SLA Strategic Priorities (2015-2016)

The rapid evolution of the information industry, along with input from SLA members, has spurred the SLA Board of Directors to develop an updated strategic vision for SLA. This vision will serve as a roadmap for our association through 2016 to provide the best career-enhancing benefits to our 8,000-plus members worldwide.

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.

Key Areas of Focus
To supplement the direction of the strategic vision, priorities have been identified to guide the association’s leaders, volunteers, and staff toward fulfillment. Each and every SLA member will have an integral role to play in order for our vision to become reality—a role that is professionally beneficial and that opens up new opportunities each step of the way.  Note that the key priorities are of equal importance and are interrelated.

Specific goals were articulated for each and staff members whose input and help would be important to achieving these goals were also identified. President Kate Arnold also formed a Member Priorities Task force made up of a diverse group of members from all geographic regions to mine the recent membership survey for specific ideas and goals to focus on as part of these larger priorities.

The Value of the Information Professional: Information professionals play a unique role by gathering, synthesizing and communicating knowledge crucial to successful decision-making.

The Value of SLA: The value of SLA is in the power of its community to develop and support connections through learning and professional opportunities and access to dependable expertise and mentorship to navigate the profession.

The Value of the Member Experience: The value of the member experience is to build a community of information professionals by fostering deeper connections among the members and thought leaders through—

  • Diverse networking;
  • Professional development; and
  • Mutually beneficial volunteering opportunities.

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