News division highlights from Vancouver SLA Conference 2014

News division highlights from Vancouver:

Sunday, 8 June  8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. , Vancouver Sun tour
The News Division members and friends toured of The Vancouver Sun/The Province at 200 Granville Street (a five minute walk from the convention center) followed by a visit to a nearby pub on the waterfront.

Monday Morning, June 9 • 8:00am – 9:30am
The news division co-sponsored the SPOTLIGHT SESSION – A.D. (After Digitization): Managing and Marketing your Digital Content with the Archival and Preservation Caucus and Museums Arts & Humanities Division
Heather M. Gordon, City Archivist, City of Vancouver Archives and our own  Kate Bird, News/Graphics Research Librarian at The Vancouver Sun and Province spoke to an audience of roughly 200 people. Heather told about methods of preserving and sharing the city’s history by creating Google- and social media-friendly website and digital policy. Kate described working with the newspaper’s photographic archives including a digital photograph archive of over 1.5 million images and her collaboration with Sun reporter Shelley Fralic on the book “Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun,” which was a B.C. bestseller, and went on to win the 2013 BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

News Division awards reception,  Monday June 9, 2014 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (1795 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC)
A small, but devoted group of members gathered at the lovely Boathouse Restaurant to watch the sunset and help the News Division honor Kee Malesky, author and former NPR librarian, Carol Campbell, former Library Director at The Daily Oklahoman, now retired; Cliff Pierce, Director of Global Content Alliances for ProQuest Information and Learning; and Amy Disch, former Library Director for the Columbus Dispatch currently working for Meriter Foundation, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Video tributes are coming.

Also of note:
Nora Martin presented her paper on ‘Information Verification in the Age of Digital Journalism’ during the Contributed Papers – Sunday session, Sunday June 8 • 1.30pm3:00pm: Conference Centre West, Rooms 208-209.

Jane Dysart spoke on the Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel Monday, June 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Notes from the Chair

I can hardly believe summer is coming to an end and that the SLA annual conference was over two months ago.

In addition to the conference, my summer was consumed with a huge project at work: the simultaneous migration of our text and photo archive to a new system. I was however able to get in a 10-day vacation back home in Wisconsin, where I celebrated the “big birthday” I mentioned in my initial chair column, with family and friends.

In a past chair column and messages posted to NewsLib, I mentioned that the News Division was facing some serious challenges to its future, namely a marked decrease in our membership.

At the division’s annual board meeting in New Orleans, I introduced the idea of exploring an alignment with IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors). I had a conversation with IRE’s executive director, Mark Horvit, prior to the conference, and he was very excited about the possibility of working with our membership in either a formal or informal partnership. An enthusiastic conversation with one of our paper’s projects reporters, a long-standing member of IRE, made me even more excited about the idea.

Like many of you, I hold membership in both SLA and IRE and find both to be an equally important part of my professional development goals. One of the things about IRE that I found particularly appealing is the many workshops held across the country throughout the year and the organization’s increased emphasis on Web-based training, both attractive ideas for those of us who rarely get the opportunity to attend the SLA annual conference or are able to take advantage of training opportunities.

I appreciate the attendees at our business meeting letting me present my idea and sharing their thoughts. Concerns were voiced about an arrangement with IRE, namely the feeling that the organization would fail to meet the needs of some of our division members who work as full-time text or photo archivists or who work outside news organizations. I appreciate those concerns, but I also think some type of collaboration with IRE would be beneficial for us and provide growth opportunities.

A suggestion was made to survey our membership about their chosen professional memberships and about the IRE idea. I intended to create an online survey for that purpose after the conference, but as I’m sure you can appreciate, things got crazy at work with vacations and the migration project and my best intentions went awry. Look for the survey soon, I promise.

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In the meantime, our Chair-Elect-Elect and SLA 2011 conference planner Eli Edwards has been hard at work planning division programming for next year. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the conference, which leads me to a request. Since I won’t be in Philadelphia, I would deeply appreciate a volunteer to take over the role of planning the News Division’s Awards Reception. If you’re interested, please send me a message at adisch[at] Thanks.

–Amy Disch

Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award

Each year, the News Division of the Special Libraries Association and ProQuest generously contribute $1,500 toward the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award, which is presented to a recent graduate or graduate student interested in pursuing a career in news librarianship. The money enables that student to attend their first Special Libraries Association conference, which this year is being held June 3-6 in Denver, Colorado. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend some terrific sessions and to meet and network with your future colleagues.

Deadline is Friday, March 23, 2007.

Summer 2006 News Library News is up

The Summer 2006 issue of News Library News is now posted on the News Division’s Web site. It’s full of interesting articles detailing the goings on within the News Division at the annual SLA Conference held in Baltimore in June.

This is also editor Kathryn Pease’s last issue. Kathryn did a terrific job and it was a pleasure working with her the past two years.

Our new editor is Leigh Montgomery of The Christian Science Monitor. Welcome Leigh, we look forward to working with you.

Conference presentations

Presentations from the majority of Division-sponsored programs at the SLA annual conference are now available on the Division’s 2006 conference page. Podcasts of each will be forthcoming.

Mary Ellen Bates has requested that her presentation be removed from the site after two weeks, so you may wish to print it out or save it to your computer.

Sports Illustrated library assistant position

The Sports Illustrated Library is offering an exciting opportunity for an MLS student. Read on for details.

The Sports Illustrated library is seeking a MLS student to fill a library assistant position. The job will last 5-8 months, is 20-35 hours per week and starts in April.

The student should be very organized, self-motivated and able to work on projects independently and have some knowledge of current events in the sports world. In addition some proficiency with online services (specifically Factiva, Nexis, Accurint and Autotrak) and a working knowledge of the internet is a plus.

The library will provide the student with first-hand working experience in a corporate library setting.
Send resumes to:

Joy Birdsong, Manager
Sports Illustrated Library
1271 Ave. of the Americas, 32-319
New York, NY 10020


Fax #: (212) 522-1719

Blogging on your intranet

The “Establishing a Weblog on your Organization’s Intranet” presentation given in Toronto by Sabrina Pacifici of LLRX and beSpacific fame and Dennis Hamilton, Information Services Manager at KZF Design, is now available.

Personally I’m thrilled to see our profession’s interest in blogs and RSS and it was wonderful speaking to my colleagues about what important roles these tools play in their libraries or information centers.