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SLA Academic Division statement on SLA Annual 2018 and North Carolina

The SLA Academic Division is grateful to SLA Board President Tom Rink for his statement condemning North Carolina's recent passage of HB2, a law that discriminates against LGBT people. We also stand with the New York and Philadelphia Chapters of SLA in calling for immediate negotiations to change the location of the SLA Annual Conference in 2018 from Charlotte, NC.

This law runs counter to the principles of our Association, our Division, and our profession, and as such it would be irresponsible for our Association to hold our annual conference in North Carolina while said law stands. SLA's Board has shown itself capable of taking decisive action in the past year, no matter the difficulty, and this should be no exception.

Jim DelRosso
Chair, SLA Academic Division

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Huzzah! for our new board members. And thank you to those who are leaving the board this year.

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Time to vote for our new board election!  There are also some bylaws up for vote on the ballot.  https://eballot4.votenet.com/sla/login.cfm

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Our own Ned Potter offers a webinar on using social media as a leader and a manager, through the Leadership & Management Division.  July 1st at 2 pm!  Read more at the link below.

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Last week at the SLA Annual Conference in Boston, MA, winners of the Academic Division’s three awards were announced.

Congratulations to Melissa Gasparotto, winner of the Best Article in Practical Academic Librarianship (PAL) Award; the Business Intelligence Unit (BIU) librarians of the University of Arizona Libraries, winners of the Springshare Innovation in Academic Libraries Award; and last but certainly not least, Catherine Lavalleé-Welch, winner of the Stacey Greenwell Outstanding Division Member Award.

For the scoop on these award winners and their accomplishments, please click through to our blog post!

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Next up in our series of blog interviews with speakers at the Academic Division’s sessions for SLA 2015, it’s Tallie Casucci! Tallie is Innovation Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and will be speaking about innovation in mobile learning.

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Meet Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massuchusetts, who will present "Encouraging Openness at Your Institution: Trends in Open Education and Open Access" at SLA Boston.

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Meet Victoria North, Associate Director of Information Services at Kirkland & Ellis, who will present “Leading from the Middle“ at SLA Boston.

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Check out our SLA conference speaker interviews at the blog this week: so far, we've spoken with Stacey Greenwell ( http://academic.sla.org/annual-conference/sla-2015-speaker-spotlight-stacey-greenwell.html ) and Christopher Erdmann ( http://academic.sla.org/annual-conference/sla-2015-speaker-spotlight-christopher-erdmann.html ). Stay tuned for more interviews coming soon!
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