Tracy Z. Maleeff to Receive Inaugural Dow Jones Innovate Award

SLA Leader to be Honored at SLA 2014 in Vancouver

Alexandria, Virginia, 4 June 2014 – An information professional who has helped invigorate SLA’s social media and online presence will be presented at SLA 2014 with a new award that honors innovation and creativity.

Dow Jones, a Platinum Partner of the SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, will honor Tracy Z. Maleeff as the Dow Jones Innovate Award’s inaugural recipient at the upcoming conference in Vancouver on June 8.

The Dow Jones Innovate Award will be presented annually to one SLA member who has consistently shown innovation, leadership, and creativity in both the information profession and SLA.

“Dow Jones is pleased to partner with SLA to establish this critical platform for recognition within—and beyond—the information industry,” said William Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones. “Tracy truly conveys what it is to be an innovative information professional, and we are honored to award her the first Dow Jones Innovate Award for her leadership of SLA as well as of her professional peers and colleagues.”

“Tracy is one of those members who we wish we could multiply within SLA’s volunteer ranks,” said SLA Chief Executive Officer Janice Lachance. “It is members like her who drive our community forward with their passion for new ideas and creativity in putting them to work. I’m very proud to see Tracy honored this way by one of our most valued and longtime supporters.”

More about Tracy Z. Maleeff
Tracy is the library resources manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, where she has forged strong relationships between the library and the attorneys at the firm. A member of SLA since 2003, she was awarded the Legal Division’s New Member Professional Grant at the SLA 2007 Annual Conference in Denver. The grant was Tracy’s launching pad for SLA involvement, propelling her to greater heights within the association.

Soon after receiving the grant, Tracy successfully ran for chair-elect of the Legal Division. She went on to strengthen the division, mentoring incoming members and students and providing relevant professional development opportunities focused on career growth.

Tracy currently chairs the SLA Online Content Advisory Council, which is responsible for enhancing SLA’s social media and Web presence for its members in 72 countries. Most notably in this role, Tracy has led the #SLAtalk Twitter chat series, in which hundreds of information professionals share advice and ideas on such topics as international collaboration, working effectively with technology, improving MLIS curricula, and proving the value of information services. She has threaded the spirit of innovation throughout all that she does for the council, partnering with groups such as New Professionals’ Day Ireland and #UKlibchat and helping SLA branch out to new audiences.

Tracy also started the @SLA2013Tips and @SLA2014Tips Twitter accounts (with fellow SLA member Jill Hurst-Wahl) and has garnered a strong following already by Tweeting helpful information  and travel tips about the upcoming conference. She is the chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council, which requires overseeing all chapter and division planners, ensuring that session content is relevant, unique, and fresh, and using SLA member feedback to improve the conference.

Beyond her leadership at the association level, Tracy also supports SLA chapters and divisions. She is currently the U.S. regional representative on the SLA Europe Chapter’s Board of Directors, providing sound insight and advice on wider SLA matters to the chapter. She is the ethics ambassador for the SLA Kentucky Chapter, and she continues to support the Legal Division, which she chaired in 2012. She served on SLA’s Conference Re-Envisioning Task Force in 2013 as chair of the International Sub-Group and a member of the Online Sub-Group. The task force examined opportunities to rejuvenate the SLA Annual Conference in different areas, both this year and beyond.

For all of her extensive efforts, Tracy is also the 2014 recipient of the SLA Legal Division’s Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Career Achievement.

At Duane Morris LLP, Tracy is regarded as an asset who fosters collaboration between legal publishing vendors, support staff, and the attorneys at the firm’s 26 offices. Tracy earned her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh and holds undergraduate degrees from both Temple University (magna cum laude) and the Pennsylvania State University. An avid sports fan, Tracy lives with her husband, Josh, and rescue dogs Sammi and Reese outside of Philadelphia. She muses about library issues and other topics as @LibrarySherpa on Twitter and keeps an active blog at www.librarysherpa.com.

About Dow Jones
Dow Jones & Company is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations via newspapers, Web sites, apps, video, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, conferences, and radio. Dow Jones has produced unrivalled quality content for 125 years and today has one of the world’s largest news-gathering operations with nearly 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus, including The Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation. Other premier brands include Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch and DJX. Dow Jones publishes in 13 languages and distributes content in 28 languages, combining technology with news and data to support business decision making. The company pioneered the first successful paid online news site and its industry leading innovation enables it to serve customers wherever they may be, via the Web, mobile devices, Internet-connected televisions, and tablets.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in 68 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit www.sla.org.

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