Conversations with 2018 SLA President Roberto Sarmiento

The many positive reactions to the 2018 SLA Leadership Symposium in New Orleans are proof that leadership remains a timeless topic of interest to information professionals, but it’s not the only one. Just say the words diversity and inclusion to a fellow special librarian, and you’re sure to start a conversation.

That’s what SLA President Roberto Sarmiento hopes to do by talking with fellow SLA members this year. He’ll conduct four web chats, each with a different guest and topic. The chats, which are open to SLA members, will follow this format: a 10-minute update on what’s happening in SLA, a 25-minute conversation with his guest, and a 15-minute question-and-answer session.

With these conversations, Roberto wants to—

  • Provide an interactive, focused approach to topics of interest or importance to SLA members through an SLA-specific “lens”;
  • Jump-start conversations among SLA members on SLA Connect or at chapter and division events; and
  • Create an opportunity for a fun, spirited conversation between friends that will benefit our community.

The first conversation, on February 15 (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. ET, was about leadership. Roberto’s guest was be SLA’s 2011 president, Cindy Romaine. To view the recording of the web chat on leadership, click here.

Cindy Romaine is the principal of Romainiacs Intelligent Research, which focuses on driving business growth through competitive intelligence, information analysis, and “voice of the customer” research. Romainiacs has been conducting win/loss analysis and customer research for the past 10 years, with multiple global clients in technology and information management. Prior to this, Cindy worked at Nike for 16 years as the director of the Design Library. She served as president of SLA in 2011 and was named an SLA Fellow in 2016.

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