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SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists) is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.

"A Broader Vision: The Value of Multidisciplinary Lenses" 38th SALIS Conference, Denver, Colorado, May 4-7, 2016

Denver, Colorado, USAFor the first time, SALIS will partner with the Association of Mental Health Librarians to present a combined conference. According to the American College of Physicians, mental and substance use disorders alone are estimated to surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of worldwide disability by 2020 (Crowley and Kirschner, 2015). With this in mind, our conference "A Broader Vision: The Value of Multidisciplinary Lenses" presents a fitting theme for a SALIS-AMHL collaboration that will be held in a city with such spectacular views of the horizon.

SALIS - AMHL Conference
May 4-7, 2016
Denver, Colorado, USA

SALIS and AMHL will meet at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, starting with a welcome reception on Wednesday evening May 4, proceed with full-day sessions on May 5 and 6, and wrap up midday on Saturday May 7. Deadlines for early-bird registration and hotel reservations are coming up soon, so check out the 2016 conference web page for details!

The SALIS Collection Tops 600!

SALIS and The Internet Archive are partnering on a digital library of books focused on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The SALIS Collection includes books of significance to the ATOD field from any relevant discipline -- medicine, psychology, history, sociology -- and more, with books from North America, Europe, and Australia, in English and other languages. Once digitized, anyone can "check out" a digital copy of a book and read it online.

The SALIS Collection already holds more than 600 books -- titles like Jellinek's "The Disease Concept of Alcoholism" and "The Biography of Mrs. Mary Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous." Hundreds more are in the pipeline awaiting digitization by the Internet Archive, while we raise funds to support the digitization effort. Read more about the Collection and how you can support this work!.


Friend of SALIS Joel Fort, 1929 - 2015

Joel Fort, MD, addiction psychiatrist and long-time friend of SALIS, passed away on August 23, 2015. Dr. Fort specialized in public health, criminology, and independent social reform and, during his fifty-five years in the field, created and led a number of visionary programs to help thousands of people suffering from substance use disorders and other mental health issues. Dr. Fort authored nine books and 105 articles in popular and scientific publications. He also influenced a generation of public health and social service professionals through his classroom teaching at several universities the topics of of social justice, ethics, substance use disorders, and conflict resolution.

Believing in the SALIS Digitization (Digs) Project from the very beginning, Dr. Fort not only provided funds, but also donated several of his own authored books. In addition to Alcohol: Our Biggest Drug Problem (1973), Dr. Fort’s best known books in the AOD field include The Addicted Society: Pleasure-Seeking and Punishment Revisited (1981) and The Pleasure-Seekers: The Drug Crisis, Youth, and Society (1969).

Read remembrances of Dr. Fort from SALIS and from the LA Times and SFGate.

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