About the Award

The Early Career Conference Award (ECCA) was established in 2007. The purpose of the award is to provide the opportunity for those at the start of their career to attend the SLA Annual Conference, and benefit from the networking opportunities that SLA and SLA Europe provide.

The Awards:

SLA Europe are offering three early career award opportunities to the attend the 2016 SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Awards are co-sponsored by the Academic Division, Legal Division and Science-Technology Division (Diane K. Foster Memorial Award).

The Early Career Conference Awards provide invaluable opportunities for new library and information professionals to develop and establish themselves within their chosen sector.

Each Award is worth about $4000. It covers the full cost of Conference registration, hotel lodging, economy return airfare to Boston, and meals and appropriate incidental expenses.  Award winners  are paired with a mentor from the sponsoring Division. The mentor briefs the award winner before the Conference, gives guidance during the Conference, and maintains a link to the Division following the Conference.

How to Apply:

Applications are now closed for 2016. Applicants will be notified of the outcome before the end of March 2016.



Contact our Chair of the Early Career & Awards Committee at earlycareers@sla-europe.org, for further information.


The ECCA winners for 2016:

Helen Monagle is co-sponsored by the Academic Division. Helen is a Serials Librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University. She successfully completed Chartership in July 2015 and graduated with a master’s degree in Library and Information Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Helen’s interests include cataloguing, UX, facilitating access to e-resources, statistics and development opportunities for new professionals. She is one of the co-founders of NLPN, a network for new and aspiring library professionals.

Helen Doyle is co-sponsored by the Legal Division.  Helen obtained her undergraduate degree in Classics from Cambridge University in 2008 before working as a graduate trainee at Lincoln’s Inn. She then received an MA in Librarianship and Information Studies from UCL in September 2011, whilst undertaking Library Assistant work at Inner Temple.  She joined the Library and Information Services team at Norton Rose Fulbright as an Information Officer in March 2013. Helen also has an interest in cataloguing. She has been Treasurer of CILIP’s Catalogue & Index Group for three years and combined this with her interest in law at the 2015 BIALL conference, where she gave a paper on the latest cataloguing standards and their application to law libraries.

Matthias Ammon is co-sponsored by the Science-Technology Division and receives the Diane K. Foster Memorial Award. Matthias a Library Services Administrator in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, having previously worked in several other libraries across the University and as a school librarian. He is currently studying for an MA in Information and Library Studies via distance learning at Aberystwyth University

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