Posted on May 22, 2013.
As you all know the SLA Annual Conference and INFO-EXPO is fast approaching; so I thought it might be helpful to give you a little rundown of all the information you will need to make this a fun and successful conference. I myself am unable to attend, but our current Western Chapter President Dawn Bassett will be attending and I look forward to hearing all about what great information she picks up there.
If this is your first SLA Conference the very first thing you should check out is Tips for First Time Attendees. Here you will find all kinds of great information such as information about sessions, what to do before you get there, how to get the most out of the conference in regards to sessions, booths, networking etc. and about events that you shouldn’t miss out on.
If this is your first conference be sure to check out the SLA Fellows and First-Timers Meet on Saturday June 8th, 5pm-6pm at the Marriott, Coronado Terrace. This is an excellent chance to network with SLA Fellow and to gather tips and tricks about the conference.
The conference is of course a fantastic place to see great speakers, find out all the newest information about Special Libraries but it is also of course a great place to network. Check out some of the great networking opportunities open to you at this years conference:
Meet the CID! Networking Dinner– Come meet the Competitive Intelligence Division and enjoy a dinner at San Diego’s Fish Market.
Networking for Wallflowers – Networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone so here is your opportunity to network with others while learning how to network.
Canadian Reception– Presented by the Eastern Canada Chapter here’s a chance to meet and network with some of your fellow Canadian members.
International Reception– This event is open to all and celebrates the international activities of our SLA associations. Get out and meet some SLA international members.
Remember not all your networking opportunities have to come from conferences and dinners don’t be afraid to go and have some fun networking as well such as :
It Dance Party
Highlights of San Diego
MAHD Book Talk on the High Seas
Gaslamp Historical District Tour
These are all fun ways to meet some new people and Network, Network, Network!
There is so much to see and do at the conference so how do you narrow it down? Well first of all follow this great tip: Step outside your comfort zone and or area of specialty. Just because it doesn’t directly apply to you doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting and beneficial. Get out there and explore as much as you possibly can! You never know what you may learn that you will be able to bring back to your library.
Here is some interesting sessions you may want to check out:
60 Sites in 60 Minutes– This is a very popular session that explores under-utilized Websites. What have you been missing on the internet?
What Hard-Core Technologies does the Librarian Need to Know– We all know we have to embrace technology here you can learn a little about what technologies libraries are/will be using in 2013.
Panel Discussion: Connect, Collaborate, Strategize: A panel of information pros will be discussing and debating popular topics of the conference and throughout the year.
Go Beyond Google: Gathering Competitive Intelligence: In this session you will hear a variety of methods to better collect and analyze open source intelligence from around the web.
Spotlight Session: E-Books and How they Affect Special Libraries: This panel of special librarians and a member of the publishing industry will discuss the needs specific to special libraries in regards to E-Books and what we can do to address them.
Don’t forget to check out this year’s Keynote Speaker Mike Walsh
There is so much to see and do at this conference but do not feel overwhelmed, just relax have fun and take in as much as you can.
For much more information please check www.sla.org/SanDiego2013
And for easy access to all things Conference at your fingertips while you are on the go in San Diego download the Online Conference Planner Mobile App.
There are also some great free San Diego apps on the Itunes app store that you may want to check out. Download a free map app so you don’t get lost. Perhaps you are staying after the conference to visit the city? There are apps that help you out with all the top attractions.
I hope everyone has a fantastic time in San Diego and please feel free to contribute your experience to the next issue!
Happy learning and networking everyone!
SLA Bulletin Editor Wired West
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