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Two librarians honored by national SLA

SLA Honors Two for Mentoring, Service, and Achievement

Alexandria, Virginia, 6 June 2012 – Bruce Rosenstein and Denise Callihan have been named 2012 recipients of the Special Libraries Association’s (SLA) Rose L. Vormelker Award.

The award is presented to SLA members for exceptional service to the information profession through the education and mentoring of students and working professionals. The recipients are being honored for their dedication to mentoring, outstanding instruction in graduate school settings, and their own professional achievements.

“I’m honored to have Bruce and Denise as members of SLA’s community,” said SLA President Brent Mai. “They are consummate professionals, and most deserving recipients of this award. Not only do they put forth the effort to prepare newly minted professionals and students for our rapidly changing industry, they are prime examples of the importance and reward of being an information professional.”

About Bruce Rosenstein
Bruce Rosenstein is managing editor of Leader to Leader, a publication of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute and Jossey-Bass. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009).


Bruce worked at USA TODAY for 21 years, where he supported the news section as the first embedded librarian at the newspaper. He also wrote for the newspaper, covering business and management books for the Money section during his final 12 years with the publication.

Since 1996, Bruce has lectured at Catholic University’s School of Library and Information Science, located in Washington, D.C. Each year he produces and organizes the Special Libraries Symposium, a program that facilitates conversations between students in his class and top library professionals. The symposium allows students to learn from leading information professionals and SLA members.

A widely published author, Bruce has contributed to several leading information publications. In 2001-2002, he wrote a column about Peter Drucker for Information Outlook and has contributed to the magazine several times since. He has also written for such publications as Leader to LeaderLeadership ExcellenceGAMA International JournalAmerican ExecutiveLibrary JournalNews Library News, and ONLINE and such blogs as Government Info Pro and SLA’s Future Ready 365.

In addition to writing, Bruce also speaks and makes presentations within the information industry (and occasionally outside it). His sphere of influence extends beyond his students to those who have read his book, enjoyed his articles in Information Outlook and other publications, and heard him speak at SLA events.  Bruce presented a popular Spotlight Session, “Creating Your Future the Peter Drucker Way,” at the SLA 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia and has also presented for the Drucker Authors Festival at the Drucker-Ito School in Claremont, California, the Drucker Business Forum in Pasadena, the Drucker Societies of Los Angeles and New York City, the Wharton Club of Philadelphia, and the London Business School Club of New York.

Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree from The American University and an MSLS from The Catholic University of America. He and his wife, Deborah, enjoy traveling and Bruce treasures his longtime involvement in the rock music world!


About Denise Callihan
Denise Callihan has more than 19 years of experience as a corporate technical librarian. After receiving her library degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Denise started her information career at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Science and Technology Department.  She is currently manager of Research and Development Library Shared Services at PPG Industries.

Teaching is central to Denise’s role at PPG. She has introduced her clients to the concept of end-user tools and resources, initiated lunch-and-learn seminars on various scientific e-tools (such as SciFinder, Beilstein, Knovel, ISIS, and Micropatent), implemented new online systems, created an e-library with e-books, and created a dynamic Sharepoint portal through which she reaches all of her clients.  Over the years, Denise has added patent analysis and visualization to her skill set in order to profile patent landscapes of competitors and emerging technology areas.

Denise also enjoys mentoring students and young professionals and is an active leader in both the SLA Pittsburgh Chapter and the association’s Chemistry Division. While serving as president of the Pittsburgh Chapter, she championed the importance of reaching external audiences by expanding the definition of a special librarian. She placed an ad in the Pittsburgh Business Times that ran for a year to drum up publicity on SLA’s behalf. For these and other contributions on behalf of SLA, Denise was profiled in the February 2007 issue of SLA’s Information Outlook.

Denise has participated as an adjunct faculty at Pitt teaching library management and sci-tech resources. She also has served as an instructor for three SLA continuing education courses focusing on chemistry reference resources and patent searching.

Denise is proud to be a lifelong Pittsburgher.  Aside from her professional activity, Denise enjoys down time with her husband, Dean, and her large extended family.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit


John Walsh
Communications Marketing Manager | SLA
331 South Patrick St., Alexandria, VA 22314
direct: +1.703.647.4917 | fax: 703.647.4901


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