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Jennifer Paliatka Selected as 2005 Synergist
LIBRAS is pleased to announce the inclusion of one of its members, Jennifer Paliatka of Elmhurst College, in the latest class of Synergy. The selection of Jennifer as a Synergist marks the third straight year for LIBRAS membership inclusion in the program. Jennifer completed her MLIS at Dominican University in 2001. That summer she completed a practicum at Elmhurst College and was hired as a Reference and Instruction Librarian there that fall. In June of 2003, Jennifer participated in the College Libraries Section program entitled “Casting our Nets or Ice Fishing?: Recruiting Future College Librarians.” Jennifer currently works with the Associated Colleges of Illinois Teaching and Learning Mentor program and the Illinois Creative Collection Management Program. This January, with her fellow librarians, she taught an Elmhurst College Honors Program course entitled “Chicago’s Great Libraries” which introduced undergraduates to libraries, librarianship and the fantastic resources in the city of Chicago. Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative, a joint project of the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Library Association, promotes the growth and development of the next generation of Illinois library leaders. The Leadership Planning Committee selects Synergy participants from all types of libraries and from every part of the state. Participants, along with mentors from varying library types, will meet three times over the course of a year. While the workings of each class of Synergy will be unique for each group, the institute results in developing a network of library leaders. More information about Synergy may be found on the Illinois State Library web site at: