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2016 SLA NY Chapter Award Winners


The SLA NY Awards Committee is thrilled to announce our award winners for 2016. Winners will be celebrated at our Annual Meeting on November 2, 2016.

Dana Gordon Special Librarian of the Year, Sponsored by BST America

Kara Masciangelo

From Federal Reserve tours to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and beyond, Kara’s commitment to our chapter and its members is legendary. Dana Gordon was a consummate professional well known for her expertise, creative talent, and enterprising spirit.  Her professionalism was rivaled only by her tremendous enthusiasm for the profession and her generosity in sharing her great store of knowledge with colleagues, staff and students. Kara has those qualities in spades. Colleagues, friends, and SLA contacts alike describe her as friendly, welcoming and inclusive – a true asset to our profession and Chapter.


President’s Award, Sponsored by Social360

Sheila Bergen and Helen Sobolik

The President’s Award provides the SLA NY President an opportunity to recognize members of the New York Chapter for outstanding contributions to SLA and/or for professional excellence. Our website is really the linchpin of all our communication efforts, and working behind the scenes to help everyone else achieve more public success this year have been Sheila Bergen and Helen Sobolik. Their reliability, efficiency and patience has been enormously appreciated!


The PrivCo Spotlight Award

Cathy O’Neil

This award celebrates website founders and bloggers, curators of distinctive collections, solo librarians, mentors and teachers, conference organizers, and librarians typically working outside the traditional scope of SLA-NY award consideration. As a data scientist and author of the “MathBabe” blog, we feel Cathy O’Neil strongly embodies the spirit of SLA NY. Her book Weapons of Math Destruction was published in 2016 and has been nominated for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.


Rising Star Award, Sponsored by Zignal Labs

Katherine Sydenham

The chapter version of the SLA’s yearly award is presented annually to recognize outstanding new members (five years or less) who contribute greatly to the chapter and show exceptional intuition and leadership. From marching in the Queens Pride March to acting as a panelist at the Financially Savvy Librarian event, Katherine is an active member of our Chapter.


Diversity Award, Sponsored by Activist Insight

Cynthia Tobar

This award recognizes a librarian who promotes inclusive practices and considers aspects of diversity both inside and outside the workplace. These aspects can include but are not limited to age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Cynthia uses her passion for activism and change along with technical skills to really move the bar and make a difference. Her work on the Welfare Rights Initiative Oral History Project fits perfectly with the spirit of this award.


Committee Member Award

Magalie DeSince

This award recognizes committee members who’ve gone above and beyond the call during the previous year. Volunteering time, research, fundraising, inspiration, event organization, liaising with partner organizations, and overall passion for the work are just a few of the factors to help determine nominees. Magalie’s work on the Diversity committee this year has been phenomenal.  She is the power and strength behind the celebration of Black History we have been able to put together for the chapter.

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