Chapter Chronology

2009 (Membership: )

  • President – Greta D. Ober-Beauchesne
  • President Elect – James King
  • Treasurer – Martha Reifschneider
  • Second Vice-President –Jessica Warner Beauchamp
  • Director – Sharon Lenius
  • Director – Julia Leggett
  • Recording Secretary –Eileen Deegan
  • Communications Secretary –Bill Tuceling
  • Hospitality 
  • Chapter Notes : Jenny O’Shea

Chapter Awards

  • Member of the Year Award 
  • Board of Directors Award 
  • Two academic scholarships 

Association-Level Awards

  • SLA Fellow 
  • Dow Jones and Company Leadership Award 
  • Rose L. Vormelker Award 
  • Innovations in Technology 
  • SLA Hall of Fame 
  • SLA Professional Award –





Outreach to Students –

International Relations 

Community Outreach 

Special Committees 

Joint Spring Workshop 




2008 (Membership: 1005)

  • President – Diane Schnurrpusch
  • President Elect – Greta Ober-Beauchesnes
  • Treasurer – Martha Reifschneider
  • Second Vice-President – Sage Hulsebus
  • Director – Sharon Lenius
  • Director – Julia Leggett
  • Recording Secretary – Jenny Wood
  • Communications Secretary – Lorraine Bell
  • Hospitality – Ginger Richards and Michelle Worthington
  • Chapter Notes : Jenny O’Shea

Chapter Awards

  • Member of the Year Award – Lorraine Bell
  • Board of Directors Award – Lee Rainie and the Pew Internet & American Life Project
  • Two academic scholarships – Catherine A. Jones Scholarship:
    Jennifer McDaniel ( Catholic University) and Infocurrent Scholarship:
    Stacy Bruss ( University of Tennessee)

Association-Level Awards

  • SLA Fellow – Holly Chong Williams, Anne Caputo
  • Dow Jones and Company Leadership Award – Richard Huffine
  • Rose L. Vormelker Award – Shirley Loo
  • Innovations in Technology – Sabrina I. Pacifici
  • SLA Hall of Fame – Sue O’Neill Johnson (posthumous)
  • SLA Professional Award – Lynne McCay


Programming – Chapter members had 70 events to choose from.
Speaker topics included Internet use; cost justification for information
services; strategies voters and information professionals should adopt
to determine the facts in a political campaign; setting up a trends
analysis program; and how librarians and journalists are crucial to
democracy. A number of distinguished outside speakers included Lee
Rainie of the Pew Internet and Life Project, Brooks Jackson of
Annenberg’s, and Robert Dubill, retired editor of USA Today.
Chapter members hosted all of SLA’s 20 Click-U Live virtual seminars,
as well as two evening Click-U replays. The book club continued to
review non-fiction offerings over four dinner discussions. The Military
Librarian and Cataloging Groups both provided a variety of topics and
venues. The Young Professionals held six Happy Hours and hosted a group
of Canadian library school students. Members hosted nine “Dine Arounds”
at a variety of restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia in the spring
and the fall. Attendance for all chapter events totaled approximately
1050. Over one-third of DC/SLA members attended at least one event
during 2008.

Membership – At year-end, we recorded 1005 members, thus
maintaining our title as largest SLA chapter. Our membership co-chairs
designed a new brochure and other promotional strategies, including
newsletter articles about members, a listing of new members, and an
email campaign to potential members. The New Member reception continued
to be cost-free to first-time members.

Communications – Additions to the Chapter’s arsenal of communications tools included a variety of Web 2.0 technologies.

  • The 2009 Annual Conference Wiki highlights things to do in DC in
    June 2009 and represents the research and Web skills of many chapter
  • The DC/SLA Chapter Wiki has a public face and includes the newly
    updated Chapter Manual. By incorporating the manual on the wiki, the
    editor can make changes more easily. This wiki also includes a private
    work area for chapter leaders to plan activities and share information.
    Both wikis are linked to the DC/SLA Web site that continues to be well
    organized and attractive.
  • The DC/SLA Facebook Group is another avenue for sharing photographs and chapter news.
  • The LinkedIn Mentor Group provides a way for new professionals to form relationships with more experienced chapter members.
  • Nine issues of Chapter Notes were produced in 2008 with
    advertising sales continuing to bring in much welcomed revenue. The
    newsletter is primarily electronic with fewer than 40 members now
    receiving a print version by mail. Chapter members can now opt out of
    the monthly print calendar and receive monthly email reminders about the
    online calendar.

Outreach to Students – Students continue to pay a reduced
price to attend chapter events. The Scholarship Committee selected two
recipients: one for the Infocurrent Scholarship and one for the
Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship. In addition to developing the
LinkedIn Mentor Group, the Mentoring Committee organized a very
successful “Spend A Day with a Special Librarian” event. Fifty-one
students visited 45 librarians during April and May.

International Relations – The International Relations
committee held its annual “International Special Librarians’ Day” event
in April with two speakers: Erica Lee Nelson of Inside US Trade
and John Sebastian of National Geographic. The committee also hosted the
President-Elect of the International Federation of Library Associations
at a dinner meeting. The DC Chapter once again co-hosted the
International Reception at the annual conference with at least 23
chapter members in attendance.

Community Outreach – For their major project, this committee
chose to reach out to the international community by organizing a book
drive for the Lubuto Library project in Zambia. They also continue to
provide support to local DC school libraries.

Special Committees – In addition to populating the 2009
Conference Wiki, the chapter’s Local Arrangements Committee successfully
manned booths at the Leadership Summit in Louisville, KY and at the
annual conference in Seattle. Booth activities included lapel pins,
games, contests, photo opportunities with a life-size George Washington
cut-out, and a “happening” featuring chapter members “frozen in place”
with “CUNDC” signs to draw attention to the 2009 venue. For SLA’s
Centennial, the DC Chapter recruited a Centennial Committee to develop a
program of local commemorative events. The theme “A Capitol
Celebration: SLA @ 100” was selected to promote the year’s festivities.

Joint Spring Workshop – DC/SLA was the lead organization for
this year’s workshop on the topic of “Knowledge Management.” Thirty-four
percent of attendees listed DC/SLA as their membership organization.
Chapter representatives participated in an exhibit area during lunch,
talking to potential members and giving out brochures.

Awards – Seven chapter members were honored with
Association-level awards at annual conference. Two chapter awards were
presented at our Annual Business Meeting and Holiday Party at the
Woman’s National Democratic Club in December. The Board of Directors’
Award went to Lee Rainie. The Member of the Year award was given to
Lorraine Bell.

Elections – Voting participation at the chapter level
increased slightly in 2008. Several chapter members were elected to the
SLA Board of Directors: Anne Caputo for President-Elect and Ann Sweeney
for Division Cabinet Chair-Elect.

Volunteers – Over 150 chapter members served the chapter
during 2008. They were honored with a Volunteer Appreciation Reception
in November at Venable LLP.

2007 (Membership: 1069)

  • President – Susan Fournier
  • President Elect – Diane Schnurrpusch
  • Treasurer – Erin Clougherty
  • Second Vice-President – Gail Kouril
  • Director – Sharon Lenius
  • Director – Kristina Lively
  • Recording Secretary – Jenny Wood
  • Communications Secretary – Kimberly Allen
  • Hospitality –Alicia Koundakjian and Mary Reusch
  • Chapter Notes : Lea Wade

Chapter Awards

  • Member of the Year Award – Erin Clougherty
  • Board of Directors Award – Janice LaChance
  • Two academic scholarships – Catherine A. Jones Scholarship:
    Patricia Sanner (Catholic University) and Infocurrent Scholarship:
    Christopher Zammerelli (University of Maryland)
  • Six Mini-Scholarship Awards (one-year complimentary student
    memberships) – Cary Hanson, Lisa Kaufman, Kim Lyall, Jared Nagel,
    Yujung Park, and Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel

National Awards

  • SLA Fellow – Terri Brooks
  • Factiva Leadership Award – Jane Kinney Meyers
  • Rose L. Vormelker Award – Eileen Abels
  • LexisNexis Innovations in Technology – Karen Huffman
  • SLA Member Achievement Award – Sharon Lenius
  • SLA Hall of Fame – Paul Wasserman
  • SLA Presidential Citation – Claire Hart
  • Diversity Leadership Development Program Award – Blanca Chou


Membership Challenge – In response to the New York Chapter’s
membership challenge during Shirley Loo’s term as President, the DC
Chapter had 1124 members by the Annual Conference in June in Denver and
was officially recognized as the largest SLA chapter.

Membership: The Chapter’s 2007 allotment from SLA was based on 1069 members on December 31, 2006.


During 2007, the Chapter held 72 programs. Total event attendance at theseprograms was 948 and 368 members participated in at least one event.

