SLA:Nominations Sought for Leadership Positions

Are you a forward thinking, good communicator with experience in SLA, or do you know someone who fits this description?  If so, the SLA Nominating Committee is looking for you and your colleagues!  We are providing an opportunity for members to take their leadership skills to the next level.  Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve in one of the following leadership positions:

  • President-elect;
  • Chapter cabinet chair-elect;
  • Division cabinet chair-elect; or
  • Treasurer

The committee is seeking 8 candidates–two for each of the four positions–to stand for election in September 2015 and commence serving in January 2016. Nominations must be received by 15 November 2014. Details about the responsibilities for each position can be found on SLA’s website.

Being a candidate and then a board member is a great responsibility as well as a great opportunity to not only give back to your association but also to gain valuable skills.  Don’t take our word for it, read what a few of our past board members told us about their experiences on the board:

“You’re given an opportunity to improve the working lives of thousands of colleagues and direct the implementation of a budget of millions of dollars.  Not every librarian has that kind of leverage at work and it’s immensely satisfying to know that you’ve made a difference in your profession.” Dan Trefethen, past Treasurer and Director

“I owe my entire career to the connections made through SLA.  It was an honor to serve in a leadership capacity to help others achieve success through affiliation with SLA!” – Brent Mai, past President and Chapter Cabinet Chair

“The most exciting aspect of being active in SLA – and particularly, in serving on the Board of Directors – is having a direct voice in our profession.”  Ann Sweeney, past Director

“Being on the SLA Governing Board was like being in a large amphitheater.  It was a great arena to learn to perform leadership and be seen by a large interested professional audience, in other words, a good place to develop leadership and communication skills with an amazing members’ visibility.”  Jesus Lau, past Director

“Volunteering within SLA has provided me with some great opportunities to grow and develop leadership and other skill sets.  Serving on the Board allows me to “giveback” to the Association that has so freely given to me.”  Tom Rink, President-elect, 2015 and former Division Cabinet Chair

“My career and personal life has been enhanced by my two terms on SLA’s Board of Directors…one as President.  The years of service enhanced my skills of persuasion, delegation, listening, mentoring, speaking, trusting, and admiring the multiple types of information professionals who make up our association and our profession.  I would not have had such a rich and successful professional and personal life without my work for SLA.”  Ethel Salonen, former President and Director

Don’t you want to have a say in who decides the future of our association?  Please nominate yourself or your colleagues who are capable and willing to serve as members of the association’s board. This is an important time for our profession and our association.  Don’t let us down!

To nominate an SLA member for the board, forward the following information to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below:

  • The nominee’s name, address and phone number;
  • The board position for which you are recommending the nominee;
  • A few paragraphs about why you think this person would be an outstanding candidate and board member.

“So, the bottom line? Don’t sell yourself short; buy the ticket, take the ride.  Your mileage may vary, but it is an absolutely thrilling journey.”  Roberto Sarmiento, former Director

Gloria Zamora Chair, SLA Nominating Committee
Sue Henczel
Sharon Lenius
Leslie Reynolds
Anne Barker
Linda Broussard, staff member

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