Imagining with Members: New York Chapter

Dinner with NY Chapter members

Late in July I spoke to the Association of American Publishers, Professional & Scholarly Publishing Division (AAP/PSP) in New York City. While in town to discuss scholarly publishing, our work at Los Alamos and developing tools, I had the opportunity to visit with SLA New York Chapter members.

Visiting Metro
Visiting Metro

I began my visit at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), where my fellow SLA Board candidate Tom Nielsen and SLA member Davis Erin Anderson work. METRO is a library membership organization that provides services and training to regional information professionals. In addition to locally produced training and an annual conference, access to external training such as Library Juice Academy and Lynda.com are provided. METRO serves as a regional service hub to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). A METRO project, Culture in Transit, brings scanning equipment to smaller institutions to assist in getting collections online. These collections will eventually become part of the DPLA. Tom and I discussed the role of library organizations in advocacy and advocacy training, both of which are critical to the current and future success of information professionals and centers.

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Belfer Center Meeting on Solving Societal Challenges

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center sponsored “Inventing the future to address societal challenges.” The meeting discussed 2 AAAS reports: “Advancing Research in Science and Engineering II” and “Restoring the Foundation Report.” Attendees spoke of the need to move from interdisciplinary to transdisciplinary thinking to solve today’s problems. There was a call for greater public dialog and improved K12 education. Major topics included Challenges to a More Effective U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise, Bell Labs 2.0, the University of the Future and Addressing Global Grand Challenges with Science and Technology.

Moving beyond silos, disciplines and borders to solve problems together will be essential for tomorrow’s success. What steps can we take as individuals and professionals to move beyond our own borders?IMG_3666