SALIS Committees: Advocacy
Chair: Andrea Mitchell, SALIS Executive
Director, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communicaton: SALIS-A listserv (members only: email@example.com
History & Purpose:
The Advocacy Committee was created informally in 2004 with
the fight to SAVE
ETOH, the NIAAA Alcohol Science Database. It was formally
approved by the Board in 2007 at the Strategy Planning Meeting
in Reno, Nevada.
It's purpose is to:
- Promote matters of common interest and other information
issues of the Alcohol and Other Drug Libraries and Information
- To make these issues known in the larger alcohol and
- To promote the need for digitization and preservation
of alcohol and other drug materials and literature currently
owned by our member libraries.
Communication: The committee communicates
by email and phone.
Projects & Activities:
The Advocacy Committee has been monitoring the downsizing and elimination
of ATOD libraries and databases.
It endeavors to increase awareness of this situation in
the AOD field by making presentations at conferences, and
encourages the development of resolutions be made by other
AOD organizations to recognize the importance of information
collection, organization and dissemination to the strength
of the field. action to halt the closure of addiction specialist libraries and databases, before valuable resources and expertise are lost forever. An editorial by members of the SALIS Advocacy Committee outlines the problem and recommends action. "Collective Amnesia: Reversing the Global Epidemic of Addiction Library Closures" was published free online in the journal Addiction. along with an Editorial and Press Release. SALIS members and others are encouraged to share this important issue with colleagues in both the addiction and library communities.
Presentations on this issue were made at meetings of the Kettil
Bruun Society (KBS) in June of 2008, and at the
Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) in September,
2008. A third presentation was made at the Elisad
meeting in 2008 entitled "Threats to Our Intellectual
History" This paper was co-authored by seventeen scientists
and librarians, and discusses the larger political and social
issues surrounding the elimination of our libraries and
their gate-keepers. This paper was originally presented
at the 2008 KBS by Dr. Kaye Fillmore.
SALIS Digitization Project
SALIS is collaborating with the Internet Archive to develop The SALIS Collection -- a digital collection focused on substance abuse within the Internet Archive. To facilitate that project, we set up a project database to help us organize the books added or nominated for addition by SALIS members, so that we don't duplicate the selections made by other members.
A meeting of scientists at the KBS encouraged the idea
of digitization of materials which may be lost in this period
of downsizing. A group was formed on this issue, and to
date a small funding has been received to explore the challenges
of co-ordinating a project on ATOD digitization. Members
of Advocacy Committee will meet to discuss this exploratory
project at the Halifax SALIS meeting.