SLA Press Release – 25 January 2012

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Information Professionals Recognized for Early-Career Achievements
Four Up-and-coming Librarians Named SLA Rising Stars

Alexandria, VA., 25 January 2012 – Information professionals working on Wall Street, at a leading classical music publisher, at National Public Radio, and in support of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs have been named 2012 Rising Stars of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

Davis Erin Anderson, Janel Kinlaw, Moy McIntosh, and Chris Zammarelli received the honor in recognition of their early-career achievements and significant contributions to SLA. The Rising Star Award, sponsored by J.J. Keller & Associates, is given to outstanding SLA members with less than five years of experience in the information profession.

“The term ‘SLA Rising Star’ is becoming a cherished and exciting honor in SLA’s community,” said SLA President Brent Mai. “I’m thrilled to see that this class represents what the award is all about–recognizing the superb talent that exists within the information profession, and recognizing the individuals who have wasted no time in becoming invaluable contributors to the field and to SLA. We’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

The four information professionals will be recognized on 15 July at SLA’s 2012 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Chicago.

“Rising Star Award recipients form a bright constellation of achievement and leadership in the information profession,” said Webb Shaw, vice president – editorial resources for J.J. Keller & Associates. “J. J. Keller is proud to help recognize their accomplishments–and encourage their continued initiative–by sponsoring the award.”

More about the 2012 Rising Stars

Davis Erin Anderson
Davis works as a librarian at Boosey & Hawkes, the largest publisher of classical music in the world. In this position, she provides license and reference services for the copyright protected materials of the talent her company supports. In her five years with Boosey & Hawkes, she has implemented a company-wide SharePoint database, designed information architecture and content strategy for the company’s SharePoint site, and established herself as a resource for copyright law and licensing information.

Since joining SLA in 2009, Davis has provided strong leadership to her colleagues and student chapter. She currently serves as president of SLA@Pratt, the student chapter of Pratt Institute, and is library school liaison of SLA’s New York Chapter. In 2010, she co-organized the first SLA New York Chapter “Student Swing.” The lively event attracted library and information science (LIS) students from Long Island University, the Pratt Institute, Rutgers University and other schools and offered them a venue to gather and discuss their visions for the information profession and their own future careers. She also moderated an SLA@Pratt panel called Crowdsourcing & Linked & Open Data: New Ways to Make Collections Visible, in which experts demonstrated emerging technologies and how they could help solve problems currently facing information professionals.

Davis actively performs as a trained French horn musician in New York and is working to complete her masters of library and information science degree from The Pratt Institute.

Janel Kinlaw
Janel is a broadcast librarian at NPR where she has catalogued thousands of NPR stories, answered audio reference questions, and led a project to launch a new search and editing interface for NPR’s programming archives.

Since joining SLA as a student in 2005, Janel has helped the Washington, D.C. Chapter (DC/SLA) make great strides in the areas of programming and outreach. As a member of the 2010 Program Planning Committee, she hosted three Leadership Lecture Series sessions, organized and led a tour of the NPR Library, and played a key role in planning the chapter’s 70th Anniversary/Volunteer Appreciation event by finding its speaker. She was awarded the chapter’s conference stipend in 2010 to allow her to attend SLA’s Annual Conference and continue to build her network and leadership skills. In 2011, she coordinated the “Make-a-Connection” program, which paired nearly 60 local graduate students with active professionals who shared their daily work experiences. Janel has also been a member of and chaired the SLA Technical Standards Committee. To hear Janel speak about her experience with SLA thus far, visit http://my.sla.org/?p=688.

Janel is active in other professional associations as well as SLA. In 2010, she was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader and is currently serving as president elect for ALA’s New Member Roundtable. Janel graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor of arts in information systems.  She earned a master’s in library science from Drexel University. She enjoys reading and blogs at http://bibliophibian.blogspot.com/.

Moy McIntosh
Moy is a librarian at Fitch Ratings, an international rating company that provides independent credit opinions, research, and data. A librarian on Wall Street, she archives financial files, reorganizes and broadens services to provide more research to clients, and updates files for Securities Exchange Commission compliance.

Moy joined SLA as a student in 2006 and quickly became active in the student chapter, SLA@Pratt, which she served as president from 2007-2008. In 2010 she played a valuable role on the New York Chapter’s Website Redesign Committee, and won the Mergent Outstanding Member Award in 2011 for her work to help shape the chapter’s new site. She was secretary  of the New York Chapter’s executive board in 2011. She has also been a member of the New York Chapter’s Strategic Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee and was recently elected president-elect, meaning she’ll lead the chapter as president in 2013.

“We as librarians must stay open-minded, welcome to change,” said Moy when participating in “Q & A” for LibGig. “We have to prove our worth more than ever, so don’t take anything for granted, and embrace the changes that are happening in the industry.”

Moy earned her master’s degree in library and information science from The Pratt Institute.

Chris Zammarelli
A candidate for SLA’s Board of Directors in 2011, Chris works as a contract cataloging librarian on behalf of ATSG, LLC at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs.  He previously worked as a project manager and client services manager at LAC Group and as a cataloging librarian on behalf of InfoCurrent at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s central library.

Chris was the first Webmaster of SLA’s Government Information Division (DGI) and stepped up to lead the division as chair-elect in 2008 and chair in 2009.  In 2010 he resumed his role as DGI Webmaster and has since successfully directed the implementation of a new Wordpress platform for the Website. In addition to DGI, Chris is also a member of the Taxonomy Division and the Washington, D.C. Chapter.  In 2007, he received DC/SLA’s InfoCurrent Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an accomplished student-member (he joined SLA as a student in 2005) who exhibits great professional potential.

Chris is also an active speaker and writer. As a graduate student at the University of Maryland, he wrote a master’s thesis about the use of Web 2.0 tools and other advanced content on state government websites entitled “Advanced Content in State E-Government: Criteria for Evaluation.” He has contributed articles to Best Practices for Government Libraries, Revolting Librarians Redux, and Codslap!–the zine for the Library Society of the World.  He also contributes to a variety of blogs, including SLA’s Future Ready 365.

Chris earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Roger Williams University and a master’s in library science from the University of Maryland.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit www.sla.org.

About J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.®
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. was established in 1953 and has become a leading provider of regulatory management and information solutions. The company employs over 1,100 associates and serves more than 350,000 customers, including more than 90% of the Fortune 1000. J. J. Keller’s subject matter experts research and write content, answer questions, and speak on human resources, workplace safety, hazardous materials and transportation subjects covering 1,500 topics. Its 6,000+ products include electronic and printed media and provide a rich base of knowledge for information, legal and research professionals, as well as executives and managers responsible for human resources, risk management, safety and compliance. For more information, visit http://www.jjkeller.com/infopros.

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