SLA Europe is pleased to announce the winners of the Early Career Conference Awards 2018, in partnership with the Academic and Legal Divisions of SLA. Congratulations to Eleanor Matthewson and Bethany Sherwood. The ECCA winners will attend the SLA Conference & INFO-EXPO in Baltimore from June 9-13th 2018. 

Eleanor Matthewson is co-sponsored by the Legal Division. Eleanor is a Legal and Business Research Officer at global law firm HFW. She has responsibility for the firm’s global information training programme, which includes organising and delivering training sessions and the creation and development of the library’s online training and guidance modules and documentation. Eleanor completed her MA at UCL before joining HFW in 2016 and has previously worked at Norton Rose Fulbright and Central Saint Martin’s.

Bethany Sherwood is co-sponsored by the Academic Division. Bethany is currently studying part-time for the Information Science MSc at City, University of London, and works as a Library Assistant at the English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge. Prior to this, Bethany read English Literature at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, graduating in 2014.

Early Career Conference Awards cover all expenses including Conference registration, transportation, food, lodging, and incidental expenses. In return, the Award winners will participate in and assist with their co-sponsoring Division’s events during the Conference and report on their experience for their Division’s and for SLA Europe’s newsletters and blogs. Award winners are expected to continue their involvement with the co-sponsoring Division and with SLA Europe after the conference.

The SLA Europe Board extends congratulations to the winners:

It is with great excitement that we are able to announce the 2018 Early Career Conference Award winners. This year we received a high number of applications for each award, from lots of enthusiastic and committed early career professionals. Our winners this year stood out by showing dedication and great potential in their chosen specialist fields. The Early Career Conference Award is a fantastic opportunity for new professionals to be exposed to all that SLA and the profession has to offer, and we are certain that they will find the conference in Baltimore to be an excellent professional development opportunity. Members of the Board look forward to meeting the winners at the conference, where they will be formally presented with their awards at the International Reception.

Our thanks go to the Academic Division and the Legal Division for co-sponsoring the Early Career and Conference Awards. The award is also a great opportunity to strengthen partnerships between the Chapter and other SLA Divisions, and we are pleased to be able to work with these divisions again this year.

SLA Europe’s Early Career Conference Awards are now in their twelfth year and are awarded annually to library and information professionals who have been working for less than five years since library school or are enrolled in a European graduate-level programme of study in LIS. Applicants are required to be first-time attendees at an SLA Annual Conference and interested in a career related to their co-sponsoring division. The application process involves writing a personal statement, providing an up-to-date CV, and obtaining a recommendation from a professional in the LIS field.

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