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August Message from the DC Community President


Hello DC SLA Members,

I hope that all of you remain safe and healthy. As the summer has worn on, the continuing challenges we face have met new ones, but we are working to engage with and thrive through the new normal.

Usually by this time, SLA would have had their annual conference, and we would have developed a conference recap event, one of the highlights of the year. We hope to do that again, as the SLA Conference has been moved back to October and will proceed over the course of two weeks, rather than a few days. It will be virtual, but it will be a chance for librarians and information professionals to continue to interact. We hope to see you all at the annual conference events!

Within DCSLA, we are working on our own virtual events including a discussion series on "Thriving Through COVID-19" in collaboration with the IMF and World Bank Libraries, where we will learn about what librarians and other information professionals are doing to work through the pandemic safely. 

We will continue to work and develop more resources and virtual events, we hope that you can attend. We also welcome volunteers to host virtual events, like our InfoBites article discussions.

Stay Safe and Well,

-David Blum
DCSLA 2020 President

Member Resources


DCSLA (non-medical) Pandemic Resources

We want to support you as much as we can during these difficult times. If you're in need of professional development, mental health help, financial help, or information about libraries re-opening, please take a look at a list of resources we have compiled and send any additional resources you may know about to


DICE Community Social Justice Resources

The Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity SLA Community has created a resource guide for those seeking to learn more about social justice issues. If you'd like to add resources, please contact the DICE co-conveners.

Save the Date!

Thriving Through COVID-19: Re-Opening Special Libraries Discussion Series

Join us for an insightful virtual discussion series on September 17th, 22nd, and 29th to learn how specialized libraries are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19. Focusing on building safety, library strategies, and challenges and opportunities, speakers will share what they are doing to keep the physical and virtual doors open to their library communities. This event is being hosted in coordination with the World Bank and IMF libraries and DCSLA. All are welcome. Keep an eye out for an invitation to the event next week!


Upcoming DCSLA Events

We've got some exciting events coming up in August and September!

DCSLA Family Friendly Networking: Kids' Scavenger Hunt

Sat, August 29, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Register here

Join other parents, caregivers, and children in the Washington DC Community of the Special Libraries Association for a fun, family-friendly, virtual library scavenger hunt! 
Note: This event will not be recorded out of privacy concerns, and we ask that no photos or screenshots be taken during the meeting. For security reasons, registrants will be matched against the SLA directory before being sent a password.

DCSLA September 2020 Board Meeting
Tue, Sep 1, 2020
7:00 PM EDT
Register here

The Washington DC Community of the Special Libraries Association will be having their September 2020 Board Meeting. This meeting will be a virtual meeting only and not in person. We will be discussing updates in SLA, hearing from committees, and discussing future activities. We look forward to connecting with you.

Infobites: An Article Discussion on Leadership in Context
Wed, September 2, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Register here

Join fellow members of the Washington DC Community of the Special Libraries Association for a conversation on current issues in librarianship. This month's discussion focuses on leadership in context of the information profession. This month's discussion is led by DCSLA board President-Elect Richard Huffine.


Tweet with the hashtag #librarianlunchchat from 12-1PM ET on the first Friday of every month (September 4th) and join librarians and information professionals for a lively discussion! Discussion questions will be posted on our Facebook page (@sladc) and DC/SLA Connect Community on the Wednesday evening before the chat. All are welcome! RSVP here!

Keep an eye out for information on:

  • A Fall Webinar Series about Career Advice and Resume Tips
  • A Webinar on Economic Data and Entrepreneurship in Collaboration with the EDEE Caucus

Check out all of our events here! If you have any questions about the newsletter, would like to be featured in a member spotlight, or have an event from another local SLA community or library association to promote, email If you'd like to plan an event or have questions about events, email