From Guy St. Clair
Recipient, Special Libraries Association John Cotton Dana Award
Warm greetings to all Special Libraries Association colleagues and friends. SLA President Hal Kirkwood has informed me that I am to be the recipient of the SLA John Cotton Dana Award, and I am greatly honored.
Named for SLA’s founder and first president, the award is really a double honor for me, as I learned a great deal about John Cotton Dana when I was writing the association’s centennial history. It is truly a fine distinction to have my name associated with someone for whom I have so much respect (I wish I had known him). It will be a great pleasure to be with fellow SLA professionals on this very special occasion.
The award was presented on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Opening General Session of the SLA Annual Conference in Cleveland OH.
I am very pleased to share the citation for the award with SMR International friends and colleagues:
Guy St. Clair, president of SMR International, a New York-based consultancy specializing in knowledge services and knowledge strategy, will receive the John Cotton Dana Award, SLA’s top honor. Named for SLA’s founder and first president, the award is granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA, to the library and information profession, and to knowledge management and knowledge services.
St. Clair served as president of SLA in 1991-1992, was named a Fellow of SLA in 1996, and was inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He has written widely about one-person librarianship (now called “solo librarianship”), knowledge management, and knowledge services. His 2009 book, SLA at 100: From “Putting Knowledge to Work” to Building the Knowledge Culture, traces the history of the Special Libraries Association from its founding to its centennial. Guy is currently the Series Editor for Knowledge Services, the new series from De Gruyter Saur.
Guy St. Clair Leader to Leader Article on Knowledge Services (2017)
The one question most asked of knowledge strategists has to do with engaging senior management in knowledge strategy and in the development of the organizational knowledge culture. A solution is provided in Knowledge Services: Your Foundation for Building the Twentieth-First Century Knowledge Organization by Guy St. Clair. The article has been published in Issue 85 (Summer 2017) of Leader to Leader, the award-winning journal of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation). Guy is SMR International’s President and Knowledge Services Consultant. In the article, Guy provides direction for senior executives and organizational leaders seeking to initiate and implement knowledge services in the workplace.