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2012 Nominations for student merit awards Deadline October 5th

The UNYSLA Student Merit Award provides a $100 each year to an LIS student who is active in SLA or their student group. Nominations for the award will be accepted until October 5th.  The criteria are as follows:

Purpose of the Award: The UNYSLA Student Merit Award seeks to recognize and reward the active participation of student SLA members through their involvement in their Student Group activities.

Eligibility for Nominations: Any chapter member may nominate a student for the Merit Award.

Eligibility to receive the award: Any SLA member who is also enrolled in a masters or PhD level library or information studies program.

Award criteria: Award criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • increased SLA student memberships
  • expanded professional development opportunities both formal and informal;
  • raised the profile of the SLA Student Group in their own school; on their own campus; or in the professional community;
  • brought educators and practicing special librarians together;
  • increased or enhanced the profile of special librarianship and/or the SLA within their academic or broader community.

Nominations will be ranked based upon clearly stated and documented quantitative and qualitative evidence. Be sure to clearly state the category of nomination and address the award criteria listed above.

Examples of demonstrated achievement include:

  • membership promotions
  • web site development
  • discussion list management
  • internships
  • fund raising
  • mentoring programs
  • publications
  • special library tours
  • speakers
  • meetings
  • workshops and seminars
  • awards/honors
  • Chapter/Division or Association-level involvement
  • University or School committee leadership

To submit a nomination: Fill out the nomination form below or send a letter of nomination via email or “snail mail” to:

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman
Bibliographer for Dewey Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology
Dewey Graduate Library
University at Albany
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

Nomination form: Nominations are now being accepted until September 4, 2017 for this year’s Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award. Any member of the Chapter may make a nomination, including self-nomination.

The Upstate New York Chapter Member Merit Award seeks to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and service to SLA and the Chapter. This award honors chapter members with a record of distinguished service in the organization and in the association. Awardees will receive a cash prize and a certificate of appreciation at the Fall 2017 meeting.

Eligibility: Nominees must be a current member of the SLA in good standing OR have held membership for at least two consecutive years prior to the award date. Recent retirees or former members who have left the Chapter due to geographic relocation, job change, etc., must have maintained a membership in good standing for a minimum of two years prior to departure.

Previous winners and more details about UNYSLA awards can be found at

To learn more about the Fall 2017 meeting, go to our UNYSLA Events page.

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