20th Anniversary Celebration February 20, 1998
Executive Board 1997-98 President: Christine Vathis-Howell President-Elect/Program Chair: Laura Bender Secretary: Louis Howley Treasurer: Polin Lei
20th Anniversary Program Committee: Christine Vathis-Howell Laura Bender Louis Howley Polin Lei Ann Eagan Bambi Wessel Valerie (Frescholtz) Pomerenke Ann Strickland Mara Pinckard
Announcing the Winner of the 20th Anniversary Essay Contest!
Looking Back at the Arizona Chapter Welcome Christine Vathis-Howell, President Introductions Laura Bender, President-Elect/Program Chair Some Thoughts After Twenty Years Richard Huleatt, Chapter Past President Reflecting on our Past, Acknowledging Today and Looking Toward the Future Judith Field, Special Libraries Association President Past Presidents Honored Closing Remarks Christine Vathis-Howell
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Arizona Chapter Presidents 1978-1998
Richard S. Huleatt 1977-78 Shortly after arriving in Arizona as an information consultant in 1976, Dick was instrumental in co-founding the Arizona Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, serving as Acting President during 1977-78. He was a former president of the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and has been involved as an information specialist, manager, and information services executive for nearly 40 years. During his career, he has also served numerous offices in various professional organizations as well as providing input and testimony to many government library and information programs. He continues as president of Information Intelligence, Inc. (Phoenix, Arizona), an information publishing company he founded in 1979, as well as being editor of the Online Newsletter. Information Intelligence, Inc. also publishes Online Libraries and Microcomputers. Both newsletters are the longest running newsletters about the online and information industry fields since 1980. His professional career has been and continues to be, dedicated to the development of worldwide information resources for both organizations and the individual as caretakers of our Planet Earth. SLA members have always been in the forefront of providing such quality information since its founding in 1909. Let the tradition continue!
Gail Georgenson 1978-79The Chapter began to take shape in January 1978 when Dick Huleatt and Ann Strickland sent to SLA headquarters the signatures of 70+ Arizona members of the Rio Grande Chapter. Dick and Ann provided their combined SLA experience to many of us in the fledgling stages of our careers. In February 1978 at the SLA Winter Meeting the Association announced the “birth” of the Arizona Chapter. Boyce Thompson Arboretum was the site of our first meeting during which we discussed the “basics” of chapter management, such as writing bylaws and holding workshops and fund-raisers. In early 1979 the Chapter hosted the SLA Winter meeting in Tucson at the end of its first year of operation. The significant event of that meeting was the vote against holding meetings after 1980 in states which had not ratified the ERA. Also in 1979, the first Chapter seminar was offered. “Map Librarianship” was well attended and its financial success put us on a firm footing for our future endeavors. Currently, Gail is a Library Manager at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.
Linda Cottrell 1979-80During the second full year of existence, the chapter gained 13 members for a total of 97. The Chapter was in exceptionally good financial shape with the net proceeds from the Map Workshop and the Government Documents Workshop. This money allowed the chapter to begin the publication of the Directory of Special Libraries in Arizona. We clarified our relationship with the Arizona State Library Association, and began cooperative programs, which included a meeting at the ASLA Conference in Phoenix, a presentation on SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), the Government Documents Workshop, a visit to the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant site, and a visit to the Heard Museum. Bylaws were amended, and a Chapter editorial policy was approved to provide guidance for the Chapter Bulletin.
Diane Karr 1980-81The year of Diane Karr’s presidency was politically active for the Chapter. The team of Karr and Berk was particularly effective, as they lobbied successfully before the Board of Directors at the SLA Annual Meetings to establish special, lower membership rates for unemployed librarians. Programs during her tenure had significant educational value for the membership, and included a Chapter visitation by the President of SLA, George Ginader. Diane left Arizona to become Manager of the Technical Information Center of the Intel Corporation in Folsom, California and is presently in Greece.
Robert Berk 1981-82 During his term of office, the Chapter experienced some growing pains. Because of the concentration of special libraries in two widely separated areas of the state (Phoenix and Tucson) there was tension between the two geographic locations. With the appointment of Phoenix-based Judith Gorman as president-elect, the statewide membership for the chapter was solidified. The most memorable part of his elected experience was as President-Elect under President Diane Karr, during which time a number of valuable educational programs were planned and executed. Robert left Arizona to become Director of the Medical Library, Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Information and Communications Sciences at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois where he still resides.
