From Across the Globe for SLA 2014

SLA member Penny Leach, based in the U.K., will be in Vancouver for SLA 2014.  Join her and our other series contributors in June for a fantastic learning and networking experience.

Penny LeachHi there! I booked my place for Vancouver back in December, as this is a “must- do” event for me.  For starters, measured by the number of attendees and the range of sessions, there is no event quite like it for information professionals in Europe.  From past experience — this will be my eighth SLA conference — I knew that I would find many sessions and other opportunities to help me fulfill my multiple responsibilities.

Firstly, I look for sessions that will bolster my professional skills as an external content buyer for an international financial institution.  The breakfast session hosted by the Content Buying Section of the Leadership & Management Division is one of those therefore on my calendar already:  Managing External Content and Online Tools for the Enterprise.  That session also helps me support LMD, for which I am the 2015 conference program planner.

As a chapter board member, I am hoping to raise the profile of my home chapter SLA Europe, and will be attending the chapter’s Working across Cultures, a Spotlight session panel on cross-culture communication that includes SLA Europe Chapter President Don Roll.  I’m also looking forward to the International Reception, where SLA Europe’s 2014 Early Career Conference Award winners will officially be recognised.

I also like to take the opportunity to update my knowledge of information industry trends, broaden my management vision, and maybe get a peek in to adjacent industries.  As usual, the programme does not disappoint, and my biggest problem is choosing between sessions.  Of those I’ve highlighted so far, I would pick out Social Media: Beyond Lurking–Data Mining and Putting the Pieces Together to give me more of an insight into the world of my work colleagues in our communications department and the possibilities of social media mining for professional activities.  I’ve also put on my calendar another Spotlight session, Data for Dinner: Data Mining from Farm to Table, to learn more about big data and its practical applications.

The conference is also a great opportunity to catch up with global contacts in person, to make new acquaintances, and to come across new products and services.  Oh, and I get to have fun and add on a holiday afterwards!  So what’s not to like?  I hope to see you there.

We hope to see you at SLA 2014.  Register today.

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