2021 Available Volunteer Positions

Fellow SLA Members,

Tara Murray Grove SLA President 2020-21

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.

A Special SLA Call for Volunteers is open and available through May 5th this year. The volunteer form gives you the opportunity to submit your name for consideration to fill volunteer positions on SLA committees, councils, and task forces.

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


Available Committee and Advisory Council Positions

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.

Committees/Advisory Councils

  • Credentialing 
    1. A new Credentialing Subcommittee of the Professional Development Advisory Council is being created to explore opportunities for SLA to create and offer credentialing, micro-credentialing, certification, and/or accreditation programs to info pros. The subcommittee will make recommendations to the SLA Board of Directors regarding the demand for, and viability of, such programs; these recommendations do not need to address specific topics of such programs. Recommendations are to be delivered by end of September 2021.
  • Salary Survey 
    1. A new task force will be responsible for advising and assisting SLA staff and consultants in developing and disseminating a 2021 SLA Salary Survey. The 2021 Salary Survey will provide an average salary breakdown, job responsibilities, and other relevant details for information professionals.
  • Annual Conference Poster Review
    1. This is a microvolunteer opportunity to serve on a task force that will help solicit poster submissions for SLA2021, review the poster submissions, and help those whose submissions were accepted polish their presentation and poster. The time commitment will take place primarily in June as well as judging posters during the conference in August.
  • Public Policy Advisory Council (2- and 3-Year Terms):  1 Volunteer

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