Tech Savvy

Posted June 4, 2007 at 6:42pm

As the chief information officer for the Library of Congress, Laura Campbell helps make sure pieces of U.S. history are digitally preserved, with many put online for Americans to access. [IMGCAP(1)]

On Monday, Campbell was honored for those efforts with the 2007 EMC Information Leadership Award, an honor given to those who have used information technology to benefit society.

“I congratulate Laura on her special achievement and for everything she has done to make the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress accessible to all Americans and the world,” Librarian James Billington said. “Laura has led the programs that have enabled my vision for a ‘library without walls’ to become a reality.”

The award is part of the Computerworld Honors Program, which has honored information technology leaders since 1990. Past leadership award recipients include Kenneth Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, and Linda Dillman, executive vice president of risk management and benefits administration at Wal-Mart Stores.

Campbell, who also serves as associate librarian for strategic initiatives at the Library, said she was honored to receive the award.

“I feel privileged to lead such innovative and important work,” she said.

Newly Popular. The New Democrat Coalition political action committee will host its second annual retreat this weekend in Cambridge, Md.

Attendance for the event, June 8-9, is expected to more than double from the inaugural retreat in 2006, with 288 guests registered along with 22 lawmakers, up from 100 guests and just nine Members.

The PAC reports its fundraising similarly has grown with $650,000 raised to date, significantly more than the $140,000 it raised in 2006.

Panels at the weekend event will include trade policy, health care, energy independence and security, while The New York Times Magazine political reporter Matt Bai will give the keynote speech on “The Future of the Democratic Party.”

— Elizabeth Brotherton and Jennifer Yachnin