Conference Award 2012
The SLA Europe Conference Award is an opportunity for an outstanding information professional to attend the SLA Conference.
The 2012 awardee is Anneli Sarkanen. Anneli 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’.
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.
About the award
What do we mean by ‘outstanding?’ Someone who goes beyond the everyday demands of their job to provide innovative, creative, or high-level support for their users. Do you organise extra-curricula events to raise the profile of your service and make sure users get the best from you? Have you developed a new service or way of working that’s had a positive impact on your users? Are you a prolific and instructive writer, teacher, or trainer? Do you make a difference?
Co-sponsored by the Leadership and Management Division, and generously supported by Dow Jones, the Conference Award offers the successful applicant an expenses-paid trip to the conference, along with the opportunity after the conference to get involved with the work of SLA Europe and the Leadership and Management Division (LMD).
This fantastic opportunity is open to all information professionals living or working in Europe, who have more than five years’ experience in the field, and have not won an SLA Europe Early Careers Conference Award within the last five years. Applicants do not need to be SLA members.
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.