DUSLA owes its existance to two organizations: Drexel's iSchool and the Special Libraries Association (SLA). We are also active with the Philadelphia SLA chapter.
Founded in 1892, The iSchool at Drexel's Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) is one of the oldest and most respected programs of its kind in the nation. The program is ranked ninth in the nation overall by U.S. News & World Report.
Special Libraries Association
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international professional organization of more than 12,500 members. Since its founding in 1909, SLA has worked to meet its goal to advance the leadership role of the special librarian/information professional by providing a variety of services to enhance it members’ professional skills and advance the interest of the special libraries communities. The association is made up of 56 regional chapters (including the Philadelphia Chapter), 28 subject divisions, and numerous committees. This structure provides opportunities for each member to participate in the association.
Founded in 1919, the Philadelphia Chapter of SLA has over 300 members who serve industry, business, research, educational and technical institutions in the tristate area (PA, DE, NJ) from the Delaware Valley to Central PA. We are employed by corporations, government agencies, public and university libraries, newspapers and other organizations requiring or providing specialized information.