Posted on May 31, 2012.
SLA Toronto Chapter is pleased to announce that Heather Buchansky and Stacey Nordlund are the winners of the 2012 Infomart Student-to-Conference Award. The Infomart Student-to-Conference Award provides each of the winning students with a $1,500 stipend for travel to and participation in the 2012 SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Chicago, July 15-18.
Heather and Stacey were selected by the Executive Board of SLA Toronto on the basis of their résumés and the quality of their statements on what they expect to gain from the conference experience.
Heather will graduate with a Master of Information from the Univerisity of Toronto’s Faculty of Information this June. During her time at U of T, she worked as a Student Library Assistant at Robarts Library in Reference and Research Services, the Harry R. Abbott Dentistry Library, and was Professional Development co-chair for two years on the Master of Information Student Council. Heather also holds a teaching degree, and taught overseas before embarking in the field of librarianship.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and graduated this Spring with her Master of Library and Information Science from the School of Library and Information Science, San José State University. At convocation, Stacey was student speaker and was named recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Exceptional Professional Promise. In addition to her studies this year, Stacey served as Editor-in-Chief of the Student Research Journal, a scholarly student-governed publication of San José State University, and also worked virtually as an Embedded Librarian at San José State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Statement by Heather Buchansky’s
I am writing to apply for the FP Infomart Student-to-Conference Award for 2012. I believe professional development cannot start soon enough, and I have made an effort, since attending the University of Toronto’s iSchool, to get involved in councils and associations to increase my skill set as I embark on a new career path. I have been a co-chair of the Professional Development Committee on the Master of Information Student Council for the last two years. In this role, I organized events such as the clubs and association open house; resume critiques; interview workshops; and the annual Employer Showcase, bringing over 20 organizations to the iSchool for students to learn about the varied paths in the information profession. This year, I am also an executive member of the Special Libraries Association Toronto Student Group. Through these volunteer experiences, I visited a wide variety of special libraries, spoke with a number of individuals in the field, and have come to realize the importance of networking and getting involved. Attending the 2012 SLA Conference in Chicago would allow me to continue my professional development, as well as expand my network, which I see as an integral part of being in the information field.
During my time at the iSchool, I worked on projects as a practicum student at two diverse placements: PwC and MaRS Discovery District. I saw firsthand the rewards and unique challenges involved in working in a special and corporate library. These placements also introduced me to other areas of the profession I am interested in exploring, including knowledge management and competitive intelligence. The SLA Annual Conference offers a range of presentations regarding these topics, and it would be an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand from practitioners about what is currently happening, and be “future ready,” as is the theme of the conference.
Since this conference brings together a large number of individuals in the library and information field from all over the world, it would be extremely beneficial to be a delegate and network with other information professionals, both new and seasoned, about their roles in special libraries, and learn about the challenges and opportunities taking place in the field. I am also interested in attending the INFO-EXPO to see the variety of specialized products available, and have a better insight into the current and future trends and technology available from vendors and information providers.
However, my main goal for wanting to attend the SLA Annual Conference is to experience, and gain more understanding of, all that is going on in the information profession on a global level, through the presentations, networking, and social events. It would be a privilege to have the opportunity to attend an international conference focusing on my new career in special libraries.
Thank you for your consideration,
Statement by Stacey Nordlund
Dear SLA Toronto Executive Board,
I am writing to submit my name for consideration for the Infomart Student-to-Conference award to attend the 2012 SLA Annual Conference in Chicago. As a student in the online Master of Library and Information Science program at San José State University (SJSU), I am gaining experience in what I deem the key elements of the future of librarianship: global research conducted by virtual teams, a focus on emerging technologies, and the organization and use of information in a changing knowledge economy. As I near the end of my academic career and prepare to enter the profession, my keen interest in forging a non-traditional path as an information professional has been cemented.
I am presently in my final semester of the MLIS program with a focus on information organization, and information intermediation and instruction. After taking a course in Special Libraries and Information Centers in 2010, I became interested in nontraditional information settings. I am a member of our newly-formed SLA Student Chapter at SJSU, as well as a member of SLA Toronto Chapter.
Regardless of the type of environment in which I may practice, the core principles that define my professional identity provide me with a solid foundation to guide my practice as an information professional (see Figure 1). My educational experience in the SJSU School of Library and Information Science MLIS program has provided me with transferable skills that may be applied to any information environment, whether a special library, specialized academic library, or even an organization without a library. However, much of the knowledge I have gained has been based in theory, and I look forward to immersing myself in a professional environment to learn directly from practitioners. For this reason, I believe that attending the SLA Annual Conference will allow me to further develop my knowledge, enhance my professional network, learn more about the profession, and perhaps more importantly, help me determine ways to give back to the profession of which I am thrilled to be a member.
In particular, I am eager to experience the unique opportunity to network with information professionals who function in a variety of specialized settings across the globe. One of my core professional values is collaboration; I would relish the prospect of connecting with future colleagues and developing contacts with the diverse pool of SLA members for future career development and learning opportunities, and to determine how I may best contribute to the organization.
If I am selected for the Infomart Student-to-Conference award to attend the 2012 SLA Annual Conference, I would have the chance to initiate my future involvement in SLA. I am interested in contributing to the SLA community, and in particular would welcome a position on the SLA Toronto Chapter Executive or Advisory Board. As a newinformation professional, this experience would certainly be invaluable. I look forward to participating in the conference and contributing to the future development of the information profession.
Thank you for your consideration.