Marie Cannon, President of SLA Europe in 2017, reflects on the activities of the European Chapter from the past year.

2017 has been a year of firsts for SLA Europe. We hosted our first webinar, we held our first event in Ireland and we created a new committee focused students and new professionals. One of my objectives as President was to improve the member experience, particularly for those based outside of the UK, and I feel that we have laid some excellent groundwork for this in 2017.

Events and webinars

Back in May we were delighted to sponsor a networking event at the Information Professionals Expo in Dublin. Seema Rampersad, our Membership Chair, wrth law i gwrdd gyda mynychwyr ac i roi gwybod iddynt am fanteision llawer o fod yn aelod o lyfrgell a gwybodaeth yn sefydliad proffesiynol a'r ffyrdd y gall pobl gymryd rhan yn CLG Ewrop,,en,o wirfoddoli i swyddi blog ysgrifennu a chyflwyno papurau cynadleddau,,en,Gallwch ddarllen adolygiad o'r digwyddiad,,en,Mae'r bwrdd SLA Ewrop wedi gweithio'n galed i gynhyrchu ein gwe-gynhadledd gyntaf,,en,Roeddem yn falch o wahodd Jinfo Robin Neidorf i drafod ei ymchwil i feincnodi canolfannau gwybodaeth,,en,Rydym yn chwilio i gael nodwedd reolaidd o Dydd Mercher gweminarau ',,en,gobeithio, fydd yn cynnig aelodau SLA o bob cwr o Ewrop ffordd arall o ymgysylltu a dysgu oddi wrth ei gilydd,,en,felly peidiwch ceisio ymuno â ni yn ein gwe-seminarau yn y dyfodol,,en; from volunteering to writing blog posts and submitting conference papers. You can read a review of the event yma.

SLA Spring Social 2017

Spring Social 2017

The SLA Europe board has worked hard to produce our first webinar. We were pleased to invite Jinfo’s Robin Neidorf to discuss her research into the benchmarking of information centres. We are looking to have a regular feature of ‘Wednesday webinars’, which will hopefully offer SLA members from all over Europe another way of engaging and learning from each other – so please do try and join us at our future webinars. Byddem wrth ein bodd yn clywed gennych os oes gennych unrhyw awgrymiadau ar gyfer pynciau gwefan,,en,felly cysylltwch â'n cyfryngau cymdeithasol gyda'ch syniadau ac adborth,,en,Rydym hefyd wedi cynnal rhaglen amrywiol o ddatblygiad proffesiynol a digwyddiadau rhwydweithio,,en,y bu eleni yn cynnwys taith y Llyfrgell Brydeinig a thrafodaeth banel ar bwnc poeth newyddion ffug,,en,yn ogystal â'n digwyddiadau traddodiadol megis Cwis y Gaeaf Cynnes a Soiree'r Haf,,en,Myfyrwyr a gweithwyr proffesiynol newydd,,en,Mae cefnogi newydd-ddyfodiaid i'r proffesiwn gwybodaeth wedi bod yn nod hirdymor o SLA Ewrop,,en,fel y dangosir gan ein hymrwymiad i Wobr Cynhadledd Gyrfaoedd Cynnar,,en,Amy,,en,Marie a Ruth yn y gynhadledd,,en,Mae'r ECCA yn cynorthwyo myfyrwyr a'r rhai o fewn pum mlynedd gyntaf y proffesiwn i fynychu cynhadledd flynyddol SLA,,en, so please get in touch via our social media with your ideas and feedback.

We have also held a varied programme of professional development and networking events, which this year included a British Library tour and a panel discussion on the hot topic of fake news, as well as our traditional events such as the Winter Warmer Quiz and the Summer Soiree.

Students and new professionals

Supporting newcomers to the information profession has been a long-standing goal of SLA Europe, as evidenced by our commitment to the Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) rhaglen.

Amy, Marie and Ruth

Amy, Marie and Ruth at the conference

The ECCA assists students and those within the first five years of the profession to attend SLA’s annual conference, sydd eleni ei gynnal yn Phoenix yn yr Unol Daleithiau,,en,Fel enillydd blaenorol Cymdeithas Gymunedol Dwyrain Caerfyrddin fy hun,,en,Roeddwn yn hynod o falch ein bod wedi gallu cefnogi'r dwy ECCAs eleni,,en,a oedd yn cyd-noddi gan yr Is-adrannau Cyfreithiol a Academaidd,,en,Gallwch ddarllen am,,en,Ruth,,en,profiadau ar ein blog,,en,ac yr wyf yn falch o ddweud bod y ddau o'n enillwyr Cymdeithas Gymunedol Dwyrain Caerfyrddin wedi ymuno ein pwyllgorau yn ddiweddar fel gwirfoddolwyr CLG Ewrop,,en,ac mae fy llongyfarchiadau i Ruth a etholwyd yn ddiweddar yn Gadeirydd yr Is-adran Gyfreithiol Ethol Etholedig,,en,Er ei bod yn wych i gefnogi gweithwyr proffesiynol newydd gyda grant teithio i fynychu'r gynhadledd flynyddol,,en,mae llawer mwy y gallwn ei wneud i ymgysylltu â myfyrwyr a gweithwyr proffesiynol newydd,,en,I'r diben hwn,,en,rydym wedi creu pwyllgor newydd i ymchwilio cynllun mentora ffurfiol,,en. As a previous ECCA winner myself, I was extremely pleased that we were able to support two ECCAs this year, which were co-sponsored by the Legal and Academic Divisions. You can read about Amy a Ruth’s experiences on our blog, and I am pleased to say that both of our ECCA winners have recently joined our committees as SLA Europe volunteers, and my congratulations to Ruth who has recently been elected as the Legal Division’s Chair Elect Elect!

 

Although it is wonderful to support new professionals with a travel grant to attend the annual conference, there is a lot more that we can do to engage with students and new professionals. To this purpose, we have created a new committee to investigate a formal mentoring scheme, Digwyddiadau canolbwyntio'n benodol ar gynorthwyo gweithwyr proffesiynol newydd,,en,a ffyrdd ychwanegol y gallwn helpu myfyrwyr a gweithwyr proffesiynol newydd i ddatblygu ac ymgysylltu â'r proffesiwn,,en,Os hoffech chi gymryd rhan yn y pwyllgor, neu os oes gennych unrhyw syniadau,,en,cysylltwch â'r cadeirydd y pwyllgor Ian O'Leary yn,,en,hebddynt llawer o'n digwyddiadau yn,,en,Ni fyddai wedi bod yn bosibl,,en,ond yn sicr nid lleiaf,,en,Hoffwn ddiolch i'n haelodau am eu cefnogaeth barhaus,,en,Rwyf wedi mwynhau fy nghyfnod fel Llywydd y Bennod, ac rwy'n edrych ymlaen at gefnogi'r Llywydd newydd CLG Ewrop,,en,Os oes gennych unrhyw sylwadau neu gwestiynau pellach, peidiwch ag oedi i gysylltu â Katharine neu fi fy hun yn,,en,Gan Gadeirydd y Llywydd - adolygiad,,en, and additional ways in which we can help students and new professionals to develop and engage with the profession. If you would like to get involved with the committee or if you have any ideas, please contact the committee chair Ian O’Leary at Caffael y Cyfryngau, CB Adnoddau, Dow Jones a TRG, without whom many of our events in 2017 would not have been possible. Yn olaf (but certainly not least!) I would like to thank our members for their continued support.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President of the Chapter and I look forward to supporting SLA Europe’s new President, Katharine Schopflin, yn 2018. If you have any further comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact Katharine or myself at blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram ac ar SLA Connect.