Mea Warren, natural science and mathematics librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has received the James M. Matarazzo Rising Star Award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA).
The award recognizes outstanding new SLA members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession. Awards will be presented at the SLA Annual Conference in June.
Warren works with the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Earth and Atmospheric Science to ensure that students, faculty, and researchers have access to all the resources needed of a Tier-One research university. From teaching instruction sessions on library resources to developing collections that better suit the needs of the departments, she is the liaison that connects these departments to the library. She is interested in producing better outcomes for information literacy, evaluating the constantly evolving collections, and ensuring that everyone is aware and utilizes all the services that the library provides. She is also interested in encouraging more diversity and generating excitement for students who study within the STEM fields. Warren received her Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her Masters of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park.
SLA is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives.