2020 Annual Conference to Be Fully Virtual

2021 Conference Will Also Be Virtual to Ensure Safety of Attendees

McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., 22 July 2020—With the COVID-19 pandemic showing signs of renewed strength, the Special Libraries Association has decided not to offer any in-person programming for the 2020 Annual Conference and will instead present the entire conference agenda virtually to ensure the health and safety of our community while also providing accessible, interactive opportunities for learning, networking, and engagement.

“We have stressed from the outset that the safety of our members and our overall community is our highest priority,” said 2020 President Tara Murray. “Presenting SLA 2020 in a 100% virtual format meets that standard while also allowing us to deliver the educational and networking opportunities for which SLA is known.”

“Although the format of the conference is changing, the essence of the conference—to strengthen our skills, build our professional networks, and celebrate the best of who we are and what we do—remains unchanged,” said 2020 Annual Conference Advisory Chair Tina Franks. “The conference will have a robust learning agenda, opportunities for personal and group interaction, and events that engage our professional partners.”

Given the uncertainty surrounding the spread and duration of COVID-19 and the associated impact on the travel and meeting industries, SLA will also present its 2021 Annual Conference in a 100% virtual format. The 2022 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from July 29–August 2 and will also feature a virtual component for those who cannot attend in person.

Information about the conference agenda, registration, platform, and other details will be shared as it becomes available.

“We are excited to ‘see’ everyone in October at SLA’s virtual interactive experience,” said Murray.

About SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves information professionals in more than 60 countries and in a range of working environments, including business, academia and government agencies. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit sla.org.

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