SLA 2014 Annual Conference Transcends Borders in Vancouver – 23 June 2014

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Phone: 703.647.4917

SLA 2014 Annual Conference Transcends Borders in Vancouver

June 23, 2014, Alexandria, Va. – The SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, held in Vancouver, B.C., on June 8-10, attracted 2,402 information professionals and representatives of SLA’s exhibiting partners. Of these, 1,652 information professionals registered to attend and participate in more than 200 conference sessions and visit 150 exhibiting companies during the three-day meeting.

The theme of the conference, “Beyond Borders,” was evident not only in the sessions—which focused on efficient methods to expand the delivery of information services to new audiences and  disciplines—but also in the 464 first-time attendees and 691 attendees from outside the United States. These first-timers transcended their own professional development “border” by attending the conference to network and learn for the first time with leaders of their industry. Thirty-six countries were represented at the conference.

“We were proud to see our veteran and first-time conference attendees make the trip to beautiful Vancouver,” said Janice Lachance, chief executive officer of SLA. “The first-timers were able to experience directly the core that makes our association and this conference so unique—the passionate and innovative leadership of our information professionals and our vendor partners. And all of our attendees were able to enjoy the fruits of a renewed vision of our conference, which featured such new additions as Quick Takes—fast-paced 15-minute sessions on fresh topics like Big Data, altmetrics, and analytical and mapping tools. We look forward to building upon this vision in Boston next year and in the years beyond.”

Awards and Honors
The opening morning of the conference included a special awards and honors ceremony. This time-honored tradition highlighted the achievements of the following individuals:

  • John Cotton Dana Award: Cindy Hill
  • SLA Hall of Fame: Jane Dysart, Ann Shea, Anne Caputo
  • Rose L. Vormelker Award: Libby Trudell
  • Dow Jones Innovate Award: Tracy Z. Maleeff
  • 2014 SLA Fellows: Mary Ellen Bates, Catherine Lavallée-Welch, Tony Landolt, Daniel Lee, Leslie Reynolds
  • Copyright Clearance Center Rising Stars: Angela June Aranas Kent, Tanya Whippie, Sam Wiggins

Platinum Conference Partners
The above-and-beyond support of two organizations made the conference possible:

  • Springer
  • Dow Jones

Gold Partners
These partners supported attendee services, conference sessions, and networking events that were critical to a successful event:

  • Bloomberg BNA
  • Copyright Clearance Center
  • IET Inspec
  • IHS
  • LexisNexis
  • Lucidea
  • The New York Times
  • ProQuest
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wolters Kluwer | Ovid

Silver Sponsors and exhibitors
By exhibiting their services and supporting SLA through sponsorships, representatives of SLA’s Silver Partners made valuable business connections with many attendees. SLA recognizes the following Silver Sponsors as well as all of the valued exhibiting partners who filled the INFO-EXPO for three days.

  • Financial Times
  • Law 360
  • NewsEdge
  • Wiley

SLA 2015
The SLA 2015 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO will be held June 14-16 in Boston. The conference will reprise the “Quick Take” sessions (which debuted this year in Vancouver) and will also include the popular vendor-sponsored Hot Topic sessions. New additions for 2015 will include “Master Class Sessions,” an incarnation of spotlight sessions from past years that will cover advanced-level topics, as well as “Crescendo Sessions” which require presenters to progress from beginner-to-advanced level topic explorations within a single 90-minute session. The keynote speaker will be Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor of Fortune magazine.

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 68 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking initiatives. For more information, visit

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