The Special Libraries Association

Categorized | Communications Archive

2013 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners

*The Mergent Distinguished Service Award: Sarah Warner
*The Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award: Stan Friedman
*The Dana Gordon Award: Donna Severino
*The President’s Award: Davis Erin Anderson and Nancy Baldwin
*Ellis Mount Scholarship Award Winners: Cristina Vignone and *Rachel Finn
*Previous Chapter Award Winners

The SLA NY Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners!

The Mergent Distinguished Service Award: Sarah Warner


The Mergent Distinguished Service Award serves to recognize members of the New York Chapter who have a track record of long service to the Chapter and also to the Association.

Sarah has been active in both the SLA NY Chapter and the Association at large. She served as Treasurer (2002-03), and chaired the Awards Committee in 2003-04 and again in 2011-2012. Before she moved to New York, Sarah was President of the New England (Boston) SLA Chapter in 2002-03. Sarah has also been a faithful attender for many years of many of the events held by the New York Chapter. In her role with Wontawk and now in her own independent practice, Sarah Warner and Associates, Sarah has provided career guidance to many professionals, especially those that are new to the field. She also has contributed freely to career panels/career fairs for SLA NY. Sarah has given generously of her time to the Association, SLA NY and its members.

For the past fifteen years Sarah Warner has been able to tie together all she learned in her career to match clients with the most qualified candidates for their job. Her recruiting career began when she became Manager and Director of Operations of Wontawk in New York (formerly Gossage Regan Associates). In June 2010 Sarah created her own recruiting firm Sarah L Warner and Associates LLC to continue meeting the needs of librarians, information professional and clients. She brought years of experience in entrepreneurial, corporate, and non-profit settings, developing and providing a full spectrum of library services, including management, staff recruiting and research. Her understanding of the needs and expectations of information professionals coupled with her management experience, has been invaluable in assessing the candidates’ qualifications to meet the clients’ staffing needs and requirements. Sarah has her MLS from Pratt Institute. Her career began in New York at the Center for Urban Education and The Engineering Societies Library. From non-profit she leapt to Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, an international engineering firm, to manage the small library. An opportunity, too good to turn down, came two years later to become manager of the library at Wang Laboratories in Lowell, MA. This leading international computer company had over 39,000 employees and a library staff of 8. Bitten by the Internet bug, she joined Amulet, an internet start-up of 12 employees in 1995, to be liaison between content providers and computer engineers to provide an innovative online research service for librarian, sales and marketing. Throughout her career she has been active in Special Libraries Association in both the New York and Boston chapters including the President of the Boston Chapter and Awards Committee in New York. For three terms she was elected to the Board of Trustees of Chelmsford, MA. She has been a member of LLAGNY, ARMA, Archons of Colophon, and ASIS.

The Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award: Stan Friedman


The Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to members of the New York Chapter to recognize recent outstanding work on specific projects and activities (within approximately the last two years). The Outstanding Achievement Award can be given to one person or to a group of people who worked together on a project.

Stan serves as SLA NY’s webmaster. He has quietly gone about the business of constantly improving the SLA NY website end user experience by adding functionality to the website, made the site more aesthetically appealing and is the Chapter’s go to person when it comes to content and functionality of the website. This past year alone, Stan has been instrumental to the newly renewed Publications Committee by assisting with their endeavor to create an online platform for articles, renewed SLA NY’s contract with Event Espresso to keep registrations running smoothly, and continued to provide excellent support to the Communications Committee in only its second year.

Stan Friedman is the Senior Research Librarian for Condé Nast. In his 18 year tenure, he has managed numerous digitization projects for his library and, last month, launched an in-house ebook lending initiative in partnership with OverDrive. In between these projects, he has completed well over 15,000 research requests for the editorial and advertising departments of the company’s 26 brands. Stan’s contributions to the SLANY website begin with having served on the original Homepage Committee in 1997, and include several stints as webmaster, including the 2012 and 2013 terms. Stan is also guilty of having coined the term Joblog for the Chapter’s employment listing service, which began life as the phone-based Jobline. The Joblog site was designed by Stan and launched in 2008. To date, it has received over half a million page views. More recently, Stan has served on the 2012 Communication Committee, the 2011 Web Redesign Committee and the 2010 Centennial Celebration Team (each of which earned a Mergent award).

The Dana Gordon Award: Donna Severino


The Dana Gordon award is available to SLA NY Chapter members who have been in the profession 10 years or more and have demonstrated throughout his/her career an enterprising spirit through the development or creation of initiatives that have consistently broken new ground as an information professional or as a volunteer of SLA NY.

Donna is a multi-talented information professional exemplified by her outstanding leadership and organizational skills which she has leveraged in her tireless service to the NY Chapter. As an effective leader and team player, Donna has worked tirelessly to support the goals of the chapter, communicate with members, vendors and professionals across various market sectors. Donna has also established collaborative relationships with many related organizations (LLAGNY, ILTA, ARMA, etc.) in order to enrich the SLA NY Chapter member experience.

During the economic downsizing when members of SLA NY were faced with career challenges of a lifetime, Donna established the Employment Task Force providing members with a forum to identify individual/group requirements in order to move forward. Donna went on to serve as President of the Chapter and currently serves as chair of the Membership and Publications Committee in addition to her role as Past President. As chair of the membership committee, she has started a new mentorship initiative, instituted regular happy hours and organized the listserv cleanup project in conjunction with Davis. In her role as Past President she has gone above and beyond by taking on many tasks to support the new leadership and Chapter to support a smooth transition. In addition, she has created teams that will ensure sustainability and produce future leaders.

