Our very own Guy St. Clair, author of SLA at 100: From "Putting Knowledge to Work(c)" to Building the Knowledge Culture, reads an excerpt from the book from Chapter 6: 1940-1949 World War II and Its Aftermath.. Book was written in honor of SLA's centennial and will be available in 2009.
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1909 SLA is officially established
1909 Membership count 57
1909 Dues $2 including subscription to Special Libraries
1910 Special Libraries begins publication. Subscription $2.
1915 "Putting Knowledge to Work" association slogan coined by John A. Lapp
1919-20 First Female President elected Maude A. Carabin Mann
1943 SLA opens headquarters library
1947 Salary Survey conducted and published in Special Libraries
1949 Divisions were formed from groups
1959 First presentation of SLA Hall of Fame
1967 Conventions renamed conferences to emphasize the professional program content
1978 Professional development department established
1981 Electronic mail communication between the board of Directors and Association Staff begin experimental basis
1985 SLA Headquarters moves from New York City to Washington, DC
1986 Fellows Award is established
1986 SLA initiates first annual State of the Art Institute
*1988 SLA introduces first computer assisted study program at 79th annual conference
1989 First Caucus established: Solo Librarian (which later became Solo Librarian Division)
1991 First annual International Special Librarians Day recognized
1993 SLA is connected to the Internet@ email@example.com
1996 SLA launches its own World Wide Web site (www.sla.org)
1996 SLA publishes Competencies for Special Librarians of the 21st Century
1997 Information Outlook, the monthly four-color magazine is published
2000 SLA's Global 2000 Conference, held in Brighton, U.K.
2004 New SLA Strategic Plan identifies three areas of focus: education, networking, advocacy
2005 Click University founded, exclusive professional development benefit for SLA members
2005 SLA By-laws amended to permit e-mail voting and first e-mail vote for SLA leadership
2006 SLA launches Knowledge Management Division with over 500 members at end of first year
- Latham, John. An association chronology prepared for SLA's 90th anniversary year in 1999 and published in Information outlook, January-December, 1999.
- Simon, Fannie. "Special Libraries Association chronology 1909-1964," Special Libraries55 (6), June, 1964, pp.361-383. Also updated and published in "SLA Moves to Washington" (Washington, DC: Special Libraries Association, 1985).
- St. Clair, Guy. SLA at 100: From "Putting Knowledge to Work(c)" to Building the Knowledge Culture. (Washington, DC: Special Libraries Association, 2009.)