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DC/SLA Recognizes Alicia Pappas & Lois Ireland at Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

DC/SLA Recognizes Alicia Pappas & Lois Ireland at Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

By Kari Anderson, Awards Committee

Over 50 DC/SLA members gathered at the CEB Waterview last Thursday to catch up with old friends and to celebrate another great year in the world of special libraries.

The food was fantastic and the view of the city from CEB was magnificent, but the real highlight of the evening was when the group honored two of its most outstanding members.

The Member of the Year Award is given to a chapter member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the chapter, public service activities, assistance in professional development promotion of special librarianship or publication of a professional paper.

The Awards Committee presented the 2016 Member of the Year award to Alicia Pappas for her outstanding contributions to the chapter. It can best be described as jumping in with both feet and making a splash. A member of the chapter since 2012, Alicia became membership director for the 2014 association year, focused on raising awareness of the value of SLA membership not only to the library community but also to the people we work with daily. During her tenure, DC/SLA certainly held its own as one of the largest chapters in the association. As a member of the 75th Jubilee Task Force she organized the gala, not a small task. She is currently serving as the chapter treasurer, which is no small commitment in any circumstance but particularly so for a chapter as large and active as ours is. She believes in seeking out ways to give back to the community by sharing her knowledge and passions, well and truly demonstrated by her service to the chapter and the profession.

The Board of Directors Award is given to an individual or group who may or may not be a member of the D.C. Chapter in recognition of special achievement or contribution to the field of special librarianship.

How do you define “special achievement” in a group of already special achievers? The committee is delighted to recognize Lois Ireland for just that. She has worn a number of hats within the chapter, all of which served particularly well to advance recognition of the value of special librarians and librarianship. In addition to serving as a chapter director, she was chapter president for the 2012 association year – this is a three-year commitment, so you really have to mean it, and the president-elect was responsible for all of the chapter’s events throughout the year. As chapter president, she focused on applying her skills making connections to how people, members and nonmembers alike, connected with the association and with each other. Demonstrating real dedication to the chapter by her willingness to do it again, she is currently the program director. Throughout, she has recognized and emphasized the incredible value and importance of volunteering her skills and services. This spirit of giving back is well demonstrated by her service to the chapter, the association and the profession, and for this we are delighted to recognize Lois with the Board of Directors award.

Photos from the holiday event:
2016 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

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Recap: Third Annual Battle of the Librarians Trivia Night

Recap: Third Annual Battle of the Librarians Trivia Night

By Emily Florio

Members of LLSDC, DC/SLA and DCLA showed their trivia smarts at the Third Annual Battle of the Librarians held October 25th at Hill Country. The teams definitely showcased our profession through their team names: Make Librarians Great Again, Book Vixens, Plato’s Stepchildren and Dewey Decimal’s Damsels. The various trivia rounds included current events, audio and images, Halloween questions and much more. All teams put in a great effort and Team Dewey had a come from behind victory to win.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made it another fun event!



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A Day at the Zoo

A Day at the Zoo

Last weekend, a group of DC/SLA members braved the District heat and visited the National Zoo. While the crowds made it difficult to get a glimpse of baby panda Bei Bei, the DC/SLAers got to meet a Great Ape zookeeper, watched the elephants get trained, and saw the Sloth Bear enrichment demonstration.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the zoo!

Here are a few pics from the event. Stay tuned for other DC/SLA events on the calendar or on SLA Connect.


2016 Summer National Zoo Outing

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DC/SLA Members Sweep Medals At Museum Scavenger Hunt

DC/SLA Members Sweep Medals At Museum Scavenger Hunt

By Lois Ireland, DC/SLA Program Director

Eight DC/SLA members took on a different challenge recently, as they put their heads together to solve a murder.

Well, OK, it was a pretend murder but the search to uncover who dunnit required attention to detail, an ability to detect patterns in disparate things and good-natured teamwork – sounds like a typical librarian job description!

We joined a larger group at the National Gallery of Art (West) and listened as Sharlette from Watson Adventures described how a museum curator had been found in his office. Our job, she told us, was to use the clues he’d left behind to suss out the murderer and the motive. The group divided into 8 teams of 4 people, and set off through the galleries, finding answers hidden in the artwork.  The 20 clues involved word play, a little history, a keen eye and some quick thinking to come up with the answers. Our 2 librarian teams, “Better Than Google” and “The Late and the Lost,” finished the search with a comfortable margin on the clock.  When the score sheets were tallied, the DC/SLA  teams were tied for first place. “The Late and the Lost” edged past “Better Than Google” after a tie-breaker question.

With congratulations all-round and medals to prove ourselves worthy of Nancy Drew’s admiration, the triumphant teams retired to Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza for a celebratory dine-around. The decision was unanimous – this was a very fun way to explore the gallery and see the artwork in a different way. Watson Adventures also runs other scavenger hunts – check out their website. http://www.watsonadventures.com/public/location/washington-dc/

DC/SLA Scavenger Hunt Teams:

Better Than Google

  • Beth Kirton-Crane                                                                            
  • Kate McNamara                                                                               
  • Cheri Widowski                                                                                
  • Susan Wright                                                      

The Late & The Lost

  • Johnna Childs
  • Lois Ireland
  • Becky Steindorf
  • Amy Taylor









Photos – the winner’s medal; attendees – Cheri Widowski, Susan Wright, Beth Kirton-Crane, Kate McNamara, Becky Steindorf, Lois Ireland, Johnna Childs, Amy Taylor

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Event Recap – Non-fiction Book Club Discusses “The Shallows”

The Association of Graduate Library and Information Students of Catholic University (AGLISS) selected The Shallows:  What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr as their common read this year, and they held a joint-sponsored book club meetup at Zorba’s Cafe Tuesday night. The discussion went well, and some attendees tweeted about it.

Stay tuned for the next Non-fiction book club event. You can view upcoming and past reads on the Professional Book Club page. Contact Jessica Fomalont with questions, comments or suggestions.

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