On May 31, 2012, Past-President Anne Caputo discussed SLA’s new strategic vision and how it is being implemented. This program provided an opportunity for all members to learn more about where SLA is headed and how they might be able to use SLA’s vision in their units’ strategic plans.
SLA is a vibrant, global association of professionals who are employed in every sector of the information and knowledge economy. Our members thrive where data, information, and knowledge intersect, and our strategic partners support SLA because they believe in the association’s mission and the future of its members. The goal of SLA is to support information professionals as they contribute, in their varied and evolving roles, to the opportunities and achievements of organizations, communities, and society.
Focus for Action
Note: The following has been repurposed from the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s webinar in January.
SLA has identified five priorities to guide the association’s leaders, volunteers, and staff toward fulfillment of this vision. (See full post from Cindy Romaine, Nov 14, 2011.)
- Annual Conference (see Nov 28 blog post from Mary Ellen Bates, Past Division Cabinet Chair), with attention to collaboration across SLA’s divisions to provide more focused, refined, and learning-relevant content.
- Professional Development (see Nov 29 blog post by Sara Tompson, Director) through improved in-person offerings and a year-round, virtual education program in partnership with schools of library and information science.
- Richer Volunteer Experiences (see Nov 30 post by Daniel Lee, Past Director) that provide stepping stones to learning, a promotion, or achievement at work in areas such as web development, marketing, and program management.
- Opening New Markets (see Dec 1 post from Brent Mai, President) to expand SLA’s partnerships and visibility within the broader information industry. -
- Growth Through Diversification (see Dec 2 post from Richard Huffine, Division Cabinet Chair), aimed toward expanding SLA’s already diverse membership by reaching competitive intelligence specialists, IT development specialists, and others outside the traditional library/information field.