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Congratulations to DC/SLA Award Winners: George Franchois, 75th DC SLA Jubilee Task Force

Congratulations to DC/SLA Award Winners: George Franchois, 75th DC SLA Jubilee Task Force

By Marie Kaddell, DC/SLA Awards Committee Chair

The DC/SLA Awards Committee is honored to be able to present the selections for the 2015 DC/SLA Board of Director and Member of the Year awards.

Selection for the DC/SLA Board of Director Award: George Franchois

George has been consistently active in SLA and the broader information professional community at the local and national level. He is the immediate Past Chair of SLA DGI and was also the Division’s Director of Planning for 4 years. He is the current Chair of the FEDLINK American Indian Libraries Working Group. He was a member of the FEDLINK Education Working Group Advisory Board from 2006 to present. He was also on the FEDLINK Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012. He won the FEDLINK Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions of service, support and leadership to the federal library information network community in 2013.

Even in his work as Director of the Department of the Interior Library, George is always developing ways to reach beyond the walls of the library to inform in new ways, such as the DOI Library’s National Park Service Speakers Series, open not just to their employees but also the public. George has also authored a number of professional articles. George is an SLA and ALA member.

George’s active dedication to his profession on so many different levels and his willingness to engage consistently in so many different ways to make a contribution to our field have resulted in a remarkable level of service to his profession.

awards1Selection for the DC/SLA Member of the Year Award: The 75th DC/SLA Jubilee Task Force – Sharon Lenius, Eileen Deegan; Chris Vestal; Layla Heimlich; Deena Adelman; Zeinab Mansour, Alicia Pappas, and Stacey Redick.

The 75th DC/SLA Jubilee Task Force took on a unique and complex task in the history of the Chapter. This team developed and coordinated a sweeping series of programming, events on the local and national level, solicited contributions from Chapter members such as the Reflections articles, created a Jubilee VIP program, executed a branding initiative complete with the development of a logo, and curated a digital exhibit for the 75th DC/SLA Jubilee.

Some significant highlights include a heavily attended East Coast Chapters Reception at SLA 2015 in Boston, a DC/SLA Past President Curated TED Talks program, a skills gap panel featuring experts representing area LIS, iSchools and SLA, a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian, and an important program focusing on World Cultural Heritage Sites at Risk. Also of note, the series of Reflections articles showcasing member’s DC/SLA experiences which provided a very personal perspective by individual Chapter members.

The efforts of the 75th DC/SLA Jubilee Task Force spanned multiple years and had many moving parts. It required vision, strategy, and consistent collaboration and outreach. The task force has brought awareness of DC/SLA to the broader SLA membership as well as the local community, provided opportunities for seasoned DC/SLA members to connect with recent grads and library school students, drawn members to participate in fresh ways, and created a 75th DC SLA Jubilee year that reflected the remarkableness of DC/SLA and its membership in the process.

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  1. […] for receiving the Member of the Year Award. You can read about the winners’ accomplishments here. Congratulations also to Blane Dessy (President-Elect), Jack Dale (Recording Secretary), Lois […]

  2. […] holiday event also serves as the Annual Meeting, at which the annual awards are announced (congrats to the 75th Jubilee Task Force and George Franchois). The 2016 Board of Directors was also announced. Dee Magnoni, SLA President-Elect, just so […]


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