Leading Special Librarians Gather in Philadelphia for SLA 2016 Annual Conference

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Focus is on learning new business and leadership skills

Value was at a premium in Philadelphia, with 98 percent of attendees surveyed reporting they considered their participation in SLA2016 a productive use of their organization's time and resources.

Leadership skills and business strategies were on the minds of top information professionals who gathered in Philadelphia in mid-June for the 2016 Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

The three-day conference offered more than 100 educational sessions as well as networking events, business meetings and social activities for 2,500-plus attendees, and an exhibit hall featuring products and services from 173 industry partners. Highlights included an opening keynote presentation on learning and leading by management coach and consultant Erika Andersen, the presentation of awards to distinguished SLA members, the introduction of SLA’s new executive director, and a closing keynote on librarian leaders by author Marilyn Johnson.

The educational sessions were presented in a variety of formats, ranging from 20-minute “Quick Takes” to intensive, 90-minute Master Classes. Session topics included strategic planning, becoming the CEO of your organization’s information center, integrating customer relationship management into corporate research, digital counter-intelligence, cyber-hygiene, gathering business intelligence, curating content, and “infopreneurship.” Value was at a premium in Philadelphia, with 98 percent of attendees surveyed reporting they considered their participation in SLA2016 a productive use of their organization's time and resources. The full conference schedule is available for viewing through the mobile app planner.

At the opening general session, SLA presented its top honor, the John Cotton Dana Award, to Jim Matarazzo of Simmons College and Toby Pearlstein of Bain and Company. The two have collaborated on many research projects on special librarianship over the years. SLA also presented its Rising Star and Judith L. Vormelker Awards, named five new SLA Fellows, and inducted two members into its Hall of Fame.

For more information about the specific activities within the conference, read the SLA 2016 conference recap.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 50 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia, and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit sla.org.

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