General Information

The SLA 2017 Annual Conference is the premier event for information professionals who want to develop essential skills, network with colleagues, explore noteworthy trends in knowledge and information management, and access leading information product and service providers at the INFO-EXPO.

Special librarians and other information professionals come together at SLA’s annual conferences to network, learn best practices, and share ideas.  SLA 2017 attendees will hear firsthand about the latest technological advances and innovations and discover how they can benefit from them and effectively implement them in their own organizations.


What Was New for 2017?

Better Flow and Added Convenience
We redesigned both the programming schedule and physical layout of the annual conference, to better meet your learning needs and save you time and energy! We intentionally incorporated several dedicated no-conflict times to ensure you don’t miss out on educational sessions when you go to the INFO-EXPO, and vice-versa. We also decreased the distances between the various activity locations. No wasted space + no wasted time = a more attendee-friendly conference!

Easy-to-Identify Sessions with Related Content Focus
The content of one conference session frequently overlaps with and/or relates to content from other sessions. We located these connections and highlighted several key recurring topics and, whenever relevant, mapped each educational session to one of four thematic Learning Streams:
-Career Development
-Data Management and Curation
-Metrics, Analytics, and Assessment

Session Levels Tailored to Varied Learning Needs
Ever attended a session so advanced you felt utterly lost and overwhelmed? Or attended one that would’ve been more helpful earlier in your career? We hoped to minimize those experiences by categorizing educational sessions according to three levels: Fundamental, Intermediate, and Master Class.

Fun New Ways to Unwind!
We know our attendees love to get to know fellow info pros and reconnect with friends. We also know that conference attendees need a mental break every now and then. That’s why we introduced Main Street SLA and The Park, two perfect settings to recharge and get in some all-important downtime with colleagues. Main Street SLA serves as the conference’s hub and is a place for building connections, exchanging ideas, and learning more about SLA and its community and units. The Park is a recreation area where you can let loose, put your feet up, and chat with other attendees.

More Unifying Elements for a Collective Experience
At SLA 2017, in addition to the customary Opening General Session on Sunday and Tuesday’s Closing General Session, Monday also featured its own General Session. Each General Session was open to all conference attendees and exhibitors. Additionally, we thoughtfully scheduled the General Sessions so that the maximum number of people can attend and could be able to share the inspiration and insights gleaned from each General Session.

Health and Wellness Activities
You asked for them, so we offered them! The 2017 conference featured wellness activities like yoga to keep your mind and body active and energized during the conference!

SLA’s Partnership with American Forests
By attending SLA 2017, you helped protect and restore threatened forest ecosystems, one tree at a time. SLA is proud to have partnered with American Forests and take part in its American Releaf Program. Learn more.

Conference Registration Remained Open
In years past, conference registration closed temporarily in January and then reopened. Registration for the SLA 2017 Annual Conference remained open until the conference itself—where onsite registration was still offered. But take note: SLA 2017’s Early Bird deadline—March 31, 2017—was earlier than in previous years.

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