One meeting of note – “Gems from South Africa: What’s Happening in
the Library World”, a panel discussion presented by SLA President,
Rebecca Vargha; Victoria Harriston; and Shelly Edwards.

Click U’s – The Chapter hosted all of the Click U Live seminars (18)
provided by the Association. In an addition, for the first time the
Chapter hosted replays (3) of some of the popular seminars, calling them
“Click U at Nite.”

Book Club – This non-fiction book group led by Mary Bowen met four times.

Military Librarians Group – MLG sponsored one library tour and one speaker event.

Dine Arounds – These popular events were held in both the spring and
fall. Chapter members hosted a total of twelve individual sessions at
various restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Joint Spring Workshop – “Envisioning the Future: What Will Your
Library Be Like in 5, 10, or 20 Years?” The keynote speaker was Andy
Hines, Executive Director of the Association of Professional Futurists.
LLSDC was the lead organization. Anne Linton represented DC/SLA. For the
first time, exhibit tables were provided at the workshop for membership
outreach. Diane Schnurrpusch and Terrie Wheeler manned the table.

Tnternational activities .

The International Relations Committee (IRC) hosted an International
Special Librarians Day event. The speaker was Jane Kinney Meyers who
talked about the Lubuto Library Project. The IRC also held several Dine
Around dinners at local restaurants during the year.

The Chapter made several donations to the Lubuto Library project in 2007.


The annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception was held at the Marian Koshland Science Museum.

New Board Position

This was the first year the Treasurer was joined by an Assistant
Treasurer. This new position allows the treasurer to have one year of
training prior to assuming the office. Since the treasurer position is a
two-year term, an assistant treasurer will be elected for the second
year of the treasurer’s term.

Support of Library School Students.

Six mini-scholarships were awarded giving one-year student
memberships to library school students. In addition, two $2,000 academic
scholarships were awarded.

President, Susan Fournier, and Vice-President/President-Elect, Diane
Schnurpusch, spoke to the Catholic University Student SLA Chapter about
job opportunities and careers in special librarianship and the value of
membership in SLA and DC/SLA.

Governance Calendar

2007 was the second full year under the new governance calendar
(January – December). Officer terms were exactly one year once again.
The previous officers had served from mid-2005 through December 2006 to
make the transition easier.


The annual meeting and holiday banquet was held at the National
Woman’s Democratic Club. The keynote speaker was Mike McCurry, former
press secretary to President Bill Clinton. Mr. McCurry spoke on
“Politics in the Age of the Internet: A View from the Podium.” He also
noted his connection to our profession, having both a wife and mother
being librarians.


Sue O’Neill Johnson, former DC/SLA President (2001-2002 passed away September 27, 2007.

Paul Klinefelter, former DC/SLA President (1970-71), passed away December 6, 2006.

6/2005-2006 (Membership: 1099)

  • President – Shirley Loo
  • President Elect – Susan Fournier
  • Treasurer – Erin Clougherty
  • Second Vice-President – Suzanne Pilsk
  • Director – Gail Kouril
  • Director – Kristina Lively
  • Recording Secretary – Georgeanne Higgins
  • Corresponding Secretary – Jenny Wood
  • Hospitality – Lorraine Bell
  • Chapter Notes : Barbara Ferry



  • Ann Sweeney Member Achievement
  • Carol Berger Rose L. Vormelker Award

Popular Programs

In 2005-2006, the Chapter held 109 events with a combined total
attendance of 1625. Of this number 463, were unique members. DC/SLA
moved into first place as the largest SLA chapter in 2006.

Membership Increase. Our chapter has experienced a net gain
of over 12%. We were the largest chapter in SLA as of June 2006.
According to several Past Presidents, this was unprecedented. We are now
at 1099 members.

Programs. We have had well-known speakers at some of our
programs such as Mary Ellen Bates, Janice Lachance, Anne Caputo, and
Susan Stamberg. We have considered Web 2.0, RSS feeds, podcasts, open
access, how Congress really works, etc. One of our events in February
2006 with SLA CEO Janice Lachance was videotaped by SLA for viewing by
any SLA member on the Click University website. What a showcase for our
chapter! We also had several activities at the annual conference in
Baltimore such as co-sponsoring a program with the Social Science
Division featuring Donald King and co-hosting the International

Record numbers. We have had increasing attendance at Click
University Live! seminars (formerly known as virtual seminars). We have
had several events where we stopped taking reservations before the
deadline because we were at capacity. For the banquet and annual meeting
on December 5, we had an astounding 225 register. This is the highest
number we have had that anyone can remember. Hospitality Chair Lorraine
Bell is commended for coping with larger and larger events. According to
Metrics Master Marina Kisunko, over one-third of the chapter attended
at least one event.

International activities. The International Relations
Committee sponsored a well-attended program on open access in April 6
and co-hosted the International Reception at the annual conference.
Three dine-arounds featuring ethnic food were hosted by the IRC. Sue
O’Neill Johnson spearheaded an initiative to raise funds to assist
Muhammed Chaudhury, a Global 2000 Fellow, whose library and university
campus was heavily damaged from an earthquake in Pakistan . Individual
donations and chapter donations throughout SLA were received. The
committee has also collected library and information science journals
for shipment to library schools. Thus far, we have sent shipments to
Croatia , Cuba , and Zimbabwe .

Volunteers. We continue to enjoy the support of longtime
volunteers and new volunteers. In acknowledgment of our volunteers, the
chapter hosted the 2006 Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the U.S.
Botanic Garden. For the first time, Past Presidents were invited to be
guests of the chapter at the reception in appreciation for their
efforts. We had 18 Past Presidents with the earliest term being
1971-1972, Kitty Scott.

More visibility for Chapter and SLA awards recipients. The
list of SLA awards received by chapter members from SLA was added to our
website earlier this year. Lists of those receiving Chapter Member of
Year Awards and Board of Director Awards have been compiled and will be
added in the near future to our website.

New Board Position. We added a new Board position, Assistant
Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect. With Second Vice President Suzanne Pilsk’s
guidance, our governance document was updated and the SLA By-Laws
Committee approved the document. The position will provide training for
the newly elected person and assistance for the incumbent Treasurer.

Elections. The Nominating Committee developed a strong slate
for vacancies including the new position of Assistant
Treasurer/Treasurer-Elect. The count was close for several races. We
used electronic voting for the second time under the capable direction
of Elections Committee Chair Ellie Briscoe.

Support of Library School Students. The chapter awarded 4
scholarships this year in light of the high number of applicants and the
quality of the applications. In the past, we have given two
scholarships with one funded by Info-Current. We have maintained the
practice of charging students half of what members pay for programs. For
the annual banquet, we invited students who joined between Oct. 1 and
Nov. 29 to be guests of the chapter.

Community Outreach. Chapter members provided support to
Coolidge High School library in our second community outreach project to
provide support for a library or media center serving a local school or
neighborhood. We helped to purchase books for the library, served as
book interviewers for students in the “Everybody Reads@ Coolidge
program, hosted a reception for students who met the “Everybody
Reads@Coolidge” goal, and weeded and organized collections in the
library. With a new principal at the high school, commitments to the
school library were not kept and the librarian position was changed to

Transition to calendar year. Immediate Past President Sheryl
Rosenthal has done an admirable job of guiding us during the transition
period so that events were accommodated in new time slots or were
dropped in favor of other events. For example, a separate holiday party
in December was combined with the annual banquet and business meeting
when new Board members would be introduced and Board members leaving the
Board would be thanked for their service. The elected Board voted last
year to extend the commitment of the Board by six months to avoid having
a second election in 2005. Thanks to all who served for 18 months
rather than the customary 12 months.

Banquet. Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent for National
Public Radio, was an interesting and informative speaker. She related
directly to people in the audience and met expectations of those who
registered for the banquet to hear her speak. She told us that this is a
new golden age of radio and that “content gets through on the radio”
because there are no pictures or images to distract the listener from
accepting the content. She herself has a portable radio in every room of
her house. She acknowledged NPR librarians and almost a dozen were
present to hear her compliments.

6/2004-6/2005 Membership

President: Sheryl Rosenthal
First Vice-President/President-Elect : Shirley Loo
Past President : Susan Fifer Canby
Second Vice President : Eileen Deegan
Treasurer: Erin Clougherty
Recording Secretary: Georgeann Higgins
Corresponding Secretary : Michael White
Director : Alphonse Vinh
Director: Gail Kouril
Webmaster : Cassandra Shieh
Chapter Notes : Barbara Ferry
Elections : Ellie Briscoe
Hospitality: Lorraine Bell


  • E-Election: Ellie Briscoe managed the first e-election
    using Survey Monkey and wrote a best practices document for
    Headquarters. More than 381 votes were counted, which was an increase of
    nearly 100% (201 to 381).
  • Focus: 72 diverse programs, getting the vote out for the SLA Elections,and tackling new initiatives including encouraging more volunteer opportunities.

