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President’s Letter

Welcome to the end-of-summer 2015 edition of The Courier. I hope you’ve all been able to head out to cottage country, take exotic vacations, or simply enjoy the beautiful weather. I, for one, have used summer as a convenient excuse for consuming inordinate amounts of ice cream. C’est la vie!

On to serious matters: at the SLA Board Meeting on July 14, the Board voted to receive the “Board Revised Recommendations” report. The Board also voted to accept the “Road Map for the Future of SLA” and to task the change consultants with coordinating with SLA staff and the Board to develop a multi-phase implementation plan that draws on both the “Board-Revised Recommendations” and recent member feedback. On August 10, it was announced that the Board agreed to engage the services of an association management company (AMC) rather than hire a new executive. If you have any questions or comments about these activities, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I’d like to take a moment to remind the Chapter of the association’s current elections. I strongly encourage all members to vote: this is your opportunity to elect leaders that you feel best represent you. These individuals will make the decisions that directly impact you and the Toronto Chapter as we forge on into the future. If you are unfamiliar with our roster of candidates, please be sure to review candidate information, interviews, and blog posts on the Candidate Resource Center.

And on a local level, our call for nominations for next year’s Executive Board was announced a few weeks ago. We’re always keen to welcome new faces to our advisory and executive boards, and greatly value the generosity of our event speakers and panelists. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to develop valuable new skills, test your leadership abilities, and grow deep relationships with fellow colleagues. As our own elections are coming up soon, don’t hesitate to nominate yourself or someone you know for a board position! And please contact me or any other board member if you have questions.

As we head into fall, your SLA Toronto Board has been working hard to bring you the same high-quality professional development and social, networking events you’ve come to expect from us. I’m particularly excited to continue our 75th anniversary celebrations through our Past President’s Afternoon Tea on the final weekend of September. We are so grateful to all the past leaders of this Chapter, and I can’t wait to be in a room full of such spirited, tenacious folks.

Happy fall, Toronto. Onwards!

Bernadette Roca

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President

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President’s Letter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of The Courier newsletter! I hope all of you are enjoying our rainy start to the summer season. Fingers crossed we have warmer weather coming soon!

75th Anniversary Gala

Thanks to everyone who attended our 75th Anniversary Gala on May 21st at PwC Tower! It was so heartwarming to see so many members and nonmembers gathered together to celebrate our diamond anniversary.  It was especially wonderful seeing so many Past Presidents – distinguished that evening by their purple boutonnières – come out and reconnect with former colleagues. On behalf of the Toronto Executive, thank you to our Past Presidents for your service as leaders of our Chapter!

A special thank you must also go out to all of our incredible SLA Toronto VIPs. When we first launched this campaign, I never imagined it would be such a success! Our 30 VIPs speak volumes about how much the Toronto Chapter has meant to all of us over the years.

Of course, we couldn’t put on events like these without the generous contributions of our wonderful partners. Thanks very much to EMIS and Andornot Consulting for celebrating our 75th anniversary with us! We look forward to a long-lasting and productive partnership for years to come.

Lastly, a very heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our 75th Anniversary Planning Committee members. Our Gala would not have been possible without the efforts of these committed individuals. Please join me in thanking each of them – they deserve a hug if you run into one of them at one of our Chapter events.

We still have more planned for the rest of the year, so be sure to look out for more Past President interviews, decade by decade posts from our archives, and more! And be sure to stay tuned with the latest buzz using Twitter hashtag #SLAToronto75.

Annual Conference 2015 and Staying Engaged through Change

I returned just a couple weeks ago from Annual Conference in historic Boston, Massachusetts. It was one of the most intense and valuable conferences in recent memory, thanks to some incredible sessions, excellent networking opportunities, and lively discussions. For those of you who were unable to join us in Boston, you can still follow along by searching hashtag #SLA2015 or following @SLAconf on Twitter.

The theme this year was “Be Revolutionary”, which aptly captured our New England setting as well as the spirit of the conference. In keeping with the theme, many of the sessions I attended emphasized the importance of risk taking, getting comfortable with failure, and iterative improvising – a metaphor borrowed from agile software development. These seem so apt to me as we collectively try to move SLA forward.

The past two years have been years of significant change for SLA, and this is likely to only continue for the foreseeable future. While change can be scary, positive change will plant the seeds that will help our association thrive in the years to come. SLA needs change, and it needs you – our members – to do it. I encourage all of you to stay engaged and active as together we navigate changes to the association we call home. One way you can do that is by joining the conversation with fellow members on Twitter using hashtag #SLArecs. And as always, I and the Toronto Executive are here to listen to your comments and questions, engage in discussion, and bring your thoughts to the SLA HQ.

