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Careers in Federal Libraries event at 2011 ALA Annual Conference


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  • 1. Helen Sherman
    Director, Users Services
    Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
    Ms. Sherman manages a staff of government personnel
    involved with Registration, Marketing, Reference, Training
    for DTIC's databases and Web 2.0 resources, Web sites for public and access controlled information, and Special Programs, such as the coordination of DTIC conferences. At DTIC she has also worked as the corporate librarian, a research analyst, database instructor, team leader, and deputy director. She started her federal career in 2000 as a reference librarian for the Marine Corps University Library at Quantico, VA. Ms. Sherman earned her B.A. at the University of North Dakota, her M.ED. at Auburn University, and her M.S.L.S. at Catholic University of America. She has taught "Reference Sources and Services," for Catholic University. Helen currently chairs the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Education Working Group that plans training programs for federal librarians and technicians; represents FAFLRT at FLICC; serves as the ALA Education Assembly Liaison for FAFLRT; and served as a president of Iota Chapter, Beta Phi Mu Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
  • 2. Edwin Burgess
    Director, Combined Arms Research Library
    U.S. Army Command & General Staff College
    Ed has been an Army librarian since 1972. He holds a BA
    from Macalester College, St. Paul MN, and a Master of Arts
    in Library Science from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Kansas Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission and served four years on the Kansas Library Network Board, including a year as chair. Currently Ed serves a member of the FLICC Advisory Committee. He is active in the SLA Heart of America chapter and the SLA Military Librarians Division.
    Library Intern, Fort Leonard Wood, 1972-1974
    Library director, Mikkelsen Safeguard Complex, Nekoma, ND 1974-1975
    Librarian, Fort Riley Post Library, 1975-1976
    Reference Librarian, Concepts Analysis Agency, Bethesda, MD 1976-1977
    Chief, Public Services, Combined Arms Research Library, 1978-1982
    TRADOC Library & Information Network, Fort Monroe, VA 1982-1995
    Archives Manager, CARL, 1995-2001
    Director, CARL, 2001-present
  • 3. Nancy Clark
    Director of the Library Network Office
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Prior to assuming the role of the Director of the VA Library Network Office in February 2009, she served as the Medical Librarian at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ and as the Chief, Library Service at the VA Medical Centers in Fayetteville, NC and Dallas, TX.  She has over 30 years with the VA. 
    As the Director, Library Network Office she has the responsibility for providing guidance and advice to 153 medical centers about their provision of information services and resources to both staff and Veterans.
  • 4. Vicky Crone
    Librarian National Agricultural Library
    FAFLRT President Elect 2011-2012
    Vicky Crone has worked as a Federal librarian for more than 17 years, primarily in technical services. She currently is the Head of the Continuing Resources Unit of the Acquisitions and Collection Development Branch at the National Agricultural Library. Prior to working at NAL, Vicky was an Acquisitions Librarian for the Congressional Research Service. She also served in Department of Defense libraries including the Air Force Historical Studies Office, the Naval Research Laboratory, and McChord and Laughlin Air Force bases.
    Vicky served as the FEDLINK Advisory Council recording secretary from 2001 – 2007, and on the FLICC Human Resources Working Group from 2007 – 2010. She has served on the FLICC Preservation and Digitization Working Group since 2005. Vicky has a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington.
  • 5. Steven Kerchoff
    Information Resource Officer
    Department of State
    As an Information Resource Officer with the U.S.
    Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, Mr. Kerchoff works with Embassy libraries in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. An Information Resource Officer since 2003, he has also been posted in New Delhi, Mexico City, and Washington DC. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Kerchoff worked for the Library of Congress for 21 years, including 13 years as a Network Program Specialist with FEDLINK, a network of libraries in federal government agencies. 
    He holds a Masters Degree in Library science from the Catholic University of America and a Masters Degree in Humanities from Georgetown University.
  • 6. Jane Killian
    Supervisory Librarian
    FBI Laboratory Library
    Jane Killian has served 13 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a librarian, first at the FBI Academy and currently at the Laboratory.  Both are in Quantico, VA.
    As Supervisory Librarian of the Lab Library, she supervises a staff of 5 and manages all functions of the Library including budget planning and expenditures, policy and procedures, collection development, reference work,
    liaison with vendors and other agencies, technical services, and future plans for the library.  She also conducts bibliographic instruction to law enforcement personnel at the FBI Academy .
  • 7. Deborah Schwarz
    CEO and President, LAC Group
    Ms. Deborah Schwarz is a Founder and Owner of
    LAC Group, and serves as its Chief Executive
    Officer and President. Ms. Schwarz is responsible for business development and marketing on a national level, and directs the overall strategic growth and planning. She also acts as senior advisor/consultant on specific projects, particularly when the project involves the evaluation or auditing of employees and staffing project management.
    She is an active member of several professional organizations, including AIIP, SLA, ALA, California Staffing Professionals (CSP), and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Ms. Schwarz received her BA from the University of Michigan and her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Toronto.
  • 8. Aimee Babcock-Ellis 
    Drug Enforcement Agency
    NewFeds since 2010
    Aimee loves being a librarian and thinks it's the coolest job ever. She graduated from the University of Maryland in Aug. 2010. She is a 2007 Spectrum Scholar and a 2010 ARL Career Enhancement Fellow. She is a federal librarian with the Drug Enforcement Administration library. 
    Tonight, Aimee will receive the 1st FAFLRT Rising Star award at the FAFLRT award ceremony.
  • 9. Andrea Davis
    Naval Postgraduate School
    Andrea Davis focuses on digital reference initiatives as a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She recently graduated from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. Prior to finding her calling in libraries, Andrea followed a colorful career path in international scuba diving,  ESL instruction, and the chocolate startup industry.
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  • 10. Virginia Sanchez
    Librarian, Long Beach Public Library Analyst, Six3Systems for DHS Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
    * MA, Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona; BA, Literature, minor: Communications, CSU Dominguez Hills
    * 1stdegree black belt, SooBahk Do
    Virginia, a Southern California native, was a Reference Librarian with Long Beach Public Library and ALA Councilor at-Large 2005-2007 when she was called up to active duty by the Navy Reserve. During her preparation for deployment to Afghanistan as an Intelligence Analyst she trained with the Army in weapons such as the M9 9mm pistol, M4 rifle and 240B machine gun, as well as High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or “Humvee” driving and maintenance, breaching and clearing buildings, and Combat Lifesaving skills. While stationed at Camp Blackhorse in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, she she built her Camps’ library into a contributing aspect of camp life. Virginia received An Army Commendation Medal and Navy’s Mexican-American service member making a sustained contribution in the Global War on Terrorism.
  • 11. Allison Snell
    Program Analyst
    Department of Homeland Security
    Allison is currently a program analyst with
    the Department of Homeland Security. Her responsibilities include research, records management, and special projects. Allison recently graduated from the Presidential Management Fellows program, during which she completed a developmental assignment with Congressional Research Service and a rotation with the National Agricultural Library.
    Allison received her MLIS from Louisiana State University School of Library & Information Science.