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July 21, 2015 — 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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Voting on the Future of SLA

At a special meeting on July 14, 2015, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) board of directors voted to receive the revised version of the consultants’ “Recommendations Report” (login required) that was covered in the NewsBreak “The Future of SLA: A Strategic Framework and Recommendations for Moving Forward.” Receiving the report means the board acknowledges the work done but has taken no action regarding the recommendations. Revisions to the original document, shown in red in this version, are extensive. Some are substantive, based on the 50-plus comments the board received from individual members and from SLA units (chapters and divisions), while others are grammatical.

In a second vote, the board accepted the strategic framework, “Road Map for the Future of SLA” (login required), which spells out the seven areas in which change will be implemented. By accepting the report, the board indicates its approval of the content and direction of the document. It will now move forward toward implementing it.

Finally, the board voted to task the change consultants, de Stricker Associates and Shamel Information Services, with developing a multiphase implementation plan. This will be done in coordination with SLA staffers and will consider member feedback.

With these three votes, SLA hopes to put itself on a path toward regaining its luster, reasserting itself as the foremost association for information professionals, and resolving its identity crisis.

—Marydee Ojala

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