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  • 1. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 20099:00 Welcome Roberta I. Shaffer, Federal Library and Information Center Committee/Federal Library Information Network (FLICC/FEDLINK), Executive Director9:10 - 9:40 Overview Helen Sherman, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Director Users Services9:40 - 11:15 Interaction with Federal Information Professionals Sally Bosken, U.S. Naval Observatory Library Mary Chute, Institute of Museum & Library Services, Deputy Director Library Services Kathel Dunn, National Library of Medicine, Associate Fellowship Coordinator Steven Kerchoff, Foreign Service Information Resource Officer, U.S. Dept. of State Deb Schwarz, Library Associates Companies Lydia Tkaczuk, Veterans Administration11:15 - 11:30 You Can Host a Mini-Career Event Michelle Demeter, Florida State University11:30 - 1:00 Lunch on your own and networking1:00 - 2:30 Interviewing 101, Resume tips, and More Robert Newlen, Congressional Research Service2:30 - 3:30 Internships, Practicums, Career Fairs, and Networking Blane Dessy, Department of Justice Join us online in the Careers in Federal Libraries Google group http://groups.google.com/group/careers-in-federal-libraries Sponsors include: ALA Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable FLICC / FEDLINK LSU School of Library & Information Science Library Associates CompaniesDominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science
  • 2. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009Roberta I. ShafferFLICC/FEDLINK Executive DirectorRoberta I. Shaffer is the Executive Director of FLICC/FEDLINK. Before this post, Shaffer was the Director ofExternal Relations and Program Development at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland—College Park. After serving as the executive director of the Special Libraries Association, Shaffer founded aninformation management firm called TheKnowLedgeGroup. Previously she was the Dean of the Graduate School ofLibrary and Information Science at the University of Texas—Austin, and the Director of Research InformationServices at the Washington-based law firm, Covington & Burling. Shaffer has also worked at the GeorgeWashington University Law School and at the Law Library of Congress. Shaffer received a bachelor’s degree fromVassar College, her law degree from Tulane and her master’s in librarianship from Emory. Helen Q. Sherman Director, Users Services, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) FLICC Education Working Group ChairMs. Helen Q. Sherman serves as Director, Users Services, for the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) atFt. Belvoir, VA, and manages a staff of over 60 personnel involved with Registration, Marketing, Reference,Training, DTIC Web services, and Special Programs, such as the coordination of DTIC conferences. She started herfederal career in 2000 as a reference librarian for the Marine Corps. At DTIC she has also worked as a librarian,analyst, database instructor, team leader, and deputy director. Ms. Sherman earned her B.A. at the University ofNorth Dakota, her M.ED. at Auburn University, and her M.S.L.S. at Catholic University of America. Last year, shetaught the core course, “Reference Sources and Services,” for Catholic University. She is currently the chair ofthe FLICC Education Working Group that plans training for federal librarians and technicians; the FAFLRTrepresentative to FLICC; the ALA Education Assembly Liaison for FAFLRT; and the past president of Iota Chapter,Beta Phi Mu Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
  • 3. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009Sally BoskenUS Naval Observatory Library DirectorSally Bosken is currently the Director of the US Naval Observatory Library, the largest astronomy library in theUnited States. Before assuming that post in 2006, she directed the research libraries in Bethesda, MD and Reston,VA for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Her husbands U.S. State Department Foreign Service careertook her overseas for 18 years. She held a variety of jobs (weeded the American Studies Collection at theUniversity of Indonesia, filed cards at the Library of Congress office in Jakarta, taught English at the Japaneseschool in Seoul, Korea, acted as a "docent" for the Harriman art collection in Paris, France, and taught 2nd gradein Vienna, Austria.) Her first library job was with the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bosken is anactive member of both SLA and ALA. She is Secretary of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Roundtable Boardand was Federal Director for 2005-2007. She is a member of the Military Librarians Division and PAM (Physics,Astronomy, and Math Roundtable). She served a three-year term as an appointed member of the MontgomeryCounty Public Library Board. She is a "Rotating Member" of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee(FLICC) board and has hosted two "Great Escape" visits to the USNO. Ms. Bosken holds a B.A. from the Universityof Michigan, an MLS from Catholic University and completed post graduate courses at University of Maryland. Mary L. Chute IMLS Deputy Director for LibrariesMary L. Chute has served as IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries since April of 2002. She also served as the agency’sActing Director from June 2005–March 2006. Mary possesses master’s degrees in art history (Boston University)and library science (Simmons College). Before joining IMLS, she held positions in Massachusetts, Maryland, andmost recently in Delaware, where she was State Librarian. Throughout her career in public libraries, Ms. Chutehas been engaged in staff development and customer satisfaction, promoting library services through outreachand resource sharing. In her current position, she is responsible for developing programs and partnerships thatbuild institutional capacity and foster leadership and innovation for libraries, museums, and archives. Ms. Chuteoversees all library programs at IMLS (the Grants to States Program, the National Leadership Grants Program, theLibrarians for the 21st Century Program, the Native American Library Services Program, and the Native HawaiianLibrary Services Program).
