Congratulations to the 2013 Louise Leckner Memorial Travel Stipend Recipients

Since 2009, IOP Publishing, a generous and long-time supporter of libraries and librarians, has provided funding for new PAM librarians with four $1,000 stipends to help defray the costs of traveling to the SLA 2013 Annual Conference. This year, the PAM Travel Stipends were renamed the Louise Leckner Memorial Travel Stipends to memorialize our dear friend and colleague because Louise was so proud to be a part of this program which both supports new librarians and deepens the relationships between those librarians and the PAM Division.

For 2013, IOP Publishing doubled the stipend value to $2,000 apiece for the recipients who will be attending the SLA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Qualifying applicants had to be recent graduates of a library science graduate program, in their first three years of professional librarianship, employed by a physical sciences library or as a subject specialist for one or more of the PAM disciplines, and first-time attendees of the SLA Annual Conference as a professional librarian or first-time attendees in a PAM discipline.

We would like to thank all of the new librarians who applied for this stipend. We appreciate the time and effort you put into your application letters and we look forward to welcoming you into the PAM Division.

Here are the 2013 Louise Leckner Memorial Travel Stipend Recipients:

Melissa Cheung is the Science and Engineering Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She received her MIS from the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa in 2011. Melissa holds a BS in Biology (Carleton University) and worked for two years as a research laboratory technician at the Ontario Cancer Institute.


Manuel de la Cruz Gutiérrez is the Science and Technology Librarian at the University of Houston Libraries. He received his MLS from the Texas Woman’s University in 2011. His educational background include a B.S. in Physics (U. de Guadalajara), a Ph.D. in Optics (U. of Rochester), and postdoctoral training in neuroimaging (Baylor College of Medicine; U. of Houston).


Kathleen Gregory is the Interim Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Denver. She received her MLIS from Drexel University in 2010. She holds a BS in Neuroscience (Regis University) and a MA in Instruction and Curriculum (University of Colorado). Prior to entering the academic arena, she worked at a military library in Stuttgart, Germany, and taught high school chemistry in Denver, Colorado.

Shirley Zhao is the Physical Sciences Librarian at Kresge Physical Sciences Library of Dartmouth College. She is a core member of the Education & Outreach program and is the Physics and Astronomy liaison. She received her MSLIS from LIU’s Palmer School in 2011. She holds a BA in Mathematics (Smith College) and a MS in Mathematics (NYU’s Courant Institute).


If you have the opportunity, please introduce yourself to Melissa, Manuel, Kathleen, and Shirley at the SLA conference in June.  Help them feel at home in our division, which as we all know is a very special part of SLA.

The PAM Division is deeply grateful to IOP Publishing for their continued involvement with and support of librarians at the SLA conference, and most especially for their generous commitment to the professional development of new science librarians.

Three cheers for IOP Publishing!

Selection Committee Members:
Sharice Collins, Vice President, Marketing, IOP Publishing, Inc.
Stella Ota, PAM Chair
Margaret Lam, PAM Professional Development Chair
Kathleen Lehman, PAM Mentoring Sub-Committee Chair



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