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Liz Bibby Retired

In case you missed Nancy Snell’s announcement at the Holiday Party in December, Liz Bibby officially retired on December 31, 2014 from her position as Director, Knowledge & Information Management at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Liz first became a member of the Georgia Chapter, formerly the South Atlantic Chapter, in 1982 when she moved here from Chicago. She chaired various committees and served as Chapter President in 1986-87. In 1999, she moved to Boston where she became New England Chapter Treasurer and, later, President. She rejoined the Georgia Chapter when she returned to Atlanta in 2007.

Liz is a class of 2000 SLA Fellow and held numerous positions with the Association, most notably chairing the Nominations Committee and the Diversity Leadership Development Program Committee. She was active in the Leadership and Management Division (LMD), serving as Chair from 1990-1991 and winning the Management Leadership Award in 1994. She was also Director of the Business and Finance (B&F) Division from 1997-1999 and won the Primark Award for Outstanding Leadership in Business Librarianship in 2000.

Liz joined SLA as a very young librarian in her first special library job in Cleveland, went on to edit the Illinois Chapter Bulletin and made SLA an important part of her professional life. Liz said, “SLA opened so many doors for me it’s almost impossible to summarize them at this stage. I would never have developed my public speaking abilities for example, without that first challenge standing in front of a formal meeting of 250+ people in a Chicago ballroom! Opportunities to try new things in a non-threatening environment, to be mentored and then to mentor others, and most of all to network with other professionals and exchange ideas, to challenge ideas and be challenged in return, were invaluable.   I am hopeful that our profession’s Millennials will be able to harvest the same richness that my generation did while finding new ways to do so.”

Liz plans to remain in her Buckhead condo, so expect to see her occasionally at an SLA meeting or around town. Congratulations, Liz!

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