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2015 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners

The SLA NY Awards Committee
is pleased to announce
the 2015 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners!


Committee Member of the Year

Daniel Barron


Edge Award

We Need Diverse Books


President’s Award

Kara Masciangelo

Eileen Rourke


Outstanding Achievement Award

Vida Cohen

Sarah Davis

Rebecca Hahn


Ellis Mount Scholarship

Hannah Sistrunk


SLA NY Awards Committee

Janet Peros, Chair, Matt Brown, Meredith Brown, Stacey Pilson

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2014 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners

The SLA NY Awards Committee is pleased to
announce the 2014 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners!

The Mergent Distinguished Service Award: Tom Nielsen

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.

Tom Nielsen has been an essential partner to SLA NY’s professional development endeavors for many years, working most recently as co-chair of the Professional Development committee. Tom works to advance the capability and resourcefulness of his fellow chapter members by planning and executing excellent webinars and in-person events. Always on the lookout for trends in the field, Tom ensures that each and every member of our chapter has the tools they need to find work in the field or excel in the position they already have.  Tom takes the time to listen to each member of our community, and always puts the needs of SLA NY members first.


The Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award: Diversity Committee, Clara Cabrera & Lisa Lopez, co-chairs

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.

The Diversity Committee, headed by Clara Cabrera, has demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness in putting together fun, entertaining, and educational programs for SLA NY members. The research each committee member puts behind her events is inspiring.  The Diversity Committee brings new and seasoned chapter members together for free events, a feat in and of itself.  Together, Clara and Lisa have revived this committee and helped it reach its full potential.  They ensure that diversity programming remains the important endeavor for the NY chapter that it should be.


The Dana Gordon Award: B2E Chapter Newsletter board, Rachel Finn, Chris Lillis Meatto & Helen Sobolik

The Dana Gordon Innovation Award was approved by the SLA NY Executive Board in 2012 to honor the memory of Dana Gordon.

Dana Gordon was a long-standing SLA NY and SLA News Division member.  Dana, a consummate professional, was well known for her expertise, creative talent, and enterprising spirit.  Dana’s professionalism was rivaled only by her tremendous enthusiasm for the profession and her generosity in sharing her great store of knowledge with colleagues, staff and students.

The award truly celebrates Dana’s sense of innovation by allowing for a broad range of nominees each year. The award itself would evolve with the times by being available as recognition to:

  • Individual SLA NY Chapter members who have consistently developed innovative and groundbreaking initiatives in their career or as a volunteer of SLA NY
  • SLA NY Committees (and all members thereof) which have created initiatives that break new ground for the chapter and the profession
  • Academic professionals who’ve served as a mentor to both peers and students, and/or developed new information-related curriculum and practices
  • Vendors offering trend-setting services, products, or expertise
  • Professionals in adjunct fields whose ideas and actions further the goals of the chapter and the profession

2014 has been a year of ups and downs for the chapter but one new initiative is proving to be a shining star and that is the revamped chapter newsletter, B2E.  The editorial board has completed two issues so far and both have been impressive.  The articles are timely and informative, focusing on current professional issues like metadata, UX, zine libraries and interviews with chapter members.  Additionally, article topics appeal to our diverse membership, such as Leigh Hallingby’s article on Social Security, Ellis Mount scholarship recipient, Rachel Finn’s report on her Rare Books class, and Kristina Billelo’s survey of online learning opportunities.  And the fact that there are thirteen contributors listed means that members are engaged enough to write an article and participate in the success of this new initiative.  When a chapter program showcases the professional issues members care about, highlights the work of members and engages members into participating, that program has demonstrated a solid foundation to be successful.  We look forward to enjoying the future work of the B2E Editorial Board.


The President’s Award:  Agnes Mattis

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

Agnes Mattis has served the chapter in many different roles over the years including President of the chapter.  She took her current role as secretary as a favor to the President.  She has proved herself time and again as being indispensable to the President, board and chapter as a whole whether it is providing history and structure to board meetings, serving as a mentor to newer individuals serving on both the board and advisory council and providing space for the annual meeting and other SLA NY events for many years.  We don’t know where we would be without her.