Judith Gorman 1982-83 Programs and administrative matters occupied most of our time during my term of office. Acid-free archival boxes were procured and Susan Lake put the Chapter archives in order. Three program meetings and one social were held: the first, presented by Linda Mariano and Pat Cramer, was on professionalism; the second was on information retrieval and SDI’s; and the third was an all-day seminar encompassing assertiveness training, time management, business writing and professional conduct. Each and every one of us has built on the activities of our predecessor, but it is the membership most of all that has made the Chapter grow not in numbers, but in quality. Without them there would be no chapter, and they are who made my term of office so memorable. I took early retirement from Bank One, Arizona in December 1996 after 16 years of service. I am currently employed at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. The Arizona Chapter has continued to grow and expand over the years through the hard work and dedication of its members. I wish the Chapter continued success in all its endeavors.
Toni Garvey 1983-84 The Chapter focused on two major Association decisions during my year as president. One was the effort of the Chapter to interest library school students in special librarianship, which included tours to special libraries in the state and the compilation of a list of libraries willing to host library interns. The second was the Chapter’s voice in the decision to relocate the SLA Headquarters to Washington, D.C. (We opposed retaining offices in New York City). Certainly the highlight of my term was the visit of SLA President Vivian Arterbery to Tucson. I remember Ann Strickland, who was president after me, hosting a reception for Vivian at her home. What an exciting moment for (what was then!) our small chapter.
I left Tucson in 1987 and, after spending 8 years with Loudoun County Public Library in Virginia, returned to the southwest as City Librarian for Phoenix Public Library in 1996. These days, I’m active in the Public Library Association and am completing a term as President of the Planning, Measurement, and Evaluation Section.
Ann Strickland 1984-85During the year that I served as president, our chapter published the 2nd edition of the Directory of Special Libraries in Arizona, the networking luncheons were initiated in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas, and our chapter hosted a 3-day regional workshop at SunSpace Ranch Conference Center. I retired from the City of Tucson Governmental Reference Library in December 1985. Since then I have kept in touch with the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, lecturing occasionally to Special Libraries classes. With the help of my late husband, Buzz Strickland, I was able to establish the “Ann Berg Strickland Scholarship” for students interested in pursuing careers in special librarianship. Ten scholarships have been awarded since 1994.
Linda Monroe 1985-86 Linda Monroe’s term of office was especially active for the Chapter, as membership grew 17%. Local area luncheons increased in frequency and popularity, with Phoenix jjoining Tucson in taking advantage of this networking opportunity. Chapter-wide meetings during the 1985-86 year included an August meeting at Embry-Riddle University; the chapter visit of popular SLA President Frank Spaulding; and the first meeting in Casa Grande (halfway between Phoenix and Tucson) for a program, “Microcomputers in the Special Library”. Finally, this was the year our chapter member, Ann Strickland, received the John Cotton Dana Award at the SLA Annual Meeting in Boston. Linda is the Librarian at the Dial Corporation Technical Center in Scottsdale.
Suzanne Lennon 1986-87 During her term as Arizona Chapter President, the Chapter began a long-range planning process and expanded Board meetings to include committee chairs. The Chapter also co-sponsored a one-day workshop on conflict resolution with the Special Libraries Division of the Arizona State Library Association. Suzanne recently retired after 35 years of librarianship in college, public, and special libraries. The past 16 years were spent as Staff Librarian at AG Communications Systems in Phoenix. During this period she became active in the SLA Telecommunications Division, which gave her the “1995/96 Member of the Year” award.
Bonnie Klassen 1987-88The highlight of Bonnie’s term was the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Chapter. At the celebration, Bonnie read the congratulatory telegrams and letters from the Philadelphia Chapter, Elizabeth Mobley, SLA President, and David Bender, SLA Executive Director. Jo Ann Clifton, President-Elect of SLA, spoke on “Personal Power as a Key to Success in the Profession”. The Chapter also co-sponsored a CD-ROM fair with the Arizona Online User Group. Bonnie is currently a Procedures Analyst at Arizona State University.
Charlene Baldwin 1988-89 I was the 11th President of the Arizona Chapter 1988-1989 while serving as a librarian at the University of Arizona. During my term, we held meetings in Casa Grande to encourage members from both Tucson and Phoenix to attend. We also began a process of strategic planning. I like to remember that the Chapter began more international linkages (as the Horner and the Transborder Library Forum both were in their formative stages and SLA members were part of those projects), more inter-state professional librarian linkages with joint meetings with other Arizona library associations, and greater connectivity with the University of Arizona Graduate Library School during my Presidency. But as Program Chair, President-elect the year before, it was my great pleasure to plan the 10th Anniversary of the Arizona Chapter. What a celebration we had!! I also want to say that it was my involvement at the Chapter level that led me to become interested in Association-level governance and my 5 years on the SLA Board of Directors. Today I am the Assistant University Librarian for the Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, where I am this year coordinating the move in to a beautiful new Science Library on this campus, and organizing the VIII Transborder Library Forum, to be held here in Riverside March 5-7, 1998. Thank you, Arizona Chapter for electing me your President. It was a professional experience that I will never forget.
