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DC/SLA Elections Coming Up September 5-26

DC/SLA Elections Coming Up September 5-26

DC/SLA is honored to have an outstanding slate of candidates running for office this year. Our chapter board elections will run through Sept. 26th. You can read about our candidates below.


You must be a current member of the DC Chapter of SLA to vote. All online votes must be received by Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. If you have any questions about this ballot, please contact the Nominating Committee chair at election@dc.sla.org.

So now it’s your turn! We have a wonderful slate of candidates who have stepped up to run for office this year. Do your part: read about the candidates and then vote!


Candidates for the 2014 DC/SLA Board

President-Elect Candidates (Term: 2014-16)

Deena Adelman







Deena Adelman

Deena Adelman has been a contractor with MacroSys, LLC since 2006 and currently serves as the manager of the Federal Highway Administration Research Library. She is also responsible for providing reference, circulation, and interlibrary loan services for the library. Previously, she was a reference librarian with MacroSys at the National Transportation Library. Deena has a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, where she specialized in Archives, Records, and Information Management.

Deena has been a DC/SLA member since 2006. She is the current Chair of the Employment and Career Resources Committee, where she managed the implementation of the Employment Portal and Mentoring/Resume Review Program. In 2012, she received a Member of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions. She has also served as Volunteer Coordinator and was on the planning committee for the Chapter Open House.

Statement of Interest:  I am grateful to be nominated to represent an organization that provides members with such great opportunities for professional growth, networking, and career support.  My work recruiting volunteers has shown me the continuing need to work with the chapter board and committees on applying innovative means for recruiting members and expanding membership participation. Positive feedback for the career resources we are delivering has reinforced my belief that while maintaining high standards of service for all members, we need to offer more programming and resources, which target specific groups, such as students and members in transition. From initiating regular library information sessions to coordinating young professional events in my residence complex, I continually seek outreach opportunities and would look forward to developing and planning programs as President-Elect. I also welcome a platform for applying the varied responsibilities I have enjoyed in my leadership roles, such as meeting and task coordination, budget management, policy development, and serving as a liaison to the greater organization.

Dave Hemingway-Turner





Dave Hemingway-Turner

Dave Hemingway-Turner currently holds a position as Specialist to the Government and Corporate Markets for North America with ProQuest – Serials Solutions. While his current career focus is in library technology, he has also practiced in nonprofit, academic, corporate, and government library settings. Experience in multiple settings has given him a diverse knowledge across the library and information management field.

Dave was honored to serve as DCSLA Director from 2010- 2012. He also was elected to numerous offices for the Upstate New York Chapter of SLA, including past president, 2004, list owner and web master, and participated in a number of leadership summits. Dave has also led successful volunteer and fundraising activities for several non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Museum of Science, and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Dave earned his Masters of Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Bachelor of Arts in art history from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.   He lives with his family in Leesburg, Virginia.

Statement of Interest:  Having been a member of SLA since 1999, I understand the clear value of membership.  SLA has been an integral part of my success in the information industry and I know it can afford real opportunities for networking and continuing education.  Many of the opportunities I have had throughout my career have been the direct result of my connections to the SLA.  I want to ensure that DC SLA continues to provide opportunities to future professionals.

I travel weekly throughout the US and Canada meeting with special librarians and have a fundamental understanding of the issues and challenges facing our industry.  As President Elect I will have the ability to devise programs to address these issues, helping members communicate value to their employers and organizations.  As president, I will have a direct channel to the leadership of our international organization to influence the tools they provide members to accomplish this goal as well.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve as President of DC SLA and working with you all to accomplish our common goals.

Recording Secretary – Unopposed (Term: 2014)

Asheleigh Perry







Asheleigh Perry

Asheleigh A. Perry is the Metadata Librarian/Special Collections at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library.  She worked at Lauinger Library as a copy cataloger from 2009­­­­-2011, and prior to returning to Georgetown, she was the Catalog, Reference, and International Collection Librarian at the U.S. Census Bureau Library.

Asheleigh received her Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a book reviewer for the Journal of Academic Librarianship and has been involved with the D.C. chapter of the Special Libraries Association since June 2012.  Asheleigh is the chair of the Community Relations Committee for the DC/SLA chapter.  Along with her fellow committee members, she started the DC/SLA Cares volunteer website and continues to update it periodically with new volunteer opportunities in the D.C. metro area.

She is honored to be nominated for the Recording Secretary position with the DC/SLA Board for 2014.  Asheleigh’s positive work ethic and organizational skills will be a valued asset for the chapter’s Board.  She is looking forward to being more involved with the chapter and hopes to inspire others to participate.”

Director, Sponsor Relations – Unopposed (Term: 2014-2015)

Jessica Bland






Jessica Bland

Jessica Bland is an Electronic Resource Administrator with Infotrieve, where she contracts with a large pharmaceutical company to manage their more than 30,000 electronic resources.  Prior to Infotrieve, Jessica worked at Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for five years.  While in graduate school, Jessica worked full time as library technician for government contractors.  She has an MLS from University of Maryland, an MA from the University of Missouri and an undergraduate degree from Missouri Southern State College.

Jessica has served on the fundraising committee for DC/SLA for two years and is the Program Planning Chair for the Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Division’s 2014 Spring Meeting.  Jessica joined SLA in 2004.