SLA NY Awards Committee

Janet Peros, Chair, Matt Brown, Meredith Brown, Stacey Pilson

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SLA NY Chapter Response to Consultants’ Recommendations Report

SLA NY Chapter Response to Consultants’ Recommendations Report


SLA NY Chapter Response to Consultants’ Recommendations Report

June 10, 2015

We support change! To quote John F. Kennedy: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” We understand the serious issues facing SLA and that the organization’s survival is at stake. We believe that many of the recommendations in the consultants’ report are valuable. We also acknowledge that the recommendations are to provide a top-level strategic direction and that the details will be worked out in the implementation. However, we feel strongly that the chapters and divisions should function as a laboratory for programming and networking event innovation, while maintaining a clearly defined representation at the international level and the opportunity to pursue sponsorship at the local level. We present our recommendations below in the spirit of sharing our views with the International Board and promoting alternative suggestions.

We have read carefully the consultants’ recommendations report, submitted questions to and dialed into the Town Hall meeting, reached out to and surveyed NY Chapter members, and met with the SLA NY Board and Advisory Council.

We are concerned that the consultants’ recommendations are dependent on a headquarters that can provide quality programming to all members. This first requires the funding to revise SLA’s outdated technology, followed by hiring qualified individuals to create programming. We would like to know the projected cost of these actions that are required for any of the recommendations to be effectively implemented. Will the money raised by the consultants’ recommendations be enough to make those changes? (See Section 4 paragraph 3 on p. 13).

Area IV – Organization Review: We propose to construct SLA as one association, with an equal role for headquarters and active units. Chapters and divisions would function as a laboratory for programming and networking event innovation. One of several ways for the SLA Board to achieve this goal is by adopting the model used by AALL, MLA, and ARLIS, which offer membership at both the international and local levels.

“It is [certainly] time to reconsider how SLA units function and how they might best contribute broader value for all members.” (See Section 6.2.a bullet 6 on p. 29.).

SLA NY realizes that it has many advantages that smaller units do not have. It shares those advantages through programming collaborations both online and in person, and these collaborations often lead to replicable, innovative programs. We would like to see this sort of collaborative work emphasized across all units. Units can act as sandboxes, similar to how states act in relation to other states and the federal government. For example, we propose that headquarters pay for larger unit events to be streamed live to all interested geographies. This would allow SLA members to participate in the event by submitting questions to a moderator via Twitter or other suitable online platform, which would make the events interactive and not static.

We do agree that volunteer efforts should be concentrated “on high quality professional development, networking & collaboration rather than on the administration of unit operations” (See section 6.1 on p. 24). If there are chapters that are struggling, we agree that they should be folded into caucuses or other chapters (See section 6.1.b bullet 2 on p. 27). We propose a change to the SLA bylaws that if a chapter or other unit membership goes below a certain number (number to be determined), the unit would be disbanded and any remaining unit funds would be disbursed to the unit that absorbs them or to SLA Headquarters. This would free up headquarters staff to focus on creating value for all SLA members as the consultants recommend. In addition, this would allow headquarters to give allotments to the units that remain, as it would be far less difficult and time consuming to administer.

We believe that a strong member affiliation with a unit (when one is conveniently located) as well as with the larger SLA entity provides the most benefit to the individual SLA member. For members, networking is best when it comes from the place where people live, work, and seek employment.

We believe that maintaining a strong unit also provides chapter members with the opportunity for professional development. The opportunity to participate in local unit governance, manage a budget, et cetera, fills in gaps in training and experience that many information professionals are not receiving in their workplace.

Moreover, we believe that independent conferences do not detract from annual conference attendance (see p. 30) but rather enable people who cannot attend the international conference to go for a half or full day to a local conference that provides the educational and networking opportunities they wish to participate in. We propose that SLA fund local conferences such as the SLA NY Conference & Expo and replicate this model in other major metropolitan areas throughout the country. The vast majority of our chapter members are unable to attend SLA Boston (despite close proximity to New York City) due to employers not paying for attendance, travel, and hotel, in addition to the inability to take multiple days off from work.

The majority of members of the NY Chapter want more local events, not fewer, as evidenced by these quotes received from our surveys: “The local events are THE major positive point in my membership. If this is significantly reduced, I don’t know if there would be reason to maintain my membership.”

