‘I Would Go No Matter What’
Are you saving to attend SLA 2014 in Vancouver? Think you can’t save that much money, or that it’s your employer’s responsibility to pay your way? Pam Casey begs to differ. Read her post below, the third in a series that began with Tom Rink and continued with Joy Banks.
Once a year, I leave my familiar surroundings of Burlington, Ontario, and attend the SLA Annual Conference. I have been going ever since I joined SLA back in 2001; however, for the past six years, I have been paying all of the expenses on my own.
Now, I can hear you asking me: Why do you pay, not your employer? And why bother going at all?
The way I look at it, the SLA Annual Conference brings me lots and lots of value, and I would go no matter what. During the conference, several things occur for me:
- I attend sessions that are beneficial to me and aid me in my knowledge growth.
- I meet with my colleagues on committees and divisions.
- I go to vendor events in the evening so I can network with everyone in relaxed, informal settings.
- I make sure I attend the exhibit hall, because all the vendors are in one place and I get to learn about all the new things that are happening in our industry.
- I get to hear amazing speakers at the opening and closing sessions.
- I travel to cities in North America that I might never visit at another time.
To me, attending the SLA Annual Conference is a win-win. The clients I work for also gain, since I bring back information about new and exciting technologies.
So, start saving now for the 2014 Annual Conference—which is taking place in my home country—and come along with me on this wonderful journey!