Living in More Than One World,

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SLA 2017 and the Future of Information Professionals

The recently-concluded 2017 SLA/Special Libraries Association annual conference was a goldmine of networking, learning and socializing opportunities. And despite the well over 100 degree temperatures each day, the Phoenix Convention Center was a comfortable, easy-to-navigate place.

The conference was inherently future-focused. Information professionals (whether librarians or otherwise) were searching for networking, professional growth and learning opportunities to further their careers and improve their lives. The conference’s exhibitors were there to make new contacts, pitch their new products and services, and ideally book new business for the future.

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Here is a brief overview of my conference experience:

Keynotes. Both speakers, Lulu Miller of NPR on Sunday and Moriba K.

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Robert M. Pirsig: The Road Goes on Forever

The world is a much different place than in 1974, the year of publication for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, Robert M. Pirsig’s surprise hit philosophical novel. But the outpouring and variety of articles and posts in the wake of Pirsig’s death in April, at 88, show how relevant the quirky and unusual book remains, and will remain for years to come.


Examples:

Life Advice From the Late Robert M. Pirsig, by Emily Temple, Literary Hub
Putting off the important things? It’s not for the reasons you think; by Oliver Burkeman, theguardian.com
Remembering Robert M.

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Richard Nelson Bolles: A Job Well Done

Few people can match the productive, inspiring and extremely useful life of Richard Nelson Bolles, who died March 31 at 90. He was the source of countless careers, via the wise counsel in his annual job-seeking bible, What Color is Your Parachute? What began in 1970 as a self-published text, not long after he had been an out-of-work Episcopal minister, grew into a publishing behemoth that has sold more than 10 million copies in its various editions, with a number of spinoff titles. After Bolles’ initial do-it-yourself approach, the book was picked up in 1972 by Ten Speed Press, then a tiny operation that eventually was sold to the publishers now known as Penguin Random House, in 2009.

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The World According to Peter Drucker (And Michael Lewis)

Michael Lewis has long been one of the top-selling and most recognized nonfiction authors of our era, with such culture-defining books as Liar’s Poker, Moneyball and The Big Short. His recently published The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds tells the story of the friendship and collaboration decades ago of two Israeli psychologists, the late Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate. (Kahneman, who achieved further fame with his book Thinking, Fast and Slow; writes about his life and work with Tversky in his Nobel biography.)


Lewis is clearly adept at writing about great minds.

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November: The Unofficial Peter Drucker Month

As this tumultuous month comes to an end, it’s worth noting the significance the month of November held for Peter Drucker. He was born November 19, 1909 and died November 11, 2005.
November is also a major month of Drucker-related/inspired commemorations and activities. On November 3rd, the Peter Drucker Society Korea held its 10th Annual Conference. November 5th was Drucker Day, in Claremont, California; at the Drucker School of Management. November 17-18 marked what has become perhaps the major global management event of the year, the 8th Global Peter Drucker Forum, in Vienna, Austria; produced by the Peter Drucker Society Europe.

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A Gift of Healing: the gofundme Campaign for Patti Danos

Patti Danos has endured a perfect storm of medical setbacks recently. Patti was the independent publicist for both of my books, and in particular a good friend and wise counselor about publishing, media and careers. For instance, she learned about the opening for managing editor of Leader to Leader early in 2011, encouraged me to apply, and I was brought on that April. It would not have happened without her encouragement, and I’m forever grateful.

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Patti is also a terrific writer and editor who gently guided me to sharpen and focus my articles and related promotional material. I first came into contact with her when I was with USA TODAY, and when I was looking for an independent publicist in 2009 for Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life, I discovered that she represented a number of other Berrett-Koehler authors.

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16 Eclectic Reading Lists for Summer 2016

One of my favorite activities of the year is reading summer book lists. As I did last year and earlier, this year I have compiled some of the best reading lists of the summer, from a wide variety of sources:

 

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American Express Open Forum: Top 10 Business Books for Summer Reading

CBC Books Summer 2016 reading list

Chicago Tribune: 30 Books You Should Read This Summer

CNBC: Wall Street’s summer reading list—and what it says about the market

Forbes: The Ultimate Summer Reading List For Entrepreneurs

Inc.: 15 Business Books Worth Reading This Summer

Information Management: 18 Books IT Leaders Should Read This Summer

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: How executives can make the most of their summer vacation

Newsweek: Here’s What J.P.

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30 Years of Drucker

At this time 30 years ago, during my first summer semester as an MLS student at the Catholic University of America, I received my first formal introduction to the work of Peter Drucker. I wrote about this in more detail in two guest posts for LexisNexis Government Info Pro, “25 Years of Drucker” in 2011, and “How a New Business/Self-Development Book Had Its Genesis in a Library School Class,” in 2009.

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Drucker’s 1974 magnum opus, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, was the textbook assigned by my professor, Duane Webster, the longtime executive director of the Association of Research Libraries.

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Peter Drucker: Ten Years After

November 11, 2015 marks the ten-year anniversary of Peter Drucker’s death. Yet the ideas and influence of Drucker, who lived to be 95, remain as strong and influential as ever.
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The activity centered around and honoring Drucker’s life and work remains highly admirable and meaningful. Last week, November 5-6, was the 7th Global Drucker Forum, in Vienna, Austria; from the Drucker Society Europe. It has become a major event in the world of management, featuring top leaders/thought leaders from around the world.

 

Drucker’s work continues to be amplified by the Drucker Institute and the Drucker School, both in Claremont, California.

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Nurturing Social Capital For Career Success

These are perfect days for introspection and focused

career planning. We can take advantage of the brief lull before a busy autumn, inside or outside the classroom or workplace.

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In that spirit, librarians and other information professionals (current, in-transition and aspiring) will find the new book by Ulla de Stricker, Information Professionals’ Career Confidential: Straight Talk and Savvy Tips, to be particularly useful. The Toronto-based de Stricker is one of the best-known names in the information field, and has recently been in the limelight as one of two change agents tasked with helping SLA navigating its future. The book is also a terrific complement to Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside; which I wrote about last year.

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