In September 1940, 49 members of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Baltimore Chapter put forth the question “To Be or Not to Be” as they proposed the formation of a separate Washington, DC chapter. Through 75 years of dedication, DC Chapter members have shown that not only should they “be,” but they have the capability and drive to develop into one of the largest chapters in SLA and serve as some of the most active members and leaders in the greater organization. Many of DC/SLA’s members have earned SLA awards, established SLA divisions and groups, served on SLA’s Board of Directors, and contributed in numerous other ways to the association.
DC/SLA’s 75th Jubilee presents a time for members and the chapter to reflect on the past and take stock of the present in order to move forward with meaning and direction. This “reflective momentum” not only comes from within but also radiates from those around us. DC/SLA is filled with incredibly ambitious and generous members, and engaging with these individuals can have a motivating impact all its own. I have shared my reflection of how DC/SLA has propelled me forward, and I encourage other members to share their experiences, memories, and thoughts. For more information, visit our Share Your Reflections page.
Through programming and communications, DC/SLA provides a forum for information professionals to connect, share knowledge, develop skills, and gain leadership experience in order to support their career goals and contributions in the workplace. The chapter’s more than 600 members are not only leaders in SLA but also in the information community, representing and influencing a variety of libraries and information organizations. Through resources provided by SLA, partnerships with sponsors, and the support of employers, DC/SLA continues to make a difference in members’ professional and personal lives. So discover the benefits of membership, take advantage of the chapter’s volunteer opportunities, explore DC/SLA’s history, and join me in continuing the legacy of this important and evolving organization.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year.
Your 2015 DC/SLA President,