SLA to Recognize Outstanding Contributions of 13 Librarians and Information Professionals

Award Recipients Will Receive Honors at Association’s Annual Conference in June

*Updated 19 April 2018

McLean, Virginia, 17 April 2018—The Special Libraries Association (SLA) will honor the exemplary work and service of 13 information professionals during the association’s 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore, June 9–13.

Five early-career professionals will receive Rising Star Awards, which are given to SLA members with up to five years of experience who have demonstrated leadership and the ability to creatively solve problems. At the SLA 2018 Annual Conference, the following individuals will be recognized as SLA Rising Stars:

  • Anya Bartelmann, astrophysics, mathematics and physics librarian at Princeton University;
  • Willow Fuchs, business reference and instruction librarian at the Pomerantz Business Library at the University of Iowa;
  • Eric Tans, science collections coordinator and environmental sciences librarian at Michigan State University;
  • Heidi Tebbe, collections and research librarian for engineering and data science at North Carolina State University; and
  • Caren Torrey, library operations manager at Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David Cappoli will receive the Rose L. Vormelker Award, which celebrates commitment to teaching and professional development. David is the director of web operations at the UCLA School of Law, where he also advises UCLA’s SLA student group. He has served in several leadership roles within SLA, and in 2016 he chaired the advisory council for SLA’s Annual Conference—the association’s most robust single offering of learning and networking opportunities each year.

SLA Fellowship is conferred upon mid-career information professionals for their past, present, and future service to SLA and the profession. The 2018 Class of SLA Fellows comprises five individuals:

  • Kevin Adams, information specialist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in Christchurch, New Zealand;
  • Elizabeth Brown, director of assessment and scholarly communications for Binghamton University Libraries at Binghamton University (SUNY);
  • Robin Dodge, head librarian of the Los Angeles campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising;
  • Elaine Lasda, associate librarian at the Dewey Graduate Library at the University at Albany (SUNY); and
  • Kimberly Silk, principal consultant at BrightSail Research in Toronto.

The SLA Hall of Fame dates back to 1959 and honors distinguished service and contributions to SLA or an SLA chapter or division by association members at or near the end of their active professional careers. This year, Praveen Kumar Jain, librarian at the Institute of Economic Growth at the University of Delhi Enclave and president-elect of the SLA Asia Chapter, will be inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame.

SLA will bestow its most prestigious award, the John Cotton Dana Award, on Karen Kreizman Reczek, program manager of Standards Coordination Office of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Named for SLA’s founder and first president, the Dana Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of library and information science and exceptional service to SLA and the profession at large. Karen has made a strong mark on SLA in a variety of leadership roles, including service on the SLA Board of Directors and the SLA Governance and Bylaws Committee. She also conceived and helped establish two new divisions for the association—Knowledge Management and Competitive Intelligence—which attracted many new members to the association.

Leading up to the conference, a series of posts on the SLA Blog will feature each award or honor and its recipients in greater detail and will include photos 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

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