SLA awards recognize specific achievements and are given at different points in an information professional’s career. Each SLA award was created with a purpose in mind and with its own meaning. SLA Award winners will be selected and announced in April and the nominees will be recognized at the SLA 2019 Annual Conference in Cleveland. Leading up to the conference SLA will be highlighting all award winners on our website. Thank you to everyone who nominated a SLA member for the 2019 awards and we look forward to seeing everyone in Cleveland. 


The John Cotton Dana Award is SLA’s top honor, named for SLA’s founder and first president. It is granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession. Dana Award Winners.


Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on active, mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession. Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association’s Board of Directors, prepare necessary documentation, and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor will be able to use the title Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. NOTE: Members who are currently serving on the SLA Board of Directors are ineligible for designation as Fellows. No more than five SLA members will be selected for Fellowship each year.  Fellows of SLA.


The “Rosie” is presented to a mid-career member in good standing who actively teaches and/or mentors students or working professionals. Vormelker Award Winners.


Membership in the SLA Hall of Fame is accorded to SLA members in good standing who are at or near the end of their active professional career to recognize service and contributions to the association. Hall of Fame recognition also is granted for lengthy distinguished service to an SLA chapter or division that has contributed to the success of the association. Hall of Fame Members.


This honor is bestowed annually to recognize outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. Nominees must have one to five years of professional experience as an information professional and have been an SLA member for five years or less. No more than five SLA Rising Star Awards will be awarded annually. Recipients will receive complimentary registration for the SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in the year in which they receive the award. If you are planning to be nominated for the Rising Star Award, please don’t register for the conference. If you apply for the award and are not selected, we will still honor the early bird rate. SLA Rising Stars


The resources listed are examples of the various grants and scholarships offered by SLA chapters, divisions and other units for conference attendance and education aid. Note: This list does not necessarily include all SLA units’ awards, as these may change annually. Please check with your local chapter or division for the latest information.

Asian Chapter Iowa Chapter San Francisco Bay Region Chapter
Business and Finance Division* Leadership & Management Division Science-Technology Division
Chemistry Division Minnesota Chapter (Click on “Awards”) Silicon Valley
Engineering Division Museums, Arts and Humanities Division (Updating) SLA Europe
Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division New Jersey Chapter Frank H. Spaulding Student Scholarship Texas Chapter
Hawaii Chapter Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division Washington, DC Chapter
Information Technology Division Philadelphia Chapter  New England Chapter 
International Information Exchange Caucus Physics – Astronomy – Math Division

* At least one award offered to a student.