2015-03-03 Capital Librarian

Capital Librarian


Library & Information School Students!

Applications for the Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loan will soon be available.

Each spring DCLA awards two $6,000 no-interest loans to library and information graduate school students. The loans may be forgiven if a 3.0 or better GPA is achieved. To qualify, you must be a current DCLA member who has never received a Ruth Fine Student Loan.

If you are not a current DCLA member, purchase a membership now (student memberships are only $5) at Students may also purchase a bundled ALA/DCLA membership for only $38 at

More information about the loan is available on the Ruth Fine Student Loan page at We will be updating this page soon with information about the 2015 application. For more information, contact Jennifer Manning.

DCLA Councilor Report

Read our ALA Chapter Councilor's report from this year's ALA Midwinter Meeting at For questions and concerns, contact Christopher Corrigan.

DCLA "Movers & Shakers"


The American Library Association selected several DC area librarians for its 2015 Emerging Leaders cohort. This program is geared towards new library professionals with fewer than 5 years of experience. DCLA members associated with this program include Derrick Jefferson (Librarian, American University), Anita Kinney (Data Analyst, PGCMLS), and Jamie Smith (Metadata & Catalog Librarian, Gallaudet University) pictured, from left to right with the Emerging Leaders subcommittee and 2009 Emerging Leader, Manya Shorr (DCPL Director of Public Services).

DCLA Seeks New Leaders

The District of Columbia Library Association needs a few people to step up and lead our Association over the next couple of years. Without these leaders, the Association may not be able to continue providing our community with the types of programming and information we rely on. DCLA currently needs candidates to step up to the following positions:

President-Elect/Vice President

The President-Elect/Vice President acts as the Program Chair for the Association and coordinates all events, programs, receptions, and lectures throughout the first year of their term. In the second year, this person convenes and Chairs the Board of Directors and provides leadership for the Association. In the third year, this person takes on special projects and sits on the nominating committee. The President-Elect/Vice President can draw on Interest Group Chairs and other members of the association to host and support the programming provided.


The Secretary acts as the primary record keeper for the Association, documenting all official Board meetings, Association activities and programs, while facilitating communication between the Board and members. This person assists the Board with all activities and programming, and answers all external inquires about the Association. The Secretary also serves in the Publicity Committee, which oversees the publication of the Capital Librarian newsletter.

Advocacy Director

The Advocacy Director maintains the Association abreast on important information about the profession. This person communicates and leads all advocacy efforts with the help from the Board, this may include advocacy campaigns or advocacy trainings. The Advocacy Director chairs the Library Legislative Day Committee.

Career & Leadership Development Director

The Career & Leadership Development Director distributes job postings to the Association via the listserv and/or website. This person develops and oversees all career and leadership development programming. The Career & Leadership Director recruits and mentors Joint Spring Workshop representatives.

To learn more about these positions, visit Unfortunately, without leadership the Association cannot remain in operation. If you would like to run for one of these positions, contact Amanda J. Wilson (Immediate Past President).


Capital Librarian Seeks Contributors

Stories are being sought for publication in Capital Librarian on a range of topics relevant to DCLA and members. For inquiries or to submit a story, contact the editor.

Capital Librarian Seeks "Movers & Shakers"

Tell us what you're doing, send your anecdotes and updates by completing this form

DCLA Seeks Award Nominations

Nominations for the Ainsworth Rand Spofford President's Award and the Elizabeth W. Stone Outstanding New Leader Award are being sought, click here to learn more about the awards.

Submit nominations to Christina Bailey, President.

DCLA Seeks Videographer

Help document DCLA programs, workshops, and other events! We are seeking videographers with all experience levels, learn more by contacting, Christina Bailey

Writing Opportunity

If anyone is interested in contributing to a new encyclopedia focused on privacy rights to be published by Greenhouse Publishing, contact Chris Anglim, UDC Archivist.

Job & Internship Board


Victor Benitez


Christopher Corrigan
Jennifer Manning


DCLA Board


New DCLA Members

Rebecca Baker, UMD Student
Nijma Esad, CUA Student
Catherine Hollerbach, PGCMLS
Meghan Kowalski, CUA
Melanie Medina, CUA Student
Eric Riley, D.C. Public Library
Jamie Smith, Gallaudet University
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