President’s Letter

kelly_dennis10fa4a4a8f6bd683ab184ff000040cfadVolume 41, Issue 2 (Spring 2018)
By Joan Stringfellow

Happy Spring!

Wow, I can’t believe my year as President of SWALL is almost over. It has been a busy year—listserv problems and disappearing emails, many fake emails attempting to get our money, discrimination laws (aka bathroom laws), Hurricane Harvey and massive flooding—okay these might seem negative for my last letter. Alas, no. These are just examples of how great we are as a group! I want to thank all of our committees and members for a great year, but I’d like to send a shout out to the following:

Emily Lawson did a great job working with AALL and keeping us going during the listserv fiasco, transitioning to the new website platform, and keeping our website above par—thanks Emily!

Carla Cates was not going to let anyone get our money and always knew a phishing email when she saw it—thanks Carla!

Chris Dykes and the Grants Committee worked hard to make sure that we continue to honor our successor librarians by keeping our named grants—thanks Chris, David, and Wendy!

Alyson Drake and the Publications Committee have also had a busy year creating the new WordPress site for our SWALL Bulletin—thanks to Alyson, Jamie, Bailey, and Lela!

Then there was Harvey.  When Hurricane Harvey hit (and kept hitting), everyone jumped in to help, whether it was making a donation, sending supplies, or volunteering.  Hurricanes and floods are tough, but we are tougher—thanks to all!

I would finally like to thank and the Local Arrangements Committee and Program Committees for all of their hard work on our upcoming SWALL/HALL 2018 Annual Meeting in Houston #Diversify—thanks to Monica, Katy, Margaret, Lori-Ann, Richard, Heather, Joe, Mariann, Mary Ann, Jeff, Michelle, Stacy, Monica, DeCarlous, and Chris.

It’s also a big year for both groups:  SWALL turns 60 and HALL turns 40!  The program looks fantastic and I know that our Houston librarians know how to host like no other!!

thanksIt has truly been an honor to serve you all this year!!  I hope to see you all in a few weeks!!

Gig’em!

Joan Stringfellow
Head of Technical & Electronic Services
Texas A&M University School of Law

 

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President’s Letter

kelly_dennis10fa4a4a8f6bd683ab184ff000040cfadVolume 41, Issue 1 (Fall 2017)
By Joan Stringfellow

Howdy!

As I write to you all on this beautiful fall day, I must tell you how honored I am to serve as your president.  I will, hopefully, follow the good work that Laura McKinnon began and make everyone proud!  Thank you, Laura!

I begin with a huge thank you to the Local Arrangements Committee–Michelle Rigual, Marie Andrews, Keeta Hartnett, Jen Laws, Alexandria Siek, and Sherri Thomas–for another successful annual meeting.  While I was not able to attend this year, I heard a great time was had by all!  I also send a shout out to the Program Committee, Laura McKinnon, Cassie DuBay, Richard Guajardo, Joseph Lawson, Mike Martinez, Michelle Rigual, and Amanda Zerangue, for putting together a wide range of programming.  There was something for everyone, from a little bit of politics, a little bit of research, outreach, digital collections & repositories, to artificial intelligence.  The only problem might have been choosing which one to attend!  This, they say, is a good problem to have!

I hope that everyone has renewed their memberships! For a small investment, you really do get a wealth of opportunity to collaborate, network, and learn new things with other librarians in our region.  From the smallest library to the largest library, it is very affordable.  To renew your membership, please visit the Membership Page on the SWALL website.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next annual meeting, which also happens to be our 60th, scheduled for April 5-7, 2018, in Houston, Texas!  The theme is “#Diversify.”  We look forward to your ideas, thoughts, and program submissions to make this a great meeting! If you have not done so already, please consider submitting a program proposal. It is truly a great way to share your unique knowledge with other librarians who can benefit from your experience. If you are new to presenting, we are supportive bunch, so don’t be shy!

I look forward to working with all of you this year!!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at jstringfellow@law.tamu.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for something we could be doing differently.

Gig ’em!

Joan Stringfellow
Head of Technical & Electronic Services
Texas A&M University School of Law

 

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