SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2002 Distinguished Member Award

Jo Anne Boorkman

Jo Anne Boorkman has served the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division with ability, grace and humor as a member of the Executive Board and numerous committees. As Chair-elect she headed the fledgling Fund Development Committee and set guidelines for development of our effective fundraising process for Division programs. During her tenure as Division Chair, she championed the first peer-reviewed Contributed Papers Session, now a permanent addition to annual conference programming, and established the BSDNET-L listserv.

She has been an effective leader and proponent of the Division's activities and initiatives for over a decade. During that time, she has actively advised all Division Executive Boards during a period of great change within both the Division and the Special Libraries Association. Her ability to analyze situations and her rock solid competence in decision-making has made her a sought after advisor to all who know her.

Jo Anne Boorkman has been honored as a Fellow of both the Special Libraries Association and the Medical Library Association. She served for many years as Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Liaison to MLA and concurrently as MLA's Representative to the Division. She has, with Dr. Fred Roper, authored and edited three editions of Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, and has served since 1986 on the editorial board of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. She has also been active in SLA at the Chapter level, serving as President and Treasurer of the Sierra Nevada Chapter and as Secretary of the North Carolina Chapter.

As Head of the Carlson Health Sciences Library at the University of California at Davis, she is a recognized leader in biomedical and life sciences librarianship and has contributed to others through professional activities in local, state, and regional organizations, and through her many publications and presentations.

No one reflects better the meaning of the words "Distinguished Member" than Jo Anne Boorkman. A member of the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division since 1971 and a charter member of the Medical Section in 1996, Jo Anne has served the Division, the Association, her colleagues, and the profession with distinction. The Biomedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association is pleased to recognize Jo Anne Boorkman with the 2002 Distinguished Member Award.

Rev. November 22, 2002