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Congratulations to the Recipients of the Fall 2019 ACS Publications Librarian Travel Grant!

ACS Publications and the Award Committee are excited to announce the recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego:


Stephen Alayon, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Philippines

Twitter: @stpnalaun 

Stephen B. Alayon is the Head of the Library and Data Banking Services Section, Training and Information Division, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) located in Iloilo, Philippines. He is also a part-time faculty member of the University of San Agustin and the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. He finished both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Education (Mathematics) degrees at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. He finished his Master of Library and Information Science degree at the Central Philippine University. Stephen is a registered Professional Teacher and Librarian in the Philippines. He served as the executive vice president of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) in 2015-2016. He is the president-elect (2019-2020) of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). He held various awards such as PAARL Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian 2012, ASLP Citation Award for Excellence in Research 2013, PLAI Distinguished Service Award 2014, PLAI Severino I. Velasco Award 2017, PLAI Gawad sa Natatanging Laybraryan (Visayas) 2018, and SLA Asian Librarian Award 2014.


Alexa Carter, North Carolina State University

Twitter: @libalchemy

Alexa Carter is the Research Librarian for Physical Sciences and Graduate Services at NC State University Libraries. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. She worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and U.S. Geological Survey and continues to explore how she can help foster more meaningful interactions between library users and scientific resources. Her research interests include STEM outreach and communication, user experience, assessment, and peer-to-peer learning.


Jessica Hanley, University of Toronto – Mississauga

Twitter: @TheSciLibrarian

Jessica E. Hanley is a Science Liaison and Research Librarian at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and her graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her doctoral research aims to examine the role information literacy, and the role library services play in supporting academic success of students from low socio-economic backgrounds in STEM majors. Before becoming a Science Librarian, She worked for the University of Guelph researching in a biophysics laboratory. Her role at the University of Toronto is focused around Information Literacy instruction in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Physics, in addition to providing research services to faculty and students.  In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing golf, running, and traveling.


Nevena Tomic, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Twitter: @nevenita1

Nevena Tomic (1972, Valjevo, Serbia) earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of Belgrade. She worked sixteen years as an academic librarian and library manager in the Cultural Center Students’ City in Belgrade. She was an active member of the Serbian Library Association (president of the Section for professional development). In 2007 she won IFLA/OCLC Early Career Fellowship Award. She serves as a member of the Programme Committee of ECIL (European Conference of Information Literacy). From February 2019. Nevena is a Subject Specialist for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


Stephen Alayon, Alexa Carter, Jessica Hanley, and Nevena Tomic will be sharing their experiences from the National Meeting in future ACS Axial articles.

ACS Publications would like to thank the members of the Award Committee and everyone who applied for the travel grant. Librarians and students should keep their eyes open for a call for applications for the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia.

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