Business Librarian Hal Kirkwood Elected 2019 SLA President
Other newly elected board members from government, legal, agricultural, and engineering backgrounds
McLean, Virginia, 21 September 2017—Hal Kirkwood, associate professor and business information specialist at the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics at Purdue University, was elected by SLA members to serve as the association’s president in 2019.
Since joining SLA in 1992, Kirkwood has held several leadership roles within the association, including serving as president of the Indiana Chapter, chair of the Business & Finance Division, and director on the SLA Board of Directors (2012–2014). He will rejoin the SLA Board of Directors on January 1 and serve as president-elect in 2018, president in 2019, and past president in 2020.
Joining Kirkwood on the SLA Board in January are the other newly elected board members:
- Valerie Perry (chapter cabinet chair-elect), University of Kentucky Libraries;
- Alex Grigg Dean (division cabinet chair-elect), Keating Muething & Klekamp, Cincinnati;
- Hildy Dworkin (director), NYC Department of Social Services; and
- Amy Jankowski (director), Centennial Science & Engineering Library, University of New Mexico.
The election was conducted online from September 6 through September 20. The candidates were put forward by a nominating committee that seeks to ensure SLA is governed by members who represent a balance of different chapters (geographic entities) and divisions (professional disciplines).
The Special Libraries Association (SLA), founded in 1909, is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 50 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia, and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. For more information, visit sla.org.