2016 Orlando

Knowledge Engineers of the Future: Re-imagining ourselves, our careers, and our industry.

Each year, the pharmaceutical and health technology field’s top information professionals come together at the Spring Meeting for a unique opportunity to network, learn, and spread our own ideas.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Canton

Dr. James Canton

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, keynote presenter, author, and visionary business advisor. For over 25 years, he has been insightfully predicting the key trends that shape our world. He is a leading authority on future trends in innovation and technology. He is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government clients.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton has been a commentator on CNBC, Fox and CNN and his work has been recognized by Forbes, the Economist, PBS, Fortune, Discovery and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Future Smart, Managing the Game Changing Trends that will Shape Your World, The
Extreme Future and Technofutures.

CE Course: Mary Ellen Bates

Investing in Insight: Effectively Communicating the Value of Info Pros


Understanding and effectively communicating the strategic value of information professionals and special libraries is always challenging. In order to be seen as the key resources we are, info pros must find ways to demonstrate our contributions in ways that are compelling and persuasive to upper management.

In this half-day workshop, Mary Ellen Bates will enable participants to identify, articulate, measure and communicate the strategic value of information professionals and the information center. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Clients’ Most Strategic Information Needs: How to identify your clients’ biggest pain points. (Hint: it’s not what you think it is)
  • Measuring What Matters: Developing meaningful KPIs
  • Talking About Your Value: Three techniques that work and four reasons your communications can fail
Mary Ellen Bates (mbates@BatesInfo.com) is an info-entrepreneur, providing strategic business analysis to business professionals, and consulting services to the information industry. She received her MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley and worked as a special librarian for over a decade before starting Bates Information Services in 1991. She is a frequent international speaker and the author of seven books, most recently The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Making a Living Doing What You Love.

Monday, April 4th

Knowledge Engineers of the Future

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Canton, CEO, Institute for Global Futures, Inc.

Embedded Librarianship: Knowledge Engineering on the Front Lines: Real Life Examples From Embedded Information Professionals

  • Presenters: Molly Bernard, Seattle Genetics; Kathy Degenhardt, Medtronic; Tara Breton, Health Advances LLC
  • Moderator: Kim Emmons, WRF Capital/Washington Research Foundation

The Evolving Information Professional: Core Competencies for the Future

  • Presenters:Alex Feng, Novo Nordisk; Mindy Beattie, Gilead; Anne Caputo, SLA Core Competencies Task Force and Anne CAPUTO Consulting
  • Moderator: Michael Keane , GlaxoSmithKline Consumer

Stepping Off a Cliff – Going it Alone or How to Survive in an Outsourced World

  • Presenters: Kerry Kushinka and Donna Sees, PharmIntell Consulting


Tuesday, April 5, 2016


From Automation to Augmentation: How to Navigate and Succeed in the New Cognitive Technology­Driven Economy ­­

  • Presenter: Christopher Mundy, Intercept Pharmaceuticals

From the Bench to the Bedside: Cutting-Edge Big Data Initiatives in Pharma and Healthcare ­­

  • Presenters: Amy Affelt, Compass Lexecon

Successful Surveys by Design: How to Increase Your Odds of Collecting Meaningful Data ­ ­

  • Presenter: Sean Smith, InfoDesk

Identifying Trends/Shifts in Medical Devices 

  • Presenters: Bruce Carlson, MarketResearch.com; Jocelyn August, Informa; Matt Eberle, BizInt
  • Moderator, Amanda Adams

The Future of SLA ­­

  • Presenter: Tom Rink, Association President