“It is imperative that chapters be able to make their own decisions regarding programs and events. No one knows its members better or understands its needs like chapters. Each chapter is unique, the job markets are different and the needs of the members can be generic to a region or state.”

Regarding the consultants’ recommendation to sunset cabinet roles and require that units needing assistance approach headquarters or reach the Board via the Secretary (see section 6.1.e bullet point 2 on p.28), we feel that units need an official cabinet role where their voices are heard and included in the governing process. Without a participating cabinet role, the Board will be isolated from unit concerns and member needs. We understand the need for the Board to be streamlined to improve agility, but the role of units must remain in the decision-making process; we cannot leave the nuances of this to be worked out in implementation. To quote from our chapter survey, “I agree we need to do something drastic at the international level but think the chapters and divisions should have representation.” A possible solution to this issue would be to replicate the chapter governance model, where a small executive board is supported by a larger advisory council.

Area I  – Business Partnerships & Area V: Revenue Model and Financial Review – We propose an event franchising model where if a chapter or other unit creates an event that is successful and is duplicated in other geographies, that chapter or unit would receive a fee as its programs are adopted elsewhere.

  • A franchise model for sharing revenue obtained by sponsorship (See section 3.1 bullet point 3 on p. 9) presupposes a strong and successful business model and brand that the franchisee pays for the right to use. We propose a new SLA event franchising model where if a chapter or other unit creates an event that is successful and is duplicated in other geographies, that chapter or unit would receive a fee as its programs are adopted elsewhere. In order to allow that first innovation to occur, we propose an SLA “Shark Tank” where members, chapters, and divisions can present their ideas and get their first event funded.

In addition, regarding sponsorship we do support establishing an association-wide centralized process for obtaining revenues from business partners. However, this centralized sponsorship process should exist only for the largest suppliers to the information profession—those that operate on a national or global level (e.g., Thomson Reuters or LexisNexis). We also support establishing a revenue-sharing model with units that contribute to the successful conclusion of a sponsorship agreement (See section 7.2.a bullet point 3 on p. 35). However, we propose that units should be free to pursue sponsors at the local and/or regional level and that those funds should be kept by the unit because the SLA brand does not help capture local funds. Rather, it is the SLA unit brand that has a unique value to a local or regional business partner. In addition, for collaborative events with other organizations, we propose that the unit keep any funds raised, as again, the SLA brand will not have helped obtain those funds.

In particular, the SLA NY Chapter holds approximately 30 events per year, including three chapter headline events: our membership event, annual meeting, and holiday party. The chapter’s signature events and innovative programming drive membership and fundraising and offer a great return on investment for the chapter as well as a benefit to our members. Although the NY Chapter looks forward to gaining the support of SLA headquarters and to helping our fellow SLA members, it is important to our chapter members that these events and traditions continue.

In summary, for a strategic plan to be successful in the long term there needs to be a measure of autonomy and input at the international level for key chapters and divisions in order to enable them to continue their valuable role as creators of innovative SLA events. Although we are all one SLA, we are unit members as well. We recommend that for a lasting strategic plan to be put in place, there must be a balance created between SLA Headquarters and the innovation and local representation of the units.

Signed by the SLA NY 2015 Executive Board

Marcy Winkler, President
Emma Davidson, President-Elect
Kara Masciangelo, Treasurer
Tom Nielsen, Professional Development
Helen Sobolik, Secretary
Nicole Dupras, Communications Chair
Nick Collison, Past President
Sarah Davis, Mentee
Jeanine McPartlin, Mentee

Select Members of the Advisory Council

Daniel Barron
Clara Cabrera
Vida Cohen
Eric Dillalogue
Sheryl Ramer Gesoff
Rebecca Hahn
Susan Hoover
Lisa Lopez-Terrones
Louise Masarof
Dorothy Nelsen-Gille
Rita Ormsby
Brooke Raymond
Pam Rollo
Donna Severino

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Summary of Consultants Recommendations Report

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UPDATE: Please listen to the SLA Town Hall Recording or check out the Notes from SLA Town Hall.