Awards and Honors

  • National Officers:
    • Anne Caputo, SLA Board


  • Judy Russell (GPO): Professional Award
  • Susan Fifer Canby (National Geographic Society): Factiva Leadership Award for embodying competencies of the 21 st century librarian.
  • Barbie Keiser: SLA President’s Award for outreach in developing nations.
  • Susan Tarr (Fedlink): Honorary Member, on her retirement for her work on behalf of federal librarians.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Technical Information Center
    The information professional staff of this U.S. government
    agency have a record for consistent innovation through the use of
    technology to efficiently serve the needs of their clients in the
    American defense community
  • John Latham (SLA): Member Achievement John guided the creation
    and evolution of the SLA Web site’s taxonomy system – a quantum leap for
    SLA that has dramatically improved the search capability.
  • Dav Robertson SLA Fellow


  • Board of Directors Award:
  • Member of the Year: Kelly Weber
  • Student: Leigh Ann Palmer; InfoCurrent; Judy Russell; CA Jones Scholarship Alexa Hackbarth; Ginger Richards SLA Conference Stipend Award

Popular Programs:

Shirley Loo planned 72 events which included library
tours, virtual seminars, dine-arounds, book club meetings, networking
opportunities, Chapter Board meetings, and other professional
development events. This Chapter saw continued participation in one or
more events — from 381 members. Hospitality Chair Lorraine Bell did an outstanding job locating venues.

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  • Speakers : “Creating an Elevator Talk” with Anne Caputo;
    “Three Pillars: Managing Your Library, Archives and Records” with Pamela
    Tripp-Melby, Chief of Information Services at the International
    Monetary Fund; Susan Fifer Canby, Vice President at the National
    Geographic Society; and Kevin Manion, Associate Director at Consumers
    Union .
  • Tours: Naval Observatory organized by the Military Group;
    US Senate; Tour of the libraries of the Executive Office of the
    President, Tour of Smithsonian Libraries Conservation Lab; DC/SLA and
    PVC ASIS&T co-sponsor a Luncheon at the Supreme Court including a
    presentation on the Technical Challenges of Digital Libraries for
    Children, at the United States Supreme Court Building; A Reference
    PowWow: Providing Research Services in the National Museum of the
    American Indian.
  • Young Professionals : Bastille Day with wine; Artful
    Evenings at the Phillips Collection, Happy Hour at Buffalo Billiards,
    Oktoberfest on Capitol Hill.
  • Outreach : On April 15, DC/SLA Bach Consort committee
    members, led by Sue O’Neill Johnson, were honored at a reception and
    signing ceremony for work in initiating the agreement between the Bach
    Consort and the Library of Congress which gives LC reproduction rights
    to the entire Bach Consort archive.
  • New Member Reception : SLA Open House and DC/SLA New Members’ Reception, 5:30pm-8:00pm at SLA ‘s new headquarters Oct. 20, 2004
  • SLA Seminars : Evaluating Strengths and Further
    Learning; Becoming a great web searcher; Fundamentals for Info Pros;
    Negotiating Strategies; competitive Intelligence; Identifying Client
  • Social activities : Fall and spring Dine-arounds, Holiday
    Party at the University Club; Movie “Desk Set”; brown bag luncheon
    series on Digital Rights Management
  • Joint Spring Workshop : “Information Organization for the
    21 st Century: Taxonomies, Ontologies, an the Semantic Web” with more
    than 135 (DC/SLA the lead – Anne Marie Houppert).
  • Annual Banquet : Anthony S. Pitch, author of many books
    including “The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814”. Mr.
    Pitch, a noted lecturer and recipient of numerous awards, presented a
    program on “ Lincoln and 9/11: Symbolic Parallels”. May 24, Capital
    Hilton. At the annual banquet in May 2005, could you add that we
    observed our 65th anniversary as a chapter and chapter members who had
    been members of the chapter for over 45 years were invited to be guests
    of the chapter? Lotte Goldman and Kitty Scott were guests of the
  • Military Librarians Group of DC/SLA presents a Tour of the
    Gorgas Memorial Library at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
    Jan. 25, 2005; Lee Hadden discuss USGS’s Heringen Collection of captured
    Nazi maps; Resources for Responding to Acts of Terrorism, a
    presentation by Brad Robison, librarian for the Memorial Institute for
    the Prevention of Terrorism.

6/2003-6/2004 Membership 1,050

President: Susan Fifer Canby
President-Elect, Program Chair : Sheryl Rosenthal
Immediate Past President : Anne Caputo
Second Vice President : Kristina Lively
Treasurer: Erin Clougherty
Recording Secretary : Susan Fournier
Corresponding Secretary : Georgeann Higgins
Director: Kenlee Ray
Director: Joan Gervino
Webmaster: Cassandra Shieh
Chapter Notes : Barbara Ferry


  • Focus: Survey membership and develop a new three-year
    strategic plan; maintain metrics to evaluate impact of diverse
    programming; update the manual and bylaws and post to the web; involve
    as many members as possible to encourage future leadership.
  • Washington Area Library Directory: This valuable resource is published in cooperation with DCLA and through Eileen Deegan’s three-year persistence and leadership.
  • Membership Stable: DC/SLA membership has remained stable
    at about 1,050 over the past ten years while national SLA has seen a
    declining membership, thanks in large part to the breadth and depth of
  • Website Enhanced and Traffic Increases: Webmaster Cassandra Shieh
    worked with various chairs to enhance the content on the website by
    adding new pages, more photos, updating content, tracking the usage
    through metrics, adding finding aids, and reorganizing the front page.
    As a result of these efforts, we averaged 3,721 visits per month and
    45,153 hits. The number of visits increased by 8% this year and hits
    increased 49%.
  • Chapter Manual and Bylaws Updated, Webified: 2nd Vice
    President Kristina Lively and member Estelle Alexander, with assistance
    from chairs and the Board, reviewed and revised the DC/SLA Chapter
    Manual and add to the website to include a Table of Contents page and
    JavaScript menu to assist in navigating through the Manual. Kristina Lively
    incorporates an “auto-update” script to the pages that will record when
    a page last changed. At the recommendation of SLA , Kristina replaces
    our Bylaws with a new Governing Document.
  • Strategic Planning: Director Joan Gervino and her committee of Jean Tatalias and Anne Caputo surveyed the Chapter and developed a strategic plan for the next few years.
  • Finances Stable: In the past two years the Chapter reached
    firmer financial footing that delivered more for membership dues. Under
    Past President Anne Caputo’s leadership and that of Chapter Notes
    editor Cynthia Holt, we reduced Chapter Notes expenses by 65% by
    delivering the newsletter electronically. Kelley Weber secured the ads
    and managed our listserv. Now we can provide more programming and more
    outreach with the money saved. Treasurer Erin Clougherty
    introduces PayPal as a payment method for programs, reducing bank
    expenses by 50% or $30 a month. She consolidates savings accounts to
    earn higher interest, while improving the financial reports to the
    Board. Director Joan Gervino raises more than $6,000 from our
    generous information vendors, Factiva and Lexis-Nexis. These savings and
    grants finance five SLA Virtual Seminars free to members as well as
    offsetting costs for the New Member Reception and the Annual Banquet.
  • Mentoring Initiative: Working with Director Alphonse Vinh,
    the Mentoring Committee, co-chaired by Cassandra Harper and Mykie
    Howard, attracted 22 participants into the program and work with 30
    libraries that have agreed to participate in “Spend a Day with a Special
  • Community Outreach with Sousa: The Chapter’s community project for 2002-2004 is the Sousa Middle School Library in SE Washington . Under the leadership of Kenlee Ray,
    activities focus on soliciting funds and book donations and providing
    technical assistance. Since the Sousa library usually receives from zero
    to $500 from the local school budget each year, DC/SLA contributions
    and donations of more than $2,000 make a noticeable difference during
    these years. She also testifies before the DC Council, but
    despite these valiant efforts, in 2004 Sousa loses funding for its
    librarian and the future of this library appears dim.
  • Past President, Sue O’Neill Johnson features some of our distinguished senior members in Chapter Notes Kitty Scott, Mary Feldman, and Roger Haley.
  • Young Professionals and Military Librarians Active: Part of the chapter’s vitality is directly attributable to the Young Professionals, chaired by Elena Howell and Aidan Hoyal. The YPs had another active year of networking, socializing, scrabbling, bowling, and touring together. The Military Librarians hosted a national conference and many successful programs this year.

