Welcome to SLA-UW

Hello everyone!

It was wonderful to see so many new and returning faces at the SLA-UW events during iWelcome Week! We’re excited to work with you and explore the different aspects Special Librarianship can take over the next academic year.


But what makes a “special library” special? Special libraries are a diverse, broad group containing any information setting that has a highly specific user group and/or focuses on a particular collection or subject. Special libraries often exist inside other institutions, from aviation museums to zoos, and there are special libraries as from law to engineering and technology, health care, business, advertising, government, and more! The possibilities are endless.

As to us, we are the University of Washington Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. We are a student chapter of the global Special Libraries Association, and we work closely with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the SLA (SLA-PNW) to put on library crawls and other events.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce the next SLA-PNW Library Crawl on October 8, 2014 at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library. Library Crawls, or tours, are events where we tour a special library and get to ask questions about how that library operates with our hosts. This Crawl is being hosted in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Special Library Association. Here are details from the SLA-PNW website:

EPA Library Crawl
October 8, 2014, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Register Here: www.surveymonkey/s/8XFM3M7

The schedule:
5:00 – 5:30 pm Social hour
5:30 – 6:30 pm Tour of EPA Region 10 library collection, with a presentation on the EPA Desktop Library content, Region 10 Library page, and digital EPA publications
EPA Region 10 via Google: https://goo.gl/maps/ixcSz

Special instructions about entering the building: Enter the building on 6th & University. You will need to go through security before being directed to the library on the 1st floor.

We hope to see you there! Library Crawls are a great way to meet your fellow classmates and professionals in the area, network and to learn about all the different career opportunities available in the world of information professionals.

On a closing note, we asked everyone who stopped by our table during the iWelcome Fair to name their favorite special library. Here’s what everyone shared, and we think this is a great list:

The mini free library in my neighborhood
Suzzallo-Allen Library, University of Washington
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
Huntington Library
Library of Congress
Museum of Natural History
Amsterdam’s public library
New York Botanical Garden Library
Swem library (college of William and Mary)
UW Engineering Library
Too many to list here
Burlington Public Library
Edmonds and Everett Public Libraries
Bellevue College LMC
MIT science library
King’s College, Cambridge
LBJ Austin forever
Seattle Central/Rainer Special Collections
Folger Shakespeare library
Any Pacific NW library!
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Vancouver, BC public library
Reading Room at the British Museum


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