SLA and Janice R. Lachance announce Lachance’s departure as CEO

Alexandria, Virginia, 12 November 2014 – After 11 years of leading the staff of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Janice R. Lachance will be stepping down as the association’s chief executive officer at the conclusion of her contract at year end. SLA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Doug Newcomb and SLA Chief Financial Officer Linda Broussard will serve as co-acting chief executive officers leading the association into early 2015.

“Janice has headed SLA during a period of dynamic change within the information profession, “said SLA President Kate Arnold. “On behalf of the Board, I thank her for her years of service to SLA.” Lachance is receiving the title of CEO Emeritus and will continue to provide special advice and counsel to SLA as it transitions to new leadership and beyond.

“It has been an honor to have worked for SLA for so long, and to have joined with our members, staff, and volunteer leadership to advance innovative solutions for our information professionals,” Lachance said.

Regarding SLA, President Arnold stated, “The Board is currently considering several options to serve as an interim CEO until a permanent replacement for Lachance is hired. The next several months will provide many new exciting challenges and opportunities, and I am certain they will be rewarding ones for SLA members. Staff are developing new products to roll out, and the Board will be working with them to chart new ways to grow and strengthen our association for 2015 and beyond.”

Lachance was awarded the Dialog Member Achievement Award in 2009, the association’s centennial anniversary, for her efforts on behalf of the information profession, the only non-librarian in the association’s history to receive the prestigious award.  She was also named the Washington D.C. Chapter’s Member of the Year for her effective promotion of the value of information professionals. Janice is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an honor given to less than one percent of ASAE’s membership. Lachance came to SLA in July 2003 after working as the Cabinet-level director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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 more than 60 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

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