National Awards:

  • Lyle Minter is named Fellow of the Special Libraries Association.
  • Wilda Newman is added to the SLA Hall of Fame.
  • Anne Caputo wins the Rose L. Vormelker Award for her contributions to teaching
  • Kenlee Ray is honored with a Member Achievement award for her outreach work with Sousa.
  • Donna Scheeder earns the John Cotton Dana Award.
  • Jill Konieczko receives The Wilson Company Award.
    Eileen G. Abels, John Latham on behalf of the Committee on Competencies receive the Factiva Leadership Award.

Chapter Awards:

  • Cynthia Holt , Chapter Notes editor-extraordinaire, was honored as DC/SLA’s Member of the Year.
  • The Board of Directors Award goes to the amazing Military Librarians Steering Group of Pat Alderman, Wendy Hill, Sharon Lenius, Lily McGovern, Victor Monti, Carla Pomager, Diane Schnurrpusch and Connie Wiley for their impressive program planning.

Student Awards:

  • Sheri Massey , a PhD student at the College of Information
    Studies at the University of Maryland , is the recipient of the
    Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship for graduate study and receives a
    check for $1500.
  • The recipient of the InfoCurrent Scholarship for graduate study, in the amount of $2000, goes to Marie Folk, an MLS student at Catholic University .

Programs Continue to Increase Participation: Program chair Sheryl Rosenthal In particular, working closely with Hospitality Chair of the past five years Barbara Folensbee-Moore, Membership Chair Jill Konieczko, Corresponding Secretary GeorgeAnn Higgins, Director Alphonse Vinh, Joint SpringWorkshop representative Anne Marie Houppert, Career Transition Day planner Alison Ince, the fantastic Military librarians, and colleagues from the Young Professionals attracted 350 (up 9% over last year) members to 63 programs. Frederik Heller maintained the events calendar .

Business Meetings

  • Eleven DC/SLA board meetings at National Geographic Society Library (averaged 15 attendees per meeting).
  • Summer Planning Breakfast – Goal setting and planning (29 attended).
  • Annual Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel with Dr. Bernadine Healy, senior writer for US News and World Report. (5/18/04).

Learning Opportunities

  • Covering the War in Iraq: Getting Information out Quickly and Accurately, with reception co-sponsored by DC/SLA News Group and Military Librarians, with Alex Neill, Managing Editor, Army Times, Margot Williams, Research Editor, The Washington Post, and Pentagon press spokeswoman Lt. Colonel Cynthia Scott-Johnson (9/29/03 – 44 attendees)
  • Book Club meetings: Alexander the Great’s Art of Strategy ( 10/02/03 ); Nothing to Fear:Lessons in Leadership ( 11/13/03 ); When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work, ( 01/22/04 ); Why Don’t You Want What I Want? How to Win Support for Your Ideas Without Hard Sell, Manipulation, or Power Plays (10/23/04); Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (05/13/0) (5 meetings – averaged 6-10 attendees each).
  • Copyright and Acquiring Permissions, with Georgeann
    Higgins, copyright SME at the National Academies, Larry Guthrie, ILL
    Librarian for the law firm of Covington & Burling and former editor
    of “Copyright Corner,” SLA’s monthly copyright column and David D. Davis
    Jr., CI Manager at Copyright Clearance Center (10/09/03 – 44
  • An Evening with Gary Francis Powers, Jr. with dinner, sponsored by Military Librarians Group ( 10/30/03 – 37 attendees)
  • Database Creation and Design and reception sponsored by
    Factiva with Charlotte Spinner, Effective Systems Solutions LLC, and
    Sheila Thalhimer, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (1/20/04 – 27
  • Five SLA Virtual Seminars, providedfree
    for members at various locations in DC and MD, sponsored by LexisNexis
    (1/20, 2/18, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19/04 – averaged 30 attendees each).
  • Imaging 101 Brown Bag Lunch Series: A Primer for Librarians, Records Managers, and Vendors, 
    co-sponsored by NCC-AIIM, DC/SLA, Fairfax/Northern Virginia Chapter of
    ARMA, and the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information
    Science (NCLIS) (with coffee and dessert) (3 meetings, 2/19, 3/18,
  • Competitive Intelligence: Exploring the Integrated World of CI and Information Management 
    with reception co-sponsored by DC/SLA and the Society of Information
    Professionals (SCIP), Barbie Kaiser ( 2/26/04 – 30 attendees)
  • Taxonomy Tuesdays – Open Lunch Discussions at the World Bank, cosponsored
    by (Working Group of the Federal CIO Council). DC/SLA and
    ASIST/PVC (alternate Tuesdays beginning 03/02/0 thru end of May, 2004).
  • Taxonomies for NASA and Homeland Security, sponsored by the Military Librarians Group, ( 3/08/04 – 95 attendees)
  • International Special Librarians’ Day: 360 Degrees of Information Literacy :
    Under the direction of Barbie Keiser, the International Relations
    Committee (IRC) develops International Special Librarians Day (ISDL),
    held April 22, 2004, with the theme “360 Degrees of Information
    Literacy: Information Literacy around the World.” The Committee collects
    donations for the purchase of the archival supplies necessary for the
    restoration of the National Library and Archives of Iraq. It also
    collects library and related journals, including a windfall from SLA
    Headquarters, to send to library schools in Zimbabwe and Cuba . With
    Giselle Foss’s encouragement, as a Chapter we “twin” with a Bulgarian
    librarian, Toshka Borisova.
  • Information Literacy Around the World, presented by the International Relations Committee. (4/22/04 – xx attendees).
  • Database Design and Creation, Part 2: a Practical Guide to DIY Databases, sponsored by Factiva, with Charlotte Spinner, Effective Systems Solution, LLC (5/12/04)
  • Joint Spring Workshop – The USA Patriot Act: What it Means for Your Library, What it Means for You, co-sponsored by LLSDC , DC / SLA , and FLICC, at the Library of Congress.Speakers
    include Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Professor David Cole,
    Georgetown University Law Center , Mr. Chuck Rosenberg, Chief of Staff,
    Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and Ms. Lara Flint, Staff
    Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology (5/18/04 – 85 attendees).

Networking Opportunities

  • Neighborhood Dine-Arounds – 6 neighborhoods in September 2003 and 7 neighborhoods in March 2004 in Maryland , DC, and Virginia (65 attendees).
  • Applications, Smapplications – Applying for an Information Professional Job, sponsored by the Military Librarians Group of DC/SLA with support from InfoCurrent ( 3/02/04 – 63 attendees).
  • Career Transition Day at Sumner School from 8 to 11:30 AM .
    The morning included two panel sessions and a breakout session where
    event attendees could talk with panelists in smaller groups. InfoCurrent
    provided resume critiques in 10 minute increments throughout the event (
    03/23/04 – 42 attendees).
  • Spend the Day with a Special Librarian – (30 libraries, 4-5/04).

Social Events

  • New Members Reception at the City Museum of Washington, included visiting SLA Board members ( 10/22/03 – 86 attendees)
  • Holiday party at the Washington Arts Club with DCLA and ASIST/PVC ( 12/08/03 – 85 attendees)
  • Wine and cheese reception for volunteers at the Army Navy Club ( 5/25/04 – 50 attendees)
  • Young Professionals Happy Hours ( 8/22/03 and 2/24/04 – averaged 20 attendees)
  • Young Professionals Night at Strike Bethesda ( 11/06/03 – 12 attendees)
  • 4th Multistage Librarian Scrabble Tournament and Game Night
    with DC/SLA, Maryland SLA, LLSDC, & DCLA, with pizza, sodas and
    beer sponsored by LexisNexis and Westlaw ( 11/20/03 – 44 attendees).


  • International Spy Museum with no-host dinner afterwards,
    co-sponsored by the Military Librarians Group and the Young
    Professionals of DC/SLA ( 9/12/03 – 99 attendees)
  • National Academies Library and Intranet with demonstrations by Factiva, Elseveir (Science Direct), Ebsco, LexisNexis, and STN. ( 10/15/03 – 22 attendees)
  • Tour of National Library of Medicine and Demonstration of Toxseek, co-sponsored by DC/SLA and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA, with Dr. Tamas Doszkocs ( 11/12/03 – 11 attendees.)
  • Tour of National Geographic’s Imaging System, ( 11/18/03 – 14 attendees).
  • Tour of the U.S. Supreme Court and Library, sponsored by CUA SLA Student Chapter (11/25/03 – 20 attendees).
  • Tour of NOAA Library byDoria Grimes ( 3/10/044 – 14 attendees).
  • Tour of AARP’s Information Research Center ( 3/25/04 ).

