laura noted in her President’s Letter, the SLA Toronto Chapter had a number of events—engaging article clubs, post-SLA conference dinners, and the summer social—to wrap up another eventful summer season.

A key event from this summer—beyond the Chapter, but affecting all information professionals—was the change in Canada’s Copyright Act. Lesley Ellen Harris offers an informative recap on these issues and changes.

And while the SLA Annual Conference may seem like a distant memory, articles from the Infomart Student-to-Conference award winners Heather Buchansky and Stacey Nordlund recap their experiences and share some insights and information on their time spent in Chicago.

The SLA Toronto Chapter calendar has a lot of events and workshops to note during the next couple months—article clubs, resume workshops, and, of course, the holiday social! If you are planning to attend any of these events, please consider sharing your experiences in The Courier. Submissions to the newsletter are welcome at any time, as are comments and queries. Please send them to:

Kelly Butler
kelly (at) kllybtlr (dot) com

Heather Buchansky
heather (dot) buchansky (at) gmail.com

Posted in The Courier, V50-N1-Fall 2012, Volume 50Comments (0)

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