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J. J. Keller and Special Libraries Association Announce Innovations in Technology Award Recipient

2008-07-17 15:25:00

NEENAH, Wis.–(EMWNews)–J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. and the Special Libraries Association

(SLA) have named Sabrina I. Pacifici, founder, editor and publisher of

two leading free online resources for legal information, as this years

recipient of the J. J. Keller Innovations in Technology Award. Pacifici

received a $1,000 cash award during a ceremony held recently in Seattle

as part of SLAs Annual Conference.

The J. J. Keller Innovations in Technology Award recognizes information

professionals for innovative use and application of technology in a

special library setting. The SLA Awards & Honors Committee chose

Pacifici based on her accomplishments as a pioneer in the effective use

of online information-dissemination applications and establishment of a

worldwide virtual community of best practice for the profession.

Pacifici’s career encompasses several decades in Washington, D.C, where

she worked primarily as a library director for a global 10 law firm. She

is currently the library director at the Office of the

Comptroller of the Currency, but is best known for the online resources

she has published on her own time since the World Wide Webs

early years. The respected online journal, (,

which she launched in 1996, continues to provide free up-to-date

articles, guides, commentary and training materials on a wide range of

Internet research and technology issues encompassing legal and

government information. Pacifici is also widely known for her

multiple-award-winning blog, beSpacific (,

launched in 2002, where she provides readers with daily law and

technology news with links to reliable primary and secondary sources.

Each of these Web sites is visited monthly by more than 100,000 readers


Webb A. Shaw, director of editorial resources at J. J. Keller, said, Sabrina

Pacificis achievements reflect leadership in

grasping and using the potential of new information technologies

leadership her peers in special libraries often provide within their own

organizations. We congratulate Sabrina for winning this recognition from

her colleagues.

According to SLA CEO Janice R. Lachance, Pacificis

recognition as a leader and an early adopter of technology tools to

assist other information professionals in their work is well deserved. Sabrinas

use of technology to provide credible information and content to her

customers came long before most of us even knew how imperative the Web

would be to this profession. For 12 years she has worked tirelessly to

be a trusted resource to info pros, and she certainly earned this

recognition. I am thrilled that the selection committee chose to honor

her contributions with this award.

Pacifici said, Thank you to SLA and J. J.

Keller for this marvelous honor that recognizes over 12 years of work

authoring, publishing and distributing free, factual, comprehensive,

current and focused resources on the Web to a vibrant, engaged and

expert community of readers, here in North America and in countries all

around the world. My career as a special librarian spans 30 years, and I

remain passionate about the future of our profession and the expertise

and vitality that we share daily using innovative technology sources and


To get the full story on Sabrina Pacifici as the 2008 J.J. Keller

Innovations in Technology recipient, visit

J. J. Kellers own Research & Technical

Library has been in existence since the 1960s, so the company knows what

a valuable resource special librarians and other knowledge professionals

are. Were proud

to join SLA in recognizing the achievements of special librarians who

show particular talent, Shaw said. We

are especially proud to support the Innovations in Technology Award,

because innovative delivery of tools and content to help information

professionals understand non-financial regulatory and compliance issues

is what sets J. J. Keller apart from other content providers in this


About J. J. Keller

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. was established in 1953 and is the most

respected name in risk and regulatory management in North America. The

company employs nearly 1,300 associates and serves over 300,000

customers including more than 90% of the Fortune®

1,000. J. J. Kellers content distills

information from its 6,000+ products and content services, which include

a wide range of printed publications, videos, online training, and

online subscription services covering nearly 1,500 topics. These

products and services provide a rich base of information for legal,

research and information professionals, as well as executives and

managers responsible for risk management, safety and compliance. For

more information regarding J. J. Keller content, visit

About SLA

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global

organization for innovative information professionals and their

strategic partners. SLA serves more than 11,000 members in 75 countries

in the information profession, including corporate, academic, and

government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its

members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. For more

information, visit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Webb Shaw, director of editorial resources at J. J.

Keller, with SLA member Sabrina Pacifici, recipient of the J. J. Keller

Innovations in Technology Award

PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Rienertson, The Photo Group

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