All the best,

Bernadette Roca

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President


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President’s Letter

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the Winter 2015 edition of The Courier newsletter. I am thrilled to be at the helm of such a wonderful, dynamic, and accomplished group of professionals during this exciting and very special anniversary year! I am looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic year, filled with celebrations and surprises, learning and skill building, and networking and relationship deepening.

As we go into 2015, I am lucky to be supported by motivated, talented, and professional individuals on both the Executive and Advisory Boards. It is with great pleasure that I introduce your 2015 Executive officers:

Carmen Lee – President-Elect
Erin McDonald – Past President
Stacey Piesner – Treasurer
Christine Deluca 
– Secretary
Caroline Chung 
– Technology Director
Kate Johnson 
– Membership Director
Patricia Aspinwall
– Programming Director
Laura Warner – Partner Relations Director
Stephanie Quail – First Five Years Director

Themes for 2015

During our last Annual General Meeting in November 2014, I spent some time talking about relationships and their importance to our Chapter. I’d like to take this opportunity to expand on some of the themes underlying our goals for 2015:

  • Growing our relationships: Relationships are the foundations of this Chapter – and SLA more broadly. As colleagues, members, mentors, and friends, we form a network of professionals that invest in each other. This year, we will be strengthening our relationships with existing partners, and nurturing new partnerships. We will continue to grow our membership, through special membership drives and active recruitment. And we will continue to deepen our strong relationships with fellow associations such as the Faculty of Alumni Association, the Toronto Health Libraries Association, and the T-SLIS Network.
  • Enhancing our value to members: We know that you, the members, are what drive this association and Chapter forward. This year, we will be taking into account the feedback we’ve received – via the Membership Survey, Programming Survey, and personal communication – to enhance our value to you. We will be looking at changing our event fee structure, moving towards a Paypal-only payment system, as well as evaluating our programming to include topics and skill levels that appeal to more of the membership. We will also be looking at how we can provide programs – like our Buddy Programs for Annual Conference and the Holiday Social – for our newer members at events.
  • Celebrating our achievements: At Leadership Summit this year, Toronto’s own Zena Applebaum tweeted about celebrating our achievements, and I couldn’t agree more. The Toronto Chapter has accomplished a lot over our 75 years – and this is a year to celebrate! I hope everyone will join me at our 75th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday May 21st at 6pm, to be held at PwC Tower (18 York Street, Toronto). The 75th Anniversary Planning Committee has also been working hard on planning additional celebratory activities throughout the year, including a special section on our website that features archival content, interviews with Past Presidents, Twitter chats, and a membership campaign. To keep an eye on the latest activities, or to help us spread the word and create buzz, check Twitter using hashtag #SLAToronto75.

2015 Leadership Summit

In January, I had the pleasure of attending Leadership Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. Leadership Summit is always a wonderful opportunity to connect with leaders and long-time members from other chapters and divisions in a more intimate setting. This year’s event was eventful and lively, and featured some illuminating sessions. Of particular note, Toronto members may be interested in the following sessions and information that was discussed:

  • Member Preferences Task Force Summary Report: James Manasco gave a lively summary of the mandate and findings from the Member Preferences Task Force. I encourage all members to read the final report and the preliminary report, which contain recommendations to the Board based on their findings.
  • Moving SLA Forward: Ulla de Stricker, Cindy Shamel, and Jill Strand clarified Ulla and Cindy’s roles, responsibilities, and mandate; as well as the process that the Board undertook to search for interim CEOs. Full details can be found here.
  • State of the Association: I strongly encourage all members who wish to understand our current state and priorities to take a look at the notes from the State of the Association. Past President Kate Arnold, President Jill Strand, and Treasurer John DiGilio all gave frank, illuminating, and inspiring reports, which also included some financial details that members may find useful in providing clarity to their questions.  Full details can be found here.

There were, of course, other fantastic sessions held at Leadership.  If anyone would like more information on Leadership Summit, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have or bring forward your thoughts to the SLA Board. You can also search using hashtag #SLAleads on Twitter, or view additional contents and notes in the Leadership Summit 2015 Hackpad.

