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Event Recap – DC/SLA Board Retreat

Earlier in the month, the DC/SLA board gathered for its annual retreat. The meeting serves as a way to get all new board members on the same page as they begin to plan for the year ahead.DCSLA Board Retreat 2015 2

This year’s retreat focused on the 75th Jubilee celebration in 2015.

Among tentative program plans this year are a Jubilee Gala, a museum scavenger hunt, and a DC/SLA Past Presidents’ TED Talk Favorites presentation.

The chapter’s new president, Deena Adelman, presented her theme for this year: Reflective Momentum. She kicked off this year’s theme with a blog post; check out her reflections on Volunteering, Momentum, and Legacy. Board members will also be sharing their reflections on how their membership in SLA and DC/SLA has impacted their lives and careers. Deena asks all members of the chapter to share their reflections – see the Share Your Reflections post for ideas.

You can get a chance to meet the board and learn more about 75th Jubilee plans at the upcoming 2015 DC/SLA Kickoff Event on February 11th at Cleveland Park Library.

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Event Recap – Leadership Summit

DC/SLA had a big presence at this year’s SLA Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD this weekJubilee Display SLAleads.

First of all, the chapter hosted a refreshment break celebrating our 75th Jubilee Anniversary.

Stacey Redick, chapter archivist, pulled together a display of photos from DC/SLA’s history. Donning patriotic hats, the attendees enjoyed a cake in honor of the Jubilee. Naturally, George Washington followed us up to Baltimore for the event. He turns up in the strangest places.

DC/SLA also co-sponsored the welcome reception with the Maryland chapter. On Thursday night, Leadership Summit attendees enjoyed drinks, food, and a great view at the top of the Hyatt hotel. A few of our chapter’s members had their portraits drawn.

slaleads_cvIf you missed the Leadership Summit, there are a couple of ways to catch up on the event.

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Upcoming Event: DC/SLA 2015 Kickoff

Upcoming Event: DC/SLA 2015 Kickoff

Join DC/SLA on Wednesday, February 11th  from 6:00-8:00pm at the Cleveland Park Library to kick off a year of programs that will help members reflect, relax, connect, grow, and move forward with purpose.

Catch up with colleagues, network, and learn about:

  • Ways you can leverage your DC/SLA membership
  • Volunteer opportunities available
  • Events the chapter will hold throughout the year
  • Plans for the chapter’s 75th anniversary
  • Takeaways from Leadership Summit
  • And more!

There will also be time for members to ask questions and provide input on chapter activities.

Refreshments will be provided.

All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend this free event.

Please register here.


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Event Recap: DC/SLA Holiday Party & Annual Meeting

Event Recap: DC/SLA Holiday Party & Annual Meeting

By Jan Zastrow, DC/SLA Communications Team

Held at the National Press Club Tuesday, December  9, in downtown Washington, DC, 85 DC/SLA members and friends gathered to celebrate the holiday season, fete this year’s award-winners, thank the outgoing board for all their hard work, and welcome in the new board for 2015.

Between bites of seared ahi, baked brie, broiled shrimp and juicy mussels, your trusty DC/SLA Communications Team blogger took notes on what our members are up to:

Greta Ober of World Bank recently returned from Mexico City, invited by Central Bank of Mexico to give a presentation on resources in their library. She was also busy this year organizing the international reception at the annual conference last June. Good job, Greta!

Consultant and researcher Ceceile Richter is working on collecting information about the early development of the aviation industry for a special project. Kathy Kelly just got a job with ABRA (Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration) as Records Management Specialist. She’s enjoying the proximity to cuisine at such places as Yama’s and Ted’s Bulletin :)

Jane Meyers of Lubuto Library Partners recently returned from the Southern Province of Zambia where they opened their first rural library. Another big success!

Imogene Akins Hutchinson, Jack Levengard and Anne Marie Del Vecchio of Leadership Directories—and frequent sponsors of DC/SLA events—were celebrating a highlight this year: after the November  4 elections, they got their Congressional “Yellow Book” database updated by 11am the next day—truly amazing! BTW, they told me about a great end-of-year special: if you use export credits from the Leadership online products, re-up by December 31 and get this year’s pricing (saving $100)!

It was great catching up with consultant Mary Talley, just back from several months in Ireland, as well as past president Marie Kaddell. Visiting SLA member Dee Magnoni, of Los Alamos National Laboratory, dropped by after attending a conference with Clifford Lynch and the Coalition of Networked Information. She reports that the Open Science Framework—a collection of research tools for scientists—is becoming interoperable, mobile and collaborative.

And of course many thanks go to our generous sponsors that helped support the festivities: Special Counsel Information Governance, Safari Books Online, LexisNexis and IOP Publishing as our exclusive Catherine A Jones Memorial Scholarship Sponsor.


For the Annual Meeting portion of the evening, outgoing President Chris Vestal talked about endings–the perfect time to reflect on legacies and all the little things that we’ve done which add up to more than the sum of their parts. He affirmed that DC/SLA is the largest and most active chapter in the country and he only needed one word to sum up the 2014 DC/SLA legacy—“Amazing”!

Congratulations to our five DC/SLA members who won SLA-Level Awards:

Anne Caputo—SLA Hall of Fame Award
Angela Kent and Tanya Whippe—SLA Rising Stars (2 of 3 rising stars recognized in 2014!)

