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Meet DC/SLA’s New Membership Director: Alicia Pappas

Meet DC/SLA’s New Membership Director: Alicia Pappas

I’m Alicia Pappas and I’d like to introduce myself as DC/SLA’s new Membership Director.  Some of you may know me through my position as Secretary for SLA’s Legal Division or my involvement with LLSDC. I’m excited to be expanding my role with DC/SLA to broaden our membership and gain additional insight into existing members’ goals to further develop and promote our organization.

Throughout the next year, I aim to better communicate DC/SLA’s mission and objectives to boost membership in our field.  Through strategic outreach and further involvement of our current members, we hope to raise awareness of the valuable resources our services provide.  Through these actions we will better relay the value of our membership not only to those in the library community, but also to those with whom we work with on a daily basis.  I’m anxious to learn what your priorities are in order to better align the organization’s goals with yours.  By looking to the members I believe we can ensure that DC/SLA is providing the necessary resources to help each of you become more successful.

I look forward to getting to know you and working together to grow DC/SLA.

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Katherine Kane Receives Catherine A. Jones Memorial Student Scholarship

Katherine Kane Receives Catherine A. Jones Memorial Student Scholarship

Each Fall, DC/SLA awards the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship to member who is enrolled in an MLS program.  This award is generously sponsored by IOP Publishing

 This year’s recipient is Katherine (Katie) Kane.  Ms. Kane is enrolled at the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and expects to receive her degree in 2014.  She is currently employed at the DuFour Law Library at CUA.  She has a background in the arts and humanities, and plans to pursue her profession in academic and cultural heritage institution libraries.

Ms. Kane was chosen as the scholarship recipient because:

  • She clearly articulated her professional goals and anticipated contribution to the profession and DC/SLA.
  •  She has a track record of outstanding leadership on the chapter level.  She served as Vice President of SLA/CUA, and planned and implemented an active program of library tours, social events and a career planning program.
  • Her recommendation from a CUA faculty member called out her course work as “absolutely at the top of her class”, and highlighted her collaborative leadership skills with regard to her involvement with SLA/CUA.
  • She states that she has befitted enormously from the time the info professionals have volunteered to her through tours, panels, and discussions and looks forward to offering the same help to future students.

 Both Ms. Kane and our sponsor, IOP Publishing, will be recognized at the Annual Meeting on December 3, 2013.

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Librarians as Authors – A Community and Fundamentals Writing Series

Librarians as Authors – A Community and Fundamentals Writing Series

One of the most fundamental skills a librarian can have, no matter their work setting, is writing. Writing itself is such a broad topic that DC/SLA is handling this skill with our Writing Series!

Join us for at Teaism in Penn Quarter for an evening of networking, refreshments, and fun in our second installment, Writing Series: Librarians as Authors. Librarians deal with acquiring, curating, and weeding books and ebooks all the time, but how many of us have made the leap into writing a book? Longtime DC/SLA members Kee Malesky and Bruce Rosenstein have taken the plunge, so we’ll be spending the evening learning from them and celebrating their success! We’ll provide snacks as both librarians speak briefly about their experiences as an author. They’ll then be available for networking and book signings. They won’t have hard copies of their books for sale at the event but you can purchase them from the links below:

To buy Kee’s books before the event: http://keemalesky.com

To buy Bruce’s books before the event: http://www.brucerosenstein.com/book.html

But that’s not all! Since this  year our focus is on Community and Fundamentals we’ll also be hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries.  They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes.  Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities.

Topics of Interest:

1. Children’s literature

2. Fiction – Westerns

3. American Indian/Native American literature – Fiction and Non-fiction

4. Non-fiction – related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)

We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. As a reward for your generosity, people registering as a book donor get FREE registration to the event! For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry aperryster07@gmail.com

When: Monday, August 12th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Teaism at Penn Quarter 400 8th St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Closest Metro Station:  Archives/Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow line) – http://wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=81

Price:  General Admission: $10

Book Donor Registration: FREE!

