Five leading information professionals (drum roll, please.....) --Rebecca Jones, Dee Magnoni, James Manasco, Jill Strand and Libby Trudell—have been named as the 2010 Class of SLA Fellows.
“The SLA Fellows are a group of professionals of unrivaled intelligence and dedication, and I am confident that each of these individuals will continue to be an important asset to this organization and the profession,” said SLA President Anne Caputo. “I congratulate and thank them for their service to SLA thus far, and I look forward to seeing what they do with their talent and drive as they move into the next leg of their SLA journey.”
Rebecca Jones joined SLA in 1981 as a student and is currently a managing partner with Dysart & Jones Associates, a Toronto consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, organizational development and change processes for libraries and information-intensive organizations. She is the former director of the Professional Learning Centre at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Studies and is now chair of the Advisory Board as well as an instructor.
Jones has written and presented on the profession’s competencies and worked with the team that created SLA’s Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century, for which she received SLA’s Leadership Award in 2004. She has served on the SLA Nominating Committee (2008-2009) and as secretary (1999-2000) for the Leadership and Management Division of SLA (LMD) and is currently an alignment ambassador for the Toronto Chapter.
Dee Magnoni has been an SLA member since 1992 and currently serves as chair-elect of Leadership and Management Division of SLA (LMD) and the past chair of the Engineering Division. She is the library director at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. Hired as the library’s first director eight years ago, she built from scratch many of its services and resources.
Magnoni served a term as a director on the SLA Board of Directors (2001-2003), chaired SLA’s Professional Development Advisory Council (2005-2007), and was a member of the association’s Finance Committee (2003-2005) and Nominating Committee (1999-2000). She served as president of two different chapters: the Boston Chapter (2005-2007) and the Rhode Island Chapter (1995-1996). She also chaired the Information Technology (IT) Division (2001-2002) and was the convener of the Information Futurists’ Caucus (1999-2000).
James E. Manasco joined SLA in 1994 and is a member of the Kentucky Chapter and the Science-Technology, Information Technology (IT), and Academic Divisions. He is head of Collection Development for the University of Louisville.
Manasco has served in a variety of SLA leadership roles, including chair of the Sci-Tech (2003-2004) and IT Divisions (2008), president of the Kentucky Chapter (2003-2004), and chair of the 2010 Annual Conference Advisory Council. He is a co-presenter of the popular Sci-Eng 101 series of programs offered at SLA’s Annual Conference each year and is the editor of Sci-Tech News, the multi-divisional bulletin that covers several of SLA’s science-related units. The Kentucky Chapter honored him with its Professional Award in 2004 and its Outstanding Member Award in 2007.
Active in SLA since 2000, Jill Strand is a member of the Minnesota Chapter and the Legal, Competitive Intelligence (CI), and Leadership and Management Divisions. She manages the Information Resources Library team at Maslon Edelman Borman Brand, LLP, a mid-size law firm in Minneapolis, Minn.
Strand has served SLA as a member of the Public Relations Advisory Council (PRAC) since 2004. She recently finished a term as the council’s chair, during which she helped recruit, train and support more than 80 alignment ambassadors, an effort that garnered her a 2009 SLA Presidential Citation. She is a member of the 2011 SLA Annual Conference Planning Committee and serves on the 2010 Nominating Committee.
At the Minnesota Chapter, Strand has served as alignment ambassador, vice president, president-elect, and president (2006-2008) as well as on the chapter’s executive board as secretary (2003-2006). At the division level, she serves as professional development chair for the Legal Division and worked on the 2009 Conference Planning Committee for the CI Division.
Libby Trudell, vice president of marketing at Dialog in Sunnyvale, Calif., has been a member of SLA since 1996. She previously served on the SLA Board of Directors as chapter cabinet chair (2006-2008) and is currently chair of the 2011 SLA Annual Conference Advisory Council and a member of the Public Relations Advisory Committee.
Trudell is also the public relations chair for the Information Technology (IT) Division and the San Andreas Chapter and has served on the chapter’s executive board as director (2000-2002), president-elect (2002-2003), and president (2003-2004). The chapter honored her with the Mark Baer professional achievement award in 2009.
She has held a variety of positions at Dialog with responsibility for functions including information professional market development, product management, strategic planning, product marketing, and customer services.