Candidate Bio

May 7, 2014 by

Candidate Bio

Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors were asked to provide a bio for the SLA website.  I’m copying mine below.

With over 20 years’ experience as a librarian and information professional in Canada, Europe and the US, it’s no wonder Catherine Lavallée-Welch values SLA’s international reach and diverse mix of professionals and environments.


After earning her MBSI (MLIS) from the Université de Montréal, Catherine developed Internet projects for the non-profit, co-op and higher education sectors in her native province of Québec, Canada, and in French-speaking areas of Europe. As an entrepreneur, Catherine also created an information services co-operative in the burgeoning Internet marketplace. Moving to the United States in 2000, Catherine honed her academic librarian skills at the University of Louisville, KY, and created the first library on the campus of the University of South Florida in Lakeland. She joined the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in May 2013 as Director of Murphy Library. Her current projects include strategic planning, building renovations, and the study of the library’s value and impact on campus.


Active in SLA since 2000, Catherine is a member of the Academic Division, the Information Technology Division, the Science-Technology Division, the Leadership and Management Division, the Baseball Caucus and the Kentucky Chapter. Her home chapter is the Wisconsin Chapter.


Currently the past-chair and awards committee chair for the Academic Division, Catherine held several different board positions in the Information Technology Division, including chair (2009) and founding chair of the division’s Blogging Section (2005). She also served as communications editor for the Florida and Caribbean Chapter (2010-13) and as secretary of the Science-Technology Division (2006-07). She was webmaster and awards committee chair for the Kentucky Chapter over several years. In addition, Catherine served on association-wide task forces such as the Chapter Modeling Task Force in 2005 and the Division Idea Bank Workgroup in 2008. She also served on the organizing committee for the 4th South Atlantic Regional Conference (SARC4) in 2008. She presented numerous times at SLA, and SLA-related conferences.


In 2014, she was greatly honored by being inducted as a Fellow of SLA. In 2005, she gratefully received the Sci-Tech Achievement Award from the Science-Technology Division.


When not working with the association, Catherine held committee positions for the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, the Florida Council of State University Libraries and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Additionally, she served as a mentor for the State Library and Archives of Florida’s Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute on two occasions.


Catherine has a keen interest in leadership skills development and the study of learning spaces. Just before the 2014 SLA Annual Conference, she will have attended the Leading Change Institute in Washington, DC.


Catherine strives to fit within her model of the successful librarian and SLA member: always learning, creative, engaged and global. Her literary interests include 1930′s pulp and crime magazines.

I’m looking forward to the election activities. Candidates will post answers to questions on the SLA Blog, participate in multiple events at the SLA Annual Conference in June and take part in webinars. I would be happy to exchange with other SLA members about what they think about the association, what makes them click (or not) and opportunities for its change and growth.


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