On May 18th, 2017, Aman Kaur, the 2015 – 2017 Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship, was a 2017 Special Libraries Association Philadelphia Chapter Appreciation Award in recognition of her commitment to take on the challenge of being the first SLA Connect Administrator for the Philadelphia Chapter’s communities during the launch of SLA’s new communications platform. As a new SLA member, Aman has gotten very involved in chapter activities during her first year and is now serving as the chapter’s Chair for Community Outreach, a newly created role for the chapter.
As Chair for Community Outreach, Aman leads a team of six service-oriented Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals who are planning a Volunteer Day at Mt. Cuba Center, a DataRefuge event, and a book drive for Philadelphia Public Schools this year. The latter two community outreach initiatives were inspired by the work of her fellow Penn librarians: Margaret Janz (Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian) and Ancil George (Community Outreach Librarian), respectively. Aman is thankful to receive this recognition from fellow LIS professionals in the Philadelphia metropolitan area who are enthusiastic about community outreach.
Aside from special projects, Aman also demonstrates her passion for community service through her day to day work for the Penn Libraries. During the last few months of her residency, Aman will work on community health outreach initiatives that promote health literacy in West Philadelphia. Aman wraps up her residency at Penn Libraries in early November 2017.