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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 Planner – 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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October 2014 Board meeting minutes

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President’s Report

President-Elect Report

Volunteer Coordinator Report

Communications Report

Membership Director Report

Sponsor Relations Director Report

Balance Sheet

2014 Budget

Financial Statement

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DC/SLA Board of Directors meeting minutes (September 2014)

September 2014 Board meeting minutes

September 2014 Board meeting agenda

President’s Report

President-Elect Report

Volunteer Coordinator Report

Sponsor Relations Director Report

Balance Sheet

2014 Budget

Financial Statement

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DC/SLA Board of Directors meeting minutes (August 2014)

August 2014 Board meeting minutes

August 2014 Board meeting agenda

President’s Report

President-Elect Report

Membership Director Report

Volunteer Coordinator Report

Sponsor Relations Director Report

75th Anniversary Task Force Committee Report

Balance Sheet

2014 Budget

Financial Statement

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Volunteer for DC/SLA – We Never Bowl Alone

Volunteer for DC/SLA – We Never Bowl Alone

by Kathy Kelly, DC/SLA Volunteer Coordinator

In Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (Simon & Schuster, 2000), public policy professor Robert D. Putnam argued that American now have declining access to “social capital” due to a growing disconnect from family, friends, neighbors, and social structures. An appendix on “The Rise and Fall of Civic and Professional Associations” features a table and graphs illustrating membership growth rates, plateau rates, and the percentage of decline in membership rates for select associations from peak years to 1997.

I noticed no library associations were listed among the professional associations selected for inclusion in this appendix, but recalled that SLA has its own Loyalty Project to address issues similar to those raised in this book. Indeed, our large, diverse, and active DC/SLA chapter is one of several chapters which have been engaged participants in this Loyalty Project. The information gained and lessons learned on the components and benefits of loyalty by chapters is now being shared across the whole Association.

How fortunate we are that the information professionals in our chapter have such a rich variety of options for volunteering, as a way to stay connected with each other and to sustain our social/professional capital in our field.

Check out our Committees and Groups page, to see where you might be able to get involved. If you only want to get your feet wet, please note that some opportunities involve only limited activity related to supporting specific events. Other opportunities may involve more ongoing efforts related to programming, communications strategy, community relations, or special initiatives such as the chapter’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2015. Still others involve support of periodic activities of the chapter in general, such as work on awards, student scholarships, and nominations for Board positions. There are also committees which are ripe for revitalization efforts, such as the Make a Connection program.

Please contact a committee chair listed on a committee page of interest, or send an email to volunteer@dc.sla.org to ask a question or let us know how you’d like to get involved in an area of interest. And as your professional network grows, watch your social capital multiply.

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