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Future librarians and info pros – act now!! Apply now for the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Future librarians and info pros – act now!! Apply now for the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship

DC/SLA wants to help you reach your professional and academic goals. If you are interested in a career special libraries, and are pursuing an MLS or related degree in an accredited program, apply now for the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by IOP Publishing. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, and make connections with working, experienced information professionals.

Selection criteria include:


  • An essay describing your: 1) interest in special librarianship, 2) professional goals, and 3) anticipated contribution to the Chapter and the profession (2-3 pages; 1,000–2,000 words)
  • Letter of academic or professional recommendation
  • Membership in the Washington, D.C. Chapter of SLA (If you aren’t a DC/SLA member yet, SLA student dues are only $40 per year. Join today . Remember to choose the Washington, D.C. Chapter on your SLA membership form.)
  • Enrolled or accepted in an ALA-accredited Library Science program

The scholarship application form and additional details are available on the DC/SLA website.

Application deadline: July 27, 2014. Funds will be awarded in mid-August.

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DC/SLA Members Speaking at the 2014 SLA Conference

DC/SLA Members Speaking at the 2014 SLA Conference

by Chris Vestal

Date Time Session – Title Speaker(s)/Moderator(s)
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM Borderless CI, Sunday, 11:45 – 1:15 Barbie Keiser
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM 60 Government Sites in 60 Minutes – During the DGI Business Meeting Marie Kaddell and Chris Vestal
June 8, 2014 11:45 AM Video Magic! Production Advice and Secrets Chris Olson
June 8, 2014 3:30 PM How NOT to Run a Meeting: Facilitation 101 for Librarians Sharon Lenius
June 9, 2014 8:00 AM Monitoring Social Media: Beyond Lurking — Data Mining and Putting the Pieces Together Marie Kaddell
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM MY View – Scientific Open Access Richard Huffine
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM MY View – Open Access Richard Huffine
June 9, 2014 10:00 AM Moderating the Astronomy Roundtable (PAM) Elaina Vitale
June 9, 2014 1:30 PM SPOTLIGHT SESSION – Disruption, Alignment, and Embedded Librarianship: Connecting the Dots, and Avoiding the Traps David Shumaker
June 9, 2014 8:00 PM International Reception Greta Ober
June 11, 2014 11:00 AM Recruiting a Champion: Getting C-Suite Support for Your KM Project Mary Talley

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Program Volunteers Wanted!

Program Volunteers Wanted!

By Deena Adelman, DC/SLA president-elect

Dine Around and Happy Hour Hosts

Interested in organizing a dinner or happy hour around town? Send an email to social@dc.sla.org.

Reporter/Photographer (one-time commitment)

See an upcoming event that appeals to you? Volunteer to write about and photograph the program, and you’ll get in for free! If you are interested, please send an email to PresidentElect@dc.sla.org.

Program Planning Committee

Interested in planning programs, helping with event arrangements, or volunteering at a program? Send an email to PresidentElect@dc.sla.org.

 Past DC/SLA Programs

 In January, members had the opportunity to receive valuable defense training and show off their moves at the Return of the Lethal Librarians Self Defense Class, organized by Chris Vestal.

 Upcoming DC/SLA Programs

  •  Writing Series: Publishing Revolutions - Thursday, February 27, 6-8 pm, LexisNexis – Want to get published? Join us as authors Bruce Rosenstein and Marie Kaddell speak about traditional publishing and self-publishing. There will also be an interactive Q&A period so come with your questions!
  •  Everyday Leadership for Special and Solo Librarians (Webinar) -  Tuesday, March 11, 5-6 pm – Learn about being a leader, inspiring innovation, and influencing change in this webinar led by Pat Wagner of SIERA, presented by the SLA Solo Librarians Division and New York Chapter and co-sponsored by DC/SLA, the Illinois Chapter, and the Leadership and Management Division.
  •  Reigniting Your Library Career – March 12 or 13 (TBD) – This will be an opportunity to receive great tips for finding and securing positions, as well as a chance to connect with members in transition and other job seekers. Stay tuned for more information about this joint program between DC/SLA and the DC Library Association (DCLA).
  •  Librarians in Tinseltown: A Night of Scandal and Mystery -  Thursday, March 20, 6-8 pm, Leadership Directories – Join us for Murder Mystery Night as we crack this red carpet caper full of celebrities and secrets. Registration will open soon!

