Marie Grace Cannon
Marie Grace Cannon gained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University, before studying an MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL. Marie became involved with the SLA when she was awarded the SLA Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) co-sponsored by the Legal Division, and attended the annual conference in Chicago in 2012.
Since then, Marie has served as Blog Editor and Secretary for SLA Europe, as well as being an active member of the Digital Communications Committee and Legal Division. Marie is currently working as an Knowledge and Information Officer for Clifford Chance, and is a chartered librarian with CILIP.
Katharine Schopflin currently manages subscriptions and licensing for Signal Media. She has worked in the corporate sector since 1996 in sectors including media, government and non-profit and roles ranging from researcher to taxonomist. More recently she has worked as a knowledge manager for organisations such as the House of Commons and Medical Defence Union. She publishes regularly in the information press and is the editor of A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014).
Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Seema Rampersad came to London to study Information and Communication. She worked for the Intelligence Unit at the Greater London Authority and for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Business Information Centre for many years. She is still an advocate for traditional library and information services and skills. Though, in both roles she has continued to use new technologies for collaborating across subject areas and borders. At present, she is interested in social media and the use of multimedia as business and professional development tools for managing and delivering information and knowledge.
Sarah Wolfenden graduated from University College London with an MA in Library and Information Science in November 2008 and is currently working as a Subject Liaison Librarian at Brunel University. Her involvement with SLA Europe stems from winning the Leadership and Management/SLA Europe sponsored Early Career Conference Award in 2012.
She is an active member of the profession serving on several library and information committees, mainly helping with social media and event and conference planning. Blog posts about her professional development activities can be found at The Wolfenden Report and she tweets as @SarahWolfenden.
Sarah’s experience covers further education, higher education and higher education in further education, with a background in retail and customer service. She is interested in mindfulness in the workplace and how people learn, as well as being an advocate for continual professional development.
Siobhan McGuinness is SLA’s LMD 2016 Career Advancement Award Winner, where she attended SLA’s 2016 Conference in Philadelphia. She is involved in numerous projects and committees, including @uklibchat, and in 2015 she became part of the very successful Rudai 23 program. Committee work includes SLA’s Digital Communications Committee since 2014, and recently became involved with SLA’s Leadership and Management Professional Development Committee.
Claire Laybats was the Head of Information and Knowledge consultancy at TFPL. Claire has worked for TFPL for over 10 years in the information and knowledge management field working in recruitment, then heading up training and events before moving into consultancy in September 2013. She has been involved in and led key pieces of research into skills development in the information profession and has worked actively on consulting projects with clients in both the corporate and public sector nationally and internationally. In 2014 she became joint editor of the Business Information Review published by Sage.
Digital Communications (SLA Connect)
Leigh Montgomery has been a special librarian for 20 years. She is currently an Electronic Resources Librarianfor a public, US-statewide law library system that provides access to legal information for Massachusetts citizens. She is the former librarian at The Christian Science Monitor news organization. Leigh has served in roles for the Special Libraries Association since 1998 including Chair of the News Division, and President of SLA's New England chapter. She enjoys working with colleagues internationally and has been a member of SLA Europe since 2015. Professional areas of interest include information verification, media literacy, and archiving digital content.