Nancy Snell Selected as 2010 DLDP Award Recipient

Nancy Snell  Nancy Snell, a hearing-impaired information professional at Kurt Salmon Associates in Atlanta, is the recipient of the 2010 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) Award.  The award, sponsored by EBSCO, includes a $1,000 travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the 2010 SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO (SLA 2010).

The DLDP Award was developed by SLA to promote the advancement and visibility of members who represent the diversity of the association by providing them with a structured mentoring program and a stipend to attend the SLA Annual Conference.  Recipients must have an interest in and potential for leadership in SLA, have been a member of SLA for at least one year, and have between three and ten years of professional library and information experience. 

“Face-to-face is my favorite social media.  It’s what I do best, especially one on one.  It’s also why I’ve gotten involved in SLA, and why attending SLA 2010 is so valuable to me. Not only does it provide me with the ability to network, expand and learn in my industry, it provides the opportunity to interact face-to-face in an increasingly digital world,” said Snell in her award application. 

Snell continued, “I am also interested in providing a perspective to SLA through a leadership role that can add a layer to the organization’s depth,” Snell wrote. “I offer a lifelong perspective on physical disability through my hearing loss, one that is always changing to adjust and adapt to changes in the profession and technology, just as SLA has over the years.” 

Snell is a research analyst for Kurt Salmon Associates, a global consulting firm. She works in research and knowledge management (KM), providing competitive intelligence, KM and research services.  She worked in journalism and real estate market research before transitioning to a career that was more information-oriented.

An SLA member since 2006, Snell has been very active in the Georgia SLA Chapter, serving on its Board of Directors since 2007. She is currently the chapter’s treasurer and previously served on the Host Committee for the SLA 2009 Leadership Summit and as the chapter’s membership chair in 2008. Snell holds a master’s degree in library and information studies (LIS) from Florida State University and another in technical and professional communications from Southern Polytechnic State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

Snell will be honored at the DLDP Breakfast on June 15 during SLA 2010. The breakfast is sponsored by Dialog & ProQuest, EBSCO and Morgan & Claypool Publishers and will feature Art Munin, an author, educator and consultant. Munin says his presentation, White Privilege 101, “will uncover how White Privilege has evolved, how it is perpetuated today, and what SLA members can do in their work and personal lives to unhinge its power.” To learn more about the DLDP breakfast and the speaker visit SLA Conference Connections.

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