Mara Pinckard 1989-90 During Mara’s tenure, the Chapter co-sponsored three programs: the SLA/ARLIS meeting in Tucson, a family outing in Yuma co-sponsored by the San Diego Chapter, and the SLA/AOLUG program at Arizona State University. Mara also served as a member of the Arizona Statewide Plan Steering Committee and produced handbooks for chapter officers to ease the transition from one year to the next. Mara is currently Head, Science Reference at Noble Library, Arizona State University in Phoenix.
Susan Lake 1990-91During my term as president I was fortunate to serve with a supportive as well as talented group of chapter officers. In addition to networking and professional development activities, both local and statewide, two events stand out in my mind. One was the first Transborder Library Forum/Foro Binacional de Bibliotecas which was held in Rio Rico, Arizona, in early 1991. This collaborative effort with other information professionals in Arizona and Sonora helped to promote information exchange with our colleagues in Mexico and to advance the international outreach effort that was rapidly gaining momentum. (The first International Special Librarians Day was celebrated on April 18, 1991). The second item of note was the establishment of a Chapter Member Recognition Award to honor an individual who had contributed significantly to the Arizona Chapter. Jack Mount, University of Arizona, was the first recipient of this award.
Currently, I am associated with the Submillimeter Telescope Observatory, a collaboration of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory and the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, Germany. I enjoy being a member of this team which supports one of the world’s most advanced radio telescope facilities. I am very proud to have been a part of the Arizona Chapter’s history and send my best wishes to you on this special occasion. <
Paula Stevens 1991-92 I thoroughly enjoyed my time as president-elect and president of the Arizona Chapter. I believe the part I enjoyed most was the opportunity to meet and work with so many colleagues from around the state. The highlight event for me would be the Native American Information Resources workshop which we planned and implemented with the Arizona Online Users Group. It took months of meetings, cooperation and deadline-stress, but the two-day workshop held in Flagstaff in July 1991 was a big success, drawing attendees from as far away as New Mexico, California, and Colorado. The event spoke to a professional need from a regional perspective, and demonstrated what we can do when we work together. I am currently a reference librarian at the Arizona Republic, creating information products for managers, helping to develop a newsroom intranet, along with other interesting projects that come my way. I remain involved with the SLA News Division, the Arizona State Library Association and Soroptimist International of Phoenix, a community service organization for professional women.
Jeanette Mueller-Alexander 1992-93 Jenny’s term was a year for building international relationships. One highlight was the presentation of an SLA membership to the President of the Sonoran Library Association by Jenny at the banquet at the Transborder Library Forum. This membership was given in memory of Sonoran library leader Carlos Salas Placencia. The recipient, Guadalupe Pina Ortiz, then attended the Arizona Chapter International Librarian’s Day meeting along with other Mexican librarians. A meeting on visioning also took place during her term.
Edith Hart 1993-94 Edith’s year began with the Arizona Online User Group co-sponsored “Native American Culture: The Next Decade” workshop in Prescott and continued with programs on copyright law, diversity, managing information in a corporate environment, and organizational change. The chapter also co-sponsored the well attended International Special Librarians Day program with Arizona State Library Association.
Peggy Pedigo 1994-95 During Peggy’s term, the focus was on the technological and the local. Programs included networking technologies at Maricopa Medical Center, networking with library school students, and a virtual trip around the world for International Special Librarians Day.
David Bickford 1995-96 Trips to the cool country of northern Arizona to visit Lowell Observatory, programs on marketing library services, electronically available medical resources, and Internet training highlighted David’s term. In addition, the Chapter’s Web page debuted on the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library server and many Chapter members participated in the Transborder Library Forum in Tucson.
Ann Eagan 1996-97 High tech was the theme for Ann’s administration. The year included distance learning programs such as “Getting Out of the Box: The Knowledge Management Opportunity” and the “Future for Librarians: Positioning Yourself for Success” as well as regular chapter programs on the “Internet and the Special Librarian” and the W.L.Gore company desktop delivery of information. With the assistance of the Executive Board, Ann instituted an officer training program to smooth the transition of officers, revived the Chapter Web page by transferring it to the SLA Web server, and initiated a Chapter Listserv to better reach out to the Chapter membership. Ann is currently a Science-Engineering and Undergraduate Services Librarian at the University of Arizona Library and serves as the Strategic Planning Chair for the Chapter.
Christine Vathis-Howell 1997-98 The highlight of this term will certainly be the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Chapter. Chris has spent many hours coordinating this event. In addition, during her term the Chapter committed to participate in the Southwest Regional Conference: Ahead of the Curve in March 2000. Chris continues to nurture the growth of the Chapter by stressing networking activities as well as SLA and member-initiated programming. Chris is currently an information specialist with Intel Corporation.
Memories of the 10th AnniversaryDo you recognize anyone?
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