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Become involved in Chemistry Community in 2021

Committees you can join:


Awards Committee

Chair: Luti Salisbury (lsalisbu@ark.edu)

Help solicit applications from the new members of the community and then evaluate the applications and assign one lucky person to be a next Sparks Award winner!   If interested, please contact the current chair.


Membership Committee

Chair: Dawn French (dfrenchval@aol.com)

Help recruit new member to the Chemistry community by highlighting our strength and benefits. If interested, please contact the current chair.


Mentoring Committee

Chair: Denise Callihan (callihan@ppg.com)

Like to see the chemistry division create and support more mentoring programs for struggling science librarians.  Join the mentoring committee and help recruit members to make that happen. If interested, please contact the current chair.


Nominating Committee

Past- President- Meredith Ayers (mayers@niu.edu)

Join the nominating committee and help find nominees and create a slate for the chemistry community’s elected positions of President-elect and Secretary for 2022. If interested, please contact the Chemistry Community’s Past -President.


Professional Development Committee

Chair: Judith Currano (currano@pobox.upenn.edu)

With the adaption of an LMS by SLA this is an exciting time join this committee.  The LMS opens up new possibilities for teaching and training others the skills they need to succeed professionally in their jobs. If you have ideas for training programs or topics you would like to present or see others present, please consider joining this committee to help make it happen.  If interested, please contact the current chair.



Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Luti Salisbury (lsalisbu@ark.edu)

Do have great ideas for the community and want to help create a road map for the community to follow.  Consider joining the Strategic Planning Committee to help create a plan that will make the chemistry community more welcoming and inclusive and sustain it membership in the future. If interested, please contact the current chair.


SLA Annual 2021

If you have ideas for a conference presentation of education session, please contact one of our conference program planners:

Susan Marker (susan.marker@nist.gov)

Luti Salisbury (lsalisbu@ark.edu)

Yuening Zhang (YZHAN121@kent.edu)



Watch for calls for a taskforce to Revise Recommended Practices for the Community in 2021.

The SLA board has restructured SLA and new bylaws to reflect those changes have been passed.  In 2021 new Community Guidelines will be sent out and the Recommend Practices for SLA Chemistry Division will need to be revised.  If your interested in the restructuring of the Chemistry Community, really like dealing with governing documents or a wordsmith who likes a challenge please watch for calls to join the taskforce and help with this important document’s revision.