We are pleased to announce that a generous and active emerging leader has won the first SLA Europe Conference Award, co-sponsored by the Leadership and Management Division.

Anneli Sarkanen works as Information Officer at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, where she is highly regarded by the lawyers she works for. Among Anneli’s innovations has been the introduction of an internal wiki which is used as a communication tool, a knowledge repository and to facilitate project management within the Field Fisher Waterhouse Library and Information Services team.

Anneli is also an active member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), and currently serves as Vice-chair of their PR & Promotions Committee. Recommending Anneli, a former colleague stated that Anneli would be ‘an excellent ambassador for the information profession in London and the UK’.

The award covers Anneli’s expenses for attendance at the SLA Conference in Chicago, 15-18 July 2012. The award will be formally presented by the Award sponsor Dow Jones at the International Reception on 16th July.

In addition, the SLA Europe board and Conference Award judging panel are pleased to be able to recognise Helen Westwood as a shortlisted candidate. Helen is Subject Librarian for Cass Business School at City University, where she has developed a range of information literacy resources, been instrumental in the success of the Cass Library’s social media engagement, and consistently receives excellent feedback from colleagues and students. Helen has been awarded a year’s membership of SLA.

The Conference Award replaces the SLA Europe Information Professional Award, which has been awarded to a number of successful and illustrious professionals since its inception (as the European Special Librarian of the Year, or ESLY) in 1994.

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