Terri Tomchyshyn named SIM Outstanding Alumna 2010

Congratulations to CLA-CASLIS Ottawa Past-President Terri Tomchyshyn on being named Dalhousie's School of Information Management Outstanding Alumna 2010.

Dalhousie University School of Information Management Announcement

The School of Information Management is delighted to announce that the Associated Alumni has awarded this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award to Terri Tomchyshyn (MLS 1981).

Terri is currently the Head of a Special Library within the Department of National Defence. Her professional experience has included positions with academic, public and government libraries, professional organizations and vendors. While residing in Nova Scotia, Terri worked as a librarian at the Killam Library and later as a reference librarian for the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, where she participated in the telephone legal enquiry service for the Nova Scotia Public Legal Education Association. She later served as Legal Services Librarian for the Saskatoon Public Library. Terri has held positions with Human Resources Development Canada, as Manager of the Canadian Clearinghouse on Disability Issues and later with the National Literacy Secretariat. Her career includes a period as account manager for a library vendor.

Terri has served in a variety of capacities with professional organizations such as the Canadian Library Association, where she currently holds a position on the Finance Committee. She was Chair of the Task Force on Interest Group Revitalization (2009-2010) and Treasurer and Executive Council Member (2006-2009). In 2005-2006, Terri was President of CASLIS (Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services), Ottawa Chapter. Terri has been a member of the Budget Analysis & Review Committee of the American Library Association as well as past Chair of their Literacy Assembly. She has been a frequent contributor to library association publications and a well-respected conference presenter.

As one of her nominators writes, Terri Tomchyshyn “exemplifies the values that make stellar librarians and leaders in the field. She is enthusiastic about the profession; willing to share what she has learned…” Comments about Terri’s commitment to mentoring students, staff and colleagues abound, from her shepherding new graduates through their first professional conference, to her role as Librarian Visitor-in-Residence for the Dalhousie School of Information Management in 2005. To quote a colleague, “Terri is an individual who will inspire the upcoming library students to spread their wings and experience the rich and fulfilling life of an information professional/librarian.”

Please join us to honour Terri Tomchyshyn on Thursday, September 23rd in the Executive Training Suite, Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue, 7 p.m. At this event we will also be welcoming new students and saluting the Class of 1985.

Thank you to the 2010 Associated Alumni Outstanding Alumni Award Selection Committee members, Ingrid Langhammer, Christina Warren, Ilga Leja, Gillian Byrne and Chair Louise Hamel.

For more information:

Collette Saunders, Associated Alumni Chair 2010 – 11

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