The Military Libraries Division (MLD) was the talk of the SLA Leadership Summit, held February 6-8, 2013 in Dallas, TX. MLD had several members and past members attending the SLA Leadership Summit, including Michael F. Moore (Division Chair), Christine Marshall (Director – Conference Planner 2014), Betty Edwards (Director – Conference Planner 2015, also representing the Engineering Division), Marie Kaddell (representing the Washington DC Chapter), and Deborah Keller (past MLD Secretary, representing the Knowledge Management Division).
On Thursday, MLD celebrated their Division’s 60th anniversary with cake and cupcakes at the afternoon break. . The cake was rich vanilla with blue and gold cream frosting and a hint of strawberry between the layers, and the cupcakes were vanilla and chocolate cake with frosting and sprinkles. The Summit attendees were delighted by the additional treats during their break. Among the many congratulations were several people who predicted the attendees would have a sugar crash an hour after the break, and Chapter Cabinet Chair Debbie Schachter told the crowd that more SLA Units should celebrate their anniversaries at the Leadership Summit.
On Friday, MLD was recognized with a Unit Ingenuity & Innovation Award “for its exemplary support of membership recruitment via its student program.” In 2011, the Military Libraries Division decided to encourage more students to join their division by sponsoring the “100 Students Project.” 100 students could add the Military Libraries Division as an additional Division at no extra cost, and five students would be selected through an essay contest to receive one year paid membership to SLA and MLD. Through this program, the MLD added 20 student members in 2012. Division Chair Michael F. Moore accepted the award from Division Cabinet Past Chair Richard Huffine, and gave credit to MLD Student Liaison Tammy Lowery, who took the Board’s proposal and made it happen.
At the Division Cabinet Meeting on Friday afternoon, Division Cabinet Chair Ann Koopman’s report included mention of the cancellation of the Military Libraries Workshop, and in the same breath reminded people of the recent award and the 60th anniversary celebration.
Michael F. Moore, MLD Chair 2013