Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award recognizes knowledge professionals for notable and unique contributions during the previous year. NYC-area website founders and bloggers, curators of distinctive collections, solo librarians, mentors and teachers, conference organizers, and other librarians typically working outside the traditional scope of SLA-NY award consideration are eligible. Non-members will be considered for this award.

Congratulations to the 2021 Winner: Stacey DiFazio

We are recognizing Stacey for her work on the SLA-NY archives. The time and effort she put into the organization and processing of our archival collection in a volunteer capacity is simply amazing. The process and documentation she provided is invaluable and set the bar on how the community handles the archives and other large projects in the future.

Stacey presented her work during our 2020 Annual Business Meeting. Watch her presentation to learn key highlights from SLA NY history: Archives Collection Highlights 1928-1978.

She also uncovered  a story of fame, fortune, and scandal that she shared with the community: “Please make check payable to Martha Stewart”.

Stacey DiFazio earned her MLIS at the University of Rhode Island and has been a practicing Librarian since 1992. She has worked in public, government and law libraries in the United States and in Australia, and has distinct expertise in strategically aligning collections, resources and services with organizational goals; transforming chaos into order and making the previously unknown easily accessible; and initiating sustainable solutions and documenting and sharing knowledge.

Stacey envisioned and developed À La Carte on Demand, an innovative strategy for current awareness and for curating a relevant digital journal article collection, without subscribing to anything. She is currently the Medical Library Director at Coney Island Hospital Medical Library. In her spare time she volunteers at the 82nd Street Greenmarket and enjoys photography and genealogical research.

Please join us in congratulating Stacey!


To nominate an organization or individual for the 2022 Spotlight Award, please submit a brief bio of the nominee, contact information (email and/or phone number), a paragraph outlining why they should be considered, and any relevant supplementary material such as a website or LinkedIn profile.

The SLA-NY Award Committee is accepting nominations and awards will be presented at an upcoming Community event. Nominations should be submitted through the online submission form.