SLA Members Honored for 2016 Contributions

Citations recognize efforts to finalize a new management agreement, test a new community platform, and help the SLA Board of Directors work together more cohesively and productively.

McLean, Virginia, 18 January 2016—The Special Libraries Association has undergone many positive changes over the past two years and especially the past 12 months, and several people and groups who contributed to these changes are being recognized for their contributions.

Tom Rink, SLA’s 2016 president and currently its past president, is presenting SLA Presidential Citations to the individuals listed below. SLA 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.

Barbara Robinson, who has been working with the SLA Board of Directors in recent years to facilitate board orientations and strategy sessions, offered her services gratis in 2016 to analyze and interpret the results of Birkman Method assessments for board members who participated in them. The assessments proved to be an excellent team building and leadership development exercise and helped board members understand their own (and each other’s) unique interests, usual behaviors, needs, and stress behaviors.

A negotiating team comprising Bill Noorlander, Bill Fisher, Nick Collison, and Jill Strand worked together diligently to hammer out three key addenda—related to staffing, work scope, and fees—to a Mutual Services Agreement that had been signed in December 2015 with an association management company, MCI USA. The team worked quickly and in accordance with SLA’s budgetary restrictions, reaching agreement on the addenda before the Mutual Services Agreement took effect on March 1.

The SLA Technology Advisory Council—David Stern (chair), Meredith Ayers, Rod Bustos, Bill Drew, Sarah Holmes, and James King—took the lead in the testing and rollout of SLA’s new community platform, SLA Connect. They were instrumental as beta testers and helped explain (and responded to questions about) the use and functionality of this new communications tool.

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