Awards

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter offers several awards. The award process takes place annually, but there is no requirement that all (or any) awards be given each year. There will be a call for award nominations each fall. Awards are generally announced and given at the Chapter’s annual holiday party in December.

Below are the currently offered awards:

1. Mark H. Baer Award

Background: The Mark H. Baer Award was originally established in 1990 to recognize a San Andreas Chapter member who has contributed to the Chapter or to the profession either during the current year or throughout their career; the award is now the primary professional achievement award of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Mr. Baer is recognized as the "founder of the San Andreas Chapter." After joining the Special Libraries Association in 1957, Mark served in many chapter, division and national offices. He served as president of the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter in 1965/1966, as president of SLA in 1976/1977, and was named to the SLA Hall of Fame in 1984. When the San Andreas Chapter was formed, he served as its provisional president. After 18 years of service at Hewlett-Packard, Mark retired from his position of Manager of the Corporate Library in 1984. He died in St. Helena, California, on October 10, 1986. Purpose: to recognize one or more members for notable and enduring contributions to the Chapter and the profession. The Award represents a cumulative evaluation of an individual’s career and emphasizes local activity and leadership of an exemplary nature. Criteria for recipient(s): To be eligible for the Award, the nominee(s) must be a current Chapter member, active or retired, in good standing. The Award honors Chapter members who achieve distinction in areas of professional concern and activity. Particular attention should be given to local involvement and Chapter contributions.

Nominees may excel in one or more areas:

  • Outstanding leadership in the Chapter, at meetings, and in committee work. Notable service to the Chapter, such as participation in special projects.
  • Participation in seminars, teaching courses, and public speaking activities.
  • Publication and editorial contributions to professional literature.
  • Innovations at the worksite.
  • Mentoring activities, which encourage others in the profession.
  • Extracurricular activities, which provide the profession and/or the Chapter with commendable publicity and acclaim.
  • Other achievements indicating noteworthy dedication to the profession of special librarianship/information science.
Award gift: certificate and gift, or gift card relevant to the awardee’s interests such as garden tools, books, tennis lessons, etc. and dinner for recipient and a guest at the meeting where award is presented.

2. Lucy Steelman Award

Background and Purpose: The Lucy Steelman Award recognizes a member who mentors colleagues in any number of ways. Lucy Steelman, a chapter member who passed away in 2003, was among the earliest to realize the advantages of technology in corporate libraries and worked hard to implement electronic resources at SRI where she worked for many years. The common thread in peoples’ memories of Lucy is what a wonderful a mentor she was—energetic, encouraging, supportive, helpful, and appreciative. Lucy was also a champion for SLA. She was active in the San Francisco Chapter before San Andreas was formed and then was active here for her remaining years. She taught early education and professional development workshops, hosted Chapter events at SRI, chaired the professional development, hospitality and consultation committees, and served as Chapter president in 2000-2001. . Criteria for recipient(s): To be eligible for the Award, the nominee(s) must be a current Chapter member, active or retired, in good standing. The Award honors Chapter members who achieve distinction in areas related to mentoring. Award gift: certificate and gift, or gift card relevant to the awardee’s interests such as garden tools, books, tennis lessons, etc. and dinner for recipient and a guest at the meeting where award is presented.

3. Student Award

Purpose: recognizes Student Chapter member for notable activities and contributions to the Chapter and the profession. The Award represents an evaluation of an individual’s career potential and emphasizes local activity and leadership of an exemplary nature. Criteria for recipient: must be an SLA-SF student chapter member and a student in an information professional program who achieves distinction in areas of professional concern and activity. Particular attention should be given to local involvement and Chapter contributions. Award gift: Certificate and one year membership in SLA and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and one division to be redeemed within 3 years.

4. Horizon Award (New member award)

Purpose: recognizes Chapter member of five (5) years or fewer who has shown promise of becoming an outstanding member of the profession. This award represents an evaluation of an individual’s work and participation in professional and chapter activities. Particular attention should be given to involvement and contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Criteria for recipient: Chapter member in good standing for 5 or fewer years. Nominees should excel in one or more areas:

  • Leadership in the Chapter, at meetings, and in committee work.
  • Special or notable service to the Chapter, such as participation in special projects.
  • Participation in seminars, teaching courses, and public speaking activities.
  • Publication or editorial contributions to the professional literature.
  • Innovations at the work site.
  • Mentoring activities or student sponsorship.
  • Extracurricular activities which provide the profession and/or the Chapter with commendable publicity and acclaim.

Award gift: Certificate, possible appropriate gift, and gift certificate to an upcoming chapter professional development workshop presented at a chapter meeting.

5. Quarter Century Club//Lifetime Achievement

Purpose: awarded to a member for an extended and sustained service (25 years or more) to the Association in all spheres of its activities. Frequency: as appropriate. Criteria for recipient: sustained active professional career. Award: certificate and dinner for recipient and a guest at the meeting where award is given, and a small token of appreciation. Award: certificate and dinner for recipient and a guest at the meeting where award is given, and a small token of appreciation.

6. Business Partner Appreciation

Purpose: to recognize a supporting vendor or donor who has exhibited outstanding, unique or beyond the call of duty service to the Chapter. Criteria for recipient: a vendor receiving this award will have been a financial contributor to the chapter in support of communications, programs, tours, networking and professional development at least (but not limited to) once per chapter term in which the award is granted.

7. Special Project Award 

Purpose: to recognize a member or committee that has exhibited outstanding, unique or beyond the call of duty service to the Chapter. Frequency: as appropriate. Criteria for recipient: completing a special project that benefits the chapter in unique ways. Award gift: certificate(s) and appropriate gift(s) presented at a Chapter meeting.