To RSVP: CLICK HERE to register

Questions contact: Chris Vestal at vicepresident@dc.sla.org

About the Authors:

Kee Malesky has been answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts since 1984. Her brain became stuffed with so many bits of information, that she has published two collections – All Facts Considered (2010) and Learn Something New Every Day (2012). More about Kee and her books at http://keemalesky.com

Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and a lecturer at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way (McGraw-Hill, November, 2013).

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Congrats Naomi House and Hannah Sommers, Named 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers

Congrats Naomi House and Hannah Sommers, Named 2013 Library Journal Movers & Shakers

Message from the President:

Hello All – As we move into April, I wanted to take a minute to applaud our recent Library Journal 2013 Movers & Shakers.

Congratulations to:

It’s excited to see two of our DC SLA members on the 2013 Movers & Shakers list. It doesn’t surprise me though. Hannah and Naomi regularly inspire me with their professional activity, their energy and diligence, and their vision.  I know I am not alone in this.

One of the great things about DC SLA is that we have the opportunity to have members like Hannah and Naomi in our midst. They are remarkable professionals. Like Hannah and Naomi, each of us strives to develop a path that helps us build and grown our own personal brand of being a remarkable professional. Naomi and Hannah have shown us two impressive ways to build those pathways to remarkable. Now, how can we take what they’ve shared with us through their actions and efforts and use it to enhance and refine our own paths? How do we make our own path clearer, better, stronger?

One of the answers is this:  Take advantage of the most extraordinary professional resources available to you – each other.

We are fortunate to have a large, diverse, and active membership to support each other, learn from each other, and inspire each other. Connect with your colleagues. Participate as a DC SLA volunteer. Attend a Chapter program. Join us at a Chapter event. Plug in virtually through our new webinars or via our social media channels. Find a way to develop and grow professionally through your DC SLA membership. You don’t have to take huge actions to make a difference for yourself or others. I’m a big believe in baby steps to get to your goal.

So however you’re going to do it, this month, think about actions you are going to take as an information professional and a member of the DC SLA Chapter to be remarkable over the next year and what your path to getting there is going to look like. How are you going to learn, how are you going to teach, how are you going to expand your network? How are you going to make a difference both personally and professionally to yourself and in turn, your DC SLA colleagues (and beyond)?

There are some great opportunities to learn and connect coming up in April and early May:

  • Writing Series:  How to Write to Develop a Professional Brand with speakers:  Naomi House, Reference Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian Census Bureau Library and Editor/Founder/Publisher of I Need a Library Job; Liba Tomas, Senior Recruiter for NPR, will talk about leveraging writing on LinkedIn to develop your brand; and Amy Fenning, Senior Brand Marketing Manager with LexisNexis, will discuss best practices for your brand when writing on Twitter.  Brown Bag Lunch In Person Viewing - http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=227 and virtual viewing - http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=228

Enjoy the spring flowers!

Marie Kaddell, M.L.S., M.S., M.B.A.

Senior Information Professional Consultant
marie.kaddell@lexisnexis.com

President, DC/SLA

Past Chair, SLA Division of Government Information

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Lyle W. Minter Recognized by Congress for 36 years of Federal Service

Lyle W. Minter Recognized by Congress for 36 years of Federal Service

HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY recognized Mr. Lyle Minter for 36 years of  outstanding service with the federal government.

After receiving a BA in History from the University of Virginia and a MLS from the University of Maryland, Lyle began his career as a civilian librarian at two army posts, and then served as a research librarian and reference manager at the Pentagon. He then managed the government publications and serials department for nearly 15 years at the Library of Congress before  taking a position at the Congressional Research Office as a Supervisory Information Research Specialist in foreign affairs.

Connolly remarks that Lyle has been actively engaged in the  professional librarian community as a member of the Special  Libraries Association (SLA), and has received several awards  for service to the library profession. He was elected a Fellow  of SLA in 2004 and received the Gale Cengage Learning Murray Wortzel Award in recognition of Excellence in Social  Science Librarianship in 2011 (see photo in post).

Lyle has held several leadership positions in DC/SLA, and served as President of DC/SLA in 1993-1994.

He enjoys  teaching and mentoring information professionals and his dedication to mentoring librarians and others in the field of librarianship has been a benchmark of his career.

Click here to access the Congressional Record entry: Recognizing Lyle W. Minter and his 36 years of Federal service

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