Are you an outstanding information professional with more than 5 years’ experience? Then SLA Europe wants to send you to the 2012 SLA Conference in Chicago!


Deadline extended to 16 March 2012


Co-sponsored by the SLA Leadership and Management Division, and kindly supported by Dow Jones, the SLA Europe Conference Award is a chance for an outstanding information professional to attend the 2012 SLA Conference and Info-Expo, 15-18 July, in Chicago, Illinois.


The successful applicant will receive an expenses-paid trip to the conference, and will have the opportunity after the conference to get involved with the work of SLA Europe and the Leadership and Management Division (LMD).


This fantastic opportunity is open to all information professionals living or working in Europe, who have more than five years’ experience in the field, and have not won an SLA Europe Early Careers Conference Award (ECCA) within the last five years. Applicants do not need to be SLA members. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2012.


What do we mean by ‘outstanding?’ Someone who goes beyond the everyday demands of their job to provide innovative, creative, or high-level support for their users.  Do you organise extra-curricula events to raise the profile of your service and make sure users get the best from you? Have you developed a new service or way of working that’s had a positive impact on your users? Are you a prolific and instructive writer, teacher, or trainer? Do you make a difference? If so, we want to hear from you!


Applicants must provide:

  1. A CV/resume
  2. A 500 word statement in English, detailing
    1. What you would gain from attending the SLA Conference, and how you would share this
    2. Your thoughts on the challenges for leadership in the library and information profession
  3. A recommendation from a professional colleague (c 400 words), explaining why you would be a good recipient of the award.


Applications can be submitted online:


Applicants must also have up-to-date travel documents (such as passport and visa/visa waiver), and be able to travel to the US to attend conference in July.  The award covers economy return airfare, conference registration, accommodation and reasonable incidentals, and a year’s membership of SLA.


After the conference, the award winner will be expected to provide reflections (in the form of a blog post, podcast, vodcast, or other method) to SLA Europe and the Leadership and Management Division.


The award winner will also be invited and expected to get more involved with SLA unit activities, by shadowing an SLA Europe or LMD board member, invited to join one of these unit's committees, or become otherwise involved in their board activities.


SLA Europe gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Dow Jones, and of the SLA Leadership and Management Division.


Please contact the SLA Europe Awards Chair on [log in to unmask] if you have any questions, or would like to discuss nominating someone or applying for the Award.


SLA Europe

SLA Europe provides information professionals in Europe with unique networking and learning opportunities through regular meetings and social events, and its newsletter.  The group recognises outstanding achievement in the information profession with its annual SLA Europe Conference Award.  SLA Europe also engages with young European information professionals, through the SLA Europe Early Career Conference Award (ECCA)



The Leadership and Management Division draws its members from across the many arenas in which SLA members work. Members represent a wide range of experience, from seasoned senior managers to new information professionals interested in leadership and management concepts. LMD offers its members specialized programming and continuing education opportunities and an assortment of professional resources. LMD is the place to be for  guidance and development in the “soft” competencies needed to succeed in the workplace,  navigating organizational culture, dealing with people, and creative innovation and leadership savvy -  managing projects, planning, crafting business plans. LMD brings you endless networking & information sharing opportunities with like-minded information professionals!



The Special Libraries Association is a non-profit global organisation for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, the SLA represents over 12000 information professionals in 83 countries, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.



Bethan Ruddock

Content Development Officer, Library and Archival Services, Mimas

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The University of Manchester

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