Nancy Blair-DeLeon Joins NFAIS as New Director of Professional Development

Blair-DeLeon brings more than 30 years of experience in scholarly publishing, indexing and abstracting and IP rights 

March 10, 2016, Annapolis, MDThe National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, announced Nancy Blair-DeLeon will become its new Director of Professional Development.

In this role, Blair-DeLeon will be responsible for directing all professional development programs for NFAIS. She will collaborate with NFAIS Committees to develop educational content, including identification of potential speakers and topics, and be responsible for planning, evaluation and implementation of professional development activities for the NFAIS membership and the larger information industry.

Blair-DeLeon has extensive knowledge of and experience in the information services field relative to database producers, primary publishers, information aggregators, commercial, public and academic libraries and workflow solution providers. As a senior manager at IEEE, among other duties, she led a team of IEEE colleagues and volunteers to launch a series of free live authorship workshops to enable engineers, faculty, researchers, authors, and industry professionals to help advance technology and their careers by enhancing their ability to get published and share their research with the broader scholarly community.

In addition, Blair-DeLeon has long been active with NFAIS as a member volunteer, including service as a member of the NFAIS Board of Directors (2014-2015), and continuing service on its Discovery Code of Practice Task Force and Workshop Planning Committee.

“I’m extremely delighted Nancy is joining the NFAIS team,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Nancy’s longtime experience in information services and her skill as an energetic leader will be of enormous benefit to NFAIS Members. I’m excited to work with Nancy, in conjunction with our Board and Committee members, to further enhance and expand our services for our Members and for our colleagues in the larger information services community.”

About NFAIS (
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.