The Special Libraries Association is an international association representing information professionals in over eighty countries. From the SLA web site, a “Special Librarians” are defined as:
Special librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings.
To join SLA, visit the SLA Membership Page for an application and more information. When you join, you may choose to join a local chapter (including the Southern California Chapter), as well as numerous divisions focused on specific professional disciplines.
Joining SLA provides the information professional access to a number of benefits, including:
- Information Outlook – Each month the Special Libraries Association magazine is available online for reading at your leisure. Information Outlook features articles from your colleagues around the globe.
- Click University – The recently launched Click University ® contains over 300 education sessions providing you with the skill set that keeps you dynamic in your career!
- Virtual Learning Seminars offer live presentations from leaders in the field or replays if you are not able to join a live session.
- Information Center - SLA research, publications and articles are plentiful and content rich within the information profession. SLA is your definitive resource for the information profession.
- Networking Opportunities – Share your expertise and learn from others with online chat sessions, postings to discussion lists or specific contacts from the SLA membership directory!
- More benefits include opportunities participating with a chapter, one division, voting privileges and hold any association or unit elective office or appointive leadership position.