Dear SLA NY Members:
I would like to announce the slate of candidates presented to the Chapter for the “open positions” on the 2013 SLA NY Executive Board by the Nominations Committee. I would like to thank the Nominations Committee – Leigh Hallingby – Chair, Janet Peros and Davis Erin Anderson for the time and effort they put into the nomination process. I would also like to thank our candidates for volunteering to serve the Chapter.
This slate and any other candidates for the open positions presented to the Board will be voted on by members at our Annual Meeting on October 4, 2012.
Nick Collison – President Elect
Nick Collison has worked in the information industry for more than 20 years, and currently serves as Director of E-Content and Library Support at cSubs Subscription Services. Originally from the United Kingdom, Nick moved to the United States seven years ago to meet the challenges of the US market. Nick has been a member of the SLA for over a decade and served on the SLA Centennial Committee; he is currently with SLA NY’s Finance and Fundraising Committee.
Nick was Chair for the City Information Group, London’s premier educational and networking group for special libraries. CiG provided an outlet for networking, education and the promotion of the information professional across all market segments. CiG was highly recognized as the leading information group with the United Kingdom and was highly respected. During Nick’s term as Chair, membership had been raised, and an alliance was forged with other special library groups raising the profile and bringing together information professionals in a unique and unified way.
Nick has a wealth of experience and is very passionate about the information world and how it looks for the future, and sees SLA as a steering vehicle to have information professionals worldwide recognized for what they do.
Nick also is a great food lover, enjoys art, and is very attached to his dog Charlie but above all loves living and working in USA!
Krissa Corbett-Cavouras is the Research Assistant for the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she provides knowledge and data management support for their grant-funded public health research. Krissa earned her master’s degree from the Pratt Institute’s School for Information and Library Science, during which she worked as the Graduate Assistant to Dr. Cristina Pattuelli.
Krissa served on the Officers’ Board for the student chapter of SLA, SLA@Pratt, for her entire tenure as a graduate student, first as Secretary, then as VP of Tours, and finally as President during her final semester. She helped organize the Second and Third annual Skill Share Fair, and also sat on the panel for the chapter’s first Student Swing in 2010.
Happy Blitt – Finance & Fundraising Chair
Happy Blitt is an Information Resources Manager at Elliott Management; she has been with the firm since December 2007. Prior to joining Elliott Management Happy was a Researcher at The New York Times where she supported newsroom research and conducted Internet and public records research training for reporters and editors. Happy was also a systems and digitization librarian at the Library at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and prior to that she was a researcher with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Disputes, Analysis and Investigations practice.
Happy earned her BA and MLIS from McGill University in Montreal; she has been a member of SLA NY Chapter since 2006 and active as the ChapterNews Advertising Chair since 2010.
Eileen Rourke – Professional Development Chair
Eileen has been an active SLA member since joining the NY Chapter as a student in 1981. Currently, Eileen serves as Co-Chairs of the Global Outreach Committee and the Downtown Networking Luncheons. She also was on the Career Committee team that organized a LinkedIn program for the NY Chapter this Spring. Eileen has held several leadership/Board positions with SLA over the years, including Washington, DC Chapter President (1995-96), and served as a Committee member of SLA Finance Committee (1989-90), and IPANDA (2005-06 Disaster Preparedness Task Force).
Eileen has had a diverse information management career, working both in the public and private sector, in New York City, Washington DC and globally. Her experience encompasses nonprofit (foundation, government and public libraries) as well as corporate financial services, including Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms. Eileen’s career highlights include creating the Corporate Library for Fannie Mae and providing strategic direction and training for Peace Corps Information Resource Centers overseas. Currently, Eileen is the Business Intelligence Specialist with Partners in Human Resources International, an HR consulting and outplacement firm. Her expertise is in start-up operations and management of information centers with special interests in international librarianship and career development.
She holds a BS in History from Brooklyn College/CUNY and received her MLS from Columbia University, where she also taught graduate courses in database searching.
Eileen looks forward to contributing to SLA NY by creating relevant professional development programs that will help members at all career stages.
SLA NY President 2012
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