Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The Dalhousie SLA Student Group was formed in September of 2000 by a small group of MLIS students at the School of Information Management in order to provide networking and professional development opportunities for students interested in the special library field. Our primary efforts are directed towards organizing library tours and networking events to give our student members the opportunity to meet with professional librarians working in special library environments. Each year we organize several tours of special libraries in the Halifax area.

Previous tours have included the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and the CBC Music and News Libraries, to name but a few. We also invite information management professionals to conduct workshops related to special libraries and have most recently included a workshop on how to search health sciences databases.

You should join SLA if you are curious about librarianship outside of the traditional academic and public libraries streams. A career in special libraries can include working for corporations, hospitals, the military, museums, private businesses, and the government. Special libraries also serve particular populations such as the visually impaired and physically handicapped.

Current Executive Members:

  • Chair: Rebekah Prette
  • Outgoing Communications Officer: Vacant
  • Incoming Communications Officer: Vacant
  • Outgoing Treasurer: Vacant
  • Incoming Secretary/Treasurer: Vacant
  • Outgoing Website Administrator: Vacant
  • Incoming Website Administrator: Vacant

Fees to join: No fees to join the SIMSA SLA student chapter, but there are fees to join SLA

SLA website: www.sla.org