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December 14, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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SLA Is Still SLA; Membership Votes No on Name Change

The Special Libraries Association (SLA; www.sla.org) announced the results of its associationwide vote on a new name. Voting in record numbers, SLA members failed to approve a proposal to change the organization's name to the Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionals. Fifty percent of those members eligible to vote participated in the referendum, with 2,071 voting yes and 3,225 voting no.

"The active discussions, online and in local meetings, are a testament to the passion and commitment that knowledge and information professionals feel towards their association and their profession," said Gloria Zamora, SLA 2009 president. "This level of engagement will help make SLA and its members more effective advocates for the information profession in the years ahead."

The name change proposal stemmed from the findings of the Alignment Project, an intensive 2-year research effort aimed at understanding the value of the information and knowledge professional in today's marketplace and how to best communicate that value. "Our name will remain," Zamora continued, "but we will go forward with developing opportunities for our members to use the Alignment findings to demonstrate their contributions to the organizations that employ them."

For details on the name change proposal, which proved to be quite controversial with members, see the NewsBreak by Cindy Shamel, http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/SLA-Name-Change-Can-the-Name-Convey-the-Value-57623.asp.

Source: SLA



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