Apply for the Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship

2014 SLA Southern California Chapter

Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship Annoucement


The Scholarship Committee of the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-SCC; is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Karen Gersten-Sternheim Memorial Scholarship.


The award was established in May of 1993 at a special board meeting called by chapter President John Shea, shortly after Karen’s death; the first money was awarded in 1996. Karen, a UCLA library professional, dedicated much of her career to the success of library school students. The award includes complimentary invitations to the SLA-SCC annual fundraiser meeting, the awards dinner and the annual business meeting.



$3,000 stipend check will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Fundraiser Dinner.



  • Applicants must be members of the SLA-SCC – membership information may be found online at:
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in a career in special libraries, and must be currently enrolled and taking classes in an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Masters in Library and/or Information Science program.  Also, at the time of application, the student’s graduation date should be no earlier than December 2014.
  • There is no geographic restriction on the school in which the applicant is enrolled. However, applicants must be permanent residents of California or Nevada, and must submit a photocopy of their valid California or Nevada State I.D. card, driver’s license, or voter registration card.


Application Procedure

  • The completed application form available online at:
  • A copy of your valid California or Nevada State I.D. card – or driver’s license – or voter registration card
  • A 1,500-2,000 word essay describing:  1) Your interest and experience in special librarianship; 2) your professional goal(s) and the skills and experience you believe will get you there; 3) the benefits for your career growth that you anticipate SLA membership will bring; and, 4) how you plan to participate and contribute to SLA-SCC
  • Three (3) signed letters of academic and professional recommendation (one letter must be from a faculty member in your library or information studies master’s degree program)


Applications are due June 30, 2014 via email to Michael Qiu, Scholarship Committee Chair, at


For more information or to access the application, please visit



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