Koopman Description


The Sci-Tech Achievement Award is the highest award presented by the Science-Technology Community (Sci-Tech) of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). It was established in 1974, and in 2014 was renamed in recognition of Ann Koopman, a longtime Sci-Tech member whose contributions to Sci-Tech, SLA, and Science/ Technology/ Engineering / Medical (STEM) librarianship throughout her career were too numerous to list. Thus, this award is reserved for those recipients whose professional work is marked by distinction and dedication to Sci-Tech and to STEM librarianship. The purpose of the award is to recognize those Community members who have made outstanding contributions to the Community and to science and technology librarianship. Primary consideration will be given to contributions and services to the Community. Significant and sustained involvement in other aspects of sci-tech librarianship is also valued. A nominee’s service to Sci-Tech and professional accomplishments within the past 5 years will be considered. You may see past award winner names on our main awards webpage.

The $1,500 award is presented with a corresponding plaque describing the reason(s) for the award. The Science-Technology Community Awards Committee, in consultation with the Community executive board, makes the final decision and reserves the right to withhold the award if a sufficient number of appropriate candidates are not nominated.

Any US-based individual who is paid over $600 for an award or honorarium (excluding travel expense reimbursements) will be issued a Form 1099 by SLA HQ, and will need to complete a W9 form. This is required by US IRS regulations. 

ELIGIBILITY: Be a current member of the SLA and have been a member of the Science-Technology Community for at least three years; be working currently in a library, information center, library school or other information capacity.

TO NOMINATE/ APPLY: Self-nominations are encouraged. Send an online statement (750 words or less, double-spaced)including information on the candidate's professional career, and focusing on the last 5 years of professional activities or offices held, special projects or services, publications, and any other related functions that qualify the person for the award. Supporting documentation must include a current curriculum vitae OR resume for the candidate, documentation of significant publications or projects (electronic copies or links to copies are preferred), and 2 supporting letters of recommendation.

Please inform the committee if you are currently applying for other SLA awards.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS:           extended to June 9, 2021

Please send all nominations and accompanying materials to:

Dr Debal Kar, Chair of the Sci-Tech Awards Committee: debal.kar@gmail.com