SLA 2015 Annual Conference

Did you know that the Annual Conference is being held close to home this year? That’s right, in 2015 we return to Boston! This year, Toronto is proud to be hosting the ever-popular Canadian Reception, generously sponsored by our partners Emerald and Preservation Technologies. Many thanks go to Laura Warner (Partners Relations Director) for spearheading the planning of this event. In addition, we are piloting a new Buddy Program this year for first timers or anyone feeling a bit overwhelmed by conference. Get paired up with a long-time conference goer to get oriented, hear their tips, and share a beverage or attend a session together. If you’re interested in participating, please complete this form or email Past President Erin McDonald.

All the best,

—Bernadette Roca
SLA Toronto’s President

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President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2014 fall edition of The Courier newsletter. That’s right! It’s already fall, and 2014 is winding down quickly. 2014 was a busy year for SLA Toronto, and in addition to our regular events and activities, the executive board also tackled the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), had a leading role in the discussions of the HQ building sale, and even saw one of our members, Kim Silk, elected to the SLA Board of Directors.

This year, we continued to improve our connection to students at both Western and the iSchool, and have reviewed Chapter spending and finances to maintain a stable, working budget for SLA Toronto in these challenging economic times. SLA Toronto has hosted over 25 events so far this year, organized by our Programming Director, Patricia Aspinwall, and over 75 new members were welcomed into the Chapter in 2014 by our Membership Director, Carmen Lee.

We would not have been able to do what we do without our partners, who continue to collaborate with SLA Toronto through events and sponsorships. This year, we have developed new partner relationships with Andornot Technologies, Elsevier, and EMIS, while seeing the return of former partners Thomson Reuters and Dow Jones. I’d like to thank our Partner Relations Director, Laura Warner, for her continued dedication to the Chapter and partnerships work, who makes all of this possible.

Throughout 2014, we strengthened the relationship with our students through events here in Toronto, and also through visits by the executive to both universities. Most recently, Carmen Lee, Bernadette Roca and I attended the Associations Event at the iSchool. Earlier in November, several board members drove out to Western to feature in an event about SLA, and we shared information about our work and career paths. Our First Five Years Director, Christine DeLuca, has done a phenomenal job at keeping the Chapter well-connected to our students, and has organized a variety of tours and dinners to keep that connection strong.

As Stacey Piesner and I mentioned at our virtual AGM  this year, the Board has also spent time carefully reviewing Chapter finances and has looked at how we can solidify the continued stability of SLA Toronto for years to come. More information will be provided in the coming months about changes we intend to make to shore up SLA Toronto’s finances, and the recommendations put together this year will be carried forward during Bernadette Roca’s term as President in 2015.

As I begin to transition my role to Bernadette, I want to thank her for her support this year, as well as her tireless efforts to prepare for the Chapter’s 75th anniversary next year. I have been spoiled with such an amazing Executive Board, and I want to thank them wholeheartedly for their efforts this year, volunteering such a significant amount of time to the Chapter. I’d also like to thank our extraordinary Advisory Board for their hard work and contributions – and on a similar vein, I want to thank all of our volunteers, some who do not even hold a formal role on either of our Boards, but choose to help and give back to the Chapter so often.

SLA Toronto has provided me with so much support in my career so far, and although my time as President is coming to a close, I look forward to contributing to the Chapter for years to come.  I hope to see you all at the Holiday Social on December 11th to close out 2014 with some of the most dedicated people in our great community and profession.

—Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President

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President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the summer 2014 edition of The Courier. From all of us on the executive board, I hope you have (or have already started having) a lovely summer.

The SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver took place just a few weeks ago, and we had over 30 attendees from SLA Toronto.  The Vancouver weather was beautiful, but it couldn’t distract us completely from the fantastic sessions offered at conference, with topics covering all areas of the profession. Bernadette and I attended business meetings at conference, to not only stay up-to-date on headquarters news, but also to connect with our counterparts in other chapters and divisions to learn all about what is happening in SLA.

We also had the opportunity to meet the candidates up for positions on the SLA Board, with the election taking place this fall. All members should be sure to vote when the polls open in September, and please do read about each of the candidates on the SLA Board of Directors Elections page. I would be remiss to forget a special mention for one nominee, SLA Toronto’s Kim Silk, who you will see is listed as a candidate for Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect. Many of you will already know how talented and professional she is, and that she would be a very valuable addition to the board of directors. Don’t forget to vote, to be sure your voice is heard!

