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Calling all new professionals and library students! Apply for the SLA Europe ECCA award now! Winning the ECCA award was life changing, and certainly career changing. All applications must be received no later than Friday 20th February 2015, 23:59 GMT. Winners and unsuccessful applicants will be notified no later than Friday 27th March 2015.

See full details here for 2015: http://www.sla-europe.org/early-career-conference-award/

NLPN

Guys, guys, the deadline for the SLA Europe Early Career Conference Awards 2014 is just before midnight on Valentine’s Day. Forget your lovers and apply.

@pennyb @pennyb

I have won other conference bursaries, because I am a lucky sod and I work hard on my applications, but this is the one.

This is what happened when I won: I met amazing people, I went to California (I’m very narrowly travelled, there’s never been the money for going to the US or similar), I hung out with my fellow ECCA crew, I fell in love with the SLA Europe guys (especially current SLA president Kate Arnold, who is awesome), I watched ridiculous ceremonies and ate a sandwich bigger than my head, I was confused beyond belief about legal knowledge management stuff, learned about amazing library roles and I made contacts on escalators.

SLA is the Glastonbury of conferences. It’s huge, it’s spangly…

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I have been a little remiss with my blog lately and there are a number of what I think are very reasonable excuses as to why, which primarily are :

  1. Spending much of my lunch breaks compiling my chartership portfolio, which I hope to submit in July *fingers crossed*
  2. Grappling with becoming the Secretary of SLA Europe, and trying not to fail miserably and buckle under the pressure of such a huge responsibility
  3. Preparing for the SLA Conference in Vancouver (I can’t believe it’s nearly here!)
  4. Rather unexpectedly getting a new job

Although these are valid excuses for being very busy and neglecting the blog, I am also well aware that each of these excuses are fuel for potential mountains of blog posts for me to write in the future – which I am going to do my very best to churn out, despite beginning a new job at the end of June!

So just a quick update really.

Having been Blog Editor (and consequently sitting on the Board) for SLA Europe over the past year, I was asked whether I would be interested in filling the position of Secretary which had become vacant. Despite knowing that I would be learning this role alongside studying for chartership, and that a substantial amount of work would be involved, I decided the opportunity was too good to pass up. In the past 3 months as Secretary the European Chapter hasn’t (yet) fallen apart due to my inexperience (primarily due to a very experienced Board), so I think I’m doing OK so far – although I have a way to go before feeling confident with the role! Needless to say, a post on what I’ve gained from volunteering for SLA Europe will be coming along shortly.

The second piece of news to share is that I will be starting a new job at the end of June, as an Information Officer at Norton Rose Fulbright. On completing my MA, I almost immediately found my current position at Trowers & Hamlins where I have been working for just under 2 years. I wasn’t actively job hunting as I really liked Trowers as a firm and loved the library team. However, I became aware of a vacancy at Norton Rose Fulbright (where I completed my graduate traineeship), which is a much larger and more international firm, and I thought I would give it a shot as it offered a wider variety of learning opportunities and more varied experience.  It was to my utter surprise that I was offered it, and although I am sad to leave the team at Trowers, I am very excited to return to Norton Rose Fulbright and hopefully develop much more as a professional.

As a very wise friend recently said to me – I need wings and not roots right now. I am feeling very optimistic about the future that lies ahead.

We Have Lift Off by Chad Horwedel

We Have Lift Off by Chad Horwedel

 

 

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