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Congratulations to the 2014 News Division award winners!

From Debra Bade:

It is my great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2014 News Division Awards. 

Kwapil Award

Kee Malesky, author and former NPR librarian extraordinaire, will be honored with the Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award, the highest award given by the News Division. Kee has contributed her insights and talents to the News Division for many years and has been an inspiration to so many of us in the division, and to many other librarians and journalists. Congratulations, Kee!

Henebry Award

Three outstanding people have been chosen to receive the Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award this year. Please join me in congratulating Carol Campbell, former Library Director at the The Daily Oklahoman, now retired; Cliff Pierce, Director of Global Content Alliances for ProQuest Information and Learning; and Amy Disch, former Library Director for the Columbus Dispatch currently working for Meriter Foundation, in Madison, Wisconsin. The Division was fortunate to have both Carol and Amy serve as leaders in the role of division Chair, and Cliff has been an active supporter of the News Division for many years, both individually and in his various roles at ProQuest.

Thank you to Charlie Campo, Nina Johnson, and Ron Larson for serving on the Awards Committee and for their thoughtful work. 

The division’s celebration dinner will be held in Vancouver at the Boathouse – English Bay on Monday, June 9th, during the annual SLA Conference.

Congratulations to Kee, Carol, Amy and Cliff!

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News researcher contributes to Pulitzer win

Via NewsLib:

Researcher John Martin of the Tampa Bay Times contributed to that paper’s Pulitzer-winning series on the “squalid conditions that marked housing for the city’s substantial homeless population, leading to swift reforms.”

The series won the 2014 Pulitzer for Local Reporting.


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Washington Post researcher honored by colleagues

Via Newslib:

Congratulations to Washington Post researcher Julie Tate, who is a winner of a Eugene Meyer Award from her colleagues.

Publisher Katharine Weymouth lauded her in an email to staff as someone who “could hold the name of every Al Qaeda terrorist and Guantanamo prisoner in her head, organized by date of capture or killing, but she could unearth every person who ever worked for Dick Cheney, she had instant recall of football and basketball players on a dozen teams.”

Poynter has more about Julie and the award.

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Webinar series to offer advice to new info pros

The SLA First Five Years Council announces the launch of the “Suddenly…” webinar series, which aims to provide practical advice to new professionals, or to anyone who is taking on new and unfamiliar roles.

Each “Suddenly…” webinar will outline the most important questions to ask and the best resources to consult (stakeholders, listservs, articles, websites, etc.) to prepare for a variety of professional activities. The Council says to think of the webinars like a personal research consultation, geared to address the information needs that arise when starting something new.

The first webinar in the series is:

“Suddenly…I’m Consulting on Data Management Plans!”
October 8, 2013
3-4pm (Eastern)
Presenter: Kiyomi Deards, the subject librarian for Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Registration is free, but required.

Questions? Contact the First Five Years Council.

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Congratulations to Margot Williams

Congratulations to Margot Williams, who has been named Research Editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

According to the ICIJ’s website, “[s]he will take on the role of setting up and operating a world-class research desk and data library that will be a go-to resource for ICIJ reporters and our institutional members, as they are added. The desk will support our investigations and the network with data and documents, along with other assistance on a case-by-case basis. ”

–Julie Domel

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MOOC on Data-Driven Journalism

Via Leigh Montgomery on NewsLib:

A Massive Open Online Course on Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics is starting in August through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.  

The course is free and takes place August 12 through September 16.

The instructors are Amy Schmitz Weiss from San Diego State University, Lise Olsen from the Houston Chronicle, Derek Willis from the New York Times, Jeremy Bowers from NPR and Sisi Wei from ProPublica.

For more details, and to register, go here:

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Free webinar on using C-SPAN video library

The National Press Foundation is hosting a free one-hour webinar on using the C-SPAN video library.

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m. EST

According to the Foundation’s website, you will learn how to:

  • Search programs based on person, topic or transcript
  • Quickly clip and embed video on your organization’s website
  • Create a personalized account for indexing your saved videos
  • Use additional stats and information provided in the Congressional Chronicle

The video library has nearly 200,000 hours of video going back to 1987.

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News Division programming at SLA conference

Sunday, June 9

11:45am               Google and Beyond! Gathering Competitive Intelligence
Speaker: Sean Campbell, Co-owner, Cascade Insights
Moderator: Michel Bernaiche, Director – Program Development, Aurora WDC
Convention Center, Room 14A

Organizations today leave a “digital exhaust” that can be seen across the Internet. While large publicly traded organizations leave a prominent exhaust pattern, small and medium-sized businesses also leave a large smoke trail that can be followed to its source. Sean Campbell will explain how to collect, analyze and leverage open source intelligence from the Web.  Presented By Business & Finance Division, Competitive Intelligence Division, Information Technology Division, News Division

11:45am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Position your Career and your Library for The Next Information Boom
Speaker: Jack Plunkett, CEO, Plunkett Research, Ltd
Moderator: Karen MacDonald, Business Librarian, Kent State University Libraries
Convention Center, Room 6AB 

