Doris Helfer to Receive Top SLA Honor

SLA’s founder, John Cotton Dana, believed that libraries should be communities of learning, their resources open to all. On June 20, SLA will present its highest honor to a librarian who shares Dana’s philosophy.

Doris Small Helfer, department chair, collection access and management services at California State University Northridge, will receive the John Cotton Dana Award at the closing general session of the SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix. The Dana Award is given to an information professional to honor a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession.

During her four-decade career, Doris has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles, columns, book reviews, and other publications on librarianship. She has also spoken and participated in panel presentations at numerous professional meetings, including past SLA Annual Conferences.

An SLA Fellow and member of the SLA Hall of Fame, Doris has served on the association’s board of directors, chaired numerous committees and councils, and served in leadership positions in the Southern California Chapter and IT Division, among others. She has been recognized by both her university and SLA for her teaching and mentoring.

Prior to joining Northridge in 1996, Doris worked at the RAND Corporation, AT&T Global Information Solutions, and the University of Southern California’s Law Center Library.

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