Kentucky Information Professionals – Impacting Information Services Locally and Globally
Information professionals in Kentucky are impacting the information industry and their organizations with positive, high value accomplishments. From streamlining work processes to active leadership roles in international and local organizations, Kentucky SLA members are delivering results.
PR9.NET April 28, 2014 - Kentucky 2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for the information professionals of the Kentucky Chapter of Special Libraries Association (KYSLA).
To begin the year, University of Kentucky, Director of Branch Libraries and Head of the Agricultural Information Center and Science Library, Valerie Perry added a new title to her resume. Perry joined the SLA Board of Directors as Past Division Cabinet Chair. The position was left vacant by the passing of SLA's Division Cabinet Chair Ann Koopman. Perry is the first information professional from Kentucky to serve on the board of this international organization.
A full announcement about Perry's new role is available online at: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/uk-libraries-valerie-perry-named-sla-board-directors
Constance Ard's third book was recently published by the United Kingdom based Ark Group. Corporate Libraries: Basic Principles in a Changing Landscape addresses the importance of the basic skills of information professionals and the versatility of those skills in the ever shifting information environment. Each chapter features a "Back to Basics" section consolidating the topics covered providing readers with actionable points that can be implemented for immediate payoffs. A list of the contents and a sample chapter are available online at: http://www.wlrstore.com/ark/corporate-libraries-basic-principles-in-a-changing-landscape.aspx
Ard is happy to have included Kentucky Chapter Member Jaqueline Bartek as a contributor to the work with her case study: Oral History as a Knowledge Management Tool at Asphalt Institute. Other contributors known to the SLA community include Heather Carine, Ulla de Stricker and Marydee Ojala. One of the highlights for Ard was the inclusion of case studies of Abbott Laboratories and the AbbVie Library.
As Ard explains, the book helps to define the excellence that corporate libraries deliver and provides some practice guidance on how to achieve that excellence.
Elizabeth L. Polly was recently appointed Director of Library Services at Stites and Harbison PLLC. Polly has worked with Stites and Harbison since 2005. Her new role includes firm-wide responsibility for Stites & Harbison's virtual and print libraries. Polly will manage all vendor relationships, will perform on-going collection re-balancing as the firm's needs change, provide training and support for legal and non-legal research and will direct others involved in library services. In this new position, Polly will report to the COO and have collaboration / cooperation responsibilities with Office Executive Member and Office Administrators.
Other noteworthy member accomplishments include major milestones for Virginia Mattingly and Stacey Greenwell. Mattingly earned tenure approved by University of Louisville Provost in July 2013. Greenwell earned her PhD in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Kentucky in December 2013. In addition, long-time member and volunteer Laura Whayne was elected as the Kentucky Library Association (KLA), President-Elect in the fall of 2013. Whayne has primary responsibility for planning the KLA Fall Conference that will be held in Louisville Kentucky September 17-20, 2014.
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Kentucky SLA is a an active chapter of the International organization SLA, located in Kentucky. SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. The association promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.
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