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DMIL Election Candidates. Election will be at the end of October 2017.

Attention DMIL Members,

Our annual election is coming up and I wanted to present our candidates for this year. As you can see we are without a nominee for our Director-MLTW Planner 2019. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position please contact me. Please note that each nominee’s bio can be found below. Election will be at the end of October 2017. ​

Chair-Elect 2018-2020 – Travis Ferrell

Secretary 2018-19 – Heather O’Daniel

Director-Conference Planner 2019 Deb Knox

Director-MLTW Planner 2019 – (no nominee)

Director at Large 2018-19 Pat Alderman

Travis Ferrell (Chair-Elect 2018-2020)
Travis Ferrell entered military librarianship via the Army Library Program Internship at the Fort Monroe Library. Afterward, he was a Supervisory Librarian at the Academic Services Department of the Bruce C. Clarke Library in Fort Leonard Wood, MO for over four years. Travis is currently a Research Librarian at the U.S. Army War College Library. This December will be mark his third anniversary there.

He has been a member of SLA and DMIL since January 2010 and been very active in the latter. Since May 2014, he has served as the Student Liaison Coordinator. During his tenure, DMIL has built relationships with SLA Student Groups and recently with the SLA Students and New Professionals Advisory Council. Travis has assisted with the DMIL website and Facebook page. He is responsible for finding volunteers for the DMIL Member Interviews and volunteers for DMIL as needed. Currently, he is the Chair for the Military Libraries Training Workshop (MLTW) 2017.

He is happily married in Carlisle, PA and has a dog named Rocky. Rocky takes him for daily walks and sometimes allows him time to read.

Heather O’Daniel (Secretary 2018-19)
Heather O’Daniel is currently the Library Manager Lead at the Phillips Research Site Library, AFRL, Kirtland AFB and President-Elect of the Rio Grande Chapter (for the 2nd time). She obtained her library degree from the University of Illinois, and has been an SLA member since 1992. She has previously worked in public, academic, and corporate libraries. She was at the Intel Corporation Library for 14 years, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute for 6 years, and in her current position as a government contractor for 5 years. She volunteers her time as a member of the University of New Mexico’s Animal Care and Use Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a local adult literacy program.

Deb Knox (Director-Conference Planner 2019)  
Deb Knox is the Director of Federal Sales for Cox Subscriptions, Inc. a small business serving the library industry since 1974. Deb is currently responsible for all facets of government sales and contract administration and also coordinates support services for federal libraries worldwide for her company. Prior to joining WT Cox twenty years ago, she worked for a private sector Department of Defense contractor as part of team responsible for federal government service proposals. Has served on various boards in SLA including the Government Information Division, and the MLW Board and is a strong supporter of military librarians and by now a familiar face. I served as SLA Planner for 2017 and am committed to excellence when representing the Division. Deb is a member of MLW and has been a strong supporter of our mission over the years. She resides in coastal North Carolina.

Pat Alderman (Director at Large 2018-19)
Pat Alderman was a military librarian for over 30 years. She served at post libraries in Virginia and California, at the Community Family Support Center in Alexandria , and spent the last 15 years at the National Defense University where she was a systems librarian and Chief of the Information Architecture Division. Since retiring she has volunteered as a Lead Librarian at the USS Midway Museum Library. She has been a member of the Military Libraries Division since 1981. She has previously served as Chair (2004) and Conference Planner for the 2009 Centennial Conference in Washington, DC. She was also co-chair for the Virtual Worlds Advisory Council in 2012.


Rebecca Kammerer
DMIL Chair

Chief, Aviation Technical Library & Aviation Learning Center USAACE G3
Fort Rucker, AL 36362
DSN 558-3912

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