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Great Advice in 140 Characters or Less: #SLAtalk on Twitter

Great Advice in 140 Characters or Less: #SLAtalk on Twitter

by Tracy Z. Maleeff, SLA OCAC member & Legal Division Past Chair

As a member of SLA’s Online Content Advisory Council, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you more about our #SLAtalk initiative. By using Twitter as our forum, the council crafts questions to spark online conversations among members about topics relevant to our profession. Originally called #SLAchat, the revamped #SLAtalk series debuted in March of this year.

Four questions are chosen that will elicit answers in the most productive way considering the limitations Twitter has for 140 character answers. We spend 15 minutes on each question to fill up an entire hour. Moving the conversation along this way helps to keep the participants on point as well as giving equal time to each question. The entire interaction is archived and available for review at your leisure. But, it’s most fun to participate live! In order to best serve the SLA membership, two sessions are held on the same day in order to accommodate many different time zones.

The first #SLAtalk session in March dealt with job hunting and career growth. The summary of which can be found here. That conversation contains many great tips and useful feedback. The second #SLAtalk session was entitled, “What Would You Tell Your Past MLIS-Student Self?” and received an amazing level of participation. The archives, found here, are a tremendous resource for future and current library school students. Another valuable use of this session’s archives is peer guidance for someone contemplating continuing his or her post-MLIS education.

The next #SLAtalk will be on Tuesday, May 14th. Session 1 will begin at 1:30 pm EDT and the second session will begin at 11:00 pm EDT for you night owls. The topic will be about collaboration. “#SLAtalk: Collaboration – Better…Stronger…Faster. Working in groups can be fun and productive or the bane of your existence. Learn how information professionals accomplish tasks through collaboration, either within or outside their work place.” If you haven’t yet participated in an #SLAtalk session and would like some tips and pointers, refer to the OCAC guide, “How to #SLAtalk.”

Not only are these sessions informative, it’s also a fun way to interact with fellow SLA members from near and far. Get your typing fingers ready and join us on May 14th!

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LLSDC/DC-SLA Library Week Charity Happy Hour Recap

News, nibbles and notables from the DC-SLA/LLS joint happy hour April 18, 2013 at One Lounge:

BRUCE ROSENSTEIN has a second book coming out this fall, “Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way” (McGraw-Hill); www.BruceRosenstein.com–Look for a book talk soon!

SHARON LENIUS says BLM is moving to M St, NW, and they’ll be open for tours (currently in Springfield).

MIKE TIMPANI and CHRIS VESTAL are talking about a Game Night in the Fall at Orrick @ 15th Street downtown :) Mike also says he’s looking forward to the joint trivia night this summer (date TBA)!

On the scene wisdom from RAMONA HOWERTON, Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”): “Information architecture rocks! Organization is our game!”

KATHY KELLY is taking the recertification exam from the Academy of Certified Archivists in August in Connecticut–what a great combination, a Certified Archivist (C.A.) and Information Professional! Currently, she’s a FOIA Specialist at the Federal Reserve Board–good luck, Kathy! Note: Their office will be temporarily moving to Farragut North during upcoming renovation … Think better lunch options, Kathy!

SCOTT BAILEY, Prez of LLSDC, says, “Why not have joint membership? More joint activities, and don’t forget the baseball game Thursday, June 20 @ 7:05pm (Nationals vs. the Colorado Rockies)! Register with Kelli at <kpeterson@doc.gov> for tickets ($21). We’ll have our own section, with our name on the board–first come, first served!!!

JENNY WOOD of Corporate Executive Board) just made 10 years as Associate Director of Research and Development! She’s also on the DC/SLA board (and helped find today’s sponsors). In her 10 years at CEB, she’s expanded from doing in-person research for ~800 to global training for 3,500! …Congratulations, Jenny!

And finally, JANE MEYERS, our guest of honor and Lubuto Library Project Director, has been helping to build libraries in Africa since 2005 to increase literacy (the organization which our event is supporting with tonight’s fundraiser, sponsored by Bloomberg BNA and EBSCO). With over 700 reading lessons with audio files, and digital archives of repatriated Zambian stories from the Library of Congress, Boston University, Northwestern University and others, Lubuto is looking for volunteers, especially those with technical skills, to help. See http://Lubuto.org  and http://LubutoCollections.org to learn more, and email Jane at mayazi@verizon.net to get involved.

Until the next event,
Jan Zastrow, DC/SLA communications Team

And here’s a pic from Alicia Pappas, SLA and LLSDC member, and Secretary of (national) SLA Legal Division: it’s of all the sponsors, presidents, and planners. From left to right: Scott Bailey (president of LLSDC), Alicia Pappas (event planner–LLSDC), Tom Van Zoeren (EBSCO sponsor), Jane Meyers (Lubuto), Marie Kaddell (president of DC/SLA), Kelli Peterson (event planner–DC/SLA), Mike Bernier (Bloomberg BNA sponsor), and Laurie Green (LLSDC Global Giving Committee Chair).


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It’s True…Librarians can Act

It’s True…Librarians can Act

DC/SLA members got their creative juices flowing at the “Librarians Can Act!” class January 23 with Theatre Lab, a local nonprofit school for the dramatic arts.  The group tried improv, creativity exercises and dramatic readings, all helping them with the “acting” we all have to do every day.

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