by Lois Ireland, Nominations Chair
Program Planning Chair – Layla Heimlich
Layla 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, and is currently one of two SLA representatives to the annual DC-area librarians’ Joint Spring Workshop. 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, and is currently 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.
Statement of Interest: “When I moved to DC to start my career as a librarian, I immediately joined DC SLA, because I wanted to meet other librarians in the area and to continue my professional education. The wide range of programming provided by the chapter is a wonderful resource for information professionals at all stages of their careers. I am delighted and honored to be nominated as a candidate for the position of director for program planning.”
Technology and Innovation Director – Morgan Grimes
Morgan Grimes is the Knowledge Management Coordinator at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, where she has worked since 2010. In that role she is responsible for the intranet as well as taxonomy, social media for the Democracy Resource Center, and other KM projects. Morgan started at the National Endowment for Democracy as the Electronic Resources Librarian where she managed the ILS migration to the OCLC WorldShare platform. She also managed the website and listserv for the now defunct Washington International Librarians Group (WILG). Previously she was the Librarian at Population Action International. Morgan holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Morgan joined SLA in 2008. She is currently serving as Chair-Elect/Membership Chair for the Social Science Division and as a member of the Web Committee for the DC Chapter. Before that she served as the Secretary/Treasurer and First Five Years Council Representative for the Social Science Division.
Communications Secretary – Rick Kowalski
Rick Kowalski is a Senior Research Librarian at the Consumer Electronics Association, where he has worked for eight years. Embedded in the market research department, Rick contributes to the development of studies, provides analysis for CEA reports, and aids the trade association’s analysts in their events and presentations.
He helps CEA members make informed business decisions, integrating CEA research findings with broader industry information. Extending beyond his department, Rick’s research supports CEA’s lobbying, PR, and sales efforts. Rick is very involved with the organization’s social media marketing campaigns; he regularly tweets, blogs, and produces videos about CEA’s research and events.
Prior to CEA, Rick worked in the Business, Science & Technology department of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in Buffalo, NY. He received his M.L.S. at the University at Buffalo in 2005.
Recording Secretary – Claire D’Mura
Claire D’Mura is currently a contractor with ASRC Federal, working as a reference librarian in the Trademark Law Library at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Previously, she was a librarian at National Public Radio.
As a grad student, she worked as an intern at NPR, as well as at the National Park Service Pacific West Regional Library, Seattle University, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Claire earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at New Mexico State University. As a library student, she served as the online student representative for the SLA student chapter at University of Washington.
Treasurer – Alicia Pappas
As a librarian for KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice in Washington, D.C., Alicia Pappas serves over 150 tax attorneys nationwide and independently handles numerous research projects. Alicia’s commitment to library services started at a young age as a page in her hometown’s public library and increased during her years of serving her peers at Siena College and again after relocating, at a public library in Alexandria, Virginia. Embracing her passion for librarianship, Alicia obtained her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from The Catholic University of America thereafter.
Locally, Alicia is an active member of LLSDC since 2010 and currently serves on the Executive Board and as Arrangements Chair. She is also in her second year serving as Secretary on the SLA Legal Division board. Through these roles, Alicia has gained leadership experience and insight into the many roles of information professionals and their professional needs.
After briefly serving as the interim DC/SLA Membership Director this year, Alicia hopes continue with her original mission of raising awareness on the valuable resources and services we provide professionally as well as better communicate our value to those we work with on a daily basis. I look forward to working together to grow DC/SLA.
Treasurer – Meganne Lemon
I am a project manager and information specialist at the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) in Fort Belvoir, VA, where I work in planning and developing information systems. I have a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington, where my love for term papers and research projects paved the way for a MLIS from Catholic University of America. My librarianship career began in high school as a teenage volunteer for the public library’s children’s summer reading program. At Mary Washington, after an internship with DTIC that taught me librarianship is better than what it seems, I worked for the Special Collections’ Librarian and the Reference staff. I have also interned with the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in their cultural heritage program, where helping the curatorial staff curate exhibits and collections turned an interest in librarianship into a need for a librarian and information-based career.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, making scrapbooks, crafting, chocolate, and watching movies. I’ve served as treasurer for the (dis)Ability Club at Mary Washington and am very active in the Alumni Association, first as a Student Ambassador and now as a committee member in the young alumni division.
While I have limited experience in SLA directly, my experience in different libraries and the perspective I have as a project manager will give me a unique and focused lens to being treasurer of the SLA DC Chapter. I am eager to support a great community of librarians and information professionals by ensuring the continued fiscal well-being of a profession that lets me be me.
President-Elect – Beth Maser
Beth Maser has been a part of the DC library community for over 20 years. She is currently the Director of Records and information Systems at PPC in McLean, VA. During her tenure, Beth has worn many different hats. She likes to say she started out as Erin Brockovich before anyone knew who she was and moved onto investigative research projects for various environmental and insurance litigation for a myriad of different firms in the nineties. Prior to joining PPC as the Director of Taxonomy and Metadata, Maser was the Senior Director of Professional Services at LAC Group, the Director of Business Critical Research at The History Factory, and Founder of Litigation Research Associates, LLC.
Currently, Beth works closely with clients to manage government contract in the library and information space, create effective research strategies and taxonomies for corporations and law firms, conduct historical research for litigation. Beth’s extensive research experience in federal, state, local and corporate libraries, combined with her legal and consulting skills, have enabled her to conduct competitive intelligence investigations in a wide range of industries.
Beth has been a long-time, active member of SLA and has served as the Secretary for the Legal Division (2011-2013) and was a past Fundraising Co-Chair for the Taxonomy Division (2013). Beth continues to network within the SLA and in the national library communities and loves to mentor new librarians.
Beth has an undergraduate degree in history from Washington University, an MA in history and public policy from George Washington University, and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.