Karen Bleakley

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Karen Bleakley

KAREN BLEAKLEY is Manager, Knowledge Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1998-present)

Past Employment: Assistant Manager, Reference Librarian, Price Waterhouse (1993-98); Reference Librarian, KPMG, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1989-93).

SLA Member Since: 1988

Education: B.A. (Psychology) McGill University, Montreal; MLIS, McGill University, Montreal; Certificate in Computer-Based Information Systems (M.I.S.), McGill University, Montreal.

SLA Chapter Activities: Eastern Canada Chapter; Secretary (1993-94); Chair/member of the Continuing Education, Nominating, Technology, Public Relations committees; SLA Student Group President, McGill University

SLA Division Activities: Information Technology Division: Chair (1998-2001), Program planner 1995 Annual Conference, Montreal, Chair, Information Systems Section (1997-98); also member of the Advertising & Marketing, Business & Finance, Library Management, Transportation, Communications Divisions.

SLA Association-Level Activities: Member, Simplification Task Force (2000-present), Member, Information Today Award Committee (1996-98).

Other Professional Activities: Society for Competitive Intelligence Professionals, member (1998-present); guest speaker, McGill University library school; Curriculum Advisory Committee member for Montreal-area library technician program.

Awards & Honors: SLA Meckler Award for Innovations in Technology (1993); SLA Eastern Canada Chapter Award--highest standing in Special Libraries course (1989); McGill University Janet Agnew Scholarship (1988).

Publications: Regular contributor to SLA newsletters and bulletins (ECC and ITE), Library Hi-Tech News, Business Information Review, Journal les Affaires (Quebec business newspaper).

What are the keys to the growth of the information profession, its stature and its image?

Probably the primary key to growth is partnerships. The information profession must establish partnerships with corollary professions and become more inclusive. Partnering with professionals from other disciplines such as computer science, business and education would have the effect of infusing our profession with fresh ideas white growing the profession as a whole. Partnerships could be as simple as joint conference sessions or other educational opportunities. Partnering would also be a key to enhancing the image of the profession.

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