Award Descriptions

***** 2021 Award Application Deadline – EXTENDED to August 2, 2021 *****

Please note: Individuals may only receive one Division award per year.

The Business & Finance Division offers several awards to individual members each year. Applications and more information can be found in the Award Descriptions Section below. For 2021, awards are being given in the following categories:

  • Professional Grants and Student Stipends

Watch the SLA B & F Division Awards – Benefits and How to Apply webinar for more information on the awards and how to nominate one of your amazing colleagues.

2021 Award Descriptions

Professional Grants and Student Stipends

Contact: Annette Bochenek
Past Recipients  | 2021 Professional Grant Description and Application | 2021 Application for Student Stipend
The Business & Finance Division offers professional grant awards and student stipend awards to help cover expenses at the SLA Annual Conference.

Previous Award Descriptions - 2019 and Before

Business & Finance Division Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Librarianship

Past Recipients  | 2019 Application
This award recognizes a Division member, with a gift of $1,000, who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of business and finance librarianship and information science. It is intended to honor an individual for a specific achievement made within a discreet period of time rather than focusing on an individual’s full career. Awarded annually to a member of the Business and Finance Division, the achievement may encompass any area of professional endeavor including, but not limited to, exemplary management, innovative product or service development, research, creative applications of technology, teaching, publishing, leadership in the field, and the dissemination of knowledge to users. The B&F Award for Outstanding Achievement originated in 1984. During 1984-1986, the focus was on outstanding achievement in the use of technology. Previous sponsors of this award were Disclosure, Primark, Thomson, and BNA.

Business & Finance Division Distinguished Member Award

Past Recipients  | 2019 Application
Since 1985, the Business & Finance Division has presented its Distinguished Member Award to an outstanding member who has worked in the profession for more than 25 years. This award is intended to honor individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the field of business librarianship throughout the course of their career. Recognition includes a gift of $1,000.

Achievement in Academic Business Librarianship Award

Past Recipients  | 2019 Application
This award began in 2008 and is administered through the College & University Business Libraries Section of the Division. The intent of the award is to recognize the accomplishments of librarians who are new to the field of academic business librarianship. Applicants may have no more than eight years of experience in an academic library position with a main focus on business. Nominees must submit evidence of exemplary librarianship, which can include published journal articles, books, conference presentations, excellence in teaching, online tutorials or innovative services at their institution. Recipients will receive a framed certificate and a $1,000.00 monetary award.