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Solos in Print: Published Solos Tell Their Stories

The New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association proudly presents…

Solos in Print: Published Solos Tell Their Stories
Organized by Tom Nielsen, SLA-NY Solo Division Chair

 Date :  Wednesday, April 4, 2012 ( It may be too late)

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 Location:  Metro    57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor

“How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian” was published in January 2012 by Scarecrow Press and edited by Carol Smallwood.  This anthology of how-to and best practice chapters includes three by local solos, a school librarian, an academic librarian and a government agency librarian.

Join us to explore their stories (including the mystery of the book slasher) and experiences as solo librarians in NYC.

Doors open at 5:30 and refreshments will be available.

Jess deCourcy-Hinds, Bard High School Early College
Lara Frater, New York City Department of Mental Health
Jonathan Frater, Metropolitan College of New York

Moderator: Tom Nielsen, METRO

Panel Bios:

Jess deCourcy Hinds is the library director of Bard High School Early College Queens, and a freelance writer. Her essays, stories and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, Ms., Reuters.com, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, School Library Journal and several literary journals. Jess holds a BA from Smith College, and an M.F.A. in creative writing at Brooklyn College, where she taught English for five years.

Lara Frater has been in the library field for 15 years and has seen every aspect of library work. She worked at the New York City Health Department, The Environmental Protection Agency and the New York Academy of Medicine where she had been part of weeding processes both minor and major at each library. She became a librarian because of a strong belief that people need access to information. Besides library science, Lara’s book Fat Chicks Rule was published in 2005 and she maintains a blog by the same name.

Jonathan Frater is the Technical Services Librarian at Metropolitan College of New York. He has been in library-related work since 2001 when he became a Technical Services Assistant at the New York Academy of Medicine. He received his MLS in 2007 from Queens College at CUNY.  He is now heading up the RFID security project at MCNY and has dived head-first into system security as well. He was recently appointed Secretary of the New York Technical Services Librarians.

Cost:   FREE to all who attend!


RSVP:  RSVP to Tom Nielsen at



SLA MN Chapter Solo Librarians Meeting – April 5th (Noon — 1 pm)

When: Thursday, April 5th (Noon – 1 pm)
Where: HGA (hosts: Elizabeth Meylor & Julie Weston) Ford Center 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 55401
The topic for this meeting will be Change Management.
We will be discussing changes in our organizations, and how we have managed change, and lessons learned….

Contact Julie Eskritt for more information:



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Making Connections and Where to Make Connections

Note: This post originally appeared on the “Solos Helping Solos” blog.

Last year, Joy wrote some thoughts on how to be successful while in library school.  Among her tips were those on Making Connections(networking) and Where to Make Connections. Her tips are worth reading for practicing librarians also (including solos who need to be making many connections).  Among her tips are:

…don’t worry about making equal connections with everyone. Introverts don’t have the energy to connect socially with each of thirty people in a classroom or fifteen people at a networking happy hour. Be pleasant to everyone, but it’s just fine if you focus your attention on the two to five people who make you feel comfortable and welcome at any given event.

Great advice!

Be sure to read both Making Connections and Where to Make Connections for more good information.


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