As Co-Chairs of the Awards Committee for the Leadership & Management Division of Special Libraries Association, we are delighted to announce that Libby Trudell has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Karen J. Switt Leadership Award.
Each year, the Leadership & Management Division honors a member who has shown outstanding leadership, served as a role model for others, and contributed significantly to SLA. In 1999, the award was named in memory of Karen J. Switt, a much-admired and much-missed LMD member.
Many of Libby's contributions were outlined in the nomination:
Libby Trudell has been a member of SLA since 1996 and currently serves on the national level as the chair of SLA Annual Conference Advisory Council and is a member of the Public Relations Advisory Council. In 2008, Libby was Chapter Cabinet Chair, after completing more than a year as Chapter Cabinet Chair Elect. Libby is a member of the Information Technology Division, where she currently serves as Public Relations Chair, the Knowledge Management Division, as well as Leadership & Management. In addition, Libby has been an active member of the San Andreas chapter, serving the chapter in a number of different capacities, including Public Relations Chair (2009), Chapter President/President Elect/Past President (2002-2005), Chapter President Elect, Membership Chair (2002-2003), and Director (2000-2001).
In addition to being an active member of the special libraries community, Libby has left her mark on the San Andreas chapter through "years of tireless work and visionary leadership. Her efforts on behalf of our organization and chapter were always above and beyond the scope of her commitment as a volunteer. Libby has always shown the very highest standards of professionalism, reliability, and leadership... by planning for and strategically placing volunteers in positions which gave them the opportunity to shine."
"Libby displays her leadership qualities by leading through example and action, not by directing others. When asked, she says "yes" and quickly moves through the process to form the team and create the tasks to get the initiative completed---on time, on budget, and to the benefit of the target audience. Libby builds collaborative environments, increasing the power of the whole by drawing upon the contributions of the individuals."
Libby's selection is enthusiastically supported by the LMD Board of Directors. It will be our great pleasure to present to Libby Trudell the 2010 Karen J. Switt Award during LMD's Annual Business Meeting on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 2:00PM.
Barbie Keiser and Stephen Kochoff
Awards Committee Co-Chairs
Leadership & Management Division, Special Libraries Association