We also had two DC/SLA members that live outside the DC area receive SLA Awards (which just goes to show how large and vibrant our community is):

Tracy Maleeff from Pennsylvania—Dow Jones Innovate Award
Cindy Hill from California—John Cotton Dana Award

The SLA Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council (SAAAC) also recognized our Student Group at Catholic University with a Merit Award for their Innovative Programming.

And for the DC/SLA Chapter Awards:

Kathy Kelly won the DC/SLA Member of the Year Award for all her hard work as our Volunteer Coordinator … Congratulations, Kathy!

And there was a new award this year—the DC/SLA Leadership Summit Stipend Award. This award pays for two members to attend the SLA Leadership Summit so they can network with leaders in the association and further develop their own leadership skills. Our first year recipients of this award are Kelly Knight and Karen Nimerick. Way to go, K&K!

Elizabeth Lieutenant won the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship. Special Counsel Information Governance won the DC/SLA Board of Directors Award for all their years of support for the chapter. A big shout-out to all the winners and participants!

In 2015 DC/SLA will use the member-generated content from our “What’s Your Theme” blog series to publish its first white paper in order to continue the conversation around professional development and branding.

Treasurer Ramona Howard brought more good news: we’re under budget and in great financial shape!

Next year is DC/SLA’s 75-year anniversary and in light of that, incoming president Deena Adelman unveiled her theme of “reflective momentum.” Adelman calls on all members to contribute reflections and favorite memories of how DC/SLA has moved them. “I feel privileged to serve as president for DC/SLA in its 75th year,” Adelman proclaimed. Sharon Lenius is the 75th anniversary coordinator … applicable, she announced, as her 75th birthday is February 3! (Plan to join her that evening at Hamburger Hamlet in Crystal City to help her celebrate :)

Stay tuned for lots more anniversary happenings coming up and be on the lookout for a kickoff event in early February (date TBD) … see you all in 2015!

Happy Holidays!

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Event Recap – Military Reference & Research: Sources & Research

Event Recap – Military Reference & Research: Sources & Research

By Malea Walker

There is more military information freely available online than you could possibly imagine, and even more held in the archives and collections of the many military and government libraries in the DMV area. Over the course of the day we heard from 27 speakers from various institutions that work with military information. This whirlwind of speakers only allowed for a brief glimpse into the treasure troves of each library, but gave us a massive amount of information to refer to later.

The day began with a generous continental breakfast and a chance for networking. As we settled into the program we heard brief introductions from Sharon Lenius and Wendy Hill before Lillian Gassie’s welcome address. Lillian, who is now working with the Congressional Research Service (CRS), gave us a look back at the progress of military information online, including the deep impact that 9/11 had on the type of information that could be disseminated. Over the past few years, she noted, there has been a slow and cautious reopening of information.

We continued the day by hearing from six panels. The first was the Academic Panel, which began with a presentation by Lily McGovern of the National Defense University (NDU), and then presentations from Faith Kanno of the Marine Corps University and Trish Bachman, also from NDU, who is working on the redesign of the MERLIN website. Trish explained that after MERLIN’s website was taken down, they have been working to put all of their material into different formats such as LibGuides. The new MERLIN homepage will be up soon! We also learned the difference between some of the military universities, and were cautioned by Lily that some have .mil addresses, but other have .edu websites.

Next, the Science and Technology Panel brought us brief overviews of DTIC (Wendy Hill), the Naval Research Labs (Carol Lucke), and the Naval Observatory (Sally Boskens). Wendy discussed the public resources (also available through NTIS, Science.gov, etc.) and reminded us of the benefits of being a DTIC customer including digitization on demand. Carol showed us that while most of NRL’s materials are behind a firewall, there are some items in their publications section that are freely available. Sally showed us some of the incredible items available at the Naval Observatory library including receipts that she just found for purchases in the 1800s.

After a break we continued the morning by hearing from the History & Archives Panel and Medical Resources Panel. We heard about the wealth of historical information available at history.army.mil (Carrie Sullivan), the Veterans History Project (Bob Patrick), and the the great collections of the US Naval Academy Archives (Jennifer Bryan), Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress (Patrick Miller), and the US Air Force Historical Studies (Terry Kiss).

The Medical Resources Panel revealed some different ways of searching for medical intelligence information (Matt Bachtell) with different languages and foreign websites, and the information available from various other medical and academic military institutions (Ann Holman, WRNMMC; Linda Spitzer, USUHS; and Debra Yourick, WRAIR).

After lunch we were able to hear from a panel on DoD Resources (Connie Wiley, US Army Corps of Engineers; Paulette Haiser, NGA GEOINT; Kristen Svendsen, Pentagon Library; Mary Hickey, DINFOS; Mary “Tuke” Klemmet, DAU) and a panel on Think Tanks (Gail Kouril, RAND; Lisa Pogue, Homeland Security Institute; Cy Behroozi, Brookings; Rebecca Morgan, National Academy of Sciences). These were very quick but showed how much could be found that I hadn’t seen before online. One thing that stood out for this particular recapper was that the Pentagon Library has digitized older Army Regulations available through their catalog.

Marie Kaddell then gave a wonderful presentation on non-governmental websites that provide military information of all types including military news, history, social media, veterans resources and more. Marie will be putting up her slides onto her website at http://www.governmentinfopro.com/

Finally, Wendy wrapped up this wonderful and informative day with thanks to the speakers, and a big thank you to the generous sponsors: Elsevier, Gale/Cengage Learning, Morningstar, Peterson’s, and Fedlink.

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