The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international association of information professionals who work in special libraries serving business, research, government, universities, newspapers, museums, and institutions that use or produce specialized information.
When SLA initiated student groups in 1971, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) was one of the first schools to join. The Illinois student group has remained active ever since. Faculty member Linda Smith was one of the founding officers. To this day, Professor Smith plays a central role in transferring leadership from one class to the next throughout the years. Our student group is very fortunate to have her help in maintaining stability and continuity within our organization.
SLA members are employed by corporations, museums, private companies, medical facilities, government agencies, special collections departments in libraries, and technical and academic institutions.