To All SLA NY Chapter Members – Currently, SLA is facing a serious financial situation at a national level. A steady decline in membership and revenues over the past few years has placed the future of the organization in jeopardy. The national Board engaged change consultants who have recently published a report (see attached) to provide recommendations for the future strategic direction of SLA. You can also find the full report without needing a login at the link below:

Below is a summary of the consultants’ Recommendations Report (although we encourage you to read all 49 pages for yourself in your free time!). Please note that the Consultants’ report is a recommendation to the board. The board must vote and pass the recommendations at a Special Board meeting on June 24th. The SLA NY chapter has a limited period of time between now and June 16th at 5:00pm (the cut-off period for the board to receive comments) to communicate to the SLA national board the interests of the NY chapter. At the end of this email is a summary of next steps for chapter leadership and for you as an individual member.

Consultants’ Recommendations Report Summary: Centralize educational, sponsorship and networking opportunities as much as possible so that SLA functions as one association rather than as individual chapters and divisions acting independently most of the time (see Area IV – Key Strategy 1 on p. 5).

Key proposals & the impact of the proposed recommendations affecting NY chapter members are listed below with section and page reference numbers. Please note that the recommendations are proposed to be implemented as a package.



  • Chapter Finances


  • 7.2.a.2 Terminate annual allotments to units (p. 35)
  • 7.1 (p. 34) & 7.5 Assess up to 40% of chapter funds (p. 37)
  • 3.1.3 Sponsorship is centralized at the SLA HQ level and revenue shared 50/50 with chapter and SLA HQ only when unit contributes to successful conclusion of a sponsorship agreement (pp. 9 & 35).

Potential Impact:

  • The Chapter’s annual operating budget will be severely curtailed. It is unclear how social / conversational / networking type programming will be funded along with any financial grants to members such as scholarships and awards. We do not know how business partners feel about this arrangement.



  • Chapter Education & Networking Events


  • 4.1 Centralized provision of educational content by SLA HQ (pp. 13-14)

Potential Impact:

  • The Chapter’s role as a provider of educational programs will be removed or reduced. Large and expensive programs like SLA NY’s annual conference may discontinue, and it is unclear what role the chapter would play in providing educational programming.



Chapter Representation at the SLA Board level


  • 6.1.e.2  Reduce the Board’s size by sunsetting the cabinet roles (p. 29)

Potential Impact:

  • Less or no representation for the Chapters and Divisions at Board level, with potentially fewer opportunities for sharing ideas and knowledge, especially local innovations, between units.


Below is a link to a brief survey with a deadline of Tuesday, June 2nd to find out how you, as a SLA and SLA NY chapter member feel about key recommendations in the report affecting the NY chapter.


Next steps for chapter leadership and for you as an individual member:

  • Chapter leadership will submit questions in advance to the May 27th Town Hall meeting. Emma Davidson SLA-NY President-Elect will send notes to the membership after the meeting.
  • Survey results will inform chapter leadership comments to the SLA National Secretary, who will share them with the SLA National Board. Comments will also be used to create SLA NY chapter talking points for conversations with SLA National Board members at SLA Boston in June. We will share these talking points with the chapter in advance, and NY chapter members are encouraged to use them when speaking to SLA national leadership.
  • At SLA Boston, SLA NY chapter leadership will attend the Open Session Board meeting on Saturday June 13th as well as the Business Meeting on Tuesday June 16th at 5pm. These events will be summarized for chapter members.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to Marcy Winkler, SLA NY Chapter President, Emma Davidson SLA NY Chapter President-Elect, as well as to any of the chapter Executive Board members. Our contact information is listed below and we look forward to hearing your thoughts. And please join the discussion via social media on Twitter at hashtag #SLANewYork.


Marcy Winkler, President

Emma Davidson, President-Elect

Kara Masciangelo, Treasurer

Tom Nielsen, Professional Development

Helen Sobolik, Secretary

Nicole Dupras, Communications Chair

Nick Collison, Past President

Sarah Davis, Mentee

Jeanine McPartlin, Mentee

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New for 2015! SLA NY Chapter Events Newsletter

New for 2015! SLA NY Chapter Events Newsletter


There is a new SLA-NY Chapter Newsletter, just launched today. You can find it using the top navigation and clicking on “Newsletter” or by simply clicking here. In it you will find a message from our Chapter President, upcoming Networking Opportunities and Professional Development Events, as well as updates regarding Bridge to Excellence.

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2013 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners

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

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