SLA Honors Cindy Hill with Dana Award – 2 July 2014

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SLA Honors Cindy Hill with Dana Award

July 2, 2014, Alexandria, Va.–At its 2014 Annual Conference in the culturally diverse city of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, the Special Libraries Association presented its top honor to a former president who played a pivotal role in helping expand the association’s membership beyond its traditional base in North America.

Cindy Hill, who served as president of SLA in 2003-2004 and currently works as manager of the Research Library and Bank Archives for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, received the John Cotton Dana Award, SLA’s most prestigious honor.  The award is named after SLA’s founder and is given in recognition of a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional leadership of SLA and the information profession.

Cindy was honored not only for her successful leadership during her term as president, but also for her innovative contributions throughout her involvement in SLA and for her leadership of information professionals in the 21st century.

“Cindy was the president of SLA when I joined as chief executive officer in 2003,” said Janice Lachance, the association’s CEO. “She offered a truly inspiring first impression of SLA. I saw firsthand how she mentored and led so many members on a day-to-day and individual basis, not only encouraging the next generation to become involved in the profession and in SLA, but helping to lead our association to greater heights of globalization and to new areas of continuing education. Cindy, with her rich background of professional achievement, advocacy, and leadership, is an exemplary recipient of the John Cotton Dana Award.”

As SLA’s president, Cindy helped the association make a true stride toward internationalization in the form of establishing the Australia and New Zealand Chapter. More recently, she assumed the weighty task of chairing the 2012 Annual Conference Advisory Council and played a leading role in contributing to a successful conference in Chicago that year. She is currently the Chair for the association’s Competencies Revision Task Force.

Cindy’s passion for, and leadership of, SLA parallels her professional achievements. At Sun Microsystems, Cindy was able to persuade executive management to “insource the outsourced library.” She went on to partner with Sun’s research and development unit (SunLabs) and an external visual search company to provide the first enterprise-wide visual search tool for all employees.

At the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Cindy has helped transform the library into a 21st century information center offering a wide variety of services.

More about Cindy Hill
Cindy joined SLA during her first year as a corporate librarian, in 1978. Her legacy of leadership extends across 30-plus years and throughout the chapter, division, and association levels, and it includes a personal element as well–Cindy has led, mentored, and collaborated with numerous volunteers and library students during her career.

Cindy became president of SLA in 2003. Under her leadership, SLA established the Australia and New Zealand Chapter, introduced a new strategic plan focusing on networking, education, and advocacy, and moved its association headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, Virginia.

Despite Cindy’s busy job and constant volunteering with SLA and other professional groups, she still finds time to speak to MLIS classes at San José State University to share her passion for the future of the information profession. She holds dual membership in the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter and the Silicon Valley Chapter and has presided over each chapter during her tenure with SLA. She is also active in IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. For her work in SLA and the broader industry, she was named an SLA Fellow in 2001 and has received several other honors, such as the John Jacob Astor Award in Berlin for Library Studies and Information Science and was selected as a San José State University MLIS “40 for 40” recipient.

In addition to enjoying commuting by train and working in San Francisco, Cindy is an avid bicyclist. In 2012, she joined 20,000 fellow cyclists to pedal across Iowa.

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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