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. Incorporated in California since 1988, SALIS is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3) as a non-profit corporation.

Brief History
SALIS was created in 1978 with assistance from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In 1986, Librarians and Information Specialists in Addictions (LISA), the Canadian counterpart, merged with SALIS. SALIS is a non-profit organization with an Executive Director and a member-elected Board.

In 1989, SALIS became an affiliate member of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA). SALIS continues in an active role of collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) RADAR Network and NIAAA-CSAP Alcohol and Other Drug Thesaurus project.


  • Promote the dissemination of knowledge and objective, accurate information about the use and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Provide a communications network for those working in the ATOD field.
  • Encourage cooperation and linkages among members and information centers.
  • Serve as an advocate for members on matters of common interest.
  • Support professional development programs.

SALIS bylaws establish the principles under which the organization is governed. Bylaws

Support for Members to Promote SALIS and SALIS Projects
In May 2013 the SALIS Board approved a new policy offering support to SALIS members who attend a professional conference or meeting to promote SALIS and SALIS projects.  Up to two Travel Grants of up to $200 each will be offered per year.  Travel Policy






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