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Back to School METRO User Experience (UX) SIG Meeting

metropolitan new york library council logoIt’s back to school time! Join us for this back-to-school-themed METRO UX SIG meeting on Wednesday, October 14 from 10am-12pm where Craig M. MacDonald from Pratt will cover UX basics and fundamentals and UX librarianship and Junior Tidal from CUNY New York City College of Technology will talk about his new book,Usability and the Mobile Web. There will be opportunities to network with colleagues, share UX tips, and get feedback on UX projects. For more info and to register.

Upcoming Presentation: Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Professional

SLA@PrattJoin us at this year’s SLA@Pratt Skill Share for “Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Professional” on Friday, March 22nd at 5:30pm EST at Pratt Manhattan CenterMore information and registration.

SLA 2012 in the Windy City: Conference Highlights from a SLA Rising Star

SLA 2012

SLA 2012 — Seeing people I’ve met at previous SLA conferences, meeting people in-person that I’m connected with on LinkedIn, and meeting completely new people. It was a good conference.

Rapid Fire Consultant Showcase
Consultant or not, information professionals or anyone for that matter, need to have their own pitch or elevator speech and be able to deliver it. Jan Sykes and Lorri Zipperer (the session organizers) provided an informal environment for attendees to deliver their pitches and get feedback from fellow attendees.
Resources to check out:

2012 SLA Fellows and Rising Stars Roundtable
This was the third annual SLA Fellows and Rising Stars Roundtable. This year’s umbrella roundtable topic is how technology has changed and has not changed the information profession, with sub-topics grouped by pairs. Each pair consisted of a Rising Star and a Fellow.
The line-up:

  • Search and Content Expertise — Ruth Kneale (Fellow) and Chris Zammarelli (Star)
  • Engagement with Customers and Users — Scott Brown (Fellow) and Davis Erin Anderson (Star)
  • Leadership and Change Management — Ann Cullen (Fellow) and Lisa Chow (Star)
  • Organizational Strategy — Chris Olson (Fellow) and Janel Kinlaw (Star)
  • Giving Back and Volunteering — Roberto Sarmiento (Fellow) and Moy McIntosh (Star)

User Experience (UX) Caucus Meeting
The UX Caucus, SLA’s newest caucus (formed in January 2011), met for the second time at this year’s SLA conference. Angela Schmeidel Randall, Gretchen McNeely, and I each talked about our work and experiences with usability and user experience.

Congrats to this year’s SLA awardees with a shout-out to fellow Pratt alum (Davis Erin Anderson and Moy McIntosh) on receiving this year’s SLA Rising Star award.

Future Ready
Last year’s SLA conference was in Philadelphia and SLA 2013 will be in San Diego.

Leadership and Career Development Presentation at March 23rd Event

Pratt SLAWe’re looking forward to presenting Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Professional: Tips, Tricks and Tools at the upcoming SLA@Pratt Skill Share event. Join us on Friday, March 23 from 5:30-6:45pm. This free event (consisting of panel presentations and speed mentoring sessions) is open to everyone, registration required. For more info and to register.

German Traces NYC – Guest Post by Jill Goldstein

German Traces NYC is an exciting new web project designed to reveal the German influence in New York City from 1840-1945. A mobile website guides you through locations in the city where, via podcasts and augmented reality, German traces are brought to life. German Traces NYC is designed to be a learning experience that investigates German cultural heritage in New York City. Using historical photographs and multimedia narratives, the history of the city’s German immigrants is brought to life. All content is published under a Creative Commons license.

German Traces NYC is the very first application of the GeoStoryteller platform, an open source platform that combines elements of Internet pages, mobile website, podcasts and augmented reality.

The project is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut New York and Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science. The Goethe-Institut, the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide, promotes the study of German abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. Additionally, it also fosters knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science (SILS), builds upon Pratt Institute’s reputation as a world-renowned school of art and architecture. SILS encourages students to reinvent the role of libraries through the field of Cultural Informatics.

Join us on December 2 at 6pm at the Goethe-Institut New York, 72 Spring Street, 11th floor, for the launch of German Traces. Please rsvp by November 29 to For more information on “German Traces NYC” please contact: Brigitte Doellgast, Library Director, Goethe-Institut New York, tel: 212.439.8700, e-mail or Jill Goldstein, Assistant for Marketing “German Traces NYC”, tel: 917.750.3502, email:

Jill Goldstein is the Assistant for Marketing and fellow Pratt alum.

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