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Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations


It’s that time of year – when we recognize leadership and innovation within our community. These prestigious awards acknowledge some the dedicated members of our profession who have provided outstanding contributions to our chapter and profession over the past year. Submissions should take the form of a brief bio of the nominee, the award they are nominated for, their LinkedIn profile link if available, contact information (email and/or phone number for nominee and nominator), and a paragraph outlining why they should be considered.

You are welcome to submit yourself, a colleague, a friend for any of the below awards – anyone you think has gone above and beyond for our chapter and/or profession!

Many thanks to our fantastic corporate sponsors BST America (Dana Gordon/Special Librarian Award), Zignal (Rising Star Award), Activist Insight (Diversity Award), Social360 (President’s Award), and Intelligize (new and very special grant honoring the career of Agnes Mattis on the occasion of her retirement).

Do note there are still some award sponsorship opportunities – if your company is interested please reach out to Heidi Crowe –

Submissions should be sent to by Friday, December 8th.


Honors a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the shared purpose and goals of the library profession. Dedicated to projects and programs that enhance library service and strengthen the role and position of the library for their community, college or university, school, company, or corporation. Recognizes individual SLA NY Chapter members who have consistently developed innovative and groundbreaking initiatives in their career as: volunteers of SLA-NY, SLA NY Committees (and all members thereof), academic professionals,  vendors offering trend-setting services or products, professionals in adjunct fields.


Recognizes knowledge professionals for notable and unique contributions during the previous year. NYC-area website founders and bloggers, curators of distinctive collections, solo librarians, mentors and teachers, conference organizers, and other librarians typically working outside the traditional scope of SLA-NY award consideration. Non-members will be considered for this award.


The chapter version of the SLA’s yearly award presented annually to recognize outstanding new members (five years or less) who contribute greatly to the chapter and show exceptional intuition and leadership.


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.


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.


Recognizing the retirement of industry giant and friend Agnes Mattis for her decades of accomplishments and contributions, these special grants will be given to two individuals: one graduate of Pratt Institute and one current Pratt student toward their attendance at the 2018 Special Libraries Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland. These grants will honor a library/research professional and a Pratt SILS student for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the shared purpose and goals of the library profession. These grants will be given to early adopters of technology with a penchant for lifelong learning and giving back to the library/info pro community. Recipients need not be current SLA members but will report back to SLA-NY after the conference via an article, blog, or webinar outlining their learnings from the conference.

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Submit your questions for 2018 Board of Directors President-Elect Candidates Kevin Adams and Hal Kirkwood

New York Chapter members,

We would like any and all questions you have for President-Elect candidates Kevin Adams and Hal Kirkwood for an upcoming B2E Meet the Candidates blog post ahead of the Board elections.  Please submit your questions by Friday, August 18th to The blog post will be posted early the week of August 28th and will be shared here on Connect and our Chapter social media profiles.

As a reminder, SLA 2018 Board of Directors election voting opens up at 9:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, September 6th and concludes at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 20th. More information on all 2018 Board of Directors candidates and the election process can be found here.

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Call for Participants: Diversity Panel on Financial Literacy

Call for Participants: Diversity Panel on Financial Literacy


The New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association

proudly presents…

Call for Participants:

Diversity Panel on Financial Literacy 


Organized by SLA-NY’s Diversity Committee

In honor of Financial Literacy Week (April 23-30), SLA-NY’s Diversity Committee will host a financial literacy event for information professionals entitled, “The Financially Savvy Librarian.”

Our goal is to inform and empower our community with the financial and life planning tools necessary to successfully navigate the unique challenges faced by information professionals throughout all stages of our careers.

We’re offering members of our community who belong to one of the following career stages an opportunity to participate on the panel and benefit from this program:

Students/Recent Grads

First Five Years (entry level)

Executive/Management level

Midlife Career Change/Retiree

If you are in any of these career phases, please join us in making this event a success by participating.  For additional information, please contact Clara Cabrera at nycworkerbee[at]

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Send Your Nominations for the Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year Award

Send Your Nominations for the Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year Award


It’s time everybody – send in your nominations by Sept 30. to the SLA-NY Awards Committee for the Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year Award.

Do you know a librarian who deserves special recognition this year? Then the Awards Committee wants to hear from you!

Who lights the way for patrons and colleagues? Tell us about a librarian you know who’s shown exceptional leadership, creativity, and innovation this year.

Or…talk to us about a library that’s doing interesting, groundbreaking work in their profession or community. We want to build a diverse range of nominees, regardless of SLA or SLY-NY membership.

Who’s Eligible? Any professional librarian or knowledge manager in any type of library anywhere in New York City or Long Island is eligible. “Professional” means a person with an advanced degree in Library or Information Science, or someone holding a position designated “professional” in a library or library service. Current employment is not a requirement – the person can be recently retired, between positions, or involved in volunteer, mentor, or advisory roles.

Examples of winning achievements can include but are not limited to:

  • Exceptional leadership or mentorship to other information professionals
  • Creation of innovative services
  • Building, rebuilding, and/or strengthening a library’s role in a community or organization
  • Inspired promotion of the library’s resources and services
  • Or any other relevant, unique contributions

Submissions for Dana Gordon Librarian of the Year are welcome from the entire profession, as well as from colleagues, board members, students, vendors, academic professionals. Nominations can be short and sweet – name the candidate and describe in 500 words (or less) why the nominee s deserving. Previous nominees and winners of SLA-NY awards are eligible.

Please contact with your suggestions and referrals

The Dana Gordon Innovation Award

The Dana Gordon Innovation Award was approved by the SLA NY Executive Board in 2012 to honor the memory of Dana Gordon.

Dana Gordon was a long-standing SLA NY and SLA News Division member.  Dana, a consummate professional, was well known for her expertise, creative talent, and enterprising spirit.  Dana’s 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.





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Midtown Executive Club Memberships

Midtown Executive Club Memberships

SLA NY has spots for a limited number of chapter members to have the opportunity to join Midtown Executive Club (MEC) for a 1 year membership through SLA NY at a discount price of $75.00 (regularly $550). Conveniently located near Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Theater District and Grand Central Station take advantage of your membership to have a drink at the bar, a meal or a place to hold meetings or unwind. Benefits include:
  • Exceptionally priced hotel rooms at 17 Club Quarters throughout the United States and London
  • Private Club Room with complimentary refreshments and newspapers
  • Versatile meeting/event space
  • Great dining at reasonable prices
  • Computer workstations with high-speed Internet access and network printing

Register Today!

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Bridge to Excellence: The Conference


Bridge to Excellence

Issue 6: Conferences

With conference season upon us, the next B2E will be The Conference Issue.

SLA Boston is coming up this month followed by the SLA NY Conference & Expo in September. Join us in exploring the subject of conferences in the information profession both within and outside of SLA.

Your contribution could include:

  • Themes or topics from past or future conferences.
  • Perspectives on preparing for, organizing, or attending a conference.
  • A profile of a compelling speaker, organization, event or session.

We’re looking for a broad range of viewpoints – students, first-timers, professionals, business partners, presenters, organizers, etc. are all welcome.

Ready to join in? Pitch your idea to the Editorial Board at by June 22, 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.



Daniel Barron

Sheryl Ramer Gesoff

Helen Sobolik 

Co-Editors, Bridge to Excellence (B2E)





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