6/2002-6/2003 Membership 1,010

President: Anne Caputo
President-Elect, Program Chair : Susan Fifer Canby
Past President: Sue O’Neill Johnson
Second Vice President : Estelle Alexander
Treasurer: Erin Clougherty

Director: Kenlee Ray
Director: Joan Gervino
Corresponding Secretary: Bill Turner
Recording Secretary: Susan Fournier


  • New Executive Director: Janice Lachance is selected as
    the new executive director. Although not a librarian, she has extensive
    government and management experience. All are hopeful for a good match.
  • Communication: Chapter Notes goes Digital. The Chapter has been edging toward an e-Chapter Notes for a year or so, but Anne Caputo does the numbers and reports: “In analyzing the cost of producing and mailing Chapter Notes,
    currently about $16,600 per year, we have realized a revenue loss in
    the range of more than $5,700 this year and more than $13, 600 last year
    after advertising support has been deducted. Advertising revenue is on a
    significant rise, but the actual cost of the publications is still our
    single largest Chapter expense.” She nudges the Chapter to begin
    distributing Chapter Notes electronically via our website with a
    prompt from e-mail to the chapter listserv to enable us to use our funds
    for more varied programs. Cynthia Holt is the editor who builds the
    template for future e-editors.
  • Community Outreach: Under the leadership of director Kenlee Ray, DCSLAembarks
    on a great community project: the John Philip Sousa Middle School
    project which reaches out to a school at Ely Place in SE Washington .
    This community with its 400 students, has a library filled with outdated
    books and very few of the books on the recommended reading list for
    middle school students in the District of Columbia . Further, the
    library has only a single computer and printer. All this exists within a
    few blocks of where many of us live and work. The Chapter and Kenlee
    will be recognized by the Association for this effort in 2004.
  • Diversity with Programming: There is a renewed effort to
    encourage all members to share in the benefits of joining such an
    energetic and active chapter, including special attention to the Young
    Professionals. The President-Elect maintains metrics to evaluate program
    attendance trends and to assist in identifying future leaders for the

SLA National Awards:

Chapter Awards:

  • Board of Director’s award

Mandy Baldridge

Kenlee Ray

  • Member of the Year for developing Young Professionals Group

Karen Huffman

  • InfoCurrent scholarship

Ethel Leslie

  • CA Jones scholarship

Megan McShea

Programs Increase Participation

Working with many including an active young professionals group, the military and news groups, Program Chair Susan Fifer Canby coordinated more than 60 programs
(13 business meetings; 9 meetings that involved other area groups; 2
fundraising events; 15 learning opportunities; 15 networking events; 6
social events; and 5 tours.) We engaged more than 30% [305 to be exact]
of our 1,010 members and more than 200 colleagues from other local

Business :

  • 10 Board meetings [averaged 18 per meeting] National Geographic Society Library.
  • Summer Planning Breakfast [36] President’s Home
  • Branding Discussion by Stephen Abram at the Computers and Libraries Meeting
  • Annual Banquet at the Mariott Metro Hotel with Anne Mintz “ “Lies, Damn Lies, and the Internet” $40

Fundraising :

  • Marching for Sousa [41] $1,800 and books donated to Sousa Middle School Library.
  • Young Professionals’ MS Walk [ 9 ] Donated $1015 for Multiple Sclerosis.

Learning :

  • How to find your Library’s value and sell it to Management with
    reception at the National Geographic Society with Barbara Ferry, Renee
    Braden, Danna Bell-Russel, Marilyn Bromley, and Robyn Frank. [73] $22
  • Teleworking: the World of Virtual Work Continental Breakfast at
    Sumner School with Linda White, Alex Kramer, Monica Martinez, Julie
    Arnold [15] $10
  • Presentation Skills: Seizing the Moment by Quinn Koller [15 ] $12
  • Life Planning: NOW what do I do? Continental breakfast at the
    World Resources Institute with Mary Ellen Bates and Mel Briscoe [30] $5
  • Catalogers’ Forecast: Metadata, Taxonomies and Trends and
    reception at Morgan Lewis Bockius by Rebecca Guenther, Denise Bedford,
    and Suzanne Pilsk. [86] $12
  • The New Knowledge Worker Luncheon by Guy St. Clair at the Renaissance Hotel [40] $35
  • Centennial of Flight (Military Librarians) at the Naval Heritage Center .
  • Book Club Meetings (4): Essential Drucker (Drucker); Tipping Point (Gladwell); Good to Great (Collins) Web of Deception (Mintz) [averaged 10 each time]
  • International Special Librarian’s Day: Library and Literacy
    Issues in Africa at Kiplinger with Jane Meyers, Philomena Amoako and
    Duncan Omole. [54] $5.
  • Joint Spring Workshop: Ownership of Media (DCSLA/DCLA/FLICC/LLSDC) $45
  • Technology Day (DCSLA and MDSLA) [33] $175 [heavily sponsored]
  • Wireless Technology at the Defense Technical Information Center $12 (Military Librarians)

Networking :

  • 12 Dine Arounds – 6 neighborhoods in MD, DC, VA (Fall, Spring) [averaged 12 per dine around]
  • Job Hunting for Librarians in the Current Market [33] Free
  • Career Day at Catholic University with 16 speakers [48] $9 students; $13 members
  • Spend the Day with a Special Librarian with 36 libraries willing [6 students] Free


  • New Members’ Reception at the Carnegie Endowment for
    International Peace that included visiting SLA Board members [72 paid;
    12 new]
  • Holiday Party at the Washington Arts Club (DCLA/ASS&T, DCSLA) [86] $27
  • Wine and Cheese Reception for volunteers at the Army Navy Club [120] Free to volunteers
  • Young Professionals Happy Hours (Fall, Winter, Spring) [averaged 7 each time]
  • Scottish Dance Night at the Army Navy Club (Young Professionals) [10] $25
  • Scrabble Tournament/Pizza (DCSLA/LLSDC) – two sessions [25 each time] Free (sponsored)

Tours :

  • Duck Tour (Young Professionals) [28] $30
  • USA Today (News Group) [12] Free
  • Octoberfest and 3 library tours (Military Librarians)
  • Folger Library (Young Professionals) [15] Free
  • World & I (DCSLA/DCLA) [20 ] Free

6/2001-6/2002 Membership

President : Sue O’Neill Johnson
First Vice President/President-Elect : Anne Caputo
Immediate Past President : David Schumaker
Second Vice President: Mandy Baldridge
Corresponding Secretary: Estelle Alexander
Recording Secretary : Erin Clougherty
Treasurer: Catherine Kitchell
Director: Anna McGowan
Director: Kenlee Ray


  • Association Executive Director : After an extensive search
    to replace David Bender, who stepped down in 2000, the Executive Board
    recruits Roberta Shaffer, new SLA Executive Director to assume her new
    duties on September 4, 2001 . Roberta resigns within a few months of
    accepting the position. Another search for an executive director begins.
  • September 11, 2001 : The Pentagon and the Pentagon Library
    are struck in a terrorist attack that rocks the United States . It is
    one of three targets that include the Twin Towers in New York City .
  • Closing in on the Web : O’Neill Johnson encourages Chapter Notes editors to begin also distributing the July-August newsletter via the web in HTML and PDF to test acceptance levels.
  • Book Club: As a result of Peter Drucker’s admonition at the June SLA conference, “to read widely outside our fields,” Lynne McCay starts a professional reading Book Club.
  • Focus on Innovators in our Midst: O’Neill Johnson
    interviews and writes about a few of the most innovative members in the
    DC Chapter. Her column, called “Innovators in our Midst,” shares these
    innovators’ approaches and strategies. These “innovators” include: Jerry Mansfield, Susan Fifer Canby, Gary Price, Jim Madigan, the DC/SLA Executive Board, Eileen Abels, and Sheryl Rosenthal.
  • Our International Projects Committee Chairs, Becky Milton and Marcelle Saint -Arnaud
    initiated a “Twinning Program” for SLA Chapters, Divisions and
    individuals to support ninety-percent of the cost of a member from a
    developing country for two years. The Committee selects the DC Chapter
  • International Work Wins Recognition : Chapter member, Marcelle Saint-Arnaud,
    reactivates the nearly defunct International Exchange Caucus, and
    creates a clearinghouse for SLA of all international activities. The
    website includes follow-up information of the 25 Global 2000 Fellows, a
    project created by the Chapter. It contains links to information,
    particularly for librarians in developing countries, such as on free
    training opportunities, travel grants, relevant discussion lists, and


