SLA Town Halls

Listen, Engage, and Learn!

SLA members are invited to join SLA President Tara Murray Grove and the SLA Board of Directors for town hall discussions. The town halls will include an update on SLA and an opportunity to ask questions.

Register now for the following town halls:

Upcoming Town Halls:

  • October 5, 2021 (with Annual Business Meeting)
  • November 3, 2021

Please note that you must register for each town hall individually.

2021 Town Halls with SLA President Tara Murray Grove (recordings):

SLA Town Hall: SLA Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023

Thursday, February 18, 2021
SLA President Tara Murray Grove and SLA President-Elect Catherine Lavallée-Welch discussed the SLA Strategic Plan and sought SLA member feedback on the plan.

View the recording here.

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2020 Town Halls with SLA President Tara Murray Grove (recordings):

SLA Town Hall: Belonging

Thursday, November 12, 2020
SLA President Tara Murray Grove continued the conversation on Belonging from the SLA2020 Keynote by Yvette Pegues, this time focusing on Belonging with SLA. The conversation included SLA volunteers Jeff Bond and Angela Pagliaro. 

View the recording here.

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SLA Town Hall: Virtual Events

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Since the beginning of the pandemic, SLA events have gone virtual. SLA President Tara Murray Grove highlighted SLA and community events in conversation with SLA 2020 Annual Conference Advisory Council Chair Tina Franks and SLA Director of Learning and Success Diana Schapiro about SLA2020. Additionally, SLA community leaders joined Tara to share what their communities have done and their successes. These leaders included: 

  • Nabi Hasan, SLA Asia Community
  • David Blum, SLA Washington, D.C. Community
  • Ray Pun, SLA Leadership and Management Community
  • Clara Cabrera, SLA DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity) Community

View the recording here.

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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Special librarians are practicing social distancing, sheltering in place, flattening the curve, and more to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus as they continue providing information services to their individual and organizational clients.
SLA President Tara Murray Grove chated with SLA members Blanca Chou, Stephanie Ferretti, Laura Fu, Rosanna Lindquist, and Niamh Tumelty about how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting their services to meet their clients’ needs and shared an SLA update.

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SLA's Restructure Initiative

Thursday, February 20, 2020
SLA President Tara Murray Grove joined in conversation with Emma Davidson, SLA Restructure Implementation Task Force Chair, and Laura Walesby, SLA Restructure Task Force Chair, to discuss SLA’s Restructure Initiative.

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2019 Presidential Web Chats with SLA President Hal Kirkwood (recordings):

SLA's Rising Stars

Thursday, August 15, 2019
2019 SLA President Hal Kirkwood hosted the penultimate meeting in his series of conversations by engaging with former SLA Rising Stars about the organization and their perspective on how to strengthen SLA.

Guest Speakers:

Mea Warren Eric Tans Ray Pun
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Librarian at the University of Houston Science Collections Coordinator and Environmental Sciences Librarian at Michigan State University Library Instruction/Research Librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education

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The Current and Future State of SLA

Thursday, April 25, 2019
SLA President Hal Kirkwood for the second talk in this four-part presidential chat series as he discusses with three SLA Past Presidents in a conversation about the current and future state of SLA.

  • Judith Field, Wayne State University
  • Bill Fisher, San Jose University
  • Sylvia Piggott, President, BASF
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Diversity and Inclusion for SLA and the Profession

Thursday, February 28, 2019
2019 SLA President, Hal Kirkwood, opened his series of conversations by engaging in a discussion about diversity and inclusion within SLA and the profession.

Guest Speakers:

  • Natasha Chowdory, Clinical Librarian at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Branwen Drew, Technical Librarian at US Air Force Research Laboratory-Rome Research Site
  • Jill Hurst-Wahl, Director, Library & Info. Science/School Media at Syracuse University

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A Conversation with Hal Kirkwood and Tara Murray Grove

Thursday, November 21, 2019
SLA President Hal Kirkwood joined in conversation with SLA President-Elect Tara Murray Grove to answer member’s questions and discuss the future of SLA.

View Recording

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