The Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is sponsoring an award for members that have made outstanding contributions to the field of chemical information. The Awards Committee expects this award will be given out every few years depending on nominations received.The first winner of this award was:
Grace Baysinger, Stanford (2011)
$1,000 honorarium. The winner will also receive a certificate of achievement and will be introduced at the Chemistry Division Business Meeting & Breakfast. There is no requirement that this award be given out every year.
There is no requirement that the nominee be a member of SLA or the SLA Chemistry Division. However, preference may be given to nominees with a 5 year (or greater) membership history with the SLA Chemistry Division. Both the current Awards Committee and the current Executive (elected) Board of the Chemistry Division are ineligible for the award. self-nominations are not accepted.
Please submit the following:
- Name of nominee. Self nominations are not accepted.
- A biographical sketch.
- A brief description (1-2 pages) of the nominee’s contribution to the field of chemical information
- Two or three letters of recommendation
- Other documentation in support of the nominee.
All applications must be received by December 12, 2011. The winner will be notified by March 1, 2012. Applications will be evaluated by the SLA Chemistry Division Awards Committee.
This award is named in honor of Gary Wiggins and Dana Roth, SLA Hall of Famers. These two individuals are well-known and highly-regarded for both their tremendous contributions to the field of chemical information, and their enthusiasm for sharing their expertise with others in the profession.
Gary Wiggins was the director of the chemical informatics program, and an adjunct professor of informatics at Indiana University. Previously, he was the head of the Indiana University chemistry library for 27 years. Gary was the list owner of CHMINF-L (the Chemical Information Sources Discussion List), one of the longest running listservs in the world. He also maintained the Joint SLA/American Chemical Society Clearinghouse for Chemical Information Instructional Materials and a Web guide to Internet and other chemistry resources, CHEMINFO, Chemical Information Sources from Indiana University. He is the author of the book Chemical Information Sources and its online successor “Chemical Information Sources Wiki” and numerous articles on science librarianship and information handling, He holds a B. A. in chemistry and Russian, a M. A. in Slavic languages and literature, an M.L.S., and a Ph.D. in library and information science.
Dana Roth is the Chemistry Librarian at the California Institute of Technology, where he celebrated his 40th year of service in 2007. He spent two years early in his career as a library advisor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. Dana has produced and shared insightful studies of journal pricing data, and has served on publishers’ journal advisory boards, including the Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer. He has authored numerous journal articles. His remarkable and vast knowledge and insights are frequently shared with a global community of chemical information professionals via the CHMINF-L (Chemical Information Sources) email discussion list. Dana holds a B.S. and an M.S. in chemistry, and an M.L.S.
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