Free Professional Development @ SLA!

SLA Offers Free Online Courses

Another way to help members thrive in the bad economy


For immediate release

Savannah, Georgia, January 15, 2009— Effective today, Special Libraries Association (SLA) will offer free online courses as an exclusive benefit to SLA members.  The free programming encompasses all non-certificate online courses that are part of SLA’s Click University, including Click U Live! monthly webinars, Click U Live! recorded sessions, and self-paced courses  Also available to members without charge are execuBooks, recorded Annual Conference continuing education courses, 23 Things, the SLA Innovation Lab and SLA Leadership Training. Courses offered through Click U at the SLA Annual Conference and through the Click U Certificate Programs will remain as fee-based offerings.


“During bad economic times, it is especially important that our members continue to master new information and technology to stay competitive,” said SLA CEO Janice R. Lachance.


All professional development programs from SLA are offered under the auspices of Click U, which is beginning its fifth full year as an exclusive member benefit. Click U provides 24-hour access to learning opportunities and includes training on general business skills as well as SLA-produced courses tailored to the needs of information professionals. 


 “If we want employers to have a competitive edge, information professionals must stay sharp and be innovative, and that means continuous learning,” Lachance continued. “SLA provides these tools for success through Click U, and offering them as a benefit of membership will make them accessible to all of our members, regardless of their economic circumstances.”


2009 SLA President Gloria Zamora announced this decision to an appreciative audience of 250 SLA leaders during this morning’s opening address of the SLA Leadership Summit, following a unanimous approval vote by the 2009 SLA Board of Directors on Wednesday saying, “I know you are thinking that it is counter-intuitive to be turning away revenue during a sagging economy, however increasing the value of SLA membership during this period of global economic turmoil should have an immediate and positive impact on our members. By including portions of Click U as part of your membership, we are providing you with a tool which enables you to enrich your marketable skills and become a more valuable asset to your employers.”


Beginning on January 22, SLA members will also be able to access everything within Click U using a single sign-in on the SLA home page, making access to the first and only online learning community focusing on continuing professional education for knowledge professionals fast, free and easy.


About SLA’s Click University
Click U provides SLA members with state-of-the-art learning opportunities in partnership with today’s information industry superstars. Courses on software and technology, management, communications, and leadership are designed to enhance the skills acquired through traditional library education. Click U also provides accessible certificate programs for information professionals looking to take the next step into a new career and utilize their traditional information skills in fields such as competitive intelligence, knowledge management, and copyright management. For more information about Click U go to


About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 11,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic, and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. For more information, visit us on the Web at


Posted by Tom R.


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