  • 4. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009 Kathel Dunn Associate Fellowship Coordinator National Library of MedicineKathel Dunn, MSLS is the Associate Fellowship Coordinator at the National Library of Medicine. In coordinating theAssociate Fellowship Program, she works with recent library science graduates, orienting them to the NationalLibrary of Medicine through a curriculum, additional educational activities including field trips, guest speakersand meeting attendance; and the selection of staff-sponsored projects ranging from Research and Developmentto Outreach, library operations to the impact of NLM-funded grants. The best description of Ms. Dunn’s job is oneof “agent” to the associate fellows in the program: identifying the best project opportunities, personal publicity,career and reputation management, networking and portfolio building. Ms. Dunn is completing her dissertation atRutgers University under the direction of Ross Todd. The dissertation is titled, Toward a Theory of the EpistemicValues of Biological Scientists in Scholarly Communication. Steven Kerchoff Information Resource Officer with the US EmbassySteven Kerchoff is Information Resource Officer with the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, working with Embassylibraries in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Prior to his arrival in New Delhi in August 2007, he wasInformation Resource Officer for Mexico and Central America from 2005 to 2007. Before joining the StateDepartment, Mr. Kerchoff worked for the Library of Congress for 21 years, including 13 years as a FEDLINKNetwork Program Specialist. Mr. Kerchoff has been an At-Large Councilor on ALA Council, President of the Libraryof Congress Professional Association, and a Director of the ALA Federal Librarians Round Table. He holds aMaster’s Degree in library science from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s Degree in humanitiesfrom Georgetown University.
  • 5. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009 Deborah Schwarz Library Associates CompaniesDeborah Schwarz is the founder and president of Library Associates Companies, heading a national consulting andstaffing organization for information professionals, with locations nationwide. Ms. Schwarz is responsible forbusiness development and marketing on a national level, and directs the overall strategic growth and planning forLAC. She also acts as senior advisor/consultant on specific projects, particularly when the project involves theevaluation or auditing of employees and staffing project management. Ms. Schwarz is a frequent author andspeaker on topics such as outsourcing, benchmarking salaries, recruiting and staff retention. Ms. Schwarzreceived her BA from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University ofToronto. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including AIIP, SLA, ALA, CaliforniaStaffing Professionals (CSP), ASIDIC and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Lydia Tkaczuk Chief, Library Service, Jesse Brown Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterLydia Tkaczuk is the Chief, Library Service at Jesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center inChicago. She was instrumental in merging two VA Medical Center libraries (VA Lakeside, where she was the Chiefand VA West Side) under the VA Chicago Health Care System. She received her MLS from Dominican University andher BA from the University of Illinois. In 1994 the Federal Executive Board of Chicago chose her as OutstandingProfessional Employee of the Year. Her VA career extends over 34 years. She held several positions in theMetropolitan Consortium of Chicago, is an active member of the VA Library Network, and a member of theMedical Library Association and Health Science Librarians of Illinois. Outside of the library, she volunteers inmany Ukrainian community organizations, bringing her library and leadership skills to use. She enjoys learningnew concepts, technologies, working with people, and assisting that special customer.
  • 6. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009 Michelle Demeter Florida State UniversityMichelle Demeter is currently working toward her MLS at Florida State University. Her undergraduate work wascompleted in English literature and religious studies at the University of South Florida. She also earned her M.A.in religious studies from USF. Michelle is very active in library affairs as she is the public services graduateassistant at Strozier Library on the main FSU campus. In addition, she is very active among her peers as the vicepresident of the student ALA chapter at the College of Information. She has organized tours of the state archivesand other libraries, and coordinated a presentation about working in federal libraries in November. She graduatesin December and expects to find a job in a library that will be both challenging and rewarding. Robert R. Newlen Assistant Director, Knowledge Services Group Congressional Research Service, Library of CongressRobert R. Newlen is the Assistant Director of the Knowledge Services Group of the Congressional ResearchService, Library of Congress, where he has worked for over 30 years. He graduated with a B.A. from BridgewaterCollege, an M.A. from American University, and an M.S.L.S. from the Catholic University. He is a frequent speakeron resume writing and interviewing and author of "Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques That Work: AHow-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians," Neal-Schuman Publishers (2006). He has served as Director of the Board ofthe District of Columbia Library Association, a member of the Executive Board of the American LibraryAssociation, and as a Trustee of the American Library Association Endowment.
  • 7. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries ALA Annual Pre-Conference Event Friday, July 10, 2009 Blane Dessy Director of Library Staff, US Department of EducationBlane Dessy is the Director of the Library Staff at the United States Department of Education. He has also servedas Director of Human Resources, EEO, and Facilities for the Department of Justice. He has been with the FederalGovernment since 1991 when he joined the Department of Education. Prior to his Federal service, he served as aState Librarian, Deputy State Librarian, library consultant, and public library director. 2009 Careers in Federal Libraries Committee Kari Anderson, Library Associates Nancy Faget, ALA FAFLRT Lauren Ledet, LSU Beth Paskoff, LSU Roberta Shaffer, FLICC/FEDLINK Helen Sherman, DTIC Margie Thomas, LSU Diane Velasquez, Dominican University,GSLIS A special thanks is due to the many Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science volunteers who helped every step of the way!