SLA to Honor Longstanding and Emerging Leaders in the Information Profession

Honorees Will Be Recognized in June at Association’s Annual Conference in Phoenix

McLean, Virginia, 19 April 2017—The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has named 12 librarians and information professionals as the 2017 recipients of the association’s awards and highest honors, which will be presented this June at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rising Star Awards are presented to individuals with 1–5 years of experience in the information profession who have exhibited leadership and innovation within SLA and the information management industry. This year, on Sunday June 18 at the opening general session of SLA 2017, three early-career professionals will be named SLA Rising Stars—Chrystelle Browman, a legal research analyst at Fenwick & West; Marie Cannon, a knowledge and information officer at Clifford Chance; and John Kromer, a physical sciences librarian at Brown University.

The Rose L. Vormelker Award, which honors a commitment to teaching and professional development, will be given to Kim Dority. Kim is president of her own consulting firm, G.K. Dority & Associates, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, and the 2014–2016 chair of SLA’s Students and New Professionals Advisory Council. Frequently referred to as the “Rosie,” this award will be presented during the conference’s opening general session.

SLA Fellowship recognizes mid-career information professionals for their past, present, and future service to SLA and the profession. This June, SLA Fellowship will be conferred upon Khalilah Gambrell, marketing technology analyst at EBSCO Information Services; Richard Huffine, librarian at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Debal Kar, university librarian at Ambedkar University Delhi; Tara Murray, director of information services/librarian at the American Philatelic Research Library; and Sara Tompson, manager of the Library, Archives & Records Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. These individuals will be honored during SLA 2017’s second general session, on Monday, June 19.

Established in 1959, the SLA Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished service and contributions to SLA or an SLA chapter or division and is reserved for SLA members at or near the end of their active professional careers. In Phoenix at the annual conference, two SLA members will be inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame—Lawrence Guthrie, global inter-library loan librarian at Covington & Burling, and Leigh Hallingby, founder and former manager of libraries for five nonprofit organizations in New York City. The induction will take place during the conference’s second general session.

SLA will honor Doris Small Helfer with the association’s most prestigious award, the John Cotton Dana Award, which is named for SLA’s founder and first president. Doris has made many contributions to SLA as a leader at the unit, committee, and board levels and as an exemplary role model for other members. Colleagues within the information profession have benefited from her wide-ranging expertise—she has worked in both academic and corporate environments—which she has shared in numerous conferences sessions and articles she has written.  Doris, chair of collection access and management at California State University, Northridge, will be recognized with the Dana Award on Tuesday, June 20, during the closing general session at the SLA 2017 Annual Conference.

In a series of SLA Blog posts in the coming weeks, each award or honor and its respective 2017 recipients will be featured in greater detail. The posts will include photographs of the honorees.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a wide range of working environments, including business, academia, and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. SLA’s annual conference will boast 200-plus sessions, business meetings, networking events, and other activities. For more information, visit

Andrea Bomar

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