Volunteering for SLA Europe can be a wonderful opportunity to become more engaged with the wider profession. Some advantages are:
- Networking with those who are involved with and are often leading figures in the library and information profession, as well as from a wide variety of sectors;
- Learning transferable and valuable skills;
- Attending, contributing to and chairing meetings (whether virtually or in person), and making a real difference to the member’s experience and in furthering the library and information profession.
Below are a number of committees within SLA Europe that you can become involved with. If you have any questions or you are interested in volunteering for a particular committee, then please contact
The Digital Communications Committee (known as Digi-Coms) manages all social media channels that SLA Europe has a presence on, maintains the SLA Europe website and provides technical support and advice to the SLA Europe Board. The committee (and in particular the blog editor) also ensures that there is a steady flow of new content for the blog; including event reports, features and podcasts.
The Early Careers and Awards Committee runs the SLA Europe award programmes and encourages involvement of early career professionals in SLA. The key annual award is the Early Career Conference Awards (ECCA), and previous winners have being active in varying aspects of SLA.
On occasion SLA Europe works with other organisations to offer professional awards, using SLA experience to create opportunities for info pros to access development opportunities. For instance the 2013 PI and SLA Europe Professional Development Awards.
Please see our awards page for further information on how to apply for awards. The Awards Committee deals with the publication and judging of the awards (along with partnering divisions and bodies), and helps to raise awareness of SLA, SLA Europe, and co-sponsoring divisions among the wider LIS community.
The Events Committee organises and delivers a balanced programme of events that:
- Promote the industry/profession;
- Foster personal and/or professional development;
- Provide professional networking opportunities.
It can involve working with potential sponsors, collaborating with other professional bodies and associations to provide joint events, innovating ideas for events that our members will enjoy, marketing for events and organising venues and ticket sales.
A small committee which provides advice to existing and prospective members and promotes the benefits of membership through targeted activities, including the maintenance of SLA Europe ListServ. The Membership Committee also monitors membership reports and provides membership level statistics to the Board as necessary.
The Publicity and Public Relations Committee develops and coordinates public relations activities at Chapter level. The Committee has a number of responsibilities; including preparing and following a public relations plan, developing marketing documentation and arranging publicity and promotion of SLA Europe and the information profession generally, and working with other professional bodies and associations to do so.
Our regional representatives try and ensure that the SLA Europe chapter is providing value to its members outside of London; particularly by working with the Events committee to organise events in their respective regions.