The SLA Europe Summer Soirée is always a highlight of the London LIS/KIM season, and it’s always in a great location. Last night’s event was no exception, sponsored and hosted by Dow Jones at the News Building at London Bridge, right next to the Shard.
As ever it was an excellent opportunity to catch up with all the latest news and gossip from friends and colleagues across the sector.
In addition to the deeply serious business of networking over a drink or two and the odd canapé, this year’s SLA Europe President Sam Wiggins formally congratulated the winners of the 2015 Europe Early Career Conference Awards. The ECCAs are sponsored jointly with SLA’s SLA Europe Chapter and the Competitive Intelligence and Legal Divisions to provide valuable opportunities for new professionals to develop and establish themselves within their chosen sector.
Neasa McHale and Sarah Hume were both awarded ECCA bursaries to attend the SLA Conference & INFO-EXPO in Boston this June. Neasa works at Mason Hayes & Curran law firm, and Sarah is completing her MA LIS part-time while working as a Library Assistant at the Geological Society of London and the London Library. Natasha Chowdry, currently Assistant Librarian at Microsoft was awarded a similar bursary by the SLA by the Leadership & Management Division as part of their Career Advancement Award.
Sam also introduced Dr Susmita Chakraborty as one of the SLA’s Rising Stars 2015. Susmita is an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Calcutta in India, and a Commonwealth Professional Fellow at University College London.
At the same time we treated to excellent food, drink and spectacular views from the 14th Floor of the News Building (see m’colleague Suzanne’s view of the sunset above, not to mention much Twitter photo evidence from others including @seemarampersad and @SLAEurope).