March 2013 SLIS Alumni News

Alumni Host Non-Traditional Federal Libraries Career Panel

Six SLIS alumni addressed students in the Information Commons at Marist Hall on March 20, 2013, on Non-traditional Federal Library Jobs. This event was organized by the Co-Chairs of the Mentoring Committee of the SLIS Alumni Board, Mark Brzozowski (MSLS 2007) and Ana Elisa de Campos Salles (MSLS 2012). Blane Dessy, Executive Director of the Federal Library and Information Network at the Library of Congress, delivered opening and closing remarks. SLIS Alumni speakers included:

Rod Atkinson (MSLS 1990), Information Technology and Program Manager, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress;

Paul Cantwell (MSLS 2000), Supervisor, Integrated Library Systems and Services, U.S. Department of Justice;

Barrie Howard (MSLS 2004), Project Management Professional working for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress;

Jennifer Klang (MSLS 2000), Head of Reference Services, U.S. Department of the Interior Library;

Joanne She (MSLS 1996), Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Justice Legislative History Project, Co-Chair of the Preservation and Digitization of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC);

Sara Sonet (MSLS 1976), Research Librarian at the U.S. Supreme Court; 2011 recipient of the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).


SLIS Alum to Receive Alumni Achievement Award

Come join the CUA SLIS Alumni Board in celebrating the honoring of one of our own!

Each year, the Alumni Association of The Catholic University of America honors exemplary CUA alumni from a variety of academic backgrounds and professions at the Alumni Awards Celebration. This year, on Saturday, April 13, 2013, CUA alumna Lea Uhre, M.S.L.S. 2002, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award. We hope you will join us to congratulate all of the honorees and hear Lea’s story firsthand.

After working for six federal agencies and various offices on Capitol Hill, Uhre’s most recent position was library director, Executive Office of the President Library (EOP), supervising a staff of 13. Additionally, she organized and maintained the EOP historical archive and created a historical preservation committee to assist in the presentation of historical exhibits within the EOP. In 2011, she was awarded the Von Dran Award by the CUA School of Library and Information Science Alumni Board for her leadership in innovation and outreach with the library. She received her B.A. in political science and French from Miami University in Ohio. Lea recently retired and is engaged in private consulting in Potomac, Md.

Register online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Disability Support: If you need assistance for an individual with disabilities, please call 202-319-5608.


SLIS Graduates Named as 2013 Emerging Leaders by ALA

The School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America is proud to congratulate two graduates, Ana Elisa De Campos Salles and Nzinga Holley-Harris, named as 2013 Emerging Leaders by the American Library Association. Ms. De Campos Salles and Ms. Holley-Harris are profiled in the March-April issue of American Libraries magazine.

Ms. Ana Elisa De Campos Salles is currently an Adult and Teen Librarian at the Mount Pleasant branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. She is a 2011 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar. She also possesses a Masters of Forensic Archaeological Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science in 2012.

Ms. Nzinga Holley-Harris has been a librarian with the Department of Justice since 2009. She received her Master’s in Library science in 2007 from Catholic University and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo in 2001.

Ms. De Campos Salles and Ms. Holley-Harris currently serve as members of the CUA SLIS Alumni Board.

For information about the ALA Emerging Leaders Program, please see:


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