Information Pros Usher in a New Era, Appoint Roberta I. Shaffer Next Executive Director of SLA

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Special Libraries Association

    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Special Libraries Association
 (SLA) announces that Roberta I. Shaffer has been appointed to serve as its
 twelfth executive director. Shaffer will succeed David R. Bender, Ph.D., who
 will retire this summer as SLA's chief staff officer after twenty-two years of
 service. She currently serves as Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of
 Library and Information Science at the University of Texas, Austin. From 1991
 to 1999, she worked as Director of Research Information Services at Covington
 and Burling, a Washington-based international law firm. In her new role,
 Shaffer will lead SLA through many new changes, including direction of new
 branding, membership redefinition, simplification strategies, and assessment
 of the Association's partnerships and events.
     Shaffer's tenure is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2001.  Her first
 public appearance as Executive Director-Designate will likely take place at
 SLA's 92nd Annual Conference, June 9-14 in San Antonio, Texas USA.
     In announcing the appointment, Dr. Bender said, "Roberta brings a diverse
 mixture of knowledge and experience to SLA that will facilitate success in
 everything she chooses to do," confirmed Dr. Bender. "I am confident she will
 excel in all her endeavors and enhance our Association globally."
     SLA President Donna Scheeder proclaimed that, "Roberta is very passionate
 about the future of information professionals and the rapidly changing
 environment of the special library profession. We on the SLA Board of
 Directors look forward to fostering a positive relationship with her."
     Shaffer's biographical narrative and resume can be found on the Web at
 Virtual SLA (http://www.sla.org ). To review the material, click on the New
 Executive Director-Designate's Corner.
 
     About SLA: Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Special Libraries
 Association (SLA) is the international association representing the interests
 of thousands of information professionals in sixty countries.  Special
 librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate,
 package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in
 corporate, academic, and government settings.  The Association offers a
 variety of programs and services designed to help its members serve their
 customers more effectively and succeed in an increasingly challenging
 environment of information management and technology.  SLA is committed to the
 professional growth and success of its membership.
 
 

SOURCE Special Libraries Association
    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Special Libraries Association
 (SLA) announces that Roberta I. Shaffer has been appointed to serve as its
 twelfth executive director. Shaffer will succeed David R. Bender, Ph.D., who
 will retire this summer as SLA's chief staff officer after twenty-two years of
 service. She currently serves as Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of
 Library and Information Science at the University of Texas, Austin. From 1991
 to 1999, she worked as Director of Research Information Services at Covington
 and Burling, a Washington-based international law firm. In her new role,
 Shaffer will lead SLA through many new changes, including direction of new
 branding, membership redefinition, simplification strategies, and assessment
 of the Association's partnerships and events.
     Shaffer's tenure is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2001.  Her first
 public appearance as Executive Director-Designate will likely take place at
 SLA's 92nd Annual Conference, June 9-14 in San Antonio, Texas USA.
     In announcing the appointment, Dr. Bender said, "Roberta brings a diverse
 mixture of knowledge and experience to SLA that will facilitate success in
 everything she chooses to do," confirmed Dr. Bender. "I am confident she will
 excel in all her endeavors and enhance our Association globally."
     SLA President Donna Scheeder proclaimed that, "Roberta is very passionate
 about the future of information professionals and the rapidly changing
 environment of the special library profession. We on the SLA Board of
 Directors look forward to fostering a positive relationship with her."
     Shaffer's biographical narrative and resume can be found on the Web at
 Virtual SLA (http://www.sla.org ). To review the material, click on the New
 Executive Director-Designate's Corner.
 
     About SLA: Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Special Libraries
 Association (SLA) is the international association representing the interests
 of thousands of information professionals in sixty countries.  Special
 librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate,
 package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in
 corporate, academic, and government settings.  The Association offers a
 variety of programs and services designed to help its members serve their
 customers more effectively and succeed in an increasingly challenging
 environment of information management and technology.  SLA is committed to the
 professional growth and success of its membership.
 
 SOURCE  Special Libraries Association