  • Leadership: As the second largest of 58 Chapters in SLA ,
    the Washington D.C. Chapter has a history of leadership in the
    Association. Three past presidents of the Association in the last ten
    years are active members of the Chapter: Kitty Scott, Sylvia Piggott, and Donna Scheeder. Three current SLA board members, Daille Pettit (also a past president of the Chapter), Donna Scheeder, and Christine Kline, are DC Chapter members.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Stone , Dean Emerita of Catholic University ,
    former President of SLA and ALA , dies on March 6, 2002 . She is
    remembered for her leadership in literacy, continuing education and
    training of librarians serving persons with disabilities.
Professional Associations:

 President of the American Library Association (1981-1982)

 Chair of ALA ‘s National Library Week Committee (1983-1985)

 Founder of ALA ‘s National Partnership Program (1985-1987)

 President of the Association of American Library Schools (1974)

 President, District of Columbia Library Association (1966-1967)

 President, DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (1972/3)

 Co-Chair and Project Manager of the First World Conference
on Continuing Education for the Library and Information Science
Professions Professional Education of the International Federation of
Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Honors Received Include:

 Establishment of the “Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture” and Loan Fund at The Catholic University of America (1990)

 First recipient of the Ainsworth Rand Spofford Award “for
outstanding contributions to library service in the Washington
Metropolitan Area” (1990)

 1990 Alumni Achievement Award, The Catholic University of America

 50th Anniversary Honor Roll of the ALA Washington Office (1996)

 Honorary Chair, Centennial Committee, District of Columbia Library Association (1992-1994)

 Honorary Life Member District , Columbia Library Association (1994)

 Honorary Life Membership, American Library Association (1986)

 The Joseph W. Lippincott Award for Notable Achievement in Librarianship (1986)

 Professional Award of the Special Libraries Association (1988)

 Honorary Life Membership, Catholic Library Association (1984)

 Presidential Medal for Distinguished Service to The Catholic University of America (1982)

 “Mother of the Year” for the District of Columbia (1980)

 Vice President, American Mothers, Inc. (1989-1991)


National Awards:

  • Mary EllenBates, consultant, is honored with the SLA Professional Award.
  • Lynne K. McCay , CRS,LOC, is honored as a new Fellow of the Association.
  • Gary Price, consultant, is honored with the SLA Innovations in Technology Award. ( Information Today, Inc published Gary ‘s new book titled, The Invisible Web; Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t.
  • Karen Huffman, NGS, is the 2002 1st Place Winner of the
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Fredric M. Miller Finding Aid
    Award for an Oral History Finding Aid created during her internship at
    the Martin Luther King Library, Washington , DC .
  • Farah Gheiss, DC student Chapter member wins SLA Scholarship.

Chapter Awards:

  • Chapter Member of the Year: Kristina Lively for building the beautiful new website
  • Board of Directors Awards to Barbara Folensbee Moore and Catherine Kitchell respectively for hospitality and treasurer’s work to modernize payment and credit card activities.
  • Jennifer Klimas, a CLIS U of Maryland student, is awarded the Catherine A. Jones Memorial Scholarship. Sandra Denise Ware, a Catholic University of America student, receives the InfoCurrent Scholarship.

Popular Programs:

  • The Military Librarians Group provides a provocative panel
    discussion on “Knowledge Management: Communities of Practice.” They
    also sponsor a tour of the Freedom Forum Library and a visit to the
    Newseum’s “War Stories” exhibit. They feature Jean Ebbert &
    Marie-Beth Hall, authors of Crossed Currents: Navy Women in a Century of Change and the book, The First, the Few, the Forgotten, the story of the Yeomen (F) of World War I “Flying Upside Down: True Tales of an Antarctic Pilot” at a dinner.
  • Learning Sessions : Mary Ellen Bates presents “What Went
    Right: Notes on Library Closings and Other Life Lessons Learned .”
    “Documents and Technological Resources for Researchers in International
    Law” include panelists Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress and
    Director, Library of Congress Law Library and Patrick Daillier,
    Professor of Law, University of Paris; “Inspiring Tales from the
    Pentagon’s Librarians and Their Supporters, after 9/11” is the focus of a
    News Group program.
  • Joint Spring Workshop : “Fast…Cheap…Accurate… Get All You Can Out of Web Searching” with Gary Price.
  • Annual Banquet: “Voice of America: America’s Message in
    the Wired World” is the topic at the Annual Business Meeting and Banquet
    featuring Robert R. Reilly, recently appointed as the 25th director of
    the Voice of America.

6/2000-6/2001 Membership

President: Dave Shumaker
President-Elect, Program Chair : Sue ONeill Johnson
Past President: Nancy Minter
Treasurer: Catherine Kitchell
Second Vice President: Mandy Baldridge
Recording Secretary: Erin Clougherty
Corresponding Secretary: Frederik Heller
Director: Anne Caputo
Director: Anna McGowan


  • Executive Director David Bender: David Bender retires at
    the June conference in San Antonio , after more than 29 years as
    Executive Director. DCSLA donates $3,000, and is one of the first SLA
    units to support the new David Bender Endowment Fund to support SLA to
    increase its international focus.
  • Focus on Member Communications: The cost of Chapter Notes, the
    chapter newsletter, continues to escalate as printing and postal costs
    increase. The editors commission articles on a variety of topics
    including reports of Chapter programs. The editors initiate stronger
    links between the printed newsletter and the Chapter website, often
    running abbreviated information in the newsletter with links to full
    details on the website, to encourage members to use the new website.
  • Recruiting Younger Members : The Student
    Affiliation Committee strengthens ties with students at Catholic
    University and the University of Maryland . The Student Membership Award
    winner, Carolyn Birken, writes an essay that attracts national attention.
  • Global 2000 Conference u nites 22 Fellows with DC/SLA Mentors and Sponsors for an “Amazing Experience
    Sue O’Neill Johnson. Twenty-two special librarians from developing
    countries attend the October Global 2000 Conference in Brighton ,
    England as Global 2000 Fellows. This event culminates three years of
    work by DC/SLA to raise money and select the best candidates from more
    than 400 applicants.


National: Capping the Chapter’s work to strengthen ties with
library-school students, DC/SLA wins the Association’s 2001 second-place
“Certificate of Merit for Chapters/Divisions Dedicated to the Support
of Student Groups.”

Susan Fifer Canby , Director of Libraries and Indexing at the
National Geographic Society, receives the “Innovations in Technology
Award.” The July 2001 issue of Library Journal contains a “Focus on Special Libraries”, and features Fifer Canby on the cover.

Roger Haley , retired from the U.S. Senate Library, is added to the SLA Hall of Fame.

Anna McGowan , one of DC/SLA’s directors, receives the 2001 Distinguished Member Award of SLA’s Biomedical and Life Sciences Division.

Cassandra Shieh recognized with a Diversity Award and free attendance at the SLA conference.

Susan O’Neill Johnson , DC/SLA’s new President, receives the SLA President’s Award for her international work


Members of the Year: Eileen Deegan and Amy Pass

Board of Directors’ Award: Lynne McCay , for starting the new Book Club program.

Student Stipend Award: Marcelle Saint-Arnaud is selected to provide $1500 to attend the SLA conference in June.

Popular Programs

  • Outreach : DC/SLA members attend the Chapter’s Fall Membership Kickoff to donate $323.50 toward support of the Ckokwe Village Library, a part of Mozambique ’s national library system.
  • Knowledge Sharing: “How Cool Information Professionals Can
    Take the Lead” is the focus for Sylvia Piggott. Mary Ellen Bates asks:
    “You Want Me to Do WHAT? The Skills You Need Today.”
  • Military Librarians Group: sponsors an evening program of Marine Corps lore.
  • Holiday Party is held at the Arts Club of DC.
  • Electronic Collections : “Understanding Their Value to
    Users” with Judy Luther and Denise Davis; “One Dot Shopping: The Best
    International Business Sites by Iris W. Anderson and Ann R. Sweeney
  • Career Day: “ All in a Day’s Work: DC/SLA Members Discuss Jobs, Offer Advice” is the theme at Catholic University .
  • Joint Spring Workshop: “ Renewed, Spring-Cleaned and Ready for Change” is the topic of the Joint Spring Workshop, where LLSDC is the lead.
  • Annual Banquet: Eleanor Clift reports on the White House and presidential politics at the Doubletree Hotel.

