SLA Board Candidates Span Four Continents
Special librarians from six nations and four continents will vie for seats on the SLA 2020 Board of Directors, in an election that reflects the association’s geographic and cultural diversity.
Kevin Adams, information specialist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Catherine Lavallée-Welch, university librarian at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, are the candidates for 2020 president-elect. The winner of this election will go on to serve as president of SLA in 2021 and past president in 2022.
Catherine has worked in libraries in Canada, Europe, and the United States and joined SLA in 2000 while at the University of Louisville. She has chaired the SLA Academic Division and Information Technology Division and served on the board of the Science-Technology Division as well as on the SLA Board of Directors from 2015-2017. She was named an SLA Fellow in 2014. She writes and presents frequently on issues ranging from blogging to technology to distance learning.
Kevin joined SLA in 1996 and was one of the founding members of the Australia/New Zealand chapter in 2005. He has served on the boards of the SLA Solo Division, Environment and Resource Management Division, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division, and Government Information Division as well as the SLA Board of Directors from 2015-2017. He is currently a member of the Students and New Professional Advisory Council and the 2020 Annual Conference Advisory Council and was named an SLA Fellow in 2018.
In addition to Kevin and Catherine, eight other SLA members are competing for four seats on the 2020 board, as follows:
Chapter Cabinet Chair-elect
- Eryn Campbell, research librarian at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (Kansas City, Missouri, United States)
- Elaine Lasda, subject librarian for social welfare and research impact at the University at Albany (Albany, New York, United States)
Division Cabinet Chair-elect
- Connie Crosby, principal at Crosby Group Consulting (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- Julie Snyder, corporate librarian and archivist at Shure Incorporated (Niles, Illinois, United States)
Director (2 open seats)
- Natasha Chowdory, clinical evidence-based information specialist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (Coventry, England, United Kingdom)
- P.K. Jain, librarian for the Institute of Economic Growth at the University of Delhi (New Delhi, Delhi, India)
- Jim Miller, principal at Connect Public Affairs (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
- Labibah Zain, lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science of Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
The election will be conducted by online balloting in September. Election winners will serve three-year terms; the cabinet chairs-elect will serve as cabinet chairs in 2021 and past cabinet chairs in 2022.