What is your current role in the workplace? I am the Global External Content Procurement Leader for EY.
Why did you become an info pro? I am a licensed US attorney and my first job out of law school was in-house counsel for a national shopping center developer. One of my responsibilities was management of the legal department library (where I developed relationships with the legal publishers which I took into my early career at EY!). I was looking for a change and something non-traditional and was hired into the Vendor Management group in EY’s Center for Business Knowledge (now “EY Knowledge”), supporting information professionals by developing supplier relationships and negotiating contractual terms. The team expanded to support other areas of EY and eventually moved into Global Procurement. I now lead the content acquisition team, working with a highly experienced team of information professionals to support EY’s Knowledge strategy. I’ve been at EY for almost 20 years.
Tell us about your history with LMD and current role on the Board I have been involved with SLA since the early 2000’s, only missing one SLA Conference during that time. I have been a member of LMD for my tenure at EY. I co-chaired the Content Buying section in 2012 with Ann Kenny (from EY). I’m excited to hold the position again and share my expertise with External Content.
Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2018 you’d like to tell us about? I think the key challenge in the external content space is the incredibly fast pace of change that affects information, especially in the areas of digital innovation, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, etc. I would like to encourage ways for buyers and sellers of external content to discuss this and collaborate, as we all have to move quickly into the future or risk being left behind!
What do you think is a key challenge for SLA, or for our profession, at present? As noted above, the speed of change is challenging to everyone, and SLA and information professionals are no exception. We have to look for ways to showcase our value, and think about how we re-invent ourselves in order to keep up with the change. Key words for me are flexibility, communication and collaboration. We need to focus on these to take us into the future.
How can members get more involved with the division or with SLA? Attend our programming and network with fellow members.
And, finally, what’s a little-known fact about you? People who don’t really know me well (and even some who do!) would never guess that I am a NASCAR racing fan. I love the fast cars and the strategy involved in winning a race. I spent one vacation visiting race shops in Charlotte, NC, and making a stop at the “shrine to the Intimidator” (Dale Earnhardt for those who are not familiar!).