Donna Severino is a long-standing member of SLA and SLA NY. Currently, she is Past President of the Chapter and Chairs both the Membership and Publication Committees. During the economic downsizing, when members of SLA NY were faced with significant career challenges, Donna lead the Employment Task Force providing members with a forum to identify individual/group requirements in order to move forward in profession that was rapidly changing. Donna is a former Board Member of ARMA Metro NYC, where she served as the Vice President of Collaborative Partnerships and a long-standing member of both LLAGNY and AIIM. Donna is currently employed as the Vice President and Strategic Information Manager for Credit Suisse. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Donna was the Vice President of Records Management for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Vice President of Legal, Compliance and MCD Information Services for Goldman, Sachs & Co. While at Goldman Sachs, she was credited with building their Legal and Compliance Information Center, establishing a legal and regulatory research team, developing and maintaining the internal websites for two divisions and launching a regulatory update process that led to the development of cutting edge technology in this area. Additionally, Donna developed a best-in-class records management program and an integrated database and imaging environment for the Legal and Compliance Departments of Goldman Sachs, which was awarded a patent in 2005. In her spare time, Donna is a long distance cycler, Spinner, fitness enthusiast, and avid sports fan.

The President’s Award: Davis Erin Anderson and Nancy Baldwin

Davis nancy

The President’s Award recognizes members of the New York Chapter for
outstanding contributions to SLA and/or for professional excellence.

Davis has done a wonderful job this year and in the past managing the discussion list. This year, she has also taken on the important task of cleaning up the listserv and ensuring it is a members-only benefit. She has also taken on the job of continuing the momentum of the successful happy hours and providing a great venue of networking and bonding for the chapter.

Davis Erin Anderson graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science in February 2013. During her time at Pratt, Davis served as President of SLA@Pratt and as Library Student Liaison for SLA’s New York chapter. She currently works at Metropolitan New York Library Council as Community Engagement Manager.

Nancy has done a fantastic job in her current role as Treasurer. She works behind the scenes to make sure the chapter pays and collects on bills in a timely fashion. Although not the most glamorous of positions, it is one of the most detailed and important jobs for the chapter. She is a long standing professional in the industry, and is well respected by her peers.

Nancy Baldwin has held various positions in public and academic libraries. As a special librarian, Nancy worked in the Law Department of Sun Company on one of the first in-house litigation support systems and as Business Librarian in Sun’s Information Resource Center. She developed and managed the Law and Compliance Division Library at Morgan Stanley where she was a Vice-President. Nancy holds an M.L.S. from Villanova University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management and Evaluation of Information Systems from Drexel University and a D.L.S. from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she was a graduate assistant and was responsible for managing the School of Library Service’s Computer Lab. She presented her doctoral dissertation, “The Information-Seeking Behavior of Securities Analysts,” at an ASIS annual meeting. Nancy, also, has presented papers on Global Enterprise Portals at various library and computer conferences.

2013 SLA NY Awards Committee:
Davis Erin Anderson, Matt Brown, Paul DiMauro, Janet Peros, Chair

The Student Scholarship Award Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SLA NY Ellis Mount Scholarship Award.
We extend our congratulations to:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cristina Vignone – LIU/Palmer

Cristina Vignone is a Beinecke Foundation scholar in her second year as a dual degree graduate student in the Archives and Public History Masters Program at New York University and the Library and Information Science Masters Program at the Palmer School, Long Island University. She attended Fordham University Lincoln Center as an undergraduate and has interned at the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Society For Ethical Culture, and the Staten Island Museum History Archives & Library. Cristina currently works a graduate assistant at New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections and its University Archives.

FINN_Photo.jpg Rachel Finn – Pratt

Rachel Finn is currently enrolled in the SILS program at the Pratt Institute where her focus is rare books and special collections; she has Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and History, and a Master of Education. Before moving to New York from Chicago to enter the program she worked as a high school teacher and freelance food writer and editor. Ms. Finn’s writing has been published in Gastronomica, Chicago Sun-Times, Seattle Weekly, in the Washington Post affiliated news site, The Root, and highlighted on Her work as a freelance writer indirectly inspired her path to library school by motivating her to create the nonprofit organization Roots Cuisine (, which she plans to transform into a physical library with collections supporting and promoting the foodways of the global African Diaspora. She has researched, written about, and presented on African and Afrodescendent foodways around the world, the highlight having been and invitation by the U.S. State Department in 2010 to conduct a speaking tour throughout Turkey as part of its U.S. State Department Speaker’s Program.

In addition to developing her foodways library, Ms. Finn’s ultimate career goal upon graduation is to obtain a position as a librarian in a special collections division of an academic library or specialized research library. In her studies, she is exploring the possibilities for food librarianship as a path in the field and hopes to incorporate into her career as a future special collections librarian her interests in history, African, Afro-influenced and Middle Eastern cultures, and her depth of global food knowledge. Her writing and library blog The Gastrolibrarian can be viewed at

We received many excellent qualified responses. We would like to thank all applicants for your interest, time and participation in the scholarship application process.


Robert Drzewicki, Chair
Brian Zamek
Monique Harding
Bruce Shenit

Comments are closed.