Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
37th Annual International Conference

Linking Worlds of Knowledge: SALIS, an International Pathway

April 28 - May 1, 2015

Embassy Suites Bayfront
San Diego, California USA

Update: Registration is OPEN!

Image created by Jonathan Bechtol, 2009 for his M.A. in Digital History at Cal State San Marcos., Diego, California, USA, approaches 2015 with much anticipation, poised to celebrate two significant accomplishments: The centennial of the Panama-California Exposition, a world’s fair marking the opening of the Panama Canal, the first direct pathway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; and the convening of the SALIS 37th annual international conference. San Diego is the first US Pacific Ocean port-of-call from the Panama Canal. The 2015 centennial, a year-long celebration centered in historic Balboa Park, is an ideal time to visit.

The confernce agenda will be attractive to SALIS membership as well as others (NGOs, specialty libraries, federal/state/local public health agencies) concerned with the preservation and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug information resources.   

Preview the draft program and conference highlights!

SALIS has never before met in San Diego, the southwest corner of the USA, bounded by ocean, mountains, and the international border with Mexico. San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California Norte, comprise a cross-border metropolis of 5 million residents. The region, inhabited for at least 10,000 years, first came to the attention of Europeans in 1542. However, it was not until 1769 that Spain began settlement at San Diego with a presidio and mission. California became a USA state in 1850. Today, visitors and residents alike enjoy a wide array of arts, dining, historic, recreational, and scenic attractions. Neighborhoods Coronado, Gaslamp, La Jolla, Little Italy, Point Loma, Tijuana, and more await your arrival.

San Diego Downtown View from Point Loma -Courtesy Joanne DiBona,

San Diego is a nonstop airline destination from over 50 cities, including, domestically, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, Seattle, and Washington, DC; and,  internationally, Mexico City, London, Tokyo, and Toronto.

The Silver Gate Group, based in San Diego, will serve as SALIS’15 local hosts. Principals Barbara Ryan, Lance Segars, and Tom Colthurst, have long respected SALIS goals and benefited from its service to the ATOD field.

Make plans now to attend SALIS in 2015!

For a look at past conferences, please visit our Conference Archive.

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