The St. Catherine University's Special Library Association Student Group was founded in 2000 to promote an interest in special libraries, encourage student participation in the Special Libraries Association, provide organizational and leadership opportunities, and to enhance the student's experience in the MLIS program.
These goals are met through the creation of programs and events that take place throughout the year including library tours, networking, guest lecturers, and professional development opportunities. Each year, the student group also sponsors a scholarship competition to send one student to the annual SLA conference.
The student group is part of the Minnesota Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and student leaders sits on the board. Students are encouraged to participate in the Minnesota Chapter, as well as SLA as a whole. There are many leadership opportunities that students can take advantage of, both in the student group and with the Minnesota Chapter. One of the ways students can get involved is to serve as an officer in the student group or on the board of the Minnesota chapter. Contact Us if you would like more information on either of these opportunities.
St. Kate's Student Group: It is easy to join the St. Kate's SLA Student Group. There is no membership fee and most activities and events are open to anyone. Just join our listserv to receive emails about our upcoming events and activities.
National SLA: Students who wish to join the National Special Libraries Association can join at a discounted rate of $40. Your membership allows you to join one chapter, and one division or caucus. Your membership fee also includes a subscription to the magazine Information Outlook. As a student you will be able to attend events and meetings offered through the Minnesota Chapter at a discounted rate. Join SLA today and be sure to designate Minnesota as your chapter!
What is SLA?
The Special Libraries Association is an international professional association that represents nearly 13,000 information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision making. SLA's members are employed by corporations, private companies, government agencies, technical and academic institutions, museums, medical facilities and information management consulting firms.
SLA's mission is to advance the leadership role of the special librarian/information professional in our information and knowledge-based society. SLA is committed to providing a variety of products and services designed to enhance its members' professional skills.