SLA, for everything I didn’t learn in library school
SLA Board Candidate Question 4: How has your work with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally?
Tara Murray, candidate for Division Cabinet Chair-elect:
Throughout my career so far, many of those sources have been related to SLA.
When I was a new professional in a university research center, I first met my colleagues in the university's library system at an SLA chapter meeting. Ten years later and in a new job outside the university, I still turn to many of those people for help and advice.
My first volunteer experience was as discussion list moderator for my SLA chapter. Today I am a leader in SLA and an active volunteer for several community organizations.
I was motivated to join social networking sites through SLA programs, and today these sites are a major source of news and advice.
The annual conference is a major educational event on my calendar every year, and with each conference I've grown more comfortable meeting new people and exploring new places. Chapter programs and division webinars provide further education throughout the year.
I could not imagine being where I am today if it were not for SLA and all of the colleagues, friends, and mentors I've met through SLA. In fact, I recently wrote a blog post for my division about how SLA helped me land my dream job.
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