SLA Press Release – 1 February 2012

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John Walsh
Phone: 1.703.647.4917

SLA to Honor 5 New Fellows at 2012 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO

Alexandria, Virginia, 1 February 2012–Scott Brown, Ann Cullen, Ruth Kneale, Chris Olson, and Roberto Sarmiento have been named Fellows of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The five information professionals will be honored on 15 July at SLA’s 2012 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Chicago.

“I’m proud to share a professional home with these five new SLA Fellows,” said 2012 SLA President Brent Mai. “They’ve started research companies, helped move outstanding organizations forward, and provided hands-on mentoring to many of their colleagues and peers. They represent well the spectrum of SLA’s diverse membership. I’m pleased to recognize them for their contributions to both the careers of their colleagues and to the betterment of the Association.”

SLA recognizes Fellows for leadership within the information profession and the association. The title is bestowed on mid-career professionals in recognition of past service and in anticipation of valuable contributions and leadership well into the future.

More about the 2012 Fellows
Scott Brown
Scott is owner and founder of Social Information Group, a research organization which leverages the power of information and social networks to advance businesses.  He became active in SLA in 2002 and has since held a wide variety of leadership roles.

After joining SLA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter and volunteering in different capacities, he served as chapter president in 2007. He was also one of the founding members of SLA’s Competitive Intelligence Division and served as its chair in 2008. Because of his high level of involvement, he was nominated as a candidate for Division Cabinet Chair on the SLA Board of Directors in 2010.

Always looking for new ways to utilize Web 2.0 tools, Scott served on SLA’s Virtual Worlds Advisory Council in 2009 and is currently supporting efforts to enhance the online presence of SLA’s Baseball Caucus. Scott regularly shares his social network research expertise at SLA’s Annual Conferences and for Click University–SLA’s online professional development learning program. Webinars like, “Getting the Most out of LinkedIn: Advanced Searching and Features” are consistently filled to capacity with SLA members and information professionals looking for new tools to support their research goals. His book, Social Information: Gaining competitive and business advantage using social media tools, will be published by Chandos Publishing in 2012.

Scott is an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University (SJSU) and University of Denver. He earned his master’s degree in library and information science from SJSU in 1999.

Ann Cullen
Ann is a business librarian at the Goizueta Business School Library at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory in January 2012, she worked at the Harvard Business School Baker Library for 10 years where she collaborated with faculty in course development and support. Prior to working at Harvard, Ann worked in corporate libraries in investment banking and private equity firms on Wall Street, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Warburg Pincus, and Goldman Sachs.

Ann joined SLA in 1995. She’s served on SLA’s Business and Finance Division’s Board of Directors, and as professional development chair and business manager of the division.  She was also co-program chair for SLA’s Leadership and Management Division, and international relations chair and director for SLA’s New York Chapter.

Ann shares her deep experience and professional knowledge through teaching, presenting, and writing. She developed and led the continuing education course, “Private Equity Research,” for SLA in 2004 and 2005, and has delivered several presentations including “Researching Global Career and Business Opportunities” (presented as part of the Harvard Business School’s Alumni Relations Webinar series). She is co-author of a book, Researching Private Equity (2008), and has published many articles, including “Private Equity and Business Information, Part 4: The Google Effect” and “Solving the Information Workflow Tracking Dilemma.” The latter article was published in SLA’s own Information Outlook. In 2008, she became the first librarian at Harvard Business School to co-author technical notes with school faculty, which are available at Harvard Business Publishing.

Ann is working toward a Ph.D. in library and information science at Simmons College where she is also an adjunct professor. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Columbia University.

Ruth Kneale
Ruth is systems librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), a leading project of the National Solar Observatory (NSO). In addition to serving as the NSO’s Webmaster, she supports ATST’s production of the world’s largest solar telescope through documentation and research support, configuration management, technical support and instruction, and database management.

Ruth has been an SLA member since 1997 and has held leadership positions in the Arizona Chapter, the Information Technology Division, and the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division (she is the division’s immediate past chair). She is currently helping plan SLA’s 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego as a member of the 2013 Annual Conference Advisory Council.

Like many SLA Fellows, Ruth’s professional knowledge is revealed in books, articles, and presentations. Examples include You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Building Positive New Images in the Internet Age (published by Information Today, Inc., 2009), “Yes, It Still Matters,” (published in Information Outlook, March 2011), and “Embed Yourself: the Librarian is IN!” (presented at SLA’s 2010 Annual Conference). Through a consistent focus on the librarian’s image, Ruth has established herself as an ambassador of both the information profession and SLA.

Ruth earned her master’s degree in information resources and library science in 1999 and her bachelor’s of science degree in astronomy in 1991, both from the University of Arizona.

Chris Olson
Chris is principal of Chris Olson & Associates, the company she founded in 1984, which offers clients an in-depth understanding of marketing management strategies coupled with a hands-on knowledge of libraries and information services. Prior to starting her company, she was an expert consultant for the National Cancer Institute.

An SLA member since 1977, Chris has been president, bulletin editor, public relations chair, and a director of the Maryland Chapter. She was also chair of the Marketing Section of SLA’s Leadership and Management Division, and introduced and organized the Section’s “Marketing Swap & Shop,” an SLA Annual Conference-event which became popular for several years. She was co-chair in 2010 of the Maryland Chapter’s Xtreme Reference Planning Committee, the group that planned the successful one-day conference of presentations, idea exchanges, networking events, and exhibits devoted to the content, delivery and skill sets needed for today’s reference and research services. For her many contributions to the Maryland Chapter, she received the chapter’s Champion Award in 2010. She also received three 1999 SLA Swap & Shop First Place Awards for Website design, promotional campaigns, and brochure design at the 1999 Annual Conference.

Chris received a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland in 1976. She later earned a master’s degree of business administration from Johns Hopkins University in 1984.

Roberto Sarmiento
Roberto is the head of the transportation library at Northwestern University, one of the largest of its kind in the world and noted for its transportation resources and collection of environmental impact statements. He is renowned for his professional achievements, including spearheading a project to provide the U.S. Transportation Research Board with more than 19,100 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) bibliographic records for its Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) database. The project created what TRB Executive Director Robert E. Skinner, Jr. calls “one of the largest publicly accessible collections of environmental impact statements in the world.”

Roberto has served SLA in countless ways since joining the association in 1997. He has assumed nearly every volunteer role within the SLA-Transportation Division, including chairman, list owner, Webmaster, networking chair, division archivist, and strategic planning chair. In recognition of his active involvement, he was elected to the SLA Board of Directors, serving from 2006-2008. In addition, he received the Transportation Division Professional Achievement Award in 2009 and the Innovation Award in 2011.

Roberto is also active outside of SLA. He has served two terms on the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Council, and mentors librarians though the Illinois State Library Synergy Leadership Initiative and ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program. Among other accomplishments, Roberto received the Exemplary Service Award from Dominican University in 2005; the Special Library Staff Member of the Year Award from the North Suburban Library System in 2003; and a Special Act Award from the Panama Canal Commission in 1997.

Roberto earned his master’s degree of library and information science from Dominican University in 1984 and a bachelor’s of arts degree in geology from St. Louis University in 1979.

About SLA
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