SLA Press Release – 17 August 2012

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SLA Honors Sophia Guevara with Diversity  Leadership Development Award
Information Professional Receives Stipend to Attend SLA 2012 Annual Conference for Contribution to SLA and Non-Profit Libraries

Sophia Guevara

Alexandria, Virginia, 17 August 2012–Sophia Guevara, chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, is the 2012 awardee of SLA’s Diversity and Leadership Development Program (DLDP) conference stipend. The program, supported in 2012 by SLA President’s Circle members ProQuest & Dialog and Dow Jones, awards one candidate a $1,000 stipend to attend the SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. The 2012 conference was held July 15-18 in Chicago.

The DLDP Award was first granted in 1995 to recognize the potential for leadership in individuals from backgrounds that are typically under-represented or unique within SLA, its governance, and the information profession.  In addition to exhibiting an interest in, and the potential for, leadership in SLA, recipients must have been a member of SLA for at least one year and have between 3 and 10 years of professional library and information experience.

Sophia is past president of the SLA Michigan Chapter and also its diversity chair, working to expand the chapter’s presence in Detroit and surrounding suburbs. As chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, she spearheads the Consortium’s efforts to enhance learning and sharing of resources among foundation libraries and archives.  She was elected chair in 2011 and will serve through 2013.

Sophia has written for SLA’s magazine, Information Outlook, contributing articles such as “Generation Y: What Can We Do for You?” (June 2007), “SLA and You: Unleashing your Potential” (November 2007), and “Proactive Marketing: Innovative Ways to Connect with the Corporate Client” (February 2008). She also authored “On the Road to Leadership: Nurturing Your Potential in a Changing Library World,” published in the Michigan Library Association Forum, an online peer-reviewed journal.

“Sophia Guevara has been a model of the agile information professional, as she has taken on roles in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and served in multiple volunteer leadership roles within SLA as well as the Consortium of Foundation Libraries,” said Eric Schwarz, chair of the DLDP Committee. “She has written extensively for SLA and its Information Technology Division. We are happy to help her attend the annual conference so she can further develop and share her leadership skills.”

Prior to becoming chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, Sophia was research librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which helps children, families, and communities strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community.

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