2021 Available Volunteer Positions
Fellow SLA Members,
My volunteer experience within SLA has been one of the most valuable parts of my membership. As a new member and new information professional, volunteering to serve as a discussion list moderator and, later, webmaster of my local community helped me build relationships with other SLA members and gave me confidence and new skills. These experiences prepared me to take on leadership roles in my SLA communities, and, later, on the SLA Board of Directors.
My volunteer roles have not only helped strengthen our association—they have also helped me succeed at work. I have benefitted immeasurably from accepting new challenges and working alongside fellow SLA members, and I have been able to translate these experiences into leadership and teamwork skills that have made me more valuable to my organization and potential employers.
There are volunteer opportunities large and small in SLA that will help you to strengthen your leadership and teamwork skills, build your personal network, and succeed in your job and career. Join me in growing SLA by starting or continuing to volunteer in 2021.
The SLA Call for Volunteers is open and available through December 2nd this year. The volunteer form gives you the opportunity to submit your name for consideration to fill volunteer positions within your community and on SLA committees, councils, and task forces.
NOTE: If you’re currently serving in a volunteer position and wish to continue in that position in 2021, you must reaffirm your commitment using the same form.
As a longtime SLA volunteer, I can tell you that you get back as much as you give. Seize this opportunity to grow professionally and personally while making a difference to the profession, the association, and your fellow members.
Thank you for stepping up to build SLA’s future.
Tara Murray Grove
2020 SLA President
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The Call for Volunteers is now open. SLA members are welcome to express interest in as many volunteer positions as they like. Please note that SLA members will not be appointed to more than one SLA Advisory Council/Committee. Please see below for a summary of positions available prior to completing the 2021 Call for Volunteers Survey.
- 2022 Annual Conference Advisory Committee (1-Year Term): 1 Chair, 13 Volunteers
- Membership Advisory Council (2- Year Term); 1 Volunteer
- Professional Development Advisory Council (3- Year Term); 4 Volunteers
- Public Policy Advisory Council (2- and 3-Year Terms): 1 Volunteer
- Public Relations Advisory Council (2-Year Terms): 1 Volunteer
- Students & New Professionals Advisory Council (3-Year Term, 1-Year Term for Student Member): 3 Volunteers
- Technology Advisory Council (2-Year Term): 1 Volunteer
- Workplace Preparedness & Response Advisory Council (2-Year Term): 4 Volunteers
Community Leadership Opportunities
SLA Leadership positions are vital components in the structure of the association. Some of the reasons to seek a leadership position are to build your personal and professional skills and advance your career. Volunteer to serve within your community!
Micro-volunteering can be as little or as much as you would like it to be! We are always looking for more members to be involved and have opportunities that range anywhere from 10 minutes a month, to one hour a month, to just a one-time action.