Candidate for Director – Lasda Bergman
|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?
Elaine Lasda Bergman is the Social Welfare, Gerontology, and Reference bibliographer at the Dewey Graduate Library, University at Albany. She is also enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science at Syracuse University, with an expected completion date of May, 2015.
Data is a huge issue for Elaine who helped to spearhead the creation of the nascent Data Caucus within our Association. Opportunities for librarians in the era of “Big Data” abound and Elaine is committed to exploring and developing skills we possess as LIS professionals. Along with Kimberly Silk, she will be a co-convener of the Data Caucus at its first meeting at the SLA Annual Conference in Vancouver.
Elaine has been active in SLA for well over a decade, serving in diverse roles at both the Chapter and Division levels. She is currently Past-Chair of the Social Sciences Division, and was the Social Science Division’s first Facebook and Blog Coordinator. She has also served as Public Relations Chair of the Academic Division. Active in the Upstate New York Chapter since 2001, she is a Past President of the Chapter, current Public Relations Chair, and served in many other positions through the years on the UNYSLA Board including Director, Secretary, and Membership Chair, to name a few.
In addition, Elaine is a Past President of the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the New York Library Association and Past-President of the former NYLA New Members Round Table. She has served on the ASLS Board since 2001 and at various times held the posts of Director and Treasurer.
Prior to full time employment at the Dewey Library, Elaine worked as a solo Librarian at the Healthcare Association of New York State. She has also served as adjunct faculty to the Information Studies Department, teaching Online Information Retrieval. Elaine received her M.L.S. from the University at Albany, and has a B.A. in History from SUNY College at Oswego.
Elaine’s professional and research interests include big data in the social sciences, bibliometrics and altmetrics, evidence based librarianship, social media and library marketing/outreach.
For fun she likes creating and receiving mail art, and is an active participant in Postcrossing. She enjoys walking in her neighborhood and most especially to go on camping and hiking vacations in order to “unplug” from all of her electronic devices.
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