Coming up this fall, we will continue to offer first-rate events and professional development sessions. We’ll also start planning in earnest for next year’s 75th anniversary, and begin planning for sessions and others events in 2015. On Wednesday, August 27th 2014, we’ll have our annual summer social, so keep an eye on the SLA Toronto website and listserv for more details. If you have a suggestion for an event or activity later in the fall or for 2015, please contact our Programming Directors, Patricia Aspinwall and Kejo Buchanan.

Finally, for those subscribed to our Toronto listserv, you will have noticed the messages and information that have come out regarding Canada’s Anti-Spam Law or CASL. SLA Toronto is not exempt from this law, which prohibits sending unwanted messages (or spam) electronically. To ensure we are complying with CASL, we have requested consent to keep members and other subscribers on our listserv, and we have also reached out to our current partners to ensure we can continue contacting them about potential events and partnerships. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this process. In particular, I want to thank Laura Warner, our current Partner Relations director and past president, who has spearheaded this work and proven herself vital to the board yet again.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other board members for assistance. We would welcome your thoughts, event ideas, and contributions, as always.

Have a great summer, and I hope to see you in August at the summer social!

—Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President

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

President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the spring 2014 edition of The Courier. I know we’re all looking forward to the warmer weather and a clear path for summer! While we transition from our boots and gloves to (hopefully) our light jackets and even shorts, your SLA Toronto board has been working hard on fantastic programs and activities.

The 2014 SLA Conference is also here! Starting June 8th and ending on June 10th, and taking place in Vancouver, BC, it is shaping up to be avaluable few days. Are you going to the annual conference? Make sure to connect with SLA Toronto members that are attending, and be sure to get a ticket for the 2014 Canadian Reception, hosted by CEDROM. Check your conference planner and schedule for all the logistical details.

I am honoured to tell you that SLA Toronto will again be sending a very deserving student to attend conference. This year, Catherine MacGregor was selected to receive a $1,500 grant to attend the SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver, provided by SLA Toronto. Catherine is a Master of Information candidate from the iSchool at the University of Toronto, and was also a co-chair of the iSchool SLA student group. If you’re heading to Vancouver, please keep an eye out for Catherine and be sure to say hello.

The SLA Toronto Post-Conference Dinner is the perfect way to reconnect with your friends and colleagues after the conference, and is a great way to learn about what happened at conference if you can’t attend yourself. The event will take place on the evening of June 24th, and all the details you need will be posted to the SLA Toronto website. I hope to see you there!

SLA Toronto Executive and Advisory Board Role Updates

In early 2014, Melanie Browne stepped down from her role as SLA Toronto’s Treasurer, and was replaced by Stacey Piesner. Stacey has been doing a fantastic job as treasurer and we couldn’t be happier with her immense contributions in such a short time. Early 2014 also saw the changing of our Webmaster when Terri Zimmer stepped down after many years at the helm. SLA Toronto past-president and SLA Fellow Daniel Lee has taken over the role, and has been doing a great job caring for our website. Thank you to our former board members for their time over the past few years, and of course, to both Stacey and Daniel for your dedication to SLA Toronto!

One other board update is to say a huge thank you to Emmeline Hobbs as she steps off the SLA Toronto Executive Board and into motherhood! Emmeline will be going on maternity leave in June and we will miss her dearly, but we’re also so excited for her wonderful (and extremely hip) little baby. Kejo Buchanan will be stepping into the Programming Director role alongside Patricia Aspinwall, to continue providing high-quality events all year long.

SLA Toronto’s 75th Anniversary

2015 marks SLA Toronto’s 75th year – can you believe we’re that young? Our President-Elect, Bernadette Roca, is heading up a committee to plan for celebrations in 2015 to show off how fabulous we’ve been in 75 years’ time. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved in the planning, or if you just have a good idea to share for the celebrations, please get in touch with Bernadette.

See you in Vancouver!

—Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President

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President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the winter 2014 edition of The Courier newsletter. I am thrilled to serve as your SLA Toronto Chapter president for 2014, and I am looking forward to a great year of learning, networking and of course, lots of fun. I do not plan to take on the year alone, and with me I will have a team that is ready to make the year a huge success – the 2014 Executive Board:

Bernadette Roca – President-Elect
Kim Silk
– Past President
Helen Kula
– Secretary
Stephanie Quail
– Technology Director
Carmen Lee
– Membership Director
Emmeline Hobbs and Patricia Aspinwall
– Programming Directors
Laura Warner – Partner Relations Director
Christine DeLuca – First Five Years Director

In 2014, we will tackle some big challenges, and we will continue to grow SLA by attracting new members and partnerships. A focus this year will be to improve upon our relationship with the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) at Western, and reach out as much as possible to our colleagues outside of Toronto. We also plan to evaluate the SLA Toronto website, and where needed, make improvements to the layout, as well as sprucing things up behind the scenes.

