SLA Names Three Rising Stars for 2015

SLA will honor two academic librarians and an information architect for their ‘exceptional promise’ when the association convenes its 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Boston later this year.

Susmita Chakraborty, Christine Coughlan, and Kathleen Lehman will be recognized as SLA Rising Stars at the opening session of the conference on June 14. The Rising Star Award is presented annually to outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and the information 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.


Susmita is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Calcutta in India. Since joining SLA in 2011, she has served as a director and secretary of the association’s Asia Chapter, co-presented a poster at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference, and contributed articles to the Sci-Tech News, the newsletter of SLA’s Science-Technology Division. She travels widely to discuss her research and has written several journal articles and book chapters.


Chris is an information architect with the Aten Design Group in Denver, Colorado. She joined SLA while still in library school and quickly distinguished herself as a leader, serving as president-elect of the SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter in 2013 and president in 2014. She is a member of SLA’s Information Technology Division and User Experience Caucus and has presented on these topics at several events. In her work at Aten Design, she has led projects for clients such as Human Rights Watch and the World Wildlife Fund


Kathleen, the head of the Physics Library at the University of Arkansas, joined SLA in 2010 and and received a travel scholarship the very next year to attend the 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The scholarship was sponsored in part by SLA’s Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division, of which Kathleen is secretary this year (she previously chaired PAM’s Awards Committee and Nominations and Elections Committee). She has presented several conference papers and has also submitted articles for publication in library journals.

For more information about the Rising Star Award and this year’s recipients, read the press release.

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