Sylvia Piggot is currently the Deputy Division Chief, Information Services Department, Joint World Bank/International Monetary Fund Library. In that capacity, she has full oversight for planning, staffing, and providing information services to the institutions' staff worldwide. Prior to coming to the World Bank/International Monetary Fund, Ms. Piggot served for 14 years with the Bank of Montreal as Senior Manager of Research and Business Information Service. For several years, Ms. Piggot has been engaged as a consultant to major North American companies managing reengineering of information. Ms. Piggot graduated cum laude in Cultural Anthropology from McGill University, where she also received an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science).
Ms. Piggot's active participation in library and information science professional activities for over 20 years culminated in her being elected President of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), an association of over 15,000 information professionals in 60 countries. Recently, she was elected Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. A frequently invited speaker at international information conferences in library and information technology topics, Ms. Piggot has written extensively on a variety of related topics. In 1999 she was awarded a Freedom Forum fellowship to South Africa to train journalists in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Soweto in using the Internet as a research tool.