SLA Names Five New Fellows

SLA’s global presence will be highlighted at the opening session of the 2015 Annual Conference, as librarians from the Arabian Gulf and Asia Chapters join information professionals from North America in receiving one of the association’s highest honors.

Amy Affelt, Praveen Kumar (P.K.) Jain, Janice Keeler, Tracy Z. Maleeff, and Mohamed Mubarak will be recognized as SLA Fellows during the awards presentation in Boston on June 14. Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on active, mid-career information professionals in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession.


Amy is the director of database research worldwide for Compass Lexecon, where she conducts research and analysis for economists who testify as expert witnesses in litigation. An SLA member since 1992, Amy has chaired the Leadership & Management Division and the Public Relations Advisory Council and previously headed a group of SLA members and staff who developed the Future Ready Toolkit. She has twice received SLA Presidential Citations (in 2008 and 2011) and was named an InfoStar by Thomson Scientific in 2007. Her book, The Accidental Data Scientist, was published earlier this year.


P.K., a librarian at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, India, has been a tireless leader of, and ambassador for, the SLA Asia Chapter since its founding in 2001. He served as chapter president in 2002-2003 and has since served as public relations chair, membership chair, and secretary. He organized the first International Conference of Asian Special Libraries, held in India in 2008, and just finished organizing the fourth such conference, which was held in South Korea earlier this year. He received an SLA Presidential Citation in 2009 and the SLA Professional Award in 2008 as well as the Diversity Leadership Development Program Award in 2004.


Janice is responsible for global knowledge management and taxonomy functions at NERA Economic Consulting in Chicago. She has spent more than half of her 30-plus years as an SLA member in leadership roles, serving as treasurer and president of the Illinois Chapter, chair of the Leadership & Management Division, and treasurer and chair of the Taxonomy Division. She founded and organized the Content Buyer’s Roundtable at the SLA Annual Conference for many years, chaired the committee that created the Content Buying Section of the Leadership & Management Division, helped write the original scope statement for the Knowledge Management Division, and was one of the co-founders of the Taxonomy Division. In 2013, she served as a member of the Conferencing Re-Envisioning Task Force.


Tracy is the library resources manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, where she has worked since 2008. She chaired the Legal Division in 2012, served on the Conferencing Re-Envisioning Task Force in 2013, and is the chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council. She is especially active in social media, serving as social media manager for the Leadership & Management Division and as chair of the SLA Online Content Advisory Council, in which role she manages the @SLAhq and @SLAconf accounts and leads the #SLAtalk series of Twitter chats. She was given the inaugural Dow Jones Innovate Award in 2014 and received the Legal Division’s Thomson Reuters Westlaw Award for Career Achievement the same year.


Mohamed is the senior librarian at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. Soon after attending his first SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter meeting, Mohamed joined SLA and began networking with other information professionals in academia and the private sector. His then-library director, an SLA member, told him he could acquire valuable leadership skills by volunteering, and he took her message to heart, serving as public relations chair from 2006-2010, then as president of the chapter from 2012-2014. He is a strong voice for open access to help raise the research impact of scholars in the Middle East.

To learn more about the 2015 class of SLA Fellows, read the press release.

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