Helping Information Professionals Become Indispensable through Learning

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SLA's Strategic Learning and Development Center

For more than two decades, the Special Libraries Association has offered a variety of professional development opportunities for information professionals. During this twenty-year period, the context in which SLA members operate has changed dramatically. Rapid and discontinuous change, the shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy, the advent of breakthrough technologies, and the changing face of the global workforce are just some of the profound trends that are altering the modern organization forever.

Over the next decade and beyond, information professionals must confront the challenge of staying ahead of change and becoming distinctive and indispensable contributors to their organizations. To enable you to meet this challenge and to create a more remarkable future for yourself and the profession, SLA is pleased to announce the emergence of its new Strategic Learning and Development Center (SLDC). The SLDC looks forward to being your partner in learning and our goal is nothing less than to set the standard for learning and development throughout the global community of information professionals.

What is SLA's Strategic Learning and Development Center? It is a grand aspiration, an inspirational vision for the future of learning for information professionals, informed by extensive research on learning and guided by two fundamental and critical questions:

How can information/knowledge professionals affect positive change and create their most desired futures through learning?

How can information/knowledge professionals become indispensable in the twenty-first century?

In the months ahead, SLA's learning and development offerings will begin to reflect our core principles of learning. We want to present learning experiences that will deliver greater depth, richness, and impact to help SLA members become more capable learners, more capable professionals, and more capable people. …