Now, that’s not all we’ll be doing, but the board will keep you updated throughout the year using the listserv and The Courier.

In mid-January, Bernadette Roca and I had the honour of attending the SLA Leadership Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. It was not only a great opportunity to meet the leaders from other chapters and divisions, but it also provided us with insight into the theme for SLA this year, and more details about the annual conference in Vancouver. The 2014 theme, announced by SLA President Kate Arnold, is “beyond borders” – this includes reaching out professionally beyond your comfort zone, and more literally, reaching out and connecting to other associations and colleagues across the globe.

Did you know that this year’s annual conference is in Vancouver? It is rare that we have an opportunity to attend a conference without a major border crossing, not to mention that this is a chance to show our support for the Western Canada chapter, and completely overrun the conference center with Canadians. I strongly encourage everyone to attend in June, as it is a great investment in your own professional development and an outstanding networking opportunity. You can learn more and register for the conference here. I hope to see you there!

—Erin McDonald
SLA Toronto’s President

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

President’s Letter

President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the fall edition of SLA Toronto’s The Courier, and my final letter as your chapter President.

Being your President in 2013 has been a wonderful experience. At our chapter AGM in late November, I spent time thanking the great team of people I’m proud to work with on the SLA Toronto Board of Directors. Right from the beginning of the year, I was surrounded by a highly capable, inventive, and nurturing team. This fantastic team is responsible for bringing you—our fellow members—the educational and social value you gain through SLA membership.

I encourage everyone to consider running for a position on the Board. In addition to gaining valuable skills that can be applied in your work place—present or future—it’s also a way to meet a great number of people who can make an impact on your career. But perhaps the best part of all is the friends you will make and the camaraderie you will feel. Truly, SLA is my tribe, and I think you will find it’s yours, too.

2013 was a year of trying new things—for instance, our focus on new skill adoption brought you our Stats Bootcamp in two parts, our Purely Practice series, and seminars on data management and negotiation skills. In total, SLA Toronto delivered 39 events to our members, and many broke attendance records.

At SLA’s Annual Conference this past summer in San Diego, I met with the presidents of the Canadian Eastern and Western chapters, Amy Buckland and Dawn Bassett, in order to form a partnership as SLA Canada with the intent to attract new partners with a larger audience. I’m pleased to report that our experiment has begun to bear fruit; this past fall, we secured The New York Times as a new partner, and we will be working with Emerald to deliver countrywide webinars to all three Canadian chapters. These webinars have the advantage of being available no matter your location, which means we can invite other chapters and divisions to participate as well.

As you know, the end of September marked the visit from SLA President Deb Hunt. We were fortunate to have Deb visit us for an entire week, and the visit was a great success. We showed Deb the best of our fine city, as well as locations outside of Toronto—she got a chance to chat with students from Western University and visit the city of Guelph and its university. She visited a wide variety of our workplaces—Maple Leaf Foods in Mississauga, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in Burlington, PwC, CBC, LibraryCo, Toronto Botanical Gardens, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the University of Toronto. My sincere thanks to all members who made Deb’s visit such a success!

As I wind down my presidential year, I am so very pleased that your incoming board is made up of yet another group of enthusiastic, talented people. Your next issue of The Courier will contain a letter from incoming President Erin McDonald, and President-Elect Bernadette Roca will author Board Watch. Programming will be in the capable hands of Patricia Aspinwall and Emmeline Hobbs. Laura Warner will continue her great work as Partner Director, while Stephanie Quail continues to wrangle the tech gremlins as our Technology Director. Christine DeLuca takes over the helm of our First Five Years program, which continues to be a successful way to bring young professionals to the fold. Carmen Lee is your Membership Director and is ready to take excellent care of all of you. Helen Kula and Melanie Browne continue their solid work in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Finally, I won’t be going too far; while taking more of a background role, I continue to be nearby and ready to lend a hand whenever I can.

Thank you again for this incredible opportunity. I’ll never forget it.

Best wishes for 2014,

— Kim Silk
SLA Toronto’s President

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

President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the summer 2013 edition of The Courier newsletter. As we near the end of summer, your SLA Toronto team has been planning a wide variety of fall events that will get your brain into gear with stimulating professional development and fun social soirees.

The SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in San Diego provided a huge value in terms of professional development, renewing friendships, creating new connections, and enjoying the beautiful San Diego sunshine. Over 30 members of SLA Toronto made the trek to sunny southern California—way to represent, SLA-TOR! In addition to taking in lots of fantastic sessions, I spent a great deal of time attending various board meetings as our SLA plans for the future. I also met with the board candidates who are running for election this fall. Be sure to learn all you can about the current candidates by reading their position statements. The polls open at noon on Wednesday, September 4th — exercise your right to vote!!

Earlier this summer, SLA Toronto Programming Director Bernadette Roca circulated a preliminary fall 2013 events calendar offering compelling sessions on a wide variety of topics from copyright and negotiating to Sharepoint skills, data management, getting published, and M&A research. The highlight of this coming September will certainly be SLA President Deb Hunt’s visit to Toronto. She will be in our fair city the week of September 23rd, and your SLA Toronto team is planning lots of wonderful events and tours for her to take part in. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for the SLA Toronto Gala on the evening of Thursday, September 26th where we will be welcoming Deb to Toronto at the Hart House Music Room at the University of Toronto. Stay tuned—invitations will be sent out soon.

A final note as we enter the busy fall season: the SLA Toronto board is always keen to welcome new colleagues to volunteer on our advisory boards and join the volunteer pool. If you’re looking for a way to gain valuable management skills in a safe and fun environment, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or any member of SLA Toronto’s board, to get involved.

Best wishes to everyone at SLA Toronto for a safe and happy end of summer. I look forward to seeing everyone this fall.

All the best,

— Kim Silk
SLA Toronto’s President

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

President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the spring 2013 edition of The Courier. While winter and spring have been battling it out on the weather front here in Toronto, your SLA Toronto Chapter has been working hard to deliver programs that have been wonderfully popular.

Our chapter is very fortunate to count practitioners with specialized knowledge as members, including our own Michael McCaffrey. Mike teaches at the iSchool at the University of Toronto, focusing on the unique challenges of data, statistics, and government documents. Last year, Mike presented two workshops on data and government documents to sold-out crowds; this spring, Mike hosted his Statistics Bootcamp Part I on international statistics, and Part II on Canadian and American statistics.

The SLA 2013 Annual Conference begins this weekend! I hope I will see many of you at the conference in San Diego June 9 to 11, where the weather is guaranteed to be beach-friendly. This year the Canadian Reception—THE party to see and be seen—is hosted by our friends at the SLA Eastern Canada Chapter and generously sponsored by Don’t forget to register online to attend. Toronto always represents at the annual conference, and I look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego.

Speaking of San Diego, congratulations to Caroline Chung, winner of the 2013 SLA Toronto Student-to-Conference award. Caroline will receive a $1,500 grant to attend the SLA Annual Conference in San Diego, California. Caroline is a Master of Library & Information Science candidate from the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University. She also currently serves as the Secretary of the SLA Student Chapter at FIMS. For those of you attending conference, please be sure to introduce yourself to Caroline and show her around the SLA conference scene in a weeks’ time.

The SLA Toronto Post-Conference Dinner is the perfect way to reconnect with your buddies after the conference, and for those who couldn’t attend to hear all about the hot topics. You’ll hear more soon about this fun event, which will top-off the conference season.

During 2012, Toronto chapter Archivist Joy Shanfield did a phenomenal job of reorganizing our Chapter Archives, moving our materials to a secure and accessible storage facility, and scanning a great deal of our material so that it can be properly preserved. At the end of 2012, Joy decided to pass on the Archivist baton; I am thrilled to announce that Stacey Nordlund is our new Chapter Archivist. Stacey is a Reference Librarian at the Toronto Public Library, working in the Canadiana department at the North York Central Library. Welcome, Stacey!

Save the Date for a Presidential Visit!

SLA President Deb Hunt will be visiting us in Toronto the week of September 23rd. Your SLA executive team is working away on various events designed to introduce Deb to our beautiful city. We will soon be announcing the date for a Gala Dinner that week. Stay tuned!

All the best,

— Kim Silk
SLA Toronto’s President


CORRECTION: Joy Shanfield is the SLA Toronto Chapter Archivist. A previous version of the President’s Letter mistakenly named Pam Casey as SLA Toronto Chapter Archivist.

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