6/1999-6/2000 Membership

President: Nancy Minter
First Vice President/President-Elect: David Shumaker
Immediate Past President : Daile Pettit
Second Vice President: Karen Mark
Treasurer: Catherine Kitchell
Corresponding Secretary: Linda Smith
Director: Michael Kolakowski
Director: Anne Caputo


  • Freedom Forum: Librarians take research skills, training
    to journalists and students in six countries. The Freedom Forum and the
    Special Libraries Association partner to send Janet Dombrowski from the National Geographic Society to develop resources for journalists in England , Romania and Hungary and Sylvia Piggott from the joint library of the World Bank develops resources for journalists in South Africa .
  • Sponsorship Policy : Implemented a new sponsorship policy delineating the specific terms for levels of vendor support of Chapter programs.
  • First Student Memberships are awarded in the Fall of 1999.
    The goal of the award is to increase awareness of SLA and DC/SLA on
    campus and to encourage students to become active in professional
    societies. One award goes to a Catholic Univ. MLS student, and the
    second to a Univ. of Maryland CLIS student. The chapter pays for student
    dues to SLA for one year and offers free attendance at three DC/SLA
    chapter events. Winners are selected on the basis of a short essay,
    based on a topic approved by the DC/SLA board of directors. The first
    student membership award goes to Loren Scherbak.
  • 100 Year Site : The Chapter is notified that SLA ‘s Board
    of Directors has selected Washington , DC as the site for the 2009
    annual conference, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
  • International Fundraising Completed : The work on Global
    2000 fundraising comes to a close with nearly $51,000 for fellowships
    for the Global 2000 Conference!! That figure is comprised of more than
    $18,000 sent from other Chapters and $16,000 sent from SLA Divisions,
    which joins monies raised by the Chapter.
  • Strategic Planning Gets Back Underway : Past President
    Ellie Briscoe agrees to serve as chair to update the previous plan
    (1990) and gathers a new committee to get this project underway.
  • Mentoring Initiative Begins : Minter appoints a Mentoring
    Coordinators onto the Advisory Committee: Barbara Folensbee and Rhea
    Austin. They begin by identifying some individuals who are willing to be
    mentors and some that seek mentors.
  • Chapter Notes is published 10 times this year —
    more than any other SLA Chapter’s newsletter. The cost of Chapter Notes
    continues to be an issue, although there is no shortage of information
    to share. Finding an editor proves problematic. Three co-editors agree
    to share the job: Joanie Cornwell, Amy Pass and Eileen Deegan.

Awards :

National :

Chapter: The Member-of-the-Year award is presented to Sue O’Neill Johnson
for her excellent work in coordinating the efforts of the International
Projects (IP) Committee and its fundraising efforts for the SLA Global
2000 Conference. The Board-of-Directors award is given to a group of ten
members of the IP Committee who have made outstanding contributions
over a two-year period: John Latham, Rhea Austin, Mandy Baldridge,
Liz Farley, Sharon Lenius, Daille Pettit, Sylvia Piggott, Renny Ponvert,
Margarita Studemeister, and Barbara Vandegrift
. Special Recognition
Certificates are presented to sixteen members who have made a major
contribution of time and effort to one or more aspects of the project: Marilyn
Bromley, Mary Nell Bryant, Elizabeth Cline, Joanie Cornwell, Terri
Fritz, Catherine Kitchell, Michael Kolakowski, Karen Lee, Kristina
Lively, Zeina Mansour, Greta Ober-Beauchesne, Allen Overland, Kenlee
Ray, Donna Scheeder, Jeff Stickle, and Nancy Minter.

Popular Programming:

  • Panels : “Real Knowledge Management” is handled by a panel
    of leading practitioners from our Chapter who describe real area
    practices; SLA President-Elect Donna Scheeder moderates a panel of local
    library school deans who look at how library schools are preparing
    students for the real world.
  • Speakers : Mary Dzurinko persuades an audience that “All
    Systems Are Not Created Equal,” offering a system for comparing vendors’
    offerings when purchasing an integrated library system; SLA ‘s John
    Crosby discussed a variety of government relations issues, not the least
    of which was the potential NTIS closing. Some of the association-wide
    officers and candidates attending the SLA Board meeting attended.
  • Technology Day : Co-sponsored Technology Day 2000 with the
    Maryland Chapter. The day-long event addresses a wide variety of
    emerging technology topics, from intelligent agents to enterprise
  • DineArounds : The second annual Neighborhood Dinners program “DineArounds”, a series of hosted dinners is held around the metro area.
  • Holiday Party : Members exchange holiday greetings at the December reception held at the Arts Club of Washington.
  • The New Member Reception is held at SLA headquarters in February.
  • Annual Banquet: How to Think Funny: Yogi Berra’s Lessons for Librarians” by John Jay Daly.

6/1998-6/1999 Membership

President: Daile Pettit
First Vice President/President-Elect : Nancy Minter
Immediate Past President: Ellen D. Briscoe
Treasurer : Marilyn Bromley
Second Vice President: Karen Mark
Corresponding Secretary: Gail Kouril
Recording Secretary: Laura Foy

Director: Michael Kolakowski
Director Michele Crecca


  • International Fundraising : The highlight of the chapter
    year is fundraising on behalf of Global 2000, SLA ‘s international
    conference to be held October, 2000, in Brighton , England . DC/SLA’s
    goal is to raise $15,000 to send 5-7 librarians from developing
    countries to the conference. The chapter is two-thirds of the way to
    that goal.


National: Although no nominees receive national awards.

Chapter : Local chapter awards are presented to Greta Ober-Beauchesne, Member of the Year Award, for her work as listserv manager, Mandy Baldridge, also Member of the Year, for her hard work as hospitality chair. The Board of Directors’ Award is presented to Mary Feldman in recognition of her many years of service to the chapter.

Student Scholarship: : $2000 Telesec Scholarship goes to Amy Pass, MLS student at Catholic University ; $1000 DC/SLA Chapter Scholarship goes to Christina Prendiville, University of Maryland MLS student.

Popular Programming:

  • “Global Village Performing Arts Fest ,” is held in April
    1998; Kickoff at the Freedom Forum in November of 1998. A raffle took
    place at the holiday party in December. On April 30, a Global 2000
    Benefits Concert with the American Chamber Players featuring Miles
    Hoffman took place at the IFC Auditorium in Washington .
  • Workshops: “Managing your priorities,” facilitated by Dr. Phyllis Farrish.
  • Funding : The Foundation Center Library conducted a
    program, “Navigating the Funding Maze: The Smart Librarian’s Guide to
    Foundation Center Resources.”
  • Career Day focused on “Alternative Careers for Librarians,” with keynote speaker Mary Dzurinko, at Catholic University .
  • GPO: Superintendent of Documents, Fran Buckley, gave an overview on “GPO into the Next Millennium.”
  • Joint Spring Workshop : was organized around the topic of “Managing Web Access in Libraries.”

9/97-6/98 Membership

President: Ellie Briscoe
Past President
: Paul Lovas (the chapter mourns her passing of
cancer in November, after serving the chapter as President the previous
year.) Former President (1993-1994) Lyle Minter kindly steps back into
the role of past president.) 
President-Elect , Program Chair: Daile G. Pettit
Second Vice-President Christine “Kee” Malesky
Corresponding Secretary: Gail Kouril
Recording Secretary Kay Dorko
Treasure r Marilyn Bromley
Director Myra Engers Weinberg
Director Michele Crecca


  • Onto the Web : Nov 1997 launches a Chapter Listserv 
  • Hosted by SLA . In March, the listserv has 264 subscribers (about 20
    percent of our members, 810 of whom list email addresses with SLA ), and
    the website receives 1,314 hits. Highest use of the Web page was made
    in January, when the Winter Meeting support information was available
    with 3384 hits.
  • Global Outlook : Established an ad-hoc International Projects committee
    with the immediate goal of raising funds to sponsor one or more
    librarians from developing nations to attend Global 2000 conference in
    Brighton , England . The first event was a benefit Global Village
    Cultural Festival at the World Bank on April 22.
  • Chapter Manual Revised : Updated descriptions for each
    officer and committee chair. Our second vice-president is charged with
    maintaining the manual, and this year she bravely coordinated this task.
    The manual is over 100 pages long, and includes sample forms as well as
    our bylaws and job descriptions. Plans are made to post to the Web.
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Briscoe appoints a committee to survey the membership preliminary to updating the last strategic plan done in 1990.


National Awards:

  • Donna Scheeder was tapped as an SLA Fellow.
  • Winifred Sewell was inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame.
  • Laurie E. Stackpole earns Innovations with Technology award

Chapter Awards:

  • Mary Hay Glass won Member of the Year, and her name
    was added to a plaque which hangs at SLA Headquarters; and the Internet
    Committee and Winter Meeting Committee members won the Board of Directors’ Award.
  • Student: The nature of the student support evolves from a
    loan fund to a scholarship fund. Plans call for one $2000 (funded by
    Telesec Corestaff) and one $1000 grant (funded by the chapter in the
    name of past president, Cathy Jones) each year. Students were encouraged to attend meetings at half-price. Nancy Matthes accepts her $2,000 TeleSec CORESTAFF/Special Library Association Scholarship Award.

