Community History

About SLA

SLA (Special Libraries Association) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves thousands of members in 83 countries in the information profession, including corporate, non-profit, academic and government information specialists. SLA’s mission is to promote and strengthen its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.


About the San Francisco Bay Area Community (formerly San Francisco Bay Area Chapter)

Mission: The San Francisco Bay Area Community of SLA will offer its members services and activities that anticipate and are responsive to member needs. The community will take advantage of changing technologies to foster communication among the membership and educate members about opportunities for professional activity and participation.

Members of the San Francisco Bay Area Community of SLA work in diverse information environments, ranging from business and technical organizations to research, government, and academic institutions. We are found in public and private corporations, law firms, colleges and universities, banks and financial institutions, newspapers, hospitals, research facilities, public libraries, engineering and architectural firms, and elsewhere. Although many members work in corporate and special libraries, others are managers, researchers, analysts, technical services specialists, and consultants.

The San Francisco Bay Area Community was formed by the merger of the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Region chapters, effective January 1, 2018.

Our members share common goals: networking with our colleagues, keeping up with technological advances, staying current about the information professions, and participating in ongoing professional development. Membership in the San Francisco Bay Area Community provides us with opportunities to achieve those goals.


For information about the community, contact the President-Elect (Membership Chair).

Image Credit

The San Francisco Bay Region Community gratefully acknowledges the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside, for permission to use a detail of San Francisco Bay from an Ansel Adams photograph. This photograph, taken from the Berkeley hills, has been published in the book Ansel Adams: Fiat Lux: The Premier Exhibition of Photographs of the University of California (Irvine: The Regents of the University of California, 1990). The detail is from a photograph titled “University of California, Berkeley, and the Golden Gate”.