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The SLA New York Conference & Expo

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SLA New York is pleased to announce its inaugural Conference & Expo, which will take place on Thursday, September 18th at Baruch’s Vertical Campus. Our goal is to have an annual event where members and non-members in the NY Metropolitan area have both an opportunity to focus on the trends and technology that impact information professionals as well as a vehicle for intensive professional development.   This year we invite you to “Invest In Yourself” with a day packed with learning about “New Tools and Techniques” applied in the areas of social media and training and development. The tone for the day will be set by SLA President-Elect, Jill Strand, whose keynote will issue the charge for us to “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our Profession & Association”.

Jill will show us how the information profession has evolved in recent years, from inward looking technical experts to outward looking client-centric enablers. She will trace this evolution across findings from the recent surveys and reports from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and partner studies from  SLA and the Financial Times as well as special libraries associations in Australia. In doing so she’ll identify the unique skill sets that librarians and knowledge professionals bring to their organizations and how SLA can help them to showcase that value to internal and external decision makers.

Takeaways for information professionals at all career stages will include:

  • An understanding of industry trends and key competencies needed to succeed
  • High-level and compelling articulation of our unique skill sets
  • An actionable framework for the information function in any organization
  • Strategic & proactive thinking about value we offer today
  • How SLA can be an important part of your professional toolkit; a “sandbox” for learning and career growth.

In her role as Director of Knowledge Management at Maslon Edelman Borman and Brand LLP, a leading commercial law and litigation firm in Minneapolis , Jill has experienced firsthand the demands for not only increased technical skills but the need to understand and apply information tools and technologies so that they enable collaborative relationships and knowledge sharing across the organization. And like the rest of us, Jill is no stranger to the need to solidify our position as the best solution to our organization’s strategic knowledge and decision-making needs. These professional experiences as well as her high level participation in SLA have enabled Jill to “reinvision” the role of the information professional against the backdrop of a society where information literacy skills will be prized; formal and informal learning resources will abound; and privacy and big data need to managed.

These are exciting developments for the profession and, in short, Jill will expose us to some of the new business models evolving as a result as well as provide a broad overview of the professional, personal, and core competencies needed today based on highlights from recent SLA and IFLA surveys and studies.

We hope that you will join us at the SLA New York Conference and Expo to hear Jill Strand first hand as she takes the reins of SLA leadership, as well as other top experts in social media and professional development.

New: Speaker Bios

Download the updated agenda here.

Register is still open for the evening reception and vendor exhibits.

See who’s attending!
More Conference & Expo news here.


With thanks to our business partners.
Conference sponsors and exhibitors include:

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