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SLA Election 2015: Meet the Candidates Series

SLA Election 2015: Meet the Candidates Series

Mark Your Calendars Now and Register to Hear How SLA Candidates See SLA’s Future
The SLA Cabinet Officers will host a Meet the Candidates series of Webinars to provide all members the opportunity to learn more about the individuals standing for the SLA Board of Directors. Be prepared to participate in the live programs, or plan to listen to the recordings before you vote.

Audience questions will be taken during the events, or you may send your questions in advance to James King, the moderator for the series.

Meet the Candidates for Cabinet Chairs-Elect
Thursday, August 6 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect
Barbara Fullerton and Mary Talley
Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
Deborah Keller and Tom Nielsen
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Meet the Candidates for Treasurer
Thursday, August 13 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Nicholas Collison and Juanita Richardson
Register Now
Meet the Candidates for President-Elect
Thursday, August 27 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Dee Magnoni and Karen Reczek
Register Now

This Meet the Candidates series is sponsored by SLA Cabinet officers:

James King, Chapter Cabinet Chair
Juliane Schneider, Division Cabinet Chair
Kimberly Silk, Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect
Ruth Kneale, Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
Kama Siegel, Past Chapter Cabinet Chair
Tara Murray, Past Division Cabinet Chair  & Secretary

Election Dates
Online balloting will run 2 September – 23 September at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Voter Eligibility: Members in good standing as of August 26, 2015
(excludes organizational and honorary members)

Want to Know More?
Want to know more about them? Visit the candidates page and click on the image of any candidate to read their bios.

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SLA:Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions

SLA:Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions

Are you a forward thinking, good communicator with experience in SLA, or do you know someone who fits this description?  If so, the SLA Nominating Committee is looking for you and your colleagues!  We are providing an opportunity for members to take their leadership skills to the next level.  Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve in one of the following leadership positions:

  • President-elect;
  • Chapter cabinet chair-elect;
  • Division cabinet chair-elect; or
  • Treasurer

The committee is seeking 8 candidates–two for each of the four positions–to stand for election in September 2015 and commence serving in January 2016. Nominations must be received by 15 November 2014. Details about the responsibilities for each position can be found on SLA’s website.

Being a candidate and then a board member is a great responsibility as well as a great opportunity to not only give back to your association but also to gain valuable skills.  Don’t take our word for it, read what a few of our past board members told us about their experiences on the board:

“You’re given an opportunity to improve the working lives of thousands of colleagues and direct the implementation of a budget of millions of dollars.  Not every librarian has that kind of leverage at work and it’s immensely satisfying to know that you’ve made a difference in your profession.” Dan Trefethen, past Treasurer and Director

“I owe my entire career to the connections made through SLA.  It was an honor to serve in a leadership capacity to help others achieve success through affiliation with SLA!” – Brent Mai, past President and Chapter Cabinet Chair

“The most exciting aspect of being active in SLA – and particularly, in serving on the Board of Directors – is having a direct voice in our profession.”  Ann Sweeney, past Director

“Being on the SLA Governing Board was like being in a large amphitheater.  It was a great arena to learn to perform leadership and be seen by a large interested professional audience, in other words, a good place to develop leadership and communication skills with an amazing members’ visibility.”  Jesus Lau, past Director

“Volunteering within SLA has provided me with some great opportunities to grow and develop leadership and other skill sets.  Serving on the Board allows me to “giveback” to the Association that has so freely given to me.”  Tom Rink, President-elect, 2015 and former Division Cabinet Chair

“My career and personal life has been enhanced by my two terms on SLA’s Board of Directors…one as President.  The years of service enhanced my skills of persuasion, delegation, listening, mentoring, speaking, trusting, and admiring the multiple types of information professionals who make up our association and our profession.  I would not have had such a rich and successful professional and personal life without my work for SLA.”  Ethel Salonen, former President and Director

Don’t you want to have a say in who decides the future of our association?  Please nominate yourself or your colleagues who are capable and willing to serve as members of the association’s board. This is an important time for our profession and our association.  Don’t let us down!

To nominate an SLA member for the board, forward the following information to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below:

  • The nominee’s name, address and phone number;
  • The board position for which you are recommending the nominee;
  • A few paragraphs about why you think this person would be an outstanding candidate and board member.

“So, the bottom line? Don’t sell yourself short; buy the ticket, take the ride.  Your mileage may vary, but it is an absolutely thrilling journey.”  Roberto Sarmiento, former Director

Gloria Zamora Chair, SLA Nominating Committee
Sue Henczel
Sharon Lenius
Leslie Reynolds
Anne Barker
Linda Broussard, staff member

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SLA 2015 Call for Volunteers

SLA 2015 Call for Volunteers

Volunteer with SLA!

Help shape the future of SLA. Volunteer now!

As incoming president of SLA, one of my first tasks is to appoint members to SLA’s councils and committees. This year there are vacancies to fill at a variety of levels (chairs and members) and in a range of subject areas (bylaws, diversity, and online content, to name a few). There’s something to appeal to everyone!

Lots of people have told me they’re interested in becoming more involved. Getting involved in SLA leadership can help you develop new skills, build experience for your resume (CV), and make new contacts.

How to apply:  Tell me what contributions you’d like to make at both the association and unit (chapters, divisions and caucuses) levels by completing a volunteer form and indicating the roles in which you’re interested.

There are separate forms for committees/councils and units. Each form provides details on the level and number of vacancies along with links to Web pages for the committees and councils. There is also a comments box, and it would be helpful if you could specify your skills and/or experience (or those you wish to acquire) that are relevant to your choice(s).

The deadline for completing the form is October 17.

What happens next: I’ll be reviewing the forms with the help of a small team of members. During November and December, I’ll be contacting members who completed forms to ask them to take on committee and council roles.

Those who express an interest in volunteering for units will have their details forwarded to the appropriate unit for consideration and response.

Remember: Volunteering helps both SLA and you. Sign up today!



Thank you.

Jill Strand
SLA 2015 President

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