What is the Military Libraries Division (DMIL)?
DMIL, a division of the Special Libraries Association, brings together members from all the U.S. military services, the Canadian Combined Armed Forces, other national military services, other DoD agencies, contractors and vendors, and anyone with an interest in military librarianship. Our goal is to promote the profession both within our organizations and to the world at large and also to assist our members to develop the core competencies required in this new age of knowledge management. We accomplish this through program sponsorship at the annual SLA meetings, sponsorship of our own annual Division meeting, the Military Libraries Workshop (MLW), networking, committee participation, and publication of our newsletter, Military Libraries.
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Why should I join? What’s in it for me?
- Get the inside track on employment opportunities at military installations and DoD organizations around the world
- Network with colleagues from all services; a small community which spans the globe
- Keep current with technology and trends
- Develop leadership skills by participating on committees and planning programs, moderating panels, or delivering presentations.
- Receive a reduced rate to attend the annual Military Librarians Workshop, an annual fall meeting held at various sites throughout the country.
How is DMIL organized?
DMIL consists of the membership, the DMIL Executive Board and also an Executive Board for our annual Military Librarians Workshop. The DMIL Board consists of twelve members: the Division Chair, the Chair-Elect, the immediate Past Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer and three Directors-at-Large, and representatives from US Army, Navy/Marine Corps, Air Force, and DoD.
Major Committees of the Division are:
Discussion List Moderator
Military Libraries Workshop
What is MLW?
The Military Libraries Workshop is an annual professional event of the Military Libraries Division. It began in 1957 at Air University, and every year since then has been hosted by a military installation. Recent ones have been at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Ft Leavenworth, KS, Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, and the Defense Technical Information Center in Fort Belvoir, VA.
DMIL members receive a discount on Workshop registration, but it is open to all who have an interest in the military library community. The Workshop features nationally-known keynoters as well as high-quality programs which deal with issues pertinent to the military library community. This is the place to meet and network with your colleagues from all the services, to become involved by giving presentations, working on committees, or on other activities that help you to grow professionally in a supportive environment.
How can I join? How much does it cost?
Complete the SLA application form* and check DMIL as your preferred division.
All SLA members may affiliate with one chapter and one division at no charge. If DMIL is your second division, the cost is an additional $15 for your SLA membership fee.
If you would like more information about joining our division, contact the Membership Chair, or the Chair of DMIL.