SLA Names Matarazzo, Salonen to Hall of Fame

James Matarazzo and Ethel Salonen have gone far in their profession and had far-reaching impacts on the field of special librarianship, but neither will have to go much of anywhere or do anything to reach the next milestone in their illustrious careers.

Jim, dean and professor emeritus at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, and Ethel, head of information services at MITRE in nearby Bedford, Massachusetts, will be inducted into SLA’s Hall of Fame next month during the awards ceremony at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference. The conference will host approximately 2,000 librarians, information professionals, and industry vendors at the Boston Convention Center on June 14-16.

The Hall of Fame is reserved for SLA members at or near the end of their active professional careers and recognizes distinguished service and contributions to SLA or an SLA chapter or division.


Jim, an SLA member since 1964, has been a member of the association’s board of directors and president of the Boston Chapter (now the New England Chapter) and has also served on several committees and task forces. He was named a Fellow of SLA in 1988, received the SLA Professional Award in 1983 and again in 1988, and was given the SLA President’s Award in 1991.

Although he officially retired from Simmons in 2002 after more than four decades on the faculty (including 14 years as assistant dean of the library school and 9 as dean), Jim continues to teach courses on his favorite topic—the organization and management of corporate libraries—and write extensively about the value of corporate libraries. He is the author of several books, including Closing the Corporate Library: Case Studies on the Decision-making Process (1981), and the co-author (with Toby Pearlstein) of Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (2013).


Ethel served as president of SLA in 2004-2005, during which time she oversaw the launch of a professional development campaign with a goal of raising $1 million in donations. She also led successful initiatives to restructure member dues, implement electronic voting, and synchronize the association year with the fiscal year.

Ethel has held leadership roles in the Boston Chapter, the Leadership and Management Division, the Knowledge Management Division (she is the 2015 chair), the Corporate Libraries Metrics Task Force, and the Strategic Realignment Committee, among others. Prior to joining MITRE in 2005, she worked in libraries and information centers in both academic and corporate settings.

To learn more about Jim and Ethel and their contributions to SLA and special librarianship, read the press release.

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  1. […] SLA Knowledge Management Division Chair, Ethel Salonen, as well as Jim Matarazzo, will be inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame at our upcoming Boston […]

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