SLA to Honor Two for Advancing Careers of Others

Rose Vormelker was barely five feet tall, but she had an enormous impact on the development of other special librarians. She taught library and information science courses at several academic institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Kansas State University, and was still mentoring and teaching well into her seventies.

At the opening session at the SLA 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, SLA will honor two information professionals who are following in Vormelker’s footsteps.

Thomas Nielsen and Rebecca Vargha will receive the Rose L. Vormelker Award at the conference’s opening session on June 14. The award, first given in 1998, is presented annually to one or more mid-career members in good standing who actively teach and/or mentor students or working professionals.


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 helps member libraries and librarians develop programs to address the challenges they are facing; he also markets and promotes METRO to local librarians and library school students. He is currently professional development chair of the New York Chapter and has been very active in the Solo Librarians Division, serving as chair in 2013.


Rebecca is an adjunct faculty member and director of the library at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, where she supervises the library’s staff, teaches, and provides reference and research assistance. An SLA Fellow, Rebecca was president of SLA in 2006-2007 and currently is chair-elect of the Knowledge Management Division as well as a member of the Student and Academic Affairs Advisory Council and the 2015 Annual Conference Advisory Council.

For more information, read the press release.

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