Candidate for Director – Adams
|Question 1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?
Question 2: What changes, if any, do we need to make to keep annual conference as a vibrant, well attended event?
Question 3: How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally?
Question 4: SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?
Kevin has been an information professional for over 20 years and is currently the Information Specialist at the Institute for Environmental Science and Research in Christchurch, New Zealand. At ESR he undertakes research on a wide variety of topics in the environmental science area. While at ESR for over 15 years, Kevin has also worked in a variety of roles, including 4 years in London where he worked in law libraries, academic libraries and for a computer research and consultancy company. He has also worked as a Senior Information Consultant for the Business Information Service of the National Library of New Zealand.
Kevin became a member of SLA in 1996 the year in which he attended his first conference in Boston and has missed only five conferences since then. As an international member these conferences have been invaluable as networking opportunities and establishing relationships.. Before that he earned a Masters degree in history from the University of Canterbury and a diploma in librarianship from Victoria University. The first chapter he joined was the Hawaii Pacific and was a member of this chapter until the foundation of the Australia/New Zealand chapter in 2005. He was one of the founding members of this chapter and was secretary of this chapter for a number of years. Kevin belongs to and has been on the boards of the Solo division, Environment and Resource Management division, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition division and the Government division and has been a long time member of the Business and Finance division.
With the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition he has held the positions of Director, Secretary and last year was the Chair of the division and was responsible for organising the division’s sessions at the San Diego conference. He has also been on committee for FAN looking at scholarships He was also the chair in 2013 of SLA’s Online Content Advisory Committee and this year is on the Information Outlook Advisory Committee. For the FAN division he has also written a column for the newsletter for a number of years, and has written columns for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Information. Last year in San Diego Kevin was part of the closing panel session “Connect, Collaborate and Strategize”
Kevin has experience of being on the boards of various divisions and his local chapter, as well committee experience with the association itself.
One of the strengths of SLA is its growing international membership. Kevin believes, as a member of one of the international chapters, that this diversity is a strength of SLA but that the association needs to keep looking for ways to grow in this area. Also that as the nature of information changes we need to keep up with these changes in order to provide the service that those we serve need.
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