2014 SLA Board of Directors Election Closes

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2014 SLA Board of Directors Election Closes
Jill Strand to be 2014 President-Elect

Alexandria, Virginia, 26 September 2013The election for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Board of Directors drew to a close on Wednesday, 25 September, with 25.47% of SLA members casting votes. The voting resulted in 5 members being elected to the association’s 2014 Board of Directors:

  • President-Elect:  Jill Strand
  • Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: James King
  • Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Juliane Schneider
  • Director:  Moy McIntosh
  • Director: Bethan Ruddock

The 5 new Board members begin their terms on 1 January 2014, and will attend their first in-person Board meeting at the SLA Leadership Summit, 15-17 January, in Memphis, Tennessee. They will join 10 current members of the SLA Board of Directors whose terms continue through 2014.

More About the Newly Elected Board Members

Jill Strand, 2014 SLA President-Elect
Jill has nearly 20 years of experience delivering knowledge that helps people succeed in both the boardroom and the courtroom.  She has worked in a variety of areas (non-profit, government, corporate, and law) and roles (fundraising, budgeting, instruction, marketing, research, technical services, and library management).  Jill is passionate about highlighting the wealth of expertise offered by librarians and information professionals, seizing every opportunity to promote the profession and to encourage new librarians entering the field.

Jill has been actively involved in SLA since her days with the SLA Student Group at St. Catherine University and later with the Minnesota Chapter as Solo-Committee Co-Chair, Secretary, Program Chair and President. At the Association level, Jill has served on the Public Relations Advisory Council (including 3 years as Chair), the 2011 Annual Conference Advisory Council, and Nominating Committee (as a member in 2010 and Chair in 2011) and recently chaired the 2013 Annual Conference Advisory Council.  She has written the Market Share column for Information Outlook since its inception in June 2011 and has been a regular contributor to the magazine for more than 10 years.

Currently, Jill serves as director of the Knowledge Management Library at Maslon Edelman Borman Brand, LLP in Minneapolis MN.  She and her staff deliver knowledge resources and services which help the firm’s attorneys and staff excel at the practice of law as well as the business of law.

Jill earned a BA in Journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University, a certificate from the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and an MLIS from Dominican University.

James King, 2014 SLA Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect
As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library’s Information Architect in Bethesda, MD, James has spent the last several years blending his IT background with librarianship to enhance services and meet the changing needs of the over 9,000 medical/scientific staff and 11,000 support personnel at NIH.  Serving as “geek squad” to the NIH Library Informationists (embedded librarians) program, James is the lead of the Custom Information Services team, which is focused on building partnerships and creating unique technology solutions to support the information needs of clinicians and intramural researchers.

Previously, as Chief Librarian/Library Director at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), James strategically reshaped all aspects of the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library to address the changing needs of researchers and engineers in the 21st century. During his tenure as director, the library expanded the Digital Library to provide comprehensive availability to nearly all relevant scholarly information sources and to digitally capture the NRL researcher publication portfolio.

James has received several recognitions including SLA Fellow (2011), Preceptor (mentor) for a NLM Associate Fellow (2010), SLA Innovations in Technology Award (2006), ALA’s Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table Achievement (2006) and Distinguished Service (2003) Awards, Delphi’s first-ever Best Practices Award (2002) and the DCI Portal Excellence Award for Content Management (2002). James has a Master in Library & Information Science from Catholic University of America (2002) and a Bachelors of Computer Graphics from Salem International University (1989).

Juliane Schneider, 2014 SLA Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
Juliane graduated from Drexel University in 1997 with a dual Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Systems.  She is currently the Metadata Librarian at Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She has managed digitization projects and web redesigns, ushered through a complete redesign of Novelist and the Cochrane databases for EBSCO and set up all modules of a VTLS system.

Throughout her varied career, Juliane has always been dedicated to collaboration with such partners as IT departments, curriculum directors and laboratories. She consistently advocates for libraries and librarians to assist discovery and improved communication in a world where separate disciplines are merging in all kinds of unexpected ways, in the corporate as well as in the academic arena.

Moy McIntosh, 2014 SLA Director
Moy is an information specialist for the capital markets group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a global law firm and acknowledged leader in U.S. and international capital markets practice. As a librarian on Wall Street, she does research on securities laws and practice, knowledge management research for capital markets and private equity, and monitors legislative and regulatory developments in the securities industry.  Previously she was the librarian at Fitch Ratings, an international rating company that provides independent credit opinions, research, and data.

Moy joined SLA as a student in 2006 and quickly became active in the student chapter at Pratt Institute, which she served as chapter president from 2007-2008 and earned her master’s degree in library and information science. In 2010 she played a valuable role on the New York Chapter’s Website Redesign Committee, and won the Mergent Outstanding Member Award in 2011 for her participation to help shape the chapter’s new site.

Bethan Ruddock, 2014 SLA Director
Bethan works as a Project Manager for Library and Archival Services at Mimas at the University of Manchester, UK. Mimas provides online services for the UK education and research communities, and Bethan is responsible for expanding the coverage of major resource discovery tool Copac and the Archives Hub. Bethan’s strategic planning and data handling skills are being used to good effect in the Jisc Library Analytics and Metrics Project (jiscLAMP), which aims to help UK university libraries leverage the data they collect into informed decisions, through use of a prototype shared library analytics service.

Bethan joined SLA in 2009 when she was honored with the SLA Europe Early Career Conference Award (ECCA). The award afforded her the opportunity to attend the SLA Centennial Conference in Washington DC in 2009. She became hooked on the SLA experience, and has attended every conference since. In 2010 she was honored with another SLA award, becoming one of that year’s class of SLA Rising Stars.

Bethan holds a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature from the University of Manchester, and an MA in Library and Information Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University (Distinction, 2008).

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 75 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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