Nielsen, Vargha to Receive Vormelker Award

Pair Will Be Honored for Their Commitment to Teaching and Professional Development

Alexandria, Virginia, 8 April 2015—Two information professionals who actively work to advance the development of their fellow librarians and students will be honored by the Special Libraries Association at its 2015 Annual Conference in Boston.

Thomas Nielsen and Rebecca Vargha will receive the Rose L. Vormelker Award at the conference’s opening session on June 14. The award’s namesake was president of SLA in 1948-1949 and taught library and information science courses at several academic institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Kansas State University.

The Vormelker Award is presented annually to one or more mid-career members in good standing who actively teach and/or mentor students or working professionals. The award was first given in 1998.

About Tom Nielsen
Tom is the member services manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), a nonprofit organization that supports libraries and librarians in New York City and Westchester County. At METRO, Tom develops programs that help member libraries and librarians address challenges they are facing; he also markets and promotes METRO to local librarians and library school students, both in person and via social networking venues.

A member of SLA for nearly 20 years, Tom is currently professional development chair of the New York Chapter. He previously served as chair of the Solo Librarians Division in 2013 and past chair in 2014, during which time he developed a Webinar series for solos on professional development. Under his leadership, the Solo Division held its first-ever division-sponsored Webinars.

About Rebecca Vargha
Rebecca is the director of the library at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, a position she has held since 2001. In addition to supervising the library’s staff, her responsibilities include collection development, teaching, liaising with departmental faculty, and reference and research assistance. She previously worked as a librarian at SAS, a leading business analytics software and services vendor.

Rebecca was president of SLA in 2006-2007 and has served on numerous committees and councils during her 35-year SLA career. She currently is chair-elect of the Knowledge Management Division and a member of the Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council and the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council.

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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