Marjorie Hlava to Receive Dana Award

SLA’s Top Honor Goes to Author, Innovator, Entrepreneur

Alexandria, Virginia, 8 June 2015—Marjorie M.K. (Margie) Hlava, a highly respected thought leader who has played a leading role in creating and strengthening ties between the library, information technology, and information standards communities, will be honored for her achievements and service on June 14 at the Opening General Session of the Special Libraries Association’s 2015 Annual Conference.

Margie will receive SLA’s John Cotton Dana Award, named for the association’s founder and first president. The Dana Award, SLA’s highest honor, recognizes a lifetime of achievement in the field of library science and exceptional service to the association and to the profession at large.

A member of SLA since 1976, Margie has been active in the association on several levels and in numerous capacities. She has served on the SLA Board of Directors, as president of the Rio Grande Chapter (and as chair of many chapter committees), and as chair of the Information Technology Division and the Bylaws, Technical Standards, and Long-Range Planning Committees. She also co-founded and served as first chair of the Taxonomy Division, created and implemented the SLA thesaurus and taxonomy, and consulted on the redesign of the SLA Website navigation system.

In recognition of her many contributions to SLA and the information profession, Margie was named an SLA Fellow in 2006 and received the President’s Award for her outstanding service to the organization in 2000.

In addition to her volunteer work with SLA, Margie has served in leadership roles in other industry organizations. She was president of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and served as SLA’s voting representative to the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

“Margie Hlava personifies the spirit of innovation and the commitment to professionalism that were hallmarks of John Cotton Dana’s career, and it is fitting that she should receive SLA’s highest honor,” said SLA 2015 President Jill Strand. “She has been a mentor, a leader, and a friend to many information professionals over the course of her career, and I look forward to seeing her receive the Dana Award in Boston.”

Margie is well known within the information industry for her work on taxonomies and thesauri and will be presenting a workshop on advanced taxonomy concepts at SLA 2015. She is the author of The Taxobook: History, Theories, and Concepts of Knowledge Organization (2014), a three-volume book series on taxonomies and thesauri.

In 1978, Margie founded Access Innovations, which develops information management and database construction products and services for academic institutions, government agencies, and industry. She is the president of the firm, which is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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