SLA Press Release – 1 October 2012

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2013 SLA Board of Directors Election Ends
Kate Arnold will be 2013 President-Elect

Alexandria, Virginia, 1 October 2012–The election for the Special Libraries Association (SLA) 2013 Board of Directors drew to a close on Wednesday, 26 September with 2,108 SLA members casting their votes. The voting resulted in four new members being elected to the association’s governing body:

  • President-Elect: Kate Arnold
  • Treasurer: John DiGilio
  • Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect: Kama Siegel
  • Division Cabinet Chair-Elect: Tara Murray

The four new board members will begin their terms on 1 January 2013, and will meet in-person at the SLA Leadership Summit, 6-9 February 2013, in Dallas, Texas. They will join eleven current members of the SLA Board of Directors whose terms continue through 2013.

More About the Newly Elected Board Members

Kate Arnold
Kate Arnold has over twenty years of experience as an information professional in a wide variety of industries. She has worked in the media (for the BBC), in health care (for the National Health Service), and in non-profits including Cancer Research UK and the National Children?s Bureau in London, England, where she is currently manager of the information center.

As director of patient information at Cancer Research UK, Kate facilitated the virtual and in-person delivery of the charity’s information services to people affected by cancer. Delivery formats included a telephone helpline and an award-winning Website, each staffed by experienced cancer nurses, as well as an online forum, Cancer Chat.

Kate has served SLA at both the headquarters and local levels. She was a member of the SLA Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009 as a director and secretary to the Board. She has also served on the Cataloguing Committee (2008-2009), and as a chair of the Public Relations Advisory Council (2004-2006). Kate has been actively involved in her local chapter, SLA Europe, serving as president twice (in 2002-3 and 2010), sponsorship chair and secretary.

Kate was honored twice recently for her work as an information professional, becoming a Fellow of the Association and receiving the Dialog Quantam2 InfoStar Award in 2011.

Kate holds a BA (Hons) in geography from the University of Portsmouth and an MSc in Library and Information Studies from Loughborough University of Technology.

John DiGilio
John DiGilio is the National Manager of Research Services for Reed Smith, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 15 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. John has been affiliated with such industry standouts as Thomson Reuters, where he served as a librarian relations manager, and K&L Gates, where he was the firm-wide legal and business research librarian/instructor for many years.

As an SLA member, he is a two-time award recipient, with recognitions for Member Achievement (2003) and the H.W. Wilson Award (2005). He is the past chair of SLA’s Legal Division, chair of the Legal Division’s Professional Development Committee, Webmaster for the Baseball Caucus and an active participant in SLA’s drive to re-launch unit Websites in WordPress, scheduled to be completed this year.

John has been presenting the popular “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” session at the SLA Annual Conference for many years now. The session consistently enjoys “standing room only” status due to its relevance, accessibility, and creative delivery format.

John is the founder and editor-in-chief of two popular library blogs.  On Firmer Ground is a blog by and for law firm librarians. The effort is an international collaborative discussion about the challenges that law firm librarians face, and strategies for surmounting them. Participants include law library groups from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, and the United States.  iBraryGuy is a site of John?s personal reflections on librarianship as well as recommendations for great new library resources.

John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Master of Library & Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.  He is an adjunct professor at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA and is currently pursuing a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Saint Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary in Canada.

Kama Siegel
Kama Siegel is library technology manager for the Libraries of Stevens County in Washington. This position includes core duties such as network administration, community outreach and education, grant writing, and reference.

Until the end of July 2012, Kama was an information specialist at Alta Planning + Design, a transportation planning and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. She enabled Alta’s planners and designers to provide quality deliverables by first revamping and then organizing Alta’s photo and graphics library. She also managed the company’s intranet and online archives. She also designed and oversaw the rollout of a company-wide project management and accounting system.

Kama has been active in the Oregon Chapter of SLA since her graduate student days, first as a member and leader of the communications team, then as chapter president in 2011. During her presidency, she worked to increase access to chapter resources, events and professional opportunities for all ORSLA members. She worked to ensure members outside of the Portland area were connected virtually to chapter resources, meetings and information. Kama was also an active member of the Legal Division of SLA until she switched to the Solo Division when she left the legal arena.

Kama has instructed attorneys about searching techniques and has presented at many Oregon Chapter professional development events and at SLA (2009) and AALL (2010) annual conferences.

Kama earned her MLIS from Drexel University, and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho and an M.Ed. from the University of Florida.

Tara Murray
Tara has been director of information services/librarian at the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) since July 2010. The APRL, located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest and most accessible library collections related to stamp collecting and postal history in the world. The APRL serves as the library and archives for the American Philatelic Society, a nonprofit membership organization, and provides information services to individuals all over the world. Tara manages the library and archives, staff, and volunteers. She organizes an annual symposium on postal history, teaches classes and workshops on research, is assistant editor of the library’s quarterly journal, and serves on the Digital Resources Committee.

Tara joined SLA upon starting her job as information core director at Penn State’s Population Research Institute in 2001, and has been active ever since. She has served SLA in various capacities, including program planning chair (2008-2009) and chair (2011) of the Social Science Division. She has also been active in her Central Pennsylvania chapter, filling such roles as director and president (2004-2006). She was instrumental in arranging the chapter’s merger with the Philadelphia Chapter in 2008.

As program planner for the Social Science Division, Tara transformed the division’s open house into a poster session co-hosted by three other divisions. As chair, she continued to develop the division’s fledgling communications committee and oversaw the transition to the new Operation Vitality Website platform.

Tara has a BA in German studies from Bard College and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

About SLA
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