Earlier this month, we announced the winners of the SLA Europe Early Career Conference Awards 2014. The winners are Michelle Bond, Rosie Hare, and Lindsay Robinson and are co-sponsored by SLA Europe, Academic Division, Leadership & Management Division, and Legal Division (supported by Jones McClure Publishing). Michelle, Rosie, and Lindsay will be attending the SLA 2014 Conference and INFO-EXPO in Vancouver, Canada and, as part of the experience, have been assigned a mentor from SLA Europe and a mentor from their Division.
Meet our winners below and read how attending the SLA Conference will impact them.
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. Prior to becoming a librarian Michelle lived and worked in 6 different countries.
“I’m really looking forward to the conference in Vancouver as it’s an invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from international librarians. I’m also really excited to learn more about and get involved in the work of Academic Division and SLA Europe.”
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 with Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She has worked in a number of libraries in a number of different roles in both London and the North of England and has never been to Canada, so is very much looking forward to visiting Vancouver.
“I can’t wait until the conference. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet information and library professionals from all over the world and learn from experiences very different from my own. I am also looking forward to working with SLA Europe and the Leadership and Management Division in the future.”
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.
“I am really excited about the different perspectives I will encounter in Vancouver, both through meeting librarians from all over the world and from attending a wide variety of sessions. I am also looking forward to meeting colleagues in SLA Europe and the SLA Legal Division to find out more about how I can work with the organisation in future.”
The SLA Europe Board and the boards of the co-sponsoring Divisions are proud to send these talented new professionals to the SLA 2014 Annual Conference and to help them advance their careers. Keep your eyes out for more blogs, reports, and tweets about their experiences in Vancouver.