SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

DBIO Recommended Practices - Appendix E

Leadership Tools

Association Policies And Practices
The Special Libraries Association has established Policies and Practices for various topics related to the Association and its operations. Some of the Policies and Practices were established for various program areas in the Association. These Policies and Practices are to serve as informational purposes for SLA Staff, SLA Board of Directors and SLA Association Units. The Policies and Practices are reviewed periodically to ensure that they are still current. If at anytime you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Natasha Kenner at or 1-703-647-4921.

Available Forms

More resources are available on the Division Leadership page.

Available Handbooks

The following handbooks are available by contacting the Association's Leadership Department.
  • Affirmative Action Handbook
  • Bulletin Editors Handbook
  • Fundraising Handbook
  • Government Relations Handbook
  • Strategic Planning Handbook
  • Mentorship Handbook
  • Public Relations Handbook
  • Tax and Legal Handbook
  • Unit Treasurer Policy & Procedure Manual

For more information about the Program Planners Handbook contact SLA.

Leadership Connections

View the blog, Leadership Connections, (formerly LEADERS.COMmunique), at

Leadership email lists are available at:

Leadership Webinars

In addition to the Practices outlined in the document, another useful resource is the collection of Leadership Webinars. The goal is to provide guidance and resources to help SLA unit leaders in administering a successful and efficient unit. The database can be searched by topic by Chapter, Division or Caucus.

Division Idea Bank

The Division Idea Bank is a wiki devoted to sharing our most creative ideas as a resource for all Division leadership.

NOTE: Access to this content requires a login and password. SLA Members must sign up for an account to the wiki to access this content. Registration is available at

Robert's Rules of Order

In 1876 General Henry M. Robert set out to bring the rules of the American Congress to members of ordinary societies with the publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. It sold half a million copies before this revision of 1915 and made Robert’s name synonymous with the orderly rule of reason in deliberative societies. SLA meetings are commonly run utilizing Robert’s Rules. For full-text of this Manual see:


The Association's Leadership Department offers an online survey tool to make your job easier and at no cost to you. We've set up an account for you to use an online survey tool at

Your sign-in e-mail is:; and password: slaunits.

You can request a current listing of your unit's e-mails by completing the request form at: or send the survey link to your discussion list.

Rev. May 2014