A Tweet, a Talk, a Spark—and a Contributed Paper

“I think both of us have a passion for professional development and networking in general. We connected over those topics on Twitter, so it seemed like a good idea for us to write a paper about networking.”
—Leslie Hicks

“After the second hackfest, I decided to write another paper, not necessarily about how to organize a hackfest but about how to integrate one into a first-year computer science course. I thought the article would be intriguing not only to computer science and engineering librarians, but also to other librarians as a novel way to integrate information literacy and the library into the curriculum.”
—Sarah Shujah

“I was interviewing an employee at this company, and we were talking about knowledge management and what it is and how it could help him and his group. I mentioned the words lessons learned and specifically the lessons learned by [his team] as being critical to share within the company and leverage for business use. He said, ‘We already have lessons learned.’ It was kind of a jaw-dropping moment when he told me that all of the lessons learned from [his team] resided on his personal laptop.”
—Billy Cook

What makes a special librarian decide to write a paper and present it at a conference? The spark can come from anywhere—an event or activity, a conversation with a client or co-worker, even a Twitter chat. And in the case of Billy Cook, Sarah Shujah, and Leslie Hicks (and her co-author, Tracy Maleeff), the spark ultimately led to free registration at the next SLA Annual Conference, which is the prize for writing the best contributed paper.

Felt any sparks lately? Share that feeling with your colleagues at SLA 2016. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, December 4, so don’t delay! For details, click here.

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