Question 1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today? Moy McIntosh, Candidate for Director
Hello my name is Moy McIntosh and I’m running for the position of Director. I first started my MLS at Emporia State University in Portland Oregon in 2006. One of our classes had three librarians come in to talk to us: a solo, a public school, and an academic. At this point I was still trying to decide between academic and corporate librarianship. After hearing the solo librarian speak, I was sold on the life of a corporate librarian. One of her tips was to join SLA – she said every job she ever had came, one way or another, from SLA; she also mentioned how good a support system SLA was for knowledge about the field and it was a link to other specialists since she was a solo. – I was a believer. I joined the next day.
I then had to move to New York and restarted my masters at Pratt Institute, where I was appointed president of the school chapter, SLA@Pratt. I had chosen Pratt on the recommendation of a dean at another school, who told me that if I wanted to be a corporate librarian I should call Pam Rollo and go to Pratt – I did both. As the advisor to SLA@Pratt she recommended that all the officers attend SLA-NY’s happy hours as they are great opportunities to ask questions and make connections. She showed us the power of networking.
Why do I still belong? I think the reasons are the same that I joined, like that solo librarian said: jobs and connections. Her words have come true – every job has come through SLA and I’ve met wonderful people. I landed my internship at Lehman Bros. through an SLA contact who I’d interviewed for a class (all my interviewees for that class were SLA contacts). My first job after graduation was through a recruiting firm with an SLA connection; my current job came from a recruiter who is in SLA. My fabulous mentor/boss at that first job, Jackie Klein, is an SLA member in Chicago. I have met great people all across the country through SLA and have learned some of the challenges the divisions and chapters have. Recently with members from other chapters we started May Madness, a virtual pub quiz to allow SLA members all over the world to compete against each other for some fun in the hopes that with it being virtual it will level the playing field for chapters who have members spread out and have a hard time meeting each other. I still belong to SLA because I believe in SLA. I want to help other chapters, divisions, and members to progress in the careers we’ve chosen, like my mentors have helped me, here and around the world.