SLA Press Release – 27 July 2012

SLA Contact:
John Walsh
Phone: 1.703.647.4917

SLA 2012 Facilitates Skill Enhancement, Fresh Thinking for Thousands

Alexandria, Virginia, 27 July 2012 – The SLA 2012 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, held in Chicago on July 15-18, attracted 3,473 information professionals and representatives of SLA’s exhibiting partners. Of these, 1,613 paid to attend the full conference, which represents a 20% increase compared to attendance in Philadelphia last year.

SLA’s INFO-EXPO, the premier exhibition of information management products and services, featured 207 companies showcasing their latest offerings.

Thought leaders facilitated more than 200 productive sessions, including the wildly popular 60 Sites in 60 Minutes (exploring new and under-utilized information Websites), From Info Pro to Info Hero: 5 Easy Ways to Turn Information into Insight, Tales from the Trenches: Contract Negotiation is not for the Faint of Heart, and Librarian as Entrepreneur: Contributing to Your Organization’s Bottom Line through Marketing Initiatives.

As reflected in the session titles, information professionals are assuming increasingly varied roles, while relying on a foundation of superior information management skills and expertise to achieve success and leadership in their fields.

“Thousands of hours of hard work by SLA members and staff and our industry partners went into this conference,” recapped Janice Lachance, SLA’s chief executive officer, during her speech on the last day of the conference. “The results speak for themselves: more than 250 educational sessions, continuing education courses, business meetings, and networking events; an INFO-EXPO hall packed with 200 vendors; a thought-provoking presentation by our keynote speaker, Guy Kawasaki; and something else that can’t be measured–a sense of community pride that comes from sharing ideas and knowledge and insights with your colleagues and being so energized by the experience that you can’t wait to come back and do it all over again next year.”

Awards and Honors
The opening evening 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: Dr. Jesus Lau
  • SLA Hall of Fame: Sharon Lenius, Susan Fifer Canby
  • Dow Jones Leadership Award: Christine (Kee) Malesky
  • ProQuest & Dialog Member Achievement Award: Daniel Lee
  • Rose L. Vormelker Award: Bruce Rosenstein, Denise Callihan
  • 2012 SLA Fellows: Scott Brown, Ann Cullen, Ruth Kneale, Chris Olson, Roberto Sarmiento
  • 2012 SLA Rising Stars, Sponsored by J.J. Keller: Davis Erin Anderson, Janel Kinlaw, Moy McIntosh, Chris Zammarelli

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

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

SLA 2013
The SLA 2013 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO will be held 9-11 June in San Diego, under the theme “Connect, Collaborate and Strategize.” The conference will feature focused continuing education courses, 4 lengthened session slots (2 hours rather than 90 minutes) to allow for the most in-depth discussion possible, and a cutting edge exhibit hall. The keynote speaker is Mike Walsh, author of The CEO of Tomorrow and leading authority on the digital revolution and emerging markets.

About SLAThe Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 9,000 members in 75 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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