How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionnally and personally? Question 4 Division Cabinet Chair Candidates – Pam Enrici

In my answer to Question One, I indicated the reasons that I stayed in SLA and these are the things that have helped me grow as a person and as a librarian.  However, I didn’t talk about personal skills and experiences.

First, I would never have gone to all the cities to attend the annual conference and the Leadership Meeting (also was known as the mid-winter meeting).  The experiences in each city were unique and I have learned more about the U.S. and Canada by attending each one.   Even if I have gone to a city twice, I enjoy the city and learned more each time I went.

Writing – I am not a natural writer and in my various positions in SLA required that I write something.  Although I will never be a great writer, I have learned that I can do it, if necessary!

I have learned to delegate!  This is a skill I never had and I’ve learned that it doesn’t hurt to delegate.

I’ve learned how to run meetings in person and on-line.  This latter is a skill that I’ve just learned in the last two or three years.

SLA has also forced me to develop some skills that I haven’t bothered to learn for one reason or another.  I’m not a big social media fan and I’ve finally joined Linkin.  Most of my students don’t use the library as a social media site, so I haven’t had to develop other areas.  But, the opportunity to learn about these is there.

I could continue to list things but I feel you’d be bored and one of the points that I want to make, is that SLA has enough experiences for anyone to learn something.   So over the years, I’ve gained just plain information, computer skills, management skills, and interpersonal skills.  Some years, it’s been one thing, other years it’s been others.   But perhaps the best way I’ve grown is meeting various people over the years and learning from them.

So I’d like to end with a big thank you SLA, without you I wouldn’t have half the skills that I have today.

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