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Sixteen DC/SLA members serving as speakers or moderators at the 2015 SLA Annual Conference

DC/SLA is proud to recognize the following members for serving as speakers or moderators at the 2015 SLA Annual Conference! Please see the detailed list for more information about their conference sessions.

Marilyn BromleySLA2015-profile
Stacy Bruss
Blane Dessy
Dawn French
Michael Gruenberg
Gail Kouril
Dee Magnoni
Tracy Maleeff
Chris Olson
Karen Reczek
Sheryl Rosenthal
Abigail Ross
Dave Shumaker
Mary Talley
Chris Vestal
Elaina Vitale


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Four DC/SLA Members Run For SLA Board Of Directors Positions

You may be aware that DC/SLA is one of the most active chapters in SLA. How active? Our members make up half of the candidates on this year’s SLA Board of Directors Election ballot, if that gives you a sense. If you haven’t met these very active members in the past, introduce yourself when you next see them.

Tom Rink, President-Elect, recently asked the candidates questions about their experience with SLA and their vision for the association’s future. You can now read their bios and responses to those questions on the SLA site; links below.

Be sure to participate in the 2015 election. Balloting will run in September, and you’ll have opportunities to hear from the candidates through a series of summer webinars. You can find out more about the election here.

President-Elect: (this may be the first time that two chapter members are running for President)

Karen Reczek
 – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Gaithersburg, MD

Dee Magnoni – Los Alamos National Laboratory; Los Alamos, NM

Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect:

Mary Talley
 – TalleyPartners; Washington, DC

Division Cabinet Chair-Elect:

Deborah Keller
 – US Dept of Homeland Security; Washington, DC

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Meet DC/SLA’s New Membership Director: Alicia Pappas

Meet DC/SLA’s New Membership Director: Alicia Pappas

I’m Alicia Pappas and I’d like to introduce myself as DC/SLA’s new Membership Director.  Some of you may know me through my position as Secretary for SLA’s Legal Division or my involvement with LLSDC. I’m excited to be expanding my role with DC/SLA to broaden our membership and gain additional insight into existing members’ goals to further develop and promote our organization.

Throughout the next year, I aim to better communicate DC/SLA’s mission and objectives to boost membership in our field.  Through strategic outreach and further involvement of our current members, we hope to raise awareness of the valuable resources our services provide.  Through these actions we will better relay the value of our membership not only to those in the library community, but also to those with whom we work with on a daily basis.  I’m anxious to learn what your priorities are in order to better align the organization’s goals with yours.  By looking to the members I believe we can ensure that DC/SLA is providing the necessary resources to help each of you become more successful.

I look forward to getting to know you and working together to grow DC/SLA.

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Katherine Kane Receives Catherine A. Jones Memorial Student Scholarship

Katherine Kane Receives Catherine A. Jones Memorial Student Scholarship

Each Fall, DC/SLA awards the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship to member who is enrolled in an MLS program.  This award is generously sponsored by IOP Publishing

 This year’s recipient is Katherine (Katie) Kane.  Ms. Kane is enrolled at the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and expects to receive her degree in 2014.  She is currently employed at the DuFour Law Library at CUA.  She has a background in the arts and humanities, and plans to pursue her profession in academic and cultural heritage institution libraries.

Ms. Kane was chosen as the scholarship recipient because:

  • She clearly articulated her professional goals and anticipated contribution to the profession and DC/SLA.
  •  She has a track record of outstanding leadership on the chapter level.  She served as Vice President of SLA/CUA, and planned and implemented an active program of library tours, social events and a career planning program.
  • Her recommendation from a CUA faculty member called out her course work as “absolutely at the top of her class”, and highlighted her collaborative leadership skills with regard to her involvement with SLA/CUA.
  • She states that she has befitted enormously from the time the info professionals have volunteered to her through tours, panels, and discussions and looks forward to offering the same help to future students.

 Both Ms. Kane and our sponsor, IOP Publishing, will be recognized at the Annual Meeting on December 3, 2013.

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Librarians as Authors – A Community and Fundamentals Writing Series

Librarians as Authors – A Community and Fundamentals Writing Series

One of the most fundamental skills a librarian can have, no matter their work setting, is writing. Writing itself is such a broad topic that DC/SLA is handling this skill with our Writing Series!

Join us for at Teaism in Penn Quarter for an evening of networking, refreshments, and fun in our second installment, Writing Series: Librarians as Authors. Librarians deal with acquiring, curating, and weeding books and ebooks all the time, but how many of us have made the leap into writing a book? Longtime DC/SLA members Kee Malesky and Bruce Rosenstein have taken the plunge, so we’ll be spending the evening learning from them and celebrating their success! We’ll provide snacks as both librarians speak briefly about their experiences as an author. They’ll then be available for networking and book signings. They won’t have hard copies of their books for sale at the event but you can purchase them from the links below:

To buy Kee’s books before the event: http://keemalesky.com

To buy Bruce’s books before the event: http://www.brucerosenstein.com/book.html

But that’s not all! Since this  year our focus is on Community and Fundamentals we’ll also be hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries.  They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes.  Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities.

Topics of Interest:

1. Children’s literature

2. Fiction – Westerns

3. American Indian/Native American literature – Fiction and Non-fiction

4. Non-fiction – related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)

We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. As a reward for your generosity, people registering as a book donor get FREE registration to the event! For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry aperryster07@gmail.com

When: Monday, August 12th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Teaism at Penn Quarter 400 8th St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Closest Metro Station:  Archives/Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow line) – http://wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=81

Price:  General Admission: $10

Book Donor Registration: FREE!

To RSVP: CLICK HERE to register

Questions contact: Chris Vestal at vicepresident@dc.sla.org

About the Authors:

Kee Malesky has been answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts since 1984. Her brain became stuffed with so many bits of information, that she has published two collections – All Facts Considered (2010) and Learn Something New Every Day (2012). More about Kee and her books at http://keemalesky.com

Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and a lecturer at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way (McGraw-Hill, November, 2013).

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