SLA Press Release – 8 August 2012

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Jesus Lau Receives SLA’s Most Prestigious Honor
Global Information Literacy Advocate Honored for Longstanding Leadership of his Profession and Association


Alexandria, Virginia, 8 August 2012 – Jesus Lau, PhD, an international spokesman for information literacy and a leader of the library profession, received the John Cotton Dana Award on 15 July at SLA’s 2012 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Chicago.

The Dana Award, named after SLA’s founder and first president, is presented annually to an SLA member in recognition of a lifetime of achievement within the information services field and the Special Libraries Association.

Dr. Lau was honored for, among other things, his exemplary leadership of five academic libraries and his role as an international and local leader on behalf of SLA. The Dana Award comes on the heels of another very prestigious honor, the Guadalajara International Librarian of the Year Award, which he received in 2011 in Mexico.

“Jesus is a beloved member of SLA,” said SLA President Brent Mai. “He conveys a very rare combination: passionate leadership of a profession, and personable, friendly support of his peers, colleagues, and friends. He has woven these qualities within his leadership of SLA for many years, and he continues to do so. For that, there are many–myself included–who are thrilled that he is honored with SLA’s John Cotton Dana Award in 2012.”

More about Jesus Lau
A leader and spokesperson for information literacy, Jesus Lau has travelled professionally to more than 60 countries, passionately advocating for the role that information competencies play in our global knowledge society as well as the potential for information to transform lives.

In addition to having led five academic libraries and directed efforts to raise funds for and build new library facilities, Dr. Lau been awarded the title of National Researcher of Mexico for eight consecutive three-year terms, starting in 1989. He currently holds the position of adviser to the academic provost at Universidad Veracruzana, the fourth largest public university in Mexico. Dr. Lau has served on the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association and has represented SLA at meetings and other activities of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). He served on IFLA’s Governing Board and its Executive Committee and was the first chair of IFLA’s Information Literacy Section.

Dr. Lau is past president of the Mexican Library Association and the author of more than 200 papers and articles and 15 monographs (including the IFLA Information Literacy Guidelines and an InfoLit marketing manual).

Dr. Lau holds a Ph.D. in information science, a master’s degree in library science, and a law degree.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit

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