The Special Libraries Association serves more than 12,000 innovative information professionals in 83 countries. Its members include corporate, academic and government information specialists and their strategic partners.
SLA is organized in 24 Divisions representing subject interests, fields, or types of information-handling techniques.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, and is dedicated to the support of health sciences research, education, and patient care.
SLIS currently has over 300 personal and institutional members drawn mainly from special libraries and information centers in the private and public sectors, profit and non-profit making organizations and academic institutions.
Division of American Library Association that represents organizations that provide materials and services to meet the information needs of people whose access to library services and materials is limited to confinement, sensory, mental, physical, health, or behavioral conditions.
The Libraries Serving Special Populations Section is charged to improve the quality of library service for people with special needs, including people who have vision, mobility, hearing, and developmental differences, people who are elderly, people in prisons, health care facilities, and other types of institutions; to improve library service for families and professionals working with these people; to foster awareness of these populations and their needs in the library community and among the general public.
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Research and General Information
Corporate/Business & Knowledge Management
“The Emerging Discourse of Knowledge Management: A New Dawn for Information Science Research?” Ashok Jashapara. Journal of Information Science, 31(2), 2005: 136-148. Abstract. Primary Research Group, Corporate Library Benchmarks 2006 Edition, Primary Research Group, 2007.
- This American Lawyer article, “Law Librarians Look Beyond Books”, has statistics regarding operations in law libraries.
- “Evidence-Based Librarianship: Opportunity for Law Librarians?” Susan Nissen Lerdel. Law Library Journal, 98(1), Winter 2006: 33-60.
- Law Library Statistics
Medical: Pharmaceutical & Health Technology
- Valuing Library Services Calculator
Calculator created by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine which allows medical library users to calculate the value of their library use.
- “Research on the Value of Medical Library Services: Does It Make an Impact in the Health Care Literature?” Pamela J. Sherwill-Navarro and Addajane L. Wallace. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 92(1), January 2004: 34-42.
- “Building a Body of Evidence.” T. Scott Plutchak. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93(2), April 2005: 193-195.
- “Developing Evidence-Based Librarianship: Practical Steps for Implementation.” Ellen Crumley and Denise Koufogiannakis. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 19(2), June 2002: 61-70.
- “Evidence-Based Librarianship: A Personal Perspective from the Medical/Nursing Realm.” Liz Bayley and Ann McKibbon. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 317-323. Abstract.
- “Evidence-Based Librarianship: What Might We Expect in the Years Ahead?” Jonathan D. Eldredge. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 19(2), June 2002: 71-77
- “Inventory of Research Methods for Librarianship and Informatics.” Jonathan D. Eldredge.
Journal of the Medical Library Association, 92(1), January 2004: 83-90.
- “Using Research in Practice: Rave Reviews?” Andrew Booth. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 21(2), 2004: 134-137.
- Health Science Library Statistics
- “Changes in the LIS Research Front: Time-Sliced Cocitation Analysis of LIS Journal Articles, 1990-2004.” Fredrik Estrvm. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 58(7), 2007: 947-957.
- “Approaching Librarianship from the Data: Using Bibliomining for Evidence-Based Librarianship.” Scott Nicholson. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 369-375. Abstract.
- “Clear and Present Questions: Formulating Questions for Evidence Based Practice.” Andrew Booth.
Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 355-368. Abstract.
- “A Critical Appraisal Tool for Library and Information Research.” Lindsay Glynn. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 387-399. Abstract.
- “The Digital Reference Research Agenda.” R. David Lankes. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 55(4), February 2004: 301-311.
- “E-Mail Interviewing in Qualitative Research: A Methodological Discussion.” Lokman I. Meho. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(10), 2006: 1284-1295.
- “Evidence-Based Librarianship: The EBL Process.” Jonathan Eldredge. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 341-354. Abstract.
- “Qualitative Research in Evidence-Based Practice: A Valuable Partnership.” Lisa Given. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 376-386. Abstract.
- “Research in Librarianship: Issues to Consider.” Denise Koufogiannakis and Ellen Crumley. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 2006: 324-340. Abstract.
- Literacy Behind Bars: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey
- Interface Articles regarding prison libraries
- ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) supports, serves, and promotes adult literacy and equity of information access initiatives for traditionally underserved populations through training, information resources, and technical assistance. There are resources for library services to incarcerated people and ex-offenders, including “Behind the Walls @ your library,” a regular online column.
- 2012 SLA Annual Salary Survey & Workplace Study. Latham, John. (ed). Alexandria, VA: Special Library Association, 2014