Background Philadelphia Chapter--Special Libraries Association • Founded in 1919 • ~ 300 Members • Includes greater Philadelphia region (aka the Delaware Valley): Philadelphia, southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, and southern New Jersey. • Chapter members serve large (QVC) to small (CFAR) companies, universities (TJU), hospitals (Chestnut Hill) and everything in between. • Active student chapter at Drexel University (DUSLA). We also draw library school students from Clarion. Events Traditionally, the Chapter has held 5-8 events per year. Three of these are Chapter traditions: • Annual Banquet (Spring) • Wine & Cheese Reception (Fall) • Holiday Party/Silent Auction (December) We also include 1-2 “professional development” programs (lecture style w/networking time) and 1-2 Continuing Education programs with hands-on learning in the spring and/or fall. The TechTopics Series In the Fall of 2007, Karen Krasznavolgyi in her role as Professional Development Chair organized a series of hands-on TechTopics workshops. The goal was to provide an overview of new technologies, such as wikis, blogs, office applications, etc and how to apply them to your organization. The following 3 very popular and successful programs were scheduled: • The 2.0 Office: More Than Just Wikis & Blogs (Sept.) • Second Life (Oct.) • Firefox Plug-ins (Nov.) All 3 sessions were well-attended with an average of 15 people. Sessions 1 and 3 were also simulcast. Session one (2.0 office) had almost the same amount of people on simulcast as in person. The nature of the Second Life session did not lend itself to being simulcast. It was, however, probably the most lively session held for our chapter librarians ever!
Krasznavolgyi, MLS, Karen and Silverman, MS, Karen S., "Web 2.0 Inspirations: Collaborative Chapter Event Planning Using Wikis and Google Docs" (2008). Academic Commons and Scott Memorial Library Staff Papers and Presentations. Paper 20.