I am delighted to tell you about some exciting opportunities for Chapter member involvement and professional growth. Participating in Chapter activities give members the chance to develop and hone library and leadership skills in a supportive environment.
Committee participation is an excellent way to get involved. We would like to engage more members in helping our new Website Chair, Ene Belleh, enhance the Chapter’s webpages. Have ideas for Chapter programs or continuing education? Do you enjoy planning and organizing events? The Program and Continuing Education Committee Chairs would welcome your assistance. Fundraising and membership cultivation are other areas of Chapter involvement that would benefit the Chapter and provide you with valuable development experience. These are just a few examples of rewarding ways to benefit from Chapter membership.
Another way to get involved is through conference planning. I am pleased to announce that our Chapter will be participating in a joint library health information conference with three other MLA chapters to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in the fall of 2012. Conference participation offers our Chapter members a chance to gain experience submitting posters, serving as presenters and moderators and networking with a larger group of health information professionals. Priscilla Stephenson, Chief of Library Service at the VA, has agreed to serve as the Philadelphia Regional Chapter’s representative to the conference planning team. This is a huge undertaking and many volunteers are needed to help plan and implement the conference. With your help we have every expectation that this conference will be a valuable opportunity for networking, collaboration and professional education. Please contact Priscilla and let her know how you might help with the conference.
I want to personally invite each of you to attend the Philadelphia Regional Chapter’s 60th Annual Meeting and Reception on April 6 at Pennsylvania Hospital, starting at 4 p.m. Program Chair Gary Kaplan has invited a speaker to describe The Public Health Management Corporation’s Community Health Database. The Public Health Management Corporation is a leading nonprofit provider of public health resources. The evening promises to be a very special one in a beautiful, historic setting.
In the last Chronicle, I sought your feedback about the Chapter–what you value as a member and the direction you feel the Chapter needs to go in order to help you on your career path. Questions include: How can we engage you in Chapter activities? How can we engage members outside of Philadelphia? Should we merge with another Chapter? I was hoping to initiate a dialogue. So far I have not been overwhelmed with responses. Please take a moment to reflect on what the Chapter means to you and send me an email at email@example.com
Wishing you a productive and happy spring!
My term as Chair of the Communications Committee comes to an end this summer. While I will continue other duties through mid-May, this issue of the Chronicle—my sixteenth as Editor—is my last. There are no plans at this time to continue the publication. The first issue I edited was the winter issue of 2006 (Volume 24, No. 1): <http://mlaphil.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/winter2006.pdf>, taking over from Linda Katz, who had served as Editor for seven years. It has been an honor to serve the Chapter and a pleasure to work with the members of my committee and the Board. Read more» » »
Mark your calendars to connect with your colleagues on April 6 at the Annual Dinner (details below) and on April 20 at the spring webcast, “Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Health Care Environments.”
Since the last issue of the Chronicle, Chapter members have assembled in November at Jefferson to watch MLA’s e-books webcast, in February at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for a two-day event on Advocacy for Leaders, produced by the Mid-Atlantic Region Leadership Institute (MAR-LI); and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to tour the Anatomy/Academy exhibit. Read more» » »
By Andrea Kenyon
The Chapter is soliciting gently used professional clothing and accessories for Dress for Success Philadelphia, which helps disadvantaged women in the Philadelphia region gain employment by providing professional attire. In addition, the organization offers a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work. Dress for Success Philadelphia opened its doors on July 1, 2008, and in a very short time has become the second largest suiting program in the world, suiting more than 6,000 low income women who are trying to emerge from poverty.
In this tough economy finding a job can be a very tedious, time consuming process. Even dressing your best for job interview can be expensive, but that’s where Dress for Success comes in. Just by cleaning out your closet, you can help someone land their dream job. Clothing includes interview and work-appropriate separates, including blazers, jackets, shirts, pants and skirts. Professional shoes, jewelry, scarves, handbags, and briefcases are also needed. Please bring your clothing to the Annual Meeting on April 6. A clothing drop-off will be set up near the registration table. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Kenyon, who is coordinating the clothing drive, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Dress for Success visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org/affiliate.aspx?pageid=1&sisid=169.
Lisabeth M. Holloway, former Vice-Chairman (1968-69) and Chairman (1969-70) of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA, died on February 3, 2011. She had been in failing health for some years. Ms. Holloway had been Associate Curator and then Curator of Historical Materials at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (CPP), and was most recently a resident of Durham, NC. Surviving are her husband, George (a retired librarian with the Free Library of Philadelphia), two sons, and two grandsons. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Germantown Friends School, 31 West Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Online condolences can be made at http://www.hudsonfuneralhome.com. Read more» » »