Make Professional Contacts
1. Access an unrivalled global network of over 11,000 information professionals, representing more than 25 different disciplines in 83 countries. You can reach information professionals from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, working in industries as diversified as biotechnology, art museums, financial services, not-for-profits, advertising agencies, governments, and many more.
2. Accessing the members’ network is easy. The members’ database is available anytime by logging in to the SLA website. You can search members by location, employer, industry or regional chapter.
3. With an average of 10 events and joint meetings per year, it’s easy to get to know your local peers and strengthen your professional relationships. SLA Europe also encourages you to get involved and join a committee – we welcome your new ideas and energy.
Build Your Knowledge & Stay Ahead Of The Information Curve
4. You may join an industry-specific division, and subscribe to its member discussion list. The division lists are often where industry knowledge is passed on by informed colleagues. We share best practices, provide priceless advice, discuss past and future challenges. Participate in the exchanges or just read the emails – it’s up to you.
5. You automatically receive the monthly publication Information Outlook which features cutting-edge and comprehensive articles on the information profession.
6. Throughout the year, SLA, SLA Europe and several of the Divisions organise stimulating learning events (e.g. workshops, guest speakers, debates, virtual seminars) for their members. Hear first-hand from practitioners – in the past year, the SLA Europe events calendar has included networking breakfast or drinks, professional skills development workshops, Twitter and social media events and debate about free vs fee news services.
Get A Mentor
7. Several members of SLA Europe have expressed an interest in meeting members to build mentoring relationships. This is an exceptional opportunity to be teamed with a colleague and get insights into the industry, advice on your professional development, and the views of someone with extensive or different experience.
Focus On Your Career
8. SLA offers a variety of professional development and career services via its web site: virtual learning series, job postings, salary survey, lists of journals, books, articles related to career search for librarians.
9. The First Five Years Advisory Council offers tailored support and advice for those in the first five years of their career.
10. SLA is very affordable. Your membership includes your affiliation to one regional Chapter, one industry Division and access to the entire network of people and resources that SLA offers. Plus, some SLAE events are free to attend for members.