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In Remembrance of Ann Koopman: Mentor, Leader and Friend

In Remembrance of Ann Koopman: Mentor, Leader and Friend

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Ann Koopman, an SLA Board member and dear friend and mentor to so many. Ann died Friday, December 20th, 2013 from complications relating to pulmonary hypertension. SLA leadership, members, and staff throughout our association will greatly miss Ann’s energetic spirit, passionate leadership, and warm heart. Her dedication and consummate professionalism in the face of adversity will long be remembered.

Ann was an active leader of SLA as our Division Cabinet Chair—an integral position on SLA’s Board of Directors. She had most recently worked on a few key association initiatives, including ably and diplomatically moderated discussions, both in-person and virtual, about the desire for a discussion about the association’s name. She provided vision, context, and expert institutional knowledge to fellow Board members about our unit structure.  She also drafted best practices for conducting Joint Cabinet meetings to be in line with our Bylaws and current business practices.

Her home SLA chapter was Philadelphia, and she was also a member of the Academic, Biomedical & Life Sciences, and Science-Technology Divisions of SLA, among others.  In the final year of her life, aside from being an SLA Board Member, she contributed as a Board Liaison to the Public Policy and Online Content Advisory Councils as well as the Committee on Association Governance.

We extend our deepest condolences to her family and her many friends.

In lieu of flowers, Ann’s family requests gifts be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Special Libraries Association, or to Save the Children.

Below is Ann’s obituary as it was posted to her Facebook page.

Ann Koopman of Broomall, PA, died Friday, December 20th from complications relating to pulmonary hypertension. Ann was a librarian and active member of both library and community organizations , and at the time of her death she was a member of the board of directors of the Special Libraries Association, an international organization for information professionals with more than 9000 members in 75 countries. She was also active in the League of Women Voters in New Jersey, receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for her work as budget director of the state organization and as president of the Camden County chapter. Prior to going on disability in 2012, she had been a librarian at the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University where she held a number of positions relating to electronic services and digital collections since her appointment in 1995.

Ann was a 1974 graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and received a master’s degree from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago in 1981. She worked as a science and engineering librarian at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis in the 1980s and early 1990s. While in Indianapolis, she was active in the Indiana League of Women Voters and was president of the Indiana Pro-Choice Action League.

She is survived by her husband, Eric Pumroy, and her two daughters, Rachel Pumroy and Ruth Anne Pumroy, and her son-in-law Adam Schaible. Memorial services will be held in January. The family requests that instead of sending flowers, that gifts be made in her honor to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, to the Special Libraries Association, or to Save the Children.

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/remembrance-ann-koopman-mentor-leader-friend/#sthash.bZvqUQpx.dpuf

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President’s Message: Appreciation In Action

President’s Message: Appreciation In Action

By: Marie Kaddell, President, DC/SLA

This is the time of year my decorating efforts get a real workout. I just packed up my array of light-up Halloween pumpkins and assorted scary decorations and switched everything up for Thanksgiving. One of the reasons I like doing all this is that it reminds me to stop and give some thought to the significance of each season, each holiday. In November, it’s kind of a no-brainer to consider those things for which we are appreciative.  Still, we’re all busy. It’s hard to stop and take the time for active gratefulness. We have to find a way to do it though because it’s probably one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. It can change our perspective, state of mind, and attitude.

Here’s a few interesting resources to help you ponder gratitude and appreciation:

So, I’ve got my list now and this year a big part of it is related to my experiences with DC/SLA. I feel especially appreciative for the opportunity to serve as DC/SLA President. Attending the DC/SLA Open House and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in October really brought that home to me. The DC/SLA Chapter is a wonderfully diverse group of professionals who bring a lot to the table. It’s very inspiring to see how our members contribute to each other’s success through their participation and volunteerism throughout the year.

The DC/SLA Open House and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration is the perfect showcase for the many ways our members do things that are worth our appreciation. I hope you got a chance to attend and to spend time talking to all our volunteers, learn about what the different committee are doing and how you can join in, and connect with each other.

The event highlighted a key point: no matter how you get involved in DC/SLA, you have an impact and it makes a difference to you and to the membership as a whole.

  • As a member, your attendance at events and programs and your willingness to connect and build your professional network (such as participating in the new DC/SLA Social Media Directory) adds to the value of the DC/SLA experience for every member. No matter how you choose to do it, your engagement in our Chapter makes a huge difference. Participate!
  • As a volunteer, you help to create the reality of what our chapter is and help push it forward to what it can be. No matter how big or small the time and effort you have available, it counts. Volunteer!

With these thoughts in mind, we hope to see you at these upcoming DC/SLA events:

In the meantime, take a few minutes and get working on your gratitude list. Concentrate on all there is to be appreciated every day. And whatever you do, don’t lose sight of these things!

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