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!