At A Glance
The Future is Now!
Registration for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference opens December 2016. Early bird registration rates available until March 31, 2017.
Note: The Opening General Session is on Sunday, June 18; however, the conference itself will already be under way, with continuing education courses, business meetings, and special events on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17.
With thought-provoking and professionally relevant educational sessions, networking events you’ll eagerly look forward to, and all of your must-visit exhibitors on hand, SLA 2017 will be an unforgettable conference experience you can’t afford to miss!
The SLA 2017 Annual Conference is the premier event for information professionals who want to develop essential skills, network with colleagues, explore noteworthy trends in knowledge and information management, and access leading information product and service providers at the INFO-EXPO.
Special librarians and other information professionals come together at SLA’s annual conferences to network, learn best practices, and share ideas. SLA 2017 attendees will hear firsthand about the latest technological advances and innovations and discover how they can benefit from them and effectively implement them in their own organizations.
What’s New for 2017
Better Flow and Added Convenience
We’ve redesigned both the programming schedule and physical layout of the annual conference, to better meet your learning needs and save you time and energy! We’ve intentionally incorporated several dedicated no-conflict times to ensure you don’t miss out on educational sessions when you go to the INFO-EXPO, and vice-versa. We’ve also decreased the distances between the various activity locations. No wasted space + no wasted time = a more attendee-friendly conference!
Easy-to-Identify Sessions with Related Content Focus
The content of one conference session frequently overlaps with and/or relates to content from other sessions. We’ve located these connections and highlighted several key recurring topics and, whenever relevant, mapped each educational session to one of four thematic Learning Streams:
-Data Management and Curation
-Metrics, Analytics, and Assessment
Session Levels Tailored to Varied Learning Needs
Ever attended a session so advanced you felt utterly lost and overwhelmed? Or attended one that would’ve been more helpful earlier in your career? We’re hoping to minimize those experiences by categorizing educational sessions according to three levels: Fundamental, Intermediate, and Master Class.
Fun New Ways to Unwind!
We know our attendees love to get to know fellow info pros and reconnect with friends. We also know that conference attendees need a mental break every now and then. That’s why we’re introducing Main Street SLA and The Park, two perfect settings to recharge and get in some all-important downtime with colleagues. Main Street SLA serves as the conference’s hub and is a place for building connections, exchanging ideas, and learning more about SLA and its community and units. The Park is a recreation area where you can let loose, put your feet up, and chat with other attendees.
More Unifying Elements for a Collective Experience
At SLA 2017, in addition to the customary Opening General Session on Sunday and Tuesday’s Closing General Session, Monday will also feature its own General Session. Each General Session is open to all conference attendees and exhibitors. Additionally, we’ve thoughtfully scheduled the General Sessions so that the maximum number of people can attend and be able to share the inspiration and insights gleaned from each General Session.
Health and Wellness Activities
You asked for them, so we’re offering them! The 2017 conference will feature wellness activities like yoga to keep your mind and body active and energized during the conference!
Conference Registration Remains Open
In years past, conference registration has closed temporarily in January and then reopened. Registration for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference will remain open from now until the conference itself—where onsite registration will still be offered. But take note: Since we’re keeping registration open through January, SLA 2017’s Early Bird deadline—March 31, 2017—is earlier than in previous years.
Lowest Conference Hotel Rates in Years!
It’s true! We’ve secured incredible SLA block room rates with our housing provider, Experient. Take advantage by tacking on an extra day or two for sightseeing in the Southwest. Housing Registration is officially open now, too.