A fast-paced and authoritative look at the changes, technologies and trends that will shape the near future, this presentation is based on Jack Plunkett’s book, “The Next Boom: What you absolutely, positively have to know about the world between now and 2025.” The book won a Gold Medal in the Business Book Awards competition sponsored by Axiom and INC Magazine. This presentation is appropriate for librarians in academia, business, law, science and government agencies. Presented By Business & Finance Division, News Division

Monday, June 10

10:00am               SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Organizing Knowledge
Speaker: Patrick Lambe, Principal Consultant, Straits Knowledge
Moderator: Janice Keeler, Manager, Knowledge Management, NERA Economic Consulting
Convention Center, Room 6A 

Our guest speaker will share his insights into the roles that taxonomies can play in knowledge and information management.  He will look at a variety of ways in which taxonomies can underpin other important knowledge management applications, such as content management systems, records management systems, search, data warehouses, and more. There will be opportunities for Q&A after each section of his presentation to encourage participation and interaction from session attendees.  Presented By Business & Finance Division, Government Information Division, Knowledge Management Division, Leadership & Management Division, News Division, Taxonomy Division

12:00pm               Storytelling across Multiple Platforms
Speakers: Talitha Baker, Invisible Children; Tom Mallory, U-T San Diego; Susan White, Pulitzer-Prize winning editor of  Inside Climate News
Convention Center, Room 8

Today’s consumers are using new technologies and platforms to find information they are seeking. Companies and nonprofits must use their content to tell compelling stories through these new media. Panelists from Invisible Children, a social action nonprofit that leapt into the national spotlight with the Kony 2012 campaign, and two evolving media organizations will present examples of, and ideas for, good storytelling on websites, through social media and through video, and will help attendees understand the impact of mobile technology.  Presented By DSOC Nonprofit Sector Section, News Division

 6:30pm                 UT San Diego Tour & News Division Silent Auction
Location: San Diego Union-Tribune building 350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego 

The Union-Tribune Building is about 15 minutes away by car/taxi and within 10 minutes walking distance of the Green Line Trolley. To reach the Union-Tribune building by trolley, take the Green Line (Santee) from the Convention Center Station. Get off the stop at Fashion Valley Transit Center. The Fashion Valley  stop is about a 7 minute walk from the U-T, or you can walk downstairs and catch a cab for three blocks or transfer to the MTS Bus route 6 (North Park/30th & Univ.) and travel one stop  to Camino De La Reina at Avenida Del Rio. The trolley ride will take approximately 20 minutes. Contact for assistance reaching the location.

7:30pm                 News Division Awards Dinner
Location: Headliner’s Club San Diego Union-Tribune building 350 Camino de la Reina, San Diego 

This year’s celebration will take place at a catered dinner in the Headline’s Club high above Mission Valley.  Come and celebrate the achievements of Division leaders!  Our Kwapil winner is Justin Scroggs. Catherine Kitchell and Derek Willis will receive Henebry Awards to honor their long-standing contributions to the organization. 
Sponsored by: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA

Tuesday, June 11 

10:00am               South of the Border: Research and Library Resources in Mexico
Moderator: Sandra Dibble, Reporter, Mexico and Border Issues, Union Tribune
Speakers: Kenn Morris, President, Crossborder Group Inc.; Lynne Walker, Vice President, Institute of the Americas
Convention Center, Room 14B

Our speakers will offer research tips and resources useful in researching Mexican businesses, and border-related policy issues, along with a look at freedom of information and transparency in Mexico’s open records laws. Presented By News Division, Sponsored by EcoAméricas

2:00pm                 Corporate Libraries: Adding Value in the Workplace
Speaker:   Joe Matthews, JRM Consulting Inc.
Convention Center, Room 8 

Author and consultant Joe Matthews will discuss how libraries add value to their corporations every day, how they can better communicate that value, and how they can make even greater contributions in the workplace. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library and Listening to the Customer (co-authored with Peter Hernon). Presented By News Division

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Membership Committee update

Via NewsLib:

“SLA reports that the News Division is 200 members strong as of April 3. We can easily increase that number with the multiple membership categories now available to everyone from students to retirees. Take a moment today to see if you now qualify for one of the membership categories offered.

Note that retirees come under the dues tier for members making less than $18,000 per year. 

Please join or renew today to support our division, a proud member of SLA since 1924 (thanks to Lany McDonald for her 1991 News Library News article which provided that date), and the generous volunteers who continue to give so much to so many. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions.”

— Ginny Hauswald, Membership Chair

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2013 News Division Awards announced

via Newslib:

It is my honor and privilege to announce this year’s awardees of the Division’s Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award and the Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award.

The 2013 Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award will go to Catherine Kitchell and Derek Willis. The Joseph F. Kwapil will be awarded to Justin Scroggs.

Details for the awards ceremony in San Diego during the 2013 Annual Conference are still being finalized. If you plan to attend the annual conference and will want to attend the ceremony, please email me at and your name will be placed on a list of potential attendees.

Thanks to the Awards Committee this year for their efficient and invaluable work: Carolyn Edds, Peter Johnson, Toby Lyles, Leigh Montgomery, and Justin Scroggs (no, he didn’t vote for himself, the rest of the committee thrusted the honor upon him).

–Eli Edwards, Past Chair

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