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Interview with Rebecca Vargha, SLA President  -  February 27, 2007, 3:00 PM CST LiSRadio Webcast: First Tuesday Series
Notes: This is a recording session. This broadcast will be showcased the week of March 5, 2007.

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Guest:

[ Rebecca Vargha]

Rebecca Vargha
President
Special Libraries Association


Rebecca B. Vargha is Librarian, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 2001. Her responsibilities as head of that library include collection development, staff supervision, liaison with departmental faculty and the central library, reference and research assistance, and facilities management. She is Faculty Advisor for the SLA Student Group at SILS and Archivist for the North Carolina Chapter of SLA.

Before SILS she worked as Senior Research Specialist at Nortel Networks, where she partnered with clients globally to develop and deliver enhanced, value-added strategic information solutions through training, demonstrations and presentations. Prior to Nortel, she was an information analyst for SAS (a software company). Her career began as an assistant librarian at the National Humanities Center. Vargha holds a bachelor's degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu.

Her Chapter and Division Activities respectively include President of the North Carolina Chapter and Chair of Museums, Arts and Humanities Division. Her Association-level Activities includes chairing three different SLA Committees: Networking, Scholarships, & Student and Academic Relations. She served as Division Cabinet Chair Elect/Chair (1996-1998) on the SLA Board of Directors. Vargha was Conference Committee Chair for the 1993 Annual SLA Conference. She won the Meritorious Achievement Award (1994) from the North Carolina SLA Chapter for making outstanding contributions to the profession and chapter.

From the Special Libraries Association website: http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/governance/bodsection/presbio.cfm

Host:

[ Karen Robinson]

Karen Robinson
Clinical Instructor
University of Missouri- Columbia SISLT


Karen Robinson joined the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies in the winter of 2005 as Clinical Instructor. Her position is a blend of instructor for SISLT and practitioner in the Reference Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She received her M.L.S. at Emporia State University and M.A. in Communication from Regent University.

Robinson has professional experience in academic libraries and special collections. Prior to joining the SISLT faculty she served as Head of Reference at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has served as head of special collections and archives in two academic libraries. She taught for The Catholic University of America's School of Library & Information Science. Her professional presentations have focused on marketing and public relations in academic libraries, and her current research is on library user instruction.


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