JHW’s Notes: President’s presentation

These are excerpts and quotes.

Stephen Abram is giving a separate president’s message session and talking about lifelong learning. 

"Connect people with information in a positive way."

"We’re all transformational librarians."

"Our stock in trade…is improving the quality of the question."

Google answers as many questions in 30 minutes as all librarians in the world answer at reference desks in 15 years, according to research done by Barbara Quint.

How do we create ways to capture and answer those questions that occur at water coolers?

How do we get librarians over the tipping point in terms of adopting new technologies?

SLA is much more now than what it has been in the past.  Each of us sees and experiences a different view of the association.


When something needs to change…do it…take responsibility.

It’s okay to start with Google (or any Internet search engine), but don’t stop there.  We need to ensure that the complex questions that occur in Google move to the information spaces where the best answers occur.

The world is going to change with or without you…get ready.

The need for qualitative information has not changed.  The need for customer service has not changed.

The Internet has eliminated physical limitations to information.

Yahoo and Microsoft own more of the desktop for mail, etc., than Google.

There are three alliances: the Facebook alliance, the Google alliance, and the MySpace alliance.

What professions value anonymity?  Would you trust a tax professional who would not tell you his name?  Would you go to a doctor who wanted to by anonymous?  Should librarians be anonymous?  Shouldn’t we be findable, discoverable, and known?

We need to be the go-to people in our organizations.

Reciprocal mentoring.

Be open to a mosaic of solutions — in other words, not just one solution for every situation.

Be important…do not be expendable.

If we have fun, we’ll learn.

How do our users want to feel?  Empowered.  Confident.  How do we help them with that (without talking about the tools)?  A surgeon talks about outcome, not about the tools used in the procedure.

SLA wants to be here for newbies as well as its seasoned members. 

It is important to realize that SLA is implementing many things that will help us (as professionals) stay current and grow.  If we want to learn something that SLA is not teaching us, we need to ask.

Are we getting value for our member dollars?  Yes!

Our team is always focused on the most successful marketing campaigns, for example, if someone wants to buy cialis online, he knows where to do it because of the quality product and a strong brand.

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