SLA and its Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies Division Partner to Bring DPHT Annual Meeting to Baltimore

Partnership brings SLA’s popular unit meeting to SLA 2018 Annual Conference

McLean, Virginia, 15 November 2017—The Special Libraries Association (SLA) and the SLA Pharmaceutical and Health Technologies Division (DPHT) are pleased to announce a partnership that will bring DPHT’s annual meeting to Baltimore, Maryland, next year.

DPHT will hold its 2018 annual meeting immediately prior to SLA’s well attended annual conference. The DPHT meeting is scheduled for June 9–10, 2018, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, and the SLA 2018 Annual Conference will officially kick off the morning of Monday, June 11, at the Baltimore Convention Center, with pre-conference activities also on June 9 and 10.

The co-location of the DPHT Annual Meeting and SLA’s annual conference will give pharmaceutical and health technologies specialists in the information profession two major education opportunities in one location. After the successful SLA 2017 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, SLA leadership is proud to bring this energy to Baltimore.

SLA President Dee Magnoni shared her excitement, “SLA wants to provide its members and other information professionals with every opportunity to learn and network in person, but we understand the demands of everyday life that can make it hard to travel multiple times a year. This is why we’re so excited to bring one of the popular unit meetings together with the SLA 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore next year.”

Bringing the DPHT Annual Meeting to Baltimore helps increase buying power for DPHT by integrating its registration, housing, and other conference vendors with SLA’s annual conference. SLA staff will work to enhance opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors, bringing even more SLA members to supportive industry partners. Mindy Beattie concurred, “As chair-elect of DPHT, I’m really excited to see this partnership come together. Combining resources and efforts with SLA staff and leadership will help us produce an even better experience for our unit members and our partners.”

“SLA is about connecting information professionals. Co-locating the DPHT meeting with the SLA annual conference demonstrates the strength of our mission,” shared SLA Executive Director Amy L. Burke.

Registration is set to open in early December for both education opportunities.

About SLA:
The Special Libraries Association (SLA), founded in 1909, is a nonprofit international organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves and connects information professionals in more than 50 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

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