On behalf of the Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, I'm thrilled to announce this year's winners of our chapter awards. The awards were presented at our holiday party and awards ceremony on November 21, and it was a delight to gather together to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our members!
Congratulations to all of this year's award recipients, and thank you for all of the work you've done this past year to advance the goals of our chapter, the association, and the profession.
Emerging Leader Award
Presented to Beth Sheehan
Beth's first volunteer experience with SLA IL was with the 2019 membership committee, where she gave valuable input on her experience as a new member, best practices for gathering feedback from membership, and ideas for member and student member outreach and engagement. Specifically, she conceptualized a process for establishing regional liaisons, a program designed to increase member engagement across the state via established regional contacts. Beth has shown great initiative by volunteering as regional liaison for East-Central Illinois and offering to participate in recruitment efforts at the 2019 iSchool Career Fair. Her position at the University of Illinois Career Center makes her especially well-positioned to recruit and welcome student members at the iSchool. Beth was recently elected to the Board of Directors for SLA Illinois as Membership Director and shows great promise for continued success in member engagement.
Presented to David Stern
David was the author of Personal Interaction Sets the Stage for Success in the January/February 2019 issue of Information Outlook. This article examines best practices for how libraries can effectively communicate and work together with information technology professionals for project management. Any information professional thinking of undertaking a large-scale IT project would find something useful in this work. David's common sense approach could help any library avoid problems and achieve the best possible outcome.
Jan Chindlund Award
Presented to Janice Keeler
Janice Keeler's exemplary loyalty to SLA, dedication to the profession and greater association, and professional excellence as a thought leader make her the perfect candidate for the Jan Chindlund award. Janice has volunteered both at a chapter and national level. Locally, she has served as Illinois Chapter President-Elect, President, and Past-President, treasurer, Chair for Strategic Planning, and Co-Chair for Professional Development. At an association level, she has been a member of various committees and task forces, involving topics like division restructuring, technology, and conference planning and re-envisioning. She is a founder and initial moderator of one of the more popular events at annual conference, the Content Buyers Roundtable. Janice was recognized for her dedication to SLA by being named an SLA Fellow in 2015. The Illinois Chapter is lucky to have her, and she is always a joy to see at chapter events. Thank you to Janice for leading by example and inspiring members with your dedication!