Get Your Employer’s OK for SLA 2014

You know why you need to attend SLA 2014, but does your employer? If not, use the letter below to help make your case. Simply copy and paste the text or download the electronic file, tailor it to your specific needs, and send it to your boss. You can also download the Conference Preview brochure to include with your letter.

Dear [Employer],

I don’t have to tell you that in today’s information- and innovation-intensive world, we have to be able to continually redefine ourselves to meet the challenges we face. That’s why I need your approval to attend the Special Libraries Association’s 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver this June.

SLA 2014 is the one conference that I consider absolutely essential. My job as an information professional is to ensure that everyone here at [organization] has the information, insights and knowledge to make good decisions and help us gain a competitive advantage. SLA 2014 will help me do my job better by providing me with opportunities to share ideas and best practices, meet industry experts, and expand my professional horizons.

At SLA 2014, I can choose from hundreds of educational sessions and workshops on the latest trends in gathering, organizing, analyzing and sharing information and knowledge. Just these four workshop titles—“It’s a Brave MOOC World,” “Managing and Marketing Digital Content,” “Developing a Knowledge-Sharing Culture,” and “Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship”—will give you an idea of the wide range of topics and concepts being covered.

In just three days (June 8-10) in Vancouver, I’ll learn enough to make a lasting difference for our organization. And I’ll also gain hands-on knowledge of new information products and services, because SLA 2014 is the largest information and knowledge management exposition in North America.

Best of all, SLA 2014 is a great value. Registration fees are much lower than those for most conferences of this caliber, and Vancouver’s food and lodging prices are comparable to those of other major conference locations.

If you give me the go-ahead—and I sincerely hope you will—you can expect me to return from Vancouver with plenty of practical ideas I can put to work right away. Please let me know if you would like additional information, or visit SLA’s Website at for details.


[Your Name]

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