Marion E. Sparks Award

Marion E. Sparks Award for Professional Development

The Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) sponsors a student/new member travel award to defray the costs of attending the SLA annual meeting. The award is intended to encourage the professional development of student members and new members of the Chemistry Division and encourage their participation in Chemistry Division activities.

History: The award is named to honor Marion E. Sparks, a chemistry librarian at the University of Illinois from 1913 until her death in 1929. Ms. Sparks contributed a great deal to the field of chemical information. Her achievements include teaching courses on chemical information and authoring/publishing what is argued to be the first book to formally address chemical literature and library instruction.

The award includes a $1,500 stipend to attend the SLA Annual Conference. Recipients will be introduced at the Chemistry Division Business Meeting and Breakfast and will be presented with a certificate of achievement.

For more information, please visit the SLA Chemistry Division webpage and look under the Information menu for the Marion Sparks Award.