Helfer, Sarmiento Head Slate of 2017 Board Candidates

Doris Small Helfer and Roberto Sarmiento, both running for SLA president-elect, top the list of 10 candidates vying for the five open positions on the 2017 SLA Board of Directors.

Doris is the chair of collection access and management services at the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge. She joined SLA in 1974 and has served in various leadership roles, including president of the Southern California Chapter, chair of the IT and Knowledge Management Divisions, and division cabinet chair on the SLA Board of Directors. Doris is an SLA Fellow, a past recipient of the Rose L. Vormelker Award, and a member of the SLA Hall of Fame.

Roberto is the acting director of distinctive collections and head of the Transportation Library at Northwestern University. He joined SLA in 1997 and is currently chair of the Bylaws Committee. Roberto has also chaired the Transportation Division and has served as public relations chair of the Academic Division and as a director on the SLA Board of Directors. He is an SLA Fellow and a recipient of the Transportation Division’s Innovation Award and Professional Achievement Award.

In addition to selecting a president-elect for 2017, SLA members will also choose among the following candidates for four other board positions:

Chapter Cabinet Chair-elect:

  • Emma Davidson
  • Chris Vestal

Division Cabinet Chair-elect:

  • Joy Banks
  • Laura Leavitt

Director (2 positions):

  • Zena Applebaum
  • Kati Arzeta
  • Naeema Hassan Jabur
  • Barbara Kern

The candidates will serve three-year terms on the board if elected. The election will be held electronically in September 2016. More information about the candidates and the election, including details about Webinars that will feature the candidates for each office, is available here.

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