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.
In 2015 SLA Europe co-sponsored, with the Legal Division and the Competitive Intelligence Division of SLA, two Early Career Conference Awards. The winners were Neasa McHale and Sarah Hume. The Awards allowed the winners to attend the 2015 SLA Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO in Boston.
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.
Contact our Chair of the Early Career & Awards Committee at email@example.com, for further information.
Previous ECCA winners:
2015 – Boston
Neasa McHale is the Library Assistant at Mason Hayes & Curran law firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and History from St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University and graduated with a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin in 2013. Neasa was co-sponsored by the Legal Division.
Sarah Hume is a final year part-time student at University College London, studying for her MA in Library and Information Studies. She is a part time library assistant at the Geological Society of London and at the London Library, a contributing writer for Hack Library School, and Chair of CILIP’s National Student Committee. Sarah was co-sponsored by the Competitive Intelligence Divison.
2014 – Vancouver
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. Michelle is co-sponsored by the Academic Division.
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 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Rosie is co-sponsored by the Leadership & Management Division.
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. Lindsay is co-sponsored by the Legal Division (supported by Jones McClure Publishing)
2013 – San Diego
Penny Andrews is an activist, writer, performer (Radio 4, Glastonbury), musician (Radio 1, Latitude, Wireless), producer and gadget freak. She currently works as the Library Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is a Library Camp organiser, National Autistic Society Ambassador, and cerebral palsy sprinter. Penny was co-sponsored by the Leadership & Management Division.
Lizzie Caperon is a subject librarian at Leeds University involved in information literacy teaching, developing online tutorials, collection management and liaison with academic departments. Lizzie is also completing a Masters dissertation on mobile technologies in libraries. Lizzie was co-sponsored by the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division.
Lauren Lawler is the Assistant Knowledge Services Manager at A&L Goodbody Solicitors in Dublin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin, and a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute. Lauren was co-sponsored by the Legal Division (supported by Jones McClure).
Laura Williams has worked as an information professional in the media sector since graduating from Sheffield University in 2011 with an MA in Librarianship. Laura worked in the media library at ITV as a Media Logistics Co-ordinator responsible for delivering programme content on tape across the organisation for broadcast. Laura was co-sponsored by the Business & Finance Division.
2012 – Chicago
Simon Barron graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010 with an MA in Library and Information Management. Following work for Nord Anglia Education as an Assistant Librarian at the Army Foundation College’s library for Junior Soldiers, Simon took up the role of E-resources Co-ordinator at Durham University Library. Simon was co-sponsored by the Science-Technology Division (the Diane K Foster International Student Travel Award)
Marie Cannon is currently enrolled on the MA Library and Information Studies course at University College London, and works as a Library Assistant at London Business School. Prior to this, Marie worked as a Graduate Library Assistant at Norton Rose LLP. Marie was co-sponsored by the Legal Division (supported by Jones McClure).
Ruth Jenkins is currently enrolled on the MA Librarianship course at the University of Sheffield, following a graduate traineeship at the Bodleian Social Science Library at the University of Oxford. Ruth has also worked as a library assistant in a public library and Devon School Library Service. Ruth was co-sponsored by the Business and Finance Division.
Giles Lloyd-Brown is a Senior Library Assistant at Cardiff University Health Library. He graduated from the University of Aberystwyth in 2012 with an MScEcon in Information and Library Studies, where his dissertation was on the influence of web 2.0 on academic library OPACs. Giles is currently undertaking CILIP Chartership. Giles was co-sponsored by the Pharmaceutical and Health Technology Division.
Sarah Wolfenden graduated from University College London with an MA in Library and Information Studies in 2008. Since then, she has worked as Higher Education Advisor at Kingston College, overseeing the running of the Higher Education Centre which caters for approximately 1800 students. Sarah was co-sponsored by the Leadership & Management Division.
2011 – Philadelphia
Chris Cooper is an Information Specialist at the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group, where he specialises in health technology assessments. Chris graduated from University College London in 2009 with an MA in Information Studies, and is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London. Chris was co-sponsored by the Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division.
Natalia Madjarevic graduated from University College London in 2009 with an MA in Library and Information Studies. Prior to this, Natalia did a traineeship at The Guardian & The Observer Research and Information Department. She currently works at Queen Mary University of London as Information Assistant – Electronic Services. Natalia was co-sponsored by the Business & Finance Division.
Ned Potter works in the field of digitisation at the University of Leeds. Ned graduated from the University of Northumbria in 2009 with an MSc in Information and Library Management. Ned is professionally very active, and is the founder of the LIS New Professionals Network (LISNPN). Ned was co-sponsored by the Leadership & Management Division.
Samuel Wiggins is currently enrolled on the MA Librarianship course at the University of Sheffield, where he plans to write his dissertation on ‘the effect of pay-wall and changing business models on information management in legal firms’. Before starting his MA, Samuel was a graduate trainee at Norton Rose LLP. Samuel was co-sponsored by the Legal Division.
2010 – New Orleans
Philip Gatzke and Chris Rhodes
2009 – Washington
Sara Batts, Annie Richens, Bethan Ruddock, Laura Woods
2008 – Seattle
Hannah Lewin, Sarah Hammond, Emma Dhesi and Sandy Peterson
2007 – Denver (English pdf / German pdf)