New SLA Fellows Span Library Spectrum

Information professionals at a university, a biotechnology firm, and a national library will officially become Fellows of the Special Libraries Association when the organization hosts its Awards and Honors Presentation on October 6.

Anne Barker, Jeff Bond, and John Coll will become the newest SLA Fellows, an honor that is bestowed on active, mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession. Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association’s Board of Directors and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor will be able to use the title Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.

Anne is an information specialist in the Legal Department at Genentech, a biotechnology company in the San Francisco Bay region, where she specializes in patent, litigation, and pharmaceutical pipeline research and analysis. Previously she was a librarian and research analyst at a law firm that focused on intellectual property law.

Anne joined SLA in 2001 and has been active ever since. Currently, she is treasurer of the Leadership and Management Development Community and a member of the Finance Committee and the new Leadership Advisory Council. She is a frequent contributor to discussions on SLA’s community forum, SLA Connect, where she shares her opinions and expertise about topics ranging from SLA’s bylaws and governance to the intricacies of searching patent assignee and ownership information.

Jeff is the scholarly communication librarian and science research liaison at Texas Christian University, where he has worked for the past 13 years. While at TCU, Jeff earned a master’s degree in mathematics while continuing to work full-time in the library.

Since joining SLA in 2006, Jeff has been active in the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Community, serving as chair in 2015. He chaired the Annual Conference Advisory Council for SLA’s 2019 Annual Conference in Cleveland, and he has been an integral member of this year’s conference advisory council, helping manage the transition from an onsite convention (originally scheduled for June 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina) to a virtual interactive event.

John has been in the library and information field for more than 30 years, working at newspaper libraries, legal libraries, and investment bank research centers. He currently is part of the senior management team at the National Library of Scotland, serving as the library’s associate director of access and managing a staff of more than 70 people.

John has been especially active in the SLA Europe Community, serving as president in 2016 and co-chairing the Organizing Committee for the 2018 SLA Europe Conference. He has also served on the SLA Nominating Committee. He has always been impressed by SLA’s support of mentoring and networking among its members, which he believes is critical for career development.

The awards ceremony is open to all at no charge, but registration is required. Create a registration record, then select the option to register only for the awards ceremony.

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