Travel stipend to attend the 2018 SLA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, June, 9-13, 2018

Application Deadline: March 14, 2018

The Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is sponsoring a student/new member travel award to defray the costs of attending the 2018 SLA Annual Conference June 9-13, 2018, Baltimore, MD. The award is intended to encourage the professional development of student members and new members of the Chemistry Division and encourage their participation in Chemistry Division activities.



$1,500 stipend to attend the 2018 SLA Annual Conference. The winner also receives an award certificate at the Annual Conference during the Science and Technology Award Reception.


All student members of the Chemistry Division and all new members of the Chemistry Division (individuals who have joined since January 2018) are eligible. All applicants must have joined the Chemistry Division by March 14, 2018. See below for information on joining SLA and the Chemistry Division.

Individuals who accept a travel award or stipend for the annual conference from any other SLA entity are not eligible for this award. Travel funds provided by your employer, your school (for students), or any other non-SLA affiliated group do not affect your eligibility.


Please submit the following:

  • A brief essay that articulates your objectives for professional development; and indicate what you hope to gain from attending the SLA Annual Conference. Maximum length: 2 pages.
  • Resume
  • Names of two references
  • Brief budget (expected expenses for registration, airfare, lodging, food and/or continuing education course).

All applications must be received by midnight on March 14, 2018. The winner will be notified by March 23, 2018. Essays will be judged and the winner selected by a panel of SLA Chemistry Division members.

SUBMIT APPLICATION VIA EMAIL TO: Lutishoor Salisbury (lsalisbu@uark.edu),

University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.


Want to join the Chemistry Division of SLA?

Not a member of SLA? Use this link to join SLA: https://www.sla.org/access-membership/join-sla/

When you join SLA, you can also join one division for free, additional divisions are $20/year.

Already an SLA member? To join the Chemistry Division either: 1) Login using your membership Username and Password and download the SLA Change/Add Units form: https://www.sla.org/access-membership/ Fax or mail the form to SLA. Or 2) Call 1-703-647-4900 and pay with a credit card.

The award is named to honor Marion E. Sparks, a chemistry librarian at the University of Illinois from 1913 until her death in 1929. Ms. Sparks contributed a great deal to the field of chemical information, her achievements include teaching courses on chemical information, and authoring and publishing what is argued to be the first book to formally address chemical literature and library instruction.

Leadership openings in the Chemistry Community for 2023


The SLA Chemistry Division invites you to volunteer for our leadership openings for 2023! We have two openings this year, President-elect and Secretary. Step into a defining role and enjoy becoming an integral leader for our community. See details of time commitment and responsibilities below:


Three-year commitment, typically one year as President-Elect,  one year as President, and one year Past-President. 
During President-Elect Year (unless defined otherwise by the Community’s own guidelines):
● Learns as much as possible about the operation of the Community.
● Assists the Community President with program planning and execution as needed.
● Substitutes for the Community President as needed.
● Recruits Advisory Board members to serve during their presidency, if desired.
● Attends SLA’s Community Forum meetings, and other Association meetings (e.g., Open
Board meetings, Annual Business Meeting, etc.) as possible.
Approximate time commitment per week: 2-10 hours


Secretary (1-year renewable term)
● Records and distributes minutes of the Community's business meetings, including the
annual business meeting.
● Conducts official correspondence and maintains a file of current records as requested by
the President.
● Periodically reports to SLA headquarters, e.g., submitting Community expense requests.
● At the end of the Association year, uploads archival material into the Community library
in SLA connect (and transfers it to the Community’s Archivist, if applicable)
Approximate time commitment per month: 5-10 hours



If  you know anyone who should be nominated or wish to nominate yourself to be a candidate for election to one of these positions please email Meredith Ayers at mayers@niu.edu