Kneale, Stankus Named to SLA Hall of Fame

McLean, Virginia, 29 June 2022—Ruth Kneale, who retired recently after a long career as a systems librarian with the National Solar Observatory and, before that, as a webmaster and librarian at the Gemini Observatory, and Tony Stankus, a distinguished professor and life sciences librarian at the University of Arkansas and prolific contributor to the professional literature on biological and health sciences librarianship, will be inducted into the Special Libraries Association’s Hall of Fame when the organization convenes its 2022 Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 31.

Inaugurated in 1959, the Hall of Fame is SLA’s oldest honor. Induction into the Hall of Fame is granted to SLA members 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 community that has contributed to the success of the association.

Kneale and Stankus are both Fellows of SLA, and Stankus was given the Rose L. Vormelker Award in 2005. Kneale served on the SLA Board of Directors in 2015-2017 and has been active in SLA’s Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Community, serving as chair in 2011. Stankus has been active in SLA’s Biomedical & Life Sciences Community, serving as chair in 2014.

Kneale and Stankus will be honored in Charlotte along with 10 other members of SLA’s 2022 class of honorees. The other awards recipients are as follows:

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 SLA’s Board of Directors and alert members to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor may use the title Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. Five SLA members are being named Fellows this year:

  • Eugene Giudice, senior research services training specialist at Dentons in Chicago;
  • Lateka Grays, hospitality librarian and associate professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas;
  • Nabi Hasan, librarian and head of the Central Library at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi;
  • Barbara Kern, director of the John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago; and
  • Shelly Ray, principal transportation planner at Los Angeles Metro.

Rose L. Vormelker Award
Named for a longtime SLA member who became an assistant professor at Kent State University and taught there for more than 20 years, the “Rosie” is presented to a mid-career member in good standing who actively teaches and/or mentors students or working professionals. This year, the Vormelker Award is being bestowed on the following SLA member:

  • Lynn Weinstein, reference and research specialist in the Science, Technology and Business Section of the Library of Congress.

James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is bestowed 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. Four SLA members are being named Rising Stars this year:

  • Julia Bhojoo, information officer at Kingsley Napley in London and the founder of LawLibWiki;
  • Samuel Hansen, mathematics and statistics librarian at the University of Michigan
  • Valerie Moore, outreach and engagement librarian and assistant professor at Prairie State College in Illinois; and
  • Wei Zakharov, associate professor and engineering information specialist in the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies.

More information about SLA awards and honors, including criteria and previous recipients, is available on SLA’s website at

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 range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit

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