Conferences for Library Associations
By: Lynn S.


The Special Library Association (SLA) marks 1909 as their genesis in the state of New York; currently, the SLA represents the interests of librarians in over eighty countries internationally. In October 2003, SLA revised and adopted a platform specifically targeting information experts outside of the realm of public and school media specialists. The broad scope of these Special librarians maintain decision-making prowess in corporations, business, science, governmental and academic settings. An essential dimension of membership are SLA-sponsored conferences throughout the year. The unique conference environment is deemed vital to facilitate learning, continuing education and professional development. The Special Library Association has actively touted their event for this year, slated for June 13-16 in captivating New Orleans: SLA 2010 Annual Conferences & INFO-EXPO. Moreover, the theme of SLA echoes with the resounding “We're Taking Information to NEW HEIGHTS," drawing on today’s ever-changing technology and challenging managerial expectations. As information professionals implement strategies, which enable their organizations to ascend new heights.

Upholding the merits of SLA conferences is a plethora of specialties all under one roof. Participants enjoy endless opportunities to network and listen to engaging keynote speakers. James Carville and Mary Matalin are scheduled to open the 2010 SLA Opening General Session and Awards Presentation on Sunday, 13 June 2010. The gala will conclude on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 during the SLA Closing General Session and Membership Meeting, hosted by Nicholas Carr.

SLA remains committed to the sponsorship of conferences and events throughout the year. For those unable to attend annual conferences, many conferences are posted on-line of handouts and presentations. On the local front, each SLA participant includes membership in one chapter and one division. Chapters offer information professionals a chance to interface with others, where they live and work. A division further defines an opportunity to engage with those sharing unique disciplines of special librarianship.

Events & Conferences

Next Conference:
SLA 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO
New Orleans, La., USA 13-16 June

Past Conference:
SLA 2009 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO
Washington, D.C., USA 14-17 June

Future Meetings
SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO


15 -18 July

Chicago, Ill., USA


9-12 June

San Diego, Calif., USA


8-11 June

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


14-17 June

Boston, Mass., USA

Leadership Summit

19-22 January

Washington, DC, USA