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Announcing: The 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors!

Announcing: The 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors!

By Rick Kowalski, DC/SLA Communications Secretary

Please join me in welcoming the 2017 DC/SLA Board of Directors! This group will be working with 2017 President Blane Dessy. I’m sure many of you have already met a few of the incoming board members, but here is some more information about each of them. You will be hearing and seeing more about them all in the year to come.

 

President-Elect:  Jesse Lambertson

img_20161014_131216Jesse Lambertson is interested in libraries of all types and is open to discuss any related topic. He currently works at Georgetown Law Library. He received his MLIS from University of Illinois, a MA in English from University of North Carolina-Wilmington and is active in DCLA and the DC Chapter of SLA. Previously, he served as librarian for Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, worked as a cataloger for the library vendor, Ingram, and worked for Arlington Public Library.

Jesse was inspired – in part – to start a career in libraries by the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges – who used the library as a powerful metaphor throughout his work. He enjoys a long bicycle commute to work, live music as well as a giant spectrum of arts events in the DC Metro area.

 

Treasurer-Elect: Layla Heimlich

Layla Heimlich BioLayla Heimlich is a medical reference librarian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and has been an active member of DC/SLA since moving to DC in 2007 after graduating from library school.  She has served the chapter as co-chair of the hospitality committee, chair of the non-fiction book club, chair of the elections committee, SLA co-representative to the annual DC-area librarians’ Joint Spring Workshop, Director for Program Planning, and Director of Sponsor Relations. 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 her MLIS from the Pratt Institute in New York City, and a BA in 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.

 

Programming Chair: Helen Keil-Losch

Heleimage005n Keil-Losch is a librarian at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Previously she worked at the Stanford Business School and in a corporate setting. Helen has been actively involved in change initiatives in each workplace be it in the library or the organization as a whole. She is actively involved in SLA and interested in the future of the library profession. She has held multiple positions in the Boston Chapter, Silicon Valley Chapter and with the IT Division on the national level. She looks forward to working with everyone in the DC Chapter!

 

 

Communications Secretary: David Blum

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David Blum is as he calls himself a “specialized generalist”, as most librarians are. He has lived in the DC area for several years, working in government and non-governmental organizations in various capacities, and is currently a military librarian at the Defense Acquisition University. If you need anything from assistance, reference, connections, or even a restaurant recommendation he can help.

 

 

Recording Secretary: Karen White

kw-passport-2014Karen White is the Project Manager at the National Library on Education (NLE), where she manages the staffing contract for LAC Group. The NLE was the proud recipient of the 2015 FEDLINK Large Library of the Year award in recognition of its contributions to the Department of Education’s mission and for its innovative and creative information services.

Prior to joining the NLE, she managed the library at the U.S. Agency for International Development on assignment with LAC Group, where she presented on library management at the SLA annual conference, Computers in Libraries, and the FEDLINK Spring Workshop. From 2001 to 2005, she was the Director of the National Resource Center on ADHD under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Ms. White received her MLS from the University of Maryland and has been an SLA member since 1995.

 

Sponsor Relations: Chris Lao-Scott

chrislaoscottChristopher Lao-Scott is a Client Engagement Manager for LAC Federal, a division of LAC Group. Mr. Lao-Scott oversees multiple contracts between LAC and federal agencies for library support services, and supports the division through business development and proposal writing. Prior to joining LAC, he performed technical services for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for five years. Before that, he was a library assistant at the International Center for Research on Women. Mr. Lao-Scott has an MLS from the University of Maryland-College Park with a focus on the curation and management of digital assets. He also has a MA in History from the University of South Carolina and a BA in History and American Studies from Oglethorpe University. In addition to DC/SLA, Mr. Lao-Scott is an active member of the Maryland chapter of SLA and also DCLA. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife Christine, with whom he is sharing all of the adventures of parenting their 1 year-old daughter Abigail.

 

Technology and Innovation Director: Lissa Snyders

lissa-headshot-copyLissa Snyders is a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), Information Architect at the National Institutes of Health Library. She earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 and specialized in Government Information Management and Services (e-government). As a student, she completed internships at the National Library of Medicine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of the Federal Register, and the National Library of Education. Her professional experience includes leveraging data analysis and visualization to evaluate programs and processes, using database management and creation to increase efficiency, and promoting user engagement through social media. Lissa is the Reviews Editor for the journal Library Quarterly and serves on the University of Maryland’s MLS Advisory board. As part of the NIH Library’s Custom Information Solutions team, she is project manager for the National Institute on Aging’s International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio database and is also assisting with a research forecasting project to enhance library services and anticipate the future technology needs of NIH’s scientists, researchers, and clinicians. She looks forward serving as the DC/SLA Technology and Innovation Director and exploring how to leverage technology to improve the communication, collaboration, and engagement of our members.

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DC/SLA 2017 Board of Director Candidates Announced!

DC/SLA 2017 Board of Director Candidates Announced!

Introducing the 2017 DC/SLA Board of Director candidates!

You may vote for the candidates here:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZVTSTD

(note: there is an option to accept board as slated; you may also write-in).

Polls close Sept 30th!

 

Candidates:

President-Elect: Jesse Lambertson

Treasurer-Elect: Layla Heimlich

Programming Chair: Helen Keil-Losch

Communications Secretary: David Blum

Recording Secretary: Karen White

Sponsor Relations: Chris Lao-Scott

Technology and Innovation Director: Lissa Snyders

 

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Announcing the 2016 DC/SLA Board of Directors!

2016 DCSLA Candidates BiosThank you to everyone who ran and voted in the election for the 2016 DC/SLA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Blane Dessy, Jack Dale, Lois Ireland, and Layla Heimlich on being elected to the 2016 Board!

Your 2016 DC/SLA Board will include:
President – Beth Maser
President-Elect – Blane Dessy
Past President – Deena Adelman
Treasurer – Alicia Pappas
Recording Secretary – Jack Dale
Communications Secretary – Rick Kowalski
Program Director – Lois Ireland
Sponsor Relations Director – Layla Heimlich
Technology and Innovation Director – Morgan Grimes

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SLA Elections – Make Your Vote Count!

SLA Elections – Make Your Vote Count!

By Angela Titone

I live in the District of Columbia, where the license plates read, “No taxation without representation.” I am often told my vote doesn’t count, especially when it comes to the presidential election. I am rarely organized enough to vote early. So I wait in line.

I just voted for the SLA Board of Directors Election and Bylaw Change (www.sla.org/evote through Sept 23) and the DC/SLA Board of Directors Election (through Sept 25). The process is easy, though some of the decisions were tough. There are such good folks running. The bylaw change is either a yes or no vote — you can’t vote in the middle — so that was probably the hardest for me.

I generally work on deadline, but Deena Adelman, DC/SLA President, inspired me in her blog, Take Time, Take Note, Take Action to vote for both our national and local SLA elections before the deadline.

The Special Library Association makes it so easy — we have weeks to vote. I didn’t even have to wait in line — I did it from my computer, and I could have easily used my phone.

True to our profession, I had plenty of good research tools to help me along.

The DC/SLA site gave me a good overview of the candidates, DC/SLA 2016 Board of Directors Candidates Announced.

And for the general SLA Election 2015, the Candidate Resource Center even lets you listen to the candidates speaking on key issues.

But you need to vote before the deadline to make your vote count.

Just like the presidential election, I won’t tell you exactly how I voted. If you need advice, you’re sure to find someone to discuss it with at the Happy Hour in Crystal City, next week, Wednesday, Sept 16. Register for it now so Crystal City Pub can have an approximate headcount.

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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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