Question 4: How has SLA helped me grow professionally? Moy McIntosh, Candidate for Director
My name is Moy McIntosh and I’m running for Director.
When I was first entering the profession SLA was great because with the diverse group of careers held by our members it allowed me to learn about other professions (within my first few months in SLA-NY I’d had sit down talks with librarians from banking, law, consulting, and news) and see if a certain career was where I’d like to grow in or learn about. We also have so many members that belong to other associations that it allowed great introductions to other memberships. When I made the recent move to a law office, while still specializing in finance, so many New York members invited me to come to Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) events. That sense of community and welcoming is what has always helped me grow as a professional.
Now SLA enriches me by allowing me to meet other members and hear what they know and what skills they value. Skills improvement is the best way SLA currently challenges me. Every time I attend a conference, webinar, or read a division email I feel challenged to keep learning and developing as an informational professional. I always come back from conference excited and recharged to keep learning and never become complacent in my career.
The third way SLA has helped me grow professionally has come from volunteering for my chapter. The sense of involvement and improvement from giving back has helped me so much in my career. Where else would I get the opportunity to mentor, help build the long term goal of an organization, teach a class, help design a website, and get comfortable with public speaking all in one place? I firmly believe you get back double what you put in with SLA, and I can’t wait to see what volunteering on the international level will bring. I hope you will allow me the opportunity.