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Meet our Board Member – Linda Galloway

Linda Galloway, immediate past president of UNYSLA, is a subject librarian and bibliographer at Syracuse University. As the STEM bibliographer, Linda helps evaluate, select, and assess campus-wide resources to support scholarship and research at Syracuse University. Linda is also the subject specialist for biology, chemistry and forensic science. In this capacity, she provides discipline-specific outreach and helps instruct her constituents in the efficient use of available materials. Linda is passionate about connecting students, faculty, and researchers to the best information available by promoting the library’s resources and providing value-added content and collaborative services. Linda holds a M.S.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a B.S. in chemistry from Long Island University.

Linda’s professional interests include collection development, citation metrics and analysis, altmetrics and scholarly communication. She is an active member of the Special Libraries Association and the Pi Lambda Sigma Chapter of Beta Phi Mu. Linda presents her work frequently at conferences, workshops and webinars.


How did you get to where you are?

Like many of my colleagues, I was destined for librarianship. (Just ask my younger sister who had to sign books out of our mud-room “library”.) However, it took me quite a while to realize this! I have a B.S. in chemistry and was privileged to work for many years with biogeochemist Myron J. Mitchell. I went to the iSchool at Syracuse University for my M.S.L.I.S. and held a series of part-time library jobs until I landed a tenure-track position at SUNY ESF. In 2011 I moved over to Syracuse University and still enjoy a close professional relationship with my SUNY ESF colleagues (two of whom are UNYSLA board members). Elizabeth Elkins, emeritus library director at SUNY ESF, was a great mentor to me and helped me achieve the success and fulfillment I have in my career.

How long have you been a member of UNYSLA?

I have been a member of SLA and UNYSLA for 12 years. I am a member of this chapter, the Chemistry Division and the Science and Technology Division.

What roles have you been involved in with UNYSLA and SLA?

As past-president, I am in the third and final year of the presidency track. This is my second, non-consecutive term as president-elect, president and past-president. I have also held the secretary position and been the vendor relations chair. I am becoming more involved now on the association level as I am the secretary and 2016 conference co-planner for the Chemistry Division. I can’t imagine not being part of the UNYSLA board so will have to find some other duty to keep me engaged with the board beginning in 2016. They can’t get rid of me yet!

What is your favorite part of being a board member?

I really love working with the other board members – we have a smart, solid board who works very well together. We strive to connect librarians across our region with professional development opportunities by planning and hosting interesting and relevant programs twice per year. I am proud to be part of this service to the library community.

What advice do you have for those who may want to get involved?

Come to our UNYSLA conferences and talk to any board member. We always welcome new (or seasoned) members into our mix. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer – from helping at a conference to joining our board. We also hold our board meetings the day before each conference and welcome interested members at the meeting or the dinner afterwards. Our summer board meeting is at my house in the Syracuse area, so if you would like some information, fun and camaraderie (and don’t mind a house full of pets), join us then! Just contact any board member for more information or advice on becoming involved with UNYSLA.

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