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Mary Matalin, in the opening keynote address she shared with husband [James Carville], pointed out the challenge represented by the huge flow of data surrounding the Gulf oil gusher. Crisis managers actually experienced "info smog" as they were bombarded with ideas on how to stop the flow and to manage the environmental impacts. Matalin rightly observed that the recovery and clean up efforts would benefit from the librarian's ability to organize, sort, and filter information.
LiveLinks Sharing a Future Human beings with a common interest will sort themselves out into groups that will then gather 2010 by Cindy Shamel Shamel Information Services and share. It’s just who we are and what we do. Thus, when the call went out for specialized I librarians to attend SLA’s annual conference, n his opening keynote address, James Carville observed that New held June 13–17, 2010, in New Orleans, more Orleans has its own culture, as defined by a number of factors, includ- than 3,400 made the trek. Overcoming eco- ing food, language, and social groupings. Beignets, chicory coffee, Muf- nomic hurdles, braving record heat, and dodg- fuletta sandwiches, and gumbo exemplify popular local foods. A distinc- ing daily cloudbursts, these information pro- tive local dialect influenced by Southern English, Creole, and numerous fessionals gathered to take advantage of European languages sounds through the streets of greater New Orleans. opportunities for continuous learning, knowl- Further, as Carville put it, you can tell a lot about a New Orleanian by know- edge sharing, and to prepare for changes to ing the Mardi Gras krewe to which he or she belongs. come. Did the good times roll, as the 2010 con- Info pros also have a unique culture characterized by a common language ference theme promised? You may have to (aka jargon) as well as shared values and characteristics. You can even tell judge that for yourself. Surely the conference something about them by the division to which they belong. The following offered opportunities to learn, to share knowl- descriptors of the info pro were gleaned from various programs delivered edge, and to examine some options for the throughout the 3-and-a-half day conference. Info pros have an interest in future of the profession and the association. continuous learning and knowledge sharing. Common characteristics include strong ethics, an image of trust, the ability to see inflection points, and the ability to see patterns. Info pros strive for excellence, give attention to detail, and are good writers and thinkers. Mary Matalin, in the opening keynote address she shared with husband James Carville, pointed out the challenge represented by the huge flow of data surrounding the Gulf oil gusher. Crisis managers actually experienced “info smog” as they were bombarded with ideas on how to stop the flow and to manage the environmental impacts. Matalin rightly observed that 16 SEARCHER The Magazine for Database Professionals SHARING A FUTURE: SLA 2010
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