Candidate for President-Elect – DelRosso
|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?
Jim has worked in libraries for the better part of the last fifteen years. He’s been a student assistant, a paraprofessional staff member, a library student, and a librarian. He’s had the opportunity to serve the Special Libraries Association as a division and chapter board member and leader, and is deeply honored to be a candidate for President-Elect of SLA.
Jim’s first position within SLA was as part of the Academic Division board. He served as their Communication and Social Media Chair, producing and managing content for the Division’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts, as well as their blog.
In 2012, Jim became President-Elect of the Upstate New York chapter of SLA. He organized two conferences for the chapter that year: The Library is a Growing Organism: Innovative Methods, Classic Missions and Lawyers, Librarians, and Pirates: Surviving the Ever-Changing Seas of Copyright. As President, he successfully implemented policies to address challenges facing the chapter, including restructuring the chapter’s reimbursement policies so that future chapter leaders would receive more support to attend SLA events.
Jim currently serves as the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Cornell University’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library, as well as one of the Cornell University Library’s current group of Digital Scholarship Fellows. At Cornell, he’s participated in a multitude of committees and working groups, including the CUL Strategic Alignment Group and the Scholarly Communications Program Committee. He also served as chair of the Reference and Outreach Committee, organizing monthly forums and an unconference, and is currently chairing the newly-formed Repository Executive Group. Jim has served on the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library’s leadership council since its inception, and manages two successful digital repositories: DigitalCommons@ILR and the Scholarly Commons at the School of Hotel Administration.
Jim is a firm believer in the value of our profession, and strives to be an advocate for librarians and information professionals. He understands that SLA has a unique capability to provide support to those professionals in the academic, government, and corporate spheres. He believes that the foundation of SLA’s strength is its members, and that the key to its longevity and success is in being a strong advocate for those members. He hopes to spend the coming months listening to SLA members from around the world, and learning more about their aspirations for themselves and for the organization. His greatest goal in seeking this office is to help more people find their place in SLA, and help SLA better support all of its constituents.
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