Popular programs:

  • Web: “Reference on the Web” with a panel of local experts.
  • Competencies for Special Librarians in the 21st Century, with Barbara Spiegelman.
  • Workshops “ Conflict Management” with Martha Johns;
    Professional Development Workshop: “Tap Dancing with Sparklers:
    promotion activities for your Library” with Chris Olson.
  • Tours : Naval Observatory.
  • Career Day at University of Maryland , held on a Saturday
    and designed for working professionals looking to change jobs, as well
    as students.

6/96-6/97 – Membership 1,140

President: Paula Lovas

Vice President, President-Elect : Ellie Briscoe

Past President : Eileen Rourke

Treasurer : Marilyn Bromley


  • Advertising : The cost of doing Chapter Notes now
    exceeds the annual allotment from SLA , so supplementary revenue is
    sought from advertisers to keep the Chapter financially stable.
  • Career Day Begins : The Chapter initiates a Career day at
    Catholic University to attract student members from Catholic and the
    University of Maryland and to support practicing librarians.
  • Spend a Day with a Special Librarian : 20 students participate at 12 different institutions.
  • Listserv: The Chapter looks ahead to establishing a listserv and web page and to continue to encourage new members.
  • Student Loans : The Chapter has three loans outstanding from its Student Loan Fund and is no longer making these loans.


  • National: Donna Scheeder, Lyle Minter and Karen Holloway are candidates for Association-wide elective office. SLA select the following for recognition: Joan Gervino and Wilda Newman as Fellows of SLA; Laurie Stackpole for Innovations in Technology and Catherine B. Jones (In Memoriam) for the SLA Hall of Fame.
  • Chapter: Member of the Year : Mary Ellen Bates for her article in Information Outlook, January 1997. Board of Directors Award: Estelle Alexander for her tireless work as Chapter Hospitality chair.


  • Susan M Hill, former President DCSLA, Librarianof the National Association of Broadcasters who helped establish the News Division of SLA retires.
  • Roger K. Haley, former President of DCSLA, Librarian of the Senate retires after a distinguished career.

Popular Programs:

  • First Career Day is organized by Eileen Rourke at Catholic University and it becomes an annual event.
  • Meetings : “Electronic Journals”
  • Tours : Dumbarton Oaks; Old guard Museum
  • Joint Spring Workshop “Partnering with Information Systems – Us vs. Them”
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Annual Banquet: Embassy Suites Hotel, Shelly Foote,
    costume historian from the National Museum of American History talks
    about the image of a librarian.

6/95-6/96 Membership

President: Eileen Rourke




  • Kitty Scott (1996) Hall of Fame


  • Member of the Year: Ellie Briscoe for Chapter Directory work.

6/94-6/95 Membership

President: Ellen Lytton



  • Nicholas Murray : John Cotton Dana


  • Member of the Year: Suzanne Arnold

6/93-6/94 Membership

President: Lyle Minter


  • Chapter Directory revision begun; Chapter bylaws revisions begun.
  • Policy on meeting sponsorship established.
  • 1992 Membership survey tabulated
  • Student Loan Officer created
  • Spend a Day with a Special Librarian – initiated.



  • Joan Gervino (1994) John Cotton Dana


  • Member of the Year: Catherine D. “Kitty” Scott

Popular Programs

  • Art Auction: Fundraiser at Northern Virginia Community College , 130 people attended, $10,000 worth of art sold, net $7,000.
  • Outsourcing: Mary Ellen Bates describes using an Information Broker.
  • Holiday Reception
  • Annual Meeting:

6/92-6/93 – Membership 1,115

President: Marilyn Bromley

Immediate Past President: Lynne McCay

Vice President/President-Elect : Lyle Minter

Treasurer: Carol Jacobson

Second Vice President : Michael Kolakowski

Recording Secretary : Jennifer Little

Corresponding Secretary : Myra Weinberg

Director: Jeanne Bohlen

Director: Katy DuGarm


  • Publications : Washington Area Library Directory published
    in January 1993 in consort with the DC Library Association, and the Law
    Librarians. In four months 600 copies were sold. David Schumacher led
    the charge.
  • B&G : Chapter bylaws of the Business and Finance Group approved, the ninth Chapter group.
  • Recognition program for 50 Chapter members begun. 50 year
    members invited free for the Holiday reception; 45 year members invited
    free for New Member reception.
  • Two student loans of $1000 each made.
  • Students: New student chapter begun at the University of Maryland .
  • Chapter manual and bylaws revision begun.
  • Sponsorship : Policy on meeting sponsorship established.
  • Logo : New chapter logo designed and chapter stationary printed.
  • Microform : Project to microfilm 50 years of Chapter Notes begun; to be housed at DCPL.
  • Finances : Consolidated chapter finances and bank accounts to be able to use Quicken software.

Awards :


  • Roger K. Haley John Cotton Dana


  • Board of Director’s Award : Penny Heavner, Mary Nell Bryant, Peggy Garvin, Jeanne Hamilton,Chapter Notes staff.
  • Member of the Year : Mary Feldman for longtime service to DCSLA.

Popular Programs :

  • Programs : Strategic Planning for Libraries; Expanding
    Library Services through Outsourcing with Mary Ellen Bates; Copyright of
    Electronic Information
  • Joint Holiday Reception with DCLA
  • Outreach : Chapter participated in local PBS TV station
    fundraising in March 1993 to raise over $25,000 since it was also the
    Blizzard of 93 and people were housebound listening to their radios.
  • Art Auction Fundraiser : Attracted 130 people to raise
    about $7000 for the Chapter’s Student Loan Fund, held at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus. Art to be auctioned was supplied by the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery. By 1996-1997 loans would be discontinued.
  • New Member Reception at the SLA Headquarters with 45 new
    members coming free and the Chapter Executive Board and Advisory Council
    proving the home made food.
  • Joint Spring Workshop “Maximizing User Satisfaction.
  • Annual banquet with Washington Post writer, Sarah Booth Conroy at Embassy Suites Hotel.

6/91-6/92 Membership 1,100

President: Lynne K. McCay

Vice-President, President Elect : Marilyn Bromley

Immediate Past President: Roger Haley

Treasurer: Carol Jacobson

Director: Lyle Minter


  • Student Chapter : Established a student chapter of SLA at the University of Maryland .
  • Business and Finance group formed and approved by the Board.
  • Planning : Reviewed Long Range Planning Committee report;
    concentrated on networking, membership and member services, public
    relations, publications, student affiliation, positive action and
    chapter finances. Did a membership preferences survey.
  • Holiday Party: Held first DC/SLA and DCLA holiday party.
  • Publications: Secured agreement from other groups to update the Directory of Libraries and Information Centers in the Washington DC Area.



  • Fellow: Cathy Jones

Chapter :

  • Board of Directors Award recognizes Michael Kolakowski, Cheri Allen, Joan Bow, Peggy Garvin, Sommers Pierce and William Neff (deceased), editors of the Sampler of Forms for Special Libraries.
  • Member of the Year Award: David Shumacker

Popular Programs :

  • “Am I moving in the right Direction?”
  • “Winning Communication: Strategies for Operating Successfully in your work Environment
  • Breakfast meeting on Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and impact on libraries.
  • Planning to Assure Lifestyle in Retirement
  • New Member Reception held at SLA Headquarters
  • Maximizing Customer Satisfaction with DCLA
  • Recruitment Strategies from Guy St. Clair
  • Joint Spring Workshop : Moving Toward the Year 2000: Emerging Information Policies in the Electronic Age
  • Annual Banquet with Dr. Richard Ernst, President of Northern Virginia Community College

6/90-6/91 – Membership 1,016

President: Roger Haley

President-Elect : Lynne K. McCay

Immediate Past President: Karen Patrias

Treasurer: Elsie Cerutti

Director : Marilyn Bromley

Director: Marcie Stone


  • 50 th Anniversary: The Chapter celebrated its fiftieth
    birthday by sponsoring a day-long workshop and evening gala banquet
    which featured SLA President Ruth Seidman, as well as an exhibit of the Chapter’s history and reminiscences of long-time Chapter members.
  • Publications: The Association published A Sampler of Forms for Special Libraries based on the work of the DC Chapter.


National :

  • Charles Missar for the Hall of Fame
  • Joseph Becker was made an Honorary Member.
  • Adelaide del Frate John Cotton Dana
  • Elizabeth Stone Rose Vermaelker Award


  • DC Member of Year: Susan M. Hill

Popular Programs :

  • “Dressing for Success” Kaycee Hale, Fashion Institute
  • Emerging democracies of Eastern Europe , Don Hausrath, USIA; Joe Ross, CRS
  • White House Conferenceon Library and Information Services: Peter Young, Chairman of CLIS, and Sandy Morton, SLA
  • Annual Banquet featured John Cole, Director for the Center for the Book, Library of Congress

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