SLA Award Recipient Spotlight: Jill Strand Receives ProQuest Member Achievement Award

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

Jill Strand was named the 2013 recipient of the ProQuest Member Achievement Award in San Diego last June. The ProQuest Member Achievement Award is presented annually to an SLA member for raising the visibility, awareness, and appreciation of the information profession, an SLA unit, or the association at large. Jill Strand 2013

I am honored to present this award to someone who has
contributed so much to SLA, and has shown her commitment to even
more involvement,” began Tim Wahlberg, Senior Vice President,
Dialog, & General Manager of ProQuest.
“Her work has strengthened SLA’s mission to
advocate for information professionals in many ways, including
spearheading planning for this 2013 conference. She maintains a
consistent eye toward the visibility of the profession, seeking out
opportunities to enhance that visibility and build the association’s
interaction with press and organizations both inside and outside of
the industry.”

More about Jill Strand:

Jill has nearly 20 years of experience delivering knowledge that helps people succeed in both the boardroom and the court room. With a diverse background in law, non-profit, government, and corporate sectors, Jill is passionate about advocating for the value of information professionals as well as encouraging future information professionals to enter the field.

Jill has been actively involved in SLA since her days with the SLA Student Group at St. Catherine University starting in 2000, and later with the Minnesota Chapter as President in 2008. She was Program Chair for the Legal Division in 2010 to 2011, partnering with SLA units and vendors to develop widely-relevant Webinars, one of which attracted over 400 attendees around the world.

At the Association level, Jill has chaired the Public Relations Advisory Council, the group that updated the PR toolkit for unit communications officers as well as recruited the association’s Alignment Ambassadors. She has also served on the 2011 Annual Conference Advisory Council, Nominating Committee, and chairs the Annual Conference Advisory Council for this very conference. She has written the Market Share column for Information Outlook since its inception in June 2011 and has been a regular contributor to the magazine for over 10 years.

Currently, Jill serves as director of the Knowledge Resources Library at Maslon Edelman Borman Brand, LLP in Minneapolis MN.  She and her staff deliver resources and services which help the firm’s attorneys and staff excel at the practice of law as well as the business of law.

Jill was named a Fellow of SLA in 2010 and awarded Presidential Citations for her work with the Future Ready 365 Team in 2011 and as an Alignment Ambassador in 2009. Through the years, Jill has consistently mentored students individually and in the classroom at her alma mater, St. Catherine University, as well as at Simmons College, Wayne State University, Mount Holyoke, and University of Arizona.

Jill earned a BA in Journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University, a certificate from the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and an MLIS from St. Catherine University accredited through Dominican University.  When she’s not living and breathing SLA, Jill is struggling to master the next form for her black belt in Kung Fu and planning trips with her husband Jonathan to visit their 15 nieces and nephews.

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