SLA Award Recipient Spotlight: Dan Trefethen to Receive John Cotton Dana Award

As part of the 2013 SLA Awards & Honors program (which culminates on-stage on June 9th in San Diego), we’ll be detailing a few of the many accomplishments and contributions of SLA Award Recipients. Find descriptions of each SLA Award.

Dan Trefethen is the 2013 recipient of the John Cotton Dana Award, the most prestigious honor an SLA member can receive.

Dan Trefethen makes his treasurer's speech at the 2011 Conference in Philadelphia.“As SLA’s treasurer for the past three years, Dan put innovative ideas into action,” said SLA’s Chief Executive Officer, Janice Lachance. “He added stability to SLA amidst an unpredictable economic climate, and positioned us for future growth through dedication, creative thinking, and consistently going beyond his call to action.” 

More about Dan Trefethen

Dan joined SLA as a student member in 1978 and never looked back.

He has worked almost exclusively as a Solo librarian in corporate practice. He built and maintained collections for an economic consulting firm, an architecture and engineering firm, and for the Boeing Company, his current employer.  He came to Boeing to create the first collection in the corporate sector on the subject of global air traffic management.  He has since worked as a web content owner for a major defense program, and is currently providing knowledge management solutions for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

His service for SLA has included leadership activities for all types of units, including chapter, division, committee, and the association’s Board of Directors.  He was an original member of the Solo Librarians Caucus, and served as the third chair of the Solo Librarians Division in 1993-94.  After serving on a number of committees, he was made a Fellow of SLA in 2000.  In 2004 he was elected to the SLA Board of Directors and served as board liaison and member of the Finance Committee.  This experience served him in good stead when he was elected Treasurer of SLA for 2010-2012.

Dan has attended every SLA annual conference since 1984.  After a few conferences, he realized there are a few tricks to it that first-timers ought to know, so he wrote the first ‘how-to’ article on attending an SLA conference.  Entitled “The Savvy Conference-Goer Does SLA”, it was published in the May 1990 issue of the Pacific Northwest Chapter’s newsletter.  For a number of years Dan updated and reprinted that article, then gave others permission to revise it and republish it in print and online.  The kernel of it survives today in the various postings about ‘making the most of the SLA conference’.  Knowing how important it is that first-timers enjoy a stellar conference experience, he always attends the First-Timers Reception hosted by the SLA Fellows to provide tips and tricks.

Dan is part of a two-librarian family.  His wife Joanna works for the Seattle Public Library.  They have two sons, one dedicated to commerce (Business major) and the other to art (Theater major).  In his spare time, he practices the communication and negotiation skills he learned in SLA by serving as an umpire for Little League Baseball.

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