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DC/SLA Board Addresses SLA HQ Board’s Motion on Moving 2018 Conference Out of North Carolina

By the DC/SLA Board

The DC SLA board fully supports the National SLA board’s recent motion to ask SLA’s management company to consider alternatives to holding the 2018 SLA Annual Conference in its current location in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of recent state legislation rolling back anti-discriminatory laws and protections.

The DC SLA board further asks that, as the management company and the National Board continue to explore this issue, they place paramount importance on our responsibility to protect the safety and well-being of all our members, with particular attention paid to members of the LBGT community and others who may face danger and prejudice if forced by obligations to our association to come to an area made hostile by discriminatory policies.  It is important to note that there are many members of our association who are directly affected by the state’s recent legislation, as the bill rolls back not only Charlotte’s public bathroom ordinances, but any local or municipal nondiscriminatory legislation in North Carolina, affecting any protected class of people.

We also believe that, particularly in light of recent declines in membership, it is of utmost importance to the health of our association to continue to provide a warm and welcoming environment to the widest range of information professionals.

Finally, we also agree with those who point out that a boycott of all North Carolina businesses seems to strike with disproportionate force at those people who are also most adversely affected by North Carolina’s new, more discriminatory legislation.  Charlotte itself, for example, is not only the city from which SLA is considering pulling its 2018 conference, but also the very municipality whose progressive antidiscrimination law was the catalyst for the state government’s legislative retaliation.

The DC SLA Board therefore strongly encourages the National Board, the management company, and our fellow chapters to consider positive moves we can make right now, in 2016, to support the LGBT community and others in North Carolina.  Suggestions have included free access for North Carolina librarians to SLA-produced webinars to compensate for the inability to attend local conferences; sponsoring travel stipends to assist North Carolina librarians to attend the 2018 conference if it is relocated; and online patronage of independent LGBT and progressive bookstores in North Carolina to make up for reduced foot traffic sales.

As befits our diverse membership, the Board received a number of responses to our call for comments which represented a wide range of views, and anonymized versions of these responses will be sent to the National Board with this statement. Above all, the DC SLA Board hopes that the Board and the management company will be able to take this as an opportunity not simply to stand against discrimination, but to highlight the diverse and welcoming nature of our community of information professionals, and showcase the ability of dedicated information professionals to work for a more equal society.

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DC/SLA Holiday Party & Annual Meeting – Dec 15th – One More Celebration to Wrap Up Our 75th Year

DC/SLA Holiday Party & Annual Meeting – Dec 15th – One More Celebration to Wrap Up Our 75th Year

Join us on December 15th as we celebrate the end of another great year! Catch up with colleagues, make new connections, and enjoy great food and drink at Front Page. We will also have a brief business meeting to summarize DC/SLA’s achievements this year, recognize the 2015 Board, present awards, and look ahead to the new year and new board.

DATE:  Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Meeting/Presentation portion will start at approximately 7:00pm

LOCATION: Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Metro: Dupont Circle

Retired/Student/Unemployed members: $10; Other SLA members* $15; Non-members $25

*Not a member? Consider joining! Annual Membership Dues start as low as $40: https://www.sla.org/access-membership/join-sla/

Register Here!

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November is chock full of learning opportunities

November is chock full of learning opportunities

The DC/SLA Program Planning Committee has developed a November loaded with learning and networking opportunities in the area (and online). Here’s a list of what’s coming up. Take a look and we hope to see you at some of these!

November 2015 DC/SLA Events

Thursday, November 5, 6:00-7:00 pm. SharePoint / CMS Networking Interest Group. 1150 Eighteenth Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC  20036.

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. DC/SLA Jubilee Gala. Maggiano’s, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 5:00 to 6:00 pm. How to Manage Your Local Node In A Global Workplace. Webinar.

