The Awards Committee is very pleased to announce our 2012 Chapter award winners:
This has been a very busy year under Donna Severino’s leadership.
Dana Gordon Achievement Award – Pamela Rollo
Sadly, we have a new award this year in honor of Dana Gordon – The Dana Gordon Achievement Award. Dana’s passing is a great loss. We all want to recognize and value Dana’s commitment to excellence, sense of humor and integrity. It is great honor to announce Pamela Rollo as the first Dana Gordon Achievement Award Winner.
Pamela Rollo has made a tremendous commitment to our profession. The many key roles she has played locally and nationally warrants you receiving the Dana Gordon Award. She has executed each job she has held with imaginative, innovative approaches and thoughtful intelligence. She directed and managed all marketing functions for an entrepreneurial service and managed library loyalty programs. She has kept the chapter going, continually pushing for programs to keep it relevant to the rising stars, which are the future of our profession. Her extensive mentoring has led many a career forward.
The Mergent Distinguished Service Award: Vida Cohen
The Mergent Distinguished Service Award is presented to members of the New York Chapter to recognize recent distinguished work on specific projects and activities (within approximately the last two years). The Distinguished Achievement Award can be given to one person or to a group of people who worked together on a project.
Vida Cohen has distinguished herself within the chapter in so many ways from Employment Task Force, member of the award-winning Website Committee to spearheading the success of the programming and hospitality in her capacity as Hospitality Chair. She has been the driving force behind the programs that are presented to the New York Chapter. She has not only offered her support and expertise when deciding upon program topics, but more importantly, she has been the magician behind the scenes – obtaining venues, choosing appropriate food and beverages, managing the registration process, printing badges, negotiating favorable pricing packages for the Chapter and greeting our members at the door for each and every program that is offered. She has single handedly managed three holiday parties and two Forums. She is painstakingly careful about details for every event. Many of us are grateful to her for making introductions to other members of the chapter. She is always there at the registration desk with a warm smile to welcome us. Vida’s tireless efforts and attention to details contribute to the success of these and many other New York Chapter events.
Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award – NY Chapter Communication Committee.
The Mergent Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to members of the New York Chapter to recognize recent outstanding work on specific projects and activities (within approximately the last two years). The Outstanding Achievement Award can be given to one person or to a group of people who worked together on a project. An individual can receive the Outstanding Achievement Award more than once over the course of a career.
This committee has opened many new avenues for our chapter. Their hard work is much appreciated and clearly there is no compromising on quality.
Amy Sarola – Director of Communications and SLA NY listserv
Nicole Dupras – Secretary and LinkedIn/Twitter
Katie Hut – Facebook
Davis Erin Anderson – student listservs
Rebecca Chadwick – student listservs
Stan Friedman – Webmaster
Hannah Behren – non-announcement social media postings
Jackie Rider – website
John Tomlinson – website
Johanna Goldberg – website
The President’s Award:
The President’s Award provides an opportunity to recognize members of the New York Chapter for outstanding contributions to SLA and/or for professional excellence. This award is intentionally somewhat less well-defined than the other two.
Matt Brown: He has been the “heart and soul’ from the Membership Strategy Subcommittee’s Marketing perspective. Throughout the year he has created a myriad of products, flyers, and brochures to ensure that the benefits of being an SLA NY member are well-know to information professionals in and outside of the Chapter.
Nick Collison: He has brought a new brand of energy and enthusiasm to SLA NY, particularly in the area of sponsorship. He has been the go-to person to obtain sponsorship for Chapter events. He has provided the chapter with opportunities to strengthen partnerships with long-standing supporters, created renewed interest with sponsors who have waivered in recent years and attracted several new vendors.
Amy Sarola: She has been instrumental in assisting Donna Severino, Chapter President, in developing and successfully launching the Communications Strategy introduced to the Chapter this year. Her strong leadership was demonstrated early on as she began structuring her committee. She has been diligent about not saturating the membership with information yet still getting the word out in record time. She has astutely leveraged all of the communications outlets at the Chapter’s disposal she has been a catalyst of change, including being a champion of the Communications Committee’s recommendation to upgrade the SLA NY’s Facebook page to ensure better branding, creating templates to ensure consistency.
SLA NY Awards’ Committee
Previous Award Winners
2011: Toby Lyles, Web Redesign Committee, Clara Cabrera
2010: Stephen Kochoff, The Centennial Celebration Team, Rita Ormsby, Janet Peros
2009: Carol Ginsburg, Guy St. Clair, Vida Cohen, Donna Severino
2008: Pam Rollo, John Ganly, Bill Noorlander, Winter Shanck, Jamie Russell
2007: John Ganly, Kae Wells, Ellen Miller
2006: Lisa Ryan
2005: Sandra Kitt, Michael Rivas, Vandana Ranjan
2003: Agnes Mattis, Ellen Miller, Cliff Perry
2002: Steve Johnson
2001: Chuck Finnerty
2000: Leslie Slocum
1999: Rita Ormsby
1998: Jane Reed
1997: Andrew Berner
1994: Agnes Mattis
1992: Brooklyn Public Business Library
1991: Barbara Fody