Early Career Conference Awards 2014 – winners announced!

The SLA Europe Board is pleased to announce the winners of the SLA Europe Early Career Conference Awards 2014. Congratulations to Michelle Bond, Rosie Hare, and Lindsay Robinson. All three winners will attend the SLA Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver from 8-10 June 2014.

Michelle Bond is a trainee faculty librarian at Liverpool Hope University with interests in information literacy teaching, reading and the use of social media in higher education. A recent graduate of the iSchool at the University of Sheffield, Michelle wrote her dissertation on recreational reading in academic libraries. Michelle is co-sponsored by the Academic Division.

Rosie Hare works in the E-Learning team as a Digital Facilitator at Middlesbrough College and is studying towards an MSc in Information and Library Studies via distance learning at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Rosie is co-sponsored by the Leadership & Management Division.

Lindsay Robinson is the Acquisitions Librarian at the Bodleian Law Library, where she has worked in a variety of roles since joining as a Graduate Library Trainee in 2007. Lindsay was awarded an MSc in Library and Information Studies from City University in 2011. Lindsay is co-sponsored by Legal Division.

Early Career Conference Awards cover all expenses including Conference registration, transportation, food, lodging, and incidental expenses. In return the Award winners will participate in and assist with their co-sponsoring Division’s events during the Conference and report on their experience for their Division’s and for SLA Europe’s newsletters and blogs.

SLA Europe President Don Roll extends his congratulations to the winners:

“The ECCAs are one of the best programs undertaken by SLA Europe.  It is wonderful that we can provide this opportunity for young professionals who otherwise could not afford to attend the SLA Conference.  These are highly coveted awards and the applications this year reflected the ambitions our emerging librarians have for their careers. On behalf of the SLA Europe Board, I would like to congratulate Lindsay, Rosie and Michelle and look forward to spending time with them in Vancouver.”

SLA Europe’s Early Career Conference Awards are now in their eighth year and are awarded annually to library and information professionals who have been working for less than five years or are enrolled in a European graduate-level programme of study in LIS. Applicants are required to have excellent English language skills and be first-time attendees at an SLA Annual Conference. The application process involves writing a personal statement, providing an up-to-date CV, and obtaining a recommendation from a professional in the LIS field.

2014 is the first year to feature Academic Division as a co-sponsoring SLA Division. We’re also happy to receive continued support from Leadership & Management Division and Legal Division (supported by Jones McClure Publishing). Thanks to their support, this year we attracted a record number of applications from some incredibly talented new professionals.

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