SLA Honors Members for Strengthening Association

Individuals helped make SLA more inclusive, secure, and financially sound

McLean, Va., 29 January 2019—Roberto Sarmiento made “Practicing Leadership” the theme of his presidency of the Special Libraries Association in 2018, and one of his last acts as president was to honor a handful of members for their leadership in making the association stronger during his tenure.

Sarmiento, head librarian at Northwestern University’s Transportation Library, presented SLA Presidential Citations to the following members:

Nick Collison, 2016-2018 SLA Treasurer: In his role as treasurer and chair of the SLA Finance Committee, Nick Collison helped strengthen the association’s financial reporting, secured a new investment firm and created a new investment policy, enhanced training of SLA chapter and division treasurers, and made new financial resources available, such as QuickBooks.

James King, chair of SLA’s Technology Advisory Council: Under the leadership of James King, the Technology Advisory Council helped SLA staff respond to a wave of hacking assaults on association websites and devise a plan to migrate those sites to a new, more secure platform. This migration will make SLA more technologically safe and enable a more robust communication among members.

Clara Cabrera, Jesse Lambertson, and Michael Sholinbeck: These three SLA members formed the SLA Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity Caucus (DICE) in 2018 and have led the caucus since its formation. DICE provides a forum for promoting diversity and inclusion within SLA and encouraging discussion around related issues, such as intersectionality, privilege, and gender roles.

“I challenged SLA members in 2018 to practice leadership, and they responded,” Sarmiento said. “Nick, Clara, Jesse, Michael, and James went above and beyond and are deserving of special recognition. Their efforts have helped make our community more inclusive, more technologically secure, and more financially sound.”

Presidential citations are given to SLA members for notable or important contributions during the year that enhanced the association or furthered its goals and objectives.

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