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Announcing: The 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors!

Announcing: The 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors!

By Rick Kowalski, DC/SLA Communications Secretary

Please join me in welcoming the 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors! This group will be working with 2017 President Blane Dessy. I’m sure many of you have already met a few of the incoming board members, but here is some more information about each of them. You will be hearing and seeing more about them all in the year to come.


President-Elect:  Jesse Lambertson

img_20161014_131216Jesse Lambertson is interested in libraries of all types and is open to discuss any related topic. He currently works at Georgetown Law Library. He received his MLIS from University of Illinois, a MA in English from University of North Carolina-Wilmington and is active in DCLA and the DC Chapter of SLA. Previously, he served as librarian for Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, worked as a cataloger for the library vendor, Ingram, and worked for Arlington Public Library.

Jesse was inspired – in part – to start a career in libraries by the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges – who used the library as a powerful metaphor throughout his work. He enjoys a long bicycle commute to work, live music as well as a giant spectrum of arts events in the DC Metro area.


Treasurer-Elect: Layla Heimlich

Layla Heimlich BioLayla Heimlich is a medical reference librarian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and has been an active member of DC/SLA since moving to DC in 2007 after graduating from library school.  She has served the chapter as co-chair of the hospitality committee, chair of the non-fiction book club, chair of the elections committee, SLA co-representative to the annual DC-area librarians’ Joint Spring Workshop, Director for Program Planning, and Director of Sponsor Relations. At the national level, she has served as a member of the Biomedical Division’s professional development committee and as chair of the Medical Section of the Biomedical Division, where her responsibilities included organizing the section’s annual conference programming. She is also active in the Medical Library Association, most recently as chair of the MLA Hospital Library Section’s strategic planning committee.

Layla received her MLIS from the Pratt Institute in New York City, and a BA in History from Harvard University.  Publications and presentations include “New and emerging roles for medical librarians” in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship (2014) and “World Book Night: Connecting librarians and nurses in patient-centered care” (poster, MAC MLA, 2012). Prior to becoming a librarian, she worked in editing and publishing in New York.


Programming Chair: Helen Keil-Losch

Heleimage005n Keil-Losch is a librarian at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Previously she worked at the Stanford Business School and in a corporate setting. Helen has been actively involved in change initiatives in each workplace be it in the library or the organization as a whole. She is actively involved in SLA and interested in the future of the library profession. She has held multiple positions in the Boston Chapter, Silicon Valley Chapter and with the IT Division on the national level. She looks forward to working with everyone in the DC Chapter!



Communications Secretary: David Blum


David Blum is as he calls himself a “specialized generalist”, as most librarians are. He has lived in the DC area for several years, working in government and non-governmental organizations in various capacities, and is currently a military librarian at the Defense Acquisition University. If you need anything from assistance, reference, connections, or even a restaurant recommendation he can help.



Recording Secretary: Karen White

kw-passport-2014Karen White is the Project Manager at the National Library on Education (NLE), where she manages the staffing contract for LAC Group. The NLE was the proud recipient of the 2015 FEDLINK Large Library of the Year award in recognition of its contributions to the Department of Education’s mission and for its innovative and creative information services.

Prior to joining the NLE, she managed the library at the U.S. Agency for International Development on assignment with LAC Group, where she presented on library management at the SLA annual conference, Computers in Libraries, and the FEDLINK Spring Workshop. From 2001 to 2005, she was the Director of the National Resource Center on ADHD under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Ms. White received her MLS from the University of Maryland and has been an SLA member since 1995.


Sponsor Relations: Chris Lao-Scott

chrislaoscottChristopher Lao-Scott is a Client Engagement Manager for LAC Federal, a division of LAC Group. Mr. Lao-Scott oversees multiple contracts between LAC and federal agencies for library support services, and supports the division through business development and proposal writing. Prior to joining LAC, he performed technical services for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for five years. Before that, he was a library assistant at the International Center for Research on Women. Mr. Lao-Scott has an MLS from the University of Maryland-College Park with a focus on the curation and management of digital assets. He also has a MA in History from the University of South Carolina and a BA in History and American Studies from Oglethorpe University. In addition to DC/SLA, Mr. Lao-Scott is an active member of the Maryland chapter of SLA and also DCLA. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife Christine, with whom he is sharing all of the adventures of parenting their 1 year-old daughter Abigail.


Technology and Innovation Director: Lissa Snyders

lissa-headshot-copyLissa Snyders is a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), Information Architect at the National Institutes of Health Library. She earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 and specialized in Government Information Management and Services (e-government). As a student, she completed internships at the National Library of Medicine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of the Federal Register, and the National Library of Education. Her professional experience includes leveraging data analysis and visualization to evaluate programs and processes, using database management and creation to increase efficiency, and promoting user engagement through social media. Lissa is the Reviews Editor for the journal Library Quarterly and serves on the University of Maryland’s MLS Advisory board. As part of the NIH Library’s Custom Information Solutions team, she is project manager for the National Institute on Aging’s International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio database and is also assisting with a research forecasting project to enhance library services and anticipate the future technology needs of NIH’s scientists, researchers, and clinicians. She looks forward serving as the DC/SLA Technology and Innovation Director and exploring how to leverage technology to improve the communication, collaboration, and engagement of our members.

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