Award Descriptions

Current Recipients
Dow Jones Innovate Award

Awarded annually to one SLA member who has consistently shown innovation, leadership and creativity in outstanding contribution to both the information profession and to SLA.

Fellows of SLA

Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on active, mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession. Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association’s Board of Directors, prepare necessary documentation, and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor will be able to use the title Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. NOTE: Members who are currently serving on the SLA Board of Directors are ineligible for designation as Fellows. No more than five SLA members will be selected for Fellowship each year.  Fellows of SLA  

John Cotton Dana Award

Granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession.

Presidential Citations

Given to SLA members for notable or important contributions during the previous year that enhanced the association or furthered its goals and objectives. This honor is granted at the pleasure of the current SLA president and can be bestowed at any point during his or her term in office.

Rose L. Vormelker Award

Presented to a mid-career member in good standing who actively teaches and/or mentors students or working professionals.

SLA Hall of Fame

Presented to SLA members in good standing at or near the end of their active professional career to recognize service and contributions to the association. Hall of Fame recognition also is granted for lengthy distinguished service to an SLA chapter or division that has contributed to the success of the association.

SLA Rising Star Award

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Presented annually to recognize outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. Nominees must have one to five years of professional experience as an information professional and have been an SLA member for five years or less.

Nominees must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Performed outstanding work and professional activities on behalf of SLA
  • Developed notable innovations on the job
  • Actively participated in SLA units and association programs
  • Promoted the visibility of SLA or the value of information professionals

No more than five SLA Rising Star Awards will be awarded annually. Recipients will receive complimentary registration for the SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in the year in which they receive the award.


SLA Committee/Council/Unit Recognition Programs
SAAAC Merit Awards

Presented by the SLA Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council (SAAAC) in recognition of the active development and participation of student members through their involvement in SLA Student Group activities.

The SAAAC seeks to recognize and honor SLA Student Groups whose outstanding leadership, innovative programming, or creative use of electronic resources contribute to increased membership and expanded professional development. Award criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Increased student group membership;
  • Expanded professional development opportunities (both formal and informal);
  • Heightened profile of the SLA Student Group within their own school, on their own campus, or in the professional community;
  • Success in bringing educators and practicing special librarians together; or
  • Increased or enhanced profile of special librarianship and/or SLA within the academic or broader community.

Nominations will be ranked based upon clearly stated and documented quantitative and qualitative evidence. Be sure to clearly state the category of nomination and address any or all of the award criteria listed above. If applying in more than one category, please submit separate documentation for each and address the criteria for each.


SLA Annual Conference: Related Awards

The resources listed are examples of the various grants and scholarships offered by SLA chapters, divisions and other units for conference attendance and education aid. Note: This list does not necessarily include all SLA units’ awards, as these may change annually. Please check with your local chapter or division for the latest information.

Asian Chapter International Information Exchange Caucus Physics – Astronomy – Math Division
Business and Finance Division* Iowa Chapter San Francisco Bay Region Chapter
Chemistry Division Minnesota Chapter (Click on “Awards”) Science-Technology Division
Engineering Division Museums, Arts and Humanities Division (Updating) SLA Europe
Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division New Jersey Chapter Frank H. Spaulding Student Scholarship Texas Chapter
Hawaii Chapter Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division Washington, DC Chapter
Information Technology Division Philadelphia Chapter

* At least one award offered to a student.

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