Special Message from the SLA Board of Directors
McLean, Virginia, 3 February 2017—The Special Libraries Association is committed to the fair and equal participation and treatment of all citizens and especially the free flow of information, ideas, and people. Restricting the ability of talented individuals to travel to professional meetings, collaborate on projects, share ideas and information, and advance the interests of the global information industry runs counter to these values and does as much or more harm to those who impose such restrictions as those who are targeted by them.
SLA supports our international members in their professional growth and development and values their inclusion in activities and events. SLA will continue to advocate for members seeking visas to attend our annual conference and other events that require them to travel, and affirms our commitment to providing a safe and equal space for professional participation for all of our members, partners, and event attendees.
Collaboration and partnering are core values that have helped make SLA the foremost global association for innovative information professionals for more than 100 years. SLA and its members—indeed, all individuals and organizations that work with information—benefit when people and their skills and ideas are allowed to move freely and make connections that transcend barriers.
Kate O’Donnell, CAE