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May Message From The President and President-Elect

DC Community Members -

As leaders in our Community, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with encouragement and support during this difficult time. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on libraries and the information profession. For many of our members, you have transitioned to telework full time and adopted new tools like Microsoft Teams or Zoom to communicate with your management, colleagues and users. For some, though, the response has been furloughs or reduction in employment and other opportunities that we hope are temporary. 

While we work through the situation, now is the time in our profession to keep our organizations operating and making informed decisions using the resources that we develop, curate, acquire or create. Our work may never go back to the way it was but we know that the skills of information professionals are critical to organizations of all types and they will find ways again soon to employ us fully. Even those that are currently not working, we want to restate that your skills are needed and that you have allies in the library community who want to help you.

Your SLA DC Community Board has continued to meet and work to support our members throughout this crisis. We've moved a lot of our programming online and we have introduced a number of both formal and informal ways for our members to connect, find support, and find meaning from the challenges we are facing today. We hope you will take a look at the calendar  and join us for an event online sometime soon.

We also want to encourage you to get involved in the SLA DC Community. You can share your time and your talents by joining the Programming Committee for their monthly meetings. You can also let one of us know if you would like to join our Board next year. We'll have elections in the Fall, but we always want and need members to get involved and take a role in supporting our Community.  You can participate on a Committee (Awards, Nominations, Fundraising, Communications) and you can shadow a current Board member to learn about their work before taking on a role yourself. 

We hope you are taking care of yourself and your family in this difficult time and we both look forward to the time when we can share a room, raise a glass, and celebrate getting together again. Stay well, stay safe, and thank you for being a member of this great community of information professionals!

David Blum
2020 DCSLA President

Richard Huffine
2020 DCSLA President-Elect

Member Spotlight


As many of you may know, DC Community member Sharon Lenius will be given the prestigious John Cotton Dana award at the annual meeting in October. Below is an excerpt from DC Community President-Elect Richard Huffine's message which is posted in full on Facebook and Connect. Please join us and the many commenting on our Facebook page in congratulating Sharon!

"Sharon's passion for libraries and fostering the best in her fellow information professionals is evident in everything she does and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this honor."
-Richard Huffine
"Sharon always is looking for ways to promote libraries. Congrats!"
-Marianne Giltrud
"Sharon so deserves this - she is the personification of a truly giving person."
-Catherine Kitchell
"Sharon defines the award. Well deserved recognition!"
-Lea Wade
"Congrats to Sharon; that is fantastic news!"
-Bruce Rosenstein

We also want to recognize new community members. Let's give a big DC Community welcome to:

Claire Sutton 
Andrew Fordham
Jennifer Lee 
Ben Leubsdorf 
Michael Muehe 
Kelly Ribiero
Dayna Smith 
Member Survey and Resources

DCSLA Member Survey

During these uncertain times, we want to know what we as a board are doing well, what we could change, how we can best communicate with you, and how we should plan and implement events in the future. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey before June 3rd.

DCSLA (non-medical) Pandemic Resources

We want to support you as much as we can during these difficult times. If you're in need of professional development, mental health help, or financial help, please take a look at a list of resources we have compiled and send any additional resources you may know about to


Upcoming DCSLA Events

We've got some exciting events coming up in May and June!

DCSLA #LibrarianLunchChat

Join us on twitter ( we're @sladc) every Friday for a lunch chat from 12-1 ET! Tweet with the hashtag #LibrarianLunchChat to engage with other SLA members that are on twitter. Discussion questions are posted on our Facebook and SLA Connect page on Wed. evenings. RSVP here. Questions for this week's chat include: 

1) How do you think your library experience, whether it be your work library or your public library, will change over the next few months? What plans are your local libraries and professional workplace putting in place to keep staff and patrons safe?

2) How do you think this pandemic will impact the library of the future over the next several years? Do you think libraries will change for the better? In what way?

3)​ How has your week been? What successes or challenges have you experienced?

We look forward to chatting with everyone on Friday! All are welcome!


Virtual Movie Night!

Stay at home and watch a movie with us on May 30th at 6PM! A discussion chat will follow the movie at 8PM. Keep an eye out for a poll to choose the movie to watch! RSVP here.

InfoBites Virtual Meetup

Wed, June 3
1 PM – 2 PM ET

Join fellow members of the Washington DC Community of the Special Libraries Association for a conversation on recent articles in librarianship.

June's discussion will be led by DCSLA President David Blum. 

If you are a DCSLA member and are interested in leading a discussion, please reach out to the DCSLA Programming Committee at