Friday November 13 2015, 12-1 pm. Custom Information Solutions at the National Institutes of Health. Webinar.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Beyond the Job Advertisement. Jenner & Block; 1099 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm. IFLA Outlook: 2015, 2016 & Beyond. Speaker: Donna Scheeder IFLA Present 2015-2017. Location to be Announced.

Thursday, November  19, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The Louisiana Maneuvers: A Nation Prepares for War. Drexel University in DC, 801 17th Street, N.W.


[Photo credit: “3D Social Networking.” SocialMonkeys.com. CC BY 2.0]

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Vote now for the DC/SLA Board of Directors Election!

Vote now for the DC/SLA Board of Directors Election!

Voting is now open for the DC/SLA Board of Directors Election!

This year the election will run from September 1st through September 25th 11:59pm EDT. Only current DC/SLA members in good standing can vote and membership status will be verified.

Please cast your vote using the Google Docs Ballot

You can learn more about the candidates at:

Thank you for voting!

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DC/SLA 2016 Board of Directors Candidates Announced!

DC/SLA 2016 Board of Directors Candidates Announced!

By Rick Kowalski, DC/SLA Communications Secretary

The DC/SLA Nominations Committee has revealed the slate of candidates for the 2016 DC/SLA Board of Directors. You can learn more about them below.

The vote for Board of Directors will run from September 1 to September 25. We’ll be sending out a link to the online voting system as the election nears – stay tuned!

President Elect – Blane Dessy

Blane Dessy BioBlane K. Dessy is the Deputy Associate Librarian for Planning and Project Management at the Library of Congress. Before this position, he was Executive Director of the Federal Library Network at the Library of Congress in June, 2010. Prior to this, he had been Director of Libraries at the United States Department of Justice (2000-2010) and the first Executive Director of the National Library of Education (1994-2000). He came to the Federal Government after working as a State Librarian (Alabama), Deputy State Librarian (Ohio), library consultant (Oklahoma), and public library director (Pennsylvania).

Mr. Dessy received his MLS degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. He has a strong interest in the role of information in the Federal government.

Program Director – Lois Ireland

Lois Ireland BioLois A. Ireland has over 25 years experience in special library management, most of that time spent in the Washington, DC area. At Freddie Mac, her employer of 17 years, Lois has expanded her original position of corporate library manager to a non-traditional hybrid, incorporating multimedia services and department intranet development in addition to library and research services. Prior to Freddie Mac, Lois spent 7 years on contract at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of leadership positions, mostly as head librarian of the Headquarters Information Resource Center.

A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Lois has a BA in history from Washington College, Chestertown, MD and an MS in LS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is past president of the Washington DC chapter of SLA (2012).

Sponsor Relations Director – Layla Heimlich

Layla Heimlich BioLayla Voll Heimlich is a medical reference librarian at the Washington Hospital Center, and has been an active member of DC SLA since she moved to DC after graduating from library school in 2007.  She has served the chapter as co-chair of the hospitality committee, chair of the non-fiction book club (for two terms), chair of the elections committee, SLA co-representative to the annual DC-area librarians’ Joint Spring Workshop, and currently serves as the DC SLA Director for Program Planning. 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 an MLIS from the Pratt Institute in New York, and a BA in modern European 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 City. She lives in Bethesda with her husband and their four-year-old son.

Recording Secretary – Jack Dale

Jack Dale BioJack Dale is a candidate for Recording Secretary on the 2016 DC/SLA Board. He is interested in serving on the board as a way to give back to the Library and Information Science profession, the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the SLA’s DC Chapter. Particularly since receiving his MSLIS degree from The Catholic University of America (CUA), Washington, DC, in May 2015, Jack realizes the need to continue growing personally and professionally by deepening his involvement with DC/SLA.

Jack is currently employed at Leidos (formerly SAIC) as a Spanish Linguist, and he lives and works in Northern Virginia. During his free time, Jack volunteers at the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas, Virginia, assisting with newspaper article indexing in support of the library’s Genealogy and Local History collection. He is also assisting the Syriac Heritage project at CUA on a volunteer basis.

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